June 30, 2011 Leave a comment

June 18th: Sachin had his new swift and wanted a long drive on Mysore road, so we decided to head towards Basaralu, as it was near 100+ km and the roads would be empty after Maddur. We started by 11 (a very late start to our trip) packing ourselves with BisiBeleBath, Chips, and 6 ltrs of water. There are 2 ways to approach : 1 through Mandya and the other is through maddur. We decided to go with Maddur route and it was the best route with trees, rice fields on either side and the drive through villages was the best. We had our packed lunch near well and headed towards Sri.Mallikarjuna, Basaralu (History : This temple was built by Harihara nayaka. He was Dandanayaka (in charge of armies) under the Hoysala  King Imadi Narashima. The temple was built in the year 1235 AD for deity  in the  name of his father “Malikarjuna” and a kalyani (Tank) in the name of his mother “Gujjave“) A Hoysala architecture sight at its best. Sadly but true, places like these are much less talked about and appreciated. Thou not preserved as much as Belur,  places like these are a pride to our state. It is a true representation of our rich culture, heritage  and a fine example of architecture of  the olden days. The skill and patience involved in building such masterpieces is just unimaginable. On route back to home we stopped by a stream of water flowing through the paddy fields, played there for few minutes.

  • Route : Uttarahalli → Maddur→ Turn right to reach Koppa → Basarulu→  Back home
  • Total trip distance – 228 km
  • Mode of transport – Swift
  • Excellent roads for the major part of the trip.
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Kurudumale & Aavni

June 21, 2011 Leave a comment

June 13th : It had been quite a while since the last trip and I had a new stereo system fitted and with all new songs in my pen drive we headed towards NH4. Yeah it was the first time we did not hit the Mysore road or Tumkur road. It was my first time I had to go though the city and reach NH4. So to avoid traffic we started from home by 7 and by 8 we were on Hebbal flyover taking right to head towards kolar. The roads after you cross bangalore were excellent but there were constant 2 wheelers moving in opposite direction and on the right most side of the road. I had to brake quite a few times to slow down and break the speed limit to 140. Heading straight we skipped kolar city and headed towards Mulbagal. On reaching mulbagal we took a left turn to reach Kurudumale. It was a nice slow 10km driving through tomato & mango fields. Kurudumale is famous for the Lord Ganesha temple built by Vijayanagar rulers. The Ganesha is 13 feet tall and is a beautiful idol, sadly though we were not allowed to take any snaps. After few cliques we headed towards Aavni. Avani has a wonderful complex of of Ramalingeshwara temples all within one courtyard dedicated to Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatrugna. On the hill Agni Tirtha, a pond, and the Ekantha Ramaswamy Temple are also seen. Since navya had not climbed the hill the last time, she was more than excited to reach the top in spite of the sun beating down . We took few stops and a Monkey to drive us to top. The monkey followed us till the top and was behind us till we gave up and threw a packet of cake to it. Persistence pays guys even monkeys know..  Took a small break on top and started our decent down, had our lunch in coffee day as were too tired and hungry to go 10km to Uddis and by 5 we were back home.

  • Route : Uttarahalli → Kolar→ Mulbagal→ Turn left to Kurudumale → Come back to NH4 → En-route to kolar → Turn left to Aavni →  Back home
  • Total trip distance – 285 km
  • Top Speed – 140 kmph
  • Mode of transport – Swift
  • Excellent roads all the way.
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Mahadevpura & Karighatta

