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Day Trips from Bangalore

Day Trips from Bangalore

Nature/Wildlife/Birding/Photography

Maidenahalli(Jayamangali) Blackbuck Reserve: Spotting Blackbucks in vast Grasslands
Panchapalli & Bettamugilalam: Hidden getaways from Bangalore
Kokkrebellur: Into the Pelican zone
Nandi Hills: The Road well travelled
Pearl Valley/Muthyala Maduvu
Hogenakkal Falls
Kanva Reservoir: A nut sized dam
Yelagiri Hills: Extreme biking to a silent hill
Mahadevapura: Mysore's best kept Secret
Shivanasamudra: Visiting the mighty waterfalls
Chunchanakatte: Interesting stories along the Cauvery
Chikkajala & Srinivasa sagara: Forgotten places amidst developing infrastructure
Mekedatu: A goat's leap
Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta: Visiting the magical hills
Markonahalli:Biking all the way for some nature's surprise
Vanishing Lakes in Bangalore
Thalli: Experience Little England
Armamalai: A visit to the ancient caves

Temples/Heritage/Archaeology

Lost Temples of Karnataka: Hedathale
Avani: Glimpses of Ramayana in Karnataka
Melukote: Something for everyone…
Ruins of ancient dynasties in India – The Gangas of Manne(Manyapura)
Lost Temples of Karnataka: Venugopalaswamy temple, KRS
Aivarakandapura & Bheemana Hejje- Stories from the Mahabharata
Lost Temples of Karnataka: Kambadahalli
Bylakuppe Golden Temple: Karnataka's mini Tibet
Kempegowda Towers: Marking the boundaries of erstwhile Bangalore
Lost Temples of Karnataka: Somanathapura
Lost temples of Karnataka: Basaralu
Lost temples of Karnataka: Turuvekere
Suvarnamukhi and Thottikallu
Bangalore Palace
Kaivara, Kailasgiri & Kotilingeshwara
Lost Temples of Karnataka: Bhadravati
Hosur & Thorapalli: Quick Getaways
Chikkatirupathi & Kalkunte: An interesting circuit
Talakad: A dynasty lost beneath layers of sand
Ghati Subramanya, Vidurashwatha & Lepakshi: A day well spent
Kolar: Shadow of the ancient Kuvalapura
Devarayanadurga & Goravanahalli: Day trips from Bangalore
T Narasipura & Gargeshwari: Prayag of the south
Lost temples of Karnataka: Aralaguppe
Therahalli: Ancient Village tucked in Shatashringa hills
Lost temples of Karnataka: Kaidala & Seebi
Mallur: Experience tranquillity near the busiest of highways
Bethamangala: Interesting story of a small town
Srirangapatna: Where history is written all over it
Virupakshi: Ruins of the Vijayanagara empire
Lost temples of Karnataka: Haranahalli
Lost temples of Karnataka: Kikkeri, Govindanahalli, Hosaholalu
Magadi: Medieval Footprints
Aretippur & Kudlur: Jain site lost in erstwhile Chola land
Forgotten Ancient monuments of Bengaluru District- Part 1
Monuments of Medieval Bengaluru-2
Monumnets of Medieval Bengaluru-3
Theerthamalai,TN: Rock Formations and Heritage
Tyakal & Markandeya Betta: Nice drive on a lazy Sunday
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Hemavathi, Andhra Pradesh: The ancient Nolamba capital
Nidagal, Karnataka: Ancient capital of Nidagal Cholas
Clock Towers of Bangalore
Ancient Hero stones of Bangalore
Mysore Maharajas' legacy in Bangalore
Vellore: Historic fort and the tomb of the last Ceylon king
Visiting Bengaluru temple with Kodagu connection
A date with Prehistory and history
A walk inside Bangalore Pete
Places with legends from Ramayana and Mahabharata in and around Bangalore


Trekking/Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing Series – 1: Savandurga
Rock Climbing Series – 2 : Kabbaldurga
Rock Climbing Series – 3: Madhugiri- The Vertical Limit
Rayakottai: Tipu Sultan’s lesser known fort across the State border
Avani: Glimpses of Ramayana in Karnataka
Rock Climbing Series-4: Kunti Betta & Tonnur Lake
Rock Climbing Series - 5: Bilikal Betta
Suvarnamukhi & Thottikallu: Trekking along Bangalore's outskirts
Channarayanadurga: A lesser known hill fort
Makalidurga: Story of a Railway station in the middle of hills
Rock Climbing Sreies 6: Skandagiri
Antharagange: Dakshina Kashi hills hidden in the vicinity of Bangalore

Know your neighbourhood series (Bangalore)


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The forgotten story of a migration: Nacharamma of South India

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Overview: Around the early 17th century, the Pilgrims set to sail across the Atlantic to become the first settlers of America. Much before this, a small but no less interesting migration took place in the Southern India of a community called the 'Sankethis'.
It was the summer of 1420 CE, in a place called Sengottai, in Tamil Nadu, along the foothills of the Western Ghats bordering Kerala. The place was flourishing with knowledge of the Vedas where Agraharams were set up. One of the prominent communities of learned people was the Sankethi Iyer community, also known as Sangeethi, derived from the name of the place- Sengottai or Shankotta. Another theory says that they were  The group followed Adi Shankara…

Clock Towers of Bangalore

Overview: In the middle of the 18th century, when home clocks and watches were not so common, there was the practice of having huge clocks on top of iconic buildings or religious places having visibility from all the corners. Clock towers were in fashion all across the globe in the 18th to 20th centuries, and some of them had bells as well, which used to ring at every hour. Bangalore too, has had its share of clock towers, though the city has never been known for its clock towers. The iconic Clock tower once stood at the Russell Market in Shivajinagar, which no longer stands today as it was brought down sometime during the middle of the 20th century.
A few standing clock towers can be seen at the City Market, Baldwin Boys school, Jayachamarajendra Polytechnic, Central College, Police training grounds, St John's Church, Corporation office and the newly constructed towers at South End circle and Omkar Hills. Most of these clocks have been provided by HMT.

Know your neighbourhood-3: Madivala, Agara, Koramangala, Bellandur

Overview: Now famous for high rises, branded showrooms and startups, the villages of Madivala, Agara, Koramangala and Domlur are the villages which have seen an ancient past.

Madivala village was a flourishing agrahara under the Cholas and Hoysalas. There is an ancient Chola era temple, which was later expanded by the Hoysalas behind the road opposite to the Silk Board. This Someshwara temple is of high historical importance, with Tamil inscriptions all along the outer walls of the temple. The most important being the 1247 CE inscription which talks about the grants of some lands near the big tank of Vengalur (2nd inscription of the city name after the one in Begur). This inscription is by an official Pemmataiyar of Veppur (Begur) for the deity Sembeshwaram (Someshwara) at Tamaraikkirai (Tavarekere).

Agara is situated at the junction of the ORR and Sarjapura Road, and is in existance since the Gangas. A 870 CE Ganga inscription mentions about the fixing of sluices to 2 tanks (Agara Lake…