Blogs from Karnataka, India, Asia - page 11


Asia » India » Karnataka » Chikmagalur January 2nd 2016

A Good Vibe leads to a Good Start!-Sneha Marappa Chikmagaluru has always been on the top list of my favorite places with the best of the climate that you can ask for, mountains stretching all around, waterfalls that you can see after every few meters on the road, fog that hugs your body with the chill breeze where goose bumps too would feel good. I would never get bored to visit this place; my friend’s call it as my second home but I call it just as home. I have been going through lot of blogs since many years and this travel blogger Shivya Nath is one of my favorites who had written about how to start solo travelling where she stated to start a solo trip with a known place that you are comfortable with ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore January 1st 2016

Ah quoi de mieux pour commencer l’année qu'une coupure d'électricité justement ! Ça faisait un mois qu'on avait pas eu de coupure d'électricité. En fait depuis qu'on a quitte l’hôtel ! Un hôtel pourtant 5 étoiles, dans lequel on est reste 3 semaines le temps de trouver un appartement. Mais cinq étoiles ne veut pas dire que l'on échappe a 3 ou 4 coupures d'électricité par soir, ce qui rend les conversations skype ou meme le visionnage d'un film, un peu complique. Et quand par miracle l'électricité ne fait pas des siennes, c’était l'eau chaude qui posait problème, ou plutôt l'eau froide en l’occurrence. Toujours est-il, depuis notre arrivée dans notre appartement il y a 1 mois, pas de coupure d'électricité, rien. On a bien eu un petit problème de chauffe-eau mais après tout, 1 semaine ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bijapur December 29th 2015

We had chosen to come to the region of Badami after our time in Hampi because we thought that on this off the beaten track destination we will not have to struggle with accomodation. How wrong we were. It took us ages to find accomodation here. Badami was fully booked. Both, Aihole and Pattadakal are little villages that do not offer accomodation. Finally we found a place in Bagalkot which is another hour away from Badami (even Bagalkot was nearly fully booked). OK, we were right: it is off the beaten track hence we did not meet westerners. But for indians, it seemed like all inhabitants from Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai, Chennai and Mysore together were on the move in this region including hordes of school classes. The trip from Hampi to Bagalkot was pretty easy. We ... read more
on a horse-drawn carriage
Nina among school girls
Durga Temple Aihole

Asia » India » Karnataka » Hampi December 25th 2015

How lucky we were that we got train tickets to go to Hampi before christmas. This was nearly impossible and I still have to thank this wonderful and patient travel agent in Agonda who booked us the tickets 2 weeks in advance. As it was a day train and only a 7,5 hours trip from Madgaon to Hampi, we did not care about a general class ticket. The journey was great and the landscape especially in the beginning around the Dandeli Wildlife Parc really beautiful. In Hubli a horde of army guys came onto the train. But they were very kind and respectful. The train was packed but the journey still pleasant. Arriving in Hospet we were immediately attacked by the rickshaw drivers who wanted to take us to Hampi. No thank you - the local ... read more
in a coracle over the river
Hampi impressions
indian tourist with her son

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore December 22nd 2015

OUR TRIP TO KERALA Visit to the God’s own country by car was in our plan for quite some time. Dussera holidays during end October gave that opportunity. We (Myself and my wife Munia) were consulting various websites from the net to select the route. We visited Munnar and Thekaddy earlier around five years back. However Kerala is world famous for its backwaters. This time we thought of visiting the backwaters of Kerala. We decided to cover three places which are well known for backwaters i.e Alpuzah (Alleppy), Kumarakom and Kottayam in between. These places were far away (more than 500 kms) from Bangalore. Moreover a substantial stretch was thru hilly tracks I.e Western Ghat section, since we would cross the Western Ghat mountain ranges. Hence we decided to break in-between. Another attraction was various off-season ... read more
Hotel Annamalai Udmulpet
Entering Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
Forest Checkpost

