10 Vantage Points In and Around Bangalore to Catch the Best Sunsets and Sunrises

08 January  |  Listicles


Who doesn’t love witnessing beautiful sunrises and sunsets? Capture the sun rising-bringing everything to life, presenting a panorama of colours in the sky. There is something about it that soothes your mind and imparts positive energy into your body and soul. For everyone who needs a quick break from the chaos of the city, this vision is quite rejuvenating.

Bangalore being the busy city that it is, has a handful of vantage points in and around the city, ideal for a quick getaway.

Anthargange

The mountain of Anthargange is situated in the Kolar district of Karnataka, about 70 km from Bangalore. It is at an altitude of 1712 meters and is an excellent trekking spot with its rocky boulders, caves and dense plantations. The viewpoint atop the mountain can be reached via a trek of moderate difficulty level. People often trek at night in order to experience the mesmerising sunrise experience that Anthargange has to offer.

Ramanagara

 

Remember the rocky terrains in the yesteryear hit movie, Sholay? That location is Ramanagara, around 60 km from Bangalore. Ideal for activities like bird watching, rock climbing, and rappelling as well, a lot of Bangaloreans prefer to drive down to this sleepy little town for a day of adventure. The place offers an amazing sunrise view. You can reach the viewpoint by climbing around 350 to 400 steps to the Ramadevara Betta Hilltop.

Narayangiri

The less explored trails of Narayangiri hills is perfect for a quiet getaway from the hustles of city life. This hillock is situated at a distance of around 70 km from Bangalore. It lies at the height of around 3500 feet and is often frequented by trekking enthusiasts. The trek progresses through the forests of Jalamangala. People usually trek the route at night under the guidance of an authorised guide, camp at the peak for the night with a bonfire. If you happen to doze off in between, you might as well wake up in time to witness the vibrant hues of the rising sun.

Skandagiri

Yet another popular trekking spot around Bangalore, Skandagiri is a mountain fortress located in Chikkaballapur of Karnataka. This place is approximately 62 km from Bangalore city. The peak is at an altitude of about 1450 meters, and the summit can be reached by a moderately difficult trek of around two to three hours. Skandagiri has old ruins of the fortress of Tipu Sultan which adds to the mystic appeal of the place. Known for night treks, people start trekking during the early hours of dusk in order to reach the top to witness the sunrise in its full glory.

Nandi Hills

An all-time favourite getaway destination of Bangaloreans, Nandi hills offers amazing sunrise views with a pleasant, cool weather, all year round. A drive of around 60km will take you to these hills located in the laid-back village of Chikkaballapur. As the roads to the hills are easily traversible, there is no need to trek to the viewpoint. A short walk will take you to the viewpoint, and you can enjoy the stunning views from the hills. The hills are well maintained with ample greenery around and good options for refreshments. There are a couple of resorts in Bangalore in and around Nandi Hills should you plan to spend a day or two in the area.

Kaikondrahalli Lake

If you want to spend an evening enjoying the sunset in Bangalore, head to Kaikondrahalli Lake in Harlur along Sarjapur Road. This small lake with a joggers track is a bird watcher’s delight due to the sightings of various migratory birds. With beautiful greenery around, the lake is a perfect spot in the midst of the city if you are craving some calm and quiet. You can wind up your evening by witnessing the breathtaking sunset colours and head to one of the many eateries around the area.

Hesaraghatta Lake

One of the largest existing lakes in Bangalore, Hesaraghatta Lake has a little bit of history surrounding it. This lake is a man-made freshwater reservoir spread over an area of 1620 hectares built in the year 1894. Located 18 km to the north-west of Bangalore, the lake is an excellent choice for a picnic spot within the city. Bird watching is one activity to engage in at the lakeside, not to mention the serene sunset experience by the banks of the lake. The spot is also known for poultry, animal husbandry, agriculture and horticulture research and development institutes.

Kanva Dam

Kanva Dam is an artificial lake reservoir 70 kilometres from Bangalore city. It was built by the damming of the Kanva River (a tributary of River Kaveri) for irrigational purposes. The reservoir which is surrounded by wooded hills is a good place to spend your weekend away from the city rush. The place is famous for its sunset. A lot of birds visit the dam making the place a favourite among bird watchers and photographers. Purushottama Theertha Cave temple is located around 3 km away from the spot. The famous rocks of Ramanagara where the film Sholay was shot is another attraction close by.

