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Bangalore to Goa – 5 days on western coast : Bangalore – Murudeshwar – Gokarna – Goa!

Looking for a long weekend trip from Bangalore?  Hi, weekend adventurers welcome to another blog. This was the trip we did over the end of last year.. got some time to write about it now!
A perfect Long weekend trip from Bangalore , use my this experience to plan your itinerary.
As the title suggest, it was a road trip across the beautiful western ghats, starting from Bangalore to Murudeshwar and onwards to Gokarna and Goa and back to Bangalore.
Hope you find this interesting. So lets go with Day 1 of our long weekend trip from Bangalore !

Bangalore to Goa Day 1

The start of the journey. We started around 6.00 AM in the morning. Going to Murudeshwar and then to Goa would be a bit longer as compared to going to Goa directly.
But we do not go for such a long long journeys often so it made sense to cover western ghats a little bit more.
The drive is quite good. NH48 is what we took. It’s a straight drive and google maps are a good companion.
Couple of things, if you want to eat good and hygienic food, Kamat can be a good option. Specially for vegetarians. For us Kama was a savior 🙂
With families and kids on board, we drove slow. We checked into Murudeshwar at around 8.00 PM. So quite late, but it was still good as we were not in hurry!
Our hotel was just near the temple, so a good location. After check in and some rest we were out. 
The statue of Lord Shiva looked amazing and with some colorful lighting, it looked just beautiful.
We had dinner at Naveen Beach Resturant.
The best part about this hotel is that half of its part is out into the beach…I mean to say that it is literally out into the beach and at night you can hear the waves crashing against the pillar when or if you are eating.
P.S the beach looked to be a bit dirty. After dinner and spending some time at beach, it was time to windup the day!
Enjoy some pictures of Murudeshwar below!

Bangalore to Goa Day 2

Got up early and visited the famous Shiva temple. The Shiva temple was a beautiful experience the big Shiva statue was my favorite.
By 9.30 AM we were done. The temple and surrounding area is quite good and big. But gets crowded as day progresses. 
Checked out and left the hotel at about 10.30 am. We stopped for some breakfast in Murudeshwar and by 11.30 AM we were on our way to Gokarna.
We hit Om Beach @ Gokrana at about 2 pm and happily stayed ther till 5 pm (well I was shocked to know that we spent 3hrs just like that).
But Om Beach is actually quite good. There are some benches on the side of beach under the tree and all the oldies were got settled there and we kids got a nice 3 hours on the beach.
By 5.00 PM we were on our way to Goa. We touched the Goa border by about 8:30 pm. Our first 2 nights were in North Goa.
As soon as you enter the border you are welcomed by a fresh good feel….the roads were beautiful and smooth…they were divided properly and taking curves on that road feels good….the city was beautiful and felt as if I was in a whole new country.
The hotel we had booked was 5 mins walk from beach and this was the USP of the hotel.

Bangalore to Goa Day 3

Woke up, had a good long bath and went over to have breakfast…They had idli, sambhar, toast bread, butter and jam, coffee, tea etc.

I just had bread, jam, butter and coffee. We had breakfast and dinner included. We had breakfast, went back to rooms, packed and head over to the Calangute Beach

If you are lucky you may spot a supercar or two (I spotted a Porsche 718 Boxster ).. Now here’s what I personally loved about Goa….it was clean and good.
I thought the beach would be dirty but I it was actually clean…
After spending loads of time on the beach and having a good heavy lunch we head over to the rooms to change and then head over to the old Aguada Fort.
Honestly there is nothing much in the fort but the view from the top is really beautiful.
I personally liked the evening view, the sunlight bouncing off the the red stone walls just made the fort look way more beautiful.
We then went over to the Saturday Nite Bazar. This place is heaven…. you can bargain  and buy various things for cheap..

Bangalore to Goa Day 4

Day 4 was marked for South Goa.  But before reaching the hotel we thought of covering Basilica of Bom Jesus Church.
Church is very old and beautiful. Do not take selfies inside the church. Taking selfies may end up in embarrassment for you…you can take pictures outside the church…
Do not make videos also.. 
After visiting the church we went straight to the hotel, which was more of a beach shack. i.e bang on the beach and this was the most cool part of our stay there. “On the beach”.
Below is the outside view of this famous church!
How beautiful this looks from inside! Some pics below!
Another one
Palolem beach is very beautiful..the best part of this beach is that it extends for a good long part into the sea. There are powerful waves which are fun to sit in…..
We had bonus for each of the hotels…they both were very close to the beaches. 
I suggest instead of taking time to take photos on the beach we should just relax in the water….in night time it is advised not to enter the water..
But it was good. We did spend a good time on the beach and came back for lunch. And once lunch is done, back to beach. It was so cool.
But the best part was that beach just came alive in the evening. At night we had a candlelit dinner on the beach…..this was fun…advantages of booking a beach shack.
The place was just so well decorated. Lots and lots of people around. All having some nice party time. It was just amazing!
Another view of Palolim beach

Bangalore to Goa Day 5

Well this day didn’t go that well. We checked out at around 10:30 am. We were supposed to hit Dudhsagar falls
The best part about this falls is that the bridge scene in the movie Chennai Express (Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone) was shot here.
We drove about 60 kms just to find out that we couldn’t visit the falls..You cannot take your own car and have to take a taxi.
There are only 300 taxis available and out of that about 240 were booked..The queue was just too long….we had no chance and had to return….
We left the falls dissapointed and head over to the Karnataka border…we made a pit stop at Dudhsagar Spa and Resort.
This place was good…you can have lunch and enjoy some activities (obstacle course for both kids and adults, horse riding, ATV riding)
We soon hit the Karnataka border and headed over to Dharwad..
If we knew that the falls would be a bust we could have spent one more day in Goa…
Good Bye Goa!!!!! :*(
We had a taken a break journey at Dharwad. Just so that the journey does not become too tiring.
Saw lots of windmills on the way.. one of my cool clicks!

Bangalore to Goa Day 6

At 9.30 AM after breakfast,  we were back to Bangalore.
This was the end of our really good and beautiful vacation..
I was really happy with the trip except for the 5th day…Goa has really impressed me 🙂
There are lot of attractions which Goa has to offer and wished we had some more days in hand. I think one 3 days in Goa in not enough. You need to have at-least 5 days in hand.
Or well I felt that Goa can never be enough. It’s such a lovely and beautiful place!
When you visit Goa, do share your experience and comments!
Have a good time!
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One day trip from Bangalore to Mysore – Possible ? Yes !

One day trip from Bangalore to Mysore ? Mysore, probably is one of the most popular weekend getaway from Bangalore.

Definitely 2 days are good to have in hand if you want to explore Mysore well, but I have done a bangalore to mysore one day trip couple of times.

And believe me, it’s not actually bad though can be tiring some times, but if you are of adventurous type, it can actually be fun.  As with my other blogs below are quick facts –

Quick facts for one day trip from Bangalore to Mysore

Distance from Bangalore : Approx 150 Kms one way
Travel time: 3 hrs approx
Road conditions: Very good  (Bangalore – Mysore expressway)
Food options: Many on the way and in Mysuru
What to see/do: Temple, Zoo, Gardens

Ok, so as I have mentioned before, I have done one day Mysore couple of times and below Itineraries I can suggest

Itinerary for one day trip from Bangalore to Mysore

Itinerary 1 : 

Bangalore -> Sri Chamundeshwari Temple -> Mysore Zoo – > Sri Ranganath Swamy temple Srirangapatna – > Bangalore

Itinerary 2:

Bangalore -> Sri Chamundeshwari Temple -> Mysore Zoo – > Mysore Palace – > Bangalore

Itinerary 3:

Bangalore – Sri Rangapatna -> Mysore Zoo – > Mysore Palace – > Bangalore

Approx time needed at different sites:

Sri Chamundeshwari Devi temple = 1 hr
Mysore Zoo = 2 hours
Mysore Palace = 3  hours
Sri Rangapatna temple = 1 hour

Travelling will take at-least 4 hours one side (with a stop of around 30 mins for food) and keep 1 hour for with in city travel.

