Ideal Time to Visit: We were at the mercy of the sun. It was that part of the year which is sizzling hot, so all the safety gear we had on was just making us feel like how a marshmallow would feel while it was being toasted!Read More
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196 Kms from Chikkamagaluru
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
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.
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.! :)
Started from Bangalore around 4 AM in the morning.
The Garden City and the Silicon Valley of India, there is so much more to Bangalore than meets the eye. Professionals throng to the city for work and travellers visit in order to experience modern India in all its glory. The climate in Bengaluru is always favourable and the beer does not stop flowing. The most intriguing aspect of Karnataka's capital is the balance between urban development and the preservation of colonial heritage. The abundance of green spaces in order to make up for burning lakes is a major plus.
Bangalore has been the starting point of most of my recorded journeys/trips since 2007 when I located myself in this IT City for a job which was non-IT (working in a Aerospace based company) based. Talking of my co-travellers, they have been mostly my batchmates from my management trainee days, from my graduation days or MBA days, or simply my colleagues at work place. And not the least, my dearest wifey, a Banker @ SBI, has been always an travel enthusiast and perfect partner in my trips. Unique part of this trip (to Kemmanagundi) that sets it apart from others is that it was planned in shortest period (only 3 hours at the evening before the day of trip) with places of visit evolving as we moved to our first stop just ahead of Hasan, i.e Belur. The trip to Kemmanagundi was part of our grand road trip by hired car from Bangalore on the south-eastern tip of Karnatka, to Belur-Halebidu-Chikkamagaluru, till Udupi on the western coast of the state.
292 Kms from Chikkamagaluru
Back at the campsite we were in an enthusiastic mood. There was some light music and beautiful ambience at the dinner table. We were soon exchanging our email addresses and asking each other to share their clicks. It was a long night. We were chatting about this and that. The dawn got us all with packed bags to the Madgaon railhead. This was the most amazing place I had been to after Binsar, Uttarakhand.Read More
Back at the campsite we were in an enthusiastic mood. There was some light music and beautiful ambience at the dinner table. We were soon exchanging our email addresses and asking each other to share their clicks. It was a long night. We were chatting about this and that. The dawn got us all with packed bags to the Madgaon railhead. This was the most amazing place I had been to after Binsar, Uttarakhand.
Ok , so to begin with We didn't have money .... hmmm , why do I bother mentioning it ... So an overnight train journey from Pune took me to Goa. Reached Madgao/ Margao in the morning b Goa Express. Since the people who had to join me were running late (which is an understatement) . I decided there was no point waiting for a day ... now to tell you I have started hating these auto wallas, they will rob you in taking you from a just one end of the road to other. I looked around but could not see any main road or buses ... I asked the auto for the fare to main bus stop . Rs 80. I went back into the station. Decided to ask the book Vendor. Good Move. Did what he suggested and you should do the same. Walk straight out . Yes, just keep walking and do not listen to any auto or people offering to be 'pilot'. There is a small bus stop opposite to the station. Cross the road and go stand there .
Getting There: I had taken a train from Thane (CST- Mangalore Express) at 10.30 pm which reached Madgaon(if ever you need to search on IRCTC, please type Madgaon and NOT Goa) the next morning. The journey through Konkan is visually pleasing as the barren lands are replaced by wonderful Coconut trees. I'd especially mention the bridge which links North Goa to Panjim and a river flowing beneath that; forms a picturesque view.
Arriving at Madagaon Railway Station after uch a long journey was a relief but at the same time a new anxiety popped as soon as i realised i need to make way to my hostel that I booked online through Hostel World ( a great site to get amzing deals )http://www.hostelworld.com/ . After much research and reviews I booked Jungle Hostel for next 3 days visit in Vagator . The ride from the station to the hostel was accompanied by the young group i met on train , as I hitchicked with them and used my smiling puppy face to persuade them in dropping me till my hostel !!!
When you want to get to South Goa, you can get buses from Mapusa to Panjim and from Panjim bus stand you can get Shuttle services directly stopping at Margaon bus terminal. Margaon market is the best option to do some shopping for local sweets, goan sausages, vinegar, goan spice mix and of course wine shops.
Margao or popularly know as Madgaon is 36km away from Palolem beach and has many sights and destinations. These include the 'Closed' Market called, in the Portuguese language, Mercado de Afonso de Albuquerque, the municipal building, the municipal garden, Anna Fonte, Old Market or Mercado Velho, Holy Spirit Church and the grand colonial mansions.
291 Kms from Chikkamagaluru
Only thing we did different today was 40km ride to Benaulim Beach. Road was in very good condition and we took around 40 mins to reach there from Agonda. The beaches in the south Goa are clean, beautiful and less crowded. You can make out the difference if you visit Panaji or Calangute at this time of the year.Read More
Only thing we did different today was 40km ride to Benaulim Beach. Road was in very good condition and we took around 40 mins to reach there from Agonda. The beaches in the south Goa are clean, beautiful and less crowded. You can make out the difference if you visit Panaji or Calangute at this time of the year.
To sum it all South Goa is the more serene half of the state where you’ll find some fabulous historic sights, Goa’s finest Portuguese mansions, winding country lanes and a series of resorts that range from the 5star hotel strips of Cavelossim and village feel of Benaulim, to the backpacker – friendly beach hut bliss of Palolem, Patnem and Agonda.If you want to drift into tranquility the south is a redolent, rewarding and re-energizing place to base yourself.
We arrived at around 10.30 am via a bus from Mumbai, the place is well connected from Mumbai. You get a lot of options, personally we chose to stick to travelling in a sleeper bus, which can cost somewhere from Rs.1400 - Rs1500.Benaulim, is close to Madgao so our halt was at Madgao, from where we booked an Innova for the duration of our stay there. It is advisable to book a car or a bike, as per convenience since the transportation otherwise via auto or cab can cost you a lot.A decent car can be availed within the budget of Rs.1000-1500 and a bigger one can dig a hole in your pocket upto Rs.3000.
