Monday 25 May 2015

Horsley Hills

Source: The Travel Reminiscenes: Horsley Hills:

Horsley Hills is a summer hill resort in Andhra Pradesh, about 140 km from Bangalore. The old name of Horsley Hills was Yenugu Mallamma Konda. According to legend, there used to be a little girl named Mallamma who was taken care of by Elephants.Standing at a dizzying height of 4,312 feet (1,314 meters) above sea-level, the unspoilt and tranquil environs of Horsley Hills in Chittoor district command breath-taking, panoramic views of the lush expanse of the broken hill ranges of the Southern portion of the Eastern Ghats. Located near the South Western border of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, this "Andhra Ooty", with its rich foliage, wildlife and pleasant climate is undoubtedly one of the underrated hill stations in the country. The area is a treasure trove of deciduous flora and fauna and rich in eucalyptus, silver oak, mahogany, coffee, jacaranda, allamanda, gulmohar and flowering plants. The quaint hill station of Horsley Hills in Chittoor district is the perfect refuge for weekend holidays. Immaculate air, panoramic views of the surrounding hillocks and dense forests, perfect weather and serenity. The adventure sports are open from 7 am to 6 pm and anyone above 5 years are eligible. Rope sliding, horizontal ladder are some of the high rope activities one can opt for, besides the trampoline, archery can be done. Do visit the 148-year -old eucalyptus tree 'Kalyani' that is visible from the Kadiri-Madanapalle road, that is 70 kms away, on clear days. Planted by WH Horsley in 1859, the tree was awarded the Maha Vriksha Puraskar a few years ago. Enjoy the rejuvenating heavy winds as they blow past you.

How to Reach: Bangalore – Chintamani – Madanapalle – Horsley Hills

What to look at Horsley Hills: Environmental Park, Gaali banda/Wind rock,Highview seeing point, Kalyani tree, Lake Gangotri and Mansarovar Adventure sports area, Swimming pool,Kerala Massage.

Eat: APTDC Haitha

     Breakfast: Rs.120 Buffet

     Lunch: Rs. 140 Buffet

Stay: APTDC Haitha hill resorts, Holiday homes. Reserve your stay in advance.

Best time to visit: Winter.

Note: There is no ATM on the hill, Card accepted in Haritha but don’t take chance.

Nearby Places of interest : Gandikota , Belum Caves, Ahobilum, Tirupathi

Kabbaladurga Night Trekking

Source: The Travel Reminiscenes: Kabbaladurga Night Trekking:

Kabbaladurga is another monolith near Bangalore located about 80 kms away. Its one of the 9 durga's around Bangalore.The peak is home to the temple of Goddess Kabbalamma and had derived its name from the temple and the ruins of a fort at the peak. It is green, rocky and serene.Although the fort is in ruins now, the temple is still visited by the villagers around.The view from the top is absolutely breath-taking and perfect for trekkers and climbing enthusiasts. Overall, the trek was moderately difficult.Kabbaladurga looks daunting from the start of this trek. The inclines are very steep and there is no support. One has to climb rocky surfaces, grab the rough edges and carefully place every step. After about 100m, there are a few carved steps leading to a supporting rod. The inclines get steeper, to 60 degrees, and the trek becomes a strenuous climb.  Frequent breaks are taken. The midway point is reached on a small flat terrain. This is a welcome respite with a strong breeze and amazing views of the village. The last and final stretch is a true test of nerves and brawn. There are no more carved steps and one has to be resourceful. The smooth surface of the monolith has to be climbed, looking for suitable placements for hands and legs.

How to Reach:

Driving down from Bangalore on the Kanakapura Road will take approximately 2-3 hours depending on the time of travel. Reach Kanakapura (50 kms) and Sathanur (a further 20 kms). From Sathanur, a diversion to the right goes to Kabbala village.

Accommodation: Carry own tent.

Essentials: Food Pack, water, stove, medication, warm clothing.

