Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Karnataka, India (with photos)

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary (Kannada: ರಂಗನತಿಟ್ಟು ಪಕ್ಷಿಧಾಮ) in Mandya District of the Indian state of Karnataka, is a very beautiful Bird Sanctuary on the banks of river Kaveri. Thousands of birds migrate from various countries like Germany, France, South Africa, Japan, ... to this sanctuary during end of winter & summer (Jan - June). April/May is the peak time when you find lots of birds of different variety. End of June they start returning back.



Bunch of birds in Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

Kadaramandalagi, Karnataka, India (with photos)

Sri Kantesh Temple in Kadaramandalagi is Lord Hanuman's (Anjaneya) Temple. Its a very strong & famous Temple in this area.
Kadaramandalagi which is in Byadgi Taluk of the Indian state of Karnataka, is around 12 km from Ranebennur on the way to Byadgi.



Main Entrance

Badami, Karnataka, India (with photos)

Badami (Kannada: ಬಾದಾಮಿ) of Bagalkote district of the Indian state of Karnataka, was the capital of the Chalukya Dynasty (540 - 757 AD). It is famous for the cave & rock cut temples. Its 35 km away from Bagalkote city & around 475 km away from Bengaluru.


Beautiful Badami Cave Temple Entrance


Kudala Sangama, Karnataka, India (with photos)

Kudala Sangama (Kannada: ಕೂಡಲ ಸಂಗಮ), Hunagund Taluk, Bagalkot District, Karnataka State, India, is a pilgrimage place for Lingayat community (Veerashaivas) . The 2 famous rivers of North Karnataka, Krishna & Malaprabha merge here. This place is around 8 kms from the Sangama circle on the National Highway No. 13.

From Bengaluru its around 445 km
Route: Bengaluru -- (NH4) -- Chirtadurga -- (NH13) -- Hospet -- (NH13) -- Ilkal/Hunagund - Kudala Sangama

From Hubli its around 160 km
Route: Hubli -- (NH218) -- Nargund -- (NH218) -- Bagalkote -- Kudala Sangama

From Mumbai its around 610 km & from Pune its around 440 km
Route: Mumbai -- (NH4/Expressway) -- Pune -- (NH9) -- Solapur -- (NH13) -- Bijapur -- (NH13) -- Sangama Circle -- Kudala Sangama.



Sangameshwara Temple Entrance

Hampi, Karnataka, India (with photos)

Hampi (Kannada: ಹಂಪಿ) a World Heritage Center, is located in Bellary District of the Karnataka state, India, on the bank of the River Tunga Bhadra. It is located within the ruins of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. This town the capital of Vijayanagara Empire was built in the 14th century. The ruins of Hampi lies scattered in about 26 sq kms area. Main attractions are Virupaksha Temple, Vittala Temple complex, stone chariot, Lotus Mahal, Sasvekalu Ganesha, ...

Virupaksha Temple:



Virupaksha Temple Entrance

Jog Falls, Karnataka, India (with photos)

Jog Falls (Kannada: ಜೋಗ ಜಲಪಾತ) formed by the River Sharavathi falls from a height of 829 ft (253 mts). This is the highest falls in India located in Sagara Taluk, Shimoga District, Karnataka & falls towards Honnavar Taluk in Uttara Kannada District.




Mekedatu, Karnataka, India (with photos)

Mekedatu (Kannada: ಮೇಕೆದಾಟು) Meke in kannada means Goat & datu is to leap. Mekedatu is a place in Kanakapura taluk, Karnataka state, India, where the River Kaveri flows thru a very deep narrow ravine. There is also a Sangama where Arkavati merges with Kaveri. This river Kaveri which is around 150 mts wide near the sangama squeezes in to a 10 mts deep gorge so narrow that, the history says even the goat had leaped across this, hence the name Mekedatu.




Madagh Masur Lake, Karnataka, India (with photos)

Madagh Masur Lake (Kannada: ಮದಗದ ಕೆರೆ)
Different names of this lake ->
Madagada Kere, Masur Kere, Kenchammana Kere.



View of the Lake from Masur side towards Shikaripura side

Aduvi Hanummappana Gudi, Ranebennur, Karnataka, India (with photos)


Aduvi Hanummappana Gudi, Ranebennur - (Kannada: ಅಡುವಿ ಹನುಮಪ್ಪನ ಗುಡಿ, ರಾಣೆಬೆನ್ನೂರು)
Aduvi -> Forest
Hanumappa -> Lord Hanuman/Anjaneya
Gudi -> Temple

Aduvi Hanummappa Temple is a very famous temple of Lord Anjaneya near Ranebennur, Karnataka, India. Its around 5 km north east from Ranebennur city center. Best way to reach this place is to take auto rikshaw or take own vehicle.


Lonavala Trek & Biking, Maharastra, India (with photos)

Lonavala (Marathi: लोणावळा) Maharashtra: 
It was almost end of the rainy season me & my Pune friends went for this trek. Good time to visit this place is rainy season & beginning of winter.

Shivanasamudra, Gagana Chukki & Bhara Chukki Falls (Bluff) & Talakadu Trip, Karnataka, India (with photos)


Shivanasamudra Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Karnataka, India. There is a hydro electric power project here also called as Bluff. The Shivanasamudra falls are formed on the Cauvery river. A little distance before the falls, the river splits into two, forming an island. The two streams falls down to the same point and flows downstream. The two falls are called
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Gagana Chukki (90 metres)
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Bhara Chukki (69 metres)


Sakleshpura Railway Track Trek (Green Route), Karnataka, India (with photos)


This trek also called the Green Route as you can see greenery all thru the trek has multiple options. The stretch is from Sakleshpura to Subryamanya around 50 km.
1. Sakleshpura -> Donigal -> Edakumeri -> Shirabagilu -> Subryamanya
2. Subryamanya -> Shirabagilu-> Edakumeri-> Donigal-> Sakleshpura
3. Sakleshpura -> Donigal -> Edakumeri -> Exit to National Highway thru Bisleforest


Kumara Parvata Trek, Karnataka, India (with photos)

Kumaraparvata(KP) also called pusphagiri hills is one of the most beautiful & adventurous trek in the Indian state of Karnataka. KP being at a height of 1712 m is the second highest peak in Karnataka (First is Mullyangiri) There are 2 routes to KP, one from Kukke Subramanya & the other from Somwarpet. Going from Somwarpet -> KP -> Kukke Subramanya is the most beautiful, scenic, adventurous, thirilling experience.