So considering all above on an average you will need 16 hours in total.

If you leave Bangalore by 5.30 AM, you should be able to reach back home by 10.30 PM which is not that bad.

I would not really recommend this touch and go kind of trip, but if you really bored and looking for some good one day drive, this is not bad.  Good luck!

Enjoy some photos:

Chamundeshwari Mata temple

Mysore Palace – view from outside

Sri Ranganath Swamy temple premised @ Srirangapatna

Spme pictures from the zoo

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Bangalore to Pondicherry – A perfect long weekend trip

Has it been quite some time when you have gone out for a long drive. Are kids getting restless? When the next long weekend kicks in, should plan for some outing. And Bangalore to Pondicherry is something which can be a good option!

So below is the experience we had during our trip in the summer of 2019.

Why? It was summer break for the kids and hence it was more so that we plan something long and interesting.

After lot of search and considering various options we decided to head to Pondicherry on the eastern cost of India.

So I will share my experience and talk about pondicherry tourism , and the places to visit in pondicherry?

Bangalore to Pondicherry – quick facts

Before I share our experience here are quick facts about Bangalore to Pondicherry trip ..

Distance from Bangalore : Approx 340 Kms one way
Distance from Chennai: Approx 150 Kms
Travel time: 8 hrs from Bangalore and 4 hours from Chennai
Road conditions: Very good
Food options: Many on the way
What to see/do: Parks, Monuments, Beaches, Auroville

So what are the places to visit in pondicherry?

We had 3 days in hand. We had planned for half day of travel each side. Plan was to start early friday morning and back by Sunday night.

As planned we started early in the morning by 5.00 AM. The plan was to reach Pondy ( cute little name for Puducherry ) by 1.00 PM.

Google told us that it will take 6 hours 30 mins to 7 hours 30 mins. We knew that we will get good speed and considering the time for breakfast it will take around 8 hours and have lunch at the hotel.

Early morning plans are quite difficult always, but we were able to start on time. Bags were packed one night before. So early morning, bundled the kids in the car and we were out on the road.

We decided to take Chitoor route while going. It was a early morning so no much traffic. Till Chitoor road was 4 lane and then it becomes 2 lane road. But road conditions are good.

We reached the hotel by 1.00 PM, checked in and directly went for lunch. We stayed in hotel Sunway Manor. It was a good hotel with very helpful staff. By 3.00 we were free and wanted to unitize the remaining day in best possible way.

Bangalore to Pondicherry – Day1

Our first day then

We started by visiting the Auribindo ashram (1). It is a spritual community center and is near to rock beach and hence it was first on the list. Total time needed to visit the ashram is around 45 mins to 1 hour.

You need to put your mobile in silent mode and also make sure that you take special care of kids inside as a pin drop silence is maintained.

Inside there is samadhi is there. You can sit there in silence as long as you want. You will see lots of people sitting and meditating there.

It feels so good to be there. After spending some time we went to the book shop inside the ashram.

It has lots of book written by the guru and I bought a couple of them. Spent total for 40 mins inside. With kids it was difficult to stay there for long.

So we came out, I think it was 4.30 PM. We decided to take a stroll around before going to the beach area.

We saw French embassy (2)  and other french style houses (3). Old building, maintaining their charm and it was good experience. After strolling for some time we went to the beach (4).

The beach is quite long you can take a nice evening walk on the beach side. As soon as kids saw the beach they were thrilled and we ended up spending a good amount of time there.

By the time we could realize that it’s time to wind up the day, it was already 7.30 PM.

Persuaded the kids to return back. Were back by 8.00 and straight to dinner. It was a long long tiring day and we wanted to start next day early 🙂

Bangalore to Pondicherry – Day 2

Our second day in Pondy –

Woke up early. Guess it was 6.00 AM. We were ready by 7.00. Had the complementary breakfast provided by hotel.

Our first stop on second day was Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple (5). We were able to visit the temple by 9.00 AM.

Our next plan was to go to Paradise beach and we had planned to take the ferry to go there. So we drove down to boat house (6).

Its a area from where you will get the ferry which will take you to paradise beach (7).

To visit boat house and take ferry you need the tickets. If you take regular boat it will cost you around Rs150 per person.

The boat house itself is not that impressive. Then you take ferry to paradise beach.

@boat house and paradise beach

Take extra precaution and care of kids. They do have life jackets, but make sure that you put the on for everyone and properly buckle it up. It will take approximately 15 to 20 mins to reach the beach.

Once you reach the beach area you will find that you are in a different world. This was time for kids to be free 🙂 they were on the beach, in the water. You can do horse riding, rain dance , couple of other sports etc. It was good time spent there.

We stayed there till 1.00 PM and then started back. By 1.45 we were back at hotel. Took bath and had lunch, by 3.00 PM we were free to explore another destination on Pondy.

This time it was time for Auroville (8) . It was around 15 kms from where we stayed. We reached there by 4.00.

It was almost closing time. We went straight to the information center. Watched a short vedio on Auroville and took the pass for Matrimandir. It is a 2 kms walk from the information center to the viewing point of Matrimandir.

Matrimandir from the viewing point

It was a good walk. Kids were having fun. From viewing point you can the dome. You cannot go near to it and go inside it. It needs special permission.

A special banyana tree on the way to Matrimandir

Just to tell you, Auroville is a experimental township which is a world village and people of many nationalities live here. It is a self sustained city and Matrimandir is meditation center. You can visit more about them @ ..

We were done by 6.30 PM and came back to seaside promenade. Spent another 1 hour there and we were done for the day.

Bangalore to Pondicherry – Day 3

Our day 3 @ Pondy

We only had half a day in hand. We wanted to start back by 12.00 so that we can reach Bangalore by 8.00 PM.

Our experience said that we will take at-least 8 to 9 hours. We decided to visit Bharti Park (9). Have a relaxed morning.

Parks opens at 8.00 AM and we were ready by 9.00 AM. So checked out. Went straight to the park. It is a very well maintained park.

There is Park Monument, a white color imposing structure. We spent some time there. I think it was 11.30 and we decided to head back.

By 12.00 we were on our way back to Bangalore. We took Pondy -> Tiruvanamallai -> Bangaore route.

This route was better. Had lunch on the way. By 7.00 PM we were at the Hosur toll gate. By 8.30 we were at home.

Over all it was tiring, but fun filled trip.!! Note that there are lots of other places which we could not visit and worth visiting if you have couple of days more in hand like

  • Botanical Garden,
  • Cathedral of our lady church,
  • Basilica of the Sacred heart of Jesus church,
  • Vardaraja Perumal temple,
  • Pondicherry Mesuem etc ..

How to reach from Bangalore to Pondicherry

From Bangalore there are 2 routes
1) [Best route] Hosur -> Tiruvannamalai -> Puducherry
2)Bangalore -> Vellore -> Puducherry
3)Bangalore -> Chitoor -> Puducherry
From Chennai – take East Coast Road

Hope you liked this post and got some information about your trip to Pondicherry.

It is a very nice place with very nice, warm and welcoming people. Do visit Pondy during your next long weekend. If you have 4 days in hand then much better!

Have a safe trip!!

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Krishnagiri Dam – A nice one day outing from Bangalore

Looking for a quick outing with family and friends. Head to KRP or Krishnagiri Reservoir Project dam, also called as Krishnagiri Dam, situated around 7 to 8 Kms from Krishangiri.

Not very far from Bangalore. It is not so tiring quick one day trip from Bangalore. It’s a nice one day outing at Krishnagiri Dam

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Quick info about Krishnagiri Dam

Here are some quick information which can help you decide on this location.

Distance from Bangalore : approx 95 Kms
Travel time (one way) : 1 hour and 30 mins during early morning, 2 to 3 hrs during peak traffic hours
Road Conditions: Very good
Parking available : yes
Food: Limited options
What all to see there : Dam, park
Route: Bangalore -> Hosur -> Krishangiri -> KRP

We had some guests over the weekend due to kids holidays and hence we wanted to take them out. Every body wanted to go out of town.

