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221 Kms from Gandikota
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,June,October,November,December
Bangalore or Bengaluru, also known as the Silicon valley of India, will greet you with dreamy weather, Carnatic fusion m...
I got this opportunity to go with Bangalore Mountaineering Club (BMC) for a trek to Kumara Parvatha (KP) in mid Sept. The cost wasn’t much (2600), so without much thought I registered with them. Kumara Parvatha is considered one of the toughest treks in South India. I felt this one will give a good exposure to the mountains before my much awaited trek to Rupin Pass in Oct. And also I got my new Forclaz 500 shoes from Decathlon, after I lost my Forlcaz 50 shoes while coming back from the Jog Falls trek.
The preparation for a Himalayan trek started in May. It was to be me, Anoop, Sourabha, and Harsha. For Sourabha and Harsha it was to be their 1st exposure to the Himalayas. But we were at loggerheads; Sourabha wanted to go to Rupin, Anoop had his heart set at Goecha La, me and Harsha were indifferent. After much deliberations it was to be Rupin Pass. Without much adieu we booked our slots in the trek by June end, and flight tickets were booked by July. Excited we!We got all our hiking gear from our friendly neighbourhood Decathlon store. The plan was to be like this:1. We travel to Delhi early morning on 30th Sept, roam all day.2. Travel to Dehradun on 30th Sept with Nanda Devi express, and reach early morning. From Dehradun we go to Rishikesh for adventure sports, and stay there on 30th Sept and 1st Oct.3. Bungee jumping on 1st Oct and roam around Rishikesh at night and4. Do river rafting of 24 Km stretch, return to Dehradun by evening, and rendezvous with the Indiahikes trekkers on 3rd Oct morn.We had an amazing time loitering around Delhi, doing bungy jumping and river rafting in Rishikesh (described in a separate blog post).Day 1: A Long, Twisty but Serene Ride We reached Dehradun railway station at around 6:30am. Anoop and all the other trekkers were already there (sans Mahendra, Jaggi, Hrishi, and Vishwa, who went on their own the previous day). Some nice lemon tea, a group pic and we were on our way to Dhaula. 3 vehicles were carrying 16 people.
From childhood it was my dream to see and explore the mighty Himalayas. And when I got a job at Bangalore and started finding time to explore India with my friend in bike, I still had that spark inside me for Himalayas. I some how managed my unconditional love for mountains by doing small small treks to western Ghats and the near by trekking spots around Bangalore. One fine day I decided to give life to my Himalayan dream when I saw an add accidentally on net about “India hikes” a very popular trekking community. I was not sure weather to give it a try or not. The landscape, weather & so many other factors which I have no clue how to handle and also the budget was also quite expensive. I always take decisions passionately here also I did the same. I choose a moderate to hard level trek in Uttarakhand called Brahmtal summit. For first timer it is a quite hard trek still I choose that because it was the only trek that was available that time which takes us close inside the Himalayan ranges and yes I was thrilled to experience the snow capped landscape this trek gonna offer. It was in the month of Feb which is winter season in Himalayas so not many treks were open also at that time.
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.
294 Kms from Gandikota
Best time to visit - January,February,October,November,December
Located off the coast of Bay of Bengal is Tamil Nadu’s capital and India’s fourth largest city. Formerly known as Ma...
It was late in the evening, we started our All India Trip from my home at Perambur, Chennai which was earlier decided to start the travel at 10:00. Unfortunately, due to last minute problem over placing the carrier/racks we had to start the trip late by 16:45.
A while ago, my friends and I were invited to attend a two-day wedding in Chennai. While the wedding was festive and quite enjoyable, we sneaked out early on day two to return home, for various reasons. I hitched a ride back with two of my friends since they were driving, and we decided to stop by the historic port town of Mahabalipuram.
