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Wings on fire! The theme for the World Environment Day that was just observed was ‘Your Planet Needs You-UNite to Combat Climate Change’. Yes! Climate change is global in its causes and consequences and potentially disastrous for life on earth. We must act together, and act NOW, to mitigate it. In this light, let’s examine how climate change has affected our feathered friends in our own beautiful city.

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Cultivate houseplants. They are good for the environment because they remove quantities of pollutants present in the air.


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The quaint village of Aretippur houses the remains of basadis that date back to the Gangas. These ruins are all that remain of an erstwhile important Jain pilgrim centre. Though unique for its carvings and sculptures, this site is in an utter state of neglect.

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This summer, how about a holiday in the beach? The many beaches along the 320-km-long coastline of Karnataka are just perfect to unwind. The calm of the sea, the gentle sound of the waves and the pleasure of walking along a clean sandy beach are almost unparalleled. Pack your bags to enjoy the sun, sea and sand.


Calling all bird lovers For a tryst with birds of all feathers, a visit to the Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary near Srirangapattana is a must.

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od is the only reality, invisible to eye, but visible in all manifestations in the universe created by Him. There are many ways to approach God. Prayer takes different forms, and also lends spiritual solace. The greater the faith, the more effective will be the benefits derived from it. Devotees have many wishes for which they pray, and make their offerings according to their capacity. Here is a temple in Mandya district at Ganangoor, a few kilometers away from Srirangapattana (near Gowdahalli), where God loves not flowers or garlands, but stones. Yes! At this temple, devotees come, pray, share their wishes

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with God and keep a stone as an offering so that their desire is fulfilled. According to devotees who frequent this temple, those seeking the grace of this God with an offering of stone have never been let down. The picture shows a heap of stones offered by devotees who believe in the power of this God. Photo & text by Shravan

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state of neglect. site is in an utter sculptures, this its carvings and Though unique for pilgrim centre. important Jain of an erstwhile all that remain These ruins are the Gangas. date back to basadis that remains of houses the of Aretippur The quaint village

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ery close to Bangalore is Kolar and very close to Kolar is the famous Antaragange Hill. Yes, it is just 5 km from Kolar and is no less than an open air art gallery. For, found on the hill are the ancient temples of Kashi Vishweshwara and Neelakanteshwara and near the Neelakanteshwara temple is a pond. According to popular belief, water of Ganga flows into the pond from the mouth of the Nandi idol that is right opposite the shrine. The wall of the pond has carvings of Lord Shiva in various forms. However, nobody knows exactly as to who built the temple. While some believe it to be built by the Ganga dynasty because the city was founded by them in the 2nd century AD, there are others who say it was built by the Cholas since they ruled the area in the 11th century. This is not all. The Antaragange Hill is also famous for its evergreen forests and deer park.

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he Chamarajanagar District Deputy Commissioner Mr. Manjunath has taken the right decision in banning vehicular movement during night time from Gundlupet on the road that passes through Bandipur and Madhumalai wildlife sanctuaries. Though the decision is commendable and a welcome step for protecting wildlife from noise and air pollution, it is unfortunate that it has run into a major controversy. Banning vehicular traffic in forest areas during night times is nothing new. In fact, there is an age-old ban in Biligiriranga Hills where no vehicular movement is allowed between 6 pm and 6 am.

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More recently, the Mysore Deputy Commissioner, Mr P Manivannan, enforced a similar ban on the road that passes through Heggadadevanakote and Manandavadi. While these officers with foresight and a deep concern for the protection of wildlife have resorted to strict measures, the Kerala Government’s opposition on the grounds that it affects the movement of people from Kerala to Karnataka is unwarranted.

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assurance to Kerala that he would intervene to stop the enforcement of such a ban. It may be recalled here that in recent months there is an alarming rise in the number of unnatural deaths of animals. Many elephants have died due to human negligence. This is not all. Many of them have also been killed deliberately by farmers as these animals trespassed into their agricultural fields. The ghastly incident of three elephants killed due to poisoning in the Kabini Dam is still fresh in public memory. If Kerala’s objection to this ban on vehicular traffic merits serious thinking, then the Karnataka Government could always look for alternative routes or allow select transport vehicles during night times to minimise air and noise pollution in forest areas. Instead of placating Kerala at the cost of wildlife, our Chief Minister could do well in setting the house in order by making the Forest Department more responsible and accountable. It is also sad to note that many wildlife conservation associations and bodies have neither taken note of the series of deaths of animals nor raised their voice in support of committed officers who are taking the necessary steps to conserve wildlife.


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- Naveen Nagendra Hi guys, Congrats on your well planned, well edited issues. I specifically liked the story on adventure tourism and the one on Lakshmeshwar temple. Keep up the good work!

Dear Sir, Travel Karnataka is quite engrossing. It is packed with useful material and well presented. You may introduce a ‘Question and Answer’ column for the sake of tourists. Also, more coverage could be given to other states too, as also abroad. It would be useful if addresses of hotels and tariffs are mentioned while writing about places of tourist interest. Also, inconveniences that could be met (like non-availability of hotels, restaurants or proper approach roads, etc) could also be mentioned about tourist spots not centrally located. With very best wishes… - G Neelakantan Dear Editor, Travel Karnataka is simply superb, very handy and informative. All issues have good write-ups on historical places in and around Karnataka. But it would be even more beneficial if you could inform us about

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the news agents we can pick our copy from. Hope you maintain the same quality of work in future too.

I read your tabloid for the first time and really liked all the stories. Especially the one named ‘Whiter eco-tourism’ by Sanjay Gubbi. Try and carry many more stories related to environment.

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Travel Karnataka is good fun. It gives us good information about tourist spots. But it could be even more convenient if you could give details about accommodation facilities available in all the destinations you feature in your magazine.

We are all ears According to a survey conducted by a leading travel agency, Goa is the world’s best ‘bargain’ holiday destination, which means that a trip to Goa is more cost-effective than all other popular  destinations. Next come Brazil, Tunisia, Cuba and Morocco. And then Gambia, Egypt, Jamaica, Florida and Mexico. What is YOUR  favourite holiday destination/weekend getaway? Do tell us. Also include your full name, age, profession and address.

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I am very proud to see such a good magazine on places of tourist interest in Karnataka. It has come out very well. It gives us information on places we can plan a trip to in our holidays. It really helps us plan our trips.

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Little blue Kingfisher

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ith climate change forging ahead at a frightening pace, millions of species of flora and fauna are being obliterated from the face of the earth all over the world. During our own lifetime, the ubiquitous little sparrow seems to have disappeared from our cities in India. But one can still find these chirpy little birds in villages not so far from the city. Is it pollution in our cities that is keeping them away? This definitely is a point to ponder. Doing a reality check on the other common species of our feathered friends that we are all familiar with, I looked specifically at four common birds: the rose-ringed parakeet, the pied wagtail, the common Asian koel and the common little blue kingfisher. It was probably our annual holidays of driving down to Goa, travelling through the Western Ghats and living in a village far away from tourists and crowds that sensitised us to the rich and varied bird life in the area. These birds can be found across Karnataka as well and seem to be thriving reasonably well, inspite of the loss

of habitat. For several decades, as is common in most Indian homes, we bred the roseringed parakeet in captivity. Most often, we bought them very cheap from the pet market in Shivajinagar where little, featherless, grey and wrinkled babies, which were just sprouting green feathers were sold. We fed them mashed rice and dal and slices of banana and they grew very rapidly and lived for decades, giving us a lot of joy. These birds are generally found in the Malabar, Konkan, Western Ghats, deciduous forests and near human habitation. They nest in secondary or self-excavated holes in live or dead tree trunks. That is where these traders would steal the freshly hatched chicks and sell them to pet shop owners. For their nests, they use tail feathers, saw dust and excreta. Parental care is handled by both birds and they guard the nest from marauding crows, hornbills, etc. in the forests. Every brood laid was 4-6 white


eggs. Their calls are loud and harsh squawks but our parrots learnt to recite words and also mimic sounds of the car starting up. Since they move around in large flocks, they are highly destructive to fruit groves and crops because they waste and damage more than what they eat. In India, across the states, culturally the rose-ringed parakeet is a popular cage bird and can be trained to talk and perform tricks. It is used by (jyotishis) astrologers, to pick a right card from which future is predicted. Watch them at work on Kamaraj Road in Bangalore where the astrologer sits plying his trade under the Gulmohur trees. Being a common bird, they can be found in large gardens with fruit trees, flying with agility and swiftness between trees and houses. Like most birds, the female is very plain and lacks the rose pink/ black collar of the male. Flocks roost in large leafy trees at night, creating a huge noise before settling down for the night. These parakeets are still commonly found in the city and have obviously evolved with


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The breeding male utters musical whistles and sings, perched on the roof top or boulder near a stream. The breeding time is usually when the south-west monsoon ceases, building its nests in urban areas near water bodies.

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Wings on fire! Climate change is having a serious impact on bird life, rues Marianne de Nazareth, doing a reality check on the feathered friends that were once a part and parcel of our life in the city.

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With the rains almost upon us in Bangalore, the Asian koel has begun to call its plaintive ku-oo ku-oo, like it’s begging for the rains to come! Found in the Malabar, Konkan and Western Ghats up to 1,000 meters, these birds are very partial to fruiting trees and hide among the thick groves of leafy trees. Famously known to be parasitic, the koel lays its eggs in crow’s nests. These eggs are pale green and blotched and they can lay up to 13 eggs while throwing out the crow’s eggs. What is strange is they are silent in winter. You will never hear a koel call in the winter months. In summer, it calls from dawn to dusk with its melodious calls filling the air, ku-oo ku-oo rising up louder and louder in a crescendo. The female just utters a harsh kik, kik which is more in a questioning sort of tone, fussing around foraging for food for its young. Just like the parakeet, the koel damages orchards by wasting and eating fruits

You’ve Got Mail! Two cute li’l birds laid their eggs and hatched their chicks in the safety of a post box at the residence of Dinesh V P in J P Nagar 8th Phase. Photos by Dinesh V P


partially. However, it features widely in our Indian poetry and literature where writers wax eloquent about its call. There is also a traditional custom called kokilavrat in existence, where a fast is not broken till a koel is seen or its call heard. This has led to extensive trapping of these birds. So far, they too are still commonly heard everywhere in the city. Take a picnic basket out near a water body or in one of the resorts around the city and you will spot the large pied wagtail. The name is evocative of the manner in which the bird wags its tail and, as a child, I was fascinated by it. It will never come and beg for crusts like pigeons do, but it makes an interesting sight to watch his busy little walk around the grass not far from your picnic spot. It is still commonly found in the Malabar, Konkan and Western Ghats up to 2,200 m. They nest on the ground in grass clumps and under rocks and near water beds in the dry season, otherwise they build nests in roofs, tree holes, etc. A dainty nest made of grass, twigs, paper, thread, algae or coir and the cup is lined with down feathers, wool or cotton. About 3-5 grey-green spotted eggs are laid and both parents look after the chicks.


Climate change is wreaking havoc on bird life. With loss of tree cover and open spaces, they are pushed to the outskirts of the city to breed and multiply, far, far away from human interference.

It utters harsh alarm calls when it feels its young ones or its nest is threatened. The breeding male utters musical whistles and sings, perched on the roof top or boulder near a stream. The breeding time is usually when the south-west monsoon ceases, building its nests in urban areas near water bodies. References to the bird appear in Sanskrit poetry in the Vayupuran where it is likened to the eyes of Lord Krishna. The name Shreekanth means black-throated like Lord Shiva. In Manipur, wag tails are considered to be incarnations of Goddess Durga. These birds are still numerous and common, but only outside the city or in large open areas and resorts. By far the most fascinating is the small blue kingfisher who can fill up an afternoon just watching it fish. Lying in a hammock in a resort in Kerala, I watched a small blue kingfisher, making dozens of dives to catch fish, some of which seemed larger than itself. It plunges into the water for fish from one favourite perch and submerges itself fully, emerging with a fish held laterally in its beak. All dives are not successful, and the little guy works hard for its quota of fish.

The bird is distributed in the entire region of Karnataka, up to 1,800 m. Its size is around 180 mm usually, and its nest site is a hole in the earth cutting close to a stream, river bank, pool or creek. Books tell us that January to August is its nesting season and there are no fillers used for the nest except shed feathers and fish bones from past meals, which make the nest stink. Both parents care for chicks and the female lays 5-7 oval white eggs. You can easily identify its call which is a familiar ki ki ki ki uttered as it flies close to the surface of water, while hovering. The bird is partial to clean water abounding with fish. It makes a popular subject for paintings and on postage stamps due to its electric blue colour. However, this bird is territorial and keeps to its same beat day after day. Though these birds are still common and are found on the outskirts of the city, they are not found in large numbers. So, climate change is wreaking havoc on bird life. With loss of tree cover and open spaces, they are pushed to the outskirts of the city to breed and multiply, far, far away from human interference.

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Chikmagalore is a scenic paradise where nature is at its unpolluted best. The beauty of the place, preserved in its most pristine form, can be quite heady. Chethana Dinesh offers a dekko.

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he heady aroma of coffee, endless expanse of greenery, gushing streams, surging waterfalls, panoramic views, lofty hills, snow-white coffee blossom… the very mention of Chikmagalore conjures up all these images and more. Nestled in the picturesque Bababudan range of hills, Chikmagalore is a scenic paradise where nature is at its unpolluted best. The very fact that Chikmagalore is not frequented by many tourists, unlike Coorg, adds to its charm. The beauty of the place, preserved in its most pristine form, can be quite heady. Being a native of Chikmagalore, I take pride in the fact that the place is unlike most other hill stations. The mesmerising landscape of Chikmagalore has, in fact, spoilt me, raising my expectations about the rest of the world. A visit to any other hill station surely makes me utter – “Is this all? My Chikmagalore is better.” Well! I’m sure I’m echoing the sentiments of most other Chikmagaloreans. Trust me, it’s no exaggeration or blind love for one’s native place. You have to see the place to believe my words! The beautiful tiny town of Chikmagalore, with mountains in its backdrop, has only two ‘main roads’, namely Indira Gandhi Road (also known as Jail Road) and Mahatma Gandhi Road. About two to three decades ago, when global warming was unheard

of (atleast in my little corner of the world), Chikmagalore was a damp town. It would rain for most part of the year, forcing us to walk to school in raincoats, playing in slushy puddles. Alas! Those were the days. Now, even the Rain God arrives in Chikmagalore only on designated months. However, the beauty of the place has remained as breathtaking as ever. Thank God for small mercies! Though the district of Chikmagalore is home to many picturesque spots worth a dekko, commercialisation has not yet crept in. The many places in and around the tiny town itself are quite scenic. A short drive outside the town will offer enchanting mountain and valley views that are a feast for our senses. Silver cascades of mountain streams at every step and lush vegetation around can only be termed heavenly. Just 20 km away from Chikmagalore is Bababudan Giri or Dattagiri Hills, a range of mountains that’s sitting pretty in the Western Ghats. Home to some of the most beautiful and highest peaks of Karnataka, Bababudan Giri was originally known as Chandra Drona Parvatha. The peak takes its name from 17th century sufi saint Bababudan and the Dattapeeta Caves. Known famously for its small sufi shrine devoted to Saint Bababudan and Guru Dattatreya (an incarnation of Shiva), frequented by both Hindus and Muslims,


Bababudan Giri has many interesting tales to relate. According to history, it was Saint Bababudan who brought coffee to India by bringing coffee beans from the Port of Mocha, Yemen. The story goes that the Baba, when on a pilgrimage to Mecca, brought seven coffee beans to plant in the Bababudan range of mountains. Another interesting tale associated with the place is that of Lord Anjaneya carrying the Sanjeevini Parvata to save an unconscious Lakshmana. It is widely believed that Bababudan Giri is a chunk of this Sanjeevini Parvata that fell off while Anjaneya was carrying it. The shrine itself is very interesting as it is a dark cave. People who offer pooja inside the small cave shrine would always regale children with stories of how a tiger would come regulary and take the roti placed in the shrine. Sadly, the shrine itself is embroiled in controversies now, with people playing sectarian politics. Though the Bababudan Giri range of mountains is delightful throughout the year, I personally suggest winter to be the best time to visit the place. For, the entire range will be painted in lush green following monsoon and clouds seem so near, as if they are all around to give you a warm hug

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July 1, 2009 Kemmangundi, is also known as the Kalahasti Falls. Water cascading down the Chandra Drona Hill, from a height

of welcome. It sure is a heady feeling. Very close to the shrine is the Manikyadhara Falls, so called because of its crystal clear, milky white water appearing as pearls as they cascade down the hill. It’s real fun to stand under this waterfall without a care in the world to feel the force of water lashing our bodies. According to popular belief, people bathing here should leave behind one item of their clothing as an indication of having left their ill-luck behind. So, hordes of clothing can be found strewn all over. So much for popular belief!

and the local temple, found in a gap between rocks, is attributed to the Vijayanagara times. The temple fair held here for three days every year attracts pilgrims from far and near. And, of course, Kudremukh, Muthodi forest and the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. This is not all. The district of Chikmagalore is home to many famous temples like the Sri Annapoorneshwari Temple in Horanadu, Sharadamba Temple in Sringeri, Viranarayan Temple in Belavadi and the Amrutheshwara Temple in Amruthapura. Frankly speaking, these are just a few of the many attractions the beautiful district of Chikmagalore holds. The captivating beauty of the place is simply unparalleled. It is serene, peaceful and rejuvenating. It is definitely my heaven on earth.

Some items to look out for when you are at Manikyadhara are pure cinnamon and a host of spices like the Biriyani Leaf (added to biriyani to lend the preparation an exotic flavour). Unique mountain flowers called Kurinji bloom in these hill ranges once every 12 years and the last time this spectacle happened here was in 2006. The next time would be in 2018. We better watch out! Mullayyanagiri, the highest peak in the Bababudangiri Range, at a height of 1,930 meters, is a trekkers’ paradise. About 16 km from Chikmagalore town, Mullayyanagiri has to be climbed up to savour the real beauty of nature and that of sunset in all its glory. There’s a small temple on top of the hill and it is believed that Arabian Sea is visible from the topmost point of this hill on days that boast of clear skies.

On the way to Mullayyanagiri is Seethalayyanagiri, which houses a math mostly frequented by members of the Lingayat community. Also found here is the temple dedicated to Seethala and Mallikarjuna where, it is believed that water neither decreases nor increases.

Kallathgiri Falls

If you still haven’t had your fill of nature’s bounty, then drive up to Kemmangundi and Kallathgiri Falls. The latter, very close to

of 122 meters, makes for a fascinating sight. A legend associates this place with sage Agastya


The Bababudan range Atop Bababudangiri

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After a restful night, the following morning can be used to trek up to a few more view points. A walk of about 1 km through the Shankar shola brings one to a rock garden on the left.

Breathtaking Hebbe Falls

A patch of Shola forest

wonderful views while the aroma of coffee from the estates around fills the air. Though the road condition is not too good, it is more than compensated by the beauty of nature all around. On the way, a deviation to the left leads to Kalhatti Falls and Veerabhadreshwara temple. If the place is heavily littered, take it in your stride as more pristine spots are yet to be discovered. On reaching the top, courteous reception staff helps you to check into the allotted rest house and from now on you have all the time in the world for yourself. Unlike other famous hill stations, in Kemmannugundi there are no long drives to view points and every spot is just a walk away. As such, the place is free from noise and pollution and the atmosphere is silent and slow paced.

View at Kemmannugundi Vistas of hills

A hill station with a difference! If you’re an ardent admirer of nature and are bored of the highly commercialised Ooty-Kodaikanal hill station circuit, then a visit to Kemmannugundi is all that you need. B V Prakash offers a low-down on Kemmannugundi, which was once the favoured summer retreat of the erstwhile ruler of Mysore.


hough a major section of the towering Western Ghats passes through the state of Karnataka, we do not have too many hill stations. With the tall peaks that rise above pristine forests offering their raw beauty only to trekkers and adventurers, the choice of hill stations for normal travellers is rather limited. However, among those few, Kemmannugundi, with its salubrious climate, pleasant vistas of hills and dales and invigorating waterfalls, stands out like the queen of hill stations. While the district of Chikmagalore itself is quite charming with its green mountains, lakes, streams and wildlife, Kemmannugundi is like a jewel in its crown. Sitting pretty at nearly 4,800 ft above sea level on the Bababudan ranges, it commands a breathtaking panorama in every direction. While

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the wild country of deep valleys and dense jungles adorn its western flanks, plains and coffee estates make up for its eastern slopes. With a small area at its top sufficient to house just a few

summer retreat of the erstwhile King of Mysore, Sri Krishna Rajendra Wodeyar IV, whereupon the place came to be known as the K R Hill Station. In later years, the rich iron ore deposits of the earth here were discovered, mined and sent across the slopes by a ropeway to the base enroute to the Iron & Steel plant at Bhadravathi. Being a popular destination for Kannada film makers of yesteryear, one can see this ropeway being used for duets in old movies. But as ore deposits were exhausted and the ropeway stopped, the huge pile of residual red soil gave this An exotic flower at Kemmannugundi place the name Kemmannugundi (where kemmannu means red soil and gundi means pit). rest houses and a canteen that is never too crowded, visitors get ample Driving is the best way to reach opportunities for a quiet holiday. Kemmannugundi as it encompasses In olden days, when Kemmannugundi was called Tigada village, it was the favoured

numerous curves through the 10 km stretch of the ghats and one can take stops at suitable points to get some

A paragola

Sights & Walks If you have reached the place during the day, take your time to relax till early evening when the sunset point at the top beckons. As you climb up the path interspersed with flights of steps, do take a look at innumerable roses in the spacious garden which also has a few resting places and fountains. Those unable to climb up can take the vehicle up the path outside the garden. The hilltop at Kemmannugundi, at exactly 4,832 ft, is dominated by a huge communications tower. But there are other more interesting things to see. The large complex of Raj Bhavan, a high end guest house, is ideally situated to view the sunset over the valley, from its balcony. Staying in one of the well furnished rooms here would be great despite the fact that for everything else one needs to go down. The lawns are neatly tended and lined with flowering

kemmangundi\park view

plants. The Rose Garden is gated but the watchman will oblige to open it on request. The Glass House here is similar to the one in Lal Bagh, Bangalore, though not as big. It houses an array of exotic plants, orchids and rare flowers.

On the southern side is a children’s play area. While the kids play around, parents can bide time leisurely, taking in the beautiful sights around. Walking to the west, a large paragola is seen beyond which a few hundred feet away is a watch tower with steps. Almost everyone climbs up to get a view, though it is not very different from what you see from elsewhere in Kemmannugundi. All around, patches of reddish soil of excavated land are visible. Take a stroll along the well maintained park before selecting a suitable bench or a ledge to sit back and watch the colourful sunset. Sometimes, clouds may play spoilsport. But they can also lend an artistic charm to the evening. After a restful night, the following morning can be used to trek up to a few more view points. A walk of about 1 km through the Shankar shola brings one to a rock garden on the left. The enclosure has artistic rock boulders, metal images

and statues of wild animals. Another kilometer from here is a small short waterfall on the right. This is Shanti Falls, also called Gowri Falls. The next stretch of trek on a narrow path leads to ‘Z’ point or Horse Path, so called because of the ‘Z’ shaped path going up the slope. At the top, you will be greeted by an endless view of the sweeping valley from the hilltop to the plains. Kemmannugundi is also known for its waterfalls and visiting Hebbe Falls 8 km to the west is something one should not miss. Jeeps going on a rugged terrain take visitors close to 1 km of the falls. For the fit, trekking down can be quite rewarding. Passing through the Khodays Estate, one has to cross three streams to reach the waterfall roaring in the distance. As you get closer, the stupendous view simply sweeps you off your feet! Gently cascading down in two stages called Chikka Hebbe and Dodda Hebbe, the very sight of this 450 ft tall graceful falls takes away all the tiredness of the journey. Spending a couple of days in the bracing cool climate of Kemmannugundi will surely be a rejuvenating experience for the stressed out.

Rose garden

FA C T F I L E Getting ther e •

Nearest airports are Mangalore (190 km) and Bangalore (260km).

Nearest railway stations are at Tarikere and Birur. Both are at a distance of 35 km from Kemmannugundi and are well connected by passenger trains to Bangalore.

Govt. buses including overnight services from the city ply up to Tarikere and Birur from where only private buses operate to Kemmannugundi. Bus from Birur is at 8.30 am and from Tarikere at 2.30 pm. From Kemmannugundi, last bus to Birur is at 4.30 pm. At other times, moffusil buses go up to Ballavara or Handpost, from where jeeps can be hired for about Rs 250-300.

Driving from Bangalore, take NH 206 and go via Arasikere, Kadur, Birur and Lingadahalli.

Hebbe Falls can be reached only by a fourwheeler. Jeeps can be hired for about Rs 700 for a round trip.

A ccom m odation The hill station is maintained by the Horticulture Department in Lal Bagh, Bangalore, who can book a guest house or dormitory. Phone: 080-26573667, 26568930 at Bangalore and 08261-237126 at Chikmagalore. Food The only canteen here serves reasonably good food though special items are hard to come by. S eason Can be visited at any time of the year, except during monsoons. Other places of tour ist inter est •

Amrithapura temple near Tarikere.

Mullayyanagiri, the highest peak of Karnataka (it can be reached by road).

Bababudan Giri (Dattatreya Peetha).

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All In One

St. Mary’s Island

Udupi is a district that never fails to attract people with its vibrancy and irresistible character. Offering something for everyone, it is a district that’s high on every tourist’s list. R S Acharya offers an overview of the colourful district.

S Maravante beach

andwiched between the verdant mountains of the Western Ghats on the East and the mighty Arabian Sea on the West, Udupi stands tall in several fields. Be it educational institutions, hospitals, banks, green paddy fields, picturesque mountain ranges, artistic temples, churches, mosques, ethnic cuisine, pristine beaches or a variety of folk arts including Yakshagana, Udupi is well-known the world over. Especially so for its cuisine and the ‘Udupi’ brand of hotels that serve pure vegetarian, fingerlicking good fare. Udupi, which was till recently a part of the unified Dakshina Kannada district, was carved into a separate district only in the year 1997. It is home to people belonging to diverse faiths too, as Christians and Muslims are as much at home in the district as the Hindus. The many temples, churches and mosques in the district bear testimony to its multi-religious character. This is not all. The district is also home to various tribal and ethnic communities with their own set of rituals, beliefs and ceremonies. According to popular legends, the name Udupi stands for the moon. For, in Sanskrit, ‘Udu’ means stars and ‘pa’ means the lord of. Hence, ‘Udupa’ means ‘the lord of the stars,’ which is the moon. The place where the m performed penance and obtained the blessings of God is known as Udupi.


According to history, the Moon was once cursed by Daksha Prajapati. To ward off his curse, the moon performed penance and God appeared before the moon and freed him from the ill-effects of the curse. This place has since been known as Chandramoulishwar and there is also an ancient temple by this name in Udupi. Udupi, for many, stands for the famous Krishna Math, though there are many other equally renowned temples in the district. This collection of temples in the district has earned it the sobriquet – Temple Town. Founded by Vaishnavite saint Sri Madhvacharya in the 13th century, Krishna Math is the hub of religious activity. The daily pooja and administration of the Krishna Math is managed by the Ashta Maths (eight temples). Each math manages the temple activities for two years (paryaya). The Ashta Maths include Pejawara, Putthige, Palimaru, Adamaru, Sodhe, Kaniyur, Shirur and Krishnapura. The other famous temples in the district are Sri Anantheshwara, Sri Chandramoulishwara and Sri Durgaparameshwari Temple at Ambalpady, Anegudde Temple, Hattiangady Temple, Sri Anjaneya Temple at Saligrama, Sri Mookambika Temple at Kollur and Sri Venkataramana Temple and Jain basadis at Karkala, among others. Just as the Krishna Math is revered by Hindus, the Attur Church is revered by Christians in particular and people of all faiths in general. In fact, people from all the walks of life congregate at Attur Church during its annual feast which is usually celebrated in the last week of January.


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Manipal, which is just 3 km from Udupi, is a town of educational institutions where students from all over the world come to earn their degree. Manipal has been imparting world-class education for six decades now and the Manipal Group of Institutions was the first in the country to establish collaborations with foreign universities at the degree level in Medicine and Engineering. This is not all. The undivided Dakshina Kannada district is also known as the cradle of banking and is the birth place of five major banks of the country comprising Corporation Bank, Canara Bank, Syndicate Bank, Vijaya Bank and Karnataka Bank.

