Rajasthan – 10 Days Trip

Lot of historical places to visit. Loved the Amer Fort.
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A visit to the Dargah. (Commercialised but can experience once)
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Beautiful early morning Safari !
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Amazing yummy Rajasthani food. Beautiful Mehrangarh fort.
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Visit Khurdi Sand Dunes for a peaceful experience
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Singapore – 3 Days Itinerary

Can easily spend 5-6 hours.. Lovely place to walk around at your own pace and see the beautiful animals.
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Shopping centre – Expensive brands on display. Do not go to top of the Marina Bay Sands. Its waste of money as you will get the view of Singapore in Flyer. Do visit the Casino. Entry free for foreigners!!!! Lovely atmosphere..
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Nice spot to chill out with a beer in the evening. Place for shopping cheap souvenirs like key chains, t-shirts etc
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beautiful place for nature lovers. Can easily spend a day hiking in the reservoir. Visit the hanging bridge. Entry Free
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Yummy Thai Food!!! Don’t miss…
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Cheap and decent Pizza, Pasta etc.. Safe bet if you don’t like the smell of street food..
Lovely place to spend the evenings with a chilled beer!!! Great place for seafood…

 Gardens by the Bay Singapore

 

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Kumbalgarh Fort – Rajasthan

Kumalbalgarh Fort is around 75 kms from Udaipur. There are two routes to visit this place. We went from Ranakpur to Kumbalgarh.

The drive is along the village roads and it is quite scenic. We even stopped at a couple of water bodies to relax and take some photographs.

There is nothing much to see on top of the fort. It takes 20 – 25 minutes to climb the fort. The fort is good for photography and view points of the landscape.

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There is a sound and light show in the evening. But we did not wait as we had to leave. 10 minutes away is Kumbalgarh wildlife sanctuary. The jeep safari costs Rs. 1800 per vehicle and upto 4 persons can go. The timing in the afternoon is from 3PM to 5 PM.

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Ranakpur Jain Temple – Rajasthan

We visited Udaipur and wanted to visit some nearby places. We decided to visit Ranakpur Jain Temple. Ranakpur is around 80 odd kms from Udaipur.

The first 40 kms is on the main highway and then a detour to the village roads. We really enjoyed the drive along the single lane village roads with views of fields.

We stopped at the Hanuman temple on the road and immediately some 4-5 Langurs climbed on our car and sat. They were not ready to move at all. We clicked some selfies with them. 😉

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There are many resorts along this road. This was one of them.

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You are not allowed to take photos of the temple. From outside it is allowed. The temple has lunch facilities too. We had lunch for Rs. 50 person (Unlimited thali). Chapathi, Dal, 2 sabzis. Again yummy food. It is a must have.

 

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Bhuj – White Rann of Kutch Desert

I did a roadtrip recently (January 2017 end) from Mumbai to Bhuj & Udaipur along with my friend.

Day 1: Started off at 4 AM from Thane. We encountered a little bit of traffic near Dahisar due to bridge blockage and near Manor Toll. Otherwise it was a smooth ride till Ahmedabad. We had fresh Jowar (Winter season) roasted along the way and stopped at Bharuch for famous Peanuts (Must have). We packed some bread and cheese spread which we had on the drive.

Our lunch stop was ahead of Sanand in a Dhaba on the highway. We had Thali for just Rs. 70 (Unlimited). The food was delicious and freshly prepared. This was the first of many Thali’s we had during our trip.  (Must have)

Dishes: Chapathi, Rice, Dal, Baingan Bartha, Kadi and one Sabzi.

Would recommend to try to out Dhaba along the highway for traditional cuisine and authentic food. These dhabas are frequented by truck drivers and locals.

We then proceeded towards Bhuj which was our destination for Day 1. It took us almost 6 hours to reach from Ahmedabad.

We checked into a Guest House near the Bus stand (VRP Guest House). We went for the cheapest option on Booking.com. The rooms had two beds and a TV. It costed us Rs. 350 per night. The toilet and bathroom was common.