A tiny beach town located within 10 kms of the bustling Madgaon is a must visit. It has a white sand beach which is relatively empty and has only a couple of shacks to eat. It is a place where you can sit under the beautifully clear night sky and spot the uncountable stars and galaxies in awe and admiration. It is so beautiful that you sometimes fear this is too good to be true and you are either hallucinating and It is just a huge painted ceiling you are stating at. One can also make an occasional wish on a falling star in the quiet and clear night. The village itself is located among green rain kissed coconut trees and small, beautiful and clean houses with a garden on the porch adorn the countryside. The feeling is that you have been transported to a time gone by as you sit and reminiscence about where you are, what you have achieved and most importantly what could have been.Varca Beach:
234 Kms from Chikkamagaluru
Best time to visit - May,June,September,October,November
This renowned hill station once housed the Madras Presidency during the British Rule and possesses many remnants in the form of regal looking bungalows, such as the Stone House, The Ootacamund Club, Government House and Fernhill Palace. This along with the tall pine trees in the green areas almost makes you believe you are in old English country. Ooty is also home to some of the most breathtaking lakes in the country, such as the Avalanche Lake, Emerald Lake and the popular Ooty Lake. For some adventure, one can hop on the Nilgiri Toy Train and enjoy a ride through the blue mountains, winding through dense forests, dark tunnels and valleys from Ooty to Coonoor. Ooty is heaven for nature lovers and a trek through the Mukurthi National Park will be etched on your mind for years to come, offering a stunning panorama of carpet like green hills, home to the tallest peak of the Nilgiri Range, several wildflowers and beauties such as the Nilgiri Tahr, Bengal Tiger, Indian Elephant, Leopard, Bonnet Macaque, Mouse Deer, Otter, Small Indian Civet and many more. If you still want more, you can take a mesmerising walk through the charming 19th century Government Botanical Gardens. Ooty's beauty can be explored more adventurously with everything from horse riding to hand gliding and mountain biking, all arranged by various resorts. Avid readers will be overwhelmed to visit the 19th century Nilgiri Library, sheltering around 25,000 books and hosting many events to promote reading habits among all age groups. Chocoholics should place King Star on the top of their itineraries for purchasing a plethora of delicious homemade chocolates. More delicious food from vegetarian, cafe to non-vegetarian cuisines can be enjoyed at popular places such as Quality Restaurant, Earl's Secret and Willy's Coffee Pub, which also has a commendable library for one to delve into while enjoying their drink. Witness Ooty come alive in the month of May, with its vibrant boat races and flower shows, hosted across the town.Read More
This renowned hill station once housed the Madras Presidency during the British Rule and possesses many remnants in the form of regal looking bungalows, such as the Stone House, The Ootacamund Club, Government House and Fernhill Palace. This along with the tall pine trees in the green areas almost makes you believe you are in old English country. Ooty is also home to some of the most breathtaking lakes in the country, such as the Avalanche Lake, Emerald Lake and the popular Ooty Lake. For some adventure, one can hop on the Nilgiri Toy Train and enjoy a ride through the blue mountains, winding through dense forests, dark tunnels and valleys from Ooty to Coonoor. Ooty is heaven for nature lovers and a trek through the Mukurthi National Park will be etched on your mind for years to come, offering a stunning panorama of carpet like green hills, home to the tallest peak of the Nilgiri Range, several wildflowers and beauties such as the Nilgiri Tahr, Bengal Tiger, Indian Elephant, Leopard, Bonnet Macaque, Mouse Deer, Otter, Small Indian Civet and many more. If you still want more, you can take a mesmerising walk through the charming 19th century Government Botanical Gardens. Ooty's beauty can be explored more adventurously with everything from horse riding to hand gliding and mountain biking, all arranged by various resorts. Avid readers will be overwhelmed to visit the 19th century Nilgiri Library, sheltering around 25,000 books and hosting many events to promote reading habits among all age groups. Chocoholics should place King Star on the top of their itineraries for purchasing a plethora of delicious homemade chocolates. More delicious food from vegetarian, cafe to non-vegetarian cuisines can be enjoyed at popular places such as Quality Restaurant, Earl's Secret and Willy's Coffee Pub, which also has a commendable library for one to delve into while enjoying their drink. Witness Ooty come alive in the month of May, with its vibrant boat races and flower shows, hosted across the town.
Nilgiri Mountain Railway:
Situated in the Western Ghats, Nilgiri Hills are aptly called as the 'Blue Mountains' for the bluish hue in their fine natural setting.The place boasts some scenic landscapes, steep hills, rivers and lakes that provide a captivating scenery.The Hill stations here with their natural beauty and the cheerful climate is sure to relaxe one's nerves.OOTYResting in the foothills of Nilgiris, Ooty is a well known hillstation among Indians.Its lush green Meadows, tall pine trees and the pleasant weather serve as a great weekend getaway for South Indians.even though Ooty is mostly crowded with tourists, yet the place is free from pollution and always greets you with its charming greenery.Ooty Lakestretching across 2.5 Km, the Ooty Lake is one of the prominent tourist landmark. here you can take a boat ride along its majestic lengths and is also a common picnic spot.Doddabetta PeakThis is one of the highest peaks of South India situated almost 10kms away from the town.this peak is a great deal for trekking and adventure enthusiasts.Here you can take a look into depths of the beautiful landscape from the Telescope House at the top of this Peak.Telescope HousePykara RiverAround 21 kilometres from the main town of Ooty lies the goodly Pykara River which is the largest river in this region. this river flows over a series of waterfalls and is surrounded by lush green meadows which adds to its beauty.The Pykara falls, Dam and the Boat House are some perquisite for the tourists.Avalanche LakeLocated around 28Kms from Ooty, this lake has become an important tourist destination in recent years and rightly so, with the serenity and the tranquility the landscape around it holds.
11. Ooty, Tamil NaduSituated serenely amidst the Nilgiris, whose name means 'blue mountains', the town of Ooty is splendid to admire. Come the monsoons and the greenery absorbs you in its tranquility and sheer aura. Hills and plantations aside, there are also dams and forest reserves in here to wonder of. Plus the Ooty Lake and Government Botanical Garden also demand a visit.
So we began another sleepless and rather cold journey and reached Ooty at around 3:00 am in the morning. It was cold and was drizzling with the wind slapping across our skimpy clothes. I went out to find a hotel room and had to literally break in to wake up the sleeping staff. Slept in a stuffy and smelly room, hoping that the day-break would bring some great sights, but, the morning brought rage.I had planned 3 days for the Ooty, Coonoor and Kotagiri circuit but we left the very next day and the only enjoyable thing that we got to do was to take a ride in the toy train from Coonoor to Ooty. That too was marred by the madding crowd. It was a really bad decision on my part to equate Ooty with the likes in Kerala. Ooty probably is a great destination but I really had different expectations and so did the others. So the bad part is better left unsaid.