The smooth East Coast Road (ECR) provides great view and a relaxed back. In an hour we were in Adyar. Jonathan had already spotted the Biryani place before I pointed it to him. He had his Biryani and went ahead to the airport in Ola, while I took another one to get to Nungambakkam to meet Anitha, my batchmate, and once colleague, who would help me buy Saree for my mom. We got done with the Saree shopping in an hour and Anitha hosted my sumptuous Chettinad dinner at Maplai. I bid goodbye to Anitha, and got an Uber to the airport.It was 9.30pm and my flight was at 6 am. Jonathan's flight was at 2 am. I called Jonathan but he didn't pick. I sat outside the airport for a while, and Jonathan called me back, he wasn't allowed to check in before 11, so he too was waiting outside at the International Terminal that happened to be 5oo metres away from the Domestic Terminal on the same pavillion. We walked towards eah others terminal and sat at the Domestic one for a bit as it was much less crowded than the International. In an hour, Jonathan checked in, and I entered the airport to make attempts to sleep before the check in began at 3.
Day zero: As this was a last minute plan, only My friend Vignesh (interested in photographing beautiful landscapes) and I (interested in wildlife photography) started this trip from Chennai. It was a long weekend (Jan 26, 27 & 28). We didn't plan the trip on these three days because we could not get tickets on 25th. So, we planned it differently like we start a day late, take a day off for office and comeback a day late. We boarded the train Kaveri Express at 9.15 pm.
So, the plan for this trip started way back in June 2017, when we decided to book a flight to Egypt(Always on top of our bucket list). As we are budget backpackers, we always want a cheap and convenient flight. For any trip plan, we decide the cities we wish to see and the number of days we have to take off from office. Finally we fixed the date Jan 26-31 ,2018 and the flight rate came to 26000 INR per head in July after Yatra Offers. So flight Ticket- Done!.After few months, The next big thing for the travel plan came to Hotel Accommodation,Visa and Forex. In December, we used Hostelworld to book accommodation in Cairo(Reserved) and Luxor(Reserved) for Visa Purposes. Our Egypt tourist Visa were processed by musafir.com. The Visa fees along with processing fees and tax came to 4350 INR per per head.Started our plan for itinerary in Jan first week, decided to stay 3 days in Cairo and 2 days in Luxor. Our Final plan looked like this:Day-126Jan 250AM chennai - 550AM Kuwait26Jan 10:00AM kuwait - 12:10Noon - cairo.. Take Metro to Rameses Station - Walk to New Palace Hostel - Check IN by 1pm..Take rest..Start at 3pm..visit Al-Azhar Mosque,Citadel of Salah El Din,Mosque of Md Ali and back to room by 8.Day-2 - Jan27Check Out - Leave Bags - Start by 7 and reach Pyramid Giza complex((khufu & Khafre) & Great Sphinx)..spend till 1pm. Reach Museum(Must visit rooms 3,4,9,35,46,56) by 2pm..spend till 5pm..back to hotel and take the bags..Get to Ramses Station by 8..get train ticket or board train 86 at 910PMDay-3 - Jan28Reach Luxor 610AM..Reach New Everest hotel at 8AM Check-In get settled and start at 9AM..Reach West Bank (All places 6AM-5PM). Ramesseum,Temples of NoblesValley of the Kings - KV62-tutakhamen,Temple of Medinat Habu,Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari. Return back to Hotel by 8Day-4 - Jan29Check Our and Leave the bags. Start by 8..visit Temple of Karnak 6AM-5PM and 4PM-9PM in the morning and Luxor Temple - 6AM-9PM - 60LE by noon..Back to Hotel by 8 and take the bags..Reach Luxor station and board train to cairo at 940PMDay-5 - Jan30Reach Cairo Rameses Station..Check In New Palace Hotel. Visit hanging church,coptic museum and saqqara pyramid, Khan el khaili if time permits in evening and return back to hotelDay-6 - Jan31Start at 8AM..visit Baron Empain Palace(must-see) Reach airport by 11AM and then back to Chennai on Feb 1, 1:30 AM.A week before our trip, we went to Maharaja Forex to get Egyptian pounds we needed. But due to limited stock and higher conversion rate(1LE=4INR) we exchanged 15000 INR to 250 USD, so that we can change it to EGP in Cairo Airport which eventually came to 4500 EGP. We also had our International credit cards covered.
So I started from Chennai on 21st night. Had booked KSRTC Rajahamsa Executive bus, which starts at 22:09. Those are quite good for ₹450. Reached CMBT by 9 on train and metro rail. Had some chana poori at the bus terminus. Found out my shoes got torn on my way, so bought a new pair of slippers from a shop inside the terminus, and dumped the old one.Bus started almost on time. Put my earphones on, for Leviathan Chronicles podcast. But have a long bike trip next day, so had to doze off early. Just to be clear though, I am not the one whose gonna drive.Day 1
289 Kms from Gandikota
A fascinating blend of the Hindu and Muslim cultures, every frame of Hyderabad - the joint capital of Andhra Pradesh and...
