7 Must try Cuisines of Karnataka

13 August  |  Listicles

Karnataka is a land of diversities. Metropolitan cities, lush green forests, beach towns and beautiful hill stations are some of the unique features which make Karnataka a popular destination for tourists.
South India is also famous for its cuisine and Karnataka is home to some special south Indian dishes, much to the delight of every foodie. Here is a list of some popular Karnataka dishes which are a must eat when in the state.

  1.  Korri Gassi: A famous Mangalorean dish, Korri Gassi simply translates into a chicken curry. For the preparation of this dish, tender chicken pieces are cooked with fresh ground coconut and spices and it is best served with roti, Neer dosa or set dosa.

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  2. Neer dosa: Neer is the Tulu word for water and as the name suggests, the dosa is made of rice which is soaked in water for few hours before being turned into a batter. Neer dosa is a common and popular dish in Karnataka that is available at most restaurants and cafes. Chutney and sambar compliment the dosa and enhance its taste.

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  3. Kundapura Koli Saaru: Another famous dish from the coastal region of Mangalore, Kundaparu Koli Saaru is a variety of chicken curry where the gravy is made with coconut milk combined with spices, onion, ginger and garlic. The curry is best served with rice, roti or Neer dosa and is a must try for those who love chicken.

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  4. Mysore Masala Dosa: Another form of dosa which is very common and popular, the Mysore masala dosa, similar to the Neer dosa is made with rice batter, the difference being that it is crispier and has chutney applied on it. Mashed potato filling compliments the Mysore masala dosa and gives it the perfect taste, making it an irresistible dish.

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  5. Mysore Pak: One of the most famous sweets, not only in Karnataka but in the entire country, Mysore pak is made from gram flour (besan), sugar and ghee. Its fine texture and rich taste make it a popular sweet dish amongst the locals. The sweet is available in most sweet shops, and no meal in Karnataka can be complete without ending it with Mysore pak.

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  6. Kane Rava Fry: Listed amongst the famous traditional foods of Karnataka, the Kane Rava fry is fried ladyfish that is marinated in red chilli paste and coated with semolina. What makes this dish special is that it is crispy from outside due to the semolina coating, but remains tender and juicy on the inside. It is a delight for seafood lovers.

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  7. Bisi Bele Bhat: Perhaps the most famous rice and dal dish in Karnataka, it is made from a combination of spices and pulses that are cooked with rice and vegetables giving it a rich and distinct taste and making it a staple dish amongst the Kannadigas.

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    In addition to being a nature’s paradise, Karnataka is also a heaven for food lovers. Places such as the Discovery Village resorts are well known for serving authentic dishes of Karnataka which will leave your taste buds craving for more.

5 Travel tips for Monsoon

13 August  |  Listicles

Traveling during monsoons has its own thrill. After the searing heat of the summers, the monsoon rains provide much relief to the sweltering Earth. The rivers start flowing again, the forests gain back their greenery and the waterfalls come back to life once again. Good weather accompanied with changing landscapes makes it an ideal time to take a break and travel around.

The online tricky part about traveling during the monsoon season is that the rains can play a spoilsport and restrict you from venturing outdoors. Also, the chances of falling ill increase during this period. Taking necessary precautions and being prepared becomes very important during this time.

Listed below are five simple tips for monsoon travel that will allow you to enjoy your break to the fullest.

  1. Pack more synthetic clothes: Cotton clothes absorb more water and get wet easily. Synthetic clothes, on the other hand, resist water absorption, keeping you dry for a longer time. Also, it is easier to wash off stains from synthetic material. Ensure that you pack a good number of synthetic clothes for your trip during the monsoons.

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  2. Carry medicines and repellents: Moist weather can cause common flu, fever, and other infections. Extreme health precautions need to be taken when traveling in the rainy season. Always keep common medicines for conditions such as fever, cold, cough, and allergies handy. Rains also encourage the breeding of mosquitoes and other disease-spreading insects. It is advised that you always keep a good repellent handy, especially if you are traveling to hills or forest areas.

