Saturday, 13 May 2017

Hikkal Hill alias Kurmagiri

Hikkal is a small village near dabaspete, Hikkal Betta or Kurmagiri is small hillock in Tumkur district. Kurma means Turtle or tortoise in Sanskrit and Giri means hill. Venkataramana swamy is the worshipped god in the temple, The Hill is in the form of tortoise hence the name Kurmagiri. Few curvey road would make more interesting ride to the hill. Its around 78 km from bangalore towards goravanahalli via dabaspete. We were on the way to madhugiri and found the temple on the hill and asked the villagers about the hill and the temple situated there.

How to Reach: Bangalore - Dabaspete turn towards kortagere road -- After makenahalli near the arch take right from State Highway(SH3).

Permission: Not required

At the Hill: Temple, Village view

Carry: Water, food from Dabaspete.

Google Maps: Location

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Adventure travel at its best

Trekking and camping have turned out to be a passion in the recent past. India is blessed with the list of Himalayan trekking from Jammu/Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh in the north to Assam and Sikkim in the east.Covering different passes to frozen lakes, Glaciers to alpine forests which allure trekkers, bird watchers, and nature lovers across the globe. Himalaya is one of nature’s untouched beauty and secrets in addition to wide range of flora and fauna. Nepal is the home of the mighty and beautiful Himalayas. The Himalayas have always ignited the adventurer inside a person and every year people cross continents to trek and have a memory for the lifetime. Nepal and India share a wide range of challenging trails and expert Sherpas. Many treks and camping across the Himalayas are very challenging in terms of height and accelerating peaks and trails. Well, acclimatization is a key factor for your safety and to enjoy an experience of breathtaking views, Buddhist Monasteries.

The winters have started and the snow blanket has almost covered every mountain range. This is the right time for the frozen lake and snow mountain treks. The Ultimate peak “The Everest”, also known as the “Mother Goddess of the World” is the most sought after peak for all mountaineers. It is the dream of a climber to scale its height. We have heard a lot of interesting and unique experience of Everest Base Camp trekking. It is one of the most inspiring places in the world and trekking is possible all year round, but the best times to visit are March to May and September to December. Everest is a dream of every hiker and adventure lover. The Everest base camping trek is the most sought after the trek. It's set amongst the breathtaking snow covered mountain, prestigious peaks, and also the colorful Nepal villages. There are many travel and hospitality caretakers amongst one is Mojhi they provide a wide range of packages with discounts, especially for Everest Base camp trekking.

Climbing the Everest is not a cup of tea. But, the average trekkers need not be disheartened. There are a number of trekking trails which are not only beautiful and mesmerizing,/ but also possible for common people to soak in the beauty of mountains. Nepal is one of the few places in the world that can offer awe-inspiring mountain vistas and incredible trekking. Many trekking trails like that of Annapurna Range, Mardi himal and Mera peak are few of the wide range of trekking places where people can enjoy.

 Nepal is definitely the mother of nature. Every year Nepal attracts +200,000 trekkers and ts rightfully called the best- valued destination.

                            “If you respect the Himalayas, Himalayas will respect you”

Friday, 24 February 2017

Review of Open Eyed Meditations By Shubha Vilas

Open-eyed Meditations is a wonderful gathering of musings wherein every reflection takes you on an adventure to the past, bringing a mystery herb to recuperate an issue of the present. A genuine refining of old intelligence tips for current lives, this extraordinary self improvement guide utilizes the shrewdness of the Ramayana and the mahabharatha to tackle your regular issues. Past the storyline, something more profound is holding up to be found from these old writings. This book is an endeavor to reveal the concealed layer of riches that is keenly bundled inside the generally known storylines. There are 64 chapters and every section reveals insight upon contemporary problems. The portrayal is clear and addresses the different issues each individual face in their life. It answers probably the most troublesome inquiries identified with individual, proficient and societal issues that we confront. Each part is extremely concise but each is trailed by a consolidated synopsis which makes it simple to summarize. It will be exceptionally compensating to start every morning by perusing a part of this book and spending a couple of minutes in contemplation. This book is a powerhouse of information and unquestionably merits a place in each bookshelf. This is a book that must be perused over and over to hone and teach our brain into taking care of various circumstances that we may experience in life. It gives a more extensive picture of life and prompts us on the best way to act with individuals, see each other, identify with issues, and handle intense circumstances. I would prescribe this book to everybody as it has every one of the components that which took after will help us lead a cheerful and significant life. The writer has splendidly deciphered the different situations of Ramayana and Mahabharata to display moving life lessons. Can be perused at whatever point life hands you over odd circumstances. The Specialty of the book is you can read any section. The book records issues that we experience in todays' age in our work environments, at home, and so forth. It gives radiant knowledge and approaches to manage it. The book is composed in a basic dialect which you can specifically associate with and manages our everyday life and connections .Highly prescribed to each one of the individuals who try to wind up distinctly better people. This is a self-improvement guide with a distinction. It can be delighted in by the youthful and the old similarly. The best part of the book is that each chapters doesn’t need a continuity of previous chapters, But yes definitely it links each one’s life in one or other part.