We were a bunch of 40 people travelling from Hyderabad, we catch the Mumbai ExpressItinerary Plan from Hyderabad:Friday08 PM: Start from Hyderabad by Mumbai Express(17032) (Approx 690 KM - 14 Hours Journey)Boarding Points: Nampally, Begumpet and Lingampally.Loads of Fun, Interacting with each of themSaturdayAfter a long Journey we finally reached
Our road trip starts from Hyderabad. It was a sudden plan and without taking a step back, we approached to our destination.We friends of 3+1(me), as usual started at devil hours i.e 3am as it was our first time(3am) we are excited. Taking the route through ORR and moving along the way feels to be excited.As we are moving ahead, sun began to rise it was a beautiful opening of the day.The wide 4lane road NH7 making our day more thrilling, as there was no such traffic which gave us to speed up at 160km/hr. I know it's not safe to drive fast but to reach and explore the place we have too.
The Pearl City down south, Hyderabad is renowned for its regal past, rich architecture, culture, and of course, its biryani that remains unmatched even today. Hyderabad has emerged as one of the most popular tourist destination in south India. Here's a poshtel where you can stay;
Note for Travelers:The Palace is located at Motigalli, very close to Charminar. It is well connected by public transport. The palace open from 10am to 5pm on all days except Fridays and National holiday. Entry charges are Rs.80. You need to pay Rs.50 extra for using still camera and Rs.200 for Video camera. There is ample parking space outside.To see the place and the surrounding area you will need 2-3 hrs of time. There are some trees and garden area where you can sit and relax. There is small refreshments store also inside.If antique or metal items interests, you can purchase some here.Photographer’s Note:The place interests photographers especially for its architecture. There is a lot of scope from big monuments to small intricate designs that you can shoot. As in many such monuments Tripods are not allowed.Suggested Equipment: A DSLR + Wide Angle Lens + A prime (optional)ONE LIFE FEW CLICKS | Photography Workshops & Photo Tours
Darbar Hall/Khilawat, was the seat of the Nizams and a place for holding darbar and other ceremonies. This place actually looks royal with its grand pillars and Takht-e-Nishan, a platform made of pure marble used as seating place of Nizam. The darbar hall is decorated with 19 Chandeliers of Belgian crystal, which has been reinstalled while recent renovation. All the chandeliers are of different designs.Darbar Hall is the best part of the palace to feel the grandeur and elegance of the palace.
The complex consists of two courtyards, the Dharbar Hall (the grand Khilwat), fountains and gardens.The Southern courtyard has four palaces - Afzal Mahal, Mahtab Mahal, Tahniyat Mahal and Aftab Mahal, built in the neo-classical style.The Northern courtyard has long corridor of rooms at one side called as Bara Imam. This space was for administrative wing at the time of Nizams. The other side of the courtyard are mirror images of the rooms which is called Shishe-Alat. These were used as guest rooms.
Chowmahalla Palace, as the name suggests the meaning ‘Char Mahal’ (Four Palaces). It was the residence of the Nizams of Hyderabad.The grand architecture, intricate designs on it and the decoration styles reflects how royal but elegant was the lives of Nizams in that era.The buildings had lost their charm with the passing time, and then the present heir of the Nizam started renovation. It took almost 5 year to complete. In January 2005 they decided to open this place for public.There are different galleries showcasing crockery, clothing, furniture, photographs and weapons of Nizam’s era. Vintage cars and buggee display is a major attraction for Car lovers.
Hyderabad is probably one of the most affordable metropolitan cities in India which makes it an ideal city for budget travellers. Home to grand old forts, palaces and monuments, there are various places to visit in Hyderabad that offer myriad cultural experiences for every kind of traveller. And practically at ZERO cost. Sharing a guide of the places which costs your pocket nothing and are absolutely Free of cost
211 Kms from Gandikota
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Hampi (Hampe) is a village and temple town recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, listed as the Group of Monuments ...
