Ballari to baindur (424km) :Departure from ballari at 6am. We had packed our bags the previous night and did some finishing touches to the bags n bikes.we were a gang of 6 enthusiastic medical students. The excitement woke us up on time and kept us going on the first day. First stop was for breakfast at hospet. Worth to mention that Breakfast at local hotels are cheap yet tasty. Thereafter route from yellapur to ankola was one of the best routes we've encountered, its got long wide curves at every corner and Most of this route to baindur has some towns. So, it gets busy and travelling becomes slow.. But still We managed to reach baindur by 6.30pm, just in time for sunset. There We Stayed at a forest officer guest house. Imagine a cottage with a stunning view of the sea and backwaters, in the middle of a forest! Sunrise here was pure bliss! Theres even a private beach nearby filled with coves and rocks. The whole area was almost serene .With the local restaurant serving great seafood, just made my day even better. Fish fry and curry are a must -taste!Tip: carry water and stay hydrated. The weather gets really hot in some areasRead More
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253 Kms from Bellary
Best time to visit - January,February,March,September,October,November,December
If you live in a hot part of the country, Bangalore's good weather will immediately put you into a good mood. While the centre of the city has remained as it was during the British Raj, the area encircling it is on a constant boom with a vibrant student culture, popular pubs and a major electronic and industrial lifestyle. As a tourist, you can go see the Bangalore Castle. Modelled on the lines of the Windsor Castle, the one on Bangalore is a great example of the Tudor architectural style. It has beautiful gardens and the wooden carvings. The glass house at Lal Bagh and its botanical garden is a good place to relax while taking a walk. Cubbon park is one of the primary reasons why Bangalore was formerly nicknamed as the Garden City. The picturesque greenery in the middle of the city is stupefying. You can visit the Peninsular Gneiss to witness the oldest granite formations and also the look at the city from an elevated land. For a perfect end to the day, grab a beer at Toit or Peco’s. Follow it up with a grand meal at Koshy’s or Ebony, or the hundreds of other quirky restaurants in the city.Read More
And then we realized that we have to get back to our normal routine. We checked out post breakfast and headed back to Bangalore. And luckily we saw few wild elephants when we were crossing the forest.All together it was like a real good cup of tea with a little masala of adventure, sweetness of leisure and a slight ginger flavour of the musical nights.Bangalore to Vythri Village Resort : 300 Km via Mysore
The science of nightlife was earlier explained in case of Hyderabad, but Bengaluru is the ultimate boss of nighclubs in the entire South India. With 5-star nightclubs everywhere to huge international bands performing there day in and out, this city is one of the very best if you're a sucker for endless parties. When it comes to the list of India nightlife, Bengaluru is no. 4 on the list.Tripoto's top 3 of the city: No Limmits Lounge and Club, i-Bar, and High Ultra Lounge.Average expenditure for two: Rs. 3,000Read more about the city.
Day5:It was the last day of our sojourn and we were up around 6 a.m. to bid adieu to the other riders. With that out of the way, we resumed our ride towards Bangalore. Everyone wanted to reach Bangalore early, so we stopped only for tea and light snacks in between. We reached Bangalore at around 4 p.m. with everyone dispersing towards their respective homes
Our ride started from Skanda Motors in Rajaji Nagar, Bengaluru. The seven of us started the journey at 8 in the morning. To shrug off the sleepiness we all had a cup of coffee in the morning. Needless to say, we were all excited and geared up for the ride. Two of the riders started from Mumbai towards Goa and 4 other riders, on their Mahindra Mojo, joined us in Goa.