Turahalli Forest

Turahalli forest or Turahalli Park or Karishma hills is a small patch of forest within the city. The forest is situated around 20 km from Bangalore city off Kanakpura Road, overlooking the NICE road. Inside the woods, there is a rocky area with a hilltop viewpoint. This place is worth a visit to enjoy a nice view of the city and a quiet sunset.

Hebbal Lake

Hebbal Lake, being one of the oldest man-made lakes in Bangalore is known as a habitat for many exotic birds. The lake is situated in North Bangalore, along Bellary Road. Occupying an area of 150 acres, this lake also has a walking track around it which has been beautified with various flowering plants. Hebbal Lake is an excellent spot well within the city to relax and unwind while enjoying the sunset in the company of various birds living here.

Planning your wedding? Come to DV

06 November  |  Listicles

Destination weddings have become the order of the day with most couples looking to make their special day extra special by choosing a location that will add on to the festivities.

While this idea seems to be exciting, to plan and shortlist an apt wedding destination can be a real challenge and ensuring that the event goes smoothly also requires a lot of time and effort.

While you can appoint an event manager to plan your wedding, this option is likely to be expensive and not feasible to all.

When it comes to making a wedding memorable, there are many resorts in Bangalore that play good hosts to a wedding party and help make the event a success.

Discovery Village is one place that is perfect for hosting this event, especially if you want an outdoor wedding.

Outdoor weddings and the scenic beauty they bring with them

The aura of an outdoor wedding is unmatchable, especially if the location is scenic. Taking vows with soft cool breeze blowing in the background, trees ruffling and birds singing is a magical feeling. At Discovery Village, the outdoor locations are amongst the best and when coupled with the tailor made wedding themes, you are guaranteed to have an evening with everlasting memories.

Reasons for picking DV as your Wedding destination

At Discovery Village, the effort is to make this important event extremely special and no stone is left unturned to ensure the same. In addition to the customized wedding set-up, Discovery Village resorts also boast of the following features which make it the best choice for your wedding:

  1. The amazing weather: DV resorts are located at places which are away from the city and amidst nature. If you are planning an outdoor wedding, then the resorts offer near perfect weather almost round the year.
  1. The stunning backdrop: DV resorts are located at some spectacularly scenic locations with stunning backdrops. Discovery Village has one of the best resorts in Nandi foothills with the hill itself as the back drop. For all the shutterbugs, there cannot be a better opportunity to get some real good pictures clicked.

  2. The fresh air: Away from the pollution of the city, the fresh air around the resort is going to relieve you of all the tensions and let you enjoy every moment of this wonderful event in your life.


  3. The setting: Spectacular surroundings coupled with theme based decoration and stage set-ups add to the festivities and set the tone for a grand wedding.
  4. More space: Discovery village properties have abundant spaces to host your wedding party. No matter the size of your guests, the resort is ready to provide a unique and different experience that will draw praises from one and all even long after the marriage event has concluded.
  5. Zero waste weddings: Discovery Village is all about responsible luxury. The facilities in the resort are built in an ecologically sustainable manner with eco-friendly architecture like rain water harvesting pit and use to renewable energy source amongst other things. At DV, we believe in zero waste weddings and do everything possible to reduce the carbon footprint. Is there any better way to start a new phase in your life than on such positive note?
    The entire team at DV is focused at making your event an affair to remember for long. The location of the resorts together with the hospitality will surely make this once in a life time event, a memorable one for your entire family.

     

     

Autumn calls for a road trip, doesn’t it?

06 November  |  Listicles
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The sun shining bright accompanied with a cool breeze signaling the end of summer. The trees which were at full bloom are ready to shed their leaves and create colorful pathways, inviting the winters to take over.

Doesn’t this seem to be the most ideal time to rev up your engines and embark on a memorable road trip with your near and dear ones?

Here are 8 places that are considered to be amongst the best road trips in the South.