Hampi has risen to the top among the list of quick travel destinations in the recent years. Known for the abundant cave temples, the detailed carvings on them are noticeably flawless. One can just stare and admire the intricacy for hours. Cut out of a single rock are the four temples called ‘Badami’- meaning the color of almonds in colloquial term. It is an ideal picnic spot with river Tungabhadra flowing and boating facilities available during seasons. There are well figured statues of Nataraja in front of Cave 1 and Lord Vishnu guarding cave 3, only adding to the extravagance. If some time away is what you’re seeking, Hampi will not fail your zeal.Distance from Mumbai - 743 KmsHow to get there: The total travel time by road is approximately 12 hours and 41 minutes. The nearest railhead to Hampi is Hospet. To reach Mumbai to Hampi by train, you can take the Sbc Garib Nawaj from Mumbai to Hospet then take a cab or rent a private vehicle from Hospet to Hampi. Hospet to Hampi distance is just 13 km and takes around 27 minutes to reach by road. There are no direct flights play between Mumbai and Hampi. The most convenient way to reach Hampi by flight from Mumbai is to take a flight to Goa and then take a bus or a cab to reach Hampi. Goa to Hampi distance is 316 km. Alternatively, you can also fly to Belgaum and then take the road route from Belgaum to Hampi. Belgaum to Hampi distance by road is 266 km.Where to stay: Clark's In Hampi or Evolve Back. For more options, check here.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------If you've been to any of these places or know of some cool getaways from Mumbai, write to us and share your experience. To watch some exciting travel videos, log on to our YouTube page. If you enjoy what you see, hit like or subscribe.
The massive Vijaynagar dynasty made Hampi its capital centuries ago, and today the ruins weave a story of an empire that was flourishing in its times. It's a surreal feeling to be surrounded by eons of history. However, it is a place known to be frequented by backpackers because of the many cheap accommodations available. There are resorts and five-star hotels around Hampi but none of them is in Hampi, like the popular, and almost always occupied hostels and guesthouses.
9) Hampi: Also known as the boulder city or city of ruins, Hampi is an ancient town in Karnataka. The town is dotted with Numerous temple ruins, ruins of palaces, structures, pavilions and bastions from the pre Vijayanagara and the Vijayanagara period. The sight of these ruins is spell-bounding and makes Hampi a photographer’s delight. These monuments represent an historical era of art and culture. If seeing a Jaw-dropping sunset is still on your list, Hampi will check that off your bucket list for you. Virupaksha temple and Matanga Hill are two of the best points to catch the sundown from. Sanapur lake and Tungabhadra river are the places you’d want to go for a coracle ride. The geological terrain of Hampi is something that will catch your interest. This is where the name boulder city came from. Rich in history, culture and natural beauty, Hampi gives both pilgrims and backpackers a reason to visit this UNESCO world heritage site.What to do: Temple hopping, watch Sunset when everything changes to orange and golden, Hampi Night tour, Coracle ride, cycling around the village if that is something you fancy, marvel at the vast green paddy fields and the perfectly placed boulders, make sure to catch the sunset jam at sunset point on hippie island (the fun part of Hampi)Where to stay: Waterfall guest house, Shanti guest house, K.C. guest house, Mowgli guest house, The goan corner, sunny guest house, Ravi Teja guest house, Uma Shankar guest house.Where to eat: Laughing Buddha, Hampi rooftop restaurant, Benjamin Live music café, The chill out, Gopi Island.Recommended number of days: 4n/5dHampi to Bangalore bus – 1200/- (14 hours)Stay: Rooms start at 800/- per night. (Make bookings well in advance or you may not find a good deal in accommodation)Food: 1200/- per day or less, depends where you choose to eat. (Breakfast-lunch-dinner; without alcohol)Total Cost: 9200/-
A 15-hour ride from Mumbai via bus, it will cost you between 1050-1200 INR depending on your preferred bus type. There exist two major bus stands, one operated by the Karnataka government and the other by a private operator. Both are located in Hospet. The remaining journey to Kamalapur village (2kms from Hampi) can be covered by hiring an auto for a cost of 250 INR. There are plenty of guesthouses in and around Hampi which offer attractive low budget fares. We found a perfect one (close to the ferry point and Virupaksha temple) for as low as 1000 INR for two people.