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  3. Check the weather report and news in advance: If you do not want to end up spending your vacation in a hotel room, then make it a point to check the weather forecasts in advance. Also, before you begin your travel, especially to a hill station, make sure to check if there has been any landslide or road closure due to heavy rains.

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  4.  Avoid street food: The most common cause for picking up infections during the rainy season is consumption of street food. It is best to avoid the temptation to consume such food, especially when you are not aware of the hygiene levels and the water being used by the street food vendor.
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4. Carry umbrellas and raincoat: These two items will ensure that you remain dry through-out your journey. It is always a good idea to have a raincoat handy. In case of umbrellas, most hotels will provide one on request.

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If you are a nature lover and want to experience nature at its best, then monsoon is the best time to visit Masinagudi, a hill station in Tamil Nadu that offers some picturesque sceneries of hills and forests.

An ideal way to enjoy your trip is by staying in the jungle resorts at Masinagudi. Discovery village has its resort at one of the best locations here. Located amidst hills and forests, the discovery village property is a treat to stay in during the monsoons.

5 Breath-taking destinations in India to visit this Monsoon

07 August  |  Listicles

India is a canvas full of colors. Different cultures and varied landscapes make this country unique and full of surprises. India is marked by three distinct seasons namely, winter, summer, and monsoons. After the searing heat of summer, the monsoons bring rains throughout the country, much to the relief of everyone.

This season is also a great time for leisure travel. Monsoons are characterized by the rivers filling up once again, the parched Earth gaining back its green carpet, waterfalls thundering down in full aura and the flora and fauna springing back to life.

Here is a list of five places that turn into nature’s masterpieces and are some of the best places to visit in monsoons in India:

  1. Coorg, Karnataka: Known as Scotland of India, Coorg is located in the heart of the Western Ghats at a distance of 270 KM’s from Bengaluru. While the Coorg weather is to die for, it is also famous for its lush green forests, exotic wildlife, vast spread coffee estates, adventure activities such as forest treks, white water rafting and milky waterfalls, making it a preferred destination for those who are looking for a good break.

Coorg is a perfect destination if you are planning for a corporate team outing around Bangalore.

However, if you live in Bangalore and want to enjoy a good break nearby, then checking into the Discovery Village resort at Nandi hills is a great way to get away from the bustling city life of Bangalore.

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2. Munnar, Kerala: Another gem in the crown of the Western Ghats, Munnar is a nature lover’s paradise, especially during the monsoons. The low hanging clouds lace the enormous tea gardens with mist and dewdrops. Such a sight will surely leave you refreshed and revitalized. Located at a distance of 130 KM’s from Kochi, Munnar is easily accessible by road and is one of the best places to visit during monsoon.

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3. Deoria Tal, Uttrakhand: Situated in the Garhwal Himalaya ranges, the Deoria tal, also known as the Rudra Prayag lake is a hotspot for trekkers looking to soak in the beauty of the Himalayas. The location of the lake offers a panoramic view of various snow-capped Himalayan peaks. Located at an altitude of 2,538 meters and surrounded by lush greenery, Deoria Tal makes a very good holiday spot to travel to during the monsoons.

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4. Panchmari, Madhya Pradesh: Popularly referred to as the Satpura ki rani, Panchmari is a scenic hill station located in the Satpura hill range of Madhya Pradesh. The Satpura national park, the ancient Panch Pandav caves, Apsara vihar waterfalls, Jata shankar caves and the Duchess falls are few of the many attractions here. The lush green forests and the waterfalls are a sight to behold during the monsoons.

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5. Udaipur, Rajasthan: Udaipur is an oasis in the middle of an otherwise barren and lifeless desert. Popularly known as the city of lakes, Udaipur plays host to numerous lake palaces that are nothing short of architectural marvels. Some of these palaces have now been turned into hotels and allow you to experience the royalty of Rajasthan first hand.