April 25, 2011 Leave a comment

22nd April : A long weekend and all the tourist spots around Bangalore were over booked. There was no point checking out places where we had to stay overnight, so we decided to go towards Mahadevpura & Karighatta and come back home.. We packed ourselves and with proper clothing to play in water and left bangalore by 8 thinking majority of the traffic would have left. But we were wrong.. Crossing Kengeri, it was bumper to bumper traffic till Ramnagara. All the hotels on Mysore road were over filled by ongoing passengers and there was no point in wasting time standing in queue to get a table. So we decided to go forward and stop in KADAMBAM.. A small restaurant with tasty Puliyogare, Sihi and khara pongal. The rush was manageable there and we decided to pack our lunch as well there. We continued after having heavy breakfast towards Karighatta. Just before you reach Srirangapatna, you need to take a deviation towards left to reach Karighatta. The hill has a temple devoted to Vishnu, called “Karigirivasa”. A small river, Lokapavani, a tributary of Kaveri flows by the hill. You can reach the top by driving till the top in your car or by climbing the steps. I would prefer the steps as the view is very scenic and a good exercise as well 🙂 After a short stop at the temple we headed towards Mahadevpura.. Mahadevpura, a small village where kavery river flows by and  many movies have been shot here (Aaptamitra). We reached there by 2 and we headed towards water to play. The place was totally empty and we could enjoy ourselves  in peace. After an hour in water, we got out and had our packed puliyogare and headed back home. The drive back was very calm as there were only few cars heading to bangalore and my speeds were touching 150 when my wife was dozing.. In short a very relaxing trip.

  • Route : Uttarahalli → Mysore Road →Ramnagar → Mandya → Turn left just before Srirangapatna→ Karighatta → Mahadevpura → Back home
  • Total trip distance ~ 280  km
  • Top Speed – 150 kmph
  • Mode of transport – Swift
  • Google Map Location (Karighatta, Mahadevpura)
  • Nice roads all the way.. Best time to visit : Summer.
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Tannur Kere

April 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Bangalore summer has come and sitting in home doing nothing on a sunday.. hmm don’t waste your time head out to lakes near bangalore.. To cool ourselves we headed towards Tannur lake, a beautiful fresh water lake surrounded by hillrocks and a stream of water heading towards village where everyone could play. Swimmers be careful as the actual depth of the lake is not yet found. We explored few places near the lake and found a beautiful spot where no one was around. Relaxed  for an hour and then headed back home..

  • Route : Uttarahalli → Mysore Road →Ramnagar → Mandya → Turn Right towards Melkote → Turn left near Mahadeshpura (not sure if the name is correct but need to take left. Ask some one if you are in doubt) → Tannur Kere → Back home
  • Total trip distance ~ 280  km
  • Top Speed – 150 kmph
  • Mode of transport – Swift
  • Google Map Location
  • Few patchy roads once you take a deviation from Mysore road but very scenic.
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Android on VM.

March 9, 2011 Leave a comment

The only thing which was missing in my gadget collection was an android phone. I wanted to explore the features of android OS before buying a phone. After Googling for 10 minutes, I landed on android-x86. Downloaded the 2.2 generic version of the iso file and installed it on VMware Workstation. Got the android home screen in 5 minutes. Connected my laptop to wifi setting and started to use all the features. After playing with it for few minutes i was pretty much impressed with android. Here are some of the screen shot i captured while i was working on android-x86.

If anyone is interested on trying this, let me know. Ill upload the vmx file onto some shared folder so you can also try it out.

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Irpu falls.

February 21, 2011 2 comments

Weekend was approaching and Girish after buying his swift had not gone on a long drive. After googling for 10 minutes we decided that IRPU falls as our destination. The total ride would be around 680km and i guessed Giri would not be comfortable driving that distance in a day. So we started digging hotels to stop @ night and the one which caught my eye was We called them @ 11 in the night and confirmed that 6 of us were coming the next day for a night stay. Our plan was to leave by 2:30 reach the hotel and have fun, next day go on a safari ride , Irpu falls and head back home.

12th Feb 2011.

By 2 my wife had come from college and Giri with his wife had come to my place. Sachin was as usual late and giving excuses and blamed it on Neha. By 3 we decided to leave and i was thinking that can 6 guys sit in swift. It was a bit cramped up at the back but we decided to go in one car and enjoy the drive. We reached Sri mangala our pitstop for the night by 9. Had good vegetarian food and played some darts. Got bored of it immediately and we started off playing bluff..

13th Feb 2011.