Nothing like a good trip over the weekend after a long boring energy sucking week!! Not until 6:00 PM did I have the faintest idea that I will be off to Kodaikanal for the weekend. It was just a usual hot summer evening in Bangalore. I get back to my room and jump into my bed to catch my sleep. But I toss and twirl trying to find that comfort position and then I fail. I lay awake staring at the ceiling letting my mind wander at will. All I remember next was browsing Redbus for tickets. And there it was: two tickets to Kodaikanal, like it was saved for me and someone I was sure will accompany me. I called up a friend who was no less crazy than me, and booked us both a trip to kodai. Kodaikanal is a hill station in Tamil Nadu, its name translated as "Gift of the Forest" and it is indeed. I have covered hill stations in South, but Kodaikanal has a raw charm that beats all the others with its less anglicized landscapes and mist covered forests. It is less commercialised and well preserved and oddly enough with no plastic leftovers in sight.Locally known as the Princess of Hill Stations, The city is accessible by road, train or by air. The cheapest being train(Of course depending upon where you are travelling from). The nearest airports are in Madurai, Coimbatore and Tiruchirapally. Nearest railway stations are Palani (the ride uphill from Palani is beyond gorgeous), Kodaikanal Road Station and Madurai Junction. Buses run uphill at intervals taking you to Kodaikanal.We decided to take the bus from Bangalore to avoid crossovers and bought our tickets for 850 Rs (you will get it for around 600 Rs if you book three weeks ahead). We also had our room booked on Tripadvisor to avoid the hassle of looking around for rooms.It was 7:30 PM when we were done booking our rooms and with all the uncertainity of catching our bus, waddling through Bangalore's infamous traffic,we packed our bags and left.We did make it to the bus, almost missing it. And as we settled in, we realised we were in seats with no leg space. Either the bus catered only to zero sized figurines or we had missed how much our thighs had grown horizontally over the lazy week days at work. Nevertheless, we were two happy souls on our way to Kodaikanal - the land of magic mushrooms.
Catched bus the same night towards bangalore for i had to attend a 3 day conference. Tried Oyo Rooms during my stay at bangalore for 800 per night and found it to be value for money! from amenities like laundry, water, food to cleanliness, from toiletries standards to AC rooms to cozy beds to furniture used and interiors, everything was beyond my expectations!
This is exactly what I went through when I finally began the most awaited trip of my life, yet. After years of dreaming, months of planning and days of shopping, we were finally off to the Land of High Passes by road from Bengaluru on our bikes! A journey spanning 10 states over a period of 21 days… Dreams do come true!My other half once said “Let’s wake up in a new city every day!” And I said “Let’s do it!” ;)Although, this article or the pictures are going to do absolutely no justice to what we experienced, I hope it inspires you to take up such journeys to experience the varied landscapes that India has to offer, to taste a different cuisine every day, to learn a new language every day!DAY 1:Bangalore – Satara (730 kms): I couldn’t sleep all night, heart brimming with excitement. Before I knew it, my alarm was ringing and it was time to wake up. We all got dressed, loaded the saddle bags and rucksacks on to our bikes (Thank you bungee cords), geared up, bid goodbyes and we were off.! :)
54 Kms from Bellary
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Before the tropical air hits you here, an uncanny sense of time travel does, as you scan the historic Vijayanagar's devastatingly beautiful ruins and temples spread across the boulder-strewn landscape. The ancient capital of the Vijayanagara Empire (1343-1565), which has now become a favourite hipster holiday destination, is best explored on foot or bicycle. It has a lot of famous attractions such as the Hemakuta Hill, home to the ancient scattered ruins and a monolithic sculpture of Hindu God Vishnu, along with Hampi Bazaar, once an ancient trading spot for horses, silk, cows, precious stones and now a hub of handicraft shops and little restaurants, with the 15th century Virupaksha temple at its western end and the 16th century Vittala temple at its eastern end. Sule Bazaar and the Achyutaraya temple is also a must visit. This historic expedition can get tiresome and overwhelming for many, and the village in contrast maintains a very laid back atmosphere, with innumerable guest houses spread around, some even with a fascinating spartan setting, costing no more than 300 rupees. Just like its ruins, an ancient festival called the Hampi Utsav has also been kept alive since the Vijayanagar reign and is celebrated annually in November, with light and sound shows, music and dance performances, all boasting of the Kannadigas' rich culture, set against the backdrop of Hampi's ruins. The Mango Tree restaurant is a quaint place reached via passing through a banana plantation. Other good places to eat include Prince Restaurant, Goan Corner Restaurant and Laughing Buddha, popular for South Indian, Chinese, Israeli, Tibetan, and usual vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, enjoyed by the riverside. Read More
To explore only Hampi 2 days are enough.The hotel staff arranged auto for us we reached Hampi in 10min . After getting there we saw tourists riding mopeds and bicycles,we enquired about the rental they said only one shop is renting and unfortunately by the time we reached all bicycles and mopeds are hired out(be early for vehicles by 7a.m) shop is near virupakshi temple.It's about to be off season there and the weather was too sunny. Mostly 80 percent of the tourists were foreigners and the other side we find many restaurants and shops in narrow lanes and its called Hampi Bazaar. The food points are themed differently and the food is outstanding, the other side of tungabhadra river also we got plenty of eating out options.
