Head off to the Bheemeshwari (Cauvery Fishing Camp) Jungle Lodges for a memorable week end spent at eco tourism. Thats what we did for our second wedding anniversary, and we loved every minute of the time we spent there! :)
We left bangalore a bit late (arnd 10 AM) but will advise you to leave earlier to beat the heat (depending on the season of course!)...we reached there by around 12:30 jus in time for a nice welcome drink and a sumptuous lunch...
the place was awesome! huts, tents and small rooms so close to nature, on the bank of the river, surrounded by trees is an inviting sight to anyone and we were mighty thrilled with the palce...loads of birds of such brilliant colors were present and we went mad, clicking away to glory and hopin that some of those pics turn out good!! :))
after a nice lunch, we rested in a hammock which was tied in some welcome shade! we spent some "quality" time together before hopping on for a coracle ride! I have been on a coracle before but this was Aj's first time and he enjoyed it like a kid given a new toy!! :)) ... the guide (coracle guy) was very patient and explained to us everything that we can see at this time of the year!
we saw some really exotic wildlife and here is a list of them:
Cranes and egrets
Giant malabar squirrel
A few species of birds which we dont know the names yet..
last but not least a giant bald eagle flying with a prized fish catch!!!
we ended the day with a nice barbeque dinner and retried to bed tired but very happy!
Morning dawned and we went off on a trek to a nearby hillock...not exerting but the morning air, chillness and the stillness of the place was exhilarating! we saw a pack of sambar deer whizzing past at around 100mts away and a fleeting glimpse of a peacock but nothing else much apart frm the usual green and blue birds ... we then walked back along the river banks, had breakfast and left back for bangalore :)
on the whole a brilliant get away! :)
Chamrajsagar Reservoir: 35Kms from Bangalore, built on river Arkavati. It is called a picnic spot, but I could not get back to the resevior and only took this picture from off Magadi Road.
I would say just look at the reseviour and the submerged temple in the distance from Makadi Road, drive on to Savandurga and then go back via Mysore Road and see Machaable Dam and pass by the big Banyan tree too.
Also called Tippagondanahalli reservoir.
good Flickr shots
Take the Tumkur Road NH4 and then right on Heseraghatta Main Road. The Tumkur Road is crazy busy and the Heseraghatta Road is busy for five kilometers . Then suddenly you are in a reomote area with not much traffic on the road besides villagers on bicycles.
The lake has a remote feeling away from the Bangalore traffic. After you have visited then take the back roads through Jahali on the return to Bangalore.
This is a relatively unknown destination off Kankapura Road around 15 kms from Bangalore. A couple of friends introduced us to this place where you can spend half a day easily. The interiors are done up in heritage style with wooden atrefacts that totally remind me of my grandma's house! The antique setting is enhanced by the presence of a water tank totally like a holy water tank in temples of yore. You can ask for food buffet if you are planning to be there for lunch, the feast is sumptuous! You can rent the place for a wedding/reception at an exorbitanat cost. But well worth it if you can afford it! :)
Head off on the Kanakapura Road towards Kanakapura, you need to take a left on a muddy fork, head right in the straight road and they have put up sign boards to help you get there.
Address:Avalahalli, Anjanapura Post, Kanakpura Road ,
Doddakallasandra, Bangalore - 560062
The place is located 60km north of Bangalore. In order to beat the heat of summers in Bangalore, Nandi Hill is the best place to be. This small hill station has been named after the bull of Hindu deity Shiva. It was once the summer retreat of Tipu Sultan and Britishers, it has now taken a shape of getaway destination.
You will have to climb about 1,175 steps to reach atop to have a splendid view of the city. Ruins of the Tipu Sultan's fort can be seen from the top. The most exciting place to see here is Tipu's Drop that is actually a 600m high cliff, used to push prisoners. The cliff provides magnificent view of the city below. Another important tourist attraction is the Yoga Nandishvara Temple which was built by Chola Kings. Amrita Sarovara is a famous lake and visited by a lot of tourists. Gandhi Nilaya and Nehru House will provide you a glimpse of life of two national leaders.
However it is very touristy and quaite a few people crowd here every weekend. Go early in the morning to catch a beautiful, misty drive and the sunrise. Watch out for sudden speed breakers in the road!
