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    Belgaum -- a small town in North Karnataka

    by vpas Written Jul 12, 2013

    Belgaum is a small town in North Karnataka bordering Maharashtra. It is about 3 hours by road from Goa. It has many educational institutes of repute and is a busy town. Plenty of options to shop and eat. But the accommodation there is not great. There are many big lodges and hotels but the quality is quite pathetic!!
    But the food here is quite good, reasonable and of a wide variety.
    The best part about this region is that there are many small villages surrounding Belgaum which are primarily agricultural villages. Some of them have organic farms which also provide stay options. So these are a good off beat places to stay and get a feel of real village life in India.

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    Travelling in Southern Karnataka

    by Malayanil Written Jan 15, 2010

    Hi,

    You can do it from Bangalore to Hassan which is base for both Belur and Halebidu. You can do this with 2 nights stay at Hassan comfortably. Visit Sharavanbelgola on your travel to Mysore and then from Mysore to Bangalore via Shrirangapattnam (visit enroute).

    Do not miss flower, vegetable, fruits market of Mysore.

    You get to see beautiful villages, farms on your drive between Hassan - Mysore.

    best wishes,

    Malayanil

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    Bathe elephants in Dubare camp,karnataka

    by vpas Written Apr 7, 2009

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    My son was overjoyed to experience this at the Dubare elephant camp.The elephants come from the camp to the river side and for a nominal payment,one gets to scrub and bathe elephants!!It can be great fun for kids.Just remember to take change of clothes and be prepared to see and smell elephant dung!!!!

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    river rafting in river cauvery,dubare,karnataka

    by vpas Written Apr 7, 2009

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    This is one of the most beautiful places I have seen.It is less exploited by tourists and hence retains a calm and raw beauty.There are boats with life vests.The charges per person is Rs.100 per person for half an hour.You can go there and book.It is not very crowded.

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    Dont forget your postcard!!

    by cuppadamoksha Written Jan 26, 2009

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    If you are a postcard crazy person like me this will be a useful tip. Anyone travelling to Nagarhole Wildlife Santuary in Kodagu or Coorg as it is popularly known will be able to get a unique wildlife stamp on the postcard that is only done at Nagarhole.

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    Bandipur wildlife sanctuary

    by vpas Written Jan 22, 2009

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    The Bandipur wildlife sanctuary is a beautiful and interesting place for a holiday.The sanctuary is home to lions,elephants,wild boars,deer,peacocks and many more.
    The cottages there are simple and food is served if you want.There are safari rides and elephant rides.
    The mudhumalai sanctuary is adjoining this and can be reached either by car or by public bus.

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    Cosy in coorg

    by vpas Written Jan 22, 2009

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    Coorg is called the Scotland of India.It is indeed beautiful surrounded by lush green and tall trees.this place has much to offer .Places around coorg are--
    Abbey falls
    Golden temple(Buddhist monastry)
    Bhagandeshwara temple
    Tala cauvery
    Omkareshwara temple
    Madikere fort
    RAJA's seat
    Iruppu falls
    Coorg is also famous for coffee,spices(like cardamom,pepper)Honey
    The jewellery here is also famous and unique

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    Interact with elephants in close quarters

    by vpas Written Jan 22, 2009

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    Dubare elephant camp is situated in a picturisque location-- on the banks of the running waters of the river Cauvery.
    One needs to cross the river to reach Dubare.The Jungle lodges and resorts have excellent accomodation in the camp.There are individual cottages,well furnished with attached bath.In the elephant camp you get to bathe,feed and ride elephants.
    You could also do river rafting,take a coracle ride in the river.
    The shop at the jungle lodges and dubare camp sells capris,trousers,hats,caps,t-shirts and other shirts and jackets with wildlife prints at very reasonable prices

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    wild life sighting in Nagarhole

    by vpas Written Jan 12, 2009

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    We visited the Kabini River sanctuary in Nagarhole and had a pleasant stay.The whole trip was interesting.We went on safaris on open jeeps,went for a boat ride and spotted birds early in the morning,had a coracle ride.There was plenty for kids to do as well besides spotting wild life,like climbing trees,rope ladders and tree houses.

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    Dubare Elephant Camp & Nagarhole

    by cuppadamoksha Updated Dec 15, 2008

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    The Elephant Camp is very nice to visit, you have to be there early by 8am to see them bathe the elephants . They may let u bathe the elephants , then u can see them feeding the animals after which they put on a lil show . Lastly u can go for a ride on the elephant. You have to pay for all this cant recall how much thoiught.