For adventure lovers who think climbing the boulders of Hampi during the monsoons will be pleasant, should be ready for a surprise. Karnataka receives a huge amount of rainfall from the south-west monsoon and most of its touristy destinations see a wave of humidity. Imagine going for a hike up to the ruins of Hampi and coming back in a state that makes it seem like you went for an outdoor steam and sauna bath instead!Visit Hampi in January, when it is extremely pleasant and you won't sweat too much.
Day five the train travels to Hospet, the station you de-board at to visit Hampi. Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a place to truly understand and appreciate the ancient architecture and art of the Southern Indian rulers. The capital of Vijaywada Dynasty, Hampi currently is one of the most popular destinations to visit. It is identified by a humongous stone chariot, in the verandah of Vijaya Vittala temple complex. This is also the stone chariot after which the train was named.Sights Covered: Hampi sightseeing - Hema Kuta Hill, Virupaksha temple, Queens Bath, elephant stables, royal enclosure, Hazara Rama Temple, Vijaya Vittala temple complex, and Tungabhadra river.Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.Timings: 8.30am for Hampi sightseeing, 3.30 pm for Vijaya Vittala temple complex and 5pm at Tungabhadra river.
As we started nearing Hampi, Centuries looked down upon us. Being amidst Centuries of stories, of ideas, of people that weren’t but their work that was still around. This was overwhelming. The rickshaw-wala dropped us at the town, on the banks of the beautiful Tungabhadra river, where we had to lug our backpacks into the ferry and go across the river.Both the times in Hampi, we stayed at Mowgli Guest House in a small hut overlooking the beautiful paddy fields. Many a sunsets were seen lounging here, drinking ‘lemon ginger honey’ and soaking the sunset sky in.
The easiest and cheapest way to visit Hampi is to book a bus from Bangalore (use redbus.in).Its only an overnight journey and you will reach Hampi quite fresh and active. On reaching Hampi, the only means of transportation up to your home stay would be an auto.
My first coracle ride was at 2 am in the middle of a chilling night from Sanapur to Hampi ,crossing the tranquil Tungabhadra. Me along with my five friends had gone to Sanapur from Hampi by taking a motor boat early in the day for spending some time there, as Sanapur was one of the most happening places around. So by completing all the so called 'To do check list' in Sanapur we came back to the banks of Tungabhadra hoping for a boat to take us over to Hampi as our hotel rooms were there. But there was no boat and only a coracle laid there in the dark welcoming us and and a small boy was on board with an oar in his hand.The coracle thing was not in our checklist and we had to improvise it, if we had to make it to the other side of the river and get to sleep. We hopped into the coracle after negotiating the night rates. Yeah! you know it, nights are costly.The coracle thing was made out of interlaced bamboo strips from side to the bottom. Obviously I coudn't see whether it was made of bamboo or plastic or whatever in the middle of a dark night . But you know what ,I figured it out the next day, and the day after as it turned out , I had never waited for a motor boat again in that trip, because that coracle ride in the middle of the night was pure bliss. It was not much far from floating in Tungabhadra .