Early in twelfth century, the great Srivaishnava saint Sri Ramanujacharya took up his residence and lived here for about 14 years . It thus became a prominent centre of the Srivaishnava sect of Brahmins, who obtained from the Hoysala king Vishnuvardhana, who had become a follower of the Acharya, an assignment of the fertile tracts of land in the neighbourhood, especially of the Ashta Gramas, on either bank of the Cauvery. The temple is beautiful and the climb up offers you a fantastic view of the cauvery valley behind. The prashadham of puliyogare (tamarind rice) is famous and delicious, not to be missed!However steer away from the pesky goats that make a grab for the same!
So many lakes once you take a detour from the Mysore Road towards Melukote, you can literally walk into the lakes. (Chk photos)
Shravanabelagola in Hassan District is 157 km away from Bangalore is an important Jain centre. There is a pond and two stony hills, called Chandragiri and Indragiri. Chandragiri has the Chandragupta basadi of the Gangas and the Parashwanatha basadi here is the biggest. The town below the hill has the Jaina matha whose walls have very old paintings. Indragiri has the Gommata monolith, 58' tall, installed by a Ganga general and scholar Chavundaraya, and also Siddhara basadi, Odegal basadi, Chennanna basadi and Chauvvisa Tirthankara basadi, and also the finely engraved pillar called Tyagada Brahma Pillar. The floral designs on it are excellent. To the north of town is Jinanathapura which has the Aregal basadi and the Shantinatha basadi of Hoysala times. Shravanabelagola has over 500 inscriptions, and some of them are recording death by starving (`sallekhana') by Jaina ascetics and laymen.
The Sarala Birla Academy is a premier boarding school for boys in Bangalore. When you visit Bannerghatta you cannot help but notice a massive campus. This 67 acre campus is Sarala Birla Academy at Bannerghatta a premier boarding school for boys. Instituted in 2004 by Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman and named after Dr Sarala Birla, an educationist. It is an international boarding school for boys.
We hired a taxi and driver and started off at around 0900hr. We stopped at a few sites along the way including a forced road blockade by the people from Tamil Nadu over water sharing dispute. That cost us a 2 hour wait by the roadside. Since you have to wait for the light show it is inevitable that you will return to Bangalore past midnight. While waiting for the light do try their tea, taste like teh tarik if you have been to Malaysia. To those Muslim travellers my advise is to get Muslim driver so that he can bring you to nice Muslim eateries. Our Hindu driver could not find a good one despite him asking around and presumably been there for umpteen times, so we had to settle for lunch in a hotel restaurant.
Karnataka is the premier mulberry silk producing state in India, producing about 70% of India's silk.
Once you go into the rural areas outside of Bangalore you can see the silk production industry.
The process goes like this: the farmer buys the silk worm eggs from the government that come by the hundreds on one piece of paper. The farmer grows mulberry plants and feeds the worms in the basket. Once the worms reach a certain size they are placed in stands where they spin the cocoons. Then it is full circle back to the market.
If you can go to a place like Dodbalapur where they weave silk into sarees that is very interesting process too.
The Kannada word for silk is Reshme
Idyllic residential dance school]
Nrityagram, Hessaraghatta, Bangalore 560 088, Karnataka, India.
Timings:Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00am to 5:30pm
Vasantahabba (Spring Festival) is an all-night festival of dance and music organized by Nrityagram every year.
Maharajah's Bangalore Palace.
Set amids the greeen exuberance of a sprawling garden is a palace straight out of the pages of british history- or so it seems. Built on the lines of medieval castles in Normandy and England, the bangalore palace is farily close imitation of Windsor Castle. It is, however a recent construction (1887). Made grand by its majestic turrets and ornamental stone work, the Palace boasts of lelegant wood carving in its interiors.
Bull Temple (Basavangudi).
This shrine, a typical Dravidian- style temple us built by Kempe Gowda. It has a mammoth monolithic Bull 4.5 metre high and 6.5 metre long. The nadi bull is revered for being the vahana (vehicle) of Lord shiva.
This mammoth rock which is very near to Lal Bagh has attracted world-wide geological intrest. It got its name because Kempe Gowda's watchtower, which stands on it, at one time alerted the city to the advent of visitors and intruders, presumably by a warning bugle call. This rock is 3,000 million years old and in geolofical parlance, is lermed 'pennisular gneiss'.
Sprawling in flowering glory over 240 acres, lal bagh's rare collection of tropical and sub-tropical plants, trees and herbs will have both horticulturists and laymen searching for superlatives to describe it sbudant natural beauty.
This artistically oilandscaped garden have a profusion of flower beds, lotus pools, tinkiling fountains, flowering indian trees,like, Asoka (saraca indica )is one of the most beautiful flowering tree with brick-red flowers, rarer, yellow bloom-bearing variety (saraca declinata), Mangolia, Champac to name a few.