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228 Kms from Proddatur
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Bangalore or Bengaluru, also known as the Silicon valley of India, will greet you with dreamy weather, Carnatic fusion m...
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.
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!
266 Kms from Proddatur
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...
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
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A fascinating blend of the Hindu and Muslim cultures, every frame of Hyderabad - the joint capital of Andhra Pradesh and...
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
It is quite a challenge for differently-abled people to roam around in public places specifically in our country because major sites doesn’t support the basic facilities required for a smooth transition by them. This has been an issue for a while with nothing much happening on this front. But a recent development announced by Telangana government does ignite a ray of hope and the initiative only sounds promisingThe government has announced the opening of a disabled-friendly park in Hyderabad, which has been designed keeping in mind all the basic amenities required by them to enjoy effortlessly in public spaces.
01st Aug 2017 :This August 2017 I was having a long weekend for 12,13,14,15 days and already informed my friends about a plan to Goa or Gokarna.As we were close to the D-Day and was finalizing the place to visit, one of my close buddy called up to invite for his marriage on 12th in Prodattur.Had to scrap off my Beaches plans and planned down to attend the marriage.So, started checking the places in and around Prodattur and found few interesting places. Had enough time over the weekend so planed my trip for 3 days to visit most of the places.Interesting Places on my List around my way:ProdaturAhobhilam - TempleGandikota – The Indian great CanyonKadapa ameenpur durgah - MasjidBelum cavesYaganti (unplanned visit) - TemplePushpagiri temple (unplanned visit) – TempleLets see wat I can cover……………………..Day 01 : (Hyderabad – Ahobilam - Proddatur)One of my friend and a Cousin Joined the trip, and we planned to start by 6am.Unfortunately, no one woke up early and at last we gathered at 10 am.Had our breakfast in Himayatnagar and Started our journey taking the PVR expressway towards Kurnool highway. In My Verna VGT.
243 Kms from Proddatur
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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.
155 Kms from Proddatur
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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.
298 Kms from Proddatur
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Home to UNESCO World Heritage-listed temples, dreamy sunsets and spiritually-uplifting energy, Mahabalipuram is perhaps ...
One of the oldest cities in India, Mahabalipuram is famous for its cave temples, stone carved sculptures, and monuments, that are typical of Pallava art and Dravidian architecture. The shore temple that is cut out of granite rock, overlooks the shores of the Bay of Bengal, and offers a breathtaking view during sunrise and sunset. If you're looking for historic as well as naturally beautiful places to visit in October in India, then Mahabalipuram is for you. Need expert guidance in booking your trip to Mahabalipuram? Click here and connect with your personal travel guide right away!
We woke up pretty early the next morning, and went to Sun bathe. While I soaked in the Sun, Jonathan went for surfing again. In a while, I took a bath in the sea. 2 hours were spent and it was already 10. We had quick showers and handed over our luggage to the individual hotel owners, having checked out. Mine allowed me to let me keep my stuff in the room itself. We had a quick brunch of a South Indian Thaali at Dhanlakshmi, and got onto our foots to the Rock Complex. This time, we did get into the Lighthouse. The Lighthouse had a spiralling stairs that could not accommodate two way traffic, and it took us some time to get to the top. The last flight of stairs rose at some 70 degrees and barely had any space to place a whole foot. But the view from the top was splendid. The massive boulders appeared like pebbles and Bay of Bengal looked amazing. The Shore Temple could be seen as a pretty small peck against the Blue Sea.
I was woken by the noise of trumpets & dhols at 8am. The festival at the night was the eve to this Full Moon festival that happens to be Holi in North India. The beach was mobbed with people who were taking bath and worshipping the Gods who stood in their chariots at the beach. In a while, the chariots made a way to the Othanwadi street where my hotel was, and people came up to take the blessings. By 12 the procession ended. Jonathan was awake by now and working on some project. He sent his papers by 1, and we went for lunch. While he enjoyed the Spanish Music playing there, he was definitely dissappointed by the Lasagne he ate. He wanted to surf and hence, rented a surf board from the place at the beach. I sat at the seashore watching him struggle with the low waves. He disappeared in the sea, and my attention was lost to the North Indian family playing Holi in the sea, and the kids digging up mud to pluck crabs and other creatures out which I didn't recognize. Jonathan finally was able to stand up on the board for a few seconds while surfing. He was excited telling me about it, I was happy that I saw him do it. He had been very disappointed with his performance and the waves otherwise.