While searching around we stumbled on this place. Pictures looked good and hence decided to try it out.

Our trip to Krishnagiri Dam

We started a bit late. By the time we could start, it was already 09 AM. It took almost an hour for us to touch Hosur.

From there its around 1 hour.

The drive to Krishangiri is cool. Driving on NH7 is breeze. Once you cross Krishangiri keep a watch for KRP marking. Approx 10Ks from Highway is the Krishnagiri Dam.

Driving towards Krishnagiri Dam is a treat to eyes. Lots of greenery and fresh air.

Once you reach the dam, you will see a park. After the park is the dam. Park the vehicle in front of the gate.

The park is good. Kids will enjoy.

You can climb over the dam and view from the top is awsome. Check some snaps below.

So a good place over all. Not so tiring trip!
Try it out over your next weekend!

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Nandi Hills – The Original Weekend Getaway from Bangalore

Nandi hills, also called as Nandi betta has always been a favorite weekend getaway for people from Bengaluru.

It can be a nice one day fun filled trip. Let’s check out quick facts

Nandi Hills Quick Facts

Base Location : Bangalore

Distance: Approx 60 Kms

Road Condition: Very good.

Food options: Not much at the top of the hill, but good options on the way.

Time taken: Approx 1 hour and 30 mins for one way

Visiting time: Around 3 hours for to reach this place and Yoga Nandeeshwara and add another 1 hour if you want to visit Bhoga Nandeeswara.

What to see => Nandi hill top, Yoga Nandeeswara, Bhoga Nandeeswara, Sunrise and Sunset.

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How to reach Nandi Hills

Route: Bangalore – > Devanhalli -> Nandi Hills

OK, that was some quick facts, let me start with the drive to Nandi Hills. This place is very famous for sunrise and sunset view and hence you will find lot of people heading towards Nandi hills before sunrise and leaving the hills after sunset.

The drive is good. NH7 till Devanhalli is breeze. From Devanhalli take a left turn towards Nandi hills. This road is good as well.

Keep driving straight and you will hit a T junction.

If you take a right turn you will go to Bhoga Nandeeshwara and if you take left then you go to Nandi hills and Yoga Nandeeshwara

So Bhoga Nandeeshwara is at bottom of hill and Yoga Nandeeshwara at the top of the hill.

Travelling with kids? Do check this out !

Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple

We decided to go to Bhoga Nandeeshwara first. It is a very old temple dedicated to lord Shiva at the foot of Nandi hills.

This is one of the oldest temples of Karnatka and is more than a 1000 years old.

The temple premise has 3 main temples – Arunachaleswara, Uma Maheshwara and Bhoga Nandeeshwara.

Bhoga Nandeeshwara is the main temple and has a majestic Shiva Linga in the Sanctum.

This temple is said to have been built by the Cholas.

The pillars are covered in beautiful carvings. The Nandi Idol in front of the Sanctum in this temple is very attractive.

Bhoga Nandeeshwara temple premises is approx 5 Kms from the T junction and took around an hour to complete the visit.

Once done we headed toward NandiHills top.

Nandi Hills Top and Yoga Nandeeshwara

From T junction, left leads to Nandi Hills. Since we were coming back from Bhoga Nandeeshwara, we went straight at the T junction.

It is approx 13 Kms fro the T. Roads are well marked and hence you are not going to miss it.

Remember there are around 40 bends (curves, some of them being hair pin bend), and hence please drive carefully.

Once you reach at the top, you have to pay Rs100/- to enter inside. As soon as you enter the Nandi hill there is a parking.

You can park you vehicle here and walk approx 2Kms to reach the top and also Yoga Nandeeshwara temple.

And I recommend this as this is more fun and you enjoy the beauty around.
Alternatively you can drive down till top and park your vehicle there.

Another view

There are nice places at the top where you can just sit and relax, kids can play and enjoy the view.

There is a bunglow as well which is maintained by horticulture department.

Then you can visit Yoga Nandeeshwara temple.

The temple is supposed to be more than 1000 years old.

The presiding deity of this temple is lord shiva. The temple is open from 6.00 AM to 7.00 PM every day.

We spent almost 4 to 5 hours on top. Returned back before it started getting dark.

So have a nice time at Nandi hills. Do leave your comment here once you have visited! Cheers !! 🙂

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Chikmagalur – Bangalore to Chikmagalur – 2 Day itinerary

If you live in Karnataka and specifically in Bangalore, Chikmagalur must have crossed your mind many a times. Chikmagalur is one of the best weekend destinations from Bangalore.

So today I will take you from namma Bangalore to Chikmagalur and share my experience. This will be a 2 and Half day weekend itinerary inclding the travel time. I will also tell you, how you can save some travel time and enjoy your full day in Chikmaglur.

Quick facts about Chikmagalur

So let us look at the quick facts first:

Bangalore to chikmagalur distanceApprox 240 Kms
Time taken from BangaloreApprox 5 hours with short breaks.
Around 6 to 7 hrs with some long breaks for lunch etc
Road ConditionsVery good throughout ( NH 75 )
Food optionsMany on the way
StayMany good hotels with in city. You can also book some good home stays or resorts.
Famous forNice view points. Highest peak in Karnataka – Muliyangiri peak,
Nice water falls, Lakes, and a must visit Lord Ram temple called as Kondanrama Temple

Places to visit in Chikmagalur

This place offers a lot. It depends what you want to do there.

Resorts in chikmagalur – If you just want to relax in the lap of nature, you can book some nice resort and spend some quality time with your family and friends.

You can take a jungle walk or do some off-roading. All these experiences are provided by resorts ( though may be charged separately).

Homestay in chikmagalur – You can also may be book a home stay and just stroll around the city visiting some key tourist spots and enjoy the Chikmaglur Coffee.

Chikmglur is famous for coffee estates and visiting the Coffee Museum is one of the cool experiences in the city.

Apart from Home Stays and Resorts, hotels in Chikmaglur is also best option if you want to be in city. But first lets look at the list of places to visit in Chikamagalur.

Chikamagalur Tourist Places

There are many places in and around the city, but below is the list of spots which you may consider to cover. I will give you the itinerary which I have followed and with just 2 days in hand it is difficult to cover all the places. But you can if you have more time on hand.

Top 15 tourist places in Chikmagalur ( 30 Kms range )

  1. Mullayangiri ( Tallest peak in Karnataka – around 25 kms from city center)
  2. Seethalayana Mata temple ( famous goddess temple, just 5 kms before Mullayangiri)
  3. Honamanna Falls & Jhari falls ( also called as Butter Milk Falls ) – A nice water fall ( last 5 kms will be on a Jeep ride, you cannot take you car till the falls)
  4. Baba Budan Giri peeth ( around 33 Kms from city center)
  5. Z point ( Must visit view point a couple of Kms from Baba Budan giri)
  6. NirvanaSwamy Mata
  7. Devi Ramma Temple
  8. Coffee Measeum ( A must for coffe lovers)
  9. Hirekolale Lake ( 4 kms from city center – A nice lake with nice view point around)
  10. Ayyankere Lake ( around 20 Kms from center – 2nd largest lake of Karnataka )
  11. Kondanrama temple at Hiremaglur ( 8 kms from center, A must visit Lord Rama temple)
  12. Belvadi Hoysala temples ( 30 Kms from Center)
  13. Belur Hoysala Temples ( 23 kms from city center)
  14. Halebidu Hoysal Temples ( 35 Kms from city center)
  15. Yagachi Dam and Water Sports ( 20 Kms from city center)

Other tourist attractions around Chikmagalur

As I have mentioned before, Chikamagalur has lots to offer to its tourist and there are many other tourist spots which you can plan to visit if you have more time on hand. But these are a bit far from the city center so you need to plan accordingly. These were not part of my itineary.