  1. Kudremukh:

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    Located at a distance of 330 km from Bangalore, Kudremukh is one of the highest peaks in Karnataka and offers serene views of the valley below. The road to Kudremukh traverses through dense jungles and towering hills that are blessed with fragrant breeze of the greenery around. A must have road trip!

  2. Medikeri:

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    MedikeriAnother hill station in Karnataka which is on the list of every travel enthusiast. What is striking about Medikeri is that the route to reach here is beaming with points of tourist interests. If you are driving from Bangalore, you can make pit-stop at Mysore, visit the Dubare elephant camp, pray at the Namdroling Monastery or drive through the Nagarhole National Park. Driving to Medikeri is one of the best fall road trips that you can have.

  3. Masinagudi:

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    250 kms from Bangalore, Masinagudi is one of the five ranges in Mudumalai National Park in the Nilgiris and is known for its undisturbed greenery and a wide array of flora and fauna species. If you are looking to stay amidst the hills and the jungles, then Discovery Village is one of the best resorts in Masinagudi and a perfect place to set up your base.

  4. Hampi:

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    If history is your cup of tea, then Hampi is the place to be. A historical city located on the banks of Tungabhadra River, Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is popular for its temples and ruins of the Vijayanagara Empire. You get to witness authentic countryside en-route this town.

  5. Kabini:

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    If you want to spend a relaxing time with your family or friends, you have to stay in one of the jungle resorts in Kabini. The Discovery Village resort, located by the Kabini River is a perfect place spend some quality time in the lap of Mother Nature.

  6. Hassan:

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    Knows as poor man’s Ooty, Hassan district provides a fine confluence of nature in the form of the splendid Bisle Ghat and Kaagunere Kote and religion through the famous Gommateshwara Statue at Shravanbelgola, the Shettihalli church and the Chennakeshava temple, all of which are within a driving distance of each other.

  7. Savandurga:

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    A perfect spot for trekking, rock climbing and camping, Savandurga is one of the oldest single rock formations in Asia and is very close to the city of Bangalore. Travelers can enjoy mesmerizing sights of the Akravati River that is visible from the top of the hill. A fine place if you are looking for a short break.

  8. B R Hills:

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    Also known as the Biligiriranga Hills, this nature hotspot is located at a distance of 90 km from Mysore and is famous for fishing, river rafting, trekking and wildlife spotting amongst other things. A perfect destination for a soothing road trip.

    Autumn is certainly the best time to go on a road trip. These places turn into every riders dream during the autumn season and should not be missed if you love driving across challenging yet refreshing terrains.

Fishing for the water lovers! Here are 5 spots you can check out

30 October  |  Listicles
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Fishing is one of the most followed hobbies around the World. Waiting patiently for your catch to show up and then taking your trophy back home has a thrill of its own. If you are looking some really good places to go fishing in Karnataka, then you are definitely in for a treat.

Here is a list of places that are perfect for fishing and double up us great holiday destinations:

  1. Jakkur Lake:

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    Located just 20 KM’s away from Bengaluru, the Jakkur Lake is an apt place to hone your fishing skills. Once heavily polluted, the lake has now been successfully restored to its former glory and is a part of the integrated wetland system. The place is a renowned fish lovers spot thanks to a healthy population of fish here. Fishermen haul up-to 500 Kg’s per day during peak season, making it a haven for fishing.

  2. Ayyanakere Lake:

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    If you want to enjoy an authentic fishing experience away from the hustle, bustle and pollution of the city then Ayyanakere Lake is the place to be. This second largest man-made lake in Karnataka is located amidst pristine mountains and plantations and is the perfect place to carry out recreational activities such as camping and fishing. Enjoy the beautiful sunrise while waiting to score a catch – sounds like a plan.

  3. Kabini River:

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    A biodiversity hotspot in the heart of Karnataka, Kabini is also a great spot for fishing. There are various resorts in Kabini such as Discovery Village which make a great place to stay, especially if you want an authentic beach resort. The resorts here will also guide you to the best fishing spots and help you in reaching there. The best way to fish in Kabini is to hire a Coracle and ride to a place which has a high density of fishes.