    Periyar is inThekkady about 150km away from Nagarhole.
    http://www.mapsofindia.com/maps/wildlife/wildlife-india.htm link to give u an idea of the location in comparision with nagarhole

    http://mapsofindia.com/south-india-travel.html

    http://www.mapsofindia.com/maps/kerala/keralaroads.htm you have to take NH 17 & then NH 212 till u reach the karnataka border - Coorg (srimangala kutta is the name of the place)

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    Must Do When in Coorg

    by cuppadamoksha Written Dec 6, 2008

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    Like Nav said ..enjoy the homestays. if you need help getting a booking email me with your requirements and wil try my best to get sumthing worked out for you. Please be warned that dec - jan is peak season and gets booked up v fast . So if you ahve not made a booking plz dp s at the earliest.

    Coorg must do list :
    Dubare Elephant Camp
    Abbey Falls,
    Talacauvery
    Raja Seat
    Nisargadhama
    Veerabhoomi,
    Irpu falls
    Nagahole

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    Bars clubs discotheques.. a must do..

    by Justin_goa Written Dec 5, 2008

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    Bangalore has an active pulsating cosmopolitan nightlife. Bangalore nightlife is very active and exquisite as Bangalore itself. Bangalore is known as the Pub Capital of India.

    There are many excellent pubs and bars in the city, which are open till early hours in the morning.

    ‘Nightlife’ is defined as a collective term for popular entertainment that is available from late evening to early hours of the morning.

    It includes bars, nightclubs, live music, theaters and restaurants. Nightlife is more suitable for young adults.

    The nightlife of Bangalore draws major international artists including pop and rock stars.

    Click the following link which will give you a great deal of information about most good places. Read the reviews and choose which one suits you..

    Pubs and Clubs in Bangalore

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    Bheemeshwari -'Angler's paradise'

    by Justin_goa Written Nov 11, 2008

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    Bheemeshwari is a small town that lies between the Shivanasamudra falls and Mekedatu falls, on the Cauvery river in Mandya district of Karnataka.

    It is a great spot for eco-tourism and is a natural habitat for the mahseer fish found in the waters of the Cavery. Mahseer is considered as one of the finest game fish in the world. The surrounding lush forest cover is home to many animas like elephants, wild boars, monkeys, jackals, crocodiles, otters and leopards; as well as a variety of water birds like herons, ibis, cormorants and kingfisher.

    The river Cauvery has made Bheemeshwari a major fishing hub.Hoards of enthusiastic anglers throng here every year to try their luck at fishing. A number of fishing camps have sprouted here for catching the mahseer - the finest game fish in India. These camps provide comfortable tents equipped with all basic facilities like cots, mosquito nets, shower and toilet. Food is usually served in the openair common dinning room.

    Bhimeshwari is nestled amidst the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary, It is also known as the 'Angler's paradise', because of the Mahseer fishes found here. Both professional angling and amateur fishing is encouraged in these nature camps. Though most professional anglers would carry their equipment, freshers get a chance to hire equipment from the camp itself at an additional cost. The bait usually used would be ragi paste made from millet flour. The mahseer is an exceptionally omnivorous creature and is known to take in even frogs, live or dead fish, crabs and fruit. Smaller fish rise to the fly as well as other natural insect baits such as grasshoppers and worms. Two species of mahseer are common among the catch. They are tor khudree and tor mussullah. These waters are full of dangerous crocodiles and anglers should take precaution and try not to venture onto the banks completely alone.

    Where To Stay
    There are 3 camps/tents for tourists in and around Bheemeshwari. The tariffs are below Rs 2000.

    Food and Stay Tips
    Local food available at Mutthathi. Food and accommodation is available at Jungle Lodges Properties at Bhimeshwari, Galibore and Doddamakali- The cost of tented accommodation is Rs 1900 and loghuts Rs 2500 per head including food, accommodation, forest entry fees, trekking, coracle ride.

    •Bheemeshwari Fishing & Nature Camp
    •Galibore Fishing & Nature Camp
    •Doddamakali Nature Camp

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    Belgaum A historical town

    by Justin_goa Updated Nov 10, 2008

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    This is the district headquarters and a town of historical interest. It was the capital of Ratta kings during the 13th century. Currently it is a modern contonment town. Belgaum has a small airport and the city is connects Bangalore and other centers via rail and road.