Transportation: Own vehicle.

Difficulty Level: Moderately Difficult

Trek Start Point: From Temple Base to Hill base nearly 1km.

Time to Ascend and Descend : Overall 4 hrs. (2hrs+ 2hrs)

Nearby places to explore: Munneshwara Betta Trekking, Maribetta Day Trek, Karadi Betta Night Trek

Devarayanadurga (DD Hills)

Source: The Travel Reminiscenes: Devarayanadurga (DD Hills):

Devarayanadurga is a hill which is situated in Tumkur and has two popular temples, the Yoganarasimha and Bhoganarasimha and is a popular destination. The place is a favorite with both pilgrims as well as mountain climbers. The hills with lush green trees on all sides make the climbing a lot enjoyable. The place was originally known as Anebiddasari then as Jadakana Durga after a chief named Jadaka and finally as Devarayanadurga after its capture by Mysore king Chikka Devaraja Wodeyar. On the hilltop are perched two popular Devarayanadurga Temples, the Yoganarasimha and the Bhoganarasimha Temples. These temples are visited by pilgrims all through the year. The Bhoganarasimha is at the base of the hill while the Yoga Narasimha is perched at the top of the hill. Devarayanadurga located 65 kilometers from Bangalore. The nearest railway station is at Tumkur and the area also has excellent bus connections.

How to Reach:
Bangalore --- Yeshwanthpur --- Dobbespet -> Right turn under the flyover leads to Devarayandurga.

Nearest Places: Siddaganga mutt, Siddara Betta, Mandargiri hills, Nijagal Betta.

Best Time to Visit: All Seasons.

Food Available near both temples.

Namada Chilume: 

En route to Devarayana durga is a place located called Namada Chilume( the Spring of Tilaka/Nama) at the base of the hill road leading to Tumkur. Tilaka or Nama or Pundraka is a ritual mark on the forehead, of sandalwood paste, coloured earth or vermilion. Based on the Puranas it is believed that Sri Rama during Vanavas(exhile to forest) on his way to Lanka halted here. He wanted to apply Nama or Tilaka on his forehead, not finding water anywhere around to wet the “nAma, he shot an arrow into the ground, and a spring sprang and thus the name (Rama)-nAmada chilume. The spring can be still seen, the water comes out from a small hole throughout the year and never dries up.

Deer Park

There is a Deer Park in the vicinity of the Namada Chilume,There many spotted deer taken care by the forest department. One can enjoy the un-polluted greenery and fresh air of the Namada Chilume. It is good try for one day trip.  One needs to carry their own water and food, though there are small shops around.

Mandargiri Trek

Mandharagiri (Basadi betta), is a picturesque small hillock with jain temple near tumkur. Located opposite to Bangalore-Tumkur highway and 65 km away from bangalore, you can see an entrance arch in the main road stating the name 'Mandaragiri' and going by this way you can reach to a small village, Panditanahalli. Little distance from this place leads you to the bottom of the hill.You can park you vehicles at the bottom of Basadi Betta, and you can see a Mutt nearby.  Ensure that to get the keys of the temple from the priest in case he is not coming with you towards top. Once you reach top of the hill after climbing 435 steps, you are welcomed by the main door of the temple. After entering the main door now you are in a huge courtyard in the midst of four temples, two temples are dedicated to Bhagawan Chandranatha and one each one for Parshwanatha as well as Suparshwanatha. The idols are simple but wonderful. You can spend a while at Basadi Betta; rest and get pleasure from the cool breeze blowing via the many aisles of the mantapas. The far-away hills as well as the rocky landscape with small puddles present a lovely view. There is one more surprise when you open the rare door of the temple complex. You can see a beautiful lake called Mydala Kere down below the hill.

How to Reach :

Bangalore --- Dabaspet -- after 10km take right turn near Arch -- Mandargiri base.