  • Muthodi forest – around 40 kms from city center
  • Hebbe falls – A nice water falls around 60kms from city
  • Kalhatti Falls – A nice water fall at around 55 ksm from city
  • Horanadu & Kalasa ( around 110 kms from chikmaglur)
  • Sringeri the famous temple ( around 100 Kms)
  • Dharamsthala – must visit temple town – 90 kms

You can also plan to go to Mangalore from here which is approx 150 kms from here. So in case you have a week in hand you can actually plan this trip :

Bangalore -> Hassan -> Chikmaglur -> Mangalore

How to reach Chikmagalur

Bangalore to chikmagalur distance is approx 240 kms if you go by shortest route.

There are 3 routes which you can take to reach Chikmaglur

  1. Go via NH 75 , you need to take a left on Bangalore Mangalore Highway from Neelamangala. The road takes you straight to Hassan and from there you need to take a turn towards Chikmaglur. This is the shortest way and will be around 240 Kms
  2. The second way is to go via Tumkur and Chitradurga. This is via NH 48 and will be around 300 Kms. You can take this route only if you want to visit Chitradurga on the way. Being NH this route is also very good.
  3. The third rout is via Mysore toad and this I will not recommend as there is a heavy traffic on this road on weekend with lots of people heading to Mysore.

So the first route is best. It is shortest. No much traffic and nice road all along the way with many nice food options through out.

Bangalore to Chikmagalur – 2 Day itinerary

So below is the itinerary which we followed and we instead of taking 2 days, took two and half days instead. That is instead of leaving on Saturday morning, we left by 3.00 PM on Friday. Anticipating a 6 hour drive, we expected to reach by 9.00 PM and check into the hotel.

Which actually went as per plan. We left Bangalore by 3.00 PM and reached hotel by 8.30 PM.

Now this is one suggestion from my side. If you want to stay in a hotel, better to choose one which is near KSRTC bus stand.

Day 1 itinerary

  • 8.30 AM – Have breakfast and leave hotel. Our first stop was Mullayangiri peak.
  • 9.15 AM – Reach Mullayangiri parking lot. Start climbing. Around 450 steps to reach peak. Will take minimum 30 mins.
  • 9.45 AM – Reach the Mullayangiri peak. You will need a minimum of 30 mins there. Visit the small Shiva temple and enjoy the nice view around
  • 10.15 AM – start back to parking lot.
  • 10.45 AM – Reach back to parking lot and head towards next stop. So total of 1 hour and 30 mins climbing up and down.
  • 11.00 AM – while coming back, stop near Seethalayana Mata temple. This is a devi temple and you can spend some 10 to 15 mins here.
  • 11.10 AM – start for the next spot which is Jhari falls also called as butter milk falls and on the way stop at Honnamanna falls for 10 mins
  • 11.45 – Reach Jhari falls starting point , park the car and hire Jeep ( this may include some waiting time if the rush is heavy)
  • 12.00 PM to 12.15 PM- Travel in Jeep to Jhari falls
  • 12.15 PM to 1.15 PM – spent around an hour in Jhari falls and head back to parking. You need to get into Jeep
  • 1.15 to 2.15 PM – Lunch. You need to figure out a place to eat.
  • 2.15 to 2.45 PM – Travel to Baba Budangiri
  • 2.45 to 3.00 PM- Visit the Baba Budangiri Cave
  • 3.00 to 3.05 PM – Drive to Z point
  • 3.05 PM to 3.45 PM – Climb up to Z point and spend some good time there
  • 3.45 to 5.00 PM Drive back to town and Hirekolale Lake
  • 5.00 PM to 6.00 PM – Spend time at Hirekolale Lake
  • 6.00 PM – Get back to hotel, rest for some time and get out in the city. Stroll around the city and have some nice dinner outside.

Day 2 itinerary

On Day 2 we had planned to visit Belvadi, Halebedu , Belur and Yagachi dam and return back to Bangalore. Travel back to Bangalore will take approx 6 hours so we had planned to leave for Bangalore by 3.00 PM at-least. And hence we have to start early.

So, we decided not to have the break fast at hotel and check out early. We checked out by 7.00 AM

  • 7.00 AM to 7.10 AM – travel to Kodandarama temple
  • 7.10 AM to 7.30 AM – Pay darshan to Lord Rama at this ancient temple
  • 7.30 AM to 8.00 AM – Travel to Belvadi
  • 8.00 AM to 8.30 AM – Visit Belvadi temples. There are 2 temples, each will not take more that 15 mins
  • 8.30 to 8.50 AM – Travel to Halebidu.
  • 8.50 AM to 9.20 – Visit Halebidu Hoysala temple
  • 9.20 AM to 10.00 AM – Find a good restaurant and have some nice breakfast
  • 10.00 AM to 10.45 AM – Travel to Yagachi Dam and Yagachi Water Adventure Sports Center
  • 10.45 AM to 12.00 PM – Spend some good time at Yagachi Dam and enjoy some nice water sports at Yagachi Water Adventure Sports Center
  • 12.00 PM to 12.30 PM – Travel to Belur
  • 12.30 PM to 1.15 PM – Spend some good time at the famous Channeksava temple at Belur.
  • 1.15 PM to 2.30 PM – Lunch at Belur
  • 2.30 PM – Head back to Bengaluru

So this was our itinerary for 2 and half days. If you see from my list of Chikamagalur Tourist Places, I was not able to cover all of them. But the itinerary I followed was the best I could in this limited time.

If I had one day more in hand, there are a lot of other places, I could have covered.

Below are some details about the spots which I visited.

Mullayana Giri Peak

This is the highest peak in Karnatka and one of then most visited and must visit tourist spots in Chikmagalur. The road leading to the parking lot of this peak is good. It is a concrete road. Only at some places the road becomes a bit narrow and becomes difficult for 2 large vehicles to pass.

But other wise the drive is ok. For an experienced driver, it will not be much issue.

A panoramic view from the top

The only challenge is if you visit during Monsoon, there is chances of slippery roads and landslides.

From the parking lot, there is a paved way to the top of the hill. These are around 450 steps which you have to climb up.

Another view from the top of the Mullayangiri Peak

At the top of the hill is a small Lord Shiva temple. The view from top is amazing. Just after monsoon the beauty of this place is such that it cannot be described in words.

Seethalayana Mata temple

This is a small but very beautiful Seethalayana Mata temple. You can visit this temple on the way to Mullayangiri.

So you can either visit this temple while going up to Mullayana Giri Peak or while returning back. There is ample parking space and wash room facilities.

Honnamanna falls & Jhari Falls ( Butter Milk Falls)

After Mulayangir peak and Seethalayana Mata temple you can go to Jhari falls. Honnamanna falls is on the way.

Honnamanna falls is a very small but a beautiful water fall just on the main road. So you do not have to walk a lot to reach at the falls. In monsoon this fall looks very beautiful.

As you can see in the photograph, a proper steps are mad to let water fall through them. Quite safe to go near the water. There are some stalls near by selling some good bhajji and tea. So while going to Jhari falls you stop here.

After Honnamanna falls the move to Jhari falls entry point. Jhari falls cannot be accessed by your own vehicle. So you have to park near the entry point and hire a Jeep to reach till falls.

The Jeep if you book full will cost you 700/- for round trip. You can also go solo ie. the Jeep is shared with other tourist. The cost is generally Rs 150/- per person. But in that case you need to wait till the Jeep is full ( 5 people).

The Jeep guy will give you a token. So once you reach the Jhari falls, the Jeep guy will go and while coming back you need to show the token to the returning Jeep. So the Jeep will be different when you return.

Also since the token is per Jeep if you are going in sharing, you need to make sure that all of you come back at the same time.

The off-roading experience till the Jhari falls is amazing. The fall itself is worth a visit.

Jhari falls close up view

The water falls from a height and you are allowed to go inside the falling water and enjoy some cool water spring. You can go and bath there. It is a nice experience. This water fall is a must visit.

