Monday, February 10, 2014

Hampi

Trip: Bangalore > Chitradurga > HampiBangalore

Toranagallu, the city where Hyatt Hampi  is located, is 3 hour drive from Chitradurga. Leaving behind the city of windmills was disheartening.  We reached Hyatt Hampi  by taking a diversion from Kudligi. This proved to be a big mistake as the 35 miles stretch can hardly be called a road. By the time we checked in we were good for nothing. Hungry and tired, we settled at the restaurant and ate a mouthful.

8 points @ Hampi Tourist Map

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Kanchipuram

Trip: Bangalore > Tiruvannamalai > Pondicherry > Mahabalipuram > KanchipuramBangalore

Kanchipuram was a bonus and a surprise on our way to Mahabalipuram.  We decided to cover it on our way back. It was a decision I rue since the architectural richness of this city begs for more than a day to spare - not to forget the market of famous silk sarees which has developed its own brand.

5 points @ Kanchipuram Tourist Map

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Mahabalipuram

Trip: Bangalore > Tiruvannamalai > Pondicherry > Mahabalipuram > Kanchipuram > Bangalore

Mahabalipuram offers an interesting combination - archeological monuments beside a beach. Hence on a bright Saturday morning we were on  Bangalore - Kanyakumari highway. The road has one of the most picturesque settings in south India.

5 Points @ Mahabalipuram Tourist Map

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Murudeshwara


We checked out of our Gokarna Hotel at 10 and started for Murudeshwara. We had to change at Kumta but given the frequency of buses, we were able to get them back to back and were staring at the massive complex before 1.

Murudeshwara temple complex

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Gokarna

Trip: Bangalore > Jog Falls > Gokarna > Murudeshwara > Bangalore

The bright morning sun was blazing in front of us when we reached Namaste Cafe Hotel in Gokarna. Earlier we had booked SRS Travels Sleeper bus from Bangalore and the journey was not disappointing. Namaste Cafe is located right on the Om beach but to reach here either you have to trek 3 miles or pay 150 bucks to the autowala.

4 points @ Gokarna Tourist Map