Camera Chronicles: Ready, set, sail @Bambolim, Goa⛵️-II

“Photographs are a way of imprisoning reality…One can’t possess reality, one can possess images–one can’t possess the present but one can possess the past.” ― Susan Sontag, On Photography Aquasail – a fun venture we encountered at the Grand Hyatt resort in Goa earlier this month. The plan we opted for had sailing in three boats for…

Workcation at Grand Hyatt, Goa 🌴

Warm sun, cool breeze and rhythmic sound of the waves; not the ideal the setting for work, but work we must. And that was okay and that was how it was planned. Grand Hyatt is located by the sea shore overlooking the Bambolim bay; 25 kms away from the Goa airport at Dabolim. A sprawling…

Bangalore to Mangalore ✈️

Hi! there 👋 It’s been a while. Rainy days are here in Bangalore again; roads and residential layouts in parts of the extended city are flooded due to the heavy rains. The sudden rise in water levels has created havoc and confusion on the ground; we meanwhile are taking to the skies and on a…

Surrounded by water🌊 and enveloped in rain🌧🌴

We landed in Kerala in pouring rain and realized that we had forgotten to pack the umbrella ☔️. It was a Sunday morning and most shops in Kochi had their shutters down; but our taxi driver was helpful and we managed to buy an umbrella the way to the hotel. I had initially tried yanking…

A favourite destination in Bengaluru✈️

My alarm starts to ring, it’s 5:00 am on a Sunday morning; it’s still dark outside and my head feels groggy initially, but soon settles on a single line of thought, that I have to get a head start on the To Do list for the morning so as to make it out of the…

A scrumptious homecoming 🍩

We were on a flying visit to Kerala; returning just two days later. Most of the holidayers would be returning to Bangalore after the new year, probably on 2 Jan, Sunday; that day the Arrival terminal and the airport cabs will be stretched with the incoming. We had a similar experience two years ago. Departures…

✈️ home for the holidays…✨

Bangalore airport can rival any mall in the city during the holiday season🎄. The queue outside the departure terminal was thick and long; will we make it to the departure gate on time !? 24 Dec, we arrived at the airport by 7:30 am, our Indigo flight to Kochi was at 9:30 am. We joined…

A walking trail in Cubbon Park 🌿🦋🌸

The two major green spaces in Bangalore are the Lalbagh & the Cubbon Park; the former a botanical garden and the latter a proper park. I have been to the Lalbagh, a sprawling 240 acres of greenery; but Cubbon park visit happened only this year. The first visit to the Cubbon Park was in March…

Staycation at Trivik, Chikmagalur – Part 2 🍃☕️

“It is not the destination where you end up, but the memories you create along the way.” Penelope A Riley, Travel Absurdities Waking up to glimpses of trees shrouded in mist and bird songs is a nice change ! And as the sun colours up the mountainside in various shades of green, we saunder on…

Staycation in the misty hills of Chikmagalur – Part 1 🍃☕️

Which resort !? It’s a place called Trivik, located amidst the coffee plantations and forests in the hills of Chikmagalur. This was our second visit to Chikmagalur; during the first visit 👉 An itinerary for Chikmagalur 🌳, we completed a cursory visit of the touristy locations, so this time round it was just confining ourselves…

Sravanabelagola 🌄

Sravanabelagola or Shravanabelagola is a religious center for the Jains. The town has two prominent hills of religious significance. One of them houses the famous and huge monolith statue of Gomateshwara Bahubali, the 1st Tirthankara of Jainism. Lord Mahavira was the 24th and the last Tirthankara (saviour and spiritual teacher) of the Jain religion. It started to…

Chasing clouds: Road trip from Bangalore to Sravanabelagola 🚙💨

The rains seem to have left for Kerala from Bangalore and we decided to drive down to a place called Sravanabelagola, located within the state of Karnataka. Sravana-bela-gola, say it twice and the name rolls off the tongue easily😀. The place is a 3 hour drive from Bangalore & suggested by our relatives Dr. S&S. …

A City Getaway: ITC Gardenia 🎋

The newspapers claim this to be the wettest October in Bangalore so far☔️. The rains seem to be unpredictable, many areas in Bangalore have become waterlogged and IMD declared yellow alert in the city and it’s outskirts for a few days. But this is in the midst of the annual Puja holidays; we were really…

POTD: Glorious sea of magenta 💖 (guest post)

The magenta water lilies are in full bloom as far as eyes can see. They have covered the paddy fields and are a spectacular sight to behold !! And where is this? @Kottayam, Kerala. Early morning is the best time to visit this lovely scene and you can go amidst this bloom in a vallam…

Bangalore Palace tour 🏰: Glimpse into the Wodeyars story – Part 𝟚

To continue with the historical timeline, the mighty Vijayanagar empire which ruled almost the whole of the south India, met its ruin in 1565 at the battle of Talikota 👉 Hampi chronicles: Beginning with the end 🌄 (Starting the Hampi trail🚶🏻‍♀️) After the disintegration of the Vijayanagara empire, the land was divided among the feudal…

Bangalore Palace tour 🏰: Glimpse into the Wodeyars story – Part 𝟙

Bangalore is the capital of Karnataka and Mysore is a weekend getaway from Bangalore, touted as the cultural capital of Karnataka, famous for the ten day Dasara festival held every October. The most famous landmark in Mysore is the Mysore Palace of the Wodeyars – the erstwhile rulers of the Mysore kingdom ⚔️. I have…

A Bangalore staycation @Hyatt Centric 🌴

Bangalore weather is gorgeous and one perfect way to enjoy it is by the poolside at the Hyatt Centric; flanked by champa (frangipani) trees with its dark green foliage and speckles of pretty white fragrant flowers ❀and palm trees swaying in the cool breeze. With the pandemic still not over, the pool is closed for…