Hampi in Karnataka, which is a group of ruins and monuments, used to originally be the go to place for wall climbers. But this pretty much changed when bouldering enthusiasts were overtaken by the crowds who decided to give 'revisiting history' a chance. So many Israeli cafes have opened up here, and intoxication is quite common. Hampi isn't completely done and dusted. There's still time to save this beautiful heritage site from the wrath of unwanted, careless tourists.
Day 5: It's a last day:(Today we explored the other side of the river. Hampi is divided by river where the other side of the river is Anegundi village.There are coracle rides to take to cross the river which we had heard lot of and wanted to ride on but sadly since there was no water in the river we just crossed the river by walking and reached the Anegundi village and visited main attractions on that side- one of the best one for it's view being 'Monkey temple' or also known 'Anjani Parvat'.After climbing 575 steps and saving ourselves from the monkeys we finally made it to the top all exhaused but view was all worth the pain! We chilled at Laughing Buddha shack-also a must go when at Hampi enjoying the "Dolce far niente"(an italian saying which means-sweetness of doing nothing) and enjoying the last moments of a trip full of fun!We left for Hospet in the evening which is 30 minutes away from Hampi for our bus to Mumbai! And this ended our wonderful trip to Gokarna and Hampi and we were back with beautiful memories to treasure lifelong!!!
146 Kms from Bellary
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Located in Andhra Pradesh, Kurnool is home to some of the most sacred temples of India, including the Shrine of Srisailam, Peta Anjaneyaswami and Birla Mandir. Kurnool being a developing city, you will find spots with construction going on in full swing. Belum Caves is one such attraction. Considered to be one of the longest caves in India, it is a great way to spend your day. The caves demand a lot of walking around, so do wear comfortable shoes when you head here. The oxygen here is a little low so don't take toddlers with you and also avoid if you are claustrophobic. Ugra stambham is another lovely sightseeing spot with great views. It's definitely worth a visit, though you should avoid going in the afternoon since it can get very hot. Read More
203 Kms from Bellary
Best time to visit - N/A
This place is like nature's gift with waterfalls, mountains, oaddy fields, beautiful sceneries, gorgeous flora and fauna and what not. This place is in the Mid Sout Western part of Karnataka and is often known as the "Rice bowl of Karnataka". The present and official name is Sivamogga. The main attractions here are the Sacred Heart church, Sivappa Nayaka Palace, Abbe Falls, Achakanya Falls, Agumbe, Ambutheertha, Balligave, Bhadra Dam, Bhadravati River and others. This place has been ruled by a number of dynasties in the history. These include the Gangas, Hoysalas, Kedlas, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas and many more.Read More
At 10.30 I left the camp, since I had to visit another place which is having Lion and Tiger Safari. It is on a different route from Shivamogga. While Elephant Camp comes on Teerthahalli road, Safari comes on Hosanagara road. For that I returned to Shivamogga back. Took a private bus travelling to Hosanagara and got down at the Safari place. It's called "Tyavarekoppa Tiger and Lion Safari Camp"
9. The rushing waterfalls of ShimogaThis is one of the best hill stations in the Western Ghat region but is still not very popular. This gives you a chance to spend some very peaceful time out here amidst the beautiful sceneries and waterfalls of the place. The Jog Falls look awesome when in full force and the Kodachari Peak is nice too. The temples and caves around are other attraction for you to explore. Mysore might be the only one on your ‘to visit hill stations in Karnataka’ list like many, but you can’t just skip Shimoga once you’ve heard of it. Abode to plentiful waterfalls, Jog Falls are the most notable. During the monsoons, when the flow is the best, you can just sit and stare at the fall for hours straight. Kodachari is a nearby heritage site with its peaking ecosystem and diverse vegetation that will leave you amazed at the beauty of this underrated hill station.
