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Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore January 23rd 2018

Woolly says – Having someone hammering on your door at 6am in the morning doesn’t make for a great start to the day, I opened one eye and tried to ignore the disturbance and left Zoe to get up and see what the problem was. I heard the words ‘check out’ and thought I might need to open the second eye, as I rolled over both women vanished from the room and I could hear their voices in the reception area, this didn’t seem good. We were being told that we had to check out, having shown them our booking which clearly said we could leave anywhere up to 8pm that day as well as the advert on Booking dot com that we had used, which said the same, the man on reception kept telling us ... read more
Tipu Sultans Summer Palace
Beautiful arches
Fishes

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore January 22nd 2018

Woolly says – We awoke feeling slightly better and after a lazy morning and late chapatti breakfast we set off to continue with obtaining our ongoing travel tickets. Tickets for trains and busses seems to make vey tiring work, having found a travel company we managed to sort out bus tickets for one of our journeys and then set off, back to the central train station to see if we could complete our transaction from yesterday, which had been so rudely interrupted by our lack of cash and working ATM’s. Holding the tickets in my paws I felt a sense of jubilation and having had a celebratory lime soda (our current drink of choice for being refreshing and cheap) we argued the price of a rickshaw and sat back as the lunch time traffic seethed around ... read more
First of the flowers
Making new friends
One of the fountains

Asia » India » Karnataka » Mysore January 21st 2018

Woolly says – It had seemed like a good idea, in fact a brilliant idea and although tired from our overnight journey to Bangalore having dropped off our belongings, changed and found some breakfast we took our first trip on the Indian Metro. It proved simple and easy to use and after two trains that took us through the city below ground we popped up at the central train station, managed to find a ticket office before realising that the next train wasn’t until 1.30pm, not a problem, to use up the two hours we can join a queue to sort out our next train tickets we thought. Having stood in the foreigner’s queue with our completed paperwork it all seemed to be going well and just as our tickets were about to pop out of ... read more
MySore Palace
Going into the Palace
Temple number one

Asia » India » Karnataka » Mysore December 29th 2017

Dear friends you might have heard many famous places in and around Karnataka ( south india ). There is a long list of places to relax and rejuvenate yourself. There are variety of attractions, hill station like Coorg ,historical places like Mysrore , Srirangapatna . . but today I am going to tell you about Kabini which is famous for a beautiful flowing river and its lash green surrounding. The good news is, the place is not crowded by tourists yet but I am very sure soon this place will become one of the top picks for the travelers. The place is actually named kabani , is just 205 km from Bengaluru. So it can be a very nice weekend trip for the nature lovers from Bengaluru or nearby. Being close to nature is always good ... read more
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Asia » India » Karnataka » Lakkavalli December 21st 2017

A small abode in a dense forest. Environment is so pure that sunlight prays to the goddess to kiss the ground. Green woods wherever I stare. Chirping of birds and sound of animals barking emanate from the woods. A stream originated from nearby mountains, flows downhill not far away. Not visible, but I can hear its roaring sound. Steps for reaching the stream starts just adjacent to my hut. Knee-deep water is so crystal and transparent, I could see the bottom of it. A place of everlasting peace and quietness. This is what I dream closing my eyes, craving for a respite from the urban concrete jungle. Could I ever find that place? Yes, to a large extent, in our visit and stay in Muthodi Forest Nature Camp, Bhadra Tiger Reserve. Location of the cottage ... read more
In Betelnut Tree Garden - Large Spider
Monitor Lizard

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore » Banashankari December 12th 2017

Something must be for next visit Beautiful thoughts , build a beautiful soul - Dr. Wayne Dyer . we meet so many wonderful people or I would say beautiful souls on the way of our journey toward any of our destinations .I think we can learn something new from everyone we meet. I believe everyone has a unique story to share . Learning is just as continuous process as living our lives. What we really learn ? we learn how to digest our lives . Sounds funny I guess. Well my stories are really not at all serious collection of travel experiences but yes it is collection of life changing tales that I must share with you. In traveling, first you spread yourself partly all over the places you visit and then gradually a little different ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore » Koramangala October 27th 2017

