A temple on top, and a jungle below – BR Hills near Bangalore !

That pretty much sums up this not-so-popular, but nevertheless a decent, worth-exploring weekend destination near Bangalore. An odd 160 kms drive, with cleanly paved roads all the way, and the GPS to guide you ( Kanakapura Road ); the view … Continue reading A temple on top, and a jungle below – BR Hills near Bangalore !

Up, close and personal with Kodachadri – A Trek !

How/Where To Go: Hop on your ride, get the hell out of Bangalore, and start driving towards this small hamlet called Kattinahole; nestled in the Western Ghats in Shimoga district. Kattinahole will be your base camp, and the trail starts … Continue reading Up, close and personal with Kodachadri – A Trek !

Waterfalls of North Karnataka: Sathodi and Magod to begin with !

This trip began as a not-so-used-to early morning wake up call for me, an almost 50km cab ride to catch up with the rest of the group, and finally whizzing along with a ‘rock-star’ driver to make up for the time lost … Continue reading Waterfalls of North Karnataka: Sathodi and Magod to begin with !

Nagarhole, Tholpetty and Irupu Falls: Triple Treat on one another weekend !

My first wildlife sojourn this, it also proved to be a golden-triangle of sorts, with our parking place very conveniently located in the midst of it all ! A motley group of people had just come across the gems that these … Continue reading Nagarhole, Tholpetty and Irupu Falls: Triple Treat on one another weekend !

Cool your heels @ Krishnagiri dam and climb up the hill fort @ Rayakottai ( psst: near Bangalore again ! )

The very first thing that I’m gonna do is warn you a bit about your expectations from this trip. The dam is as it should be :-), so no surprises there ( although I do have a bit of a … Continue reading Cool your heels @ Krishnagiri dam and climb up the hill fort @ Rayakottai ( psst: near Bangalore again ! )

Chasing blackbucks @ Jayamangali : Wildlife sightings close to Bangalore

Well, not really chasing them, coz they will outrun you any time; and more importantly coz they are very shy animals who get alarmed at the slightest possible movement.  The picture above is what you will picture if you try … Continue reading Chasing blackbucks @ Jayamangali : Wildlife sightings close to Bangalore