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While there is no dearth of places to visit in India, these five locations are some of the best places to visit during monsoon season. A trip to any of these places is sure to leave you with loads of memories to cherish.

5 Road trips every biker should take during the Monsoon

07 August  |  Listicles

If biking is your thing and you can’t resist the temptation of riding on long, winding roads with cool winds blowing over, accompanied with overcast skies, the enticing smell of wet Earth and tiny drops of rain hitting you, then a bike ride on these five routes are sure to thrill you.

  1. Bangalore to Kabini: Leaving the hustle and bustle of a metropolitan behind and heading to the jungle might not gain you nirvana, but it will certainly make you forget all the chaos and allow you to re-discover yourself. A road trip from Bangalore to Kabini is perfect during monsoons. A stretch of around 220 KMs, it is dotted with lush green forests and magnificent hills that will leave you mesmerized. Once at Kabini, do not miss jungle treks and a ride on the river Kabini. Discovery Village resort will provide a perfect pit stop to rest your engines if you plan to stay at Kabini for a night or two.

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  2. Mumbai to Goa: Goa is a dream holiday destination for many people in the country and a bike ride all the way to the party capital of India will spice things up for sure. The distance to be covered in a Mumbai to Goa road trip is around 550 KMs, and what makes this distance worthy of a road trip is the scenic, natural beauty almost throughout the route. First, the Ghats of Khandala and Lonavala and then the Konkan Ghats are dotted with lush green hills, thundering waterfalls and long, winding roads that are a treat to traverse during the monsoons. A proper biking gear is a must when riding on these routes.

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  3. Shillong to Cherapunji: A trip to the wettest place on Earth is sure to be an adventure in itself. Situated only 54 KM’s apart, a bike ride from Shillong to Cherapunji will only make you wish that the two towns were further apart. The entire stretch traverses through the East Khasi hills and the route is full of scenic sights such as waterfalls, the most famous one being the seven sisters falls, deep valleys, and thick forests. During the monsoons, driving through the thick white mist feels nothing short of driving in heaven itself. You will also drive through many Khasi villages, most of which are model towns for being extremely clean and environment friendly, making the road trip a once in a lifetime experience.

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  4. Udaipur to Mount Abu: While the idea of a bike ride through the desert might not fascinate you, riding from Udaipur to Mount Abu on a bike is sure to leave you pleasantly surprised, especially during the monsoons. Situated 163 KM’s apart, traveling to Mount Abu feels nothing like traveling in a desert. Thanks to the Aravalli range, this part of Rajasthan receives sufficient rainfall and is full of life. Do not forget to visit the world famous Dilwara Jain temples once you have reached your destination.

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  5. Hyderabad to Tirupati via Nallamala forest: Travelling to Tirupati by road serves you two purposes, it satiates your thirst for a long ride and also allows you to seek blessings from Lord Venkateshwara. Add to this, the lush green belt of Nallamala forests and a light drizzle accompanied with a cool breeze. All of this put together makes the perfect recipe for a lovely bike ride. The 550 KM distance can be covered in no time at all if you have your loved ones riding alongside you. 

     

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    These are some of the must-try biking destinations in the country. Do not forget to use a helmet and proper biking gear while traveling over long distances.

Monsoon FAQs for Bangalore Travel

06 August  |  Unwind

Bangalore, which is famously known as the garden city of India, is also a popular tourist destination, thanks to its cosmopolitan culture, great weather and a lot of famous tourist spots in its vicinity.

Come monsoons and Bangalore is buzzing with tourists who are looking to refresh, rejuvenate and enjoy the rains. If you are planning to visit Bangalore this monsoon and want to know how to

Is Monsoon the best time to visit Bangalore?

