7 days of driving around Karnataka – Temples, Hills, Forests, Caves, Ruins, Forts and Highways


The three of us returned on 2nd Jan after another wonderful road trip! [Sanjay, Sangeetha & Santro ;-)] We started out at around 7.00am on the 27th of December and parked back at 10.30pm on 2nd Jan 09, making it a 7 day trip around Karnataka.. 7 days of sheer driving pleasure. Day 1 – […]

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Belum Caves, 1 day , 700kms.


This is a trip from 2007, dug up from the archives. I lost quite a few pics and videos from this trip when my laptop hard-disk crashed and only a few pics could be retrieved. Going on to the travelogue: Ever since I moved to Bangalore in 2001, I have been doing the Bangalore-Hyderabad route […]

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Tirumala, Tiruchanoor, Vellore and Sripuram.


Parkinson’s Law goes something like "Work expands to fill up all available time" and so it had been for the last couple of months. With work often spilling over into the weekends, we had not gone out for any serious long drive after our Hoysala Temple trip in March 09. It was also around two […]

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IIMA Campus – Nature Walk.


On Sunday I went to the old campus for some bird watching… and saw quite a few of em.. Birds of the feathered kind I mean. Honest! It started with a mail… ” Prakriti – The Nature Club of IIMA is organising a nature walk to observe and appreciate the beauty of flora and fauna […]

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An incomplete guide to Hoysala temples ;-)


From the preface of the “Complete Guide to Hoysala temples” by Gerard Foekema: “For me, enjoying Later Calukya and Hoysala temples is one of the great pleasures of life. I love these temples because their plans are so logical and natural, because their architecture is so ingenious, and because their execution is so rich…" We […]

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Search for the perfect sand dune – Osiyan, Khimsar and Nagaur trip.


  Till we actually moved to Jaipur and explored Rajasthan, any thoughts of Rajasthan would evoke visions of Camels, Sand dunes, Forts and Palaces. While finding Camels, Forts and Palaces is quite easy, finding a Sand dune is not so easy. Especially dunes that look like the ‘perfect’ ones shown in movies… While researching on […]

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Kotilingeshwara – A quick little trip.


On the 30th of March 2008, we were returning back to Bangalore from a family trip to Chittoor. Since we had started our return journey quite early in the morning, we were quite ahead of schedule and were driving back at a very liesurely pace. On a couple of earlier trips along this route, we […]

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London Dreams ! – London, Warwick, Windsor, Stratford, Hampton, Cotswold, Oxford – Jan 2012


My Trip to London in Jan was a memorable one. Though I missed Sanjay, I planned to not miss any places in London. Since it was a Business Trip, I had to make the most of the 2 weekends in hand and made full justice to the time I could spare for sightseeing. The serviced […]

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Belief – A trip to Kebre


“For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don’t believe, no proof is possible."-Stuart Chase. A very good friend of mine underwent a brain surgery late last year. Though the tumor was removed, he has not recovered his vision even after 9 months. Initially the doctors were somewhat positive, saying that though […]

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A Tra’Village’ – Farmhouse visit.


This is not a full-fledged travelogue, but a small collection of photos from a weekend trip. Put up to capture some memories from a recent village visit. Last Sunday (24th Jan 2010) we visited a farm-house owned by a relative of one of Sangeetha’s colleagues. We were accompanied by another colleague of her’s from the […]

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Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum – Autoworld


Trrrrriiiinnngg… Trrrriiinnnggg… Doc: Hello SG: Hello Doc, I was thinking of visiting the Pranlal Bhogilal vintage car collection tomorrow morning (Saturday 10th July 2010)… Doc: Hmmm… I too was planning to go there sometime. I drove past this place a few days ago when I was going somewhere, it is around 30 – 40 minutes […]

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Shivaganga, a sunday in the sun.


First the basics: [1] This is a good one-day weekend trip from Bangalore. Total distance from Airport road to Shivaganga and back was 142kms on the odo. [2] Only equipment needed will be a pair of sneakers for a comfortable walk [people even climb up barefoot or in normal footwear], caps, sun-glasses and a liter […]

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Andaman & Nicobar, Port Blair & Havelock Island – 2009 Big trip – Part I


This is Part I of the 2009 Big trip – covering Andaman & Nicobar, Port Blair & the Havelock Island trip Part II of the 2009 Big trip where we covered the Temples of Tamilnadu is at this link It was time for one of our annual holidays and the planning started from the first […]

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Angsana Oasis Spa & resort.


A couple of weeks ago (Feb 2009) I had been to Angsana Spa, on Doddaballapur road. This was no pleasure trip though… it was for an offsite training and team meeting. Angsana is located in a residential gated community called ‘Northwest Country’, a Prestige group property. There are a couple of villas in some of […]

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The shore temples of Mahabalipuram


In early 2007, we had to go to Chennai over a weekend for a family function; this was the first time that me and Sangeetha were visiting Chennai together. After the function we had some time on hand and post lunch we headed out to Mahabalipuram, which is included in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage […]

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Incredible Rajasthan ! – A 2320 kms road trip, without reservations.


