Bengaluru

Bangalore, the IT city is the capital of state of Karnataka in India and is considered the fifth biggest metro town after Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai. Kannada is the local language but Hindi and English works pretty well. Boasting of moderate weather throughout the year, one can visit and see Bannergheta National Park, Nandi Hills, Lal Bagh Park, Vidhan Soudha, HAL Museum as the local attractions. The famous M.G.Road is a great place to unwind in the evening with pubs and a very active night life. Connected with all the major cities of India, Bangalore is on international aviation map as well and has one of the better international airports of the country. The local traffic though can be a deterrent so local excursions needs to be planned well.
Bangalore has an enviable list of weekend-trips, starting with Royal Mysore, Srirangapatna, Kabini, Bandipur National Park, Mudumalai, Tirupati and the list is endless.
Best time to visit: All year round
Languages spoken: Kannada, Hindi, English
Climate: Moderate climate throughout the year
Places to see: Vidhana Soudha, Vikas Soudha, Seshadari Iyer Memorial
Historical sites: Bengaluru Palace, Tipu Sultan’s Palace
Nature’s bounty: Bannerghatta National park, Nandi Hills
Holy places: ISKCON Temple, Bull Temple, Maha Bodhi Society Temple, Maruthi Mandir, Gavi Gangadeshwara Cave Temple, VenkataramanaSwamy Temple, Dodda Ganapathi, Sri Raja Rajeshwari Temple, Ragi Gudda, DakshinaMukhy Nandeeshwara Temple, Mukti Naga temple, Meenakshi Sundaram Temple, Sri Ramakrishna Ashram, Holy Trinity Church, St. Mary’s Basilica
Knowledge centres: Vishweshwaraya Science museum, HAL Museum

The Gol Gumbaz

A Deccan Odyssey

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On the final day we visited the Tunga Bhadra dam in Hospet which is a multi-purpose dam for irrigation and electricity generation. The dam which was completed in 1953 is a source of prosperity for farmers in Koppal and Raichur Districts.

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Delhi to Bengaluru

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The road from Nagpur to Hyderabad is a love hate relationship the moment you start loving the road it turns horrid, we started early, a strategy that has helped us get out cities in time and got on the NH 7.

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Gokarna – much more than OM beach

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Gokarna is about 453 km from Bangalore and 165 KM from Hubli. We started by train at 7:45 PM and reached Hubli early morning at 3:45 (though arrival time was 4:30 AM – Trains do reach early in India also). Anyway Taxi (booked in advance) came as per the time given to him and we started at 5:00 AM from Hubli and had a breakfast at Kamath on the way and reach Om Beach resort at 8:45 AM. Normal check –in time was 12:00 however staff made the rooms ready by 10:30 and we checked in to relax.

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Mumbai-Canacona(South Goa)-Bangalore-Mumbai by car.

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After several turns passing through small villages and asking on the way at long last we sighted the narrow NH 17 and turned left onto it toward Canacona. We reached the huge and luxurious Intercontinental Lalit Goa Resort at about 5 pm and checked in after a 9 hour drive from Satara. In retrospect, despite the slow progress, we actually thought we enjoyed the drive through the generous greenery and the suspense which lingered for the better part of the day. We had covered a total of 654Kms.

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