OOTY - It is known as Udhagamandalam the Queen of Hills. It is located in Nilgiri Hills. It was known as Wotokymund. Toda, Kota and Kurumba tribe are the inhabitants of Ooty. Ooty has subtropical highland climate. Ooty is a popular place for Panaromic views, nature and honeymoon couples. The best time to visit Ooty - May-June. Days required to see full of Ooty - 3-4 days are required to see full of Ooty.How to reach Ooty - By air -To fly till Coimbatore and from there go to Ooty. By bus/Car - There are luxury buses that travel 3 hours from Coimbatore to Ooty daily. The ghat section is very pleasantable to drive. By Train - There are trains up to Mettupalaym. Nilgiri Mountain Trains travel up the hill.Point of interest -
Ootacamund or Ooty, located in the Nilgiri Hills in Tamil Nadu is well connected by good roads to Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka via five Nilgiri Ghat Roads and another road from Mettupalayamin Coimbatore District via Kotagiri. Its nearest Airport is at Coimbatore International Airport. The city of Coimbatore is located at 105 kms. from Ooty. But if you would like to know Ooty and its getaway attractions then the places that are ready to greet you are:-Tea-factoryOoty Botanical GardensGovernment Rose GardenOoty LakeStone House inside Government Arts CollegeToda Huts – before this region came under East India Company at the end of 18th Century, Ooty was occupied by Todas. Some Todas still inhabit in the region and their huts bear testimony to their rich artistic heritage St. Stephens Church – early Gothic revival, its stained glass and architecture reveals its early Gothic revival history. Wax-World – museum located in an old bungalowOoty Golf Links And now some of the nearby attractions:- Dodabetta Peak – highest in the Nilgiris – 2623 metres above Sea Level – this is only 10 kms from OotyTribal Museum – 10 kms – in Muthorai Palada
Started at 4:00am from Bangalore, took Bangalore-Mysore highway via Mandya. This is one of the busiest route during day time. I would suggest to take Kanakpura Road if travelling during day time. Since roads were empty, I was able to maintain the good speed and reached Bandipur Tiger Reserve around early. We were lucky to spot some Elephant and Deer on the way. Once crossed Bandipur Tiger Reserve, there are two ways to Ooty; one is with 36 hairpin bend this is via Masiagudi (commercial vehicle like buses are not allowed, you can ride/drive peacefully) and other one is via Mudumalai National Park (route for commercial vehicles). Both routes are good. I would suggest to take one route while going and take other one while returning. Road conditions are very good. The only thing I would suggest ride/drive carefully.Ooty: Small yet a lot to explore. A lush green place, take a deep breath and every part of your body will fell the freshness. Place so clean and green. You can walk to Lake which is very near to Railway Station.
Day 6: (Ooty)Boarded the super express of KSRTC to Ooty at 10 am. By 1 pm I reached Ooty. It was a different climate from SB. Hired a room and took a nap. After having dinner I explored the streets. The streets of Ooty was quite similar to that of Shimla and Mussoorie. A typical British era hill station. Day 7: (Ooty)
Ooty: This town in the state of Tamil Nadu is also known as the capital of the Nilgiri Hills where two mountain ranges meet. Botanical Gardens on the slopes of the Doddabetta peak and the small tea factory and museum in Ooty are definitely the must-see spots. Doddabetta Peak in Ooty, at a height of around 8,650 feet, is the highest peak in South India.Nearest domestic airport from Ooty is Coimbatore at a distance of 88kms. Mettupalyam is the nearest railhead and there are trains connecting Ooty to Chennai, Coimbatore, Mysore and Bangalore. Ooty is just a road trip away from Bangalore via Mysore or via Chamarajanagar.Read More: Ooty, a ride into the heavenly Nilgiris by Rahul Arora
236 Kms from Chikkamagaluru
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
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.
Well we got lucky and visited this place in the month of January and it was surely a wonderful trip. I started with the word lucky as this wasn't our first option and we never thought it would turn out be a great trip. Our itinerary was of 2 days. We started from Bangalore on a Friday night and reached Saturday morning. The weather there had a kind of magic in it. The winds were blowing and the place was so common. Hampi is literally a village and it is mainly the ruins of the Vijaynagar empire. We stopped at the Hospet bus stand and from there took a 3 wheeler and it took us to the riverside of Hampi. The worlds across two sides of the river are totally different. One side of the river have all the temples and the local life of village people while the other side is more of a Hippie place. You can see various types of tourists on that side. We decided to stay on that side only. For crossing the river, we took a ferry and reached to the side. The hotel we took had kinds of tourists. Then we started our journey.
Day 2 : Well, apart from your own vehicle (car/bike) the best option to move around the Hampi city is Auto. We hired one and for the whole day we were charged 1000/-. We started our journey with Hemkuta hill, which though isn’t shown on the map, but it’s right at the Bus stand. The first monument we covered was the temple of Kadalekalu Ganesh. The Ganesh shrine there is shaped like an unsplit Bengal gram seed. Below is the view of the Hemkuta hill, you’d come across several smaller temples like the one in the picture scattered across the hill slopes of the hill. We also have the sunset point on the same hills.
If you are still looking for more options then Hampi in the northern part of Karnataka is a nice place to choose to be at during the weekend. This city of ruin lies on the River Tungabhadra and it used to be the capital of the Vijaynagar Kingdom. The Jog falls are a famous hot spot here and it is close to 900 feet high. This place is highly recommended by locals and is best visited during the month of October through to March.The Hampi bazaar and monolith bull happen to be other attractions that one can visit when here. One is sure to purchase quite a number of products from this rural bazaar and go bathing in the Jog Falls during the summer months. Hampi is a place that one will never regret visiting. Instead of some high end vacation spot, why don’t you try this place for a change? You are sure to enjoy as much on this weekend getaway from Bangalore and save much while doing so.
Are you an adventurous person? Would you enjoy spending your day sweating it out climbing really big boulders and hanging off inclines? If your answer is yes then don't wait here and leave for Hampi already! Hampi in the winter months is the perfect climber's paradise, where you can meet many climbers from across the world. There are quite a lot of things to see here as well. Visit the well-preserved temples of the Vijaynagara empire. You can even take a boat ride in saucer-shaped little boats!How To Reach: The nearest railway station is in Hospet about 12km away and the nearest airport is Bellary and Belgaum.Do you have more places that can be added to this list? Let me know by commenting below or create your own listicle of the best places to visit in 2017!
Points to look out for: the carvings, musical columns, intricate detailing, spatial organization, Indo-Islamic fusion style.5. Fatehpur SikriThis city of victory or fatehpur Sikri made by Mughal Emperor Akbar during later half of the 16th century is one of the best preserved examples of Indo-Saracenic Mughal Architecture in India. This imperial complex is home to a mosque, a tomb and a royal complex.This UNESCO World Heritage Site mostly consists of structures made out of sandstone. The Sacred cluster consists of a mosque, Jama Masjid and the tomb of Salim Chisti and the Royal Cluster consists of a capital fortified town.