Jhasri falls, view from far

Baba Budan Giri

This is a small cave temple dedicated to Baba Budan. The area around this temple offer a nice view point and immediately around a kilometer from this place is Z Point which offers one of the most amazing view of western ghats.

Baba Budan giri hill range is at 1895  meter and which is more or less same as Mullayangiri peak.

Mullayangiri peak is at 1930 meters. So you can say that both of these hill ranges have the highest peak in Karnataka.

Z Point – view point

Z Point view point is around 1 Kilo meter from Baba Budan Giri temple and offers a amazing view , as I said before of the western ghats.

Once you park the car at the parking lot, you will see 2 peaks. One near the parking lot and other a bit far. You need to the next one which is highest peak there and the Z Point view point is located on the top of this peak.

To go there either you can just take the small route around the fist peak and go to the second peak which has the view point or you can also climb the first peak first and enjoy some tome there and move to the next peak.

This is going to be one of the most amazing experience and if you visit in monsoon or after monsoon you will not want to come back from this place. It is so beautiful and the mist around adds to its beauty.

Hirekolale Lake

This is one the largest lake in Karnataka and offers some good time to its visitors. This is a man made lake and offers a beautiful view of the surroundings. This lake was built to provide the drinking and irrigation water to Chikmaglur and its surrounding areas.

In a way this whole area is photographers paradise, but Hirekolale Lake lake offers some very nice photography options.

Kodandarama temple at Hiremaglur

This is one of the ancient Rama temples in India and one of the must visit Rama temples. The temple itself is more than 1200 years old, but the Lord Rama and Ma Sita idol is from the time of satyuga.

It is said that Lord Rama gave darshan to Lord Parsurama at this place and it is only temple where Ma Sita is at the right hand side of Lord Rama.

Lord Rama and Lord Parshuram

Part of this temple was constructed during Chola dynasty while other parts during Hoysala dynasty. So in a way you can see that the temple has architecture signatures of both the dynasties.

It is a very nice temple and must visit if you are in Chikmagalur. The temple itself is not very far from city center and what I would recommend is to get up early and visit the temple during any of the days of your stay there.

Belvadi Temples

Belvadi is a village around 30 Kms from Chikmagalur. This place has one of the finest temples built during Hoysala empire.

It is said that Bheema from Mahabharat times killed Bkasura at this place. Well there is another place in Karnataka called as Kaivara and it also has the same legend. But anyway this place finds its mention in Mahabharata as Ekachakranagara .

The temple name is Shri Veera Narayana temple and was built during Hoysala dynasty. The temple is one of the finest temples of Hoysala times.

Veera Narayana temple

There is another temple called as Udhbhava Ganpati temple and this temple is also very near to Shri Veera Narayana temple . The idol of Lord Ganaesha is said to Swyambhu and is growing.

Udbhava Ganpati temple Belvadi

So this is also an amazing place to visit and this place is very near to halebidu and belur.

Halebidu Temples

Halebidu is famous for Hoysaleswara Temple. This temple again is one of the most popular temples of Hoysala times.

Halebidu temple entry

Halebidu is said to be the capital of Hoysala empire. This is a 12th century temple and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. There is a large man made lake next to the temple. The temple was built by the king Vishnuvardhana of Hoysala empire.

Carvings at Halebidu temple

Yagchi Dam & Water Sports

In between Halebidu and Belur, you can visit Yagchi Dam. It is built on river Yagchi a tributary to river Kaveri.

Yagchi dam is a popular tourist destinations in the region. It attracts tourist as it also offer some nice water sports options. You can do some cool water sports there like Jetski, Speed Boat, Banana ride and Kayaking.

You can book these activities online like at thrillophilia.

The surrounding of the dam is as beautiful as the dam itself.

It will be a nice place to visit with kids. They will definitely enjoy a lot.

Belur Temples

And one of the most important temples of the region and of Hoysala times is the Chennakeshava Temple, also referred to as KeshavaKesava or Vijayanarayana Temple.

It is a huge temple premises built during 12th century at the times of Hoysala empire and a must visit temples in India.

It is said that the temple took more than 100 years to build and almost 3 generations of kings. It was started by the king Vishnuvardhana in 1117 CE.

This is one of the finest examples of temple architecture of Hoysala dynasty and South Indian temple architecture.

Where to Stay in Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur has lot of options to stay there. It all depends on what you want to do. Below are some options to choose from

Chikmagalur Resorts

I will recommend booking a hotel if you are there to enjoys some good time in the lap of nature and relax for a couple of days.

Generally these resorts are in Jungle or Coffee estates and offers some good packages on activities like nature walk or off roading experiences. Coffee estate visits etc.

Hence if you are looking for this kind of experience resorts can be the best option.

Chikmagalur Home Stays

I would recommend this if you are travelling with small kids. As home stays offers homely food also many home stays or service apartments have attached kitchen which will help you to lets say boil milk or make some upma, poha , maggi etc for kids as kids kids are not able to eat well outside.

Home stays are also recommended for a long stay like if you are staying for more that 2 – 3 days.

Chikmagalur Hotels

Chikmagalur have tons of options for hotels in all budgets. My recommendation is that you stay near the KSRTC bus stand.

One thing is that if you are not travelling by your own car, being in the city center offers you a good connectivity.

Local Sight seeing cabs at Chikmagalur

Just next to KSRTC bus stand you will find a taxi stand. There you can go and negotiate for a day sight seeing.

Indica / or other hatchback will generally cost you 1300 to 1500 / – and they will take you to 6 to 7 spots.

A sedan like dezire or any other will cost somewhere between 1500 to 1700 / –

A big car like Ertiga will cost around 2000/- to 2500/-

So i think this can also be a good option if you are thinking to book a cab for local sigh seeing.

You can still negotiate the price. And also you can book the cab for near by areas like Yagchi Dam, Bevadi, Belur, Halebidu etc.

So lot of options. With in city attractions you can also take Auto.

Remember one thing. Carry cash as most of these guys prefer cash transactions.

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2 Days 2 Days 200 to 500 Kms 200 to 500 Kms Bangalore/Bengaluru Chennai Tamil Nadu Yercaud

Yercaud ( shevaroy hills range )- 2 day itinerary from Bangalore

Looking for a nice and relaxing trip this weekend ? Around 200 Kms from Bangalore, Yercaud situated in the shevaroy hills range offers a wonderful weekend getaway option. Read more for a 2 day itinerary and some tips from my side.

Quick facts about Yercaud

Distance from BangaloreApprox 200 Kms one way
Time takenApprox 4 hours one way ( excluding the stops for tea/ coffee food etc)
Road conditionFantastic if you take Route#1 ( via Salem) as described below.
Route 2# ( via Deevattipatti  )has some rough stretch for 15 to 20 Kms
Food option on the wayMany on NH44
Stay at YercaudMany options. But pre book if you are travelling over weekends / Holidays
Famous forLake , Natural Beauty, View Points, Resorts, temples
Ideal forEvery one

Yercaud tourist places

As I have mentioned before, Yercaud is famous for its Natural Beauty. Hence you will find a many view points, gardens, water falls, a beautiful lake and some must visit temples.

Below is the list you should choose from if you are planning to visit Yercaud and plan accordingly.

One you have looked at the list below, you can look at the itinerary which I have followed if it works for you.

  1. Yercaud Lake
  2. Pagoda Point
  3. The Servaroyan Temple
  4. Ladies seat
  5. Rose Garden
  6. Silk Farm
  7. Botanical Garden
  8. Gents seat
  9. Killiyur Water falls
  10. Sri Raja Rajeshwari Temple
  11. Sri Annamalaiyar Temple
  12. Anna Park

How to reach Yercaud

Yercaud can be reached by two ways. Either way you have to travel till Dharampuri. After Dharampuri either you take left and go via Deevattipatti or go to salem and then turn towards Yercuad.