Built as a summer sojourn by the Keladi rulers, the palace in Shivamogga lacks the opulence expected of a royal residence. This elegant monument, known as Shivappa Nayaka’s palace, set amidst a well maintained garden contains delicate work on teakwood and rose that has been extensively used in the interior of the building. Two flights of stairs lead to the upper storey with a balcony that was used by the King to address gatherings and conduct proceedings.
201 Kms from Bellary
We reached Hubli at approximately 7:30 pm and checked into our lodge. We spent the rest of the evening watching Dangal at a theatre nearby (it was my 4th time and my friend's 1st) and had tasty dinner at a khanavali.Read More
Day 3 Hubli to SataraLeft the hotel Metropolis after a pleasant stay and joined the NH4 again.Had breakfast from Belgaum and kept the wheels with the fast momentum that of the highway.For the first time our bike wheels touched the roads of Maharashtra by crosing the Twandi ghat.The big roads personifies the name Maharashtra ,the riders play ground where most of the bikers ,motor vloggers and bike enthusiast are from.
Seeing few of us stopping behind, our dear Ashish bhaai rushes to our help, with some fire and smoke coming out in his engine?? Oh yes, He is still on his bike and we could see fire and smoke just below the fuel tank in the electricals. We put water, sand and did put the fire off … One guy shouts, bhaai its my glucose water????????. Well, now two ‘Royal’ Enfields are down one jammed bolt and one electrical gone case, with not any option we had to stop the trucks passing by and get them towed till Hubli.
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297 Kms from Bellary
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,September,October,November,December
A small town in the state of Karnataka, Gokarna is about 5 hours away from Goa. The town is considered holy for Hindus as there are some very revered temples here, especially those dedicated to Lord Shiva. The main temples are the Mahabaleshwar and the Ganpati Temple. A mini-Goa or rather Goa's hipster counterpart, Gokarna is a blessing for travellers. Its four main beaches, Om Beach, Kudle Beach, Half Moon Beach and Paradise Beach are all you need after the chaos of the cities. Spend time relaxing on the beach, indulging in one of their luxurious Ayurvedic messages or join a yoga course – everything here is an experience to remember. The shacks near the beach offer delicious continental and Indian food, and have a very relaxed environment. Though there are many wonderful places to visit around Gokarna, space out your days to enjoy the pristine sunsets and radiant sunrises the beach town offers! Read More
We had found a perfect substitute to escape the crowded beaches of Goa and head a little bit more south to explore Gokarna, but the trail was soon popular enough. Gokarna's beaches were everything you would read about in books. They were clean, quiet, and you could go for a swim in the sea without being worried if 10 other people would join you within close proximity, but sadly this is exactly what happened. A favourite amongst students in Bangalore who get long weekends off, Gokarna is no longer the place to head to if cleanliness is what you are looking for. Too many people and too much plastic everywhere!Even though almost every destination in this list is close to dead, it's not really true that their beauty no longer exists. It just means that too many people have jumped in at the same time, often ruining the experience that an offbeat destination ought to offer you. The problem has been discussed, but the solution still seems very vague.Just like every individual needs time off work, every destination should get time off people too so that it can rejuvenate and regain its lost charm. This article isn't all about discouraging you to travel to these 10 destinations, but should subtly remind you that wherever you go, please be mindful of the way you travel and do not to let your presence destroy the ecology, or ruin another person's experience. If not thoughtfully protected, just like animals, these destinations will one day become extinct.Do you know of more such places that have been over-populated? Let me know in the comments section below, or write your own article on Tripoto!