We started early in the morning for a drive in search of deers and bison. We were not disappointed as we found few herds of deer and a huge solo bison. We came back had breakfast and started towards IRPU falls. The roads after hunsur road are bad but a very scenic. On reaching falls we had to pay for entrance fee and parking which get donated to a temple (The receipt said that but not sure how much would go for a temple ). The falls was a very neat and nice place in between jungle. The water was freezing cold and we all took turns to get wet. I got a chance to clique some funny pics with freezing water on their faces 🙂 after few snaps and playing in water we headed back to the hotel, refreshed ourselves with hot water bath and some nice food and checked out hotel by 3. The drive back was as usual busy and it never looked like an highway on mysore road after 6. We had few stops for snacks and food and we reached bangalore by 9:30.

  • Route : Uttarahalli → Mysore Road →Ramnagar → Mandya → Mysore Outer Ring Road (turn right) → Head towards KR Nagar→ Hunsur →  Sri mangala→ Irpu falls → Back home
  • Total trip distance – 680  km
  • Top Speed – 100 kmph (New k-series engine is a big NO to swift. Not comparable to my swift)
  • Mode of transport – Swift
  • Excellent road till hunsur and after its bumpy ride.
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Singapore & KL trip

January 31, 2011 1 comment

Finally my leave got approved and navya was on semester vacation and the timing was about right to head towards Singapore. This was the only trip which was missed very badly last year due to various reasons <hectic 2010 🙂 >.. We booked the tickets thru Travel Air due to name issue with my wife. So our final iternary was 14th jan – BLR – KL – SING, 20th Jan – SING – KL and on 22nd night head back to home from KL. So we had 5 days in singapore and 3 days in KL.

15th Jan – We landed in Changi airport and Anil was in airport to pick us up. He was surprised that Malaysian Airlines landed on time.  The plan for the day was a visit to Sentosa Island. After zipping thru MegaZip, Luge and a lazy walk inside water kingdom we headed back home and took rest.

16th Jan – Next day was a visit to Jurong park a bird sanctuary with wide collection of birds. To cover everything it took us around 4 hours and around 200 pics taken 🙂 Evening we headed towards Clarke Qauy which has a  boat cruise and variety of street food. Limited Veg but a varieties of non-veg delicacies.

17th Jan – Universal Studio was our destination. Its more or less similarity to our Ramoji film city. Nothing much exciting other than few crazy rides. Its been divided to 6 sections – Madagascar & Shrek theme, Water park, Dinosaur theme, Egyptian, SCI-FI, New-york. Wondering what is the specialty of Singapore 🙂

18th Jan – By day 4 of our trip we both were tired of walking and decided to take it easy. By evening we headed towards Singapore Flier  which is big giant wheel. Thou a bit expensive but we could see a 360 degree view of Singapore. After a few cliques inside the flier we headed towards Orchard Road. The busiest and huge shopping mall street.

19th Jan – We had visited almost all the major points o singapore and had not done shopped. So we decided to head towards SimLim Square – 7 floor electronic shops where the price of the item keeps decreasing as you move up a floor. Next we headed to Little India to have nice lunch at AnandBhavan and then we headed towards China town. The street was painted with RED hangings and other stuffs. It was like a red camouflage market. We headed back home and started packing. Next day we were heading towards KL

20th Jan – Morning we took a taxi may the only time we used taxi in Singapore to reach Changi airport. Our flight was delayed by 30 minutes. We checked into Dorsett Regency by 2 and took rest. Its a pretty nice hotel with a good view of Petronas twin tower from our window. The only floor with non smoking rooms were in 26th floor :). By evening we headed towards Twin tower and KL tower. The observation deck in KL Tower has a 360 degree of KL city with huge binoculars.

21st Jan – Genting theme park a boring theme park I would say. Except for a ride up to the top of the mountain in cable car nothing was exciting. We should have headed towards casino instead of this theme park. It was a sad part of our trip i guess.

22nd Jan – A half day sight seing of KL. visited a chocolate factory, prime minister house, a museum which had history of singapore artifiacts. We headed back to hotel took rest and watched sangam. By 6 we checked out of hotel and headed back to bangalore. The flight was nothing but a BTS bus which was fully loaded with passengers and their check in baggage.

A fun trip all in all and our first international trip. More to come for sure.. 🙂

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