We settled down and freshened up a bit. We headed out to another Thali place called Umiya Restaurant for dinner. The thali cost was Rs. 120 (Again Unlimited). Dishes see for yourself in the pic below.

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Umiya Restaurant Bhuj – Unlimited Thali

Day 2: Bhuj Museum – Chattardi – Aina Mahal – White Rann

We got up early and went out for a walk to do some street photography around the market area and have breakfast. The pictures below speak for themselves about what we had.

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Poori and Subzi
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Fafda & Jalebi (Must Have)

Chattardi – These chatarrdi are built in 1770 AD to glorify the tombs of the Royal family. It has polygonal shape with intricately carved roofs and may balconies. Some of the impressive and largest tombs are of Rao Lakha Rao Rayadhan, Rao Desai and Rao Pragmal.

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Chattardi
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Chattardi

Aina Mahal – Go for a quick tour.

Bhuj Museum – Worth a visit.

White Rann desert is 90 kms from Bhuj city. We started off at around 12PM from Bhuj. We bought some Shrikand (Must have dessert made of hung Yoghurt) from one of the sweet shops which we had on the way.

The drive was a breeze and hardly any traffic. Driving in single lane road is fun. You need to take permit to visit Rann at a place called Bhirandiyara. We stopped at Bhirandiyara for tea and checked out the famous Mawa.  Somewhere I read the mawa was made of Camel’s milk but got dissappointed to know it was made of usual cow’s milk. You can still try it out if you want.

The checkpost is ahead of the village. It costs Rs. 100 per person and Rs. 50 per car. Just fill a form and pay the fees. It won’t take more than 10-15 minutes depending on the crowd.

We proceeded towards the White desert which was another 30 odd kms.

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We reached the White desert and decided to first visit Kalo Dungar, the highest point in Kutch (458 metres above sea level). Kalo Dungar is another 50 kms from White Rann. It was 3 pm and we expected to be back to White Rann by 5:30 for Sunset.

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The drive to Kalo Dungar is pretty awesome. Just a well laid single lane road for two way traffic and for some part Ghat road as well. The highway is surrounded by beautiful desert landscape. We did some photography and took some rest there for a while before we started our journey back.

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View from Kalo Dungar Hill

We reached White Rann at around 5 pm and we started to walk. The white desert is another 3 kms from the entry point. Bus facility is available but we decided to walk all the way. We reached the final point and stepped into the salt desert.

The area which we stepped into had some slush so we had to come back to the main lane and proceeded towards the view tower.

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It was already dark when we climbed the view tower so we couldn’t click many photos. We then went into the dry area of the desert and walked a bit. We sat in the salt desert for a while. Enjoyed the star studded sky and some cool breeze. People started walking back as it was already dark. We decided to sit and relax for sometime.

We came back to the Rann Utsav festival. Enjoyed some Kutch music under open sky and went to food court as we were quite hungry after all the walking adventure.

 

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Bharatpur – Keoladeo National Park (Bird Sanctuary)

We visited Bharatpur in the month of December. December – February is the season for migratory birds in Keoladeo National Park. We stayed right across the bird sanctuary.

We reached in the evening so we roamed around Bharatpur town a bit to taste some sweets. Just go to the main market road and you’ll find a lot of stuff to eat. Don’t worry about the hygiene part. You can try  1. Samosa, 2. Cheese Omlette, 3. Hot Gulab Jamun, 4. Hot Gajar Halwa, 5. Other sweets as well.

Bird Sanctuary is the main attraction in Bharatpur. Start at 6 in the morning during winter season to get the best experience. Birds start their day early and so we have better chances of spotting them.

You can hire a cycle rickshaw for a 5 hour trip. There is entry of Rs. 75 per (Guess) person for the park. We hired a cycle rickshaw for around 4 hours. The cycle rickshaw fellow had his own binoculars which we can use (Pay 100 rs. for that at the end). He was quite knowledgeable and eager to show us as many birds as possible. Try to find him when you go there. (Rickshaw no. 61 – Sardarji)

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Sanctuary Map
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Hello There!
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Account of huntings by British and Maharajas
 

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Agra – Taj Mahal and More

We did a trip to Agra in the month of December. We covered the usual places. All these places are must visit when you are in Agra.

