When we visited, there was an annual groundnut fair taking place. All along the road were stalls selling nuts, spices and other snakc, as well as small gifts and nick nacks. We stopped and tasted various delicacies without having the faintest idea of what we were eating. Mostly it was good. We caused quite a stir in the market, and had a small group of children following us after a while. We were the only westerners there, which was probably the reason.
Yummiest Ice Cream's ever!
Head to any of the many Corner House across Bangalore- Near erstwhile Galaxy Theater, one near Ragigudda at Jayanagar or the one near Bowring are my favorites- for an amazing Ice cream experience. Chose from over 30 item available for an unforgettable experience! Death by Chocolate and Trilogy. Awesome deal, makes a meal for two actually! If you are a chocolate buff like I am, the first one's un-missable! Trilogy is a good half liter of ice cream with loads of exotic fruits in it!
Weekend getaways near Bangalore
"Kaiwara, a trek near Bangalore"
Kaiwara is a nature-blessed, picturesque village near Chinthamani town in Kolar district and 60+ Kms away from Bangalore. 6 of us spent our Sunday there and we enjoyed every bit of it.
How to reach: Bangalore to Hoskote and take the left at the arch where the road forks into 3. Kaivara (as the tourism name plate reads) is 29 Kms from this arch. On reaching the village centre which is symbolized by an auto stand and few shops, continue straight for 9 Kms. To reach the cave temple, take right where there is a Kannada board directing towards Narasimha temple.
Initially, we proceeded ahead. You get to see lush green trees, boulders and hillocks of small, medium and large sizes.
We parked our car in one of the plains nearby a hillock and started our trek towards the boulders. After a 10 minute trek, the place turned dark and before we could look up, the clouds started coming down and they came down heavily. But the rain bet us and we all got drenched from top to bottom before reaching the car. Our clothes and shoes turned red with mud and still we got into the car and colored its interiors with red.
Within a few minutes, the sky cleared and after a bit of musing, we re-started the trek. By the time we reached the boulders, the clothes had partly dried thanks to the winds and we felt better though the shoes were spoiled. We conquered few boulders, climbed those with step-like stones and had a good time. It is a very scenic place and all you can see around are hillocks and boulders. It is a visual treat for the human eyes and camera lens. Ram was engrossed in clicking snaps. No other humans were around till we spotted a shepherd with his 65 goats grazing. After moving a bit forward, there was a woman collecting wood and a boy, probably her son sat on a boulder and was staring at the rocks for a long time. Two of them were tired by now and enjoyed a smoke from the hillock. Some of the rocks were big enough for rappelling. On the rock that we stood, there was enough space for spreading the picnic basket. Since the rock was wet, we decided to return to the car for lunch!
Again, the clouds overtook us and the sky opened up once more with full force. Mahesh took us to a six-foot rock behind which 3 of us took shelter. From there, we could see the beauty of the big ground that lay ahead of us, the hillocks etc. Soon, vision was reduced to few meters and a white smoke replaced all the big objects. It was a good 15-minute rain that paved way for a clear sky. The drizzle continued and since the rock that sheltered us started getting wet on our side, we started our return journey. A stream from the rainy waters started gushing and it was a nice sight with sun turning bright again.
It was 3.30 pm when we had the aloo and mooli parathas that Mahesh& Satish had picked up from Kanti Sweets, for lunch. The tiring trek, rains and the beauty of the place made the parathas tastier. Well, it started drizzling again as expected and we rushed indoors and further soiled the car. We could not avoid it this time as we had to drive to the cave which was shut by the legendary Bheema.
After a few hundreds of meters, the white temple building can be seen at the basement of a big hillock. As you can expect, monkeys ruled this area and they still are. Some of us proceeded towards the Narasimha temple. You have to climb around 100 steps to go up. It has a terrace from which you get wonderful views. There is a Yagna mantapa which has lot of small idols including the Dasavataram series of Lord Vishnu. Next to the mantapa is a very small entrance which is formed by the edge of the cave rock. One has to sit down or kneel to see a small idol of Narasimha inside the cave rock. We spent some more time and hurried back to the car when the rains came down again.
Best time to visit : Monsoon and post-monsoons, winter too. Expect it to be hot in summer.
Ideal for: Mild treks, picnics.