My last few days in Bangalore, I decided to try out one of the most sought after destinations in Karnataka ‘Hampi’. So I set off on a solo trip to the backpacker’s and archeology buffs paradise situated at 365 kms from the bustling city of Bangalore. Hampi is a little village which is located on both sides of the Tungabhadra River and is a picturesque location with it’s boulder strewn topography, ruins of ancient temples and historical sites. It has been declared as a UNESCO world heritage site and is maintained by the Archeological Society of India.Historic & mythological significance
Hampi370 Km and a seven hour drive from Hyderabad, Hampi is yet another place that makes a highly worthwhile getaway. A World Heritage Site, Hampi is located on the banks of river Tungabhadra. Here you can lose yourself in the history or simply be mesmerised by the serenity of nature. The village is surrounded by temples, ancient aquatic structures, palaces and bastions which infuse an esoteric energy into the visitors. Its historic and forlorn ruins offer endless and delightful opportunities to both amateur and experienced photographers. The sunrise and sunset over the village, viewed from atop the central located Matanga Hill, are truly magical need to be experienced to be believed. Preferred mode of travel: Car or BusTravel Tip: Must explore the other side of Hampi across river Tungabhadhra .If you want to see the ruins at their best, wake up by 5 AM and catch the early morning rays as they hit the village. For good Israeli food, try Mango Tree hotel.
244 Kms from Chikkamagaluru
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Coonoor, or Kannur as it is also known is a small district that is rather famous for its production of Nilgiri tea. The best way to get there would hands down be the Heritage Train, which gives you a chance to soak in the scenic route while indulging in interesting conversations with the locals. Established in 1984, Sim's Park is a lusciously filled botanical garden. A must visit, its sloping manicured lawns hold over a thousand plant species both rare and local, and make for a perfect picnic spot. While at Coonoor, it is easy to fall in love with the place and its people, and there are a variety of places to go to if you're looking for some serenity. The Dolphin's Nose (which is a rock that literally looks like the name) is another such haven for visitors and even offers you a misted view of the Laws Falls. For every person who comes here, a trip to the magnificent tea estates is definitely in order, where you can see everything from its manufacturing to actually getting a taste of it. It'll change your perception of tea – especially if you're a tea lover! Coonoor is definitely a highlighted trip on the bucket list of everyone looking to find themselves away from the hustle of life. Read More
Coonoor, or Kannur as it is also known is a small district that is rather famous for its production of Nilgiri tea. The best way to get there would hands down be the Heritage Train, which gives you a chance to soak in the scenic route while indulging in interesting conversations with the locals. Established in 1984, Sim's Park is a lusciously filled botanical garden. A must visit, its sloping manicured lawns hold over a thousand plant species both rare and local, and make for a perfect picnic spot. While at Coonoor, it is easy to fall in love with the place and its people, and there are a variety of places to go to if you're looking for some serenity. The Dolphin's Nose (which is a rock that literally looks like the name) is another such haven for visitors and even offers you a misted view of the Laws Falls. For every person who comes here, a trip to the magnificent tea estates is definitely in order, where you can see everything from its manufacturing to actually getting a taste of it. It'll change your perception of tea – especially if you're a tea lover! Coonoor is definitely a highlighted trip on the bucket list of everyone looking to find themselves away from the hustle of life.
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COONOORat an altitude of about 2000ft, and almost 20km from Ooty, Coonoor is a quaint, peaceful town in the Eastern part of the Nilgiri Hills which is studded with Tea gardens.Tea GardensCoonoor comprises of many tourist attractions under its sites and offers exciting walking and trekking trailsDolphin NoseThe big rock at Dolphin Nose resembles a dolphin's nose and so the name.The viewpoint is around 1000fts above sea level.watching the rising and setting sun from this viewpoint has been a common thing among the visitors.Nilgiri Mountain RailwayBuilt by the british in the early 19th century, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway is a railway that works on its fleet of steam locomotive which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. winding through the scenic blue mountain terrain, the joyride offers great view of the valleys as the train ascends and the ride sure takes you to a bygone era.Nilgiri RailwayLaw's FallsAbout 5Km from Coonoor on the route to Mettupalayam lies the delightful Law's Falls, which is the lone Waterfall in Coonoor.This is also a popular tourist attraction.
Explore the rolling tea estates and Nilgiri Mountain Railways in the quieter than Ooty hill station, Coonoor. It is also considered as an ideal base for trekking to the Nilgiris.
We took a Toy Train (my first experience) from Ooty to Coonoor. This is Nilgiri Range. As far as you can see is only green mountains. Toy trains are small and can accommodate only limited number of people, I would suggest to do reservations. After that, we visited Doddabetta Peak. This is kind of off-road ride because road conditions are not good, be careful on this road cos it steep and wet. Since, it’s on hill top, you will be able to see a lot from there but only if fog is not there (we had bad luck).
How I got there:From Goa to Coonoor: Via bus (KSRTC) from Goa to Mysore to Ooty and a local to CoonoorFrom Coonoor to Parsons Valley: Four-wheel drive (they send you one if required at extra cost)Where I stayed:Parsons Valley Retreat (Rs1800 per person per night including breakfast, lunch, tea + snacks, dinner). They made a bonfire and put some logs in the cabin so we wouldn’t freeze to death.What I ate:In Parsons Valley: delicious array of south Indian foodIn Ooty: Chocolates from Modern StoresRead about my trip here: http://diellesdoodles.blogspot.in/
Situated at an altitude of 2000 ft, it is a small town with salubrious climate which sits on the Eastern Nilgiri Hills. It is a quintessential tea town as the massive tea plantations surround the hills and Coonoor's economy depends on tea trade. It is 17 km away from Ooty. The main attractions of this place are Sim's Park, Lamb's Rock, Dolphin's Nose and Law's Falls. Image Sources: Sim's Park | Lamb's Rock |Law's Falls | Dolphin's Nose
108 Kms from Chikkamagaluru
Best time to visit - January,September,October,November,December
So much has been said about Coorg that one heads there with tons of expectations. And luckily, travellers are not disappointed. From the surreal beauty surrounding the small town to its rich flora and fauna, Coorg is a wonderful experience. The laidback town is home to a number of touristy places, though most of them are situated a little further from the center of town. Do visit Abbey Falls for a rejuvenating afternoon and Tadiyendamol, the highest peak in the region, for an overwhelming view of the city below. Coorg is also home to an elephant farm that invites travellers to spend a day with these gentle creatures. The itinerary at the farm includes bathing elephants, feeding them and taking them for a walk. It's a lovely way to spend your day and the experience will stay with you for a long, long time. For foodies, there isn't an opportunity to experiment too much but the food available more than makes up for the lack of experimentation. The local cuisine is simple but delicious. The homestays here offer an experience you can't miss. The warm hospitality, the delicious food and an experience that takes you closer to nature is what Coorg is all about. Read More
So much has been said about Coorg that one heads there with tons of expectations. And luckily, travellers are not disappointed. From the surreal beauty surrounding the small town to its rich flora and fauna, Coorg is a wonderful experience. The laidback town is home to a number of touristy places, though most of them are situated a little further from the center of town. Do visit Abbey Falls for a rejuvenating afternoon and Tadiyendamol, the highest peak in the region, for an overwhelming view of the city below. Coorg is also home to an elephant farm that invites travellers to spend a day with these gentle creatures. The itinerary at the farm includes bathing elephants, feeding them and taking them for a walk. It's a lovely way to spend your day and the experience will stay with you for a long, long time. For foodies, there isn't an opportunity to experiment too much but the food available more than makes up for the lack of experimentation. The local cuisine is simple but delicious. The homestays here offer an experience you can't miss. The warm hospitality, the delicious food and an experience that takes you closer to nature is what Coorg is all about.