Food Fare When it comes to pure vegetarian food, nobody trusts any hotel better than the Udupi hotel. In fact, ‘Udupi hotels’ stand for quality vegetarian fare. It was in Udupi that Masala Dosa was first made! Sanna (a toddy based idli), moode (variation of idlis wrapped in an aromatic leaf and steamed), pathrode (a delicious preparation made of kesuvina soppu), goli-baje (maida bajjis) and jackfruit pappads are some of the special items of the district. Nevertheless, the district of Udupi offers equally interesting non-vegetarian cuisine too, including kori-rotti (rice flakes eaten with an accompanying curry), chicken sukka, fish fry, curries (prawns, squids, lady fish, mackerel, pomphret, seer), pork masala and pork chilly.

Tourist haven The district of Udupi is a tourists’ paradise too, as it is home to several tourist spots of interest including

Jain basadi Karkala, which is about 35 km from Udupi, houses a 45-feet tall statue of Lord Bahubali (Gomateshwara). Erected by a Jain king in 1432, in memory of Bahubali, the first Tirthankara who renounced the world at his most victorious moment, the statue of Gomateshwara stands as a true symbol of Jain faith. There are many other Jain basadis as well. Besides, there is the Venkatramana temple, also known as ‘Padu Tirupati’, a place of pilgrimage for Gowda Saraswat Brahmins. This apart, the shrine of St Lawrence at Attur has a remarkably rich history. It is said that the Attur-Karkala Parish was founded even before 1759 AD. In fact, the shrine attracts not only the residents of coastal districts, but also pilgrims from all parts of India. They say beauty lies in the eyes

Udupi, for many, stands for the famous Krishna Math, though there are many other equally renowned temples in the district. The district of Udupi is rich in its folk arts comprising Yakshagana, Kambala, Boothada Kola, Kori Katta, Naga Mandala, and Pili Vesha.

Folk arts The district of Udupi is rich in its folk arts comprising Yakshagana (dance drama, based on various mythological events, performed overnight), Kambala (buffalo race), Boothada Kola (a common form of ritual worship wherein demigods are believed to be divine spirits which enter human bodies and bless people), Kori Katta (also known as ‘cock fight,’ a popular sport amongst the village community), Naga Mandala (a ritualistic, elaborate worship of the serpent god), and Pili Vesha (dance of men painted in the colours of tiger during Dasara). It has to be said in the credit of the people of the district that they have not let their folk arts die a natural death. In fact, they accord great importance to their folk arts and keep it alive and kicking.

Educational institutions When it comes to quality education in the state, Udupi is the first choice of many a student. There are several colleges offering degrees in nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy, hotel management, paramedical sciences, law, business administration, fashion technology, interior design... the list goes on.

Krishna idol in Krishna Math

If you travel towards north from Udupi, there is Kundapur, another beautiful taluk which has several interesting tourist and pilgrim spots like Kollur, one of the Shakti Peethas established by Adi Shankaracharya; Kodachadri hill, a trekkers’ paradise; Anegudde, also known as Kumbhasi, which attracts several people to the Ganapathi temple; Basrur, where many temples are located on the banks of River Varahi; Hoovinakere, the birthplace of philosopher Vadiraja who preached Dwaita philosophy after Madhwacharya; Hosangadi, the Varahi project site; Kamalashile, nature lovers’ spot as it is full of streams, thick forests and much more; and Arisinagundi, which has a waterfall at the feet of Kodachadri hills.

some of the finest beaches in coastal Karnataka. They include Maravanthe (with the Arabian Sea on the West and the Souparnika River on the East), Ottinene (sunset point on the seashore), Thrasi, Malpe, Thottam and Kaup among others. In Manipal alone there are many interesting tourist spots besides its academic institutions. They include the Smrithi Bhavan, dedicated to the memory of the architect of Manipal, Late Dr T M A Pai (Smrithi Bhavan, which used to be Dr Pai’s residence, is now a museum which holds on display memorabilia belonging to Dr Pai); Anatomy Museum, which holds the largest collection of specimens of normal and diseased human anatomy on display, drawing hundreds of visitors; End Point, situated atop the hill overlooking a valley along which quietly flows River Swarna; and Dr T M A Pai Planetarium, located on the banks of Manipal Lake near Manipal Junior College. The planetarium is a part of the Manipal Heritage Park which has several scientific and cultural attractions.

of the beholder. Probably Udupi is one place which has something interesting for everyone, irrespective of caste, creed, religion or interest.


Kanakana Kindi A major attraction at Sri Krishna Math is the Kanakana Kindi, a small window through which Lord Krishna is believed to have given darshan to his ardent devotee Kanakadasa. Legend has it that in the 16th century, during Sri Vaadiraja’s rule, Kanakadasa, an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna, came to Udupi to worship Lord Krishna. Unfortunately, he was not allowed inside the temple as he belonged to a lower caste. But, Lord Krishna, pleased with Kanakadasa, created a small hole in the back wall of the temple and turned to face the hole so that Kanakadasa could see him. This hole came to be known as

Kanakana Kindi. To this d a y, Lord Krishna is worshipped through this window in Krishna Math.

How to reach Air: Nearest airport is at Bajpe (60 km from Udupi). Rail: Udupi Railway Station, near Indralli, 3 km from Udupi as well as Manipal on the Konkan Railway route. Road: Well connected by road from Bangalore and other major towns of Karnataka and neighbouring states.


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Looking up!

Mahamasthakhabisheka or the Head Anointing ceremony is performed to this statue since then to this day upon the wish (under the inscription) of Kalaladevi, mother of Chavundaraya, once every 12 years. The prathistita abisheka for the statue at Shravanabelagola was held on Feb 8, 2006 with 108 kalashas and it culminated on Feb 19, 2006 with 1008 kalashas for 12 consecutive days. During the ceremony, tender coconut water, sugarcane juice, sandal, saffron, rice flour, turmeric, kumkum, milk, gold coins, kashaya, (paste made of medicinal herbs) and flowers are poured on the statue.

MAHAMASTHAKABHISHEKA – 2006 Shravanabelagola gommata devam vandhami panchasayamdanuha

It is believed that water cleanses the statue, while sandalwood, kumkum and turmeric help to spread the virtues of the Lord. Sugarcane juice alleviates hunger, milk is regarded as the symbol of purity and the paste of medicinal herbs (kashaya) signifies beauty. Text and photos by: R Vishwanath

deham ucchatham/ devakunanthi utti kesara kusumattassa uvarammi/


It is understood that in the 3rd century BC, driven southwards by famine conditions in the north, Mauryan emperor Chandragupta from Ujjain along with his preceptor Bhadrabahu Battaraka and 12,000 other Jain sages travelled to Karnataka and settled down at Kalbappu performing austerities. Even to this day, the basadi of Chandragupta and the cave of Bhadrabahu are found in Shravanabelagola.

At Shravanabelagola, the statue of Gomateshwara or Lord Bahubali was built by Chavundaraya, a general in the service of Ganga king Rachamalla. Carved by the great sculptor Aristenemi from the huge rock at the peak of Vindyagiri hill in Shravanabelagola, the statue was completed around 981 AD. The colossal statue of Gomateshwara, which is 58.6 feet tall, carved out of a single granite rock, is the world’s tallest monolithic statue. It is worshiped to this day after more than thousands of years, not just for its beauty and size but for the principles it upholds - the triumph of man over physical desires and his single minded penance.

Boosting tourism

Department Principal Secretary K Jothiramalingam said the woes would be looked into and suggestions considered. A major development expected to boost the sector is airport connectivity to districts and improvement of road and rail network. Also, Jungle Lodges and Resorts will set up facilities at Jog and Hampi. On the cards are a common South India tourist forum and a uniform inter-state tax for southern states.

ainism has always held a predominant position in Karnataka. The relation between Karnataka and Jainism has been as continuous as it has been close. For centuries, Jainism was Karnataka’s state religion.

Jainism as a religion received royal patronage from the Kadambas, the Gangas, the Rastrakutas, the Chalukyas, the Hoysalas and other dynasties. Many temples and monuments have also been dedicated to it. Some of the renowned places of Jain pilgrimage are Shravanabelagola, Dharmasthala, Karkala, Moodabidri, Narasimharajapura, Mandaragiri, Kanakagiri, Venoor and Humcha.

Leading the way were Kingfisher Airlines and its lowcost arm Kingfisher Red carrying 8.61 lakh passengers, followed by Jet Airways and JetLite flying 7.96 lakh and Air India (domestic) 5.83 lakh, official traffic figures for April released recently showed.

At a discussion on ‘Brand Karnataka and shortcomings,’ an event organised by Karnataka Tourism recently, tourism industry stakeholders who are plagued by lack of infrastructure, recession and high taxation in the State vented their ire.

(Oh, Gommata Deva! Tall and proportionate in height, saffron in colour and beautiful in complexion, fulfilling five sacred ceremonies. I salute to you.)

It is quite likely that even prior to their arrival here, Jainism had a strong footing in Karnataka. Aretippura near Maddur in the Mandya district of Karnataka was a Jain pilgrim centre during the reign of the Gangas in 9-12 Century. Here, a monolithic 10-feet-tall statue of Gomateshwara on a hillock, dating back to 917-918 AD, is said to have inspired the great sculptor Chavundaraya to carve a similar statue at Shravanabelagola. However, the history of Jainism in Karnataka can be traced continuously since their advent. Jainism has flourished for over 2,000 years in Karnataka as a vital and powerful force.

Domestic passenger traffic, which fell by 12% in the first three months, picked up marginally in April, with domestic airlines carrying almost two lakh more passengers than in the month of March.

Some of the suggestions forwarded by industry players are as follows:

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Shravanabelagola is in the Hassan district of Karnataka. It is about 51 km from Hassan and about 148 km from Bangalore. The next Mahamasthakabhisheka to the Lord is scheduled to take place in 2018.

• Reduction of luxury, road and inter-state taxes. There is no recognised hill station in Karnataka and the State badly needs air strips. • Invite more investment • Most highways don’t have restrooms; should be constructed every 75 km. • Small entrepreneurs need to be encouraged.

Calling for attention

Cracks have developed in Patna’s landmark Golghar, a huge granary built by Captain John Garstin for the British Army in 1786 after the terrible famine of 1770. The massive structure is 29 m high and its walls are 3.6 m wide at the base. The winding stairway around this monument offers a brilliant view of Patna city and the majestic Ganga River. Golghar is a State-protected monument. The 323-year-old structure also needs minor repairs on its stairway as, during rainy season, water on the ground touches its base wall, resulting in damage to the outer wall of the structure. According to recent reports, the Bihar Government has released Rs 96 lakh to ASI for its repair. In the meanwhile, the Bihar Culture Department has decided to develop interiors and exteriors of Golghar to further boost tourism. On its exteriors, murals would be engraved on the wall, depicting a complete history of Pataliputra till modern age. Inside, there would be murals and lighting.

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Need a quick holiday?


ll good things must come to an end. Accordingly, summer holidays are just over. Every morning, children are packed into crowded school buses with heavy bags on their backs and a light lunch bag in their hands. While parents struggle hard to manage time effectively, children sacrifice their play time in the evenings to put in extra hours of study. This is an unending struggle that goes on till the next holidays are announced. But, even when this struggle is on, don’t you feel the urge to just pack your bags and get off to some place nearby? At least for a day-long picnic to recharge your overworked batteries? Well! Welcome to the gang. Check out these quick weekend getaways and make your choice:

Nandi Hills It is the nearest hill station to Bangalore and a good option for people who love to embark on long drives. Nandi Hills is commonly known as Nandidurga also because of the fort here, built by the Chikkaballapur chieftains during the Ganga period. Tippu strengthened it further and also built a rest house. Nandi Hills was formerly the summer resort of British Raj officials. The hills are very rich in vegetation and birdlife. P laces in & ar ound N andi H ills:

Clean & green

Nehru Nilaya


his adventure for Rs 10. It may be thrilling, but it is a dangerous act. Tourists should not entertain such activities as a little error in judgement on the boys’ part can land them in trouble.

Hogenakal derives its name from the Kannada words hoge (meaning smoke) and kallu (meaning stone), that together mean smoky rocks. While rushing between large rocks, River Cauvery forms a smoke of water and hence this place is named Hogenakal. The spot is rich in scenic beauty and is an ideal place for a day-long picnic. The beautiful waterfalls, which spread over a kilometer or so, offer us breathtaking views. We counted over 60 waterfalls where River Cauvery tumbles down from various heights and directions. We also found watermarks on rocks, formed due to the forceful fall of water during the rainy season when the flow is high. The watch tower near the very first waterfalls offers a panoramic view of the

place which is covered by mountains from all sides. Basket boats (teppa) are available here for those of us who would want to take a closer look at the main waterfalls and rocky ravines. These circular shaped boats take us near the main waterfalls, which is more than 70 feet in height. After taking a close look at the falls, we began our trip down the flow, which is almost 100 feet deep. Because of its depth, only experienced boatmen can ride the boats here. As we moved along the river, we saw spectacular rock formations carved by the river, several waterfalls on the right side of the downstream, and caves all around

the waterfalls. When the river is full, these rocks get submerged, but from January to June you can have a beautiful glimpse of waterfalls in all its glory. Even as we were enjoying the beauty of the place, we witnessed something very shocking. Some local boys were diving from high rising rocks into the water for a mere 10 rupees! We saw a boy standing on a high rising rock in front of us. He was waving at us. As a group of tourists in front of our boat gave him the green signal, the boy jumped into the swift flowing water. After a while, he raised his head and started swimming towards the group of tourists who gave him Rs 10. The boy once again started climbing the rock in search of tourists who would see

Sri Bhoga Narasimha, Sri Ugra Narasimha and Sri Yoga Narasimha temples.

Nehru Nilaya, where Jawaharlal Nehru used to stay. It is now a guest house of the Horticulture Department of India.

Amrita Sarovar, a beautiful lake.

Brahmashram, where Sage Ramakrishna Paramahamsa is believed to have meditated.

Muddenahalli, the home town of Sir M Vishveshwaraiah.

Skandagiri Skandagiri aka Kalavaarahalli Betta, is actually a trekkers’ paradise. This hill is right next to Nandi Hills and is famous for trekking in the moonlight and the sunrise. Weekend nights on the hill top, especially around full moon day, could be very chaotic and crowded owing to the large number of visitors it attracts. The trek by itself is moderate and should take an average of 2 hrs.

H ow to get there: It is about 57 km from Bangalore.


Fact File Getting there Bangalore-Dharmapuri (TN)-Hohenwald 170 km Mysore-Chamarajnagar-Male Mahadeshwarabetta-GopinathamHogenakal - 180 km Best season to visit January to June Male Mahadeshwara Hills, Dharmapuri.

Tippu’s summer residence.

Hit the Hyderabad highway (NH 7) and drive past Devanahalli where you can see a road going to the left towards Nandi Hills. After about 10 km, you will reach a T-junction, from where you should take a left. About 4 more km and one more right turn later you’ll reach Nandi Hills.

Hogenakal almost seems like a water amusement park offered by nature free of cost. Though many tourists visit the place, it is quite clean, except for litter and plastic in some places. It is in our hands to keep this beautiful, cool destination clean and calm.

Other places of interest nearby

It is about 60 km from Bangalore.

The surroundings of the waterfalls are quite relaxing. Soft drinks and other refreshments are also available here. Flat rocks near mini waterfalls are perfect for bathing. Oil massage is one of the highlights of Hogenakal where some men offering their oil massage services have turned it into a riverside spa. Most tourists employ their services and pay Rs 50 for an ordinary massage and Rs 100-250 for a special massage.

Meandering through the woody landscape of Karnataka, River Cauvery enters Tamilnadu at Hogenakal. The waters of Cauvery cascade into a large rocky gorge here, which is more then 100 feet deep.

Tippu’s Drop.

H ow to get there:

Hogenakal is almost like a water amusement park offered by nature free of cost. It has to be experienced to be enjoyed, writes Ashok Uchangi.

he charm of Hogenakal Falls cannot be described in words. Crystal clear water, meandering through spectacular rocky ravines, falls from a height of nearly 10 to 20 feet into a large natural pool. The milky white water that flows across green hills makes it a beautiful natural spot. Moreover, Hogenakal is not just one waterfall, but is actually a series of falls. In short, it is waterfalls galore at Hogenakal with over a hundred waterfalls cascading from a height of 2 to 20 feet.

Inside view of a temple in Nandi Hills

Nandi Hills

There are two approaches to Skandagiri foothills, both passing the Kalavaarahalli village. The easiest is about 6-7 km from Chikkabalapur town, along the NH 7/ Yelahanka Road towards Hyderabad. The other option is to follow the trail to Nandi Hills till the T-junction, about 10 km from NH7. Nandi Hills is towards the left from here. To reach Skandagiri, turn right towards Nandi village. At Nandi village, take the Chikkaballapur Road and then take a left towards Muddenahalli. From Muddenahalli, Kalavaarahalli village is a couple of kilometers along a village road.

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A GLIMPSE OF THE HIMALAYAN BEAUTY As we drove away from the lake, it showed itself in more exotic ways from different angles. From one angle, it looked like a saucer filled with water.

For ardent admirers of nature, if there’s a heaven on earth it definitely has to be Gangtok, writes Sudha Narasimhachar, sharing her out-of-the-world experience in the wonderful place that is also known as ‘The Lofty Hill’.


obody has come back from heaven and described its beauty to us! If there is a heaven, it is here on this earth. Heaven can be a place where your mind is most at ease and your body is most comfortable. I like one thing about Hinduism. The abodes of Gods and Goddesses are said to be in beautiful locales, where nature is at its best. Even an atheist who visits the Himalayas will definitely wonder at its might, its beauty and its rich stock of natural wonders. Even if he does not believe in God, he will definitely undertake a pilgrimage to Amarnath, Gangothri, Bhadri, Kedar and Kailash to enjoy nature’s splendours. The words - ‘breathtaking, awesome, heavenly’ - will all sound insipid when one actually savours nature. However, writing is the best way to share our enjoyment with others. I will make the best attempt to relate my experience most naturally. Whenever our family thinks of a holiday, the first choice would definitely be a place where we can be closer to nature. My children being trekkers and having savoured a lot of such places suggest exotic places. Last year, our trip was towards the North East, which we had never visited. We started our trip from Shillong, marvelled at the rich greenery of Meghalaya, the temple of clouds, as it is rightly named, and enjoyed our most at Cherrapunji, the land of rains. As we had gone towards the end of summer, we could also experience the torrential rainfall now and then. From there, though we wished to visit Arunachal Pradesh, as we had heard a lot about its beauty, we were advised not to venture because of the rains.

We thus changed our plan and went to Darjeeling, which we did not enjoy much due to excessive commercialisation and urbanisation. Our next visit was to Gangtok, Sikkim, meaning ‘The Lofty Hill’, close to the mighty Kanchenjunga peak. In fact, the peak is visible from a few spots in Gangtok when the weather is clear. I wish to write about this wonderful place. We had a feast for our eyes, as we drove in a shared taxi from Darjeeling along the River Teesta Tosta. The clear waters flowing in the deep valleys surrounded by thick green forests were very soothing. Adventurous people could also do a bit of river rafting on this river at a beautiful locale. On our way, we stopped by a small little village Nanchi for our breakfast, where we were served some tasty, steamed rice dish like our idlis, by clear skinned lovely ladies dressed in traditional Sikkim attire, in a cosy, homely atmosphere. As our vehicle entered Sikkim, the cool breeze and lovely peaks welcomed us with love. There are a number of hotels and lodges, suiting various budgets. We chose a fairly reasonable lodge near the bus stand. We found one or two South Indian hotels

nearby but a Marwari Bhojanalaya near the Bus Stand was the most reasonable and the best place for pure vegetarian meals served hot and fresh. There are a number of taxis and autos for local sight seeing. As we had a bad experience of such taxis at Darjeeling, charging astronomical fares for covering a list of places, many of which turned out to be mere hoaxes added to lengthen the list, we were weary of engaging an auto. To our luck, we got a very good guy, who took us to four to five wonderful view points like

the Hanuman Tok, Ganesh Tok, Tashi View Point, Nam Nang View Point and a

lovely monastery, the Rumtek Monastery. The monastery was a peaceful place at an elevated spot. We felt like sitting there for a longer time but as we had many other places to visit, we came out with disappointment. On our way back, we visited the Botanical Garden, where a flower show was on. We got to see exotic varieties of orchids there, though for people who have seen Ooty and Bangalore flower shows, this show seemed very simple. The best part of our Gangtok trip was our visit to the Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple at an altitude of more than 13,000 ft. above sea level, just less than 10 km before the Nathula Pass, which is the border between India and China. In any of our trips to the Himalayas, what we enjoy most is the drive along the mountains overlooking deep valleys. The pleasure of viewing the mighty peaks (some of them snow-capped), the innumerable water falls, streams, lakes and rivers and the rare species of goats, sheep and yak cannot be

described in words. As we were ascending, the mountains were turning from green to barren brown and the weather was getting colder. To visit this temple, we need to take permits from the Army authorities and to visit the Nathula Pass, another special permit is required, which is issued one day in advance in limited numbers. We could not get that permit, as we had no time. However, our visit to the temple was good enough. On our way, we saw something most wonderful in our lives, the Changu Lake. From the descriptions I have heard about the Manasarovar Lake, I, for a moment thought this was Manasarovar. The Changu Lake suddenly appeared, as we took a turn around a peak and that beautiful sight got imprinted in our memories permanently. What our cameras captured is nothing when compared to that. This clear lake surrounded by tall peaks on three sides, is lined up by a tiny street of small shops where the locals sell some local handicraft items and certain unavoidable eatables and drinks. The

locals also give us joy rides on furry yaks, which children enjoy. Of course, animal lovers like our family members were sad to see the yaks toiling at that altitude for our pleasure, with injuries and bruises caused by the greed of their owners. As we drove away from the lake, it showed itself in more exotic ways from different angles. From one angle, it looked like a saucer filled with water. We reached the Baba Temple at around 12 Noon, after a wonderful drive of nearly 4 to 5 hours. The weather was very chilly and a waterfall near the temple was fully frozen. This temple is built in honour of a soldier Lance Naik Harbhajan Singh, who died years ago near that place, while on duty. There is a legend that this soldier went missing while on duty with his friends and appeared in the dream of one of his friends and said that he lay in a particular spot. Next day, when the Army went to the spot, they found his body there. Thus he was cremated there

and a temple built in his honour.

top of the world.

The legend continues that he is still in service, because the shoes, bed and water bottles appear to be used everyday and the Army continues to send his salary to his family in Punjab. He has been getting his promotions as per rules and is now a captain.

None of us were in a mood to return from this spot where, except for the temple, there was no other man made structure. We realised with sorrow, how far away from nature we city dwellers live!

Every year, he is supposed to go on leave to his native place and hence his personal belongings are transported to his home during that period. Hundreds of pilgrims, mostly service personnel, visit this shrine and offer prayers. Prasad in the form of lunch is served to all pilgrims two days a week by the Army, who maintain this shrine. We were lucky to get the prasad on the day we went. We felt on

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All good things come to an end and so did our trip. In fact, we had gone without much preparation. Otherwise, we could have visited Nathula Pass and Peling, where we could see more of snow. We needed another four to five days to cover these places. I advise tourists to visit Gangtok for at least 7-8 days to really enjoy all its beauty. And if the Sino-Indian friendship is successful in opening up the Chinese border for tourists, you will need more time. The best period to visit is between April and August. As we drove down the mountains along the lovely Teesta Tosta River with heavy hearts, we captured in our minds nature’s beautiful scenery and entered the congested New Jalpaiguri Railway Station, to catch The Teesta Tosta Express to Kolkata! This trip was so memorable that even as I am writing this article, I am transported to Gangtok mentally and relive every moment of my tour!

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h Kanakagiri, renowned as a famous spiritual centre for the Jains, is also an important tourist spot, writes Sudha.


anakagiri, also called Kanakadri, is Nakopamana Shaila (heavenly hill) to devout Jains. With ancient basadis, cave shrines, holy paduka mantapas (footprints cells) and greenery all around the rapturous rocky terrain, Kanakagiri is surely a blissful hillock. The place once best known for its sandalwood and honeycomb, Kanakagiri is located near village Maleyur in Chamarajanagar district. A famous spiritual centre for Jains, Kanakagiri is also known to be an important tourist spot in Karnataka. It is about an hour’s journey from Mysore (50 km). As you go up Kanakagiri, treading a flight of about 250 steps leading to the main temple, you can see numerous arches and square-shaped samadhi mantapas (cells) built in seriatim up the hillock. These sacred mantapas house the padukas (foot-prints) worshipped as

Charana Paduke of poojya Jain munis. There are 24 such mantapas called Jeenakutas for all the 24 Jain saints or Thirthankaras. Very close to the 24th (last) mantapa is a four-faced shila stambha (pillar) dedicated to Sri Parshwanatha.


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offer special poojas to the powerful deities of Padmavathi and Amrakushmandini at the hill temple in Kanakagiri.

The holy Parshwanatha Basadi is the main attraction of Kanakagiri. Built during the reign of Ganga dynasty in the 6th century, the basadi has the pooja deities of Bhagavan Parshwanath, Goddesses Padmavathi and Amrakushmandini. The hoysala king, visiting Kanakagiri after his war victory, named the hill deity as Vijaya Parshwanathaswamy.

Beside the hill temple (basadi) are many caves with numerous inscriptions and edicts of historical and religious significance. The cave where Nagarjuna was under penance and the “Dharmachakra” pillar are also located near the basadi. All the holy footprint cells (Jeenalayas) were built here by Nagarjuna, the nephew of revered Jain muni Shri Pujyapada, who sanctified Kanakagiri some 15 centuries ago.

Devotees from all over come on a pilgrimage to Kanakagiri, seeking relief from their kalasarpadosha, which is said to be caused by the inauspicious planetary positions of Rahu and Ketu. In order to get rid of kalasarpadosha, believers of all faiths have been known to

The fifth century saint, Acharya Pujyapada, had written extensively on Jain philosophy and Ayurvedic medicine. According to scriptures, after long years of penance and spiritual sadhana at Kankagiri, Sri Pujyapada attained samadhi on the hillock. Atop

Kanakagiri is a large Samadhi Mantapa dedicated to Acharya Pujyapada. At the foothill is the ancient Jain math which runs an orphanage and an Ayurvedic hospital located beside the math. Tourists and devotees can make advance reservations for cottages and rooms available at the math premises. For details, contact: Sri Kshetra Kanakagiri Jain Math, Maleyur - 571 128, Chamaraja-nagar district Ph: 91- 08226 –296786/ 296809

Ticket to ride

A single-ticket system is being introduced to ease the journey of thousands of bus commuters as just one ticket can take them in and around Bangalore. According to Transport Minister R Ashok, the new system will help communters, particularly from Ramanagaram, Channapattana, Kanakapura, Devanahalli, HOskote, Doddaballapura and Tumkur to travel with a single ticket. But, it is a one-way ticket.

Leave us alone! The tiny hamlet of Mogalli is a peculiar village. The place that becomes an island during monsoons, makes no attempt to come out of its problems. R S Acharya reports.


t’s monsoon time and the nightmare of the residents of Mogalli has just begun. Yes! While monsoon brings cheer to most people in the state, the residents of Mogalli dread it the most. For, they are forced to do it. Mogalli, a remote village near Banavasi in Sirsi taluk, bags the headlines every monsoon. Whenever River Varada is in spate, Mogalli becomes an island, literally cut off from the rest of the world. This small hamlet, which boasts of only about 80 families with a population of around 850, has seen no development in all these years. However, they have promises galore, handed out by the leaders of many political parties who visit the place during the season of monsoon, extend their sympathies to the residents of the village, make lofty promises and then forget all about it. Ditto about officials who rush to the village during floods, lend a patient ear to the problems of these residents, make all kinds of assurances and then vanish into thin air. The residents of this village, where transportation is unheard of, walk all the way to Banavasi for every small job of theirs. In fact, walking up to Banavasi has become their daily routine. River Varada traverses about 6 km in Sirsi taluk. If the district of Shimoga records a good rainfall, Varada gets flooded and directly hits Mogalli and Hoskeri villages. The river flows wide rather than deep, inundating thousands of acres of paddy fields. Life literally comes to a standstill during the monsoon months. However, students in Mogalli enjoy monsoons, as their school is closed during the rainy months of July and August. Close to Mogalli is Hoskeri, another village which also virtually becomes an island during the spate of Varada. When Mogalli is fighting the onslaught of floods, all the residents of the village are shifted to

Hoskeri by boat. The taluk administration also opens porridge centres at Hoskeri and various political parties rush to the place to console the residents of Mogalli and Hoskeri and watch their isolated villages and inundated paddy fields. However, their demand for a road between Mogalli and Hoskeri and a bridge between the two villages is yet to be met. Last year too, Mogalli had many khadi-clad visitors who assured the residents that they would make their village another Singapore. But, till date, nothing has materialised and the residents continue to look to these visitors with hope. Just as the people’s representatives have scant interest in solving the problems faced by these villagers, so are the residents themselves. For, to date, they have not pressurised any people’s representative to provide them with good facilities. Two years ago, a prominent people’s representative who visited the village during floods assured the residents of providing alternative paddy seeds which would not rot for almost a month in excess water. As per the assurance given, he even conducted a conference in Sirsi on the same, but not a single farmer from these villages attended the conference!

