An excursion to Lepakshi from Bangalore

One of our friends recently purchased a car and took us for a long drive to Lepakshi, a historic village in the Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh on Karnataka Formation Day (1st November). Approximately 120 km from Bangalore, Lepakshi makes an interesting place to visit in weekends because of its many legends.

Lepakshi has a cultural and archaeological significance as it has shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Veerabhadra which were built during the Vijayanagara kings’ period.

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A Road Trip to One of the Lesser Known Hill Stations – Valparai

While coming back from Kodaikanal, we took a detour towards Valparai, a tiny hill station in the Coimbatore district to Tamil Nadu. It is often dubbed as the ‘Seventh Heaven’ of those who desire to visit hill stations like Ooty, Kodaikanal, andCoorg but are dismayed by the upsurge of the footfall of tourists in those places.

The road from Kodaikanal to Valparai is very scenic with 40 hairpin bends on the way up to Valparai from Aliyar. You can see the forest giving way to plantations as you reach the town.

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A Road Trip to Kodaikanal – The Princess of Hill Stations

Last summer I went to Kodaikanal with my college friends just to get away from my mundane life. Back then my parents were looking for a suitable groom for me and I was a little frustrated with the search. Kodaikanal was a welcome break for me.

Located in the hills of Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal is often referred to as the “Princess of Hill Stations” and for good reasons. The word “Kodaikanal” loosely means “The Gift of the Forest” which it undoubtedly is. Kodaikanal every year attracts lot of tourists, who are looking for an escape from their mundane lives.

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A Weekend Getaway to Sakleshpur

How do you feel about an impromptu journey? The sudden weekend getaways, in my opinion, are ideal for relaxing your overworking brain. After playing the role of an organizer in my last Pune trip, I was happy to join my husband on his friends weekend-trip to Sakleshpur. A hill-station clad in absolute serenity, Sakleshpur is cocooned in the mountain ranges of Western Ghats, in the state of Karnataka.

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One Day Trip to Mahabaleshwar

At a distance of 123 km from Pune, Mahabaleshwar is a popular tourist places in India and a town in Satara district of Maharashtra. It lies at an altitude of 1,353 m in the Western Ghats range of India. This pretty hill station is often referred as the queen of hill stations in Maharashtra. It offers panoramic view of the plains with the imposing sloppy peaks and surrounding woods. more “One Day Trip to Mahabaleshwar”

One Day Trip in Lonavala

Monsoon is the perfect time to visit the Western Ghats also known as Sahyadri mountains. The hill stations in and around Pune on the Western Ghats offer a wonderful escape during monsoons. One such hill station is Lonavala which is 65 km from Pune and 80 km from Mumbai. The lush green misty hills give a mesmerizing view that nature lovers cannot simply refuse. more “One Day Trip in Lonavala”

Coonoor – Serenity at its best!

My parents were in town so, we decided Coonoor to be the next destination for our family trip. Coonoor is one of the most famous hill stations of the Nilgiri hills, because it offers breathtaking views of the lush green hills and is located at a distance of 19 km away from Ooty. I have already been to Ooty before, so we decided to keep this trip strictly to Coonoor. more “Coonoor – Serenity at its best!”

Coorg – Scotland of India

Coorg is often referred to as the ‘Scotland of India’ and for pretty good reasons. Set amidst the beauty and calmness of hills, vegetation, and deep valleys, Coorg is a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. The hill station attracts travelers from different parts of the country and even from abroad. more “Coorg – Scotland of India”

An escape to Nandi Hills

From a long time, I wanted to visit Nandi Hills with my husband. Last time when I went there was during my college days. Nandi Hills is an ancient hill fortress situated in a district called Chikkabalapur in Karnataka.

We started at 3 am in the morning so that we can watch the sunrise from the viewpoint at the hilltop. It is 62 km from Bangalore and we opted for Ola Outstation. By the time we reached, around 25 cars were already parked up ahead of us. more “An escape to Nandi Hills”