Sunday, 8 October 2017

Channagiri Hill Trek

Channagiri Hills is in channapura village which is located near nandi hills, Around 60kms from Bengaluru.Its around 1300 to 1400 mts above sea level. The nandi hills range has many hiking opportunities around. Most of th times its always green an covered with mist. The Channagiri trek trail is almost covered with shrubs, has many boulders around and water bodies flowing all the way from the top of the hill.Heard there are 2 ways to the hill. We started from Channapura village, there is a one more way from sultanpet as well, comparitively sultanpet trail is easy.The mesmerizing views of Nandi hills range, the chirruping of birds, chilling breeze, slippery rocks, mindblowing waterfalls made trekking more interesting and restless. There are few small falls on the way to the peak as it was a rainy season. Weekend usually crowded with local village and town people. Better to be in the group trek. The huge waterfalls is on the middle way of the peak which quite scary and majestic. There are few hidden small waterfalls which can be explored if interested. Suitable care to be taken incase trekking during rainy season as the rocks are slippery , also terrain is very diverse ,it could be very dangerous. From the lake to trek base is almost 20 mins walk inside the grapeyards and paddy lands. From Greenery to waterfalls, Ruins to rocky lands, It was a package of everything in one!!.

Look For : Cave temple well before the top, Hanuman temple at the peak, Kalyani at the top, Few ruins around, Blue pond near the start of actual trek.

How to Reach : Bangalore-- Ranicroos-- Kuduvathi- Channapura Village

Near by places: Horagina Betta, Kaurava Kunda,Skandagiri

Permission : As of now Not required

Steps : No

Climbing time : Ascend-3 hrs(8-9 kms both ways)

Parking: Near the channapura village river

Level: Moderate to Difficult

Things to Carry: Water, Food and all necessary things.

There are many trekking organisation which could plan a weekend trek or somemore adventure activities. Few of them to name are Nomadify, Madventures. Look out their space for more details and packages.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Akkayamma Betta(Hill)

Akkayamma Betta is a small hillock near chikkajala, very much visible from airport highway. There Lot of temples and small caves and cave temple at the top of the hill like Bhimeshwara swami,Gavimaheshwari amma temple(Cave Temple) etc. 2 wheelers and 4 Wheelers will go directly up the Hill top temples. The hill has many boulders and good city views which grabs travelers ,religious and photo enthusiastic people. Its 06km from yelahanka. In all the temples daily rituals is being conducted.

How to Reach : Bangalore-- Chikkajala-- Akkayamma Betta

Near by places: Chikkajala Fort, Kundana Fort,Avati

Permission : Not required

Steps : Yes-Base to temple,

Climbing time : 15 mins

Base & also at the temple at the top

Level: Easy

Things to Carry: Water, Food and all necessary things

"There are lot of so called literate people, who are jobless, they have exhibited few wording below,Probably we can nominate for Nobel Prize in the field of Literature!! "

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Gummanayaka Fort Trek

Gummanayaka Fort is located 135 kms from Bengaluru in chintamani. Gummanayaka Fort is believed to have been founded around 1350 by a feudal chieftain of the Vijayanagara kingdom, Byregowda or palyagara. As many as 26 palegars  (chieftains) ruled from this fort. They built temples dedicated to Sita, Rama, Lakshman and Hanuman.It's layered fort with many stages of entrance. Intially stage is 1st entry towards the fort hill where we find Maruthi(Hanuman Temple) and Ganapathi temple. Still all rituals are performed to both temples by priest. Next stage is ruined fortess where villagers are cultivating few daily need vegetables inside fort. Later part there are steps (covered with bushes) to hill and temple.Right side of Steps leads to Temple and left to the Granary and Straight leads to the hill top. There are few ruins and vast un even open space. Since it was a long weekend and we had time to spend we stayed in bagepalli overnight and started our trek in the morning. This time we had planned not to take our own vehicles, we took bus journey from bengaluru to bagepalli. GummanayakanaPalya village very small with countable huts. There are rain harvesting ponds which existed way back in centuries.There are lot of many ruins around the village as well. Look for pushkarni which is 100mts before the village starts. In around look for few newly constructed temples of 21st century and Nisargadhama which has been maintained by forest department. There is a choultry in the newly constructed temple and a forest guest house where you need permission to stay.At last Wonderful fort with ruins of palace, Lesser known to people as its far way from bengaluru. Day well spent !Peace,Greenery!!.  Look for Natural Elephant Formation on the hill

How to Reach : Bangalore-- Bagepalli-- Pathapalya-- Nagarllu -- GummanayakanaPalya

Near by places: GudiBanda Fort Trek, Lepakshi,Avalabetta

Permission : As of now Not required

Steps : There are steps in the middle of trek

Climbing time : 1.5 hrs Max

Parking: Inside village & outside fort Entrance

Level: Easy

Things to Carry: Water, Food and all necessary things(From Bagepalli or Pathapalya).

Stay: Manjunatha Deluxe lodge near to bustand, Decent and clean, Rs 800. Please Bargain if necessary.

Public Transport: Direct bus from bengaluru to Bagepalli. There is a civil bus/local bus/private which goes to chelur,Get down in pathapalya. Take a auto to gummanayakana palya which costs Rs.150 one way. Get down in village.. Start the trek. While coming back there will a be shared auto or any auto which takes back to pathapalya. There is a KSRTC bus which goes to gummanayaka fort but only once or twice.

Elephant Head Formation


Thursday, 21 September 2017

URBY-Passport Holder Product Review

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Friday, 11 August 2017

Alcatraz Island - San Francisco

Alcatraz Island is located in San Francisco, 2km from Bay.The Island was initially developed for lighthouse,Military fortification, Military prison and later on Federal Prison till 1963. It takes around half an hour to reach the Island from Bay Area. Alcatraz was designed to hold prisoners who continuously caused trouble at other federal prisons. The federal prison was operational from 1934 to 1964. Due to increase in maintainence cost the prison was closed permanently. Later it was occupied by Native americans now its open for public. Many movies has been shot on the escape of alactraz namely "Escape from Alactraz" ,"Escape Alactraz.

       "Break the rules and you go to prison,break the prison rules and you go to Alcatraz"
Impression: Well organized, Many places to explore around the Island and the cellblock, All places are marked clearly. The audio tour on the island which has different languages, which is excellent stuff. There is enough time for each individual given inside the Island also can go back to what interestsyiu. Breeze may take away your loose dress, So dress accordingly :).Look for Cannons,Civil War buildings, cellblocks,SF DownTown View,Golden Gate Bridge. We dint book in advance as the tickets were sold out before 2-3 months, Somehow managed to get tickets from Hop On Hop Off tickets combined.Well Bargain does works in Bay Area for Hop on Hop Off, There are many travel agents who are helpful enough to guide and get tickets also.The lines are usually long but its well organised for smooth tour. Food and drinks also available in the tour vessels. One of the must visit places in SF. Audio tour has lot history please do not miss that!! One can get through cruises and other ships from PEIR 33, Fisherman Wharf. Many Tour packages around Fisherman Wharf , also cruise services for Island. Takes around 4-5 hrs for Island tour,Plan accordingly.

Prison Food Menu
Prison Kitchen
Inside the prison