1. Taj Mahal – Just stand in normal queue and get your tickets even if the queue is long. There are touts who say it will take 2-3 hours but that is not true.

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2. I’timad-ud-Daulah – A must visit. Hardly any people around. You can relax here a bit and enjoy the beauty of the Architecture.

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3. Agra Fort – Must visit too.

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4. Jama Masjid

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5. Akbar’s Tomb – A bit outside the city. Need to change 2 share rickshaws.

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6. Fatehpur Sikri Palace – Take a bus. Take the audio guide here. Its worth it. It takes at least 2 hours to cover the entire palace.

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Food: 

We took autorickshaw to cover these places. Autos are quite expensive in Agra and you need to bargain beforehand. It is better to take different autos to cover from one point to another.

Had lunch at Rambabu Parathewala. Amazingly yummy paranthas I have ever had. If you miss in Agra, then you have another chance in Vrindavan as they have a branch there.

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On the rest of the days we had food at the place where we stayed. (Hotel Siddharth) near Taj Mahal gate.

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Land of Lord Krishna – Mathura & Vrindavan

We did Agra – Mathura – Vrindavan – Bharatpur in the month of December 2016. The entire trip was done in public transport. This blog will cover Mathura & Vrindavan.

Vrindavan

We reached Mathura by train and we had our room booking in Vrindavan. We took a share rickshaw from Mathura. Eventhough the distance is only 12 kms. It takes more than 40 minutes to reach since the roads are narrow and there is lot of traffic.

Expected a serene atmosphere and blissful experience since it is a holy land but it was completely opposite. The temples are all commercialized, dazzling in lights and more touristic.

Firstly, we wanted to try the lassi here. Got a glass full for Rs. 40. It was good.

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We had this yummy Parantha at Rambabu Parathewala in Agra. We found out that they have a branch in Vrindavan as well. So without thinking twice we headed to this place. This is just ahead of Vaishno Devi Temple in the same road.

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Mathura – A visit to Krishna Janmabhoomi

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Vrindavan and Mathura can be covered in two days maximum. There is nothing much to explore except the street life and food. Use public transport mainly rickshaws to cover the places.

Visit Banke Bihari Temple, Kesi Ghat & Nidhuban in Vrindavan.

 

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South India Tour – Namakkal – Srirangam – Thanjavur – Kumbakonam

We did a roadtrip from Mumbai – Trichy – Chennai recently in the month of November 2016. We did in an Alto K10. This blog will cover the trip from Namakkal, Srirangam, Thanjavur, Kumbakonam. This was my wife’s first trip to proper South India.

Namakkal

Namakkal is famous for its Narasimha (Half Lion & Half Human Avatar) temple and Anjaneyar Temple (Hanuman). Narasimha temple is carved out of a mountain and located below. Anjaneyar temple is open roof. These temples are hardly crowded so it is very peaceful.

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After Namakkal, our next destination was Srirangam. We crossed a town called Thottiyam which is famous for Bananas.

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Srirangam

The must do list in Srirangam below:

1. Srirangam Temple – Amazing prasad you get in the temple. You can have your dinner here. Tamarind Rice, Curd Rice, Sweet Pongal, Dosai & Vadai. Ideal time to visit: 7PM. See pics below.

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2. Venkatesa Bhavan – Located just on the way to the main entrance of the temple. Timings: 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM. Try to reach here early. Dishes to try: Sambhar Vada, Idly, Rava Dosai, Coffee & Sweet

3. Cauvery River – If there is water, go to Amma Mandapam or Mukkombu (Tourist view point – 20kms from Srirangam)

4. Thiruvanaikaval – Shiv Lingam soaked in water (2kms from Srirangam temple)

5. Gunaseelam – Balaji temple in Salem road – 20 kms from Srirangam.

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We then proceeded towards Thiruvaiyaru – samadhi of Saint Thyagaraja by the river Cauvery. Famous for Asoka Halwa (Urad dal halwa) soaked in Ghee (Clarified butter).

