Last year, someone very close said to me in a casual and teasing tone, “You should travel to south India with a south Indian only.” I accepted that time but the words got stuck in my mind. I started wondering “Why?” To get the answer, I travelled to Karnataka last month on my own in order to take my first step towards understanding the South Indian culture, tradition, art, food, and most importantly, people. Being a north Indian, I was very much curious to begin exploring that part of our country and see for myself the richness of diversity.
My strolling shoes took me to Bangalore, Mysore, Coorg, Gokarna and Hampi during those, what I call, “My Eager Eleven Days”. I took local buses and autos to roam around. During my luckiest days there, I used to find someone understanding either English or Hindi, and on lucky days, I managed without knowing Kannada. But let me tell you something, a warm smile is a universal language! It happened to me a lot of times that when I was speaking in English/Hindi and the other person is talking in his mother tongue, our conversation still made sense and we understood each other completely. So, there is nothing like a language barrier. The people were very helpful and everyone appreciated a female solo traveller.
I spent my first four days in Bangalore and Mysore. So in the first part of the series, I am presenting here how you can have the best time in these 2 fabulous cities. Read on to know what all you can do and see when going there.