Day 1: Murdeshwar beautyIt is an overnight train journey from Mumbai to Gokarna and we reached in the morning 8 am at Kumta which is 30 minutes away from Gokarna. We had bookings at Kinara stay in Kumta where we checked in and started for the day.We had booked a car for our travel in and around Gokarna which is the most convenient mode to visit all the places around Gokarna. We started with a visit to Murdeshwar, a small town, famous for the world's second tallest Shiva statue and famous for the Murdeshwar temple. First we were planning to cancel the visit to temple for obvious reasons but I am glad we didn't because it was very beautiful place with serene atmosphere and lovely beach.After Murdeshwar, we spent our evening at Apsara Konda beach (also known as eco beach); the beach where you feel you own it since it's not crowded!View from Murdeshwar temple:
Day 2: Dolphin spotted!! and leopard too:pWe were excited for the 2nd day of Gokarna because we were going to the most hyped beach of Gokarna - Om beach! The day started with full of adventure as we went to visit Jog waterfalls near Gokarna. Background-To reach Jog waterfalls one needs to walk through jungle which is around 700 meters of walk through jungle and we were only 4 of us heading towards waterfall. We started walking in the jungle with full fun-jokes, talks, clicking pictures and as we started moving ahead; the way became scary. 4 of us in the dense forests who were little scared by then suddenly saw the board on the way saying, "Help us protect the leopard" and we got shit scared after reading that and were contemplating our decision to go ahead. And believe it or not we all heard a roar of an animal which we believe it to be of leopard and we immediately ran back to the base point. It was very scary then but became very hilarious moment of our trip later. Long story short-we didn't make it to Jog waterfall and came to know later that there was other safe way to to reach the waterfall:(We headed to Yana then, which is a village located in forests known for the unusual karst rock formations- two rocks which are tourist attractions over there and has a mythological significance.Then we visited a famous Gokarna temple and headed to the beautiful Om beach. No wonder it is so hyped! It's beautiful! We had lunch at Namaste cafe-a must try cafe on the Om beach and spent the time at our own leisure. We went to Kudle beach which is quite near to Om beach and took a boating ride to Half moon beach and Paradise beach from there. Best part of the boating ride-we spotted one dolphin and that made our day:) P.S:All these beaches are must go because they are different in their own beautiful way!Also, all these beaches can be done as a trek but we all were lazy bums and took the easier way out of taking a boat ride.Evening we came back to Om beach and spent our time there sitting and enjoying the view, place and the beach engrossed in our own deep thoughts and lost in our own little world:))
Fables say it’s a temple town, and I say its a paradise for hipsters. If you are in Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore or nearby, you can’t just afford not to visit the hippy beaches of Gokarna. It is situated in the realms of Karnataka some 484 kilometers away from Bangalore.Your mind is already like, “Why I should visit this place ?” Isn’t Goa better off. “If Goa is Hard Rock cafe then Gokarna is Nirvana performing Live at Hard Rock Cafe.”
There are a number of popular beaches at Gokarna. The entire family can take a cool stroll to any of them during the day. One can find a host of beach shacks, budget hotels and resorts that are pocket-friendly. The popular beaches here are Om beach and Half-moon and Paradise beach. The beaches are clean with large trees providing shade from the direct rays of the sun. The coastal cuisine is really good. Most of the eateries also have live music in the evenings. One also has the option of taking a crash course in Yoga. For those that want to fit in a little shopping, the local markets provide a few good bargains. This beach destination is among the best places to visit near Mumbai within 1000 km.Distance from Mumbai - 706 Kms
I always had a hankering to visit hippie destinations. #Gokarna being one of them was always in my top of the list. Being in Mumbai, I desperately wanted to get away from squalid beaches and explore the sublime sea side of Indian coastal area. Planning Gokarna was just a whim. I hurriedly packed my bags and hopped into a Goa bus, that dropped me to Margaon. From Margoan there are local transport buses to Gokarna, that take around 4 hours to reach Gokarna. The journey from Margaon to Gokarna is pleasing. For the first time I actually got rid of pothole riddled roads of Mumbai. All the local bus stations are well maintained by Karnataka Government with clean washrooms and excellent food facilities.Many travellers, backpackers and hippies have been drifting in Gokarna, to get away from crowded beaches of Goa. Gokarna has two sides. One is the sacred side with beautiful ancient temples and the other one is the intriguing beaches.