    The ancient oval shaped stone fort of 100 acres and the Jain Temple and the Safa Mosque inside the temple are some of the places of interest.

    Gokak Falls (80km): The 170ft fall is on the river Ghatprabha that plunges into the Gokak valley.

    Halashi(70km): This was the second capital of Kadamba Dynasty. It has three large temples.

    Kittur(70km): The Basava Temple has inscriptions dating back to 12th century. This is the place where Queen Channamma of Kittur bravely resisted the British in 1824.

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    HAMPI, the seat of the famed VIJAYANAGARA

    by Justin_goa Written Nov 10, 2008

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    Although in ruins today, this capital city once boasted riches known far beyond the shores of India. The ruins of Hampi of the 14th Century lies scattered in about 26 sq. km area, amidst giant boulders and vegetation. Protected by the tempestuous river Tungabhadra in the north and rocky granite ridges on the other three sides, the ruins silently narrate the story of grandeur splendor and fabulous wealth. The splendid remains of palaces and gateways of the broken city tells a tale of men infinite talent and power of creativity together with his capacity for senseless destruction.

    Strewn over a large area (about nine square miles) the ruins at Hampi offers to the tourist a remainder of the greatest land in the whole world. Every rock, every path and every monument at Hampi speak the same language; a language of glory and beauty.
    In March 2002, the Government of India has announced that Hampi would be developed as an international destination centre. The State Govt will constitute a Hampi World Heritage Area Management Authority for integrated development and conservation of Hampi.

    Hampi is a World Heritage Centre

    Hospet is the main town providing the getaway for Hampi.
    Most of the ruins are along the road leading from Kamalapura to Hampi.Three kms down the road, on a commanding site, stands the temple of Malyavanta Raghunathaswamy.It is built in the Dravidian style. Strange-looking fishes and marine monsters carved along its outer walls are worth noticing.

    The Hampi Bazaar, 35 yards wide and nearly 800 yards long was known to be a "very beautiful street with very beautiful houses".

    The Virupaksha Temple rises majestically at the western end of the famous Hampi Bazaar. The temple has a 120 feet tall tower on its eastern entrance. The temple contains the shrines of Shiva, Pampa and Bhuvaneswari.Parts of this temple are older than the Vijayanagar kingdom itself. The work of this style dates back to the 11th or 12th century.

    Nearby is the 6.7m tall monolith of Ugra Narasimha. An inscription nearby states that it was hewn from a single boulder in 1528 during the reign of Krishnadeva Raya.

    Vithala Temple Complex
    The most splendid monument of Hampi is undoubtedly the Vithala Temple Complex with its 56 musical pillars.

    To the east of the hall is the famous Stone Chariot with stone wheels that actually revolve. In front of the shrine stands the great mantapa. Resting on a richly sculpted basement, its roof is supported by huge pillars of granite, about 15 feet in height, each consisting of a central pillar surrounded by detached shafts, all cut from one single block of stone. Several of the carved pillars were attacked with such fury that they are hardly more than shapeless blocks of stones and a large portion of the central part has been destroyed utterly.

    Nearby is the 'Purandra Dasara Mantapa' which has been also declared a protected monument.

    House of Victory.
    It was built when Krishnadeva Raya came back from his victorious expedition against the King of Orissa. The spaces between the rows of the plinth-mouldings here are most elaborately and elegantly carved. The kings of Vijayanagar used to sit on a grand throne in the House of Victory and witness the nine-day Dasara festival.

    Westwards from the House of Victory, leading through two ruined gates, the path leads to the Hazara Ramaswami temple. This temple is believed to have been the private place of worship of the royal family. The chief attraction of the temple is the series of scenes from the Ramayana carved on two of the inside walls of the mantapa. The genesis of the place known today as Hampi dates back to the age of the Hindu epic Ramayana when it was the site of Kishkinda, a monkey kingdom.

    King's Balance

    Hampi is also full of surprises: like the King's Balance where kings were weighed against grain, gold or money which was then distributed to the poor, the Queen's Bath, a swimming pool, 50 ft.long and 6 ft.deep, with its arched corridors, projecting balconies and lotus-shaped fountains that once sprouted perfumed water.

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