Sunday, 14 August 2016

Gingee Fort

Gingee Fort or Senji Fort is in Tamil Nadu, it is one of the surviving forts in Tamil Nadu. It lies in Villupuram District, 160 kilometers from Chennai, near the Union Territory of Puducherry. The fortification is fortified to the point, that Shivaji, the Maratha lord, positioned it as the "most impregnable fortress in India" and it was known as the "Troy of the East" by the British. The closest city is tiruvannamalai.

The Gingee Fort complex is on three hillocks: Krishnagiri to the north, Rajagiri to the west and Chandrayandurg to the southeast. The three hills together constitute a fort complex, yet each hill contains a separate and self-contained citadel.


Initially the site of a small fort built by the by the Chola tradition in ninth century AD, it was later maintained by the Vijayanagar realm in the thirteenth century to raise it to the status of an unbreachable bastion to secure the residential area of Gingee. It was likewise the head quarters of the Gingee Nayaks, amid the Nayak mastery in Tamil Nadu. Thefort was worked as a key place of battling off any attacking armed forces. According to one record, the post was worked amid the 15– sixteenth century by the Nayaks of Gingee, the lieutenants of the Vijayanagara Empire and who later ended up plainly autonomous lords (Nayaks of Gingee ). The fortification go to the Marathas under the administration of Shivaji in 1677 AD, Bijapur sultans, the Moghuls, Carnatic Nawabs, French and the British in 1761.

Its one of the lesser heard place around Banglore and Tamilnadu.Which needs minimun 2 days to explore 3 hills and fortifications.

Route: Bengaluru--Hosur--Krishnagiri--Tiruvannamalai-Gingee Fort

Near by places: Kalrayan Hills,Pondicherry

Permission : Yes (ASI)

Ticket Counter: Base of the Hill

Timings: 9.00am to 7.00pm

Steps : Yes

Climbing time : 2 hrs

Parking: At the base  and Near the temple

Level: Easy

Things to Carry: Water, Food and all necessary things

To Stay: There is only Good lodge at Gingee where family can be accomodated, Rest 2 lodges are Bachelor Hotels ,Not preferred for family. One can stay in Tiruvannamalai which 25 km from Gingee.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Kalrayan Hills

The Kalrayan Hills is one of the major unexplored hills in the Eastern Ghats of the Tamil Nadu.
The hills straddle various in Tamil Nadu locale, expanding upper east from the Salem District.
The range fills in as a limit between the Salem and Villupuram districts. The Kalrayans are isolated into two areas — the northern segment, alluded to as the Chinna ("little") Kalrayans, and the southern segment, called the Periya ("huge") Kalrayans. The Chinna Kalrayans normal 2700 feet in tallness, while the Periya Kalrayans normal 4000 feet.

Kalrayan hills is just a ride, not feasible for stay, probably good for offrodaing as well.

Nearby town: Karumandurai

Near by places to vist: Gingee Fort,Pondicherry

Route: Bangalore --Krishnagiri--Theerthamalai--Karumandurai--Kalrayan Hills

After Theerthamalai its all forest route and village area.

Permission : No

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

Stay: We dint search a hotel as we had other plans.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Arkavathi Dam

Arkavathi Dam is encompassed by natural magnificence. The quiet and alleviating environment and the magnificent perspective of the dam offers guests an awesome spot to spend some unwinding minutes. Amid rainstorm the perspective of the dam turns out to be uncommonly lovely. Arkavathi Dam has a few vacation destinations in its region. Guests can treat themselves to great man-made structures and normal perspectives while on an outing to visit the dam. A couple of the numerous vacation destinations of the Kanakapura also been noted below.

Arkavathi Dam is worked over the waterway Arkavathi, a tributary of the stream Kaveri. Situated close to the Kanakapura town in the Ramanagara region of Karnataka, the dam helps in the water system of the close-by territories. The dam is a current structure, worked in the year 2004.

Route: Bengaluru -- Kanakapura -- Aralalu -- Arkavathi Dam

Nearest Places to Visit: Chunchi Falls ,Bilikal Ranganathaswamy Betta, Kabbaladurga
Eatables: Carry your own

Permission: Required
Parking: Dam Entrance

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Chunchi Falls

Chunchi Falls is a less known falls in Kanakapura taluk in Bangalore, in Karnataka. The falls lies 90 km far from Bangalore city and 16 km from the Sangama in the Kanakapura taluk. the waterfall is settled between the unbelievable scopes of rocks. It is en route from Yelehalli to Sangam. One can achieve Chunchi tumbles from Kanakapura. The waterfall has the background of pleasant settings, and it offers eye-getting all encompassing perspectives of the environment.

How to Reach : Bangalore-- Kanakapura-- Dodda Alahalli -- Chunchi falls

Near by places: Arkavathi Dam,Shivagiri,Sangama

Parking: Yes, 

Things to Carry: Water, Food and all necessary things will be available near falls entry point.

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.