Route 1# ( my preferred route ): Bangalore -> Hosur -> Kishangiri -> Dharampuri – > Salem -> Yercaud

Route2 # : Bangalore -> Hosur -> Kishangiri -> Dharampuri – > Deevattipatti -> Yercaud

Route 1 is preferred as it is NH44 till Salem and after that Salem Yercaud highway.

Yercaud itinerary

So we decided to be there over weekend and as I have mentioned before, majority of tourist who visit Yercaud are there over the weekend and hence pre booking hotel is very important.

Tips for travel

So our first tip ( tip #1 ) will be that book hotel / homestay near Yercaud Lake. Specifically if you are travelling with kids. Well if you want to enjoy resorts, there are many near Yercaud Lake as well, but good ones are deep inside.

Tip 2# – Plan in such a way that your travel time between spots are reduced. Remember in hills driving is a bit challange. I did not find much issue though, but many a places the roads are narrow. So the less you drive, the better it is.

Tip 3# – If you re planning to hire a taxi there, negotiate. The price they as for is almost 40% more. So you can definitely bargain. Also an auto rikshaw will be more economical. But it may not go to certain places like Annamaliyar temple or Shevroy temple as the climb is steep. So you need to check!

Tip 4# – The last 30 to 40 Kms stretch is with out petrol pump. So make sure that you fill sufficient petrol / diesel while you are on national highway 44 ( NH 44) Same with food. Plant to finish your food while your are on NH44.

Tip 5# – While returning back make sure that you leave Yercaud by 5.00 PM in evening so that you cover the ghat area while its still sunlight. A little bit earlier is still better.

As usual we always get late to start. More so if you have kids. And hence our plans of starting at 5 ends up with starting at 7.00 AM.

But if you are able to start early, is it good. In-fact you can start as early as possible. NH44 is always full of traffic. Only advise is to cover the last 30 to 40 Kms stretch in Day time.

Day 1 itinerary

So our first day was – Travel to Yercaud and visit to Killiyur Water falls, Yercaud Lake, Anna park, Pagoda point, Ladies Seat & Rose Garden and a nice dinner.

We were able to start only by 6.30 AM. By 7.15 AM we crossed the Hosur toll and we were into Tamil Nadu. Roads being good through out, it is always a fantastic drive on this road.

We did our breakfast on the way. There is a Food plaza after Kishangiri. There is a Mac Donald on the way so if kids are interested, it is one of the nice places to have breakfast.

We were able to reach Yeracaud only by 11.30 AM. So it took us 5 hours with 1 hour of stop in between for tea / coffee and break fast. Also since we had kids with us, we drove a bit slow.

As soon as we reached Yercuad our first stop was Killiyur Water falls. It is a beautiful water fall around 6 kms from Yercaud lake. Since our hotel was ay Yercaud lake, we thought of directly going to water falls and then coming back and check in to the hotel.

We reached Killiyur Water falls by 11.50 and parked the car at the private parking place available there. The parking fee was Rs 30 /-. From parking lot you need to walk around 500 meters which includes a climb down of around 200 steps.

You will need atleast 60 to 90 mins to visit this place. Climbing down towards falls itself is a wonderful experience. But the best part is the falls itself. You can go and sit below the water fall. The water is cool and refreshing. Have a look at these cool photographs.

We were back by 1.30 and checked in . Out hotel was very near to Yercaud Lake and hence the plan was to cover Yercaud Lake and Anna park together in the evening.

We had some nice lunch at the hotel and by 2.30 PM were ready to go out again. We decided not to take a cab / taxi and drive by our own.

Driving in hills can be a challange some times, but is also fun. Our next stop on Day 1 was pagoda point

2.45 PM – 4.00 PM: Pagoda point, Ladies Seat & Rose Garden: Pagoda Point and Ladies seat – is a nice view point and you can enjoy the scenery all around. I think this place can be maintained a bit better, but any way it is a fun to be there with kids.

Rose Garden is a beautiful place next to Ladies seat. But there we no roses when we went.

You need 1 to 1 hr 30 mins to visit these places. Not much to see except this view point and some nice photography options.

So by 4.30 we were back at hotel. Next was to cover Yercaud Lake and surrounding spots.

The advantage of staying near the lake is that you can just walk down. So this is what we did. Parked our car in hotel parking and walked down the road to Yercaud lake

4.45 PM to 6.45 PM – Yercaud Lake, Boating, Anna park, Eco Park, Aquarium and a nice coffee at Kappi House.

Yercaud Lake is a natural lake and has some good boating options. Entry to lake is nominal price but once you are inside you can buy boating tickets. Ticket ranges from Rs 130 to 500 based on type of boat.

Yercaud Lake

Next to Lake is Eco Garden, Anna Park and Aquarium and you can check out these options as well. All these are in walking distance of each other.

Anna Park

And these spots do not take much time. kids will definitely enjoy these spots. Lot of places for them to run around.

Yercaud Fish Aquarium

By 6.45 we were done visiting these places and a nice boat ride in Yercaud Lake. After that we headed to “Kappi House”. A coffee shop around the corner. They serve some very nice coffee and you will find lot of rush there. We enjoyed a nice cup of coffee , did some shopping of home made chocolates, Masala tea, some soveniours and headed back to hotel by 8.00 PM

We had our dinner at the hotel and called for the day ! It was nice Day 1 over all.

Day 2 itinerary

Our day 2 was more dedicated to the 4 must visit temples – Shri Annamaliyar temple , Sri Raja Rakeshwari Temple, Sri Shevroy temple , Sri Chakra Meru temple and Botanical Garden.

Except Annamaliyar temple, all other spots were on the same side and near to each other.

We wanted to head back to Bangalore by 4.00 PM since we wanted to cover the ghat area while it is still sunlight.

We got up a bit late and by the time we were ready it was already 9.30 AM. We checked out by 10.00 AM. Our plan was to view all above places and then leave for Bangalore.

Our first stop on Day 2 was Sri Annamaliyar temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. You get a nice view of surroundings.

Our next stop was Botanical garden. All these spots on day 2 are on same road so it was planned that way. Unfortunately we found the Botanical garden closed.

We enquired at the gate and were told that the Botanical Garden remains closed over the weekend. Not sure if this is true. Please do check this out. It was for sure closed on that day. But I don’t think they will keep it closed on weekends in general as this is one of the major tourist attractions here.

The next stop was Sri Raja Rajeshwari temple. It is a very small but beautiful and power full temple of the area.

Raja Rajeshwari Temple Entrance

The temple is on a small hill top and you need to climb some 20 odd steps to reach to this beautiful temple. Dedicated to goddess Rajeshwari, this temple is said to be very powerful.

The next stop was to visit the most visited, most thrilling and one of the most sacred temples of the region Lord Servarayan Temple (Shevaroy Temple).

Servarayan Temple (Shevaroy Temple).

The drive to the temple is one of the most beautiful and thrilling drive you will ever take. And once you reach at the temple, you are at the topmost area of Yercaud.

Servarayan Temple (Shevaroy Temple) – Main cave temple

The top of the hill on which this temple is located is a flat surface and looks like a plateau. From top the view is so amazing.

The temple is actually a cave temple and is dedicated to Lord Servarayan and Ma Kaveri. Goddess Kaveri is considered to be the protector deity of villages in this area and during month of May a big celebration is done at this temple where all the villagers / tribes of this area gather here.

We spent some good amount of time here.

After the Raja Rajeshwari temple if you go further you would come to a junction where if you go right you will come to Servarayan temple.

You will see all the marking there. It also says that if you go straight you will go to Bangalore.

Well take that route and it will take you to Sri Chakra Meru temple. You will need some 30 mins to visit that temple.

But please do not take that route to Bangalore. Come back to main city and take the way back to Salem and from there come back to Bangalore via NH44.

So our last stop was Sri Chakra Meru Temple. It is a newly built temple with lots of positive energy all around.

Chakra Meru Temple Entrance

We were able to finish all these spots by 2.30 and by 3.00 PM we were back to Yercaud bus stand.

