Hampi to Badami: Road trip 🛕🚙

Badami : 8 hours drive (to and fro) for 2 hours of sightseeing ⁉️ It was on a Sunday that we decided to head out to Badami, a four hour drive from our hotel. While Hampi lies in the Bellary district of Karnataka, Badami is located in another district called Bagalkot. Badami, formerly called Vatapi, was…

Bangalore to Chikmagalur: Road trip 🛣

So here we are off on a trip to the Land of Coffee ☕️. Chikmagalur!! 🚗💨 Getting out of Bangalore city makes you realise how vast the state of Karnataka is actually. And the roads, always straight roads; the fact that you can see the tarmac stretching for miles in front itself is a spectacular…

Punalur – A (road) trip down the memory lane (guest post)🚂

So far our road trip from Bangalore to Kerala was uneventful; we sped along the empty highways crossing Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and finally arrived at the borders of Kerala. After 8 hours of non-stop driving and a ½-hr pitstop, it was the Tamil Nadu-Kerala interstate check post at Aryankavu which was proving to be a…

Bee an Angel (guest post) ➰🐝

I was comfortably seated in the cool ambience of an Audi Q3 Quattro. The Q3 moved and behaved like a king on the road; in the 650-odd km run to my home, I was constantly aware that no other vehicle overtook it. The cruise control served like a charm on long stretches, and the sporty…

Bangalore to Pondicherry: A scenic road trip to the east coast🏖🚙

A distance of over 300 kms; approximately a 6 hour journey; less than the Bangalore-Goa road trip we had last October. We had no stops planned in-between and so the comparatively smaller distance meant a slow start, aiming to reach Pondicherry 3:00 pm; we decided to start out by 9:00 am. (We were late, starting…

Gingee fort: Our Fort(uitous) Encounter 

Gingee fort – called by the British as the “Troy of the East” is a majestic fort located in the state of Tamil Nadu. We chanced upon it on our road trip from Bangalore to Pondicherry. Setting off from Bangalore by 9:00 am, we reached the town of Thiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu by 1:00 pm…

Pondicherry & Mahabalipuram by road …🚙💨 the Itinerary⛱

Puja holidays are finally here 💃. Standing in Bangalore, we look around, where can we go? There is Kerala and Goa on the west coast – been there; within Karnataka there is Mysore – been there; Wayanad and Coorg – been there; hill stations of Coonnor, Ootty – been there too. It’s time to venture…

On the road in the Monsoon 🌧🚕

“Monsoon is a perspective…it is a bane for those whose houses have been flooded and a boon for those who find time to enjoy it with a steaming cup of tea on the verandah.” the RJ on the radio was chirpy and we were waiting for the Malayalam songs to follow. 7:30 am, cloudy morning…

Goa to Bekal : A road trip along the Karavali coast

So where is Bekal? It’s a small town by the Arabian Sea in Kasaragod district, in the state of Kerala. And why Bekal? Because we are heading home to Kerala and Bekal is a half-way point for a stopover. And I have never been to Bekal. We leave the hotel by 9:00 am after breakfast….

Bangalore to Goa: A picturesque road trip

We are driving down to Goa in our Jeep Compass and will be clocking a distance of over 600 kms in this road trip. It’s always tempting, easier and less exhausting to fly rather than drive down. The thrill of a road journey is often marred by the eventual tiredness on reaching the destination due…

Chitradurga fort : Walls of magnificence

I have never heard of this fort before; it was a discovery made while embarking on the Bangalore-Goa road trip. Extremely happy to have visited it; but we had only two hours to explore the fort before we resumed on our journey. Hence could only cover the major structures and may have missed a few…

Bula Fiji : An excursion to Suva

There is one question that I heard being repeated to the guide by the tourists. Any guesses…………..? The same question was asked in the Nadi tour and another gentleman repeated the question during the Suva trip. How much does a house cost here in Fiji? Can’t blame the tourists. Fiji is beautiful and very rightly an…