Day 2:Drive to Iruppu FallsNext day we decided to checkout and went to see Irupu falls, its quite a good drive with few curves road in between.There is also a wild sanctuary, but we could not spot any animals besides us :D
When the Scots were in India, they noticed uncanny similarities between Coorg and Scotland – both were pleasant, misty and surrounded by a never-ending mountainous landscape. That's when they decided to plan this town exactly like their home. Coorg is climbing the charts of popularity as a tourist destination, and people from all over come here to relax and relive the era of the British Raj. It tops the list as one of the best places to visit in India in February. The weather during this month will be cool with temperatures remaining around 20°C in the morning and 8 to 10°C at night.How to reach: The Mangalore Airport is 160km away and also the nearest to Coorg. It is well-connected by both rail and road.Giving back its royalty to the Queen of Hills, Ooty!
At a distance of 237 km, this weekend getaway from Bangalore is officially known as Kodagu district. It's close proximity to the city makes it a desired weekend getaway from Bangalore. Coorg’s hills covered by forests, the coffee and spice plantations add to the beauty of the landscape. The town’s transportation centre is Madikeri – from where cars and buses converge with tourists.Adventure activities in Coorg includes trekking, camping, dirt biking, coffee plantations tours and exploring the wild side of nature in an excursion through its wildlife sanctuaries. The treks here are of moderate difficulty and thus meant for almost every one. The panoramic views from the top of the hills are mesmerizing. There are also a few old Buddhist and Hindu temples here. All of this make Coorg one of the most sought after weekend getaways from Bangalore.
1. Coorg (Kodavu), KarnatakaSituated on the Western Ghats, this is 'the land of cauvery'. Counted among one of the most famous hill- stations down south, it is often called the 'Scotland of India'. It offers plenty to explore from hill-top coffee and spice plantations to tributaries of river Kaveri flowing magically in between, and also fishing and island-hopping options for the more adventurous ones. August is the perfect time to visit since monsoon season is in full bloom and the valley looks even the more fresh and enchanting. Hence, Coorg makes it to the top of the list for places to visit in India in August.
7. COORG - It is called Kodagu, Situated on the south western part of Karnataka on the western ghats. This place is filled sigh rich flora and fauna, famous Abbey falls, Dubare elephant camp, Nagarhole national park, Bylakuppe and Cauvery nisargadhama. How to Reach - By Air - Mangalore is the nearest airport.By Train - Mysore junction is well connected and 120kms away is Coorg.By Road - There are direct buses to Coorg.November to March is the best time to visit Coorg. Coorg is very famous for landscapes, waterfalls and misty mountains. Trekking, quad biking, river rafting are famous adventure sports. Hill stations not only offer fresh air and coolness, they rejuvenate and make travel very enjoyable. Karnataka hill stations does the above, three years of living in Karnataka gave me a great opportunity to travel and explore and feel the peace.
Adventures in Coorg is a never ending game, apart from its scenic beauty enthralling, it offers a lot for your adrenaline rush as well. If you are planning to visit Coorg, do plan your trip around July and Oct since it's the time to have white River rafting specifically 7km & 12km. Other months, you get to do still water rafting of 1-2km. Though a little stress to raft yet it worth to get into the waters..
Coorg Tired of slogging through yet another tough semester? Book tickets to Coorg and let the lazy out! Brew yourselves some refreshing local tea, grab the wooden chairs, and talk about nothing and everything with the people who know you the best. Hop to the local markets and pick out some lovely kadagas (bangles) for yourself or your friends. As you are engulfed by the green forests and the blue skies, your soul will rejuvenate itself without you even realizing.
Coorg is a perfect monsoon destination as it receives a good amount of rainfall in June. June is the onset of monsoon in this town and also the best time to see waterfalls in their full flow. The pleasant weather becomes quite cool by night. The Abbey falls are absolutely spectacular! Make sure you do not miss this in the off-season places to visit in India list that has been hanging on your wall for so long!The nearest airport is Mangalore International Airport (137 km), but you can also reach there by train or bus.Off-Season In July
Coorg: With astonishing variety of flora and fauna, vast expanse of coffee plantations and stunning waterfalls, Coorg is a bucket list destination for many curious travellers. Some of the must visit places in Coorg include Dubare Elephant Camp, Abbey falls, Brahmagiri Peak and Iruppu Falls.Nearest airport to Coorg is Mangalore International Airport. Mysore is the nearest railhead, about 120 kms away from Coorg. Bus services connects Coorg to all the major cities of Karnataka through KSRTC bus services.Read More: Disconnect and let the Wild sink in at Coorg (Kodagu) by Pratiksha Mohanty
Nestled in the lap of the beautiful Baba Budan Hills, this is a good option for trekking for all tourists. It is also known for its coffee plantations and you can taste some of the best coffee in the world out here. Other than that there is a fort as well as a rose garden to explore. If you like to travel by road, then get into your car and drive to the place which is called ‘the coffee district of Karnataka’ – Chikmangalur.This tourist destination is located 236 km away from Bangalore and will take one around 4 hours to reach by road. Within 300 km, this is an exceptional weekend getaway from Bangalore for a family vacation too. Tall trees, lush greenery, majestic mountains, and relaxation are what this place has to offer. When in Chikmangalur, do visit the Mahatma Gandhi Park, known locally as Rathnagiri Bore. The Nehru Rose Garden, resplendent with over 250 species, is another hotspot here and one can participate in music and cultural festivals while visiting here.