Soon after the launch of the Metro, he said the system will be extended to all public transport services on the lines of London’s Oyster Card – a form of electronic ticketing used on all public transport modes withing the Greater London area. Elaborating on the new system, Ashok said communters from neighbouring districts need not rely on bus passes if they have to travel daily. The ticket they purchase while boarding a KSRTC bus can be used to travel in BMTC buses too. But this will not apply to Volvo buses, he added. However, there will be a marginal hike in the ticket price once the one-ticket system is introduced, he said. “Right now, KSRTC charges Rs 60 to travel from Channapattana to Bangalore. Further, BMTC charges Rs 30 for the daily pass to travel within Bangalore. Under the new system, we plan to fix the fare at Rs 70,” he added. The commuter will, however, have to buy the return ticket to Channapattana.

Tracing rash drivers

The State Transport Department has introduced a computerized response system through which people or victims can get details about rash and negligent drivers. If people witness rash driving or an accident, they just need to SMS the speeding vehicle number to 56006 to get the name and address of the driver or vehicle. The SMS will be charged Rs 2.

As most of the residents are illiterate, they do not have any idea of the concept of development. The paltry sum they receive from the government as compensation for crop loss is enough to make them happy. Their attitude is such that problems are commonplace as they are used to living with them. This monsoon too, if heavy rainfall is recorded in Shimoga district, the village of Mogalli will be flooded and politicians will pay their customary visit to the village. But Mogalli will never change. Mogalli will remain as Mogalli with its quota of problems.

Getting there Kanakagiri is about an hour’s drive from Mysore via Nanjangud. Maleyur (one km from Kanakagiri) can be conveniently reached from Mysore, Nanjangud and also from the district centre of Chamarajanagar.

Calling all beach lovers

The Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation has introduced a 5-day special trip titled ‘The Golden Beaches of Karnataka.’ This trip, scheduled to be undertaken every Wednesday to Sunday, includes Karwar Beach, Om Beach, Maravanthe Beach, Mahabaleshwar Temple in Gokarna, Krishna Temple in Udupi, St. Mary’s Island in Malpe, Ullala Beach, Murudeshwar, Someshwara Beach, Pilikula Nisarga Dhama and Panambur Beach. This package includes accommodation in air-conditioned rooms and travel by Volvo buses.

River Varada

For more details, contact: The Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation, Badami Building, Opp. BBMP, N R Square, Bangalore – 2; Ph: 2222 2400/ 2221 2098.

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B a n di pu r ca l l i ng !


he Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary, home to a variety of flora and fauna, is a truly mesmerising experience. A great vacation spot, away from the pressures of city life, the Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary is a wonderful place to unwind with nature by your side. Located in the southern part of the beautiful state of Karnataka, Bandipur is one of the oldest wildlife sanctuaries in India. The Bandipur National Park was made by the Maharaja of Mysore in the year 1931 and was then spread over an area of 90 sq km. However, it was later increased to 800 sq km and renamed the Venugopala Wildlife Park after the residing deity of the shrine located here at Gopalswamy Betta. It got its present name - Bandipur National Park - in the year 1973 when the Government took over the park under the Project Tiger Scheme and it was then made into a Tiger Reserve. The Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary forms the connecting link between the Madhumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamilnadu and the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala and thus, is a long beautiful stretch that you would fall in love with.

Entry to the park is charged and the rates vary for Indian and foreign nationals. Vehicles on hire, cameras and the spectacular elephant safari are charged extra. There are a number of activities like boating, fishing, bird watching and trekking that you could indulge in while on your holiday here. For photographers and nature lovers, Bandipur is truly a heaven on earth.

Photo by: M. Viswanath

Being located so close to the happening city of Bangalore makes the Bandipur National Park a much sought after weekend getaway from Bangalore.

Photo by: M. Viswanath

There are three beautiful rivers that flow through the Bandipur Sanctuary, namely the Moyar River, the Kabini River and the Nagur River. The weather is ideally suited for a great vacation amidst nature. Bandipur is a lovely destination that can be visited all year round. The summer months from March to May would be a great time to watch the animals at the watering holes. However, the period between June and October (during the monsoons) is when Bandipur comes alive with greenery all over.

The Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary forms the connecting link between the Madhumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamilnadu and the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala and thus, is a long beautiful stretch that you would fall in love with.

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Date with Devbagh

Devbagh, an island beach resort off Karwar, offers a variety of fun, exciting adventure water sports and, above all, a mesmerising experience of coastal life and culture to the delight of holiday-makers.


land of converging landscapes, Karwar lies on a thin strip of tropical land that is bound by the Western Ghats on its eastern side and the Arabian Sea on the west. On entering Karwar, one immediately comes face to face with the sea dotted with several small islands on the horizon. Distinct amongst them is Devbagh - the starting point of your date with coastal Karnataka. It was somewhere between 1882 and 1883, India’s first Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore stayed at Karwar. His brother Satyendranath Tagore, I.C.S, was the district judge of Uttara Kannada, and Rabindranath was only 22 years old then. Fascinated by the beach and the abounding sea, Rabindranath, with his party on one moonlit night, set out on a rowing boat from one end of the beach. Crossing the point of confluence of River Kali with the sea, they sailed on along the meandering river, upstream. On their way back, they glided down with the current until they reached the mouth of the river. The party got off from the boat there and walked back home on the milky white sands of the beach. It was now far into the night. The sea was calm and so were the casuarinas. That night, even when everything around him slept, something kept Tagore awake. He wrote ‘Prakritir Pratishoota’ or ‘Nature’s Revenge’, a dramatic poem, and his very first play. As Tagore reflected later, this poem

was the genesis of his whole literary career, and the inspiration of Karwar remained in all his later literary works. This is the place that we invite you to discover. No wonder, the panorama of Karwar with its vast waterscapes bordering the Western Ghats inspired Tagore, River Kali and the Arabian Sea conspire to display a fascinating array of colours and ambience on the Karwar landscape. Incidentally, Jungle Lodges & Resorts Ltd has introduced the first houseboats in Karnataka – Devbagh Pearl & Devkanya - for its unique sunset-sunrise cruise. Houseboats are the best way to relish the enchanting beauty of River Kali as it drains into the Arabian Sea. Here, the guests can not only imbibe the aesthetic beauty of Kali backwaters, but also get a glimpse of the lifestyle in that landscape. Designed like traditional rice vessels, houseboats are sophisticated stay and cruise boats with two well furnished air-conditioned rooms with attached bathrooms. An excellent front deck is provided for sightseeing and the food prepared in the in-house kitchen is also served there. Rooms have king size double bed and a divan. Speed by boat across the sea to reach the Devbagh Beach Resort. It is about 3 km out of sea from

Karwar and the JLR ferry will transfer you from the mainland to the island resort. An endless stretch of pristine land, covered with graciously swaying casuarinas, and hallowed by the blue waters of the Arabian Sea, Devbagh is a breathtaking fairyland. Cozily furnished log huts on stilts and a local gazebo called the Gol Ghar, will leave you comfortably marooned on this island. The resort is located amidst a Casuarina grove on the charming Devbagh beach. The resort faces the shallow, safe and private beach just for JLR guests. The resort has well-appointed log huts on stilts, which have attached baths and tented cottages – twin-bedded, Swiss tents with attached baths. Devbagh offers a mesmerising experience to all beach lovers. Building sand castles, collecting colourful

seashells, chasing crabs in the sand and wading into the sea. Not to mention beach combing, a game of beach volleyball, or just plain lazing in the shade on a hammock watching the shimmering sea. Relax on the beach and behold a glorious sunset as the lighthouse flashes across the distant horizon to guide ships to the port. The resort has the open-to-sides gazebo (Gol Ghar) exclusively for guests’ dining. The dining area fosters sharing of the day’s experiences among the guests. The resort has become popular for its water sports and other adventure activities and offers snorkeling, speedboat cruises, banana boat rides and para sailing. These water sports are conducted in association with J R Paradise Adventure Resorts Pvt. Ltd. The instructors of J R Paradise Adventure Resorts Pvt. Ltd. are experienced water sports personnel and adhere to very strict safety guidelines. Equipment used in all these sports are imported and maintained to world-class standards. At the Devbagh Beach Resort, best of local vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine is offered. The fish served is fresh and tantalises your taste buds. If interested, Chinese and Continental meals are also available on request. Meals are buffet style and served at the Ghol Ghar. Relax on the beach and behold a glorious sunset as the lighthouse flashes across the distant horizon to guide ships to the port.

Wander off to the nearby Devbagh village and watch fishermen land their daily catch - mackerel, prawns and pomfret, among many others. Now it is the turn of the womenfolk to sort them out and carry them in baskets to the local market for sale. If you dare, set off in catamarans to see the casting of the nets in the ocean. In case you want to try your hand at angling, get into a native two-man dugout along with a local fisherman and enjoy yourself. Bustling with activity, the fishing harbour is definitely worth a look too. Here one can see numerous trawlers filled with fish entering one by one, and porters busy loading the catch on to waiting trucks. Visit the nearby processing plant and enter its deep-freeze chamber. Experience a temperature of minus 40C. Get a whiff of the polar air! To follow in Tagore’s footsteps, cruise up the Kali River from the point where the river meets the sea. Watch dolphins as they gracefully dive into azure waters. Bordering the resort are clusters of mangrove, the salt loving trees that stand on stilts, with their pneumatophores or breathing roots jutting out. This is also an excellent spot for bird watching. Off the coast of Karwar and visible from Devbagh are four other islands: Kumaragarh, Oyster-rock, Anjudeep and Sanyasi. The Sanyasi Island, especially, has myths woven around it. It is said that in ancient times, a sage sought refuge on this island for penance. In spite of being

totally isolated from the rest of humanity, he managed to survive and lived on to a ripe old age. Today, though uninhabited, the belief remains that the island can still support life. We can arrange to ‘strand’ you there a la Robinson Crusoe, with a Man Friday from our side. When you get down at Oyster-rock, surprise awaits you: you come face to face with one of the oldest and cutest lighthouses you may have ever seen - built during the British Raj. Learn the art and science of lighthouse keeping. If you feel that you should move around and look around Karwar, there are lots of places waiting to be discovered. Enjoy mountains, valleys and outdoor camping at JLR Kali Wilderness Resort at Dandeli. Visit Goa, whose border begins just 8 km away from Karwar. Watch the dexterous hands of sandalwood carvers at Kumta creating exquisite figurines. Go to Yana and marvel at the unique precipitous rock formations emerging from the bowels of the earth and dominating the landscape. Receive blessings at the ancient Mahabaleshwara Temple in Gokarna that dates back to the ages of the Ramayana and is considered as one of India’s oldest and most sacred shrines.

Go bird watching as you trek through the jungle near Devbagh. Devbagh, though a beach resort, is teeming with wildlife and birds. The waters of Devbagh offer divers a unique view of underwater world. Various fish and corals abound the waters. Dolphins are often sighted while we are on a cruise. The number of avian friends that can be spotted here – Brahminy Kites, Sandpipers, Gulls, Terns, Swifts and Kingfishers would delight bird watchers. The best season to visit Devbagh is from October to May. A visit to the JLR Resort at Devbagh is not expensive. The tariff per person per day includes stay, lunch, dinner and breakfast, relaxing on the beach, visiting nearby islands and taxes. Water sports and snorkeling are charged extra. A day’s package commences with reporting at Kodibag boat jetty - your check-in is at 12 noon and ends at 11 am the next day. However, sufficient flexibility may be allowed to suit your arrival/ departure timings.

How to reach By Air: You can fly to Dabolim Airport (Goa) and take a taxi. Devbagh is just a

two-and-a-half hour’s drive from there. By Train: Karwar is well connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Mangalore, Cochin and other important places through Konkan Railway. Fast trains do not stop at Karwar; so one has to alight at Madgaon (Goa) or at Ankola and then reach Karwar by road. However, there are quite a few slower trains that stop at Karwar. The journey between Mangalore and Karwar takes not more than 4 hours. Visitors from Chennai can enter via Mangalore. Travellers from Bangalore and Hyderabad should get off at Hubli and proceed by road to Karwar. The road between Hubli and Karwar is one of the best in Karnataka and passes through thick jungle. By Bus: Of course, the KSRTC has well networked services to Karwar. Overnight deluxe bus services are available from Bangalore while buses also ply between Madgaon and Karwar at regular intervals. Plenty of bus services are available from Mangalore to Karwar. In short, Devbagh offers a variety of fun, rest and leisure to its guests. Devbagh is truly a destination you would love to visit. For bookings, contact: Jungle Lodges & Resorts Limited, Tel: 080: 25597021/24/25

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Awards galore for Abu Dhabi

Reeling under recession & flu

nternational tourism demand has deteriorated further due to the impact of the global economic recession. International tourist arrivals declined at a rate of 8 per cent between January and February this year, leaving the overall volume at the same level as recorded in 2007. At the same time, influenza A (H1N1) is starting to affect the sector. Its impact is being closely monitored by UNWTO in close collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO). UNWTO follows the WHO’s advice as it is the leading UN agency in matters relating to health. Preliminary UNWTO figures for the first months of 2009 indicate a continuation of the negative growth already experienced in the second half of 2008. Destinations all around the world have suffered from a decrease in demand in major source markets. With the exception of Africa and both Central and South America, who all posted positive results in the range of 3-5 per cent. So far, northern, southern and Mediterranean Europe, north-east Asia, south Asia, and the Middle East are amongst the most affected sub-regions. In this context, UNWTO expects international tourism to decline between 2 per cent and 3 per cent in 2009. Many countries are already developing stimulus measures within their fiscal and monetary packages to mitigate the effects of the crisis on tourism, realising that the sector can be a key driver of economic recovery. Some destinations are reducing taxes and improving travel facilitation, recognising that it is now crucial to remove all obstacles to tourism, especially taxation and over regulation. Others have developed financial systems to support tourism enterprises, maintain/increase employment in the sector, and develop infrastructure. UNWTO encourages others to follow suit.

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Picture Perfect


he travel, tourism and hospitality industry’s most coveted international recognition, the World Travel Awards, held its Middle East gala ceremony in Dubai recently. The event was graced by a number of senior professionals from the travel, tourism, and hospitality trade at a ceremony that was packed with award winners, nominees, and press. Abu Dhabi made a strong show of force by winning 10 awards, the highest number of awards ever won by a new travel and tourism destination. The capital of the UAE, which has embarked on an ambitious longterm tourism development plan, also saw a record number of nominations this year. Some of the key awards that went to Abu Dhabi companies were: • Middle East’s Leading Airline

Dancing up to Heavens

• Etihad • Middle East’s Leading International



Hi Jumbos!

In a move that will go a long way in preventing the increasing pollution of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries due to eco-tourism, the Sate Government has decided to implement the M K Appaiah Committee report on the movement of private tour operators in protected areas. The result:

Marketing Campaign • Etihad • Middle East’s Leading Destination Marketing Campaign • ADTA • Middle East’s Leading Exhibition Center • ADNEC • Middle East’s Leading Tourism Development Project • TDIC’s Saadiyat Island • Middle East’s Leading Private Jet Charter • Royal Jet However, Dubai remained Middle East’s favourite destination by winning the highly-contested Middle East’s Leading Destination and Middle East’s Leading MICE destination award.

Temples in trouble

Alaska up close and personal

f you’re tired of being just a number on a mega cruise ship, explore Alaska aboard the Classic Yacht Discovery with just 10 other passengers. This small, intimate yacht allows the crew to get to know you by name, and it also allows you get up close and personal with the bears, whales, and glaciers like no large cruise ship could. All Aboard Yacht Charters has been providing the ultimate wildlife, natural history, and fishing expedition-style cruises in Alaska’s inside passage since 1981. Catering to small groups of no more than 10 passengers on their scheduled 8-day cruises, you’ll see all Alaska has to offer in an intimate setting where nature has a front row seat. Whale watching, bear viewing, glacier tours, walking in magical rain forests, fishing, and kayaking are just some of the daily activities. The real Alaska “up close and personal.”

Tr a v e l Q u o t e s “We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.” – Hilaire Belloc

Tour operators in national parks and sanctuaries to be phased out in three years.

Use of elephants for wildlife rides taken up.

Only vehicles of Forest Department that cause least pollution will be used.

Chief Wildlife wardens authorized to decide on closing down parks and sanctuaries, to help breeding activities.

All vacancies in the protected areas will be filled up.

The temples at Halasi, fine examples of Kadamba architecture, are in desperate need of help, writes Jayanthi S.



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ach dynasty in the vibrant history of India had its own style of architecture and the Kadambas were no different. They were known for their love for temple building. The Kadamba dynasty, founded by Mayura Sharman, dates back to about 4th century AD, though the exact time is not. However, it was believed that Mayura was the first king of the dynasty and was the ruler during the time of Pallava King Vishnugopa of Kachipuram. After losing to North Indian Emperor Samudragupta, Vishnugopa’s army had weakened. Mayura seized the opportunity, formed his own army and drove away the Pallavas from Kannada territory. Prior to this, Mayura, as a young Brahmin boy, went to Kanchipuram for his higher studies. It is believed that Mayura then had heated exchanges with the Pallava princes and fled the place. On reaching Chandravalli (near Chitradurga), Mayura took shelter in a cave and founded his own dynasty. He also changed his surname to

Varman, the surname of the Pallava Kshatriyas. Banavasi, near Sirsi, was their first capital and their rule extended to Gomantak or present day Goa. Halasi or Halsi in Belgaum district was their second capital which houses some temples built by the rulers of Kadamba dynasty. The Komala Narayana Temple in Devgram is well renowned, inspiring even the Hoysalas, to employ similar styles in the temples built by them. The Bhoo Varaha Laxmi Narasimha Temple in Halasi, which was also known as Patalika in ancient times, is one of the best examples of Kadamba architecture. The 50-feet-tall tower of the inner shrine is very similar to the one in the Madhukeswar temple in Banavasi, also built by them. According to a legend associated with this shrine, Pandavas built this temple overnight during their exile and worshipped Lord Vishnu here. But, according to historians, it was built during the Kadamba period or in the 5th century AD. Inscriptions found inside the temple also support this. Inside the temple, there are two garbhagruhas facing each other. In the right one is the four-feettall idol of Lord Vishnu in a sitting posture. The idols of

Suryanarayana and Mahalaxmi are just behind the main idol. According to the temple priest, the two-feet-tall idol of Narasimha, on the left side of Vishnu, is swayambhu or udbhava and not sculpted by anybody. The garbhagruha on the left side has the idol of Bhoo Varaha Swamy. Lord Vishnu’s Varaha avatar, where he carries Mother Earth (or Bhoodevi) in his mouth, can be seen. The beautifully carved lotus on the ceiling goes to prove that the Kadambas patronised and developed their own art form. Just outside the main temple are smaller temples dedicated to Ganesha, Shiva and Vitthala. One fine statue of Radha Krishna can also be seen in a smaller shrine. Though the Archeological Survey of India is looking after this ancient structure, the temple has no funds for improvement, according to Vishnu Venkatesh Paripatyadar, the temple priest. According to him, the property that belonged to the temple was taken away by the government in 1975 and now he and his family members performed the daily puja with their own money. He also said that the temple received no help from the State Government. Though the Archeological Department is renovating this ancient structure, the Temple Trust is badly in need of financial help from visitors. According to Mr Paripatyadar, many ministers, MPs and MLAs visited the temple and promised help but forgot their promise soon after reaching Bangalore.

Boarding passes on cell phones

A UK company that has developed technology that allows passengers to download boarding passes onto their cell phones has been spun out of its parent group in a GBP27.8 million (USD$42 million) deal. The Scotland-based Amor Group, previously part of French IT Company Sword Group, is in talks with a number of airlines about using its First Pass technology, which transfers a boarding pass bar code to a cell phone. The technology is currently being trialed by bmi and Lufthansa.

Balloon away to glory

SkyWaltz has announced the launch of Balloon Safaris in Udaipur (Rajasthan) with effect from November 2009. It has been learned that the company has taken this decision after serious consultations and discussions with Shreeji Arvind Singh Ji Mewar (the Maharaja of Udaipur) and some stalwarts of the fraternity of tour operators. The addition of Balloon Safaris will add a lot to the already existing romance at the beautiful city of Udaipur. A public announcement to this affect has recently been made to the travel trade, and SkyWaltz has already ordered a new set of balloons for Udaipur. For more details, please write to goballooning@skywaltz. com or visit Email: goballooning@

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It’s that time of the year again when kids get back to school after a long, fun-filled holiday. Well! It’s also that time of the year when mothers worry about their children’s snack time, something for children to nibble on when they get back home from school. Here are some traditional home-made snacks that your children will love to feast on.


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Psychological factors: Emotional disturbances are deeply involved in the etiology of obesity. Overeating may be a symptom of depression, anxiety, frustration and loneliness.

besity is associated with additional weight gain either due to excess food intake or lack of physical activity. Though there are several other reasons that result in obesity, it is a state of excess adipose tissue mass. It is one of the most significant contributors to diseases.

Controlling obesity * This can be achieved by dietary changes and increased physical activities like regular exercise, walking and jogging. However, reduced high calorie food intake is the cornerstone of obesity treatment.

Hazards of obesity: Obesity has major adverse effects on health. Obesity is a positive risk factor in the development of hypertension, diabetes, gall bladder and coronary artery diseases. In addition, many other diseases are associated with it which, though not fatal, can cause a great deal of morbidity. For example, varicose veins, abdominal hernia, arthritis of the knees, tips and lumbar spine, and psychological stress, particularly during adolescence.

* The proportion of energy-rich food such as simple carbohydrates and fats should be reduced. * The fiber content in the diet should be increased (more fruits and vegetables should be consumed).

Measurement of obesity: Although not a direct measure of adiposity, the widely used method to gauge obesity is the body mass index (BMI), which is equal to weight in kg/ height in m2. Normal BMI – 18.5 to 23 kg/m2 Overweight – 23.1 to 29.9 kg/m2 Obese – > 30 kg/m2


Akki Shavige Uppittu

I ngre d i e nt s

I n g r e d ie nts

Rice Flour - 2 cups

Akki shavige (rice vermicelli) - 2 cups

Maida - 1/4 cup

Vegetables - 2 cups (beans, carrot, peas, capsicum)

Gram flour - 1/2 cup

Hing - 1/4 sp

Lightly crushed groundnuts - 2 tb sp

Fried gram (hurikagadale) - 2 tb sp

Chilli powder - 2 tsp

Sesame seeds - 2 tsp

Curry leaves (finely chopped)

Water to knead

Salt as required

Oil for deep frying

Green chilli – 4 nos.

Juice of 1 lemon

Oil - 2 tb sp

Bengal gram, urad dal, groundnut, sesame seeds, jeera and curry leaves for seasoning

Coriander leaves for garnishing

Salt to taste

M e t h od •

Bring to boil 6 cups of water. Switch off the stove and add vermicelli. Make sure that the vermicelli is completely immersed in water. Cover it, let it stand for 10 minutes, drain the water and keep it aside.

Cut vegetables into thin strips and steam cook carrot and beans.

Heat oil in a big pan. Add sesame seeds. Once they splutter, add Bengal gram, urad dal, groundnut seeds and fry them till they are slightly brown. Add slit green chilli and curry leaves.

Add capsicum and peas. Cook them till they are almost done and then add steamed veggies. Sprinkle little salt and continue to cook for 3-4 minutes.

Now add the vermicelli. Mix well, adjust salt and cook for 3-4 minutes while stirring.

Add lemon juice.

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot.

Chakkuli I n g r e d ie nts •

Rice - 2 cups

Urad dal (black gram) -1/2 cup

Jeera - 2 tb sp

Sesame seeds (til) - 1 tb sp

Asafoetida (hing) - 1/4 tsp

Mix all the ingredients well, except water and oil.

Add 2 tb sp of hot oil and mix well again. Now add water little by little, till you get the chapati consistency.

Heat oil in a frying pan

Take lemon-sized dough and roll it out like a thick chapati (about 4- 5 cm in diameter) and deep fry in oil in medium heat till golden brown. Remove, cool them and store them in an airtight container.

Sprouted matki - 1 cup

Onion - 1 (finely chopped)

Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp

Green chilli paste - 1/2 tb sp

Garam masala - 1 tb sp

Coconut (grated) - 1/2 cup

Coriander (finely chopped) - 1/4 cup

Lemon juice – 1 tsp

Sugar and salt to taste

Oil – 1 tb sp

Cumin seeds for seasoning.

Salt to taste

Oil for deep frying


Waist-to-hip ratio of > 0.9 in women and > 1.0 in men is termed abnormal.

In g r e d ie n t s

Skin-fold thickness: A large proportion of total body fat is located just under the skin. Since it is most accessible, the method most used is the measurement of skin-fold thickness. The measurement may be taken at all the four sites - mid-triceps, biceps, subscapular and suprailiac regions. Sum of the measurements should be less than 40 mm in boys and 50 mm in girls.

Many of the most important complications of obesity, such as insulin resistance, diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidemia and hyper androgenism in women are linked more strongly to intra-abdominal and/ or upper body fat than to overall adiposity.

Rava - 1 cup

Sugar - 3/4 cup

Ghee - 1 tb sp

Cardamom powder - 1/4 sp

Raisins and cashewnuts for garnishing

Dessicated coconut (kobbari) - 1/2 cup

Milk - 2 tb sp

Heat ghee, fry cashewnuts and raisins. Set aside.

In the remaining ghee, roast rava till light golden brown in colour.

When it is still hot, mix sugar, cardamom powder, dry fruits, dry coconut, hot milk and mix well.

Tightly pound the mixture into the vessel and let it stand for 5 minutes.

Shape them into small balls and store them in an air tight container.

I n g re di e n t s

Other approaches to quantify obesity include:

Madki (matki) Kaal Usli •

Wash rice and drain. Spread it on a clean cotton cloth to dry under shade for 4-5 hrs. Dry roast rice and urad dal separately, until it turns lightly golden in colour.

fat. It is measured at the mid-point between the lower border of the rib cage and the iliac crest.

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* Adequate level of essential nutrients in low energy diets should be ensured.

Method • Heat oil in a vessel. • Add cumin seeds and chopped onion. • After 2 min, add ginger garlic paste and green chilli paste. • Cook for 2 min. • Add sprouted matki, garam masala, salt and sugar and cook for 2 minutes. • Now, add grated coconut and mix well.. • Add 1 cup of hot water and lemon juice and cook for 5 minutes on a low flame. • Garnish with coriander leaves.

Dry grind rice and dal together into a very fine powder. This flour is called chakkuli hittu.

Heat oil, put some dough into the chakkuli mould, press the chakkuli on a plastic sheet.

Add salt, hing, jeera, sesame seeds to this hittu and mix well.

Now heat 3 tb sp oil and pour it on the flour. Mix the flour thoroughly by adding little water at a time till you get smooth but firm dough.

Gently lift one by one and drop them into hot oil. Deep fry them in medium heat till golden brown in colour. Remove, cool and store them in an airtight container.

Waist circumference and waist-hip ratio: Waist circumference is a convenient and simple measurement that is unrelated to height and correlates closely to BMI. The waist-to-hip ratio is an approximate index of intra-abdominal fat mass and total body

Substantial evidence suggests that body weight is regulated by both endocrine and neural components that ultimately influence the effector arms of energy intake and

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expenditure. This complex regulatory system is necessary because even a small imbalance between energy intake and expenditure will ultimately have a large effect on body weight. The etiology of obesity is complex and is one of multiple causations. It can occur at any age and generally increases with age. Eating habits: The composition of diet, the periodicity with which it is eaten and the amount of energy derived from it are relevant to the etiology of obesity. A diet containing more energy than needed may lead to prolonged postprandial hyperlipidemia and to the deposition of triglycunides in adipose tissue resulting in obesity.

* Most conventional diets for weight reduction allow 1,000 kcal/day for an adult. The most basic consideration is that the food energy intake should not be greater than what is necessary for energy expenditure. It requires modification of the patient’s behaviour and strong motivation to lose weight and maintain an ideal weight. Exercise: It is an important component of the overall approach to treating obesity. Increased energy expenditure is the most obvious mechanism, meaning burning excess fat in the body through exercise. Drugs: Despite modest short-term benefits from several agents, medication-induced weight loss is not a cure and is often associated with rebound weight gain after the cessation of drug use.

By Dr Bhavitha R

Obesity is a positive risk factor in the development of hypertension, diabetes, gall bladder and coronary artery diseases.