The ancient ruins of Vijayanagar hold a million narratives in its stones, and are best discovered in tranquility.
The low-cost carrier, TruJet has begun hour-long connections between Bangalore’s Kempegowda International Airport and the Jindal Vijaynagar Airport in Vidyanagar, which is an hour’s drive from Hampi. This has made the UNESCO World Heritage site, even more easily accessible. A one-way ticket on the new flights currently begin at ₹999 including taxes. Now, since Hampi is closer than ever before, read on to know how this ancient town is much more than just ruins and why you should visit it at least once in your life.
181 Kms from Gandikota
Best time to visit - January,February,March,November,December
Known all over the country for the sacred Sri Venkateswara Temple, Tirupati is located in the Chittoor District of Andhr...
Chennai to Tirupati Balaji
We reached next day early morning to Tirupathi and booked a hotel on spot. After took some rest for some hours and then started for darshan. It took us ~7hrs to complete our darshan and recommended book darshan ticket online. In evening, we started for Chennai and reached there in ~4hrs.
Thiruthani to ballari (431km) :The last day was a sore and boring one. Not many places to see. Just a long ride back home. The roads were some of the worst we've encountered. We reached tirupati temple town by 12pm and headed towards kadiri. After about 9hrs of riding. We finally reached ballari by 10.30pm! The odometer read 3050kms! This was the longest trip i have taken on bike!
The Amazing breath talking walk from Alipiri to Tirumala is best experience of both Tradition and Trekking
It’s a must visit place. It will take at least 5-6 hrs to come out, once you are inside the Temple. People from all over India come for the Darshan of Tirupati balaji. Now it’s time for our destination and my home town –“Visakhapatnam”. Till then we didn’t know how we would reach Vizag. No bookings, nothing. It was 8pm. Then we decide we will hop in Vijayawada and from there we will go to Vizag. We got a Volvo bus from Tirupati to Vijayawada around 9pm. We were really tired. It was damn hot. 12th night went in traveling to Vijayawada.
299 Kms from Gandikota
Best time to visit - January,February,March,June,July,August,September,October,November,December
Tiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu is considered to be one of the most holy cities in the state. The famous Annamalaiyar Templ...
117 Kms from Gandikota
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 Srisaila...
Want to chill out on a dreary long journey from Bengaluru to Hyderabad? Little more than 300 kms from Bengalure comes the city of Kurnool. After crossing the tungabhadra river bridge outside Kurnool, you can take a detour on the right to Alampur.
My family, along with my Sister-in-Law’s family, left by an Innova Car at 08.30 AM. The road to Belum Caves is not picturesque though, but only interspersed with villages. So, don’t expect much excitement en route. You can indulge in antakshari to while your time.Belum Caves are not only geologically important, but also has historical significance, since it is believed that Buddhist and Jain Monks occupied these Caves centuries ago. Many Buddhist relics were also found inside these caves which are now part of the Museum in Anantapur. In fact, it is for this reason, that the Government of Andhra Pradesh has erected a large Buddha Statue in from of the Caves.Selfie time folks!