Deviating from the yearly ritual of bursting crackers, we decided to celebrate Deepavali in a different fashion this year, in a forest with nature. Our admiration to the Indian wildlife gradually became an expensive and unavoidable addiction. More we experience it, the urge to return once again increases. This time we decided to spend Deepavali vacation at Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, Tamil Nadu. A brief about Madhumalai Tiger Reserve Mudumalai (Tamil Nadu) – Bandipur (Karnataka) –Nagarhole (Karnataka) -Wayanad (Kerala) taken together is the largest forest complex in India. Although located in three Indian states, they are part of the same forest and connected with each other. Leave alone other species of wild life, this area boasts the highest no. of tiger population in the world (around 550 tigers). Mudumalai Tiger Reserve was around 270 Kms from Bangalo ... read more
Mudumalai, the tuskar
A lazy bath at Moyar River
An amazing view of love & care between the giant and his Mahout

Asia » India » Karnataka » Mysore September 27th 2017

Day 9: Hassan—Mysore 26 September 2017 After breakfast, we drove to Mysore (130 km/ 3.5 hrs approx). Mysore was the political capital of the Wodeyar dynasty which ruled the state of Karnataka for some 150 years till the independence of the country from the British. These kings were great patrons of art and culture and Mysore was the cultural capital of the south under the rule of the Wodeyars. Mysore still carries on its placid shoulders the aura and glamour of palaces, the grandeur of festivals of times gone by, but all of it with a quiet, unhurried dignity. It is often called the Jewel of Karnataka - its arts, culture, buildings, festivals, gardens and parks being the quintessence of the state’s heritage. We were dropped off to our hotel (where we were upgraded to a ... read more
Kesava Temple in Somnathpur (8)
Mysore Palace (11)
Mysore Palace (221)

Asia » India » Karnataka » Hassan September 25th 2017

Day 8: Bangalore - Hassan 25 September 2017 After breakfast, we drove to Hassan (180 kms/ 4.5 hrs approx), leaving wet Bangalore behind. En route we visited Shravenabelagola. Shravenabelagola, renowned for its colossal Gomateshwara statue. There are around 700 steps to climb on to reach the Gomateshwara statue. Shravenabelagola is one of the most celebrated Jain pilgrim sites and the gigantic statue of Lord Gomateshwara has been carved out of a single block of granite and stands majestically atop a hill. The 21 m high monolithic stone statue of the Lord Gommateshwara, also referred to as Bahubali is located above this hill which is called Vindhyagiri or Doddabetta or Indragiri hill. It is estimated to weigh approximately 80 tons. The carved nude statue is shown standing on a lotus and captures the tranquillity typical of much ... read more
Shravamabelgola Temple (115)
Shravamabelgola Temple (14)
Shravamabelgola Temple (47)

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore September 24th 2017

Day 7: Chennai – Bangalore 24 September This morning, we were met at our hotel at 4.45am and transferred to the railway station (with a Packed Breakfast) for our train to Bangalore. Departed Chennai at: 0600 hrs Train Shatabdi Express-12007 Arrival Bangalore At: 1050 hrs CLASS: AC Chair Car Class Upon arrival in to Bangalore, we wer met at the railway station and transferred to our hotel before we headed out on a tour of the garden city. We met our new guide Mr Shacker who was fantastic. His accent wasn’t as strong and he spoke clearly. He also explained to cities history systematically and with the right level of detail. We started with a visit to the Bangalore Bazaar. That was so interesting and we had so much interaction with the locals, enjoying taking their ... read more
Bangalore Bazaar (20)
Bangalore Botanical Gardens
Bangalore Botanical Gardens (14)




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