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ctor John Abraham, whose prison-break film ‘Hook Ya Crook’ got wrapped up way ahead of schedule, says he plans to join a workshop for his yet-to-be-shot Abbas Tyrewala’s ‘1:800 Love’ during the unexpected break. “We’ve finished the film 27 days ahead of schedule. Can you believe it? And such a difficult film requiring huge amounts of canvas crowds and concentration. David Dhawan is one of the fastest and most efficient directors I’ve worked with,” said John, who is now used to delays in Bollywood.

Travel Musings With Soha

“I’d have liked to take a holiday. But God has his own plans. I’m plunging into a month-long workshop for ‘1:800 Love’, something I wouldn’t have been able to do if David’s film hadn’t wrapped up well in advance.” The workshop with Abbas and his wife Pakhi is expected to change John’s speech pattern and body language, making him more casual and connected with the London-based character he plays in the film. John, who also needs to work to normalise his 31-inch waist and six-foot-one-inch height, said: “I just have to be a normal guy in Abbas’ film which is what I am anyway. Just have to sharpen my skills at normalcy.”

She has an impressive lineage, being the daughter of yesteryear actress Sharmila Tagore and cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and sister of hotshot actor Saif Ali Khan. Soha Ali Khan was in Bangalore recently to launch the ‘Special Edition Sunglasses’ inspired by Soha Ali Khan – casual chic sunglasses created and fashioned by Tommy Hilfiger. In an exclusive chat with Travel Karnataka, this amicable actor shares some of her memorable travel anecdotes. Excerpts:

How many places have you travelled over the last year? Lots of them actually. Especially I remember I was in South Africa in Capetown for 5 weeks for a shoot and it’s a beautiful place. I have also shot in Goa, Poona and Delhi apart from an ad-shoot in Bangkok. And yes, am going to London next month for a film shoot again.

When asked if ‘Hook Ya Crook’ is supposed to be a cricket story, John said: “It’s a prison-break story. Cricket is a small part of the film. If required, we’re getting (Mahendra Singh) Dhoni on board for the film.”

Bebo & her surprise holiday!


areena Kapoor is one lucky lass! She not only has a doting boyfriend (Saif Ali Khan for the clueless), she has a boyfriend who takes great pleasure in surprising her by whisking her off to exotic destinations for a holiday. Bebo divulges that Saif recently told her that they would be taking off on  a short break, but refused to tell her where they were going for fear that she won’t be able to keep it a secret. Now, the fashionista’s dilemma is that she has no idea what clothes to pack since she doesn’t know anything about the climatic conditions! But the resourceful star has a solution – get Saif to buy her a brand new wardrobe wherever they are. The couple have decided to keep their holiday getaways a secret from the press due to fanatic fans who follow them everywhere. In fact, security is such an issue for them that they have to have bodyguards trailing them even when shopping. Maybe this is one holiday Bebo will have nothing to worry about.

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What has been your best travel experience? Very difficult to say which one, as there are many but the best has to be the one when I finished my under graduation at Oxford. For my 21st birthday, my parents gifted me a month-long trip to Europe. I visited France, Spain, Italy and Greece with friends and was with a backpack all the time. I was a student and everything was quite cheap and a whole lot of fun. In fact, we spent a lot of time at the railway stations in sub zero temperatures. Although I visited these places again, everything was on a five-star level. That was a trip that was really memorable.

Is there a destination that you have not visited yet, but want to? In India, it’s Ladakh as I am a very outdoor kind of person. Outside India, I really want to visit Peru and Cambodia. Also China, as I have been a student of history and am quite fascinated about civilizations and would like to learn about different cultures.

Have you seen Karnataka? Only Bangalore, as I have family here - my aunt and cousins live here. I like the vibe of the city and it has some great restaurants as well. And, of course, the weather here is so much better than Mumbai and Bangalore is a great city.

How do you travel - heavy or light? I travel as light as possible. I do not like carrying things as I am very casual and very lazy and like to keep things minimal. I keep the accessories to the minimum and I only keep one pair of shoes - am always in brown rubber chappals.

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What is your advice to travellers - any tips? I would say, find someone local who can show you around the place. Again, it is very important that you are sensitive to local culture. I would say, be open-minded and experiment, but you need to be careful and take basic precautions, especially if you are a single female traveller. And yes, when you are abroad, always keep the number of the Indian embassy in hand.

Do you have any interesting travel memory to share? There are many interesting memories. I hitchhiked from Oxford to Paris for a charity event once and used all sorts of transport to get to my destination - the Eiffel Tower. Another interesting memory was recently when only my mother and me went to a private game resort in South Africa for a few days. We saw leopards, lions, elephants and so many animals and it was just the two of us. So it was really special.

What is your favorite holiday destination? I would say places like Australia, South Africa and West Europe are among my favourites.

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ubli, also known as Hubballi, literally means Hu (flower) and Balli (creeper) in Kannada. The twin cities of Hubli and Dharwad are the second-largest conurbation in Karnataka, after Bangalore. Hubli, situated about 20  km south-east of Dharwad, is the commercial centre and business hub of North Karnataka. Cotton and groundnuts are grown aplenty in the surrounding areas, and Hubli is a major trading centre for both these commodities. Being the headquarters for the South-Western Railway Zone and the Hubballi division, Hubli is also an important city for the Indian Railways. Hubli, with its warm summer, cold winter and rainy season, is dry throughout the year. The city records an average yearly rainfall of 838 mm. However, Hubli is an important industrial centre, with more than a thousand allied small and medium industries. There are machine tools, electrical, steel furniture, food products, rubber, leather and tanning industries. Ancient Hubli, also called Eleya Puravada Halli’, was ruled by many rulers like the Vijayanagara kings, Mughals and Marathas.

Notable temples and maths worth a visit in Hubli are the Moorusavira Matha, Bhavanishankar temple, Chandramouleshwara/ Chaturlinga temple in Unakal, Shambhu Linga temple in Kundgol, Siddharoodhaswamy Matha, Rudrakshi Matha and Hanneradu

Yattina Matha. Hubli is also home to many famous mosques and churches. Of the mosques, the Mahdi mosque at Bandiwadagase, Mastan Sofa Mosque and Hazarat Sayyed Fateh Shahwali Darga are quite famous. Of the churches, the Church of Ascension, Church of Holy Name, St. Joseph’s and St. Andrew’s are notable. Hubli has many notable Jain temples too, out of which the Varur Navgrah Trith, Gabbur Parshva Padmalaya Trith, Boodersing Rajendra Trith and Shantinath Temple are quite wellknown.

Greatly influenced by neighbouring Dharwad, famously known as the ‘City of Education,’ Hubli has numerous colleges

Gangubai Hangal, Pt Arjunsa Nakod and Pt Bhimsen Joshi.

How to reach Hubli is well connected by road, rail and air from Bangalore, Goa, Belgaum and Miraj. Places of tourist interest * Chandramouleshwara temple - A temple of Chalukya times, dedicated to God Chandramouleshwara. * Bhavanishankar Temple - This Chalukyan temple with the image of Sri Narayana is flanked by the ten incarnations of God.

and schools in all streams providing quality education like the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) and KLE Society Belgaum’s BVB College of Engineering & Technology, one of the oldest engineering colleges of the state, established in 1947. Kundgol, a town situated about 20 km south-east of Hubli, enjoys the credit of churning out many renowned Hindustani classical music singers like Panchakshari Gawai, Pt Putturaj Gawai, Pt Sawai Gandharva, Pt Mallikarjun Mansoor, Pt Basavaraj Rajguru, Pt Kumar Gandharva,

* Asar - It was built by Mohammed Ali Shah in about 1646 to serve as a hall of justice. The building was also used to house two hairs from the Prophet’s beard. Women are not allowed inside. * Nrupatunga Hill - A hillock located on the north-Eastern fringe of Hubli. The top of the hillock offers a pleasing panoramic view of Hubli city. * Siddharoodha Math – It is an eminent religious institution, a centre of Advaita philosophy as preached by Swami Siddharoodha. * Unkal Lake - A pictorial water spot with a magnificent sunset view, this perfect picnic spot has green garden, recreational facilities for children, boating facilities, etc. The lake is 3 km away from Hubli. * Glass House. * Banashankari Temple, Amargol.

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s carrying large amounts of cash or even travellers’ cheques can be risky and even slightly nerve racking, it is not recommended. Instead, it is much safer and easier to use the ATM machines that are to be found all over the world, even on small idyllic islands. When you use an ATM machine in a foreign country you will normally be charged a small fee, so it is worthwhile checking with your bank what that fee is as some may not charge if you use an ATM at a bank in its own network. For example, some accounts at HSBC in Hong Kong don’t charge any fee as long as the machine you are withdrawing money from is part of HSBC, even if it is in another country.

For the safe use of your ATM cards:


We recommend travellers to use their ATM cards to get cash when in a foreign country because, more often than not, it is the most efficient, fastest and the least costly way of obtaining foreign currency when you need it. Using your ATM and credit cards does have risks, not just in Asia but the world over, and travellers should always be wary when using them in order to avoid unwanted problems. There are things to look out for when using your cards to ensure you do not become a victim: •

When you use an ATM machine in a foreign country, the money dispensed will be in the local currency and the exchange rate is often even better than the rates you would get from a local bank or regular currency exchange shop. However, there are some restrictions on using ATM machines, and each bank will have its own rules and regulations. For example, in Thailand you can only withdraw a limited amount from most machines at any one time; this amount is normally around 20,000 Baht or so. There may also be limitations on the amount you can withdraw from your own bank in your home country. So, checking with them helps. Of course, it should go without saying that the same precautions you use at home, such as checking that nobody is watching you when you are entering the PIN number, or checking that the machine or card slot has

Never ever give out your security number on the phone, unless you are 100% certain who you are talking to. If someone calls you and claims to be from your bank or credit card company, ring them back on their general number (not the number the caller gives you) to make sure they really are who they say they are before you give out any details. When using an ATM machine, always make sure there is nobody loitering around suspiciously. If there is somebody moving around suspiciously, use another ATM machine. If you feel someone is standing too close to you while you type in your PIN number, ask them to step back, and always make sure you try and hide as best you can the number you are entering. • Always check the ATM machine carefully before you use it. If there is anything about the

ATM machine which seems a little strange, then don’t use it. This includes carefully checking the slot where you insert the card, and making sure there are no hidden cameras anywhere. One ATM scam going around the world at the moment is where people add what is known as a skimmer to the front of the ATM machine where you insert the card. They then stay near by and the details you enter into the machine are electronically transmitted to them. At the same time, a wireless camera is disguised to look like a leaflet holder and is mounted in a position to view your ATM PIN number. Once the process is complete, they simply need to make a card with the information they gained and they can then use it at any ATM machine just as you would.

report it. •

The credit card companies say that asking the consumer to pay a surcharge is against their policies and if reported that merchant will be removed from the network. The main problem with this practice seems to be with American Express which, while it does offer travellers some excellent bonuses and benefits, is not, or at least does not seem to be the most popular credit card among merchants in Asia. For example, in Hong Kong it is quite difficult to find many restaurants that accept the card.

Currency is one of the most important parts of any trip. Here are some tips on where best to draw your money from to help your well earned dollar travel that bit further. not been fiddled with, applies no matter where you are using the ATM.

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than others. The main reason for this is the amount the credit card companies charge merchants, which puts them off accepting the card or offer to pass those charges on to you by increasing the price!

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• Safeguard receipts and destroy carbon copies. This may seem over the top but we actually recommend keeping the receipts in a safe place so you can accurately compare them with the statements you receive and shred the rest. Shredders are affordable and help to ensure that any confidential information is quite literally shredded. People committing credit card fraud and identity theft often rummage through dustbins and letter boxes.

So, while carrying your credit card on your travels will help, it is not all smooth sailing, and cash is still very much in demand.

For the safe use of your Credit cards: Another is where people put a clear plastic sleeve into the card slot. Unsuspecting users then insert their card but the machine is unable to read the strip (because of the sleeve) and so the machine keeps asking the user to re-enter the password. After a while, the user gives up thinking the machine has swallowed the card. What has actually happened is the ATM card is inside the sleeve and someone has managed to see the number you entered. From there they simply remove the card from the sleeve and use your account! The best way to avoid this is to run your finger along the slot. If you feel any prongs or bumps, then don’t use that machine. These stories of using your credit cards and ATM cards are not meant to scare you from using them. We hope they encourage you to use them more carefully.

Credit Cards One obvious way to avoid carrying wads of cash around when travelling is to use your credit card. Whether you

use VISA, MasterCard or American Express, you will be able to make purchases and benefit from the policies, such as reward points, guarantees, insurance, etc. that your card may offer. On your travels, you will however find that some cards are a lot more welcome

Credit cards are also the target of unscrupulous people who want something for nothing. Using credit cards safely needs a little more work than safeguarding your ATM PIN number and card, because unlike the ATM card you do have to give your card to someone else, and that is where problems may begin. In fact, credit card fraud is extremely serious and almost impossible to safeguard against almost 100%. It is also very closely linked to an even more serious problem identity theft. •

Remember that all someone needs is your number. Of course, a little more information is sometimes required but problems can begin with just a credit card number so the first guide to safety is ensuring you stay with your card at all times, and watch how it is used. This can be difficult to do, but it really is the only way to help prevent the loss of your card details. Keep details of your credit card, the number, security number, date of expiry, etc. somewhere safe and separate from your wallet, and keep a copy of this information when you travel. Also, make a note of emergency telephone numbers that credit card companies offer in case your card is lost or stolen. Check if they have a local office in the destination you are travelling to. If your card is lost or stolen, call the company immediately to

When using the credit card online, always ensure that the website is reputable, and that the website uses some form of SSL security which is normally visible by a little padlock appearing in the bottom right of Internet Explorer. The page may also start with https:// instead of the regular http://

Don’t give out any details about anything to anyone who has called you. If you know the company, ring them back on the general number to make sure that the person calling truly does work for that company.

Always check the amount twice while signing. Anyone can make a mistake, be it intentionally or by accident.

Always check your billing statement promptly to check there are no suspicious charges. If there are any, report immediately to the credit card company.

Insist on people using a machine you recognise because skimmers are now available that allow people to copy all your card details in seconds. If in doubt, use cash.

The Great S i n g a p o r e S a l e is back!


he annual Great Singapore Sale, an island-wide sales event, is back. It just started on May 29 and will continue until July 26, giving tourists plenty of time to plan their ultimate shopping trip., an online hotel-booking service, is helping travellers save money on accommodations by offering special room rates and promotions at local Singapore hotels during this year’s Great Singapore Sale. Participating retailers throughout Singapore are offering deals of up to 70 per cent off on nearly everything, and major shopping malls will be opened late every weekend. Tourists can ask for a Global Refund Check used to claim a tax refund when they spend a minimum of SGD100. Additionally, MasterCard holders will be able to take advantage of exclusive privileges during the eightweek sale, including a chance to win a free shopping holiday if they spend a minimum of SGD200 or SGD100. A “Tourist Privilege Card" is also available in the Great Singapore Sale Tourist guide, which offers even greater discounts on participating brands and products ranging from Club 21, Fox, G2000, and U2 on items and services from homewares, watches, dining, and wellness goods. Bargain hunters and luxury aficionados can find discounts on international luxury brands in the main downtown shopping districts of Orchard Road, Marina Bay, and Bugis. The Great Singapore Sale also stretches into China Town, Little India, Kampong Glam, and the Southern Waterfront, where Vivo City, Singapore’s newest shopping mall with over 350 stores, is located. For more information, visit: or telephone +66 2 625 9100 or email:

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Encouraging Tourism Industry towards a Low Carbon Economy


n anticipation of the UN climate conference COP 15, to be held in 6 months time, global business leaders came together at the World Business Summit on Climate Change in Copenhagen recently. At the event, the report - ‘Towards a Low Carbon Travel and Tourism Sector’ - was presented by the World Economic Forum. This study represents the fruit of a collaboration between UNWTO and several key organisations and is part of a longstanding action by the tourism and travel sector to respond to climate change. For UNWTO it is an important element of the Davos Declaration Process initiated in 2003 with the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). The study puts forward proposals for the mitigation of greenhouse gas emission in various sectors such as transport and accommodation. It also considers market mechanisms and innovative methods of financing the transformation towards a green economy and encourages new public-private-partnerships. The study was developed over a one-year period as a multi-stakeholder process involving international organizations, governments, and industry associations to jointly conduct an analysis of the impact of the travel and tourism sector on CO2 emissions and develop a framework for emission reduction by the sector as a whole. The study points out how governments, industry stakeholders and consumers can collectively improve the low carbon sustainability of travel, which will in turn enable the continued growth of the sector and the sustainable economic development of nations. It emphasises the importance of tourism as a development driver for poorer nations and calls for the continued growth of sustainable air transport in these countries. Finally it underscores the need to continue to address climate change and poverty alongside the economic crisis.

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BENGALURU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT DOMESTIC AIR TIMINGS - ARRIVAL AIRLINE FLIGHT NO. Kingfisher (IT) 2454 Indigo (6E) 153 Spice Jet (SG) 524 Kingfisher (IT) 4426 Kingfisher (IT) 3446 Kingfisher (IT) 3446 Indigo (6E) 275 Jet Airways (9W) 445 Jet Airways (9W) 465 Jet Airways (9W) 485 Jet Airways (9W) 532 Jet Airways (9W) 802 Jet Airways (9W) 3525 Jet Airways (9W) 3525 Alliance Air 7915 Indian (IC) 312 Indian (IC) 316 Indian (IC) 318 Kingfisher (IT) 2402 Kingfisher (IT) 2404 Kingfisher (IT) 2406 Kingfisher (IT) 2408 Kingfisher (IT) 2410 Kingfisher (IT) 2412 Kingfisher (IT) 2414 Kingfisher (IT) 2741 Jetlite (S2) 271 Jet Airways (9W) 3512 Indian (IC) 910 Indian (IC) 910 Kingfisher (IT) 4420 Kingfisher (IT) 4430 Jetlite (S2) 282 Kingfisher (IT) 2906 Kingfisher (IT) 3103 Kingfisher (IT) 3109 Kingfisher (IT) 4454 Kingfisher (IT) 4458 Jetlite (S2) 234 Indigo (6E) 101 Indigo (6E) 103 Indigo (6E) 105 Indigo (6E) 107 Indigo (6E) 121 Indigo (6E) 123 Indigo (6E) 131 Indigo (6E) 137 Jet Airways (9W) 801 Jet Airways (9W) 811 Jet Airways (9W) 815

ORIGIN ARRIVAL DAYS OF AIRCRAFT TIME OPERATION TYPE Agatti 1750 1234567 AT7 Ahmedabad 1830 1234567 320 Ahmedabad 0900 1234567 738 Belgaum 1230 1234567 AT7 Bhubaneswar 1410 1234507 320 Bhubaneswar 1510 0000060 320 Chennai 1140 1234567 320 Chennai 1050 1234567 738 Chennai 2205 1234567 738 Chennai 1805 1234567 738 Chennai 0845 1234567 73G Chennai 0645 1234567 734 Chennai 1230 1034507 AT7 Chennai 1210 0000060 AT7 Chennai 2210 1234567 732 Chennai 0945 1234567 319 Chennai 1825 1234567 319 Chennai 230 1234567 319 Chennai 0820 1234567 AT7 Chennai 0950 1234567 AT7 Chennai 1200 1234567 AT7 Chennai 510 1234567 AT7 Chennai 1830 1234567 AT7 Chennai 2000 1234567 AT7 Chennai 2130 1234567 AT7 Chennai 0700 1234567 AT7 Chennai 0600 1234567 738 Cochin 0945 1234567 AT7 Cochin 1440 1234507 319 Cochin 1510 0000060 319 Cochin 2150 1234567 AT7 Cochin 0855 1234567 AT7 Cochin 2020 1234567 738 Coimbatore 2305 1234567 AT7 Coimbatore 0930 1234567 320 Coimbatore 2255 1234567 320 Coimbatore 2040 1234567 AT7 Coimbatore 0825 1234567 AT7 Coimbatore 1220 1234567 734 Delhi 0910 1234507 320 Delhi 1040 0000060 320 Delhi 1830 1234507 320 Delhi 1840 0000060 320 Delhi 1210 1234567 320 Delhi 1840 1234567 320 Delhi 2315 1234567 320 Delhi 1510 0000060 320 Delhi 0910 1234567 73H Delhi 2030 1234567 738 Delhi 1310 1234507 73G

AIRLINE FLIGHT NO. Jet Airways (9W) 815 Jet Airways (9W) 815 Jet Airways (9W) 815 Jet Airways (9W) 834 Indian (IC) 904 Indian (IC) 403 Indian (IC) 803 Kingfisher (IT) 201 Kingfisher (IT) 203 Kingfisher (IT) 205 Kingfisher (IT) 207 Kingfisher (IT) 212 Kingfisher (IT) 214 Jetlite (S2) 231 Jetlite (S2) 233 Jetlite (S2) 235 Spice Jet (SG) 223 Spice Jet (SG) 501 Indigo (6E) 277 Jet Airways (9W) 502 Jet Airways (9W) 502 Indian (IC) 919 Indian (IC) 920 Kingfisher (IT) 432 Spice Jet (SG) 527 Kingfisher (IT) 2432 Indigo (6E) 151 Indigo (6E) 352 Jet Airways (9W) 3542 Jet Airways (9W) 3548 Jet Airways (9W) 3550 GO Air (G8) 193 Indian (IC) 916 Kingfisher (IT) 2424 Kingfisher (IT) 2431 Kingfisher (IT) 2434 Kingfisher (IT) 2438 Kingfisher (IT) 2440 Kingfisher (IT) 4424 Kingfisher (IT) 4440 Kingfisher (IT) 611 Kingfisher (IT) 611 Jetlite (S2) 631 Spice Jet (SG) 283 Kingfisher (IT) 4436 Jet Airways (9W) 511 Jet Airways (9W) 515 Indian (IC) 771 Kingfisher (IT) 434 Kingfisher (IT) 3435

ORIGIN ARRIVAL DAYS OF AIRCRAFT TIME OPERATION TYPE Delhi 1500 0000060 73G Delhi 1230 1234567 73G Delhi 1250 0000060 73G Delhi 2225 1234567 73G Delhi 2230 1234567 320 Delhi 1900 1234567 321 Delhi 0845 1234567 319 Delhi 0930 1234567 321 Delhi 1230 1234567 321 Delhi 2000 1234567 321 Delhi 2315 1234567 321 Delhi 1740 1234567 320 Delhi 2120 1234567 320 Delhi 0945 1234567 734 Delhi 2015 1234567 738 Delhi 2125 1234567 738 Delhi 1540 1234567 739 Delhi 0940 1234567 739 Goa 1500 1234567 320 Goa 1705 1234507 73G Goa 1735 0000060 73G Goa 1600 1234507 320 Goa 1600 0000060 320 Guwahati 2135 1234567 321 Guwahati 1820 1234567 738 Hubli 1630 1234567 AT7 Hyderabad 0920 1234567 320 Hyderabad 2040 1234567 320 Hyderabad 1650 1034567 AT7 Hyderabad 2250 1234567 AT7 Hyderabad 0955 1234567 AT7 Hyderabad 2055 1234567 320 Hyderabad 1040 1234567 320 Hyderabad 0850 1234560 AT7 Hyderabad 0800 1234567 AT7 Hyderabad 1300 1234507 AT7 Hyderabad 1950 1234567 AT7 Hyderabad 2105 1234567 AT7 Hyderabad 1925 1234567 AT7 Hyderabad 2315 1234567 AT7 Jaipur 1435 1234507 320 Jaipur 1500 0000060 320 Jaipur 1605 1234567 738 Jaipur 2000 1234567 738 Vidyanagar 1735 1234567 AT7 Kolkata 1740 1234567 738 Kolkata 0835 1234567 73W Kolkata 2215 1234567 320 Kolkata 1020 1234567 320 Kolkata 2240 1234567 320

AIRLINE FLIGHT ORIGIN ARRIVAL DAYS OF AIRCRAFT NO. TIME OPERATION TYPE Jetlite (S2) 364 Kolkata 1940 1234567 73G Kingfisher (IT) 4460 Madurai 0905 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 4466 Madurai 2215 1234567 AT7 Jet Airways (9W) 520 Mangalore 1025 1234567 73G Jet Airways (9W) 528 Mangalore 2020 1234567 73G Kingfisher (IT) 442 Mangalore 1000 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 2444 Mangalore 2100 1234567 AT7 Indigo (6E) 411 Mumbai 0750 1234567 320 Indigo (6E) 415 Mumbai 2255 1234567 320 Indigo (6E) 417 Mumbai 1000 1234567 320 Jet Airways (9W) 411 Mumbai 0815 1234560 73H Jet Airways (9W) 411 Mumbai 0700 0000007 73H Jet Airways (9W) 417 Mumbai 1535 1234567 738 Jet Airways (9W) 441 Mumbai 1845 1234567 738 Jet Airways (9W) 443 Mumbai 1205 1234567 738 Jet Airways (9W) 447 Mumbai 1725 1234567 73H Jet Airways (9W) 449 Mumbai 1035 1234560 738 Jet Airways (9W) 477 Mumbai 2145 1234507 73G Jet Airways (9W) 483 Mumbai 1945 1234567 738 Jet Airways (9W) 2411 Mumbai 0530 1234567 AT7 Air India (AI) 620 Mumbai 0500 0234507 320 Indian (IC) 105 Mumbai 0745 1234567 319 Indian (IC) 107 Mumbai 1900 1234567 321 Indian (IC) 109 Mumbai 1040 1234567 320 Kingfisher (IT) 101 Mumbai 0820 1234560 320 Kingfisher (IT) 103 Mumbai 1030 1234567 320 Kingfisher (IT) 105 Mumbai 1245 1234567 320 Kingfisher (IT) 107 Mumbai 1745 1234567 320 Kingfisher (IT) 109 Mumbai 1950 1234567 320 Kingfisher (IT) 111 Mumbai 2210 1234567 320 Jetlite (S2) 601 Mumbai 1430 1234507 73G Alliance Air 7916 Nagpur 0520 1234567 732 Kingfisher (IT) 3453 Nagpur 1640 1234567 320 Kingfisher (IT) 2102 Nasik 1830 1234567 AT7 Jet Airways (9W) 446 Pune 1455 1234567 738 Kingfisher (IT) 410 Pune 0910 1234567 321 Kingfisher (IT) 416 Pune 2010 1234567 321 Spice Jet (SG) 227 Pune 0815 1234567 738 Spice Jet (SG) 209 Srinagar 2020 1234567 739 Kingfisher (IT) 4408 Tirupati 1505 1234567 AT7 Jet Airways (9W) 3538 Trivandrum 1810 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 2732 Trivandrum 1000 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 2738 Trivandrum 2220 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 4732 Trivandrum 1830 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 4452 Vijayawada 1305 1234507 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 4452 Vijayawada 1255 0000060 AT7 Paramount Airways (I7) 464 Vishakhapatnam 1125 1234567 E70

DOMESTIC AIR TIMINGS - DEPARTURE AIRLINE FLIGHT NO. Kingfisher (IT) 453 Spice Jet (SG) 529 Kingfisher (IT) 4425 Kingfisher (IT) 3445 Jet Airways (9W) 486 Jet Airways (9W) 446 Jet Airways (9W) 466 Jet Airways (9W) 803 Jet Airways (9W) 531 Jet Airways (9W) 3531 Alliance Air 7916 Indian (IC) 317 Indian (IC) 311 Indian (IC) 315 Kingfisher (IT) 2403 Kingfisher (IT) 2405 Kingfisher (IT) 2409 Kingfisher (IT) 2407 Kingfisher (IT) 2411 Kingfisher (IT) 2413 Kingfisher (IT) 2415 Kingfisher (IT) 2401 Jetlite (S2) 272 Jet Airways (9W) 3511 Indian (IC) 909 Kingfisher (IT) 2481 Kingfisher (IT) 4419 Kingfisher (IT) 4429 Jetlite (S2) 281 Kingfisher (IT) 4453 Kingfisher (IT) 4457 Jetlite (S2) 231 Indigo (6E) 104 Indigo (6E) 108 Indigo (6E) 122 Indigo (6E) 132 Indigo (6E) 138 Indigo (6E) 106 Indigo (6E) 124 Jet Airways (9W) 812 Jet Airways (9W) 833 Jet Airways (9W) 804 Jet Airways (9W) 816 Air India (AI) 804 Indian (IC) 804 Indian (IC) 404 Indian (IC) 505 Kingfisher (IT) 213 Kingfisher (IT) 204

