Palace, Beach, Nature, Trekking, Adventure, Sports, Clubs, Hills, Ghats, Waterfall, Shopping, Food. If all that comes to your mind while planning a vacation then read along to get the Best of Karnataka!!!!
It had been a long that I had planned a vacation with my besties. So I decided to go for a powerpack week of sight seeting sports and adventure. And the answers to my prayers was Karnataka!!!In order to experience all the Colours of Karnataka I planned the itinerary to get the best of Karnataka in 5 places within 7 days. With help from my BFF Harshita I came up with this plan.
Day 1: Mysore
I started on a lighter note to get into the comfort zone as we were a mixed pack of people. Mysore was simply perfect for this situation. It was mostly sightseeing and travelling around in a car with awesome music.
We explored the Chamundi Temple, Mahisasur Temple, Nandi Temple, Wax Museum and Horror House, Mysore Palace, St. Philomena Church and Vrindaban Garden. Apart from that we shopped for sandalwood products which Mysore is known for. Then we took the evening sleeper bus to Gokarna.
Day 2: Gokarna
Yeah it’s time for the beach. We made stay arrangements at Kudle beach which is simply beautiful and breathtaking. Not many tourist around hence its clean and the water is serene. And after a day of getting to know the crazy side of each one we were a pack now. Hence beach is the best place to get bitchy!!! After an amazing continental breakfast it was just minutes on the shore before we all could plunge into water. Playing frisby was too much fun!!!
We had delicious lunch in the shack by the sea and moved out to visit Shree Samsthan Mahabaleshwar Temple where it is believed that the spirit of Lord Shiva resides here…known as Aatma Ling!!!
But best was yet to come!!! In the evening we sneaked out our bedsheet from the rooms on to the sea shore and spent the whole night out. Thanks to Sam’s portable speaker and Xavier’s awesome music we all had a gala time under the stars with sea breeze feelin’ the ambience with peace. Besties Beach Booze and Music that’s heaven for me…dancing in the moonlight night and singing my heart out.
Day 3 & 4: Dandeli
Day 3: After lazing around for 2 days and enjoying peace now it’s time for some action. Third day we woke up at 5am to catch our ride to Dandeli which is blessed with Nature and adventure. En route Dandeli my buddies got a sneak peek of the wildlife and nature which added to the enthusiasm.
After reaching the room we headed straight to Bison Resort where the activities were all planned. We started with Kay kaying then moved to Boating, Natural Jacuzzi bath, zorbing and Rappelling. That’s just not it we headed deeper in the jungles of Dandeli where arrangements were made for our stay. Camping and Campfire how can you miss that when you are with a Crazy bunch of people. Winter chills and warmth of the camp fire…music dance and flirtatious romance!!! That’s what Life should be like!!!
Day 4: we decided to take a chill pill and decided to go sight seeing. We went for an alligator safari and visited the Dandelappa Temple on whom the place is named. We took the night sleeper bus to Bangalore the capital City of Karnataka!!!
Day 5 & 6: Banglore
Day 5: Arriving in the morning we got the home cooked food of my sister’s place after 4 days which revitalised us for the power pack day. Power pack coz I’m not talking about the typical garden exploration which Bangalore is known for…I’m talking Wonderlaaaaa!!! The amazing theme park with some wild rides!!! Its an entire day day event which ended in the evening 7 with a beautiful laser light and music show. Owing to the traffic of Bangalore we could reach by night 10 at home and had a cozy evening with my family.
Day 6: It was again a lazy day where in we went shopping and sightseeing in the city which is pretty exhausting as the traffic is horrible.Well I’m the lucky one as my childhood friend and close family is in Bangalore so I got to have delicious breakfast and Lunch with her and her lovely family. Had amazing dinner with my family . The food at Sanchos and Singkong is a must if you are visiting UB city.
But I just didn’t stop at mouth watering dinner but leaped to the thumping nightlife of Bangalore Clubs!!! I’m a Mumbaikar so trust me when I say this that Bangalore Club music is too good!!!
Day 7 & 8: Coorg
Post wild night of clubbing time to leave for the hills now!!! Of course we had art, nature, adventure and urban life so how can I leave the hills. Coorg is known as the Scotland of India but I don’t really believe in that saying. After reaching Coorg you realise it has its own charm. The drive through the ghats fills your heart with poetry. My love for Wordsworth just rekindled by being in the Ghats of Coorg.
Day 7: We started with Kushalanagar which has the buddhist monasteries and The golden Temple of Kappa blessed numerous times with the presence of Dalai Lama himself. Moving ahead we went to Dubare Elephant then rafting at Kaveri River which was more like boating. But owing to the amazing company we enjoyed taking the plunge in the river which was 30ft deep. We enjoyed a traditional lunch together and then headed for Raja Seat which is a sunset point. My awesome brother in law made arrangements for our stay in the Jungle at Madikeri Homestay where we enjoyed an evening around camp fire, music and added fun of Dumb charade.
Day 8: We headed to explore talacauvery and abby falls both a must see if you love nature. Then spent a lot of time at spice shop sniffing spices and tasting home made wine…Trust me they are delicious!!! And Finally at night it was time to say goodbye to Karnataka as we head back!!!