  4. Nisargadhama:


     

    A forest island spread over an area of 64 acres in the Kaveri River, Nisargadhama is a famous tourist attraction in the Kodagu district of Karnataka. This island can be accessed via a hanging rope bridge and has cottages on stilts where you can stay and plan for a fishing expedition in the waters that have a dense population of these aquatic animals. In addition to fishing, travellers can also explore the beautiful island that is rich in flora and fauna.

  5. Dubare:

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    Predominantly a famous elephant camp, Dubare is a jungle retreat that hosts close to 150 elephants who are taken care of by the Karnataka forest department. In addition to the mammoth mammals and some picturesque surroundings, the tranquil waters of Dubare are a great spot for fishing too. If you are looking to spend some quality time relaxing amidst nature, then Dubare is a great place to unwind.

    Rapid urbanisation and dwindling water bodies have had their adverse impact on fishing. Thankfully, these places have remained more or less untouched and elusive from human activities making them great places to try your hand at fishing.

     

Rivers and Dams you just can’t miss in Karnataka

30 October  |  Listicles
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Thanks to the sprawling Western Ghats running along its length, Karnataka is blessed with some mighty rivers that cut across the state, traversing through beautiful landscapes and giving life to abundant flora and fauna.

Karnataka also boasts of dams that are architectural marvels and have become some of the best places in Karnataka for tourism.

History of dams

The first known dam was build way back in 3000 BCE in Mesopotamia and was called the Jawa Dam. It was nothing short of an architectural marvel back then. Thanks to the wonders of engineering, dams became bigger and more imposing as time progressed and currently, Jinping-I, the highest dam in the World stands at a staggering 305 Mtrs. in height.

The primary purpose of dams has been to collect river waters to distribute them evenly for irrigation and prevent flooding. These structures now serve as an important source for the generation of electricity as well. Rivers and dams never fail to draw awe from the humans.

Here is a list of rivers and dams in Karnataka that are too good to be missed.

Cauvery River –

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The mighty Cauvery rises in the Western Ghats and 805 KM’s later, empties into the Bay of Bengal. En-route, the river drops 98 Meters to form the famous Shivanasamudra falls which are a tourist hotspot and home to Asia’s first hydroelectric plant. Talakaveri, the origination point of this river is considered as a holy spot and is a must visit.

Krishna Raja Sagara Dam

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Built on the Cauvery River, this dam is perhaps the most iconic of the tourist places in Karnataka as it hosts the famous Brindavan Gardens of Mysuru at its banks. The dam is frequented by more than a million visitors per annum and is a must visit in Karnataka.

Bhadra Dam:

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Located on the Bhadra River, a tributary of the Tungabhadra, the Bhadra dam and its surroundings are home to some of the most scenic spots in Karnataka. The famous Sharavati River that later drops into Jog falls passes from nearby this dam. This place is a sight to behold whenever the crest gates opened.

Harangi Dam:

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Harangi dam and reservoir are built on the Harangi River close to the famous hill station of Coorg. It becomes a tourist magnet during the rainy season, especially when the gates of the dam are opened to let the water out downstream.

Kabini River:

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The banks of the River Kabini are dotted with lush green forests and beautiful valleys making it a famous place for tourists. If you are looking for good resorts near Bangalore, then the resorts in Kabini are going to leave you spellbound. Discovery Village is one such resort that is perfect for people visiting the Kabini River.

Krishna River: One of the longest rivers in India, Krishna River originates in Maharashtra and flows into Karnataka before entering Telangana. The tributaries of this river, especially Tungabhadra are famous for tourist spots like Hampi in Karnataka and are frequented often by visitors from all over.

If you are a nature lover and are awed by how Humans and nature work in tandem, then the dams of Karnataka are surely going to enthrall you.

Mysuru Dasara 2018: 5 things you must do!

22 October  |  Listicles

 

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Dasara is one of the most popular and celebrated festivals in the country. The entire nation is decked up and ready to witness the victory of good over evil. People in different parts of India, celebrate this festival in their own way. Down South, the city of Mysuru becomes a spectacle during the time of Dasara. It attracts visitors from all over to witness the grand celebrations that last for nine days of Navaratri before culminating on the day of Vijaydashmi, or simply put, Dasara with a grand procession.