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Thanjavur Brihadeeshwar Temple – Visit for the architectural beauty

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Kumbakonam

Must do things here:

1. Degree Coffee @ Sri Venkatramana

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2. Banana Leaf lunch @ Sri Venkatramana

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Some other things on the way which we experienced:

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Mumbai – Chennai Road Trip

My wife and I did a roadtrip from Mumbai – Trichy – Chennai – Mumbai in our Alto K10 car.

Route: Thane – Pune – Satara – Kolhapur – Belgaum – Hubli – Davangere – Chitradurga – Tumkur – Bangalore – Krishnagiri – Namakkal – Srirangam – Thanjavur – Kumbakonam – Chidambaram – Chennai – Bangalore – Tumkur – Chitradurga – Davangere – Hubli – Belgaum – Kolhapur – Satara – Pune – Thane

Day 1:

We started sharp at 3 AM from Thane. We did non-stop till Satara and we reached at 7:30 AM. We wanted to avoid morning traffic so we started as early as possible. The best part was all tolls were waived due to demonetisation effect. This helped us in saving a lot of time as well.

We stopped somewhere in the outskirts of Satara for breakfast. Had some Idly, Poha & Tea. Our next target was to reach Kolhapur. The roads were perfect NH4 highway after Satara. 4 laning of Pune – Satara is on so there were diversions in between.

We reached Kolhapur at 9 and our next destination was Belgaum and ahead. We reached Dharwad at around 11. There are not many options for eating on this highway. The best restaurant we found was Kamat Upachar just before Dharwad.

Since we reached at 11:15, the lunch was not yet ready so we had to settle for tiffin dishes. We had Vada sambhar, Pooris. We also purchased famous Dharwad peda. It was yummy and chocolaty!

We pushed ahead and we never stopped till Tumkur. One can easily maintain speeds of 100 kms safely on those highways. The drive was a breeze. We got a little exhausted when we reached outskirts of Tumkur at 5:00 PM. We stopped for nature’s call somewhere and we decided to drive till 8:00 PM.

We had made reservations for Hotel at Krishnagiri. A thought popped up to cover as much as possible and maybe stay at Salem. We decided to take a call after reaching Bangalore.

We reached Bangalore NICE road by 6:00 PM. We encountered a bit of traffic while exit. We were somewhat tired and hungry since we did not eat much after our lunch.

We stopped at Adyar Ananda Bhavan for dinner. We decided to reach Krishnagiri and stay for the night and not to go further.

Return Journey: We left again at 3:00 AM from Chennai. We covered a 1000 kms and reached Kolhapur at 8:00 PM. We stayed there overnight somewhere near the temple. Next day morning we had darshan at Mahalakshmi Temple and had famous Misal Pav (Expected it to be very spicy) but it ended up a normal one.

Things to keep in mind for roadtrip:

1. Get your vehicle serviced before your trip

2. Ensure air pressure is correct

3. Take couple of cloths to tie up at back window to avoid sun heat during afternoon time

4. Carry a lot of water

5. Drink Coconut water on the highway

6. You can stop at any petrol bunk for nature call as we found all to be clean

7. Try to maintain average speed of 80-90 kmph.

8. Do not race at 120-140 kmph as your average will only come down.

 

 

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Mysore – A Foodie group’s journey

Hi! I’m going to walk you through the places to eat yummy food in Mysore. Like other tourists, we did cover the usual sightseeing in a day. The list is below:

1. Mysore Palace

2. Chamundi Hills

3. Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary

4. Brindavan Gardens

5. Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple

6. Tippu Summer Palace

All this you can cover in a day if you start by 8 in the morning.

We were four of us travelling from Mumbai – Mysore – Coorg. We took a flight to Bangalore and then a train.