Asia » India » Karnataka » Hampi December 12th 2015

Geo: 15.3333, 76.4667Ah! Hampi! This is one awesome place to visit! In the middle of nowhere, surrounded by boulders and rocks, big and small. Two to three days is a good amout of time to see everything here. We arrived very early by overnight bus from Goa along with many other blurry eyed travellers. We spent the first day walking nearby and going up the hill for some superb scenic views.There is also a tuk tuk tour available which most drivers will try to get you to do from the moment you step out of the bus door.It's quite beneficial to do this tour as there is a lot to see and it's a quick way to get around. The price isn't too bad either for a full day tour. We saw many temples and even ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka November 26th 2015

Nach ausgiebiger Erforschung der Städte, Strände und Berge dieses Landes wurde es Zeit mich ins ländliche Indien zu begeben. Der an Goa angrenzende Bundesstaat Karnataka schien mir dafür gut geeignet. Nach einer rumpeligen und daher etwas schlafarmen Fahrt mit einem Nachtbus (ironischerweise Sleeperbus genannt) kam ich dort in einem mir zuvor völlig unbekannten Dorf namens Hampi an. Dieser Ort befindet sich inmitten des Ruinenfeldes der vor 500 Jahren untergegangenen großen Stadt Vijayanagar, die zur Zeit ihrer Zerstörung 500.000 Menschen beheimatet haben soll. Typisch Indien hat sich in all diesen Jahren niemand gefunden dort aufzuräumen ;) Das Ergebnis ist eine unwirklich scheinende Landschaft voller eigentümlicher Hügel aus großen Felsbrocken zwischen denen Ruinen alter Paläste, Tempel und Forts verstreut liegen. Das Ganze ist oft von Nebeln durchzogen und in ein seltsames... read more
Felsen soweit das Auge reicht
Sonnenuntergang - immer wieder ein Highlight

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore November 1st 2015

Bannerghatta National Park, Bengaluru is located about 20 Km south of Bengaluru. A 45 min Safari by Bus/Jeep is available. There is also a zoo. Wild life is kept in enclosures and Bus/Jeep drives through the enclosures. One can see Elephants, Tigers, Lions, Bears and many herbivores moving freely, from a very close range. Worth a visit.... read more
Elephants at Bannerghatta
Elephants at Bannerghatta

Asia » India » Karnataka October 21st 2015

Determined to hit the beach immediately after lunch, we left home by 5.30am. The drive was scenic with great roads Router: Tumkur- Davangere - Yellapur- Ankola - Gokarna. Reached Kudle Beach resort by 2pm with a couple of breaks. It was a lovely resort with an awesome view of the Kudle beach. The beach is a 500m trek away which was fun in its own way. The first evening was just beach beach beach. Having totally fearless kids adds to the beach fun :) Bang opposite the resort is a beautiful hillock. We had heard that the sunset from up the hillock would be good, but were awestruck when we reached the top. The ocean view, the rocks, trek down to the waters and the entire green area left us spell bound and to top it ... read more
Kotitheertha at Gokarna town
Kudle Beach
View from Kudle Beach View Resort

Asia » India » Karnataka » Mysore September 7th 2015

The initial draw for Mysore was the yoga (for P mainly). Apparently there are many yoga centres offering classes and some even offering courses. After getting the yoga bug in Indonesia, P placed Mysore firmly on our itinerary. Of course Mysore is more than just a yoga hub, it's a huge modern city; with wide one way roads, colonial style buildings, a palace and a large cathedral. We likened it to Jaipur when we arrived but far more cleaner and organised. Before getting here we pictured it to be a lot smaller and less busy. How naive of us. This is India. There's an overnight train that goes straight from Hospet (near Hampi) to Mysore. We were on that train. But due to a major oversight on our part we had booked it only part way ... read more
Local street seller
A grand catholic church
The palace draws its inspiration from many countries and faiths

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