Mysuru Dasara is the state festival of Karnataka and is being celebrated since over 400 years.

Following are the 5 things you must do in Mysuru during the Dasara time:

  1. Visit the Dasara exhibition ground:
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    If you want to experience the thrill of a real Fair, then this is the place to be. Brimming with excited visitors, interesting artefacts and theme based set-ups on display and gleaming with decorated stalls selling all kinds of things, the Dasara exhibition ground is a must visit.

  2. Do a Tonga tour of Mysore –
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    What else could be a more apt way to explore this royal city than to ride a tonga? You can hire a Tonga from various spots in the city and visit some of the major attractions, including the Mysuru palace in this horse drawn cart. Once done with sightseeing, you can relax and spend a good night at resorts near Mysore.

  3. Go for Dasara bombe mane:
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    A unique display of art, the Mysuru Bombe Mane is bound to leave you speechless as you make your way through thousands of miniature dolls at display. Bombe Mane, meaning Doll’s house is built on the concept of Gombe Habba or doll’s festival which takes place every year in Mysuru during Dasara. There are more than 3,000 dolls on display, with some of them being over 150 years old, made out of different materials and curated from all over the country. This exhibition is one thing that you should not be missing.

  4. How can you miss the Food Mela?
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    If you are planning to do a day trip to Mysore before moving ahead to explore the hills of Madikeri or stay in one of the nature resorts in Kabini, you cannot miss the food mela that is held during these ten days. In this food festival, you can enjoy the tastes of India. Dishes from all around the country will surely satiate your appetite for scrumptious food. Local delicacies are a must have in this mela.

  5. A popular attraction for the locals: Wrestling Tournament:
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    When was the last time that you witnessed a bout of intense Kusti, a local form of wrestling where ‘pahalwaans’ take on each other in a clay ring, under the open skies amidst enthusiastic and cheering crowds. The Mysuru wrestling tournament is a grand event that is organized during Dasara with trained wrestlers competing to win the coveted title of the best wrestler and their supporters cheering for them with all their soul. An electrifying set-up that simply cannot be expressed in words.

    Dasara celebrations in Mysuru are like nowhere else in the country. The energy during these 10 days and the grandeur of the celebrations remain unparalleled.

10 Honeymoon spots to explore around Bangalore!

22 October  |  Listicles
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Honeymoon is the most important event in the life of a married couple. It is an event that the two will cherish forever. It is therefore very important to choose the honeymoon destination very carefully and make sure that the setting is perfect for a memorable start to your marriage.

If you are looking for locations beyond the usual romantic places in Bangalore, then here is a list of ten exotic spots that will play the perfect host for your honeymoon.

  1. Sakleshpur:
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    If an offbeat, non-commercial location is where you want to go for your honeymoon, then Sakleshpur, a quaint hill town located amidst the mist covered hills of Western Ghats is the place. As a couple you can trek in the untouched forest reserves, visit the Manjarabad Fort and watch the beautiful sunset together.

  2. Horsley Hills:
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    Located in the state of Andhra Pradesh and not far from Bangalore, Horsley hills are a series of hills that are blessed with jaw dropping views of the valley, rich flora and fauna and a sparse tourist population that leaves the beauty of the place un-spoilt, making it a perfect destination for your honeymoon.

  3. Ooty:
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    Call it the king of all honeymoon locations, Ooty has been the go to destination for many couples since time immemorial. The majestic Nilgiris, the aromatic tea estates, the beautiful valley’s and the low hanging clouds, what else would you want for your honeymoon?

  4. Nandi Hills:
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    If you are looking to celebrate your honeymoon in resorts near Bangalore, then Nandi hills is the perfect place to go to. Nandi hills is an offbeat honey moon destination as it is not far away from Bangalore and yet has enough in store for the romantic couples like the beautiful views from hill top and the historical temples around. Discovery Village on Nandi Hills is one of the best resorts in Bangalore and is custom made for honeymoon couples.

  5. Coorg:
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    Scotland of the East, Coorg is a gem in the crown of the Western Ghats and a honeymoon paradise. In-spite of being a major tourist hub, Coorg still retains its mysticism and purity, making it an ideal destination for couples in love.