#SwipeRightToTravelIt is known to us that South India is bestowed with greenery and mesmerizing beauty ranging from hills to the lush green coffee plantations. I stay in Bangalore and it is quite natural for me to explore the sides and rocks of the nearby places, but what you need is a good company who is equally ready to jump in for joy. What’s better than cousins !. People landed from Kolkata and Noida to bulk up for a trip to any nearby happening spots of Karnataka. We wrote and scribbled about quite a few names and checked Chikmagalur which would be the best place to cover in 3 days time along with the historic cities of Beluru and Halebidu. So me accompanied by my other 6 cousins jet set in 2 of our chariots (I call so because of her unstoppable service) in the frame of a car.On way to Chikmagalur….The city takes its name from Cikkamagala uru which means “Daughters town”. Legend says the city was given as dowry to the youngest daugher of Rukmangada.The journey started at 7 am from Bangalore and somehow we managed to force ourselves from the sea of vehicles at that hour and sneak into the esplanade of highways.Highway to Hill The humans making all this happen Someone is returning back (The white car)Bangalore roads you’re horrible and so is the sense of her drivers!Once I was out of the city the drive along the highways seemed like sailing in water without any sudden jolts. The roads sometime took the frame of an escalating flyover and sometimes the diversions were of a racing track from Grand Prix. The sideways of the highway were stumped with trees and sometimes it bent down to kiss each other making a shade for the fellow passerby. Ah! Beautiful. Its true, nature can be felt from eyes. Finally after 6 hours drive we reached our first stay “Mountain Valley” resort and amazing was our start. The rooms were fully furnished with golden wooden touch comprising of attractive bedrooms and interiors.The garden at Mountain Valley Sipping coffee was never coloruful Our nestInteriors Showpiece They look good there..don't use themSofa which helped as a bed due to over accomodation Check the glaze..dont ask why I took the ceiling Grandfather also lived with us Interior looks good with any random objectsChikmagalur is also known for coffee plantations which you can smell in the air whether you are driving or walking, it’s kind of a O2 blend with the dessert. On top of it the place is blessed with a mixture of cool breeze and twinklings of raindrops. It’s a rare kind when you can feel the touch of rain and not feel like running under a shade, because it’s a pin prick and not a slap of droplets. Our stay was as beautiful as those rich cottages we see in the English movies where the protagonists family resided in wooden burnished interiors and among the woods, somewhat similar to Forrest Gump’s place or that of Kate’s stay from Holiday. Greens and Breeze accompanied our eyes and ears respectively for close to 72 hours slaying away the monotonous wreckage of hullabaloo in the city.Buttermilk Falls…We refreshed ourselves with a South Indian lunch and thankfully it tasted quite distant from being horrible. I was full and fool enough to hog too much, given that we were to drive out for nearby sites like Buttermilk Falls, Mullayangiri hills as we heard they are more alluring for our sight. We started off sooner than later as after dusk the beauty of the hills turns into beast and can be treacherous to drive amidst the turns and tantrums of the fog and mist in the hills. Our first halt was at Buttermilk falls where we had to park our cars few miles away and hire the local jeep. We had our series of questions to the locals who were conducting and earning with the help of the Jeeps. They strictly mentioned regular city drivers can’t drive their way down to the location of the falls as the roads are turbulent and can be fatal.Well we had no other questions left when rules are set. So, jeeps were hired and 7 of us started the journey. I was curious enough to see what the roads are going to offer as a treat. Firstly, it was lovingly uncomfortable and would have given a good competition to Shakira in terms of body shaking. Hits and blows were our series of tastes in turn while the Jeep ventured into the mud scattered and rocky roads. It was perfectly edgy and perfect enough to jump to death if not perfectly driven. Prayag Da was an expert but I wondered if he could have driven in the dirt race tracks. 3 kms as they said seemed like a ride back to Bangalore and again back. It took hell of a time. Finally reached the spot and the sight was a treat. It made me forget the tiring journey of past 3 kms.We stood quite far away from the body of water fall however, getting drenched was not a tough factor given the thud noise of water when it landed down the stream from the top. Few clicks and selfies were must and clicked quite good amount of pictures together. After waiting there for half an hour it was time to ride back or call it climbing back in a Jeep , Innovative word Eh ! The journey back to our car was not so hectic given that we had our own share of experiences and were ready for the next dish of bumps.Mullayanagiri played spoilsport….As we were about to start for the next destination Mullayanagiri, it started raining. Rain I must say wakes up the nature and blooms the greenery around. I wonder people who stay in such places on the lap of greens procure health benefits more than city goers and have long life ahead with less chance of being unhealthy. With such thoughts we ventured out for Mullayanagiri known to be the highest peak in Karnataka elevated at 1930 metres. It is part of the Baba Budan Giri hill ranges. After driving back from Buttermilk falls there are two ways which goes down to Chikmalagur and the other sways top Mullayangiri. We took a halt for few minutes to decide whether to drive ahead to Mullayanagiri or rest it for the day and come back next morning. So, had a small debate with Didi and Sohini voting for going down and me and Prayag da settling that we must make it today itself as we had time, but it resulted as a flop. After venturing few miles towards Mullayanagiri it became obvious that we took a wrong decision that day. The Baba Budan rangeFew meters ahead the roads turned narrow with succumbing space for one vehicle and nobody can cross our paths coming out from the other side. The most terrifying site was the ocean of fog, although it was beautiful and mesmerizing, yet it brought it’s own sense of tragedy if the weather at that time played against our wish then we are all set for hundreds of feet down flying (use udna nahi girna kehte hai). I looked left-right-straight-back, it was all white and the wiper dancing on the front glass. Great ! we are in for an adventure and might well be able to work our way upwards. After driving few miles up, the whiteness turned heaven and came around to hug our car which is not so comfortable. We decided to stop for a while as there was an approaching vehicle who was stuck. Prayag Da walked to them and came with the news not to go ahead as things are not favorable to reach the peak. Sigh ! disappointed I was. I came out of the car so that I can be the traffic guide for our car. Interesting ! I am guiding a car to not land in danger at a spot where it was more like heaven than hills. To my dismay wind was firing from machine guns and it was difficult to control my friction. I thought it would have been better to get those magnetic boots used by SRK in Badshah. It worked well for me to guide and we came down the roads with exchange of words between the husband and wife who were with us. All of a sudden I was inside a moving parliament with Didi and Prayag da becoming Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha quarreling with each other. Rajya Sabha always had the defending sense for me. It took us an hour or two driving