Bangalore to Mangalore ✈️

Hi! there πŸ‘‹ 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Hampi chronicles: Bazaar and beyond 🏞

The picture below helps to get an idea about the once thriving markets of Vijayanagar, which must have been glorious so as to be recorded by travellers. R K Narayan paints the picture beautifully for us in his book The Emerald Route ” One can let one’s imagination roam over the old bazaar street in…

Hampi chronicles: Hemakuta Hill – the Granite abode of Gods πŸŒ…

We are on a trail covering the sacred centre of Vijayanagar and after starting with the Virupaksha temple πŸ‘‰Hampi chronicles: Charmed by the colonettes at Virupaksha temple πŸ›•, the next destination is the Hemakuta hill situated right next to and above the Virupaksha temple complex. The entrance to the Hemakuta hill is a majestic quadrilateral…