At 02.00 PM we left for Jaganath Gattu, which was hardly 3 KMs from his house. We left by his Tata Scorpio vehicle. All our things were packed as per the list. We took a right turn from Nandyal Check post towards G Pulla Reddy Engineering College. This college is on the foothill of this Jaganth Gattu. The road to this Hill winds up till the Temple, where you can park your vehicle and from there you have to do some rock climbing to reach the top, not much though. But yes, if you don’t want to take the road, and want to climb the mountain top, for the sheer thrill of it, you can do so from Dupadu Village side on Bangalore Highway.The definition of a Hill and a Mountain is very vague, and so I am using both the terms, I hope my readers are not confused. But if height is the criteria, then it qualifies to be called a Hill, because anything below 2000 feet is considered a Hill and a mountain if it exceeds 2000 feet. Anyway, let’s not get into the technicalities.The afternoon Sun was receding and it was not scorching. The breeze up there was very cool and we settled under the rock, spreading the Bed sheet. We took out our flask and had a cuppa tea with snacks. It was heavenly. The scene around us was really very magnificent. Hey wait, it’s still not the weekend for you, where are you rushing to…?The golden rays of the setting Sun fell on the River Handri, and the Sunset looked spectacular. The Sun signed off here, to rise on the other side of the globe to wake people there from their sleep. It was 7.00 PM and I am a regular listener of Vivid Bharati’s programme for the soldiers’ called Jai Mala which is aired on radio daily at this hour. I tuned in, and my God, never in my life, had these songs sounded so mesmerizing. I myself felt like a soldier on the border. But really, how hard it must be for them, to lead the life of a soldier on the border without any facilities. And here, we sleep so ensconced and so safe because of their toil and sacrifices. A BIG SALUTE to each and everyone in the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force.As night crept in, the stars made their way in the open Sky. It was beautiful to gaze at the twinkling stars, but the sounds of insects made us a little uncomfortable because it was the first time we slept in the open, with the insects and bees. Taking with us mosquito repellents helped us ward off these swarming mosquitoes. Not one dared to bite us.At 09.00 PM we had our dinner of Lemon Rice, Chapatis, Chips, Potato fry, Coconut Chutney and Maaza. When Nature gives you company, you feel your inner voice speaking to you. It cleanses your soul, mind and body. You feel refreshed. The view from the top, of Kurnool Town lit in lights was fantastic. And the occasional serpentine train passing by. The train track passes just below Jaganath Gattu. The trains looked like crawling centipedes.At 11.30 PM we started feeling drowsy and wanted to sleep. So, we laid our sleeping bags and slept. I was a little apprehensive to sleep in the open for fear that some insect may enter my nose or ears, childish thoughts na? But, my bones were so tired and my mind so relaxed that I slept in no time and woke up at 06.30 AM when the glare of the morning light was penetrating through my closed eyelids. It was indeed, a day (and a night) to remember.We packed our belongings and got down the Hill for the morning Chai (We Indians can’t do without it). After having my lunch at my friend’s place, I left Kurnool again by Tungabhadra Express which left Kurnool at 03.00 PM and reached Secunderabad Station at 08.00 PM.Getting there:Kurnool is 209 KMs from Hyderabad and 359 KMs from Bangalore and is well connected by both Rail and Road. In fact, it is strategically tucked between Hyderabad and Bangalore on NH No. 44. And if you are rich in time, you can head to other places of interest like Orvakal Rock Garden (20 KMs), Alampur (26 KMs), Mantralaya (92 KMs), Belum Caves (107 KMs), Ahobilam (135 KMs), and Srisailam (180 KMs).I think, no one ever thought of camping here. We set the trend for others to follow.Cover Picture Credit:http://maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com/Camp-Tent-Mountain-Camping-Cliff-Camping-Tent-1031360"When you start saying “YES” to experiences, you become enriched".
78 Kms from Gandikota
We started going in 2hrs, I covered around 275km has been covered. On the way we want to take a small break and little r...
The rocks surrounded the area makes more hotter. We started to watch-out for the breakfast. There are not much budget friendly restaurants on the way but some how we managed to get a restaurant. We had a decent breakfast and moved towards Nandi Hills.On the way you will find KIA manufacturing plant, which is very big it is situated in Andhra Pradesh.
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.
Gandikota - Day 1- We started at around 9.30 in the morning from Bangalore got a few tents and sleeping bags that would solve our stay issues and drove upto Kadapa district as there aren't many hotels or resorts around Gandikota that one can stay at . The drive from Bangalore to Kadapa district in Andhra is actually a really nice one the roads are good , covering around 300kms dint take us a lot of time , Also we stopped in Ananthpur for a lovely Andhra lunch and got some food that would last us that night , if you do tend to come to this part of Andhra make sure you have ample amount of cash as there aren't many ATMs that I came across , also they mostly take cash in all the Hotels . After relishing our meals we headed towards the Kadapa district . In case you need to get your liquor supplies , there is a town just a few kms before Gandikota where you can get your supplies from , do keep the cash handy . We reached the place by 4 and luckily it wasn't crowded at all , Hence trekked till the top and waited on the sunset as it was one of the most exquisite sight to behold , do make sure you reach there before sunset , also try to get your own means of stay as there is only one Government aided resort near Gandikota called Haritha, that happens to be overcrowded most of the times . So after the climb and witnessing one of the most exquisite sight , we had worked up an appetite and hence headed to Haritha resort which is a 3 minute drive from Gandikota , to have a humble dinner . You definitely aren't going to be spoilt for choice there but just have the jeera rice and tomato pappu , soul fool it was . The happy people decided to head back to the Indian Grand Canyon and pitch the tents there , there wasn't any problem with regard to that . We got a localite to help us out and start the bonfire . Let's just say it turned out to be an excellent camping trip .