DESTINATION DEPARTURE DAYS OF AIRCRAFT TIME OPERATION TYPE Agatti 1100 1234567 AT7 Ahmedabad 1850 1234567 738 Belgaum 0915 1234567 AT7 Bhubaneswar 0700 1234567 320 Chennai 1925 1234567 738 Chennai 1535 1234567 738 Chennai 2245 1234567 738 Chennai 0950 1234567 73H Chennai 0635 1234567 73G Chennai 1730 1234567 AT7 Chennai 0555 1234567 732 Chennai 1945 1234567 319 Chennai 0645 1234567 319 Chennai 1545 1234567 319 Chennai 0850 1234567 AT7 Chennai 1020 1234567 AT7 Chennai 1730 1234567 AT7 Chennai 1540 1234567 AT7 Chennai 1900 1234567 AT7 Chennai 2030 1234567 AT7 Chennai 2200 1234567 AT7 Chennai 0725 1234567 AT7 Chennai 2055 1234567 738 Cochin 1015 1234567 AT7 Cochin 1130 1234567 319 Cochin 0600 1234567 AT7 Cochin 1840 1234567 AT7 Cochin 0550 1234567 AT7 Cochin 1725 1234567 738 Coimbatore 1810 1234567 AT7 Coimbatore 0600 1234567 AT7 Coimbatore 1020 1234567 734 Delhi 1130 0000060 320 Delhi 1920 0000060 320 Delhi 1720 1234567 320 Delhi 0600 1234567 320 Delhi 1540 0000060 320 Delhi 1930 1234507 320 Delhi 1105 1234567 320 Delhi 1845 1234567 738 Delhi 0945 1234567 73G Delhi 0725 1234567 734 Delhi 1600 1234567 73G Delhi 0615 1000060 320 Delhi 0615 0234507 320 Delhi 1950 1234567 321 Delhi 0930 1234567 319 Delhi 0750 0000060 320 Delhi 1000 1234567 321

AIRLINE FLIGHT DESTINATION DEPARTURE DAYS OF AIRCRAFT NO. TIME OPERATION TYPE Kingfisher (IT) 206 Delhi 1730 1234567 321 Kingfisher (IT) 208 Delhi 2045 1234567 321 Kingfisher (IT) 202 Delhi 0645 1234567 321 Kingfisher (IT) 213 Delhi 0750 1234507 320 Kingfisher (IT) 211 Delhi 1200 1234567 320 Jetlite (S2) 234 Delhi 1255 1234567 734 Jetlite (S2) 232 Delhi 0700 1234567 738 Jetlite (S2) 236 Delhi 2055 1234567 738 Spice Jet (SG) 216 Delhi 2050 1234567 739 Spice Jet (SG) 504 Delhi 1730 1234567 739 Indigo (6E) 275 Goa 1215 1234567 320 Jet Airways (9W) 501 Goa 1425 1234507 73G Jet Airways (9W) 501 Goa 1500 0000060 73G Indian (IC) 919 Goa 1130 1234507 320 Indian (IC) 919 Goa 1255 0000060 320 Kingfisher (IT) 431 Guwahati 0630 1234507 321 Kingfisher (IT) 431 Guwahati 0930 0000060 321 Spice Jet (SG) 528 Guwahati 0930 1234567 738 Kingfisher (IT) 2431 Hubli 0830 1234567 AT7 Indigo (6E) 416 Hyderabad 1940 1234567 320 Indigo (6E) 152 Hyderabad 1910 0000060 320 Jet Airways (9W) 3549 Hyderabad 0625 1234567 AT7 Jet Airways (9W) 3541 Hyderabad 1320 1034507 AT7 Jet Airways (9W) 3541 Hyderabad 1245 0000060 AT7 Jet Airways (9W) 3547 Hyderabad 1920 1234567 AT7 Indian (IC) 915 Hyderabad 1700 1234567 320 Kingfisher (IT) 2423 Hyderabad 0920 1234560 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 2432 Hyderabad 1730 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 2435 Hyderabad 1330 1034507 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 2435 Hyderabad 1410 0200000 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 2437 Hyderabad 2030 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 2439 Hyderabad 2200 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 4817 Hyderabad 0725 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 4439 Hyderabad 1500 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 3452 Indore 1010 1234567 320 Indigo (6E) 152 Jaipur 1910 1234507 320 Indigo (6E) 154 Jaipur 1000 1234567 320 Kingfisher (IT) 612 Jaipur 1530 1234567 320 Jetlite (S2) 632 Jaipur 0805 1234567 738 Spice Jet (SG) 284 Jaipur 0845 1234567 738 Kingfisher (IT) 4435 Vidyanagar 1500 1234567 AT7 Indigo (6E) 277 Kolkata 1535 1234567 320 Indigo (6E) 351 Kolkata 0825 1234567 320 Jet Airways (9W) 512 Kolkata 1820 1234567 738 Jet Airways (9W) 516 Kolkata 0915 1234567 73W Indian (IC) 772 Kolkata 0605 1234567 320 Kingfisher (IT) 433 Kolkata 1900 1234567 320 Kingfisher (IT) 3434 Kolkata 1710 1234567 320 Jetlite (S2) 402 Kolkata 2010 1234567 73G

AIRLINE FLIGHT DESTINATION DEPARTURE DAYS OF AIRCRAFT NO. TIME OPERATION TYPE Kingfisher (IT) 4469 Madurai 0635 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 4465 Madurai 1935 1234567 AT7 Jet Airways (9W) 519 Mangalore 0820 1234567 73G Jet Airways (9W) 527 Mangalore 1820 1234567 73G Kingfisher (IT) 2441 Mangalore 0730 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 2443 Mangalore 1830 1234567 AT7 Indigo (6E) 412 Mumbai 2120 1234567 320 Indigo (6E) 402 Mumbai 0555 1234567 320 Jet Airways (9W) 412 Mumbai 0855 1234560 73H Jet Airways (9W) 412 Mumbai 0740 0000007 73H Jet Airways (9W) 418 Mumbai 1625 1234567 738 Jet Airways (9W) 444 Mumbai 1300 1234507 738 Jet Airways (9W) 444 Mumbai 1300 0000007 738 Jet Airways (9W) 448 Mumbai 1805 1234567 73H Jet Airways (9W) 450 Mumbai 1125 1234560 738 Jet Airways (9W) 478 Mumbai 0700 1234507 73G Jet Airways (9W) 442 Mumbai 2030 1234567 738 Jet Airways (9W) 484 Mumbai 2130 1234567 738 Jet Airways (9W) 2412 Mumbai 2325 1234567 AT7 GO Air (G8) 194 Mumbai 2130 1234567 320 Air India (AI) 621 Mumbai 0100 1234060 320 Indian (IC) 106 Mumbai 0835 1234567 319 Indian (IC) 108 Mumbai 2000 1234567 321 Indian (IC) 110 Mumbai 1125 1234567 320 Kingfisher (IT) 104 Mumbai 0900 1234560 320 Kingfisher (IT) 106 Mumbai 1115 1234567 320 Kingfisher (IT) 108 Mumbai 1535 1234567 320 Kingfisher (IT) 110 Mumbai 1820 1234567 320 Kingfisher (IT) 112 Mumbai 2030 1234567 320 Kingfisher (IT) 102 Mumbai 0650 1234507 320 Kingfisher (IT) 104 Mumbai 0900 0000060 320 Kingfisher (IT) 3104 Mumbai 0540 1234567 320 Kingfisher (IT) 3106 Mumbai 1625 1234567 320 Jetlite (S2) 602 Mumbai 1500 1234507 73G Alliance Air 7915 Nagpur 2245 1234567 732 Kingfisher (IT) 2101 Nasik 1030 1234567 AT7 Indigo (6E) 102 Pune 0950 1234507 320 Jet Airways (9W) 445 Pune 1130 1234507 738 Jet Airways (9W) 459 Pune 2130 1234567 73G Kingfisher (IT) 415 Pune 1700 1234567 321 Kingfisher (IT) 411 Pune 0600 1234567 321 Spice Jet (SG) 228 Pune 2100 1234567 738 Spice Jet (SG) 224 Srinagar 1005 1234567 739 Kingfisher (IT) 4407 Tirupati 0850 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 4731 Tirvandrum 1500 1234567 AT7 Jet Airways (9W) 3537 Trivandrum 1025 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 2737 Trivandrum 1900 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 2731 Trivandrum 0630 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 4442 Vijayawada 0930 1234567 AT7 Paramount Airways (I7) 465 Vishakhapatnam 1155 1234567 E70

Flight schedules are subject to change. Please call the respective airlines for exact schedule


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Indian (IC) Gulf Air (GF) Thai Airways (TG) Thai Airways (TG) Jet Airways (9W) Singapore Airlines (SQ) Air India (AI) Srilankan Airlines (UL) Srilankan Airlines (UL) Srilankan Airlines (UL) Emirates (EK) Emirates (EK) Emirates (EK) Emirates (EK) Indian (IC) Indian (IC) Indian (IC) Lufthansa (LH) Lufthansa (LH) Lufthansa (LH) Dragon Air (KA) Indian (IC) Indian (IC)

362 272 325 331 131 7383 126 171 171 171 564 566 566 568 950 950 350 754 754 8412 152 961 977

Abu Dhabi Bahrain angkok Bangkok Brussels Brussels Chicago Colombo Colombo Colombo Dubai Dubai Dubai Dubai Dubai Dubai Dubai Frankfurt Frankfurt Frankfurt Hong Kong Hyderabad Hyderabad

0700 0300 2315 0230 0005 0855 0500 2005 0910 0910 0850 1715 1715 0300 1445 1520 0540 0125 0005 0030 0140 1930 1800

1234567 1234567 1234567 0204007 1234567 1000000 1000060 0004560 1230000 1000000 1234567 1234007 0000500 1234567 1234507 0000060 1234567 1234567 0000007 0204067 1234567 0204067 1030500

320 320 333 AB6 332 74Y 320 320 343 320 772 332 772 332 320 320 320 744 744 M1F 333 320 320

Malayasia Airlines (MH) Malayasia Airlines (MH) British Airways (BA) Kingfisher Airlines (IT) Singapore Airlines (SQ) Transmile (TH) Indian (IC) Air Mauritius (MK) Air Mauritius (MK) Air Mauritius (MK) Indian (IC) Oman Air (WY) Air France (AF) Air Arabia (G9) Indian (IC) Indian (IC) Singapore Airlines (SQ) Singapore Airlines (SQ) Singapore Airlines (SQ) Singapore Airlines (SQ) Singapore Airlines (SQ) Singapore Airlines (SQ) Tiger Airways (TR)

192 192 119 002 7879 4121 966 746 746 746 978 811 192 497 962 958 500 502 7378 7378 7378 7378 628

Kaula Lumpur Kaula Lumpur London London Los Angeles Malaysia Male Mauritius Mauritius Mauritius Muscat Muscat Paris Sharjah Sharjah Singapore Singapore Singapore Singapore Singapore Singapore Singapore Singapore

2315 2315 0450 1335 1100 1100 1530 0230 0605 0345 0235 0520 0035 0355 0500 0930 0850 2155 0310 0445 0125 1850 2300

0200567 0030000 1234567 1234567 0000500 0234560 1234567 0200000 0200000 0200000 0204060 1234567 1234567 1234567 1030507 1234567 1000560 1234567 0000060 0200000 0004000 0030000 1030507

333 332 744 332 74Y 72Y 320 332 332 332 320 738 332 320 320 320 772 773 74Y 74Y 74Y 74Y 320

AIRLINE Indian (IC) Singapore Airlines (SQ) Singapore Airlines (SQ) Singapore Airlines (SQ) Singapore Airlines (SQ) Gulf Air (GF) Thai Airways (TG) Thai Airways (TG) Jet Airways (9W) Air India (AI) Srilankan Airlines (UL) Srilankan Airlines (UL) Emirates (EK) Emirates (EK) Emirates (EK) Emirates (EK) Indian (IC) Indian (IC) Air India (AI) Lufthansa (LH) Lufthansa (LH) Dragon Air (KA)

FLIGHT NO. 361 7378 7378 7378 7378 273 326 332 132 127 172 172 565 567 569 569 349 949 199 755 755 153

ORIGIN Abu Dhabi Amsterdam Amsterdam Amsterdam Amsterdam Bahrain Bangkok Bangkok Brussels Chicago Colombo Colombo Dubai Dubai Dubai Dubai Dubai Dubai Frankfurt Frankfurt Frankfurt Hong Kong

ARRIVAL TIME 0800 0510 0645 0325 2050 0350 0030 0405 0135 0100 2115 1020 1025 1830 0415 0415 1945 1600 2055 0325 0205 0240

DAYS OF OPERATION 1234567 0000060 0200000 0004000 0030000 1234567 1234567 0204007 1234567 0000507 0004560 0230000 1234567 1234507 0234507 1000060 1234567 1234567 0000060 1234567 0000007 1234567

ORIGIN Kaulalampur London London London London Malaysia Male Mauritius Mauritius Mauritius Muscat Muscat paris Sharjah Sharjah Singapore Singapore Singapore Singapore Singapore Singapore

ARRIVAL TIME 0030 0745 1130 1305 1230 1155 1030 0335 0705 0445 1840 0620 0215 0440 2015 0005 1000 2310 1100 1300 2350

DAYS OF OPERATION 0230567 1234567 1030060 0200507 0004000 0234560 1234567 0200000 0200000 0200000 1030500 1234567 1234567 1234567 0204067 1234567 1000560 1234567 1000000 0000500 1030507

AIRCRAFT TYPE 333 744 332 332 332 72Y 320 332 332 332 320 738 332 320 320 320 772 773 74Y 74Y 320

INTERNATIONAL AIR TIMINGS - DEPARTURE AIRCRAFT TYPE 320 74Y 74Y 74Y 74Y 320 333 AB6 332 320 320 343 772 332 332 772 320 320 31Y 744 744 333

Flight starting from Mangalore - Kingfisher Sector




Days of Operation

Bengaluru Bengaluru Bengaluru Bengaluru Calicut Chennai ( via ) Calicut / Cochin / Trivandrum Cochin ( via ) Calicut Goa Trivandrum ( via ) Calicut / Cochin Vijayawada ( via ) Bengaluru

IT2442 IT2444 IT4442 IT4444 IT2883 IT2883 IT2883 IT2882 IT2883 IT4442

0800 2100 1025 1800 1700 1700 1700 1405 1700 1025

0855 2200 1125 1900 1755 2220 1900 1505 2015 1340

Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily

AIRLINE Malayasia Airlines (MH) British Airways (BA) Kingfisher Airlines (IT) Kingfisher Airlines (IT) Kingfisher Airlines (IT) Transmile (TH) Indian (IC) Air Mauritius (MK) Air Mauritius (MK) Air Mauritius (MK) Indian (IC) Oman Air (WY) Air France (AF) Air Arabia (G9) Indian (IC) Indian (IC) Singapore Airlines (SQ) Singapore Airlines (SQ) Singapore Airlines (SQ) Singapore Airlines (SQ) Tiger Airways (TR)

FLIGHT NO. 193 118 001 001 001 4122 965 747 747 747 977 812 191 498 961 957 501 503 7383 7879 629

Flights starting from Hubli Sector




Days of Operation

Bengaluru Mumbai

IT2432 IT2122

1505 1020

1630 1205

Daily Daily

Flights starting from Belgaum Sector




Days of Operation






Flight(s) operating from Mangalore (IXE) to Mumbai (BOM) - Jet Airways

Flight(s) operating from Mumbai (BOM) to Mangalore (IXE)

Flight No.


Dep. Time


Arr. Time



Flight No.


Dep. Time


Arr. Time



9W434 9W432 9W432

Mangalore (IXE) Mangalore (IXE) Mangalore (IXE)

1105 1505 1525

Mumbai (BOM) Mumbai (BOM) Mumbai (BOM)

1225 1620 1640

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Daily Daily except Fri Fri

9W433 9W431 9W431

Mumbai (BOM) Mumbai (BOM) Mumbai (BOM)

0920 1310 1335

Mangalore (IXE) Mangalore (IXE) Mangalore (IXE)

1035 1425 1450

- - -

Daily Daily except Fri Fri

Flight(s) operating from Mangalore (IXE) to Bengaluru (BLR) Flight No.


Dep. Time


Arr. Time



9W520 9W528

Mangalore (IXE) Mangalore (IXE)

0940 1940

Bengaluru (BLR) Bengaluru (BLR)

1025 2020

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Daily Daily

Railway Timing

From Mysore

ARRIVALS Ahmedabad Exp Thu 6501 Arasikere Pass (Exc 7) 224 Azmer Exp Sun, Tue 6209 Blr-Bangarpet Pass 531 Blr-Chickballapur Pass (Exc 7) 552 Blr-Hubshimoga Fast Dly 588/573 Blr-Kaki Seshadri Exp Dly 7210 Blr-Chennai Brindavan Exp 2639 Blr-Delhi-Karnataka Exp 2628 Blr Niz-Rajdhani Ex 1,3,4,7 2430 Blr Ernakulam Exp (1,4) 2683 Blrcity-Kochuveli Exp (1) 6316 Blr city Bangarpet Pass 6521 Blr Mumbai CSTMudyan 6529 Blr-GandhidamWklyEx(4) 6505 Blr-Chennai Wkly Exp(6) 2691 Blr-Hubli Hospet Pass Dly 584 Blr-Hubli Hampi Exp Dly 6591 Blr City-Chennai Mail Dly 2657 Blr-Chitradurga-Dharwad 582 Blr-Shimoga Exp Dly 6228 BlrDarbangaBhagmati (4) 2577 BhubaneshwarPrasanthi 8463 Cauvery Exp 6222 Chennai Shatabdi (Exc 2) 2027 Ernakulam Intercity 2678 Chennai Exp Dly 2609 Chennai Pass Dly 101 Coimbatore-KurlaExp Dly 1014 Chikkaballapur Pass (Exc 7) 596 Coimbatore kongu Sun 2647 Gorakhpur Exp Mon 2591 Guwahati Exp 2,3,4 2510 Hindupur Pass Exc Sun 594 Hubli-Janashatabdi (Exc 2) 2080 Hubli Intercity Exp Dly 2726 Jaipur-Mysore Exp 2976 Jodhpur Exp (1&6) 6507

Train Name

4.45 am 9.15 am 4.00 am 2.25 pm 6.15 pm 8.40 pm 12.35 pm 1.20 pm 1.40 pm 6.35 pm 4.20 am 8.35 am 11.25 pm 8.50 am 4.00 am 5.55 am 5.55am 6.10 am 5.10 am 7.30 pm 4.30 am 8.40 pm 11.30 am 4.10 am 10.30 pm 8.15 pm 7.50 pm 7.00 pm 3.05 pm 9.45 am 10.55 pm 5.55 am 11.50 pm 9.20 am 9.10 pm 1.50 pm 12.50 pm 4.00 am

Jolarpettai Exp Dly Kuppam Blr Memu Exc 7 KonguNizamudddin (5) Kacheguda Exp Dly Kanyakumrai Exp Dly Kurla-Coimbatore Exp Kholapur Ranichennamma Lalbagh Exp Daily Mysore Pass Daily Mayiladuthurai Mys Exp D Marikuppam Pass Daily Mysore Pass (Exc Sun) Mysore-Jaipur Exp (4,6) Mys-Shatabdi Exp (Exc2) Marikuppam Pass (Exc7) Mysore Tippu Exp Dly Mys-ChennaiShtdbdi (Exc 2) Mysore Passenger Dly Marikuppam Swarna Pass Mys-ChamundiExp (D) Mysore Pass (Exc Sun) Mys-Mayiladuthurai Exp Mys-tirupati FastPass Dly Mysore-Tuticorn Exp Dly Mysore Chennaicauvery Mysore Pass Dly Rajendrasangmitra Shimoga Town Pass Dly Salem Pass Daily Tuticorn-Mysore Exp dly Tirupati-Mysore Exp Dly Tumkur Pass (Exc 7) Tumkur Pass (Exc Sun) Trivandrum Exp (4)


Train No529

2648 2785 6525 1013 6590 2607 229 6231 525 231 2975 2007 512 2613 2008 233 523 6215 237 6232 213 6732 6221 235 2296 228 571 6731 214 222 2265 6322

8.00 am 9.30 am 1.05 am 6.25 am 7.00 am 9.55 pm 7.30 am 9.30 am 11.50 pm 5.35 am 4.55 pm 9.10 am 12.55 pm 10.50 am 10.30 am 1.30 pm 4.15 pm 10.15 pm 9.15 pm 9.40 pm 6.00 pm 6.45 pm 8.15 pm 9.05 pm 11.25 pm 4.00 am 8.40 pm 12.10 pm 6.45 pm 6.10 am 7.10 am 1.15 pm 5.40 pm 9.45 am

Chennai-Ypr-Hubli Exp (7) Hubli-Ypr-Chennai Exp (7) Niz-Sampark(Hubli) 5&7 Smpark (Sc’bad) 1,2,3,5&7 Vasco-Ypr-ChennaiExp(5) Ypr-DadarChalukya (Exc3) Yeshwantpur-HatiaExp(4) Ypr-Bhubneshwar Exp (1) Ypr-Guntur Pass Dly Ypr-Tatanagar Exp Sun Ypr-Vascodegama Ex (2,7) Ypr Kacheguda Exp Dly Ypr-Salem Fast Pass Dly Ypr Bagalkot Exp (2,5,7) Ypr-Howrah Exp Dly Ypr-CannanoreExp (1,3,5) Ypr-Muzafarpur Exp (3)


Flight schedules are subject to change. Please call the respective airlines for exact schedule

7313 7314 2630 2650 7312 1017 2835 2845 434 2889 7310 7603 573 6514 2863 6528 5228

9.15 pm 5.00 am 6.20 am 7.00 pm 5.00 am 8.45 am 5.00 pm 11.10 am 4.55 pm 5.00 am 10.50 am 10.30 am 10.40 am 10.00 am 8.10 am 7.00 am 11.25 am

ChennaiShatabdiExp (Exc2) Coimbatore-intercity Exp ChickballapurPass (Exc7) Chennai Exp Daily Chennai Pass Daily Chenai-MyshtbdkiExc 2 Coimbatore-Kurla Exp Chennai BrindavanExp Dly Chikkaballapur Pass (Exc 7) Chennai Wkly Exp Sun Coimb-Niz-Kongu Exp (7) Gorakhpur Exp Mon Gandhidam Wkly Exp (6) Guwahati Exp (3,4,5) Hub-JanashatbdiExp (Exc 2) Hubli-Shimoga Pass Hubli-intercity Exp Daily Hindupur Pass (Exc Sun) Hubli Hampi Exp Dly JaipurMysore Exp (3,5) Jolarpet Exp Dly Jodhpur Exp Mon, Wed Kakinada Sheshadri Exp Kochuvely Wkly Exp (1) Kanyakumari Exp Dly Kurla-coimbatore Exp Lalbagh Exp Dly Mysore Pass Dly MayiladuthuraiMysoreEx Mysore Pass (Exc Sun) Mys-jaipur Exp (4,6) Marikuppam Pass (Exc 7) Marikuppam Pass Dly Mysore Tippu Exp Dly Mys ChennaiShtdbdi (Exc2) Mysore Pass Dly Marikuppam-SwarnaPass Mys-Chamundi Exp Dly Mys-Mayiladuthurai Exp Mumbai CSTM UdyanExp Mys-TirupatiFastPassDly Mysore Pass (Exc Sun) MysoreTuticorn Exp Dly Mys-ChennaiCauvery Exp Mysore Pass Daily



2028 2677 551 2610 102 2007 1014 2640 595 2692 2647 2592 6506 2509 2079 587/575 2725 593 6592 2976 6520 6508 7209 6315 6526 1013 2608 230 6231 232 2975 513 526 2614 2008 234 524 6216 6232 6530 213 238 6732 6221 236

6.00 am 6.15 am 8.40 am 8.15 am 9.20 am 11.00 am 15.25 pm 2.30 pm 6.05 pm 11.00 pm 11.15 pm 4.40 pm 9.50 pm 11.30 pm 6.00 am 6.25 am 2.30 pm 6.45 pm 10.30 pm 01.15 pm 5.30 pm 9.50 pm 1.15 pm 5.15 pm 9.45 pm 10.15 pm 6.30 am 5.25 am 6.25 am 10.00 am 01.05 pm 12.10 pm 7.00 am 2.15 pm 4.25 pm 4.25 pm 6.05 pm 6.15 pm 7.05 pm 8.10 pm 8.30 pm 6.15 pm 9.20 pm 11.45 pm 11.55 pm


Niz-CoimbatoreKonguEx (5) Niz-Rajdhani Exp 1,3,4,7 Rani Chennamma ExpDly RajendraSangamitra (2,4) Salem Pass Daily Shimoga Town PassDaily Tuticorn-MysoreExp Dly Tirupati-Mysore Fast Pass Tumkur Pass (Exc Sun) Trivandrum Exp Thu

2648 2429 6589 2295 572 227 6731 214 225 6321

1.35 am 8.20 pm 9.15 pm 9.00 am 7.15 am 3.40 pm 7.00 am 7.30 am 1.45 pm 6.50 pm

From Bangalore YESHWANTHPUR Garib Nawaz Ex (5) 6532 5.35 pm Ahmedabad Express 6501/6502 Thu, Sun Ahmedabad 04:45 13:30 Ajmer Ypr-Korba-Wainganga (2) 2251 11.40 pm Chennai-Ypr-VascoExp (5) 7311 9.40 pm Bangalore-Coimbatore Chennai – Ypr-Hubli Exp (7) 7313 9.40 pm Inter City Express 2677/2688 Daily Coimbatore 17:15 04:20 BYPASS TRAINS AT KRISHNARAJAPURA Hub-Ypr-Chennai Exp (7) 7314 5.15 pm Coimbtr-Rajkot Exp (5) 6614 7.27 am Niz-Sampark (Hubli) 2&4 2629 1.30 pm Brindavan Express 2639/2640 Daily Chennai 13:20 14:30 MumnagarcoilEx (1,4,5,6) 6339 10.40 am Sampark (Sc’bad) 1,3,5,6,7 2649 10.20 pm MumbaiTrivandrumEx (2) 6331 10.40 am Vasco-Ypr-Chennai Exp (5) 7312 5.15 am Chatrapati Sahu Maharaj Nagrcoil-Mumbai (1,2,3,5) 6340 9.45 pm Ypr-DadarChalukya (Exc4) 1018 6.30 am Rajkot-Coibatore Exp (1) 6613 5.00 pm Bangalore Ypr-Hatia Exp Fri 2836 8.30 am TrivandrumMumbaiEx (6) 6332 9.20 pm 8.00 am BangarpetKrishnarajpuram 533 7.30 pm Rani Chennamma Express 6589/6590 Daily Mumbai 14:05 07:30 Ypr-BhubaneshwarExp (2) 2846 Ypr-Guntur Pass Daily 433 8.15 am DEPARTURES Chennai Express 2609/2610 Daily Chennai 19:50 08:15 Ypr-Tatanagar Exp Mon 2890 8.30 am Ahmedabad Exp Sun 6502 1.30 pm (7,2) 7309 3.15 pm Arasikere Pass (Exc 6.15 pm Chikballapur Passenger 596/595 Except SunSun) 223 Chikballapur 09:50 18:05 Ypr-Vasco-de-gama Ypr-Kacheguda Exp Dly 7604 4.15 pm Ajmer Exp Tue, Thu 6209 4.30 am 4.05 pm Blr-Bangarpet 9.40 am Coimbatore Kurla Express 1014 Daily Pass (Exc 7) 530 Kurla 15:05 15:25 Ypr-Sa;e, Fast Pass Dly 574 Blr-Tumkur Pass (Exc Sun) 221 9.20 am Ypr-Bagalkot Exp Daily 6513 5.25 pm Darbanga Express 2578/2577 Daily Pass Dly Darbanga 20:40 09:00 Ypr-Howrah Exp Daily Blr-Bangarpet 532 2.45 pm 2864 7.35 pm Blr-Kachiguda Ex Dly 2786 6.20 pm Ypr-CannanoreExp (1,3,6) 6527 8.00 pm Gandhidahm Express 6506 Sun Exp (1,4) 2684 Gandhidham 04:00 21:50 Ypr-Muzaffarpur Exp (3) 5227 11.55 Blr-Ernakulam 5.15 pm pm Blr-Bangarpet Pass Dly 6522 7.35 pm Gorakhpur Express 2592/2591 Only Mon, Gorakhpur 05:55 16:40 BYPASS TRAINS AT KRISHNARAJAPURAM Blr-Hubli Hospet Passdly 583 10.00 pm Blr-Chennai Mail Dly 10.45 pm 7.32 am 23:30 Coimbatore-Rajkot Exp (5) 6614 Guwahati Express 2509/2510 Wed,Tue, Thu,Fri2658 Guwahati 11:50 Blr-Chitradurga/Dharwad 581 7.50 am Mum-Nagarkoil (1,4,5,6) 6339 10.45 am Blr-delhi Karnataka Exp 2627 7.20 pm Hindupur Passenger 594/593 Except Sun Hindupur 09:20 18:45 Mum-TrivandrumExp (2) 6331 10.45 am Blr Shimoga Exp Dly 6227 11.40 pm Exp (1) 6613 5.05 pm YESHWANTPUR Blr-Patna Super Fast Exp 2295 9.00 am Jolarpettai Express 6520 Daily Jolarpettai 17:30 20:50 Rajkot-Coimbatore Trivandrum-Mum Exp (6) 6332 9.25 pm Ajmer Garib Nawaz Ex (3) 6531 6.00 am Blr Darbanga Bhagmati (6) 2578 9.00 am YprKorbaWaingangaExp (6) 2252 1.30 pm Bubaneshwar 9.50 pm 8464 Kachiguda 2.00 pm Kachiguda Express 2785/2786 Daily Prasanti 06:50 17:55 Nagarcoil-Mum (1,2,3,5) 6340 Chennai-Ypr VascoExp (5) 7311 9.00 pm Chennai-MysCauvery Exp 6222 5.00 am Bangarpet-KRPuram 534 7.40 pm Kakinada Shesadri Express 7210/7209 Daily Kakinada 12:35 13:15 Note: 1= Mon,Express 2= Tue, 3= Wed, 4=Thu, 5=Fri, 6=Sat, 7=Sun. Daily Timings are subject to change notice. For all railway enquiries, Contact : 139. Karnataka 2627/2628 New Delhi without 10:35 19:20 Kanniyakumari Express 6526 Daily Kanniyakumari 18:00 21:45 Kochuveli Express 6315/6316 Daily Kochuveli 08:35 17:15 Lalbagh Express 2607/2608 Daily Chennai 21:25 06:30

Travel Karnataka

July 1, 2009

Arrival: Gulbarga

Railway Timing

From Mysore Train NameTrain timings – Mysore Train No

Train No.