  6. Jog Falls:
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    It’s not a bad idea to make a wish for the longitivity of your love in front one of the highest waterfalls in India. Located in the heart of Karnataka, Jog falls are formed when the Sharavati River makes n 830 ft. deep plunge, creating misty water clouds that give a mesmerizing aura to the entire area around.

  7. Chikmagalur:
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    If you and your partner like waking up to the smell of coffee, then this place is going to be a heaven. Chikmagalur is also blessed with abundant natural habitat and has famous hills, forests, waterfalls and some breathtaking view points that are perfect to take you and your partner away from res of the world.

  8. Kabini:
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    The sound of exotic birds chirping and the soft humming of a river flowing by while you relax on a soft cot with your partner in the middle of dense jungle. Sounds exotic? It gets even better when you are actually there. Words are not sufficient to describe the beauty of Kabini. It is perfect for a honeymoon!

  9. Gundlupet:
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    Even imagined running around fields filled with endless rows of beautiful, yellow Marigold flowers? No you don’t have to go to Europe to experience this. A trip to Gundlupet, a town on the border of Kerala and Karnataka is a sight to behold and a perfect place for honeymoon.

  10. Bheemeshwari:
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    If you are an adventure loving couple and want to have a honeymoon filled with activities such as river crossing, trekking, camping and other adventurous activities, then Bheemeshwari is the place to make your honeymoon no less that a dream come true.

    If you are looking for an apt honeymoon destination near Bangalore, then these are certainly the best amongst the lot that deserve to host this special period of your life and turn it into a memory which will last for ever.

Best cycling routes in South India

04 October  |  Listicles

South India is a land of abundance. Blessed with nature’s bounty in the form of beautiful landscapes, lush green forests, fresh air and crystal clear water bodies, it is a place that attracts tourists from all over.

Taking a road trip across the southern states is one of the best ways to explore and experience its unique culture and soak in the beauty and freshness it has to offer.

While long drives and bike rides are the most preferred modes of going on a road trip, cycling to your destination is sure to create some wonderful memories, especially when the trip is in the company of your near and dear ones.

Here is a list of the best cycling routes in south India that every cycling enthusiast must plan to travel on.

  1. Bangalore to Nandi Hills: If you are looking for an adventure cycling trip, then cycling from Bangalore to Nandi hills should be on your list. The distance between the two is 60 KM’s where the landscape quickly changes from a busy urban conglomerate to peaceful countryside. Cycling from the base to the top of the hill is sure to make you break a sweat, but the cool breeze and the views from the top make the journey worth it. You can also plan an overnight stay in one of the resorts in Nandi hills.

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  2. Bangalore to Kannur: Bangalore is a gateway to the south and a perfect place to begin your cycling trip to Kannur, a town nestled in between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats. The distance between the two is about 320 KM’s, and the route is covered with mesmerising views of hills and forests. Mysuru is a major town that lies in between where you can relax and get your cycle serviced before re-commencing the journey.

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  3. Munnar to Annamalai: A distance of 200 KM’s that should take 4-5 days to cover, this cycling trail showcases the best of two south Indian states, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. In addition to the lush green forests, the route is dotted with beautiful tea estates, sandalwood forests, small villages and iconic temples.

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  4. Bangalore to Goa: When in South, you just can’t stay away from Bangalore. For those who do not live in this city, spending a night in one of the fine resorts in Bangalore before kick-starting a fun-filled cycle ride to Goa is a good way to get your spirits high early on. The distance between the two places is about 600 KM’s, and cyclers should take the coastal route, travelling from Bangalore to Gokarna and then up towards Goa. With the Western Ghats on one side and the sparkling Arabian Sea on the other, riders are sure to have some heavenly company all the way.

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  5. Chennai to Pondicherry: Another coastal route, from the megacity Chennai to the erstwhile French colony Pondicherry. 155 KM’s in total, the route offers scenic views of the Bay of Bengal. Riders can make a pit stop at the historical, temple town of Mahabalipuram and Mandavai before reaching Pondicherry.
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    It is the journey that matters and not the destination, goes the popular saying. A cycling road trip down south will leave you refreshed, energized, rejuvenated and craving for more.

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.

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