One of the best things about Bangalore according to me is it's favourable geographical location, which makes it almost equidistant from the Western, Eastern and Southern end-points in South India.As a result, most of the tourist spots are within affordable reach from Bangalore whether via. road or rail. One doesn't need to cough up much for a descent trip anywhere in South if planned from Bangalore. This is strictly based on my experience of travelling from this great city in last 9 years. Well coming to my trip, it is all about one of my memorable experiences of the popular houseboat ride in the romantic backwaters of Alleppey with three of my colleague cum friends and our visit to two of the famous temples in Kerala, one at Ambalappuzha (a small town 14 kms from Alleppey), and secondly to Mannarsala (21 kms further South from Karumadikkuttan) besides visiting a rare archaeological site at Karumadikkuttan just 5 kms West from Ambalapupuzha. Our trip started from the KSRTC Bus Stand at Shanthinagar at about 5 pm on 23/01/2010. The A/C Volvo bus of KSRTC took about 12 hours to reach Alleppey the next day at about 5 am.