231/232 6215/6216 2975/2976 229/230 2613/2614 2008/2007 237/238

Mysore-Bangalore Passenger (except Sunday) 0555 Chamundi Express 0645 Jaipur Express 1015 Thu, Sat Mysore-Bangalore Passenger 0830 Tipu Express 1100 Shatabdi Express (Except Tuesdays) 1420 Mysore-Bangalore Passenger (Except Sunday) 1435



09201000 0950 1255 Thu, Sat 1215 1325 1615 1755

1345 1815 1300 Wed, Fri 0530 1415 1100 1850



Arriving From

Hyderabad Express/7031 Mumbai CST Chennai Express/1041 Mumbai Express/7032 Karnataka Express/2628 Ahmedabad Express/6502 Konark Express/1019 Mumbai Express/1042 Hyderabad Bijapur Passenger/0330 Kanyakumari Express/6381 Lokmanya Tt Express/1014 Coimbatore Express/6613 Secunderabad Express/7017 Basava Express/6513 Bhavnagar Kakinada Express/7203 Karnataka Express/2627 Chennai Egmore Express/2163 Hussain Sagar Express/2701 Coimbatore Express/1013 Udyan Express/6530 Mumbai Express/6340 Nagercoil Mumbai Express/6352 Mumbai Express/6332 Madurai Express/1043 Chennai Mail/1027 Mumbai Mail/1028 Bangalore Express/6501 Konark Express/1020 Cape Mumbai Express/6382 Udyan Express/6529 Rajkot Express/7018 Bhavnagar Express/7204 Lokamanya Tt Express/1044 Rajkot Express/6614 Dadar Express/2164 Hussain Sagar Express/2702 Basava Express/6514 Nagercoil Express/6351 Trivandrum Express/6331 Nagercoil Express/6339 Hyderabad Passenger/0329

Mumbai CST/CSTM Mumbai CST/CSTM Hyderabad Deccan/HYB New Delhi/NDLS Bangalore City Junction/SBC Mumbai CST/CSTM Chennai Central/MAS Hyderabad Deccan/HYB Mumbai CST/CSTM Coimbatore Junction/CBE Rajkot Junction/RJT Rajkot Junction/RJT Yesvantpur Junction/YPR Bhavnagar Terminus/BVC Bangalore City Junction/SBC Dadar Central/DR Mumbai CST/CSTM Lokmanya Tilak Terminus/LTT Bangalore City Junction/SBC Nagercoil Junction/NCJ Nagercoil Junction/NCJ Trivandrum Central/TVC Lokmanya Tilak Terminus/LTT Mumbai CST/CSTM Chennai Central/MAS Ahmedabad Junction/ADI Bhubaneswar/BBS Kanyakumari/CAPE Mumbai CST/CSTM Secunderabad Junction/SC Kakinada Town/CCT Madurai Junction/MDU Coimbatore Junction/CBE Chennai Egmore/MS Hyderabad Deccan/HYB Bagalkot/BGK Mumbai CST/CSTM Mumbai CST/CSTM Mumbai CST/CSTM Bijapur/BJP


Arr-Mys 2115





12:28 01:08 01:21 01:51 01:52 02:33 02:34 03:00 02:58 03:19 04:51 04:51 04:54 04:51 05:39 06:08 07:33 08:43 08:49 09:41 09:42 09:42 10:38 11:28 15:44 16:51 16:54 18:17 18:43 19:27 19:29 19:29 19:29 19:54 18:48 21:44 22:18 22:18 22:18 23:50

1610 Wed, Fri From Bangalore 0855 1645 Thu, Sun Ahmedabad Express 6501/6502 Ahmedabad 04:45 13:30 1300 2220 Bangalore-Coimbatore 6232/6231 Mysore-Mayiladu Thurai Express 1545 1845 0630 0930 Inter Fast CityPassenger Express 2677/2688 Coimbatore 17:15 04:20 213/214 Tirupathi 1700 2015 0735 1045 Daily 6732/6731 Mysore-Tuticorin Express 1800 2100 0700 1000 Brindavan Express 2639/2640 Chennai 13:20 14:30 233/234 Mysore-Bangalore Passenger 1830 2210 1630 2000 Daily 6221/6222 Cauvery Express 2005 2300 0510 0805 Chatrapati Passenger Sahu Maharaj 2330 235/236 Mysore-Bangalore 0400 2355 0400 MB-1/BM-1 Mysore-Bangalore Special 1200 1445 1510 1755 Bangalore Express Hassan-Arasikere Rani Chennamma 6589/6590 Daily Mumbai 14:05 07:30 Trains Towards Train No. Name Dep-Mys Arr-A’kere Dep-A’kere Arr-Mys Chennai Express 2609/2610 Daily Chennai 19:50 08:15 6217/6218 Mysore-Nizamuddin (New Delhi) Chikballapur Passenger 596/595 Except Sun Chikballapur 09:50 18:05 Swarna Jayanthi Weekly Express 2010 Fri 2305 Wed 0300 0620 Coimbatore Kurla Express Daily Kurla 15:05 15:25 1036/1035 Mysore-Mumbai Sharavathi Express 0650 Thu, Wed1014 1005 Thu, Wed 1700 2110 262/261 Mysore-Arasikere Passenger 0730 1135 1750 2150 Darbanga Express 2578/2577 Daily Darbanga 20:40 09:00 268/267 Mysore-Shimoga Town Passenger 1015 1330 1345 0705 266/265 Mysore-Arasikere Passenger 1820 2215 0530 0925 Sun Gandhidahm Express 6506 Gandhidham 04:00 21:50 6201/6202 Mysore-Dharwad Express 2040 1200 0250 0600 Gorakhpur Express 2592/2591 Only Mon, Gorakhpur 05:55 16:40 Train timings - Hubli 23:30 Guwahati Express 2509/2510 Wed,Tue, Thu,Fri Guwahati 11:50 Train No Train Name Arrival Departure Days Hindupur Passenger 594/593 Except Sun Hindupur 09:20 18:45 6509 Ajmer-Bangalore City Express 17.50 18.00 Fri Jolarpettai Express 6520 Daily Jolarpettai 17:30 20:50 1018 Bangalore Cantt - Mumbai Chalukya Exp 14.40 14.50 Mon,Tue,Fri 6589 Bangalore City - MirajExpress Rani Chenamma Express 05.05 Daily Kachiguda 2785/278605.15 Daily Kachiguda 06:50 17:55 6508 Bangalore City - Jodhpur Express 07.05 07.15 Sun Kakinada Shesadri 7210/720907.15 Daily Kakinada 12:35 13:15 6510 Bangalore City - Ajmer Express Express 07.05 Tue 2725 Bangalore City - Hubli Inter City Express 22.00 - Daily Karnataka 2627/2628- Daily New Delhi 10:35 19:20 6592 Bangalore City - HubliExpress Hampi Express 11.00 Daily 1098 Ernakulam Jn Pune Express 17.00 17.10 Wed Kanniyakumari Express 6526 Daily Kanniyakumari 18:00 21:45 6218 Hazrat Nizamuddin - Mysore Swarna Jayanti Express - 23.25 Mon 2726 Hubli - Bangalore CityExpress Inter City Express - 6315/6316 06.20 Daily Kochuveli Daily Kochuveli 08:35 17:15 7301 Hubli - Miraj Express - 22.30 Daily Lalbagh Daily Chennai 21:25 06:30 6591 HubliBangalore Express City Hampi Express - 2607/2608 17.00 Daily Departure: Gulbarga 7305 Hubli - Londa Express - 15.45 Daily Marikuppam Passenger 525/526 18.00 Daily Marikuppam 16:55 07:00 6507 Jodhpur-Bangalore City Express 17.50 Wed Train Going To Sch. Time 7316 Kolhapur Tirupati Haripriya Express 19.55 20.05 Daily Nizamuddin Rajdhani 7306 Londa - Hubli Express 05.10 - Daily Hyderabad Express/7031 Hyderabad Deccan/HYB 12:30 Express 2427/242813.05 Mo,Tu F,Sa Nizamuddin 06:35 20:50 7226 LondaVijayawada Amaravati Express 12.55 Daily Mumbai CST Chennai Express/1041 Chennai Central/MAS 01:10 6590 Miraj –Bangalore City Rani Chenamma Express 21.50 22.05 Daily Sangamitra 2295/2296- Except Thu Patna 19:55 17:30 7302 Miraj - Hubli Express Express 07.10 Daily Mumbai Express/7032 Mumbai CST/CSTM 01:23 1017 Mumbai – Bangalore Cantt Chalukya Express 14.50 15.00 Wed,Sat,Sun Shimoga Town Express 6227 Daily Ahmedabad Express/6502 Shimoga Town Ahmedabad 06:15 23:40 Junction/ADI 01:53 1035 Mumbai - Mysore Sharavati Express 14.50 15.00 Tue Karnataka Express/2628 Bangalore City Junction/SBC 01:53 6217 Mysore HazratNizamuddin Swarna Jayanti Express - 04.10 Fri Thiruvananthapuram 6321 Thu, Fri Thiruvananthapuram 12:00 18:50 1036 Mysore - Mumbai Sharavati Express 14.40 14.50 Sat Konark Express/1019 Bhubaneswar/BBS 02:35 From Yeshwanthpur 1097 Pune – Ernakulam Jn Express 11.45 12.00 Mon Mumbai Express/104 Mumbai CST/CSTM 02:35 7315 Tirupati - Kolhapur Haripriya Express 07.45 07.55 Daily Bagalkot-Yeshwanthpur Hyderabad Bijapur Passenger/0330 Bijapur/BJP 03:05 7225 Vijayawada - Londa Amaravati Express 13.50 14.00 Daily Kanyakumari/CAPE 03:00 Basava Express 6513/6514 Mo,Th,SaKanyakumari Express/6381 Bagalkot 10:00 13:45 Lokmanya Tt Express/1014 Lokmanya Tilak Terminus/LTT 03:20 Train timings - Shimoga Cannore Weekly 6528/6527 Except Mon,Sat Cannore 07:40 20:00 Coimbatore Express/6613 Coimbatore Junction/CBE 04:53 TRAIN NO Chennai ROUTE Arrival Except Sun Weekly 7314Departure Chennai 05:45Junction/SC 06:00 Secunderabad Express/7017 Secunderabad 04:53 877/878 Shimoga to Birur 18:10 09:50 Basava Express/6513 Kolkatta Bagalkot/BGK 04:55 Howrah Express 2863/2864 Daily 08:10 19:35 879/878 Shimoga to Birur 08:20 19:45 Bhavnagar Kakinada Express/7203 Kakinada Town/CCT 04:53 (With connectionMangalore to Bangalore thro’ InterExpress City train at Birur) 6517 Daily Karnataka Express/2627 Mangalore 08:05 20:35 New Delhi/NDLS 05:40 288A/287A Shimoga to Bangalore 14:00 13:00 Fast Express 573/574 Daily Chennai Egmore Express/2163 Salem 10:40 16:15 284A/283A Salem Shimoga to Bangalore 22:30 04:55 Chennai Egmore/MS 06:10 (Fast passenger) Hussain Sagar Express/2701 Hyderabad Deccan/HYB 07:35 Ajmer Garib Nawaz 6531/6532 Except Wed Ajmer 06:00 17:35 RC1/RC2 Shimoga to Talguppa 06:00 13:20 Coimbatore Express/1013 Coimbatore Junction/CBE 08:45 RC3/RC4 Shimoga to Talguppa 14:30 21:55 Bhubaneshwar 2845/2846 Except Mon Bhubaneshwar Mumbai11:30 07:45 Udyan Express/6530 CST/CSTM 08:50 Bilaspur Starting WaigangaFrom Mangalore 6512/6511 Except Sat 23:40 Station Mumbai Express/634 Bilaspur WaigangaMumbai04:00 CST/CSTM 09:43 Nagercoil Mumbai Express/6352 Mumbai05:00 CST/CSTM 09:43 YeshwanthpurHatia 2835/2836 Except Thu Hatia 08:30 Train Name Destination Time Mumbai Express/6332 Mumbai CST/CSTM 09:43 Yeshwanthpur-Kachiguda Trivandrum 7603/7604 Daily Madurai Express/1043 Kachiguda 10:30 16:10 Parashuram Express 04:15 Madurai Junction/MDU 10:40 Mangalore - Cannore Express Cannanore 05:00 Yeshwanthpur-Muzaffarpur Trichy 5228/5227 Except Wed 23:01 Chennai Mail/1027 Muzaffarpur Chennai11:25 Central/MAS 11:30 Trichy Express 06:00 Madgaon Passenger Madgaon 06:50 Mumbai Mail/1028 Mumbai CST/CSTM 15:45 Nizamuddin Delhi Expres Coimbatore 2630/2629 Except Thu Delhi 06:40 09:35 Fast Passenger 07:45

Chennai Mail Navayug Express Matsyangandha Express Malabar Express West Coast Express Maveli Express

Chennai Jammu Tawi Mumbai Trivandrum Chennai Trivandrum

12:00 15:00 (Mon) 14:50 09:25 21:15 22:00 (Fri)

Passing through Mangalore Station Train Name



Mangala Express Nethravathi Express Hapa - TVC Express GIM - NJC Express Okha - Ernakulam Express Rajadhani Express Poorna Express Maru Sagar Express

Ernakulam Trivandrum Trivandrum Nagercoil Ernakulam Trivandrum Ernakulam Ernakulam

02:30 04:40 13:35 (Fri) 13:35 (Mon) 13:35 (Tue & Sun) 17:20 (Mon & Wed) 19:15 (Sun) 19:30 (Sat)

Bangalore Express/6501 Konark Express/1020 Cape Mumbai Express/6382 Udyan Express/6529 Bhavnagar Express/7204 Lokamanya Tt Express/1044 Rajkot Express/6614 Rajkot Express/7018 Dadar Express/2164 Hussain Sagar Express/2702 Basava Express/6514 Nagercoil Express/6351 Trivandrum Express/6331 Nagercoil Express/6339 Hyderabad Passenger/0329

Bangalore City Junction/SBC Mumbai CST/CSTM Mumbai CST/CSTM Bangalore City Junction/SBC Bhavnagar Terminus/BVC Lokmanya Tilak Terminus/LTT Rajkot Junction/RJT Rajkot Junction/RJT Dadar Central/DR Mumbai CST/CSTM Yesvantpur Junction/YPR Nagercoil Junction/NCJ Trivandrum Central/TVC Nagercoil Junction/NCJ Hyderabad Deccan/HYB

16:53 16:55 18:18 18:45 19:30 19:30 19:30 19:30 19:55 18:50 21:45 22:20 22:20 22:20 23:55


Travel Karnataka

July 1, 2009

KSRTC Bus Timings



AIRAVATHA (VOLVO) Belgaum 22:00 Bellary 23:15 Bidar 19:00 Bijapur 21:00 Chennai 21:30 Chennai 23:00 Chennai 11:15 Chennai 22:10 Chennai 21:50 Chennai 23:10 Chennai 14:00 Chennai 13:00 Chennai 22:30 Chennai 22:00 Chikkamagalur 23:30 Chikkamagalur 18:00 Coimbatore 22:45 Ernakularm 21:00 Ernakularm 19:30 Gangavathi 20:30 Gulbarga 20:00 Hyderabad 19:45 Hyderabad 22:15 Hyderabad 21:15 Hyderabad 20:15 Hyderabad 21:45 Hyderabad 21:00 Kolhapur 20:30 Lingasur 22:30 Madurai 22:00 Mumbai (Borivili) 17:00 Mumbai Central 15:00 Mumbai Central 20:00 Mysore Every half an hour Palghat 20:30 Panaji 18:00 Pondicherry 8:00

21:30 23:15 17:00 20:30 21:45 10:00 23:00 22:10 21:30 12:30 23:10 22:30 9:00 23:20 13:30 5:00 22:45 20:15 19:30 22:00 20:00 21:00 22:15 19:15 20:30 19:45 20:00 18:30 20:30 21:30 16:30 15:00 18:30 20:30 19:00 22:30



Pondicherry Poona Poona Puttaparthy Raichur Shimoga Shimoga Shimoga Shirdi Sriharikota Tiruchi Tirupathi Tirupathi Tirupathi Tirupathi Tirupathi Tirupathi Tirupathi Tirupathi Tiruvananthapuram Vijayawada Virajpet Virajpet

22:30 19:00 21:00 9:00 21:00 23:50 14:00 10:00 13:00 21:30 22:30 22:10 15:00 7:30 10:00 22:30 13:30 10:45 23:10 16:00 19:00 15:30 23:30

8:30 16:00 21:00 13:30 21:45 14:00 23:30 23:00 13:00 20:30 22:45 9:00 0:00 14:00 17:00 7:00 22:15 23:15 12:15 16:00 19:00 5:30 11:15

CORONA Mysore 06:10/13:10 09:25/16:25 Mysore 06:15/13:30 09:30/17:00 Mysore 07:00/13:45 10:00/17:15 MAYURA Chennai 21:35 Chennai 22:15 Srikalahasthi 11:15 Srikalahasthi 21:50

22:50 22:15 21:30 7:00

RAJAHAMSA Agumbe 22:00 Calicut 9:00 Calicut 21:00

20:00 21:00 9:00

DESTINATION Calicut Cannanur Cannanur Cannanur Chennai Chennai Chennai Chennai Chennai Chennai Chennai Chickmagalur Coimbatore Coimbatore Coonoor Coonoor Dharmasthala Ernakularm Ernakularm Ernakularm Ernakularm Gangavathi Hampi Horanadu Hyderabad Hyderabad Hyderabad Kasargod Kodaikanal Kottayam Kottayam Kumbakonam Kumata Hubli Linganamakki Madurai Mantralaya Mysore Mysore

KBS OPP. END 22:00 22:30 21:00 21:00 22:00 22:00 20:00 20:00 22:20 21:15 22:55 22:55 21:55 22:05 21:45 18:00 10:00 22:45 22:45 8:00 23:40 22:25 14:00 23:30 20:00 21:00 21:00 22:30 9:15 21:30 22:30 10:00 22:00 22:45 17:05 17:05 20:00 19:00 18:00 17:45 18:00 18:00 22:00 21:30 23:00 20:45 22:25 21:15 20:40 17:30 20:00 19:00 6:30 6:30 21:30 19:15 21:15 18:00 19:00 17:00 17:00 14:00 20:30 20:00 21:15 18:00 22:30 21:55 21:45 19:30 20:30 20:30 19:30 18:00 06:25/13:25 09:40/16:40 06:45/13:45 10:10/16:55



Mysore 07:25/14:00 10:45/17:05 Napoklu 22:00 19:15 Nyveli 22:00 21:45 Ooty 10:00 22:30 Ooty 21:45 Ooty 22:15 21:00 Ooty 22:00 8:20 Ooty 22:50 Panaji 15:30 15:30 Panaji 16:45 17:30 Pudukotai 20:00 21:00 Puttaparthy 8:00 12:30 Puttaparthy 7:00 11:15 Puttaparthy 10:45 16:15 Puttaparthy 12:15 18:15 Sagara-Heggodu 22:15 20:30 Sindanoor 21:30 20:15 Sringeri 21:30 21:00 Sringeri 22:00 20:30 Sringeri 21:30 21:30 Tiruchi 21:00 20:30 Tirupathi 17:00 0:30 Tirupathi 13:00 23:45 Tirupathi 21:05 10:15 Tirupathi 9:40 22:30 Tirupathi 22:40 13:00 Tirupathi 8:20 15:10 Tirupathi 12:00 23:00 Tirupathi 9:15 16:15 Tiruvananthapuram 16:00 16:00 Vijayawada 14:00 17:00 Semi-Deluxe Trissur 14:30 Trissur 16:30 Vellore 15:15

14:30 22:05 22:30

Mysore KSRTC Bus Schedule Airavatha Serices (Volvo) Towards Departure Tirupati 19.30 Hyderabad 16.30 Chennai 16.30, 19.00 Shimoga via 20.45 Bangalore Panjim 15.30 Virajpet 12.30, 18.30 Mangalore 10.00, 23.00, 23.30 Madikeri 17.00 Bangalore For every 15 min (5.30 to 21.00) Bellary 20.15 Pune 13.45 Other services Towards Bangalore Bijapur Chennai Coonoor Coimbatore Kottayam Kumbakonam Ernakulam Gokarna Horanadu Madurai Mantralayam Manipal Puttaparthi Sringeri Tirupathi Sirsi Udupi Trissur Ooty Panaji

Departure Every Five Minutes 13.00 15.30, 17.00, 18.30 13.45 06.00, 06.45, 07.15, 08.10, 09.00, 10.15, 11.45, 12.30, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00, 16.00, 16.15, 19.00, 20.30, 22.00, 22.45, 23.10, 23.30, 00.30, 01.00, 01.45 20.15 19.00 17.45, 19.30, 20.30, 21.30, 22.30 06.00 09.15 20.00, 21.00, 22.30 16.00, 16.30 10.00 15.45 13.00, 21.15 08.00, 10.30, 11.15, 21.00 21.15 08.00, 10.00, 21.00, 22.00 08.00, 20.00 07.00, 08.00, 09.00, 10.00, 11.15, 12.15, 12.45, 13.15, 14.15, 15.00, 15.30, 00.00, 00.30, 01.00 16.00

Yellapura 21.00, 22.30 Srirangapatna Every Five Minutes Mandya Every Five Minutes Maddur Every Five Minutes Chennapatna Every Five Minutes Ramnagar Every Five Minutes Ghatisbramanya 07:00 Vidurashwatha 05:30 Chikaballapur 09:00, 13.00, 14,00, 14.45, 16.00, 19.00 Bagepalli 09:45 Shidlaghatta 15:30 Kolar 08:30 Chintamani 06:15, 12.30, 14.00, 14.45, Srinivaspura 05:15, 09.15, 10.30, 18.00, 18.15, K.G.F 04:30, 07.00, 10.00, 10.15, 10.30, 11.00, 11.45, 12.30 Baikoor 05:30 Anekal 11:30, 15.15, 16.00 Kunigal 15:15 Dhonimali 17:00 Bangalore Every Thirty Minutes Tumkur Every Thirty Minutes (05:15 to 18.30) Melkote 09:00, 12.45 Hospet 08:00, 07.30, 19.30, 20.00 Tiptur 07:00, 11.45, 17.45, 19.00 Nagamangla 19:45, 08.30 Kunigal 13:45 Davanagere 09:30, 02.15, 10.00, 11.00, 23.00 Shiralakoppa 21:30 Sira 08:30 Chitradurga 06:00, 09.30, 12.45, 02.00, 15.00, 19.30, 21.30, 02.15 K.R.Pet 07:20, 08.05, 08.15, 08.25, 08.40, 09.00 Channarayapatna 10:30, 12.30, 13.15, 15.15, 16.15, 17.00, 17.15, 17.30, 17.45, 18.45, 19.45, 20.15 Arsikere 11:45, 12.15, 13.15, 15.15, 16.15, 17.00, 17.15, 17.30, 17.45, 18.45, Kadur 06:30, 10.00, 10.45, 11.30, 12.00, 13.00,

15.00, 16.00, 19,00, 20.00, 22.15, 23.00 Birur 06:30, 10.00, 10.45, 11.30, 12.00, 13.00, 15.00, 16.00, 19,00, 20.00, 22.15, 23.00 Bhadravathi 06:30, 10.00, 10.45, 11.30, 12.00, 13.00,15.00, 16.00, 19.00, 20.00, 22.15, 23.00 Harihara 08:00, 10.30, 18.45 Haveri 08:00, 10.30, 18.45 Hubli 08:00, 10.30, 18.45 Dharwad 06:15, 16.15, 20.15, 21.00 Belgaum 06:15, 16.15, 20.15, 21.00 Gokak 05:30 Meraj 16:15 Davanagere 10:00, 11.00, 23.30 Chitradurga 14:00 Kudaliga 08:00 Hospet 04:30, 07.00, 13.00, 14.15, 19.30, 20.00 Bellary 08:00, 21.00, 22.00 Gadag 09:00 Shravanabelagola 07:15, 07.45, 08.25, 09.35, 12.30, 13.00 Dharmasthala 09:15 Sirsi 06:45, 21.15, 22.30 Karwar 08:30 Tiptur 07:00, 08.00, 11.00, 13.30, 14.30, 16.15, 19.30 K.R. Nagara Every half an hour 04:00 to 22.00 Sakleshpur 11:00, 12.15, 12.30, 13.00, 13.15, 14.15, 15.15 Dharmasthala 05:45, 10.00, 10.45, 12.45, 20.30, 21.30, 22.00 22.30, 23.00 Chickmagalore Every half an hour (04:00 to 22.00) Mudigere 08:00 Sringeri 13:00, 21.00 Horanadu 13:00, 21.00 Kudremukh 11:00, 19.00 Arakalgudu 06:00, 06.45, 12.00, 13.45 Hulikal 07:00, 14.30, 17.45 Somwarpet 09:00, 13.00, 15.45, 16.30,

Kananoor 06:45, 09.30, 10.00, 12.00, 13.45, 14.45, 15.45, 18.30, 19.00, 20.30 Channagiri 19:00 Hunasoor 05:00, 08.00, 08.15, 09.00, 11.00, 11.45, 13.00, 13.45, 16.30, 18.15, 19.30 Periyapatna 13:00 Kushalnagara 09:45, 10.00, 15.30 Madikeri 01:30, 02:15, 03:15, 05:20, 06:45, 09.45, 10.00, 11.30, 12.00, 12.30, 13.00, 13.45, 14.30, 14.45, 15.00, 16.00, 16.30, 17.00, 18.00, 19.00, 20.00, 23.00, Somwarpet 07:45, 08.45, 09.30, 11.00, 12.30, 14.30 Hongravalli 07:00 Veerajpet Every hour (05:00 – 22.30) Nagrahole 09:15, 13.30 Nagraholli 13:30 Birunani 09:15, 10.30 Napakollu 08:45, 14.00 Kanoor 07:45, 15.15, 18.00 Bagamandala 06:20, 12.15, 13.00, 15.00, 15.45, Shaniwarasanthe 07.30, 18:30 Kukkesubramanya 07:30, 11.15, 22.30 Puttur 06:30, 10.30, 11.30, 13.00 Mangalore 04:45, 05.30, 07.00, 08.30, 10.15, 10.30, 11.45, 12.00, 12.30, 13.45, 17.00, 22.00, 22.15, 22.30, 23.00 Kunigal 01:50 Manipal 10:00 Udupi 22:00 Kundapura 07:40, 09.00, 09.15, 20.45 Gokarna 06:00 Siddapura 07:00, 09.00, 10.00, 11.30, 13.30, 14.00, 15.00, 16.30 Bhatkal 21:00 Murdeshwara 21:00 Kutta 02:15 Jayapura 06:30, 07.30, 08.30, 09.00, 10.30, 11.30,