Having rested for a bit, I walked towards the beach that was at a few steps from my stay, and then moved on to the Shore Temple, at a 10 minute walk from there. The shore temple stood in solitude, segregated from the shore by the wires installed by the Archaelogical Department to save its status as a World Heritage Site. I took a lot of pictures of the temple, but the bright sun wasn't providing me much support. Way back, the market outside the temple was thronging with people. It was some sort of festival and people were taking a dip in the bath, at the centre of the market, and buying uensils from the roadside vendors who probably had lined up for helping people meet one of the rituals of the festival. It gave me that perfect Indian Market Scene. It was 5 pm by then, and I started walking towards the 5 Rathas, but mid way, I stopped to climb up to the Mahishamardini Rock Cut Mandappa, which provded an excellent view of the entire town and the sea. By the time I got down to get up the Lighthouse, the guards had started evacuating people of the premises. I walked towards the 5 Rathas, but the entry had closed there too. I just happened to take pictures of the site from outside and the Stone Carvers Street.
I slept for a bit late, meanwhile, a new lady roommate checked in; got ready; and left too; my other two roommates too left; I freshened up, had breakfast of dosas at the roadside shanty, and got ready to leave. As I was staying closing to the East Coast Road, I just waited at the bus stop to board the next bus. However, the bus was only Pondicherry bound, and it dropped me at the border from where I got a bus to Mahabalipuram in 5 minutes. I was dropped at the highway and walked towards the Tourist information Centre to get an idea of the places around. Today again was my Veg Day and I had a lunch of Mushroom & Tandoori Roti at Hotel Chettinadu Virudhu, a popular place in the area, who surprisingly, had a perfect North Indian flavour in the food. I walked around to find a place to stay- the first one offered me a room for 800 bucks, and of course, I chucked it. I negotiated with the guy at Mara Guest House for a pretty decent room for 400 bucks.
Chennai – Mahabalipuram: Day 13 to Day 17
It was the first weekend of my internship at Chennai. Out of all the weekend getaways from Chennai, I decided to start with the temple city of Mahabalipuram ( aka Mamallapuram among locals ).Mahabalipuram is a town in the Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu, about 58 km south of Chennai. It is a historic town, famous for its group of monuments dating back to the 7th century. These monuments have been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.I boarded the bus to Mahabalipuram from Koyambedu bus stand in Chennai at 10:30 am. The journey took a total of 90 minutes with splendid views of the Bay of Bengal along the East Coast Road. This road is popular among travelers looking for a road trip as well. After getting down at the bus stand, I made way for Arjuna's penance. Also known as Descent of the Ganges, this is a Bas relief that stretches along a length of 100 feet and is 45 feet high with intricate carvings of humans and animals.
303 Kms from Proddatur
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Think serene springs, juicy mangoes and mouthwatering deserts and Vijayawada is the name that will come to mind. The nam...
Vijayawada- a place which translates to victory is a heritage delight in itself. To be honest, I never considered Vijayawada worthy enough as a tourist destination because I felt there is not much that can be done here. But my recent visit to this city left me surprised. Sharing my top 5 picks which I loved about Vijayawada
We opted for a morning train, the Vijaywada Passenger which plies from Cantonement Railway station to Hindupur. Though one can purchase tickets the morning of the trip, it’s advisable to book them in advance to avoid being chased away from your seat by greedy passengers.The train journey lasts about 3 hours and is a slow, calm one. The train halts at several stations for awhile but it has its own charm.
Day2 Left Sreekakulam early morning and we take a short tour in Vizag as it was just 2 hours drive from Sreekakulam, we visited Ramakrishna Beach, Rishikunda Beach. At 3pm had our lunch and headed towards Vijaywada and reached 9pm. Stayed in a homestay named Short stay homes (pet friendly hotel).
Day 2, 4:30-ish am - We start from Vijayawada and hit the road towards Surat. On the way we stop for breakfast at a roadside restaurant, which served the best chicken keema and mutton keema dosas!
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