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Title: OPEN-EYED MEDITATIONS Practical Wisdom for Everyday Life
Author: Shubha Vilas
Pages: 280
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Saturday, 16 July 2016

Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta

Bilikal Ranganathaswamy Betta is located around 80km from Bangalore in kanakapura. The hill is dedicated to lord Ranganatha swamy. The peak height is 3780 feet. The meaning of bilikal in kannada is bili means White and Kal means rock or stone. Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta has a place with the Forest Reserve and is loaded with bush woodland. Elephants and other medium estimated natural life creatures can be seen in these forest. The vegetation of the slope is average of high slopes. The vegetation is entirely thick particularly in post storm season. The connecting timberland's are known not elephants and other untamed life endemic to the region. The perspective from the top is unimaginable as should be obvious the hillocks from the encompassing Kanakapura. There is a yearly celebration held once every year on Jan fourteenth on the highest point of this spot to proclaim the eminence of the Gods of the sanctuaries arranged at these spot. Last strech (around 10 km) of the ride is total off-roading which needs utmost careful while riding till the top.The hill summit can be come to by trekking or by means of a substitute track available from Kanakapura but it’s completely banned. I wonder as the days passes many of the beautiful spot will be dominated by inhumane activities. Its quite stilthy and unnerving development to see these spots losing its value because of humans.

Trekking : Not Allowed
Eatables: Carry your own

Permission: Required
How to reach: Bangalore -- Kanakapura -- Chokkanahalli -- Mavathoor -- Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta.

Nearest Places to explore:

Parking: At the temple

Road Condition: Good --- HighWay till Kanakapura after that village road and last stretch is complete off-roading.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Ooty Ride Day -1

This is situated in the Western Ghats zone at an elevation of 2240 mtrs. It is the central station of the Nilgiri District, where the two mountain ranges meet. Udhagamandalam , prevalently called as OOTY by the vacationer, is the Queen of Hill Stations. Hundreds of years prior this was likewise called as Oththai-Kal (single stone)Mandu (Mund is a name of Toda Village). The British began calling it as Ootacamund.Summer temperature is most extreme of 25 C and at least 10 C . Amid the Winter it is least 5 C and a greatest of 21 C when it is marginally hotter. This region was repressed by the tribals called TODA much sooner than anyone could wander into this district. Inquisitively enough, this cut of heaven stayed obscure notwithstanding amid the times of the immense Southern Dynasties. the territory went under the tenet of the East India Company toward the end of the eighteenth century.The town is associated by the Nilgiri ghat streets and Nilgiri Mountain Railway. Its normal excellence pulls in visitors and it is a prominent summer destination.

The name importance blue mountains in Kannada.Because of the delightful mountains and green valleys, Ooty got to be known as the Queen of Hill Stations.Udhagamandalam railroad station is associated with Mettupalayam by NMR meter gage service.The Nilgiri Mountain Railway was worked by the Madras Railway until 31 December 1907 for the benefit of the Government.

In January 1908, the railroad line was given over to South Indian Railway.The closest air terminal is Coimbatore (96 kilometers (60 mi)). Ooty has three helipads, one at Theettukal and two at Kodanad. The Theettukal helipad was affirmed via Airports Authority of India for guard and VIP services.Ooty is arranged in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. A large number of the forested territories and water bodies are beyond reach to most guests to secure this delicate biological community. A few zones of the Biosphere Reserve have been reserved for tourism advancement, and steps are being embraced to open these zones to guests whilst monitoring the range.

It is arranged at an elevation of 2,240 meters (7,350 feet) above ocean level.Boarding schools have been an element of Ooty since the times of the British Raj. They offer a critical commitment to the nearby economy. The offices and principles of training are considered amongst the most noteworthy in India,and so these schools are famous amongst the tip top of India and a portion of the neighboring nations. Ooty has numerous spots, in view of one's advantage and time can be secured likewise. Recorded the spots which we visited for 2 days.

How to reach :  Bangalore -- Mysore -- Nanjangudu -- Bandipur Forest -- Masinagudi -- Ooty

Places of interest around Ooty:

Day -1 :

Tea factories
Niligiri Mountain Railway
Botanical Garden

Day 2:

Dolphin Nose
Sims Park
Lamb's Park
Shooting Point
Pykara Waterfall

Doddabetta Peak:

Doddabetta is the most elevated top (2,623 m) in the Nilgiris, around 10 km from Ooty. It lies at the intersection of the Western and Eastern Ghats encompassed by thick Sholas. Pine woodlands arranged amongst Ooty and Thalakunda is a little downhill locale where pine trees are organized in an efficient manner. Wenlock Downs is a meadow range run of the mill of the first bioscape of the Nilgiris with tenderly undulating slopes.