If you love rains, then Bangalore is the perfect destination for you to visit during the monsoons. Bangalore is surrounded by forests and hill stations that spring back to life during the rainy season and make great places to spend some quality time soaking in nature’s beauty.

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Where to stay in Bangalore?

Depending on your budget and your plan for sightseeing, Bangalore has some hotels and BnB’s to stay in. If you want to experience Bangalore’s nightlife, then M.G. road, Koramangala and Indiranagar are some of the best places to camp. If you are planning to travel further to any of the nearby hill station or forest, then staying close to the railway station or a bus stop will make commuting easy.

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Best Resorts for a family stay at/near Bangalore

Staying at a resort is an ideal way to spend your vacation time relaxing. Many resorts in and around Bangalore offer great comfort bundled with fun-filled adventure activities. The Discovery Village resort located in places such as Kabini, Masinaguda and Nandi hills is a perfect place to stay and enjoy your holiday or do team building activities. The Orange County at Coorg and the Serai resorts, Kabini are some of the best resorts near Bangalore.

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Is there any ancient temple in Bangalore?

Bangalore is not just about IT parks or good weather; it is also home to some famous, historical temples. The Bhoganandeeshwara Temple situated at the base of Nandi Hills is a 9th-century temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple was showered with riches by kings from various kingdoms that ruled here, with each one adding to the architectural marvel that this temple is now.

A visit to this temple is incomplete without visiting the Nandi hills. An overnight stay can also be planned in order to view the fantastic sunrise from atop the Nandi hills. The Discovery Village resort provides one of the best options of accommodation at Nandi hills, making your trip a memorable one.

 

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What can be explored in Bangalore during Monsoon?

The hills, forests and waterfalls that surround Bangalore are at their best during the rainy season. The rain rejuvenates the environment resulting in water bodies filling to the brim, waterfalls thundering down from great heights and flora and fauna coming to life. Shivasamudram falls, Abbey falls, Hogenakkal falls, the coffee estates of Coorg and Chikmagalur, Kodachadri peak in Shimoga are some of the best places to visit near Bangalore in monsoon.

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Are there any greener nature areas to explore?

There is no dearth of green zones near Bangalore. Dense forests, lush green fields, mountains covered with dense vegetation are common in areas near Bangalore. Nature lovers are in for a treat in Bangalore. Bandipur national park, Bannerghatta national park, Nagarhole national park, Rollapadu wildlife sanctuary and Periyar national park are just a few of the innumerable green areas which will leave you spellbound.

 

 

 

 

Fall in love with Bangalore Monsoon

06 August  |  Unwind

Bangalore, a business hub for multi-national companies is also called the ‘Garden city of India’, thanks to the innumerable parks, lakes and abundant tree cover throughout the city. Bangalore is very famous for its cool weather throughout the year. Come monsoon and the city is a sight to behold, making it a perfect destination to travel to and experience the best of the monsoon season. If you are looking for an excuse to travel in and around Bangalore this monsoon, then here are some facts that will surely motivate you to pack your bags and head out.

The city of lakes becomes even more amazing

Bangalore, thanks to its altitude and geographic location, receives abundant rainfall during this season. This, in turn, becomes a boon for the lakes of the city which are filled to the brim. The blossoming of flowers in the gardens, parks and the trees paint the city in different colors. Bangalore during monsoons is nothing short of a hill station.

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Nearby forests are even rich

If you have a thing for wildlife and forests, then Masinagudi forest, located at a distance of 250 KM’s from the capital city is one of the best places to visit near Bangalore during monsoons. Wildlife safari, jungle treks, and sightseeing are some of the activities that can be done here. If you want to relax and spend some great time with your family and friends right in the heart of the jungle, then the Discovery Village jungle resort at Masinagudi is an ideal location to stay. Discovery village offers adventurous activities such as nature walks, zorbing, rock climbing and many more so that you can experience nature to the fullest.