  Normally most of our trips are planned in advance. We at least have info about the places to cover, a rough idea of the time required at each place, road conditions and the route to take… What made the Rajasthan road trip incredible for us is : We just had an arbitrary list of […]

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Brahmagiri , Irpu falls – A trip and trek.


The trip/trek was done on the 8th Feb 09. Brahmagiri is a hill in the Western Ghats (1608 mts). It is situated in the Brahmagiri wildlife sanctuary on the border between Wayanad District of Kerala and Kodagu district of Karnataka. The Brahmagiri wildlife sanctuary is a restricted area, featuring a rich variety of wildlife including […]

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Chandragiri – Relics of the fallen empire.


In south India, tales of Vijayanagara – Hampi and Krishnadevaraya are part and parcel of our cultural initiation. Be it through stories narrated by our grandparents, through our history text books or through Chandamama & Amar Chitra Katha. What we normally get to hear or read about are just some glimpses from history, a high-level […]

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Melkote and Srirangapatna, a day trip.


We made a quick trip to Melkote and Srirangapatna on the 31st of Jan 2009. My inlaws wanted to visit a Narasimha temple (Their ‘family god’) on the eve of their wedding anniversary and the only Narasimha temples we knew of outside Bangalore are in Sholingur (TN) and Melkote (KA). Having been to both these […]

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Chamundi hills, the big Nandi and Lalitha mahal palace


This is a trip from the 9th of Feb, 2008. It was just another lazy weekend when we decided to head out towards Lokaruchi for a leisurely lunch. During lunch we were discussing about Chamundi hills and the big Nandi… on a whim, we decided to drive up to Mysore post lunch. There wasn’t much […]

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Chamundi hills, the big Nandi and Lalitha mahal palace A Dream Trip to Disneyland Adalaj, Modhera, Patan & Sidhpur – Vav, vav – Wow!
Brahmagiri , Irpu falls – A trip and trek. Trekking in the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Thoovanam Waterfalls. The Bhoot bungalow trip – ACMCC Trip II
Andaman & Nicobar, Port Blair & Havelock Island – 2009 Big trip – Part I Trainspotting at Dudhsagar. Flying High – Ballooning @ Jaipur.
7 days of driving around Karnataka – Temples, Hills, Forests, Caves, Ruins, Forts and Highways Chandragiri – Relics of the fallen empire. A Tra’Village’ – Farmhouse visit.
Search for the perfect sand dune – Osiyan, Khimsar and Nagaur trip. 5 years with the Xing… Belum Caves, 1 day , 700kms.
Chennai and Kanchipuram Kadapa, Pushpagiri, Gurramkonda & Horsley hills. Weekend drive to Srikalahasti.
HAL Aerospace Museum & Heritage Center. Bangalore. The MacLehose Trail – Hiking in Hong Kong Angsana Oasis Spa & resort.
Little Rann of Kutch Wild Ass Sanctuary & Rann Riders resort – Dasada. IIMA Campus – Nature Walk. Abhaneri, Rajasthan – A Sunday Drive from Jaipur…
The legend of the Golden Garland – Gandi Kshetram Mysore, Byalukuppe, Madikeri, Bhagamandala, Talakaveri, Dubare. London Dreams ! – London, Warwick, Windsor, Stratford, Hampton, Cotswold, Oxford – Jan 2012
Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Highforce waterfalls. My brush with the ‘Yamdoot’ :-) Kukke Subramanya & Kumara Parvatha; a drive and trek
Chembra Peak, Meenmutty waterfalls, Himavad Gopalaswamy betta. Hathi Singh Temple, Sidi Saiyyed Mosque & a Haveli in Ahmedabad. Is this most haunted place in India ? – Bhangarh, Rajasthan.
The Elephant & the Tiger – Hathi Bhata & Ranthambore trip. Hampi – The city of victory… Shivaganga, a sunday in the sun.
Melkote and Srirangapatna, a day trip. Trek from Mullayanagiri to Bababudangiri… after 13 years! A weekend trek to Mukurthi Peak near Ooty.
A DIY Story: Home Audio Speaker Boxes in a Car ??? Yes!!! A DIY (Damp It Yourself) story: DynaMat, FonoMat…Yoga-Mat ???? Incredible Rajasthan ! – A 2320 kms road trip, without reservations.
Gurramkonda, Vontimitta, Siddhavatam, Brahmamgari matam. An incomplete guide to Hoysala temples ;-) 5am to 5am – Uchangidurga, Santhebennur, Shantisagara, Koolahalli, Bagali
The shore temples of Mahabalipuram Havelis & Mosques – Ahmedabad old city Masinagudi, Ooty and Coonoor.
Tirumala, Tiruchanoor, Vellore and Sripuram. Kotilingeshwara – A quick little trip. Ruins in the Jungle – IIMA MCC Trip.
Belief – A trip to Kebre A Long walk, Monsoon, Leeches, Wildlife & Railway History. Temples of Tamilnadu – 2009 Big trip – Part II
Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum – Autoworld


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