We looked for a nice restaurant for lunch and by 4.30 PM were done and started back for Salem. By 5.30 PM we were crossing Salem and touched NH44.

We stopped at KFC on the way as kids wanted to eat burger and we had a nice cup of team at Sarvana Bhavan.

By 9.30 PM we touched Bangalore.

It was a nice 2 day trip , a relaxing one!

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Udaipur Tourism – Top 10 places to visit in Udaipur in 2021

Top 10 places to visit in Udaipur – Udaipur is a royal city in the state of Rajasthan. You can witness the city of lakes dwelling in its supremacy with the palaces and temples. This post is about Udaipur Tourism and the intended purpose of this post is to provide an overview of tourist places of Udaipur!

It has been referred to as the Venice of the east. The mesmerizing city is surrounded by the lovely Aravalli hills.

The whole location , the city of Udaipur, is just like a dream set up. The architecture will blow your mind away.

A boat ride in Lake Pichola will take you to fantasy land and make you feel like you are dreaming.

The beauty of the whole city is breathtaking. It is also locally called the jewel of Mewar.

The lake palace is a significant monument of the city. There are a few special places that you must not miss out on when visiting Udaipur.

Udaipur Tourism Places

So below are the list of 10 places which you should visit if you are planning to visit Udaipur!

Lake Pichola

This artificial lake is situated in the heart of the city of Udaipur is the heart beat of Udaipur Tourism. It is the oldest and the largest Lake in the city of Udaipur. There are hills in the surroundings making it a picturesque view.

There are many heritage buildings and ghats on the banks of the Lake in various directions. One can enjoy a boat ride in this magnificent Lake.

In the evening the whole water reflects the sun and seems to be made of molten gold.

The romance in you will be rekindled upon the sight of this view. The Lake was made in the year 1362 AD when Maharaja Lakha was the ruler.

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The lake is 3 miles long and 2 miles wide with a depth of 30 feet. The Lake Palace is situated right in the middle just like a jewel in a ring.

A dam is situated on one side of the Lake. On the eastern side is the beautiful City Palace of Udaipur while a little on the north to that is the Mohan Mandir.

City Palace of Udaipur

This Palace is situated overlooking Pichola Lake. It is noted to be the largest royal complex in the whole state of Rajasthan. In the year 1559, it was built by the ruler Maharana Uday Singh.

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It was the place from the entire area was ruled under the Maharana’s era. Every successor enhanced the beauty of the Palace. there are numerous Mahals, Pavillions, courtyards, corridors, rooms, terraces, and also hanging gardens.

To showcase the rich culture and art work of the Rajputs there is a museum as well. There are colourful paintings all along with the palace. It gives you a peek into the royal lives of the Yester kings.

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Fateh Sagar Lake

This lake covers an area of 54 square km being surrounded by the Aravalli hills is the second largest Lake in town. The calm atmosphere is sure to make you awestruck.

One can enjoy the view by a drive around the Lake on the Moti Magri road on the circumference. A few water sports have been introduced lately in the Lake apart from boating.

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There are 3 islands in the Lake. One has a Nehru park and a restaurant in the shape of a boat. There is also a small zoo for the kids, generally used as a picnic spot by families in the cool evenings.

The second island houses fountains, while the third one has a solar observatory.

Sajjangarh Palace

This palace sits on the top of a hill and overlooks the city. This palace served as the residence of the rulers of the Mewar dynasty. Originally made in the year 1884 by the Maharana Sajjan Singh.

Initially, it was designed to be nine story tall building that could second as an observatory. The purpose was to note the monsoon clouds, hence named the Monsoon Palace. But the early demise of the Maharana stopped the entire process.

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It was turned into a place for recreation by his successor Maharana Fateh Singh. This was a hunting lodge for the Mewars and their guests. The palace has high towers and turrets made of unique Rajput architecture. The palace has a unique way to use rainwater since its initial design.

Eklingji Temple

this is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, situated at 22 km on the north of Udaipur. The temple is a two-story building with a pyramid style roof.

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The shiva lingam is about 50 feet high and has four faces of Lord Shiva made on it.

Vintage Car Museum

For those who would love to take a peek at the rides used by the Mewars there is a neat collection of the cars used by the Rajput rulers. It reflects their luxurious lifestyle.

Taj Lake Palace

It was earlier known as the Jag Niwas. It is in the pristine waters of Lake Pichola. One will feel that this palace is floating in the lake water.

It was originally the summer palace of the Mewar ruler Maharana Jagat Singh. Built in the year 1754, now in the year 1963, it has been converted into a five-star hotel.

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The guests can take a feel of the royal lifestyle and enjoy the traditional Rajasthani cuisine as well as European dishes.

Jaisamand Lake

this is the second largest man made lake of Asia around 100 square km. There is a Jaisamand Wildlife sanctuary having rare animals and migratory birds.

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There are a massive dam and a shiva temple to mark the uniqueness of this dam. There are three islands where the Bhil tribes reside.

This place is peaceful away from the hustle-bustle of the main city. An ideal place to enjoy nature and relax with family.

Jag Mandir Palace

It is on the southern island in Lake Pichola. The palace is made of yellow sandstone and marble, three-story high.

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There are 8 life-size elephant figures that guard the palace made out of pure white marble piece.

Bada Mahal

This palace has a mix of Rajput as well as Mughal designs and architecture. It is an enormous building hence the name Bada. The palace is on a 90 feet high hilltop.

The lavish and exquisite gardens and balconies are sure to mesmerize everyone. The designs on each pillar are so intricate. The lush green gardens and fountain are a lovely sight.

Friends, the beauty of this place is unparalleled. This mesmerizing city of Udaipur is a dream and has everything to attract tourists from across the globe. No doubt that udaipur tourism is one of the most happening tourist circles in the country.

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Ramanagara Hills – Ramadevara Betta – A beautiful one day trip from Banaglore to Sholay Shooting point

Ramanagara is a small city near Bangalore. Not very far from Bangalore Ramanagara hills also known as Ramadevara Betta offers a nice weekend escape from hustle bustle of the city.

Why is Ramanagara famous for ?

Ramanagara is a town which is of immense mythological imporatance as well and is famous for

  • Famous as silk city of India for Silk production
  • Famous for an ancient Lord Rama temple at the top of the hill know as Ramadevara Betta and the temple is known as Pattabhirama temple
  • Famous as the shooting location of one of the iconic films of our generation – SHOLAY
  • Also known for Ramanagara Vulture sanctury / Ramadevara vulture sanctury

Before we share our experience, let look at some quick facts about the location

Quick facts about Ramanagara hills – Sholay shooting location

  1. Distance from Bangalore – Approx 50 Kms one way on Bangalore Mysore highway
  2. Road condition – Bangalore Mysore highway is very good. Last couple of kms of the stretch is a bit in bad shape. Over all I would say its good.
  3. Food options – Many on the way
  4. Time taken – Not more than an 1 hour and 15 mins if you go early morning. If you go late the maximum time taken is to come out of city
  5. what to do- Visit ancient Lord Rama temple, Engage is some moderate to difficult trekking and check out the sholay movie shooting point.

Ramadevara Betta / Ramanagara Hills trip

So let me share our experience with this trip to Ramadevara Betta / Ramanagara Hills.

We started early. The reason was to avoid trek when it becomes sunny. The best will be to leave Bangalore by 7.00 AM and reach there by 8 to 8.30 AM and we did the same.

We started for Ramadevara Betta / Ramanagara Hills at around 7.00 AM and we took NICE road to exit on Bangalore Mysore expressway. NICE road as always is a smooth drive.

Once we exited on Mysore expressway there we found some traffic as there is more road construction going to. The road me being widened. But it was not that bad.

We did a stop at one of the restaurants on the way for a nice Dosa / Idli break fast and that took almost 30 mins of our time.

So by the time we reached the entrance of Ramanagara Vulture sanctury / Ramadevara vulture sanctury it was around 9.00 AM.