Twenty-three songs on repeat and eight stations later, I reached Gokarna. If I were to decode the oddity of this small town, you’d be amazed to know how much weight every brick carries cemented with its substantial chapters of history. Once a famous pilgrimage destination and now a hippie’s insouciant utopia, Gokarna runs on two thoughts simultaneously.
I travelled to Gokarna and other listed places during the month of June. We (five of us) booked a taxi (Innova) and started at 12:00 AM on 11.06.2016 (Saturday). We prefer travelling during the night hours because this not only saves a lot of time but also makes the journey comfortable (less traffic). We reached Gokarna by 8:00 AM and stayed in Shivaprasad Hotel, located near the Gokarna beach.Shivaprasad Hotel: This is a nice lodge/ hotel where accommodation is not only cheap but also comfortable. Since we had gone during the off season, the prices were comparatively lower. The rooms were spacious and bathrooms were clean. The rent was as follows:Double Bed room: 1200/- per nightTriple Bed room: 1500/- per nightThe hotel has a provision of hot water during the early morning hours, after which there is ice cold water throughout the day.**Food is one of the major problems in Gokarna. There are no hotels or restaurants nearby. Shivaprasad has a food outlet of its own and that serves only Upma, Idli/ Vada and Puri Sagu for breakfast. The food is okay; it can be eaten when nothing else is available.
“The world is a book, and those who don’t travel just read a page.” ~ Some wise dude.Sometimes stepping out of your comfort zone needs courage, but most of the times, it just needs an impulse from within! This is one such impulsive trip (and my first :P).With just a round-trip ticket to Mangalore, I decided to go with the flow and see what Konkan region had in store for me. And the journey turned out to be more adventurous than I imagined it would be. I had missed a train, took a wrong train, got down at a wrong station, walked along the track and then took another train to reach Gokarna from Mangalore. Sadly you don’t have direct flights/train to Gokarna. But I’m not complaining as I had quite a Jab We Met experience. :D No Shahid though☹For starters, booking my accommodation at Zostel was the best thing I did! This serene property is situated on a clifftop, overlooking the main beach. It’s managed by people who would make you feel at home.☺ With a view to die for, a hammock to laze on and a soothing song on loop for 4 hours, never had I felt better in the 23 years of my life.On the first day, I managed a four kilometre hike across two beaches, that had a difficult yet beautiful path. But I ended up getting hurt as I hiked this path with flip flops and shorts (lesson learnt– Carry trekking shoes and track pants whenever you do something like this :P). But then, what is life with no marks? After a fancy dinner by the beach, I had a content sleep. ☺
280 Kms from Bellary
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,June,July,August,September,October,November,December
Belgaum is situated in the foothills of the Western Ghats and is 502 km from Bangalore and 154 km from Panaji. It is a beautiful destination that is surrounded by hills, rivers and evergreen forests, and has a cool climate throughout the year. The Gokak waterfall located here takes a winding course to drizzle over an enchanting sandstone precipice overlooking the horse-shaped Gokak Valley. Experience the wildlife of Karnataka at Khanapur, which is famous for its forests and tigers. Other places worth a visit would be Jamboti Waterfalls, Bailhongal and Yellamma temple. The popular Dudhsagar Waterfalls are located around 105 km from Belgaum. The spot is scenic and also provides many hiking routes to trekkers. Belgaum has a delicious assortment of South Indian food. But it is known for its sweets such as kunda, a milk-based sweet and maande, which is an essential at weddings. For those wanting to spend the night, the city offers several accommodation facilities. Read More
Belgaum or Belagavi came in my bucket list when I had to visit my new lab going to be shifted. I work as a research scholar and first thing my work offers is travelling. You can visit new places, countries, people etc all in academic expenses.We were excited to go Belgaum, as it was 6 hour distance from Goa (which we thought we would go but couldn't make this time) and a city which is in cool temperature and close to nature.Going there ...From Kolkata, Belgaum can be reached only by one train Amravati express. Its a 34 hours journey, the train trail goes through green paddy fields, palm forests, barren lands and when near to Belgaum you will find the change in colour of soil which is black reminding you the childhood lesson that Maharastra, Karnataka has the black soil due to volcanic ashes of past. The nearby station is Dharwad or Hubbali from where you can take a bus or cab to reach Belgaum which is well connected by highway.Going through the highway you can enjoy the changing terrains, small hills, up down land structures and forests.Belgaum city..Belgaum is a small city unlike my Kolkata. It has all the amenities and famous among students due to loaction of KLE university and cool weather and peace. During monsoon the city boasts of splendid weather like other cities in south India and similar to Goa. The summer days are a bit harsh but nights are cool.Places to enjoy..Belgaum fort:When searching places to visit in Belgaum, fort comes in list. However after reaching inside we got confused to see only ruins of past and human settlement. But exploring will never disappoint you! And we found the Kamalbasti (a must visit!).