back to Mountain Valley with a chai break at a roadside tea stall whose name I couldn’t read as my knowledge of Kannada alphabets is negative. The spot was dazzling and the sense of attraction was the sculpture of a lady in the posture of Cleopatra carved out of rocks and bushes. After sipping 2 cups of coffee served late and onion fries, we were all done for the day and we lay ourselves back. Freshened up and all of us got engaged in a game of UNO and I won twice that day, my back to back win so far. Snacks were our fuel and goodbye to hunger until dinner. Game done , Dinner done !.Peace prevails amidst pristine lamps hanging at every corner of the cottage with strange yet soulful sound of wind. My ears never had the honor to such blare of wind. It’s one of those little moments I took pleasure during my trip.Hebbe falls..First day down, Chikkamagalur was a treat and the stay an author’s retreat. We started our campaign and the next visit was Hebbe falls. The place is 10-12 kms away from Kemmanagudi and almost 55 kms from Chikkamagalur. Hebbe falls can be seen from plain lands when you are driving your way to the hills and the view is luxurious to your eyes. It is a straight white mark in the middle of a big green canvas. The sight is exquisite and sprinkles of water during rainy season blossoms an oil paint image of the scenery. Mesmerizing it is !Hebbe falls Sometimes capture something which looks beautiful even if you don't know what for Car you stay there...We will be back...When the falls took a selfie with me.. I crossed the Nile thrice...Seriously!!..Not only the destination, even the journey was accentuating. We stopped by the roads which lay like too many “S” joined together. It struck my mind then that we just zoom when we are driving, it is also necessary to stop and enjoy the stillness devoid of sound.I stood at the edge of the road and down lay the cliff, but if you look straight across the horizon you will see carpets lay all over with range of Baba Budan Giri encircling the area. In the middle of those carpet fields stood few houses. Lucky they are who own them. The roads came with surprises in between where navigation app showed the shortest way but did not mention it was full of dirt race challenges. Prayag da was genius enough to sneak out of the rural roads. It took us an hour to come out in the highway for the smooth journey we were anticipating. After we started escalating the hills, we reached a spot where there was a gate with something written in their local language making me feel alien again and a left turn. We stopped for a while and discussed whether to take left or straight should be our destination. Don’t know what struck us we took left but stopped after gearing few meters. I Got down and asked one of the passerby whether Hebbe is all the way up, they wronged us and asked to take U turn and head through the gate we just ignored. The road we are facing would have taken us to Kemmanagundi, and probably the place we marked for our next bag. So, we turned back and entered the vicinity of big trees and a red wet mud avenue. I could see this road taking a sudden right turn. I was eager to head that way. The road had something unique because you can’t see how does the path look once it shot the naive turn because the entire area is covered with blanket of greenery. It was beautiful and peaceful !As we parked our cars we fell in the hats of another out of nothing business. We cannot proceed with our own vehicle, rather had to take the forest Jeep as the roads won’t fit the bill of regular plain drivers. Hence shelled our amount and booked our jeep. I put on my Wind-Cheater to fight the pin pricking breeze at such an altitude. We boarded the Jeep and had no idea what the journey would be like. We heard that Hebbe falls is 3 Kms away from the place we parked our own cars. What would be coming was not in our minds. The roads were more of a terrain and not a normal road. Somewhere it seemed we are the first one to create roads in mankind and hence exploring the way to Hebbe for the upcoming generations. 3 Kms seemed like 30 kms which the guard at the gate couldn’t relate to. Even though it was a roller coaster ride, but the beauty and the mist were glorifying. This tour kept on surprising me with devotion of gods creation. Clouds were sailing all around us and the lush green surroundings were shining creating an ecstatic ambiance. These assets of nature can only be felt through eyes, not by touch.We reached a spot where the driver parked the car and mentioned that the Falls is still quite far away. Screwed !!. We were wondering now what do we do and what challenges are going to welcome us. I stood and looked around, the trees were standing too high in a queue and completely deep into a forest. I wished no wild boars or big cats would surprise us in such a dense forest. Anyway, we started tapping our feet forward to struggle our way to Hebbe falls. After walking for few minutes, we came across a stream. It was gentle and clear, slowly flowing on it’s own unperturbed by the humans staring at her. There were stones and rocks beneath the water, which means it’s not deep and we can easily cross. My cousins decided to take off their footwear and walk, but I decided to cross with my footwear on. The water in the stream was bone chilling and I had to summon my nerves to tolerate that. Next we were challenged by the muddy and slippery soils all wet, if not controlled you can land on the earth with a thud and it would be a nasty fall. So to avoid that we helped each other and came out strong without a fall.So we could see the water fall at a distance and it was indeed a worth watch. But, our interest was to reach the spot instead of watching it from a stage like that of a Multiplex backseat. Thus, we went ahead.The slow and careful walk was not at all easy, we don’t belong to the ManVsWild crew nor Bear Grylls my father. I really liked what I was doing because how often do you get to cross streams within a look alike set of Jurassic Park, and no Dino’s were after us; the missing point.Once you look up and straight, you get to feel the pin pricks and gush of water which has no color turns white entirely breaking the stillness of the place for ages. Isn’t it beautiful !. I was at that place and watching those consistent fall created an ambiance where you can stay there without any disturbance. I could hop from one rock to another and tried to get as close as I can. The camera lenses were dripping and opaque enough giving me VGA shots. We all had a great time taking pictures, the only way to celebrate our trek.Half an hour later we were done with our enjoyment and time to roll our sleeves to head back to jeep. The expedition back to jeep was good one as I carried little babies on my feet with me and thought of keeping it as pet. I was not happy about the fact they were trying to enter my skin hence took it and threw it there. Leeches have bad taste of food which I can’t afford and they left a permanent mark in my life ! sorry legs.We returned back with an increased amount of roughness and like champions just back from diamond hunt.Once back it was time to descend. Bye Bye Hebbe. I was scrolling through the google pages to know more about Hebbe and read that it is banned for tourism as it’s a tiger reserve and open tourism is not allowed. Can you believe that ! We just played and sprung here ‘n’ there least knowing Tigers can join the party too and we their food.Phew! Enough of Discovery Channel, time for History TV as the next platter.We are somewhat familiar about the Cholas, Guptas, Chalukyas, Mauryas, Mughals, Marathas etc from school times and history classes, but what kept me awestruck was Hoysalas gargantuan level of art which was highly rich and beyond our imagination of creating the same impact in today’s time. Both the towns of Beluru and Halebidu which