Just type Gandikota in google and I am sure where your next destination is!!Gandikota is a small village in the Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh that is known for its spectacular gorge formed by river Pennar that cuts through the Erramala hills. This handsome piece of Nature’s architecture has come to be known as the Hidden Grand Canyon of India by travelers who visit it and get bewitched by its beauty.From Lepakshi we drove straight to Gandikota with a short stop at a huge lake which we came across on the way.
'Gandikota ?!?!?!!? What is that'.This was the first reaction my wife put across when I told her of a weekend trek I had booked. 'You know I will not be able to click Ganesh Chaturthi images in Mumbai because of your stupid idea'.My initial excitement turned into a small shrill of despair as I realized it was Ganesha chaturthi weekend that I had booked this trek for. 'Incoming religious stares' I thought. None the less, we both decided to go ahead with it.A friend also decided to join us at last minute making us feel less guilty of missing out on Ganesha Chaturthi celebrations (distribution of the burden)We booked our trek through a fantastic group called - Travel Trikon. Though the trek and journey is self manageable, the overall experience suggested by them was something which led us to book this trek. (PS: Please note I am not affiliated to Travel Trikon or any other travel groups and this is not a promotional post...though I would consider this an honor if this is considered as one).So on Saturday evening we boarded the Chennaaiii Expressss....ahem... Chennai Express from Pune station for an overnight journey towards Muddanuru StationPosing in front of Chennai Express
Gandikota is a small town in the Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh known for its gigantic rock structure over the Penna river. In Tamil `gandi` means `gorge` and hence it acquired its name as Gandikota. It is also known as Indian Grand Canyons which is an untouched beauty amongst Incredible Indian Traveler community.Distance: 290km
Our destination for the next day was GandikotaAbout Gandikota:Gandikota is a small village in Kadapa District of Andhra Pradesh. This place is famous for the Pennu Gorge as the gorge is caused by the river Penna, cutting through the hills. Gandikota is also known as the Grand canyon of India. You will know why, once you see it.The place has well-connected roads and was easily accessible by car.We reached Gandikota at around 12:30 PM and straight away went on to visit the places there.* Jamia masjid of Gandikota fort.It is a mosque with simple architecture that looks similar to Charminar in Hyderabad. We saw several campers camping in the vicinity. There was also a tree in which there were several parrot nests.
After a short nap, at 4 we woke up and started our journey to Gandikota. Around 5.30 we reached a small town, where we took some tea and refreshed ourselves. A left from there, led us to Jammalamadugu. There were numerous Cuddapa quarries en-route and we stopped at one huge one to have a look! The quarry looked abandoned with a huge pool of water down below. The size was humongous! At around 8 we reached Jammalamadugu, had an amazing breakfast (Idly, kara dosas, vada, poha etc) and made our way to Gandikota. The road and the scenery en-route to Gandikota is a treat to the eyes! Winding roads through vast barren land with varying terrain, we didn't want the ride to end! After a small glitch with one of the cars, which took an hour of our time, we reached Gandikota by 10 AM. We were the first people to reach the place that day. The entry to the fort was like entering a palace! We rode into the fort through the narrow road and parked our car inside (which we realized was a huge mistake) and walked up directly to the canyon. The views at Gandikota are astoundingly beautiful and gives you goosebumps all along! I would suggest each on of you, who is in India or visits India to go to Gandikota! It's just spectacular, all along!
Gandikota, a small village on the banks of river Pennar in Kadapa district, Andhra Pradesh, India. Gandikota was one of the greatest forts of south India in its heydays and so were the kings who ruled the region. Years after its formation, Gandikota fort was ruled by the Mikkilineni dynasty of Bharadwaja gotra who belonged to a clan of Kamma lords. Within the fort are two ancient temples, dedicated to Madhava and Ranganatha, both are in ruins and the fort area is full of the debris of ages and many ancient structures in varying stages of decay. The Jamia Masjid has two adjacent minarets. A heritage festival is held every year in fort area.