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Hill Stations have its different charm

During monsoons, a hill station is a different place altogether. Low hanging clouds passing through the mountains, shedding some of their moisture as they pass by presents a mesmerizing sight. The green valleys and the freshness in the air offer an irresistible invitation to one and all. If you are looking for hill stations near Bangalore, then you will be spoilt for choices. Wayanad, Ooty, Coorg, Chikmanglur are some of the most visited hill stations around Bangalore. If you are looking for a peaceful place that is not flooded with tourists, then Discovery Village at Nandi Hills is where your search ends. It is a perfect place to spend some quality time with your loved ones or have fun-filled team outings.

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Rivers dance with a rainy rhythm

Bangalore has many scenic places nearby. There is no dearth of forests, hills, lakes, and rivers in its vicinity. However, one place that stands out tall amongst all others is the Kabini River and the forests on its banks. During monsoons, the river is in full flow and it is a good time to spot exotic wildlife and birds around. There are various riverside resorts Kabini has to offer. The Discovery Village resort is one of its kind and a place worthy of spending some quality time in.

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Bangalore, which is known across the country for its pleasant weather throughout the year becomes even more special during monsoons. Planning a trip to places in and around Bangalore during this time is totally worth it.

5 Treks around Bangalore you can’t afford to miss this Monsoon

05 August  |  Adventure & Travel

Monsoon is perhaps the most important season in India. The rains not only provide relief from the heat, the good weather also becomes an excuse for travel enthusiasts to pack their bags and hit the road. For those who love trekking, the monsoon season is the perfect time to put on their trekking shoes and kick-start the adventure.

There are some fantastic weekend getaway treks efrom Bangalor that provide a great opportunity to the trekking enthusiasts to satiate their thirst for adventure. If you are looking for the best places to hike & trek during this rainy season, listed below are some great spots for trekking around Bangalore.

    1. Dudhsagar trek: A trek to one of India’s tallest waterfalls is bound to be extraordinary. Situated on the Mandovi River, the Dudhsagar fall is located on the Karnataka-Goa border. Its unparalleled scenic beauty, extraordinary terrain and the rich flora and fauna make it a perfect location for trekking. The normal trek route should take you between 6 to 8 hours to complete.

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    2. Tadiandamol trek: The third highest peak in Karnataka is a preferred trek circuit for many trekking enthusiasts. The trek route is well defined and the difficulty level is moderate, allowing even beginners to take a shot at trekking. The route is flanked by the dense Shola forests and the hill is covered with mist, especially during the rainy season, making the entire journey enchanting and unreal.

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    3. Nishani Motte trek: If you are looking to spend some quality and peaceful time enjoying the bounties of nature, then the Nishani Motte, located near Coorg in Karnataka is the perfect location to go trekking. Being a protected forest area, any trekking activities here need a permit from the forest department. The cloud covered peaks and the lush green fields are sure to take you into a state of bliss.

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    4. Nandi hills trek: If you want to go on a trek near Bangalore, then Nandi hills is the best place to go to. Only 61 KM’s away from Bangalore, Nandi hills offer some spectacular views from its various viewpoints on the top, especially during the monsoons. It is also a sought-after place for many corporates day outings. The Discovery Village resort, located in the vicinity of Nandi Hills is an ideal place to carry out team building activities and have a fun filled get together.

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    5. Kodachadri trek: For those who like creating their own pathway as they walk, the Kodachadri trek is just about perfect. A national heritage site, the trek to Kodachadri mountain peak does not have any pre-defined trekking routes. What makes the trek even more exciting is the presence of pristine waterfalls, rich flora, and fauna, viewpoints that offer spectacular sunset views. This trek is sure to leave you mesmerized and spellbound. The total trek distance is about 18 KM’s and takes about 5-7 hours to complete.

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      Trekking during the monsoons is a wonderful experience. It is the best time to experience nature in all its aura. A well-planned trekking trip is sure to leave you with some enriching experience and long-lasting memories.

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