is 13-14 kms apart and still holds their culture of ancient period thus preserving the tales of modernization during the 10-14th centuries through artifacts and stone carved tales on the bodies of the Chennakeshava temples. History and Art are not enough if you don’t touch them with your vision. Pages from books can let you know and understand, but staring at those beauties and acknowledging the pinnacle of skill Indians had during those period is beyond explanation, and only exclamations.The Chennakeshava temple took 103 years from laying its foundation till its inauguration. Vishnuvardhana started building the temple. Legend says the reason to build the temple was to commemorate their victory over the Cholas. It was completed Veera Ballala II (Vishnuvardhana’s grandson). The structure explains the daily activities of the people during Hoysala rule and the understanding of strength, knowledge, power magnificently displayed at the base of the entire structure. From a distance the temple looks like a majestic structure with carved stones displaying the skills the artists possessed, but when you take a eye to eye look, it explains how the women used to live and their fashion statement. The explanation of using binoculars and sculptures of human sipping drinks from bottles is beyond our thoughts that today’s lifestyle were already a part of India when technology was not the ruling base of survival. It was complete art and human skills. Human hands were the right set of arms than machine made tools. It is unquestionably not a pleasure to read and enjoy. History is itself rich what I understood looking at them which no pages can elate your sense of amazement.After Beluru we drove to Halebidu which was another arm of the Hoysala heritage. The history behind its rise and doom is intriguing. Malik Kafur who was the General of Alauddin Khilji attacked and vandalized the city of Dorasamudra- the then capital of Hoysala empire. Kafur attacked twice and devastated the region thus throwing them into ruins. It was later Beluru became the capital of Hoysala empire after the grounding of the Dorasamurdra. The hoysala temples comprises of two hindu temples- Hoysaleshwara and Kedareswara. At the entrance of the temples there is a large lake, from which the name Dwara (Entrance) Samudra (Lakes or sea) got her name. The temples of Halebidu resembles striking similarities to that of Beluru and was almost similar to that of the depiction of tales from Hindu mythology and abundant dancing figures. It is to be kept in mind not only were the artform exquisite but what was more eyebrow raising is their uniqueness. No sculpture was a second form to each other. One structure is one in the whole world. It is a matter of thought how peculiar and highly accurate the artists were with their magnanimous brilliant hammering strokes so that no structure resembles to each. I still wonder how is that possible and what went wrong to our heritage that we lag so much today and we all talk about Italy, France and Europe when art is spoken about. For me these soapstone structures were much more alluring than The Monalisa or preservation’s at Louvre (I am yet to see this, hopefully in future). I lose words when explaining and beautifying what I saw, Better drive your way their and write your own choice of spots.Hoysala was done, and it was time to return back to Bangalore with a stop at Shravanabelegola.Bahubali The view of the pond..they say it turns white during the ceremony every 12 years Landscape with rocks and greens... after climbing 700 stairs we had to cross this also...I think now I can say I am the Ship of stairs..I was holding a booklet purchased from Beluru for a basic concept of the place. After rolling eyes over the pages of Sravanabelegola, It was even more amazing. The place has two hills Chandragiri and Vindhyagiri where Chandragupta Maurya is believed to have meditated. The site is wordily famous for the 58 feet gigantic statue of Gommattesvara Bahubali. History says Chandragupta Maurya transformed himself into a Jain and breathed last in Shravanabelegola. After every 12 years a ceremony takes place where the statue of Bahubali is bathed with water, rice flour, sandalwood paste, saffron gold and silver flowers. Thousands of pilgrims from different states of India congregate here to experience and perform the Mahamastakabhisheka. It took 12 years to construct the worlds largest monolithic stone statue and thus the 12 years interval between the ceremonies. We reached there just before the temple closure for the day. When we entered the premises it was not in our mind that we will play the role of mountaineers. It was undoubtedly a smaller version of Amarnath Yatra considered to be the most Vigorous pilgrimage which my Granny went for and returned like Tenzing after Everest as per her expressive tales. I was panting and puffing with less strength in my lungs but sheer interest and urge to visualise the structure made me reach the spot after stepping 700+ stairs. It was a treat to take a look at the Bahubali. The priests were generous and kind enough to appreciate our tenacious and knee jerking climbs. The view from the top of the rock was deeply satisfying after the successful ascend. It was indeed delightful for me.We were knocked by the priests to descend as it was already 7.30 PM. We spent 2 odd hours in going up and down and the end of our journey was stupendous and rocking.After descending down and putting in our shoes we relaxed with the help of coconut water and ice creams. All of us were discussing about the tiring journey, others were scrambling the pictures, my sister showed dissatisfaction at not having a good picture of her, but strange enough I found her pics quite beautiful.We started back for Bangalore and rested our spines over a cup of tea at a roadside stall. The journey along the NH27 was soothing until we hit the monstrous traffic jam of Bangalore and the stop- start- drive till home...@|\|kan
1. CHIKMAGALUR- Situated on the banks of Tunga and Bhadra, located on the western ghats, it is the highest peak in Karnataka. This hill station is famous for coffee plantations, waterfalls- Hubbe, wildlife-Bhadra sanctuary, Temple-Hoysala and National park-Kudremukh. How to Reach-By Air- Mangalore and Hubli are the nearest airports.By Train- Birur is the main junction and from here there are connecting lines to Chikmagalur.By Road- NH13 highway connects. Coffee and coffee powder are famous in Chikmagalur.October to April is the best time to visit. Trekking, rafting and kayaking are famous adventure sports in Chikmagalur.
Chikkamagaluru is a small town at the foothills of Mulyanagiri Hill Range, located at about 280 kms i.e, roughly 5 hours by road from Bangalore. Famous for its coffee, the place is quite a delight for any major city dweller. We reached Chikkamagalure during evening time after nearly 2 hours of drive from Halebeedu. This town served as the night halt for us before moving uphill to Kemmanagundi, the King's summer retreat, the next day early morning.
This place is a must visit place for all the people who love to take pictures of a good scenery. This place is filled with lots of good and friendly people. Summer is probably a good time since you get a good look at the peaks where the clouds touch the earth or where you touch the clouds!!
It's a lovely place specially for weekend trips. There is lot more in this place apart from coffee plantation. The people are really amicable and friendly, that's one thing that will make you fall in love with this place instantly. The place will come under your budget also. We stayed in a cottage consisting 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a dining hall and it cost us 3k. So reasonable enough! We loved the food they provided. It had a taste of our home-made recipes that we never really felt like staying away from home.