Near by places: Mydala kere, Devarayanadurga (DD Hills), Madhugiri, Nijagalbetta Trekking.

Permission : Not required

Steps : Yes

Climbing time : 15 mins Max

Photo Courtesy : Mohan 

Revanasiddeshwara Betta/ SRS Hills Trek

Source: The Travel Reminiscenes: Revanasiddeshwara Betta/ SRS Hills Trek:

SRS Betta is consists of a massive Monolithic Stone surrounded by beautiful hilly region and located equi distance from Ramanagar, Channapatna and Kanakapura. Revanasiddeshwara Betta, a hill in ramanagara, 62 kms from Bangalore (Bengaluru) city and rising 3066 feet above sea level,The route to the top of Revanasiddeshwara Betta is extremely simple and does not require much physical agility. Beginning at the foot of the hill, where the entrance arch to the Renukamba Temple is, you follow the slabs of stone that have been laid out for visitors. These will lead you to wider steps that have been carved in the rock surface. They are easy to climb and because of their width, they present several opportunities for the tired to sit and rest a while. Revanasiddeshwara Betta is conveniently accessible, with autos plying right up to its foothills, and local buses connecting it to nearby towns and cities. There are chathras and lodges at the base. There is a road that goes to the middle of the hill and rest of the journey must be covered on foot. Be aware of monkeys.Can be found easily in google maps.

How to reach:
Bangalore --- Ramanagara bus stand --- Signal left turn --- SRS Hills.

Distance from Bangalore: 65km one way.

Climbing time: 30mins max

Parking Fees : 5rs

Nearest Places for Trek : HandiGundi BettaRamangara Betta Trek, KuntiBetta Night Trek

Thursday 14 May 2015

Three Key Features of My Airtel App

Being a fan of Airtel telecom network new #AirtelMyApp given a great freedom to me.

When it comes to Technology I always like to keep myself update with it. Which helps to save my time and resources in this fast pace life where there is so much to do.  From Last 8 years I am using Airtel network. Earlier days when we have to go to the market and do physical shopping and find a mobile operator to recharge the phone and pay the bill. Digital revolution and now mobile phones have become smarter and powerful which can do so many things with just a single touch on touch screen. 

The app sphere is abuzz with every company wanting to create a unique offering for smart phone users. Moving clicks and convince to the touch of a smart phone with a seamless and easy to use interface has become the top priority to capture market share. All online players worth their muscle are investing in building up offerings on the Android and iOS platform. 
The future is already here with Airtel application and it is faster than even I have imagined. The application acts as a single platform to recharge the mobile and pay bills for different Airtel facilities like 3G service, DTH channels and landline telephone bills.
#MyAirtelApp is the latest offering by Airtel to offer the convenience of all its services to mobile subscribers.
Dial #121 for this and something else for that, very annoying. Then, luckily I heard about #MyAirtelApp and downloaded it to see what the fuss was all about. 

Here are three key features about the app that fit in perfectly with today’s fast paced lifestyle.

1. Check, Monitor and Pay.
The best Feature and a simple feature is anytime anywhere you can check your Account details, Monitor on the Data and Call usage. And Pay instant with amazing cash back offers. Only thing you have to do is add your account and have relief from dial and check usage. And goodbye to those annoying traditional methods.



2. I want To.
To recharge any Airtel number from this app itself, just by entering a few things like the number and amount. Thanks to #AirtelMyApp, I can recharge any Airtel number with just a few clicks, hassle free! That’s not all. This app also allows me to access all my Airtel accounts whether fixed, broadband, DTH, mobile (pre-paid and post-paid), multiple numbers, all at one place. 


3. Airtel Surprises.
As I am always looking for something extra and love to get free swags and coupons. #MyAirtelApp is perfect for me as it comes with “Airtel surprises" when we shake our mobile phone. The surprise are indeed awesome as we can choose from coupons and discount vouchers of different brands and categories like entertainment, online shopping and much more.


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