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 seasonπŸŽ„. 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 πŸŒΏπŸ¦‹πŸŒΈ

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 πŸƒβ˜•οΈ

“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 πŸƒβ˜•οΈ

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 πŸ‘‰ An itinerary for Chikmagalur 🌳, we completed a cursory visit of the touristy locations, so this time round it was just confining ourselves…

Sravanabelagola πŸŒ„

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…

A City Getaway: ITC Gardenia πŸŽ‹

The newspapers claim this to be the wettest October in Bangalore so farβ˜”οΈ. 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 πŸ’– (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 πŸ‘‰ Hampi chronicles: Beginning with the end πŸŒ„ (Starting the Hampi trailπŸšΆπŸ»β€β™€οΈ) After the disintegration of the Vijayanagara empire, the land was divided among the feudal…

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…

Itinerary for a weekend in downtown Bangalore πŸ™

There is no dearth of activities that you can partake in Bangalore and a weekend is hardly enough time for all indulgences. But given a weekend we managed to cram in a staycation, a walking trail, shopping, a fantastic restaurant and even tour a palace ! It was a welcome break from the homebound weekends…

Tabebuia bloom in Bangalore 🌸🌸

At first I thought they were Cherry Blossoms; but no, they are Tabebuia and more correctly Tabebuia rosea marked by the clusters of baby pink trumpet shaped flowers🌸. And with each breeze they shower the sidewalks and the dividers along the roads, weaving a carpet of powdery pink. But the pink is so light that…

Hampi Chronicles: Last glance πŸŒ…

It was close to 5:00 pm by the time we finished with the sights at the Vitthala temple complex. There were buggy rides ferrying people from the Vitthala temple to the car park, driving along the length of the 1 km long bazaar or Chariot street. People were standing in queue waiting for the rides,…

Hampi chronicles: Framed by boulders & filled with stories πŸ‘’

“The city of Bidjnagar( Vijayanagar) is such that the pupil of the eye has never seen a place like it and the ear of intelligence has never been informed that there existed anything to equal it in the world.” as recorded by Abdur Razzaq, the Persian envoy from the court of Shahrukh in Herat to…