We took the ticket. It is Rs 15/- per person and parking. It is just 5 mins drive from there and we reached the foothills of Ramadevara Betta. There is enough parking space there.

So we parked our car there , just looked around for 5 mins, appreciating the greenery all around and then we started our climb up.

One tip as soon as you go towards the step, you will find that many people have removed their footwear there. Please note that this is only for people who wanted to trek barefoot.

So you do not need to leave your footwear there and I recommend not to. Walking up the steps will become challenging otherwise. There are around 600 steps to the top.

the steps are quite well painted, covered at many places and sitting arrangement are there so that people who are tired are able to rest. And then greenery all around is a wonderful trekking experience.

On the way you will find a small Lord Shiva temple and little bit further you will find a Lord Hanuman temple. You may not be able to go to the Lord Shiva temple, we found it to be blocked, but visited the Lord Hanuman temple and then continued our journey.

At the top you will first see a small but beautiful temple called as Sri Rameshwara  swamy temple and a view point and if you look straight you will see the main temple called as Lord Pattabhirama temple.

So we first went on to see Sri Rameshwara  swamy temple . It is on a bit elevated place and a little bit climb further will take you to the view point which gives you a wonderful view of the surrounding area.

Shri Pattabhirama temple

Then we came down and went to the main temple known as Shri Pattabhirama temple.

Now this ( Shri Pattabhirama temple ) is the ancient temple which as per local legend was established by the monkey king Sugreeva. The idol of Lord Rama, Ma Sita and Lakshamana and Lird Hanuman is said to be of Ramayana time.

The current temple structure is said to be more than 1000 years old and it gives such a nice feeling to visit this ancient temple.

Just behind the temple is a beautiful , a very beautiful pond called as Sita Mata pond or Sitadevi Pond. This pond is so so beautiful that you will definitely want to capture it and keep it for life.

But access to this pond is closed and the reason behind that is the mystery around this pond. The depth of pond is not known. Hence you are not allowed to go near it. But look at the photograph.

After visiting the main temple, then we started further , the trek further is downwards and if you explore it further you will find some interesting places related to the sholay movie.

You can also trek further to the top of the hill – The place from where Gabbar’s team member Sambha used to sit. This is what I could hear people saying. I dont know if it was exactly that place.

So all this took a lot of time. Climbing up the hill took almost 45 mins for us. But exploring the area after visiting main temple took a lot of time. By the time we were done it was already 3.00 PM and we decided to return back.

How to reach Ramadevara Betta / Ramanagara Hills

Ramadevara Betta / Ramanagara Hills is around 50 Kms from Bangalore. You need to take Bangalore Mysore expressway.

Once you enter Ramanagara, keep looking for a arch on the right hand side ( with a big Hanuman Statue). If you are coming from Mysore you will see this arch on left hand side.

So friends over all it was a wonderful and nice and fulfilling trip.

Kids enjoyed a lot. It was a lot of fun for them, climbing to the top , it was a nice trek.

The climb is not so steep and hence the trek is not that difficult.

So do visit this place when you find time. It will be a nice trip!

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Wonderla Amusement Park – A day full of thrill and fun

Amusement parks are built to thrill. Gravity defying turns and dangerous drops but it’s all fun and games. WonderLa is an amusement park and a water park as well. Welcome to Wonderla Amusement Park guys

Before I share my experience, as with all my posts here is quick info.

Quick Info about Wonderla Amusement Park

Distance from Bangalore : Approx 40 Kms one way
Travel time: 2 hrs approx
Road conditions: Very good
Food options: Many on the way and in the amusement park
What to see/do: Amusement park / Water park
Route: Bangalore -> Mysore Road -> Wonderla
Charges: please visit wonderla website for current charges.

Me and my family started from our house at 7:30 a.m and reached at almost 10:30 a.m. Our tickets cost around 1300rs (my ticket cost 830 as I’m a tenth grade student) and we were allowed into the park at 11 a.m. As we entered the park and took a look at the map I just had one word to say “cool!”.

What to see at Wonderla Amusement Park

We first head over to the laser show where they had water being shot up wards by small jets. This may not sound as good it is, but there were lasers through the water which made an awesome effect.

After the show we went over to the crazy car. Crazy car 2 was for men. The waiting time was almost 30 mins and the ride lasted only for about 2 mins. The Crazy car ride (as the name suggests) is 2 mins of total madness. Bumping Into each other and zooming around on the concrete floor is really good.

After the Crazy car we decided to explore the area a bit. There was a carousel and a small ship that went like a pendulum. (This ride is for small kids).

Crazy Wagon @ Wonderla Amusement Park

Next we went over to Crazy Wagon and (I went to) WonderLa Bamba Crazy wagon was a normal ride in which a wagon was attached to a structure similar to a windmill. This wagon went up into the air and again came down just like a windmill blade. So if you want to figure out how does it feel to be a windmill blade take a ride in the Crazy Wagon.

WonderLa Bamba was similar to the Crazy wagon but was pretty small . The Bamba starts out just like the Crazy wagon but in the middle it starts moving really fast(it is a high thrill ride). This does have a long waiting line of wait time of appx. 45 mins.

Termite Coaster @ Wonderla Amusement Park

we also went to the termite coaster which turned out to be kind of boring. In the same structure there is a termite train. The entrance is not good because people try to get in and out from the same way which make a mess, the lines are pretty long and some time you may have to wait for half an hour.

Next I decided to go to all adult rides. So I went to techno jump. This ride spins real fast with your seats going up and down. The best thing about this ride is that you are going backwards. To get to this ride, you need to take stairs which are right next to Funky Monkey (Free-Fall ride for kids with an appx. Height of 4 meters.)

Drop Zone

Then I went to Drop Zone, I really liked this ride as it took you up in the air slowly and then suddenly let you fall down. Drop Zone hoists you up to a dizzying height of 17 meters, and then just let’s go!

Flash Tower

I also went to the Flash Tower, it is also a free-fall ride but it is taller than the drop zone. Flash tower is a shoot up and drop down tower over 40 meters tall. Now in terms of science I found out that the ride has an acceleration of – 1.2G while going up and 3G while coming down.


We then head over to Maverick. This ride that doesn’t go by the rules. It turns. It twists. It tilts. It swivels. It turns you upside down and every which way possible. It defies its own rules of motion and momentum and yeah Gravity.

But that’s not enough. If you survived the Maverick then survive the Yscream. This ride pushes anyone to his or her limits with insanity.(FAIR WARNING DONOT RIDE THIS RIGHT AFTER EATING) this ride looks charming but it is not! This ride is bow-like structure from a height of 20 meters.

Water rides @ Wonderla Amusement Park

Then we decide to change and get ready to to enter the water rides. We spent most of our time in the Wave pool, Vertical Fall and Wavy fall.

You might also want to ride the twisters.

After the twister we went to lazy river the lazy river, as name suggests, is a really relaxing ride. The staff gives you these tubes in which you can sit and move about in the pool.

After these rides we went over to the Wonder Splash where we were sitting in a small train which sped down into water splashing it.

Then we changed and ate some food. Dome Plaza: This is the place you can get some food. Here you will also lockers, changing rooms and toilets.

As we were almost ending our journey I decided to go to the equinox where the rides spins you while moving like a pendulum. Now science again (I was using my father’s phone for info on rides) the ring is 5ft in diameter, at peak the ride swings at 70kmph(or 43mph) and riders are upside down at 16 ft in air

The Recoil was my last ride. This ride was India’s first “Reverse Looping Rollercoaster” This coaster hits 80kmph in 1 second and has those ramps 40 ft high. This thing goes reverse in those loops which gives a thrilling experience.

At last we saw a 7D movie and then finished our journey. There is a mistake in the banner… it’s written 3D MOVIE but don’t turn your back on it it is a 7D movie. The 7D glasses are not so good though.

This was my experience and I loved WonderLa. All the technical info I have mentioned was from WonderLa was a really amazing experience and anyone who wants to experience thrill, wants madness and some insane rides should visit WonderLa, At least once.

Have fun!

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