12.00, 14.30, 15.45, 17.30, 21.45 Hampapura 06:30, 07.30, 08.30, 09.00, 10.30, 11.30,12.00, 14.30, 15.45, 17.30, 21.45 H.D.Kote 06:30, 07.30, 08.30, 09.00, 10.30, 11.30, 12.00, 14.30, 15.45, 17.30, 21.45 Saragoru 05:00, 17.15, 08.00, 08.45, 09.50, 14.45, 20.15, 22.00 Karwar 05:55 Manandawadi 05:55, 08.30, 09.30, 16.00 Veerajpet Every 30 minutes - (07:30 to 21.30) Gadag 06:00, 06.30, 07.00, 07.30, 08.00, 08.15, 09.00, 09.30, 13.45, 14.10, 15.00 Anoor 08:30, 14.45, 19.30 Banoor 07:00, 16.00 Kiruguvalu 07:30, 10.15, 13.45, 17.00, 20.30 Malavalli 06:15, 07.00, 08.00 Narsipur 09:30, 09.40, 13.05, 14.50, 16.35, 17.20, 18.50 Shimsha 08:45, 14.00 Kollegal 09:00, 13.00, 17.00, 17.30 Talakad 09:30 Santa Kodihalli 17:30 Mahadeshwara Betta 07:45, 12.45 Kanakapura 05:30, 07.30, 08.45, 10.45, 11.00, 12.15, 14.00, 14.45 Nanjanagud Every Ten minutes (06:00 to 22:00) Gundlupet Every Thirty minutes (06:00 to 21:00) Kabhalli 15:30, 19.00 Kalale 07:00, 20.20 Devanoor 19:00 Huluhalli 07:00 Hura 09:00, 12.15, 15.00, 19.15 Bandipura 09:00 Biligiri Ranga Hills 06:45, 09.00, 15.00 Chamarajanagar Every half an hour 06:15 to 23.00

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Bus Timings

Gulburga KSRTC Bus Schedule

Airavata (Volvo) Towards Mangalore Bangalore Hyderabad Rajahamsa To Hubli Davanagere Bangalore Hospet Belgaum

Departure 10:30 19:30 00:05, 15:45, 23:00

Departure 22:00 20:00 17:00 22:45 20:00


00:30, 06:15, 06:45, 12:00, 17:00, 13:30

Other Services (Non-stop) To Departure Sedam 07:00, 10:00, 11:30, 16:00, 17:30, Bijapur 08:15, , 09:15, 10:15, 13:45, 14:45, 15:15, 17:15 Other Services (Express) To Departure Poona 16:00, 18:30, 21:00

Bijapur Panaji Latur Sirdi Udgir Omerga Aland Nanded Sedam Pandarpur Nanded Solapur Latur

10:00 , 11:30, 19:00 15:00 06:30 09:30 07:45 09:30 15:45 05:30, 20:00 08:15, 08:45, 11:45, 14:30, 16:00 06:00 05:30, 20:00 08:30 08:00

Bangalore Hospet Hyderabad Raichur Nasik Hubli Sindhoor Ilkal Vasco Belgaum

11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 16:30, 09:30 07:00, 08:00, 08:45, 13:00, 14:00, 14:30, 22:00 06:00, 07:30, 10:30 05:00 06:30, 08:00, 07:45 07:00 13:00 13:30 6:30


07:45, 11:15, 13:15,

13:30, 20:30










07:45, 09:00









Mangalore KSRTC Bus Sc hedule To Airavata (Volvo) Bangalore Rajahamsa Bangalore Mysore

Departure 09:30, 11:00, 12:05, 14:00, 21:00, 21:05, 14:00, 21:01, 21:05, 21:47, 22:10, 22:29, 22:50, 23:00, 23:20 07:45, 11:30, 19:50, 20:00, 21:30, 21:40, 22:25, 22:50, 10:30, 14:00, 22:15,

08:30, 12:30, 19:58, 20:45, 21:10, 22:15, 22:30, 23:10 11:00, 20:30, 22:30,

10:30, 13:30, 21:00, 22:06, 13:00, 21:15,

K.G.F Udupi-Kundapur Chennai Panaji Semi Delux Chickmagalore Gokarna Madurai Coimbatore Ernakulam Bagalkot Badami Belur-Hassan Elikal Dharwad

22:45, 21:20 03:45, 05:15, 06:00, 06:45, 14:30 21:30

23:00, 23:45 04:00, 05:00, 05:30, 05:45, 06:30, 15:30

09:30 13:30 15:00 16:00 22:00 05:30, 15:45 16:00, 17:00, 19:00 12:30 18:00, 20:45 20:30

Gulburga Gadag Kushtagi Mudhabehal Rona Meraj Raichur Belgaum Hubli Hubli Hubli Hubli Panaji 19:30 Sangli Mysore

14:30 20:00 17:30 16:45 20:00 16:30 15:00 7:30 09:30 10:00 10:30 22:30 07:00, 08:30, 09:00, 14:00 05:00, 06:30, 08:00, 10:00, 15:30,

05:30, 07:00, 08:15, 12:00, 22:00

06:00, 07:30, 09:30, 13:15,

Mandya-Bangalore Kushalnagar Madiker Birur Karwar Udupi-Kundapur 11:30 Tiptur-Tumkur Puttpathi Bangalore Sindagi Thalikote

06:05, 17:00, 11:30 10:45, 14:30, 15:45 12:00, 11:30 05:15, 20:00 07:30 06:00, 08:00, 09:10, 11:00, 14:30, 19:30, 15:30 16:15

06:32, 16:30, 18:00, 20:03 13:50, 14:15, 14:45, 15:15,








Kudalasangama 17:45

16:00 06:00, 07:15,

06:30, 09:10, 09:40, 12:00, 16:00, 21:40


07:00, 09:40, 10:15, 19:00,
















05:30, 06:45, 07:30,

08:00, 08:35, 10:00


17:30, 18:20



F I N D Y O U R AT M H E R E Bangalore Jayanagar. No 1505, I Floor, 26th Main, 40th Cross, 9th Block Basaveshwaranagar. No 34, I Main Road, 3rd Block, IV Stage. Kengeri Satellite Town. No 6, 80 Feet Outer Ring Road. Chandra Layout Main Road No 8, 30 Feet Road, Lottegollahalli. No 9, Chamundi Complex, Ring Road, Maruthinagar, RMV II St, Kurubarahalli. No 91/1, Pipeline Road, J C Nagar, Sampangiramnagar. No 12/2, Lalbagh Road, Madhavnagar. No 12/6, Kumarcot Layout, Koramangala. No 145, Teachers Colony 5th Sector, Ring Road, HSR Layout Kodandaramapuram. No 1776, 10th Cross, Sampige Rd, Shantinagar. No 18, Kengal Hanumanthaiah Road, Mahalaxmi Layout. No 181, 1st Main Road, Cunningham Rd. No 19/7, Maruthi Mansion, Madivala. No 21/01, Hosur Main Road, Hombegowdanagar. No 211/62,11th Cr, Wilson Garden, Bannerghatta Road No 224, Arakere Gate, Frazer Town. No 24 &25, Sunders Road,

Banashankari II Stage No 24/25, Sevakshetra Complex 27th Cr,. Govindarajnagar No 27/27, Sethu Complex, Opp: Sarvodaya Hospital, Near Raheja Park, Magadi Main Road, Lalbagh West. No 29, Sri Krishna Road, Vasanthnagar. No 3, I Main Rd Jayanagar. No 303, IV Block, Kanakapura Main Road, No 4/1, Walton Road. Kalyan Nagar. No 401,7th A Main 4th B Cross, I Block HRBR Layout Girinagar. No 405, J P Road, Vishwa Bharati Housing Complex, Marathahalli. No 405, Bangalore-Varthur Rd, Rajajinagar. No 4114/33, II Main, B Block Subramanyanagar, Gokula. No 438/C, I Phase, I Stage, HMT Main Road Bannergatta Circle No 57, 58, B.T.M.I Stage II Main 100 Feet Rd Rajajinagar. No 628, 629, III Block, Byatarayanpura. No7/1, A Cross B 2608, Okalipuram. No 78 - 79, Main Road, J.P.Nagar II Phase No 846, 24th Main, 12th Cross, No 91, Infantry Road. South End Circle. No 96, South End Road,

Viveknagar No 99, Vannarpet Layout, Ist Main Road, Vijayanagar Adi Chunchunagiri Mahamasthanan Mutt Complex, III Cross, Ist A Main, Mysore Road Bangalore KSRTC Bus Stand, Yeshwantpur Bangalore Tumkur Road 14, Industrial Suburb, Adugodi Bannerghatta Road Shantinagar. BMTC Bus Stand, BMTC Bus stand, Shivajinagar. Opp Refreshment Room, BMTC Majestic Bus Station, BMTC Kempegowda Bus Station Next To HPMC Stall. Peenya No C 269, Indl Estate, Rajajinagar. No 624, Ground Floor, 6th Block, Tumkur Road. ESR Garments Factory (Unit of Euro Clothing Co) Next to Widia Company Amruthahalli. Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, No. 8/2, N R Colony. 7th Cross, 5th Main, JP Nagar Entrance. No.696, Shop No.2, 11th Main, Jayanagar 5th Block, Aravinda Circle, No.73, 11th Main, 9th Cross, Sri Radhakrishna Temple, Near Manipal (North Side) Hospital. Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology Extn Counter, Bannergatta-Jayanagar 9th Block Road. H A L III Stage No.1, Annapoorneshwari Complex, Opp.BEML, New Thippasandra, Peenya Industrial Area

No.473, D (7), IVPhase, Padmanabha Nagar No 17/3(New No.25) I Floor, Satyam Complex, Bendrenagar Circle, Srinagar. No.3, I Cross, I Main Kalidasa Layout, Rajajinagar I Block. P B No.1014, 385, 19th Main, M.G.Road Centenery Building, No.28,. Chikkabidarakallu, Jindal Nagar Nagasandra Post. Malleswaram Chitrapur Mutt Complex, 15th Cross, Agaram. Command Hospital Air Force Bangalore Airport. Domestic Departure Hall, Airport Authority of India, Rajajinagar I Block. Gokuldas Group of Companies, Ground Floor, 1 ‘R’ Block, West of Chord Road Opp Maruthi Sagar Automobiles, Kumara Swamy Layout. Ground Floor, 14 th Main, I Stage, Chowdaiah Road. Ground Floor, B D A Annexe Bldg, Jayanagar 2nd Block. Jayanagar Co Operative Housing Society Ltd, No. 902, 8th Main Road, Banashankari III Stage. Kamakya Complex, 43/2, 100 Feet Road, Thimmaiah Road. Karnataka State Financial Corporation, No.1/1, Bommasandra. KIADB Bldg, Bommasandra Indl Area Complex, Bangalore -Hosur Rd Hosur Road. Narayana Hridayalay, No. 258/A, Bommasandra

Vijayanagar II Stage. No. 30, I Main, RPC Layout II Stage, Opp Vijayanagar Club, Sahakara Nagar. No. 529, Main Road Yelhanka Satellite Town. No.1159, 10th B Cross, Housing Board Colony, Hebbal. No.12, Bangalore Bellary Road H A L III Stage. No.22, 80 Feet Road, Indiranagar. No.220, Padma Nilaya, 13th Cross, II Stage, BDA Complex, Bidadi. No.342, Bangalore-Mysore Highway, Sanjaynaga. No.26/A, 80 Ft. Road, Nandi Durga Road No.47, Jayamahal Extn, Vijayanagar. No.48, Magadi Chord Rd, Kanakapura Road. No.5, Konanakunte Junction Vidyaranyapura No.962, BEL Layout, II Block, Cooke Town. No.98/1-2, Wheeler Road Extn Chamarajpet. P B 1892, 190, Albert Victor Road, Vyalikaval. P B No.336, 35, 36, II Main, Visweswarapuram. P B No.490, 550, Diagonal Rd, Town Hall. P B No.6867, 112, J.C. Road, Basavanagudi P B: 462no.66, D.V.G Road, Tannary Road. P B No. 535, H-70, Sunkenahalli Extension. P.B.No.1910, 72, 50feet Road, Seshadripuram.

P. B. No. 2047, 209, Subedar Chatram Road, Koramangala. P.B. No 3421, 348, 100 Ft Road, 4th block St.John Medical College Varthur National Bricks Ind Compound, Main Road, Ulsoor P.B.No 883, 18/10, Cambridge Road Jayanagar 4th Block. P.B. No.1611, Jayanagar Shopping Complex, Eastern Side, Langford Town P.B. No.2515, No.8, O Shanghnassy Road, Malleswaram. P.B. No.307, 38 - 39, Vth Cross Rd, Basavanagudi. P.B. No.493, 180/1, Gandhi Bazar. Eshwarachari Building, Anekal Road. Millers Road. P B No.4608, Benson Town 18A, Doddakannahally RBD Commercial Complex Unit No.9, Sarjapur Road Jayanagar Sarakki Layout, 727, 46 Cross 8 Th Block, M G Road Spencer Building Kadugodi. Sri Sathyasai Br, Brindavan Whitefield Vibhuthipura. Vibhuthipura Ext, Sri Veerabhadreswara High School, K. G. Road. World Trade Centre, FKCCI Building, BANGARPET P.B.No.14, S.NoAddress 1 Site No. 1, Old Santhe Maidana, Kolar Road. Begur


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S.NoAddress 1 Canara Bank, Mary Nilaya Joseph Garden, Belgaum Hanumannagar Double Road, Sai Plaza, Opp. Buda Complex, Shahapur. CCB-123, Palankar Towers, Khade Bazar, Chennamma Circle. CTS 4833, 17a, Civil Hospital Road, Udayambagh. KLE Hospital Extn, No.10, High Street Camp Tilakwadi. P B No. 25, 197-D/2 Khanpur Road Station Road, Opp.Meenakshi Bhavan. Bellary Bellary Dt Chamber of Commerce And Ind Building, K C Road. Belur Post Box No 6, Modern Complex, Main Road. Bhadravathi P.B.221, Shivmangala, Channagiri Road. Bidar Mohan Market Building, First Floor, Near Bus Stand. Bijapur P B No 4, 1703-1710, Azad Road, Abhyankara Building. Challakere Jayalaxmi Complex, Bangalore Bellary Road. Chamrajnagar No.1065, Ramasudra Road, Br Hills Road Channarayapatna Pb.No.10, Sri.Ramakrishna Bldg, Mysore Rd. Chickaballapur P B No. 6, Railway Station Road. Chicknayakanahalli No 95/96, Kuncham Bldg, B H Road. Chickmagalore No 1535, Canara Bank Road, Syed Street. Chintamani P.B. No.3, Temple Street

Almatti Dam Site Hotel Highway Near Petrol Pump Bangalore Airport Road P.B: No. 1720 Agram Post Trinity Church Road. Bank Colony Bus Stand, Seetha Circle. BEL Road Avinash, 213, New BEL Road. PB No. 413 185-Gandhi Bazar, Pampamahakavi Road, Near Swimming Pool. Bidadi BPR complex, Opp Bus Stand, Blikhalli Opp.Kalyan Kala Mandir, Bannerghatta Road. BSK II Stage Main Road BTM Layout Bannerghatta Road Cross Inner Ring Road. Byatarayanapura Bapuji Petrol Bunk Premises, IV Cross. Cambridge Road 12/1 (12/56), Udani Layout. Chamarajanagar Thyagaraja Road. C.V Raman Nagar 1. Side Gate ADE Campus. 2. DRDO Complex. 3. Admin Block LRDE Campus, C:V Ramannagar Post..

Chitradurga P.B.No. 20, 2584-470, Bangalore- Dharwar Road. Dandeli P.No.14, Plot No.12, Shree Shakti Bldg, Jn Road. Dasarahosahalli Ashirwad, Via Vasanthnagar, BEML Nagar, Post KGF. Davanagere No118/2, K.R.Road, (B T Oil Mill Compound) Vidyanagar. No1926/9, Crescent Road M.C.Colony. Mahesh, Plaza No.123/12, Opp. Old Bus Stand, P B Road. MMK Complex, 34/2 A Ist Floor P B No 228 Akkamahadevi Rd II Main P J Extn. Devanahalli Akshaya Bhavan, I Floor, 2633, B B Road. Dharmasthala Near Dharmastala Temple. Dharwad Malmaddi. No 200, Ashirvad, A8, Station Road, CTS 171/1/5, Ward No. 2, Vijay Road. P B Road. Sharada Complex, Opp: Kittal College, Dodballapur No 702, P B No.12, Gandhinagar. Donimalai Canara Bank, Hostel Building NMDC Ltd. Gadag P.B. No .44, Pala Badami Rd, Near Rotary Circle. Gajendragad TMC 2435, I Floor, Bhoomareddi Complex, Ron Road. Gauribidanur NO 882, M.G.Road. Gonikoppal. Aswini, Near Umamaheswara Temple, Main Rd 571213. Gulbarga #1-46/1, Block

4.SBI Extension Counter, GTRE Campus Exit Road 3-4 Bangalore Airport. Doorvaninagar ITI Campus. Electronics City Wipro Gate. Gokula IOC petrol HMT Road HAL II Stage 1. 2989 I A, 12th Main, HAL II Stage. 2. 375, 100 Ft Road HAL IInd Stage. Hebbal Tumkur Road, Ganganagar, Hoskote T:G. Extension. Hosur Road Main Road Electronics City. Idgah Maidan Opp Idgah Maidan, 248, 6th Cross. I.I.Sc Campus 1. Bungalow. 2. Main Gate. Infantry Road No 91/1, Opp to Copper Arch. Jayanagar 4th Block Rudrappa Complex 325 8th Main 1st Cross, 3rd Stage. Jayanagara 9th Block Market Area Jayanagara 5th Block No.13, 10th B Main Road. Jalahalli

1 M S K Mill Road Station Bazar. P B No.8, Janata Bazaar Building, Super Market Complex. Haliyal Deshpande Building, Main Road, Harihara P.B.No.29, 532 - 533, H Division, Ladwa Building. Hassan APMC Yard, B M Road. P.B.No.45, Near Narasimharaji Circle, Malnad House. Haveri Harsha Varsha Complex, Aswini Nagar, P B Road. Hiriyur Near Post Office, Canara Bank Campus, Main Road. Honnali Block No. 1422-1075-1074, Thimbinakatte Road. Honnavar Unity Towers, Opp Kamath Hotel, N H – 17. Hospet Opp Canara Bank, Opp.New KSRTC Bus Stand, Station Rd. Hubli NO 568/1, Industrial Area, Gokul Road, Vikhamshi Cotton Industries Ext. Ankush Arcade, Station Road. IMA Building, Ashok Nagar Rd Bailappanavarnagar. P B No 472, Mahavir Complex, Trafficisland. Plot No. 3629, Prashantha Colony, Vidyanagar. Railway Divisional Superintendent’s Office. Kadur Rotary Bhavan, Jain Temple Rd, P B N0 3. Kanakapura Post Bag No.2, M.G.Road. Karkala Post Box No 6, Shreyas, Main Road.

1.BEL Factory. 2.Lobby Jalahalli East Air Force Station. Jalhalli West Post Office Hospital Town Janodhaya No.3 9th Cross 5th Main. Jeevanbhimanagar Shopping Complex Building. J.P Nagar 1104-24th Main 1st Phase J.C Road Judicial Layout No.1816, 18th Main Road. P.B.No: 6511. K.H. Road Junction Quick Service Station. Koramangala 1.Asian Games Village 2. 80, Road 4th Block Kormangala Kothanur No.94 80 FT, Road RBI Layout. Kumarapark West Badaganadu Sangha Building Shesadripuram. Kumaraswamy Layout 1st Stage 50 Ft Road, Mahadevapura Near Branch Premises ITPL Road, Majestic Mahaveer Hotel, Near Shanthala Silks. Malleshwaram 17th Cross Sampige Road. Margosa Road No-143, 8th Cross. M.G Road 1.Almas Centre 87 M.G Road. 2. #09/06, Mahalakshmi Chambers,

M:G Road. Mico Layout Mico Employees Layout 265-6th Main. Nagarbhavi Rajanna´s Complex Nagavara Village BEL Corporate Office Hebbal Banaswadi Ring Road. Padmanabhanagar 375 M.K. Puttalingayya Road. Peenya 1.Peenya Association Building 1st Cross, 1st Stage. 2.Bharath Fritz Warner, Peenya Industrial Estate. Race Course Road Trade Centre 29/4, Race Course Road. Raheja Apartment 13/1 & 2, A.D Halli, Ramamurthynagar Site No. 39 & 40 Khata No. 359 Ramamurthynagar (Near Police Station) Raj Bhavan Petrol Bunk Rajmahal Vilas Extension No- 275, 15th Main, Rajajinagar VI Block St. Anns School. Rajajinagar 1.Industrial Estate P:B. No. 4415, Rajajinagar. 2. Varadaraja Service Station, Dr. Rajkumar Road. Residency Road Residency Plaza, No.41, Residency Road. Richards Town No-27, Mosque Road. RMV II Stage SBI Extension Counter ISRO. RPC Layout Opp Bus Stand

Karwar P B No.14, I Floor, Ray Kar Manor Kaikini Road. Katpadi NH. 17, Mangalore-Udupi Road. Kinnogli I-74(7), Opp Gopura Building, Near Dura Parameswari Temple. Kolar P B No 34. No 1014/15, M B Road, Near Bus Stand, Kollegal P.B.No 14 Atchams Mansions, 7-4-34, Southern Extn Road. Konnur TMC 2674/1 & 2, Khanagavi Bldg, Padmavathi Niwas, Main Road. Koppal P.B.No.15, M/S Quadri BRS Bldg Salar Jung Road. Kumta N H - 17, College Road. Kundapur P B No 9, 110, A1 Coast Road. Kunigal T A P C M S Building, 1333/1292, Opp. Municipal Office, B.M.Road. Madikeri P B No. 54, Main Road. Mandya No.1572, KCM Building, Kr Rd Vidyanagar, Opp.Lj Girls School P.B.No.2. Mangalore Bijai. No 2/17/1502, Narasimha Prasad Opp.KSRTC Bus Stand, Kuntikan. AJ Hospital &Research Centre, National Highway, Bunder. P .B. No Box-76, Shree Nivas, Port Road, Kodialbail. P.V.S.Sadan, Shedigudde, Urva Market. No, 1-19-1471, Marigudi Road, Kankanady. Bhasker Complex, RPC Layout. Sadashivanagar Sadashivanagar Main Road. Sadaramangala ITPL Campus, White Field Road. Sankey Road HPCL Joyce Service Station. Sheshadripuram Arihant Chambers 1st Main Road. Shivanchetty Garden 1.Shivan Chetty Garden Post Office. 2. Training Batallion MEG & Centre Campus. 3. Trainig Battallion MEG & Centre Campus. St.Marks Road PO Box No 5315. St.Thomas Town Kammanahalli Main Road. Subbannapalya Opp.Diwan Nursing Home, Ramgopal Layout. Sutanpalya Opp.SBI, Atmananada Colony. Thyagarajanagar Netkalappa Circle. Toyota Kirloskar Machinery Mfg Ltd. 10 13 Phase II. Uttarahalli Vaikuntam Towers KSRTC Layout. Vanivilas Hospital Laxmi Complex, 40/3 K.R: Road. Vidyaranyapura No. 25 NTI Layout, Vijayanagar Synergy Clinic, Near Maruthi Mandir, Vimanapura Vimanapura Post Office. Opp Police Station Srinivasa Nagar. V.V. Puram Vanivilas Road.

Pump well Circle, Dongeraker. P BNo.714, 5/429, Ammembal Subbarao Pai Road, M G Road. Centenary Branch, Canara College Building, Balmatta Rd. Circle Office Building, Light House Hill, Mallikatte. No.29, 2364/5, Nalpad Bldg Kadri Road, Mulki Sabagraha Samethi Building. Mysore Vivekananda Nagar No 1/3 B, Block No.13, Srirampura II Stage, Saraswatthipuram. No120, Hamsini, 10th Main, 6th Cross, Vijayanagar, 2 Stages No 1561, 1562, High Tension Double Rd, Tilaknagar. No 3619/6, Umarkhyam Road. No 40, New Statue Square. Jayalaxmipuram. No 6, Ganga Temple Road, Nazarbad. Ground Floor, No.26 A Guest House Road, Siddarth Nagar. No.6, T.Narsipur Road, Kuvempunagar. No.1/Smt, Udaya Ravi Road, Krishna Murthypuram No.1213 (A) Kantharaj Urs Road P B 308, Ashok Circle, Nanjagud Priya Complex, Mgs Road. Nelamangala Roopa Theatre Complex, B.H.Road. Ponnampet Canara Bank, Near Bus Stand, Main Road. Puttur P. B. No.7 Main Road. Raichur No 5, 11-2-61 & 11-2-62, Lingasur Road, Main Road. S L V Tourist Hotel Premises,

Wheelers Road Near Railway Station, 78/2, Wheelers Road. White Field 1.White Field Road. 2.Secon Survey Pvt Ltd Yelahanka 1.NH-7 Bellary Road. 2. Yelanka New Town. 3. Main Gate Wheel Rail Factory. Yeshwanthpur 1.Behind Petrol Bunk. 2. 678/33 D.N.245, 8th Main K.N. Extension. 80 Feet Road 1.1210A 3rd Main, 2. PB No 3201 No. 1 Maruthi Mansion 6th Sector #30, 14th Cross 9th Main. 16th Main No. 16 47/2, 16th Main. Bagalkot Sector 25, Navanagar. Bashettihalli Shop No. 6 KIADB Industrial Area Complex, Belgaum Ashok Nagar Ligade Building Kittur Channamma Road Athani Sri Ram Lodge, Ambedkar Circle. College Road Petrol Bunk, Hotel Sanman, Court Road P.B. No 1, Laxmi Towers. Bailhongal Main Road. Indunagar CIS No.623 A, Congress Road. Khanapur Road 1.P.B.No. 1Camp. 2.55, B Khanapur Road

Station Road. Rannebennur P B No.2, GTS 1843, Naik’s Bldg, Station Road. Sagar P B No.18, 46/103, Mahalakshmi Bldg, Market Road. Shikaripura Middle School Road. Shimoga Vinobanagar. Nelli Soudha, Kuvempu Road. Sri K P Mahadevappa Building, Pb.58, S M Circle, Jayanagar. Sira Raghavendraswamy Temple Road. Sirsi P.B.No.9, C P Bazar. Srirangapatna P.B No.10, D No.915/C-91, Shri Rangaswamy Temple St. Surathkal KPEC Step Society, Srinivasa Nagar. P.B.No 6, 95, Canara Bank Bldg. Main Road. T Narsipur Municipal Office Road. Tarikere Post Office Road. Thirthahalli Alankar Complex, P.B.No.2, Gandhi Chowk. Tiptur P.B.No. 56, B.H.Road. Tumkur No. 232, Sri Guru Layout, Hanumanthapura. P B 39, 3636/5256, Ashoka Road. Udupi Krishna, Udupi-Manipal Road, Near M G M College. P.B.No. 28, Kanakadas Road. P.B.No.11, Canara Bank Bldg, Court Road. Varambally Opp. A.I.R., Nh-17, P.O. Brahmavar.

Khade Bazar Adarsh Arcade Shop No. 6, MLIRC Campus MLIRC Campus. Parasgad Hampannavar Building, Kittur Channamma Road. Risaldar Galli P.B. No. 103 Sangoli Rayanna Road Govt Estate, Opp. D.C.s Office. Shanteri Malmaruti Extension (West), Plot No. 268 Nyaya Marg. Bellary Ananthapur Road P.B. No. 51, No 1, Ananthapur Road. Gandhinagar Shanthi Arcade, ASM College Road,. Station Road Bellary station Road. Bidar Kamtana Road Veterinary College Campus Mylore Road Gurunanak Engg College Campus. Station Road 1.Bhalki. 2. Pearl Hotel Complex, Udgir Road P.B. No. 32 Bidar. Bijapur Commissioner Office Near Deputy Commissioner Office Main Market Main Market Road. South Kanara Padma Complex, B. C Road. Station Road Pearl Hotel Complex Station Road. Chickmagalore

Ratnagiri Road Yashoram Building. Malleswara Kudremukh Post Office. Davanagere Poona Bangalore Road. 1. P.B. No. 205 79/1 A.R. Arcade, 2. Shanbuag Hotel P.J. Extension No.44, BSC Avenue Akkamahadevi. Dakshina Kannada Dharmasthala Dharmasthala Temple Complex. Dharwad College Road P.B. No 9. Old P.B.Road 51/B, Police Commissioner Complex. Karnataka University Campus P.B No.7. Damodar Complex P.B. No.12 346/HYG. Dharwar Sattur Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Medical College North Canara Panduranga Buildings, NH, 12, Dist. Doddaballapur BPCL Petrol Bunk Lions Bhavan Road. Gadag APMC Yard P.B No 1. Mahaveer Circle Durga Vihar, Mulgund Naka. Pala Badami Road P.B.No 90, Kustagi Building. Sudi Road P.B. No 1. Gangavathi Srigiri Complex LG Road.

