Srirangapatna: Tipu Sultan’s Beautiful Summer Palace

Every wall narrates a story – bringing out scenes from the pages of history – sketched with great artistry of that time – the Dariya Daulat Palace is splashed with vivid paintings all around depicting Tipu Sultan’s army on battleground and their victories. On the way to Mysore from Bangalore, lies this beautiful summer palace of Tipu Sultan. Situated on an island called Srirangapatna, “it … Continue reading Srirangapatna: Tipu Sultan’s Beautiful Summer Palace

Mysore Palace: Finest Gem of the City of Palaces

Mysore Palace is one of the most beautiful Palaces of India. Completed in 1912, with a few additions in later years, it is exquisitely designed. Part of the day trip itinerary to Mysore, this time I traveled with my parents, sister & my one-year old niece. We reached the Palace around one, bought the tickets and entered the grounds. The first thing, we had to … Continue reading Mysore Palace: Finest Gem of the City of Palaces

Bangalore Bliss: Cubbon Park Evenings

Cubbon Park is like an oasis tucked away from the chaotic life in Bangalore. It is located right in the heart of the city – a peaceful & green place to unwind. A beautiful landscape lined with over 100 year old trees with roots extending out through the ground – it is amazing to see such massive trees flourishing & still providing shade on hot … Continue reading Bangalore Bliss: Cubbon Park Evenings

Food: 10 Must-try Dishes in Bangalore

Bangalore is famous for Silk Sarees, IT companies and wonderful weather but that’s not it – you can get a taste of the best of South Indian cuisine here. From crispy Dosas, Handi Biryanis, Puri Chaats to Gadbad (Ice-cream sundae) – delicious food is a part of life. 10 Must-try Dishes in Bangalore 1. Ghee Dosa – Fermented Crepe (Dosa) shallow fried in Ghee (Clarified … Continue reading Food: 10 Must-try Dishes in Bangalore

Mysore: Dazzling Lalitha Palace

The Lalitha Palace (Mahal, in Hindi) is situated in Mysore – about 143 kms (89 miles) from Bangalore, Karnataka in India. This dazzling palace is just second in terms of size after the grand Mysore Palace in the entire state. Designed by E.W. Fritchley and constructed in 1931 for the Mysore Dynasty’s guests – its a wonderful two story structure (as documented). However, in 1974, … Continue reading Mysore: Dazzling Lalitha Palace

Shivanasamudra Falls: Creations of River Kaveri

Shivanasamudra – one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the state; it is located about 135 kms (84 miles) from Bangalore and just 30 kms (19 miles) from Talakad in Karnataka, India. Creations of Kaveri river, which runs through the rocky hills and along the way, branches out into two sections before cascading into the misty waterfalls – one is called Gaganchukki and the other Bharachukki. An easy drive-by … Continue reading Shivanasamudra Falls: Creations of River Kaveri

Belur Temple: 103 years of Carved Perfection

Belur, home to one of the most magnificent temples of India and a famous tourist spot – it is situated in the Hassan district almost 223 kms (139 miles) from Bangalore in Karnataka, India. The awe-inspiring Chennakesava temple along the Yagachi river was built during the Hoysala rule. Designed exquisitely, it is believed that the construction of this temple began in the 12th century when the King … Continue reading Belur Temple: 103 years of Carved Perfection

Talakad : The Land of Hidden temples

Talakad, can be aptly called the land of hidden temples. There used to be around thirty temples in this area, according to the historical records. But today, one can find only a small number of these structures unearthed from the massive sand dunes. Ruled by many dynasties – the town of Talakad lies at the shores of river Kaveri covered under a thick sheet of … Continue reading Talakad : The Land of Hidden temples

Sravanabelagola: 614 steps to the Colossal Gommateshwara Statue

Sravanabelagola is a holy place for Jains and a site of famous historical monument. It is about 143 kms (89 miles) from Bangalore in the Hassan district of Karnataka, India. Just over a two-hour drive on NH-48 from Bangalore, its great for a short visit. Surrounded by two hills with a small pond tucked perfectly in the middle – the place is uniquely designed by … Continue reading Sravanabelagola: 614 steps to the Colossal Gommateshwara Statue

Pattadkal : Exquisite Gems of History

‘Its a grand painting’, when seen from distance. Patttadkal has some of the finest temples of its time. And after visiting Aihole, we were looking forward to be here. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is located about 13 kms (8 miles) from Aihole in Karnataka, India. The moment you step into this place, it looks like “a collection of gems sprung from the earth to … Continue reading Pattadkal : Exquisite Gems of History