1. Maddur Vada – On the way to Mysore by train, we spotted this after Mandya station. Hot and semi-crispy Maddur Vada famous in this region from a village called Maddur. You can read more about the origination of this dish here.

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2. Hotel RRR – One of the famous restaurants in Mysore. Had Chicken Biryani and Thali (Meals – Unlimited). The food was quite tasty and served with lots of love. Have Ghee and Dal Powder. This place can get quite crowded in the evenings so better to go early.

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3. Vinayaka Mylari – Another famous eatery in Mysore. It’s a very small outlet with 5-6 tables only. You get only Idly, Mylari Dosa, Chutney and Filter Coffee. Mylari Dosa is something different from usual dosa. It’s a must have when in Mysore. I cannot describe the taste here.

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 5. Bananas – Try this variety called Nanjangod Rasbelle.

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6. Vishnu Bhavan – This place is right opposite the Main Intercity Bus stand. We had a late lunch so we ended up having snacks only. Its a decent place to try Mysore Bonda, Rava Idly.

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7. Anima Madhwa Bhavan – We are not done yet! Haha. We went to this place for dinner to try the typical Madhwa community food. The ambience is really good. They make you sit down and food is served in Banana leaf. This place is suited for people who prefer less spicy food.

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Thank you for reading my blog. If you know any other place, please do comment. Shall try on my next visit.

 

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A trip to Coffee Heaven – Coorg

I did a trip to Coorg for the first time along with my wife and cousins. Since I’m a true backpacker, I always prefer to travel by public transport or the cheapest mode available. We took an early morning 6 AM bus from Mysore Intercity bus stand to Madikeri. There are buses every 15 minutes from 4:30 AM. The buses in Karnataka are convenient and fast too. The ticket cost is around Rs. 115 one way.

We reached Kushal Nagar at around 8:30 AM which is 22 kms before Madikeri. We got down here in order to visit the Golden Temple and Dubare Elephant camp first before heading to Madikeri where we had booked a homestay.

We first had breakfast near the bus stand. It was a Kerala restaurant where we had Rice Pooris, Dosai, Lemon Tea and Coffee.

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Dubare Elephant Camp: We hired a car for Rs. 800 to take us to Dubare Elephant Camp and Golden Temple, Bylakuppe. Dubare camp is 12 kms from Kushal Nagar. Unfortunately, the camp was closed due to some fire incident.

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Golden Temple, Bylakuppe: It was Tibetan New Year so there were traditional dance performances, huge crowd and lots of food as well.

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Time for some momos!!! 🙂

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We took a bus from Kushal nagar to Madikeri. We had booked this homestay Eshwari Inn Homestay thru GoiBibo. We got a great deal at Rs. 3000 for two night for 4 of us. An entire 2 bhk house for ourselves.

Mr. Lohith, the owner was quite helpful in getting us food from hotel.

Raja Seat: We wanted to take walk around the town to get the local experience so we started walking towards Raja seat (View point for Sunset).

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Shops to purchase Spices, Chocolates: Coorg Greens ahead of the bus stand. You get amazing Chocolates at Choci Coorg shop. Flavours like Paan, Coffee splash, Almond drops etc.

Buy authentic filter coffee powder at Ganesh Coffee (opp. to Private bus stand). One kg costs only Rs. 280. 80:20 Coffee and Chicory mix.

Next day we had breakfast at a very small eatery called Krishna Bhavan. Hot Idli, Vada Sambhar, Coffee, Poori etc. This place is very small and its near Choice restaurant. Authentic food.

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Abbey Falls & Talacauvery: We hired a car for Rs. 1600 to take us to these two places. You can bargain a bit with the taxi driver.

Walk to Abbey falls is through a coffee plantation. Don’t expect any coffee smell :P. The greenery is very beautiful.

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Talacauvery: Birth place of river Cauvery. It is 45 kms from Madikeri. On the way you can visit Bhagamandala Shiva Temple and Triveni Sangam.

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