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Bangalore: the Silicon Valley of India

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in Activity, bangalore, Camping, desert, Destinations, eco-friendly, entertainment, falls, Group Departure, village | 0 comments

Bangalore: the Silicon Valley of India

Bangalore: more than just being “the Silicon Valley of India” When in Karnataka, it is impossible to miss Hampi, a UNESCO world heritage site. Hampi is home to the last great Hindu empire in South India, with construction dating back to the 10th century. Further north to Hampi, Pattadakal is another complex of ancient temples, also listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The spectacular Virupaksha temple dedicated to goddess Shiva will certainly evocate memories Angkor Wat for some travellers. The majestic mountains of the Western Ghats (a UNESCO natural heritage site) are a paradise for trekkers but also for the ones looking at adventure tourism. Rafting, rock climbing or aero sports take place in spectacular...

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Wonderla

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Wonderla

Wonderla is an amusement park designing and operating company headquartered near Bidadi, 28 kilometres (17 mi) from Bangalore. It has been promoted by Kochouseph Chittilappilly and his son Arun Chittilappilly. Wonderla’s flagship amusement park located at the same address is the second theme park project from the company and has been operational since October 2005. It is spread over an area of 82 acres (33 ha). The first amusement park, Wonderla Kochi, was set up in 2000. The parks have been set up with a total investment of over Rs....

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Go for a Wine Tour

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Go for a Wine Tour

Wine aficionados can treat themselves to a fun and informational wine tour. The salubrious weather and fertile soil of Bangalore aids the growth of grapes. This in turn has led to the mushrooming of wineries around the city. One of them is the Heritage Winery. On their tour, you can unravel what goes behind the makings of fine wine. Amble through the refreshing vineyards; learn how to see, swirl, sniff, and sip the drink from the experts. And to top it, get to indulge in a wine tasting session too!

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Innovative Film City

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Innovative Film City

A Snap from Innovative Film City situated in Bidadi, Mysore road, Bangalore

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Wild Safari Bannerghatta National Park

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Wild Safari Bannerghatta National Park

Age doesn’t matter for a trip to the zoo. From my childhood days to present, I still maintain the same enthusiasm and excitement when visiting a zoo. A trip to Bannerghatta National Park at Bangalore was planned as a birthday surprise for one of my nephews turning 4 years old. This zoo is within Bangalore city limits and you should be here in an hour’s time from other parts of Bangalore. I had visited this spot 3 years ago and when I went there last weekend, there was a major expansion and development of this site. The entrance to the zoo is like a flea market with sale of caps/hats, sugar cane juice, raw mango and cucumber mixed with red chilly powder and salt, toys etc. Spending a little time there filling up our bellies with some food, we went ahead to get our tickets for the zoo and the safari. There is nothing much to talk about the zoo. It is the usual birds, leopards, zebras, elephants, lots and lots of ugly crocodiles for display. A typical zoo with lots of are to walk around and sit idle. But yes, it is an entertainment. After those long walks, you will realize the calling bells from your stomach. Take my advice; start returning 10 minutes before your hunger goes out of control as it is a long way back. There is one new restaurant by Jungles Lodges called Hill View Restaurant near to the zoo gate. The food served there is ok but you don’t have much options. Otherwise you need walk all the way back to the main entrance to find some food centres. The grand safari which has the bear, deer, lion and tiger safari starts from the zoo entrance. Looks like the roads have been laid and the safari vans have been serviced recently. Once the safari begins, you may get a feeling that you are inside the cage and the animals are having a jolly good time seeing you as exhibits. But unlike other safaris, you are sure to spot a few wild. What I missed again is the butterfly park which is next to this national park. I did not find any sign boards on that. But if you are visiting, do check out this place...

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Shivanasamudra Waterfalls

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Shivanasamudra Waterfalls

Shivanasamudra Waterfalls are situated in Mandya District, at a distance of around 120 km from Bangalore. These waterfalls are also known as Siva Samudram, literally meaning Shiva’s Sea. It is here that the Cauvery River branches off into two different streams, each of them cascading down the 200 ft fall. The western stream is known as Gaganachukki, while the eastern stream is known as Bharachukki. Surrounding the waterfalls are hill forests of the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Hogenakkal Waterfalls

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Hogenakkal Waterfalls

Hogenakal Falls is a waterfall in South India on the river Kaveri. It is located in the Dharmapuri district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu and about 180 km from Bangalore. It is sometimes referred to as the “Niagara of India”. With its fame for medicinal baths and hide boat rides, it is a major site of tourist attraction. The word Hogenakal is formed of two Kannada words hoge and kal. When the water falls on the rocks it appears as if hoge (smoke) is emanating from the top of the kal (rock) because of the force of the water, hence Hogenakkal (smoking rocks). It is also called as Marikottayam by the people of Tamil...

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Wayanad

Posted by on Aug 11, 2014 in bangalore | 0 comments

Wayanad

Wayanad just 58 km from calicut, a wonderful experience. Lofty peaks, gurgling streams and luxurious forests add magic to the journey up the winding roads to wayanad, the land of spices and hills. The towering mountain peaks, the rushing stream, verdant vegetation and a deep valley all welcomes you to wayanad..

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Chikmagalur

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Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur (Chikka-magaluru) gets its name from “Younger” (meaning Chikka) “Daughter” (Magalu) “City” (Ooru). It is said to have been given as a dowry to the younger daughter of Rukmangada, the legendary chief of Sakrepatna. The district consists of both flat lowlands and mountain regions divided into seven taluks. Chikmagalur city is at the foot of highest mountain range in Karnataka. The area contains the Baba Budan Hills (Chandra Drona Parvatha). The life-supporting rivers of Karnataka and other states – Tunga, Bhadra, Hemavati, Vedavati, Yagachi originate in the Western Ghat hills of the district. ‘Gangamoola’ – the source of rivers Tunga and Bhadra – is located near Kudremukh. The district is a great attraction to all kinds of people – trekkers, pilgrims, travellers, tourists, research enthusiasts, naxalites and has experienced inter-communal conflicts. The beautiful waterfalls of Kalhatagiri, Hebbe, Shanti, Manikyadhara, Sirimane and many more seasonal waterfalls have won the hearts of travellers. The Muthodi and Bhadra forests provide habitat to various species of birds and animals and attract tourists. Sringeri, Horanadu, Kalasa, Balehonnur are the famous holy places. The Lakkavalli dam on the river Bhadra and Yagachi dam near Belur not only meets all the requirements of the people of the district but also supports the local ecosystem. Coffee, tea, paddy, arecanuts and spices are the major agricultural products. The headquarters of the famous Coffee Day is located in Chikmagalur. The region is also known as Coffee Land since coffee in India was initially grown here and is the site of a Coffee Research Station, the first in Asia. Temples of Hoysala art are found at Amrutapura and Belavadi. The district of Chikmagalur has given birth to famous freedom strugglers, poets, intellectuals and politicians. The former Prime Minister of India, the late Indira Gandhi once represented the constituency of Chikmagalur in the Indian Parliament. Kannada is the predominant language although locals understand Hindi and English to some...

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Nagarhole

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Nagarhole

The Nagarahole National Park lies in Mysore and Kodagu districts of Karnataka. It was once the hunting grounds of Mysore kings. The park is separated from Bandipur National Park by the Kabini reservoir. The forests of Nagarahole are home to Tiger, Bison, Elephants etc. Nagarahole National Park is also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park. It comes under the Project Tiger scheme. Inside the park coracle boat riding facility is available in the Kabini...

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