93 Kms from Bellary
Lepakshi is located in Mandal, a small village in Anantpur district, which is 120 kms from Bangalore and 15 kms from Hindupur. When one travels from Bangalore, except the last 20 kms into the village, the remaining roads are tolled highways and it takes around 2.5-3hrs to reach Lepakshi from Bangalore city.Local Legend There are two interesting myths associated with Lepakshi’s origin. This place has a significant role in one of the great Indian epics Ramayana. It is said that the bird Jatayu, was wounded by the King of Lanka, during Jayatu’s futile attempt to save Sita from Ravana. As the result of the battle, Jatayu’s wings fell off on the rocks here. When Rama reached the spot, he saw the suffering bird and said affectionately, “Le Pakshi” (meaning “Arise, bird”) in Telugu.Read More
Lepakshi is located in Mandal, a small village in Anantpur district, which is 120 kms from Bangalore and 15 kms from Hindupur. When one travels from Bangalore, except the last 20 kms into the village, the remaining roads are tolled highways and it takes around 2.5-3hrs to reach Lepakshi from Bangalore city.Local Legend There are two interesting myths associated with Lepakshi’s origin. This place has a significant role in one of the great Indian epics Ramayana. It is said that the bird Jatayu, was wounded by the King of Lanka, during Jayatu’s futile attempt to save Sita from Ravana. As the result of the battle, Jatayu’s wings fell off on the rocks here. When Rama reached the spot, he saw the suffering bird and said affectionately, “Le Pakshi” (meaning “Arise, bird”) in Telugu.
Ballari to baindur (424km) :Departure from ballari at 6am. We had packed our bags the previous night and did some finishing touches to the bags n bikes.we were a gang of 6 enthusiastic medical students. The excitement woke us up on time and kept us going on the first day. First stop was for breakfast at hospet. Worth to mention that Breakfast at local hotels are cheap yet tasty. Thereafter route from yellapur to ankola was one of the best routes we've encountered, its got long wide curves at every corner and Most of this route to baindur has some towns. So, it gets busy and travelling becomes slow.. But still We managed to reach baindur by 6.30pm, just in time for sunset. There We Stayed at a forest officer guest house. Imagine a cottage with a stunning view of the sea and backwaters, in the middle of a forest! Sunrise here was pure bliss! Theres even a private beach nearby filled with coves and rocks. The whole area was almost serene .With the local restaurant serving great seafood, just made my day even better. Fish fry and curry are a must -taste!Tip: carry water and stay hydrated. The weather gets really hot in some areas
Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary I had seen sloth bears from a distance in the Western Ghats and the Nilgiris before, but when I found out about Daroji, I had the chance to see them from up close, in a sanctuary dedicated to them. The guide told us that locals believe that the name Daroji comes from the word darwaze or gates, indicating that this was a gateway to the nearby Hampi, the capital of the Vijayanagara empire, which flourished from 14th-17th centuries AD. Only misshapen boulders are strewn around. No human hand has touched these stones to mould them into the sort of mantapas I’d seen on our drive here.