Niligiri Mountain Railway:

Udhagamandalam railroad station is associated with Mettupalayam by NMR meter gage service. In 1882, a Swiss specialist named Arthur Riggenbach went to the Nilgiri Hills on a welcome from Government of India and he presented an evaluation for a line costing GB£132,000. The Nilgiri Railway Company was shaped in 1885 and arranging work started in 1886. The work on hold initiated in August 1891 and the Mettupalayam-Coonoor segment of the track was opened for activity on 15 June 1899. In January 1903, the Indian Government bought the line, and assumed control over the development of the expansion from Coonoor to Ooty.

Ooty Ride Day -2

Pykara Falls

Pykara is a stream found 19 km from Ooty. The Pykara is viewed as extremely sacrosanct by the Todas. The Pykara stream ascends at Mukurthi top and goes through bumpy tract, by and large keeping to North and swings to West in the wake of achieving the Plateau's edge. The stream courses through a progression of falls; and the last two falls of 55 meters and 61 meters are known as Pykara falls.


Situated at a altitude of 200 ft over the seal level and 17 Km froms Udhagamandalam, is the first of the well known Hill Stations. Coonoor is a residential area with a fair atmosphere that has made it prevalent as a slope resort in its own privilege. The primary fascination is the Sim's Park, a little all around kept up Botanical Garden that houses a few assortments of plants discovered missing in the other Hill Stations.

Sims Park : This garden was laid out in 1874 by Mr.J.D.Sim, the then Secretary to Government and Major Murray, acting Superintendent of the Nilgiris woods. Thus the garden was name after J.D.Sim. At first it was pointed as a delight resort for the inhabitants and guests. Later, the park  has been changed into a fascinating Garden Park . The Park is spread more than 12 hectares of undulated land and has various normal points of interest at a height of around 1798 meters . The park cum plant Garden contains numerous types of trees and bushes not found in Ooty. Yearly Fruit and Vegetables show is held each year in the month of May. It draws in sightseers in huge numbers.The Pomological research station that is situated close to Sim's park conducts research on Horticulture and POMOLOGY. The Pasteur Institute, that produces against rabi antibody, DTP, DY and IT, is likewise found, just over Sim's Park.

Dolphins Nose : Ideally visited in the morning, this perspective point is just around 12 Kms from Coonoor close Tiger Hill. This is situated in the midst of thick Sholas, befuddled by winding street. You can get a lovely perspective of the Catherene Falls from here.

Lambs Rock View

At 5000 ft above seal level, is a perspective point that is situated inside a store woods around 8 km from the Coonoor transport stand. The stone is a bluff that drops down couple of hundred feet into the rich green wilderness underneath. An extraordinary stretch of backwoods the distance to the Coimbatore fields can be seen from here. The Trees turn out to be amazingly brilliant and lovely amongst January and March. A Unique eco-framework and great Trekking Terrain into the wild lets you totally present your self into the arms of nature. This is the home for Endemic species like the uncommon Nilgiris Marten [dog like arboreal animal] Nilgiris Black Buck, Mouse Deer, Nilgiris. Feathered creatures like the Nilgiris Pippet are a treat to look for Bird significant others. The National park is shut between Mid-January to Mid-April. Aside from the above period, the national park can be gone by whenever amid the year.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Ride to Dandiganahalli Dam

Dandiganahalli dam is one of unexplored places around Bangalore. Situated 100 kms from CV Raman Nagar towards Chikkaballapur. After Chikkaballapur take a left, and keep going around 35 km to reach Dandiganahalli dam. On the way you find many small villages where you can ask the way also google maps can help you. There was no restriction and we were freely allowed to walk on the dam, May be because reservoir was not full but had decent amount of water. Dam is covered with mountains and at the end of dam gate you find a village too. One more new weekend gateway away from hustle bustle Bangalore life. Better to spend weekend with nature instead with concrete forest!! overall it was very good weather and ride. There are 2 hills which can be trekked. There is no trekking to be done to the dam.The dam is the main source of water to nearby villages.There are 2 home-stays around the dam. Which offers few day and night packages. The dam can be reached by both 2 Wheeler's and 4 Wheeler's.

Nearest Places to explore: Varlakonda fort, Devanahalli Fort,Chikkajala Fort, Kundana Fort

Distance from Bangalore :

Time to reach from Bangalore: 2- 3 Hrs

Parking : Can be done in-front of Dam Entrance itself.

Food : Not available near dam.(Get your own food)

Activities: Bird Watching, Photography, Trekking to the nearby hills.

Not Required

Swimming: Its not Allowed , As the sign board says that crocodiles exists.

Fee: Not Applicable
How to reach : Hebbal -- Chikkaballapura -- Bommenahalli-- Dandiganahalli dam

Road Condition: Good --- HighWay till Chikkaballapur after that village road.

PC: Kevin D'mello & Lozil Noronha