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Gulbarga Super Market Super Market Road. Sedam Seadam Road. Jeevargi Colony Plot No. 25, Jevargi Colony. MSK Mill Road Opp Govt Printing Press Yadgir Station Road. Haliyul Ward No.4 Bus Station Road. Harihara Sri Siddeshwara towers (Opp. Jayashree Theatre), P.B Road. Hassan Bangalore Road

Kenchamba Petrol Bunk Subhash Square Sharada Shankar Complex. Master Control Facility Site (MCF), Master Control Facility Site. Holenarsipura Adjacent to TMC Cmplex. Hospet Station Road 97, Station Road. Dam Road Sharana Plaza. Hubli Ankush Arcade Shop 1, A Block. Durgadbail Lokhande Building,

Aland Sri Swamy Samarth Nivas Bldg, Main Road Ankola Bank Street. Arsikere Railway Station Road. Attibele No.728-A, Sri Lakshmi Complex, Sarjapur Road. Bagalkot Kaladgi Road, Opp to Court. Bailhongal Ballad Complex. Bangalore Bangalore – AIT Mallathahally, Nagarbhavi II Stage. Bangalore – BIT Vokkaligara Sangha, K R Road V V Puram. Banashankari Main No.55C, 40th Cross, II Main, Jayanagar 8 th Block, Bangalore-Banashankari II Stage No.507, 9th Main, Near Post Office. Banaswadi No.586, Srinivasa Nilaya, Erappa Layout. Basaveshwara Road 71/1 Basaveshwara Road, (Millers Road), Sneha Complex. Basaveshwara Road Police Commissioner’s Office Police Commissioner ’s Office, Infantry Road. BWSSB Rajdooth Complex, 10, Mysore Bank Circle. Cantonment Shanti Kamal Mansion No.33, Dickenson Road. Doddakkallasandra No.42, Ve n k a t a r e d d y Layout, Kanakapura Main Road. Electronic City 19/12, 35/1, Kannapana Agrahara, Electronic City, Opp Infosys. Frazer Town No.23, Saunders Road, PB No 576. Gandhinagar SyndicateBank Building, 2nd Cross. Ganganagar 1/1 KHM Block, R T Nagar Main Road, GG Halli. Garden City College Garden City College Campus Virgo Nagar, Old Madras Road. Gavipuram 59/10, Basappa Layout. IAF Hebbal Training Command, Indian Air Force. Indiranagar

July 1, 2009 Behind Syndicate Bank. Gokul Road Hubli. Karwar Road Central Block, Laxmi Narayan Zone. Keshwapur. 1.Sholapur Road. 2.P.B.No 7. Navanagar Near Petrol Bunk P.B. Road Mahila Vidya Peetha Campus, Vidyanagar. Siddharudhanagar Siddharudhamath Complex. Jamkhandi Kacheri Road. Kaiga NPC Complex, P.O Kaiga. Karwar Pats Corner 542/1, Dr. Kamalakar Road. Naval Base 2, Naval Base, Sea Bird. Kodagu

No.665, 100 Ft Road, I Stage. J P Nagar 4-6, I Main Road, Gaurav Nagar, VII Phase. Jalahalli Kalathur Buildings, Gangamma Circle. Jalavayu Vihar Kammanahalli Main Road. Jayamahal 25/1, I Main Road. Jayanagar 69, 9th Main Road, Jayanagar III Block. Kempapura Astra Zeneca, Bellary Road, Hebbal. Kengeri Satellite Town No.88, Susheela Complex, 2nd Main 6th Cross. Krishna Raja Puram No.148, Old Chennai Road, Krishna raja Puram. Koramangala J Block No.703, III Block, Behind BDA Complex. Lingarajapuram 114/1, Hennur Main Road. Magadi Road Door No. 46, Magadi Road. Malleswaram 18th Cross No.64, Margosa Road. Manipal Hospital Manipal Hospital, Air Port Road. Marathahally Krishna Grand Bldg, Outer Ring Road. N R Colony Acharya Patasala trust Bldg, Opp BMS Engg College, Bull Temple Rd. NationalGamesVillage B1-20, Sharavathy, National Games Village Complex, Koramangala. P C Road No 72, 5th Main Road, Sir Puttana Chetty Road, Chamarajpet. Palace GuttaHalli No. 55, Palace Guttahally Main Road. Peenya Indl Estate 24/1.Ave Maria Complex, 100 Ft Road, Jalahalli Cross. Rajaji Nagar I Block 1033, Opp UII. Co., 19th Main Rd, I-Block, IIStage. Rajaji Nagar II Stage (Branch Premises) J 652, Near Navrang Talkies. Rajaji Nagar III Block No.693 Sri Raghavendra Kripa, III-Blk Ram Mandir Rd. Ramamurthy Nagar Ramamurthy Nagar Main Road. Sanjaynagar No.158, AECS Layout, Sanjaynagar Main Road.

College Road, P.B.No.1 Madikeri. Taluk Office Road Virajpet. Kolar M.B.Road Near K.S.R.T.C Bus Stand. Lakshmeshwara Shop No. 5, TMC complex, Opp to New KSRTC Bus Stand. Mandya Kyatanagere Pet Building, Bannur Road. Kempaiah Building 1978 & 1978/1, P.B.No. 58. MC Road D5, 286, MC Road. Mangalore Balmatta Road. Crystal Arc. Car Street Mangalore Deralakatte Yenapoya Medical

Seshadripuram No.34, I Main Road. Shankar Nagar Opp SyndicateBank Shankarnagar Main Road Shantinagar Opp. KSRTC Depot, KH Road (Double Road) Shoolay No.28, Residency Road, Ashok Nagar, Shoolay. Tilak Nagar 1293, 32nd F Cross, 28th Main, 4th Block. Vidyaranyapuram No.844, Opp. Post Office, Near BEL Residents Welfare Association. V V Puram No.112, Kavi Lakshmisha Rd, Visweswarapuram. Vijayanagar No.204, CHBS Layout, Near Main Bus stand. Vishwaneedham 12th KM, Magadi Road, Sunkadakatte. Yelahanka New Town 2051, MIG B Section Mother Dairy Farm Road, Double Road. Yeshwantpur Gopal Complex, 47, S C Road. Basavakalyan Swamy Complex, Basaweshwar Cross Main Road. Belgaum Bhagyanagar Plot No. 13-A, Angol Extn 5th Cross. Goaves Sachidananda Kripa, Ganesh Marg. INDAL Yamanapur Indal Campus. KRCC Takked Building, K R C Circle, Club Road. Maruthigalli Door No.1560, Maruthigalli. Nehru Nagar JNMC Campus. Nehru Nagar Shop No. 4-C, Sukh Sagar Complex Shivbasava Nagar. Shahpur Laxminarayana Building, Mahatma Pule Road. Royal Circle Hotel Mayura Building, Royal Circle. Bellary Hotel Maurya Building Royal Circle Belthangady Belthangadyu, Main Road. Bhadravathi Durga Bhawan Building. Bhatkal Nehru Road. Bidar 8-6-70, Bishan Mansion, Near Govt Polytechnic. Bidar – AFS Elementary Flying School, AFS Bijapur Bijapur Main Gulab Plaza, Siddheshwar Road. Basaweshwar Road Basaweshwar Road

College. Kankanady P.B.No. 528, Fr.Muller’s Road. Kavoor Junction Opp, Saptagiri Hotel. Kavoor Junction Opp, Sapthagiri Hotel. Kodialbail City Point, Navbharath Circle. Lalbaug Saibeen Complex Mallikanta P.B. No. 512 Jugul Towers. Mangala Gangotri Mangala Gangotri University Campus. Panambur Port Hospital Complex. Port Road P.B.No 90 Manipal Tiger Circle Manipal Cooperative Bank Annexe, Mysore Belawadi 10 Km, Hunsur Road.

Brahmavar Sri Durgalaxmi Complex Bylakuppe Bangalore Mangalore Road Byndoor Main Road, Chadchan Dr Donagaon Bldg, Pandhapur Road. Chamrajnagar Agrahara Street, Bangalore Mangalore Road, Bylakuppe. Chennarayapatna 962, Rukmini Plaza, B M Road. Chickmagalur Indira Gandhi Road. Chikodi TMC 2570/2571, Mehta Complex Kittur Rani Chennamma Road. Chitradurga Western wing, Reddy Janasangha Complex. Dandeli Naregals Building, P.Box. No 13, Nehru Road, Near Central Bus Stand. Davangere Chigateri Mercantile Bldg, Hardekar Manjappa Road. Deosgur Main Shopping Complex, RTPS Colony, Shakti Nagar Post. Deralakatte Belma Village. Devanahalli 117, BB Road, DB Cross, NH 7. Dharmasthala Kaveri Building, Car Street. Dharwar Dharwar Subhas Road Subhas Road. Sattur SDM College Campus, Industrial Area. University Campus Ka r n a t a k a University Campus, Pavate Nagar. Vidyagiri JSS College Campus, Vidyagiri. Gadag Dr Humbarwadi Building, Kalamandhir Road. Gangavathi Lingsugur Road. Gokak Sangolli Rayana Circle. Gokarna Near Jeevotham Matha. Gulburga MRMC 178/19, RTO Cross, Badepur Sadem Road. Police Trng College Naganahalli Village. Station Bazar Thimmapuri Chowk, Station Bazar. Guledgud SyndicateBank Bldg, 2179, Kumbara Street. Gundlupet Near Venkateshwara Talkies, Old Hospital Road. Malnad College of Engg. Malnad College of Engg, Salagame Road. Haliyal Mahantesh Complex,

Chamundipuram Branch Opp SBI Chamundipuram Commerical Complex No-2903, Commercial Complex, Opp, Fire Brigade. Kuvempunagar 1.KHB Complex. 2. New Kantharaja Urs Road. K.R.Nagar No.1 Hunsur Road. Metagalli Post 391, 1st Stage. Nanjangud Visveshwariah Circle, Ooty Road. Nargund Kori Complex, Mayur Talkies Road. Sarawathipuram Saraswathipuram. Satyaji Rao Road P.B.No. 204 Mothikana Building. North Canara Panduranga Building NH-12.

Bus Stand Road. Hebri Sumiram Arcade, Main Road. Horti N S Khed Building, Sholapur Road. Hospet SME, Station Road. Hubli Durgadbail 5248/2, Lokhande Building. KIMS KIMS Campus, Vidyanagar. KLES College Campus Pune Bangalore Road, Vidyanagar. Super Market Aswamedha Trade Centre, Dajibanpet. Vidya Nagar Shop No. 5, CTS No. 23/46, Ward No.3 Near Canara Hotel, PB Road. Vishweshwar Nagar 1918/1, Vijayanagar, Opp Tirupati Bazar. Hukkeri Parvathi Sadan, Near KSRTC Bus Stand. Hutti Lingsugur Taluk. Ilkal Sri Vijaya Mahantesh Mutt Bldg Kanti Circle Kaikamba Ganjimatt Ramachandra Bldg. Karkala A S Road. Karwar Post Box No 2, Krishna Complex. Katipalla Main Road Kaup Main Road. Kerur 1/452, Sri Maruti Kripa Main Road. Khanapur Vishwasudha, Station Road. Kolar D.No. 319, Ward 11 C, Cottonpet M G Road Cross. Kollur Main Road. Koppal Door No. 7/6/587-7, Opp LIC Building Club Road. Kumta Subhash Road. Kustagi Kandakoor Building, Dalal Bazaar. Kundapur – Main Kamat Building. Kyathasandra Sri Siddaganga Mutt Road, Near Bus Stand. Maddur Main Road. Madikeri Church Complex, G T Circle. Malpe 5/73, Vadabandeshwara Road. Opp Jumma Masjid. Mandya HPCL Retail Outlet, RAPCOMS, Bangalore-Mysore Road. Mangalore Hampankatta

Puttur Court Maidan Puttur Centre. Ramanagaram Ijur Extension, SBI Road, Sagar Gajanana Complex Court Road. Shimoga Sir M.V. Road Shiroff Complex. Sumeru 2 CH 40 (5) Sumeru, 1st Stage 100 Feet Road. Sindagi Rampur Naka Jewargi Road. Sindhanur Dr.Timmanagoudar Complex Kustagi Road (Gunj Road). South Kanara Belthangady P.B. No 1, Sree Kshetra Complex. Tiptur Abhilash Lodge B.H.Road.

Light House Hill Road. Kadri 15-8-28, Kadri Road. Kankanady Dr L P Fernandez Memorial Bldg, Fr Mullers Circle. Kulshekar Jayashree Gate, Sacred Hearts Bldg. Lal Bagh Lal bagh Towers, M G Road. Panambur New Mangalore Port Trust, Hospital Building. Manipal KMC Hospital Kasturba Medical College Hospital. MIT MIT Campus Manipal. SyndicateBank Bldg. Syndicate Bank Building. SIBM SIBM Campus, Anant Nagar. Moodabidri Main Road. Muddebihal Door No. 1968/15, Alamatti Road. Mudhol Govindpur Galli. Mudigere Saldanha International Bldg, K M Road, Near Bus Stand. Mundargi Dr Y S Meti Building. Mundgod Bankapur Road. Murdeshwar Shabad Building, Main Road. Mysore Belagola Indl Estate KIADB Complex, KRS Road Metagally. Chamundipuram No.2951, Jhansi LakshmiBai Road. J P Nagar No.8, 10th Main, Mahaveer Complex. K R Circle Vishweshwaraiah Bhavan. Kuvempu Nagar 2938, Bangalore-Nilagiri Road, Lashkar Mohalla. MMJC Marimallappa Junior College, K.R.Mohalla, NIE National Institute of Engineering, Manthanwadi Road. Saraswathipuram D.No.2961/38A, V Cross, V Main. St Philomena’s College College Campus, Bangalore Road. V V Mohalla 2997/3, Sudarshan Temple Road, Vanivilas Mohalla. Zoological Gardens Sree Chamarajendra Zoological Garden Ittigegud. Nelamangala 3272/2663/3, T R Muthappa Layout, B H Road, Subhash Nagar. Nitte Nitte Educational Trust Complex. Padubidri Meera Complex Main Road.


Tumkur SIT Main Road P.B. No 135. Vokkaligara Sangha Complex P.B.No. 42 1st Floor. Udupi Santhekatte Bus Stand Santhekatta Bus Stand Stop. Mythri Complex P.O. Box No 10, Near Service Bus Stand. Uttara Kannada Bhatkal Kola Towers NH 17, Bhatkal. Kaiga Main Gate Kaiga Generating Station. Kumta P.B. No.6, 1749, Kumta Road. Sirsi Opp, taluk Office, Hulikal Road. Yellapur Hubli Road.

Puttur Door No. 17-175 D, Mangalore Mercara Road. Raibagh Sri Sadan, Station Road. Raichur Sukhani Complex, Harihar Road. Station Road SSRG Women’sCollege. Robertsonpet – KGF Balghat Marikuppam Road. Saligrama Saligrama Main Road. Sandur Near Old Bus Stand, LB Colony. Shahabad Bharat Chowk. Shimoga Gandhi Bazar Gandhi Bazar Durgigudi 43-1, Rajarajeswari Bldg, RM Rd, Park Extn. Shirva Shirva Main Road. Sindgi 1765/66, Ward No.3, Uppin Building Near Bus Stand. Sindhanoor Budiwala Complex. Sirsi Devikere Road. Sringeri Bharathi Street. Sullia S V M Building Main Road. Terdal Shiva Nilaya, Gathade Building Near Police Station. Tumkur Padma Krupa, H No. 51, Mahatma Gandhi Road, K R Extn. Ashok Nagar H-300, M/s Ballakuraya Hotel P Ltd Opp SIT, B H Road. Tumkur Marlur Siddartha Institute of Technology, Kunigal Road, Marlur. Siddarth Medical College Sree Siddarth Medical College, Agalakote-PO Bhimasandra. Tungabadra Dam (T B Dam) OldTelephone Exchange Bldg Post Office Road. Udupi Brahmagiri No.426, Near Brahmagiri Circle. Car Street Car Street. Catholic Centre Syndicate Towers, Catholic Center. Kunjibettu MGM College Campus, Nalanda. Vittal Vittal Puttur Road, Main Road. Yadagiri Sreehari Deshpande Bldg 3-7-45, Kajgarwadi. Yellapur Door No. 38, Ward No. 4, Sri L V Mutt Bldg.


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July 1, 2009 Ring Road. Yeshwanthpur M/s Gokaldas Exports Pvt Ltd, 25/26, 2nd stage, Industrial Area Subrub.

Ankola Ground Floor, Hotel Surya Building, Kumta Road, Harihar ‘Bharath Beedi Building Poona-Bangalore Road, P B No.31. Athani Ground Floor, No 4390/6, Haliyal Circle, Ward No. 19 Bantwal Ground Floor, No.12-62(F), Pinto Complex, Near Bus Stand, B.C. Road. Bagalkot Ground Floor, Sri Basaveshwar Vidya Vardhak College Campus Ground Floor, B.V.V.S.Building, Opp.Basaveshwara Engg College, Vidyagiri Bajpe Terminal Building, Mangalore Airport Banvase Corporation Bank, Banavase Branch Bangalore 18/C, New BEL Road, Indiranagar Ground Floor, Shop No.13, 13/1, Yeshwantpur Industrial Area Yelahanka Satellite Town Ground Floor, 63, EWS, IV Phase, Yelahanka Extension, Yelahanka New Town. Ground Floor, 99, I A Main, HIG ‘A’ Sector, Wilson Garden Shop No.1, No. 66/22 Ground Floor, 12th Cross, Whitefield Ground Floor, Near ITPL, No. 77 Home Farm Circle, Bannerghatta Main Road Ground Floor, Next to IIM, Ulsoor Karnataka Handloom Dev. Corpn. No.1, Tank Road, Next to MEG Centre, Vidyaranyapura No.706, Shop No.4(Corner), Suvarna Complex, 3rd Block, B.E.L. Jeevan Sampige Road LIC of India, Mahalakshmipuram Gr Flr, No.111, Dr.Sattur’s Nursing Home, West of Chord Rd, Bellary Rd. Karnataka State Seeds Corpn Ltd., Beeja Bhavan, Hebbal No.58, Ground Floor, Nehru Road, Kullappa Circle, Kammanahalli Koramangala. No 82, Ground Floor, 17th E Main, 6th Cross, VI Block, Jeevan Bhima Nagar No 41, Ground Floor, Main Road Jayanagar. 8th Block Shop No.683 C, Opp. Banashankari Temple, 46th Cross, Kanakapura Main Rd, No.11, Sarakki Gate, K.G. Road Ground Floor, Kaveri Bhavan, Gyana Bharathi No. 42/10, Gr Flr Nagadevanahalli,

Opp. KHB Colony, Ring Road, Kengeri TMC, Jaya Nagar 9th Block, No.2602, Ground Floor 26th Main, 38th Corss, Konanakunte No.22,Ground Floor Amruthnagar Road, Pai Layout, Koramangala G-8, Raheja Arcade, 7th Block, Jayanagar 3rd Block No.261, 22nd Corss, 9th A Main Bannerghatta Road “Jal Bhavan”, Ground Floor, No.6, I Stage, I Phase, B.T.M. Layout, Hanumanthnagar No.108, 3rd Main, 4th Cross, Whitefield Road Ground Floor, M/s.Graphite India Ltd., Veshveshwarayya Industrial Area, Jayanagar 129, 4th T Block, 35th Cross, 16th Main Old Madras Road 123, Meresidi Heights, Pai Layout, JP Nagar Ist Phase, LIC of India, MG Road No.114 Mathikere Shop No.3, Ranka Corner, No.1/25, M.S. Ramaiah Road, Gokul I Stage, 2nd Phase, Mysore Road. No.6, Appa Reddy Complex, 5th Cross, Nandini Layout. Shop No.4, Tulasi House, Site No.12, New Radial Road, SFHS Area, Hosur Road No. 49/1 & 49/3/7, Ground Floor 7th Mile, A.M.. Industrial Estate, Kengeri No.48/3, Opp. Kengeri Bus Stand, Mysore Highway, Banashankari 3rd Stage No.190/B, Ground Floor 100 Ft. Ring Road, Raja Ram Mohan Roy Road Ground Floor, “Ramanashree House”, No.16/1, J.P. Nagar, 6th Phase. No. 884,Ground Floor, RBI Layout, Residency Road Canara Mutual Building, Ground Floor, LIC of India, Near Ananda Rao Circle No.113, SC Road, Hosur Main Road No.5/2, 1-4, Beratana, Agrahara, 15th KM, Sangasandra Post Sanjayanagar No.22, Akai Plaza, D Rajagopal Road, Seshadripuram No.4/1,Ground Floor, Shop No.1, Nehru Circle, Seshadripuram College, Srinivasnagar Sai Plaza, No..22, 80 Ft. Road, BSK I Stage, Srirampuram No.40/1, Ground Floor, M.K.K. Road, Nagappa Block, Padmanabhanagar Shop No.501/1,Ground Floor, Datta Complex, 12th Main, CJV Das Rd, Ist Phase, Agara No. 1194, 22nd Cross, 24th Main, HSR Layout, Sector II, Malur Shop No: 3959/3738, Padmavathi Complex, Malur-Bangalore Road, Nagarbhavi Shop No.1,Ground Floor Opp. BDA Colony,

Mahadevpura Municipal Corporation Bldg, Whitefield Rd. Yeshwanthpur No. 35/1, Ground Floor Tumkur Road. Mahalaxmi Layout Shop No.70, Ground Floor. Malleshwaram West Door No.186, Ground Floor 17th Cross, 8th Main Road. R.T. Nagar No.482, R.V.S. Complex, HMT Layout, 80 Ft. Road. Bangalore Shreshta Bumi EC Devanahalli Town Grnd Flr, Next to Jain Temple, Highway Jn,B.B. Rd. BSK3rd Stage No.182(Rev-o.25), Ground Floor, 5th Main, Girinagar, Avalahalli Extn, 50 Ft.Rd. Basaveshwaranagar Shop No.5, 1st Main Road, IV Stage 3rd Floor, Basaveshwaranagar No.2/B, 80 ft. Main Road, KHB Colony, 2nd Stage. Bommasandra Industrial Area Bill Forge Pvt Ltd, Ground Floor, No,9C. Chamarajpet No.24, III Main, 4th Cross, P.B. No.1848. Chandra Layout Shop No.2, Ground Floor, No 1565, 9th Cross, 2nd Main, 2nd Phase, Ist Stage. Gandhinagar “Keshava Nivas”, Gr. Flr, 24, Ist Main Rd, Kavi Kalidas Rd. Frazer Town No.99, Ground Floor, Coles Road. Cox Town Ground Floor, No. 55, Wheeler Main Road Kengeri Satellite Town Ground Floor, No.132, I Main Road Peenya Ground Floor, KIADB Complex, 4th Phase, Rajarajeshwarinagar No.457 ( C ), Ground Floor, Ideal Home Township, Pattangere, CMC Road. Peenya 254/A, Sy.No.87 & 150, 100 Ft. Road, 3rd Phase. Nagarbhavi National Law School of India University. Varthur Hobli M/s Covansys (India) Pvt. Ltd., Embassy Golf Link Biz Park, Survey # 8/1 & 8/4. Airport Road Domlur Diamond District EC, A-03, Diamond Dist. Cantonment 14/15, K. Kamaraj Road, 4242. Rajajinagar No.25/2, I Main Road, E Block, II stage Sadashivanagar No.601, 3rd Main, Upper Palace Orchards. Vijayanagar 3/2/1, 1st cross, MC Layout. Basavangudi No.6, Gandhi Bazar. BTM Ist Stage No.12, Nirmal Niwas, AICOBO Nagar, 100’ Ring Road. No.44, Race Course Road, Hotel Chalukya Complex. Domlur 2, Ground Floor, Airport Main Road,

Banaswadi Corporation Bank, Hennur Indiranagar 1074/H, 5th Cross, HAL 2nd Stage, Opp. K.E.B. Quarters. Indiranagar No.3038, HAL 2nd Stage, 80 Ft. Road, 8th Main. Koramangala I Block Shop No.956, Ground Floor,5th Main. Kumar Park West Asha Chambers, Ground Floor, No.2, Venkataswamy Raju Road. K.R. Road LIC of India, JC Road, DO-I, Ground Floor C V Raman Nagar No.66/1, Adjacent to LRDE, Byrasandra village. Vijayanagar, 2nd Stage Shop No.8/1, Ist Main Road, RPC Layout, Sahakarnagar Shop No.1, Ground Floor, Plot No.43/1, G Block, 60 Ft. Main Road. Shantinagar No.26, Kengal Hanumanthaiah Road. Vasanthnagar No.11, Nandi, Ground Floor, 8th Main. Yelahanka Shop No.1, Narayana Swamy Mansion, BB Road. Anekal Taluk. Plot No.36(B), Road No.3 & 5, Jigani Industrial Area, Banashankari 2nd stage No.26, 21st Main Road, Opp. B.D.A. Complex. Basavanagudi No.60, Ground Floor, DVG road, Opp. Shamanna Park. Malleswaram South End Road, Mill Corner, Seshadripuram PO. R P C Layout 1796/13, 6th Main, 9th Cross. West of Chord Road. 199/F, 1st Stage, Vth Phase, Basaveshwaranagar. Electronics City I Floor, Door No.V-4, Keonics Main Road, No.25, Airport Road Bellary Main Road No. 36, Ground Floor, Service Road, Belgaum 3361/A + B,Ground Floor, College Road. Nehrunagar Shop No.1,Ground Floor, Mujawar Arcade, P.B. Road. Tilakwadi C.T.S. No.2/202/A, C.D. Deshmukh Road, Shukravar Peth, Gandhinagar ASM Womens College Campus, Nipani Nemichand Nivas,Ground Floor 747, Ashokanagar, P B No 31. K R Road Parvathi Complex, CTS No.3445/1, Samadevi Galli. Tilakwadi Sri Kamakshi Building, Plot No.30, Congress Road. Bellary 2nd Shop, D.No.109/3, Prasad Complex, Satyanarayanpet. Bhadravathi B.H. Road, P.B. No.302, Bhadravathi. Bhatkal Ground Floor, M/s Kamakshi Auto Service, N.H. Road 17, Bhatkal Bidar

No.52, 5th Cross, 6th Block.

325,C.M.H Road.

H S R Layout No.7,17th Cross, Sector No.7.

Domlur Layout. 208, 5th Cross, 1st Main Road.

R T Nagar No.57, HMT Layout, Dinnur Main Road.

Upper Palace Orchards 344/8, 4thMain.

Ankola P B No.23, Dinakar Desai Marg.

Bannerghatta Near National Park, Main Road.

Arsikere P B No.42, Sainath Road.

K R Puram Laxmi Complex, O M Road.

Malleshwaram No.16, Nanjundeshwara Complex, 10th Cross, Sampige Road.




Nagasandra M/s IBP Auto Services, 9th Main, Hesarghatta Rd. Bijapur Yogesh Chambers, Old SS Road.

Corporation Bank, Bidar. Bijapur Plot No.79, R S No.39/K, Mahalbagayath. Ground Floor, Gurukul Road, CTS No. 1004, Bilgi Opp.GLBC Office, Bhaisarkar Building, Bagalkot-Jamkhandi Road. Brahmavara Ground Floor, Ruchira Complex, Main Road. Channarayapatna Gururaj Complex, Nr Balaji Theatre, B.M. Road. Chickmagalore Ground Floor, Kelagur Mathias Towers, IG Road. Basavanhally Main Road, Near Shankar Mutt. Chitradurga SJM Vidyapeetha Regd, Sri Murugha Math, Next to IOC Petrol Pump, Main Rd. Ground Floor, Shop No.1, 1 A/219, United Complex, J.N Road, Davanagere BSC Complex, Bhagwan Mahaveer Road. BSC Complex, Bhagwan Mahaveer Road. Ground Floor, City Medical Centre,I Main, MCC Block. 289/6, Ground Floor, AM Arcade, CG Hospital Road. Dharwad Sujatha Complex, Poona Bangalore Road. Ground Floor, LIC of India, Divisional Office, Dharwad Division, College Road. Shop No.6, C.B. Guttal Complex, C.T.S. No.139/1/MIG, U.B. Hill, Malmaddi. DODDABALLAPUR Ground Floor, Opp. Soundarya Mahal Theatre, Lions Club Road. GADAG Ground Floor, Patil Medical Stores, KC Road. ‘Sri Siddalinga Shilpa’, PB NO.31, Pala Badami Road. Shop No. 5 (Part A), Ground Floor, KHB Commercial Building, Mulgund Road. GOKAK Gokak Branch, Ground Floor, Ward No. 19,Bus Stand Road. GONIKOPPAL Shop No.G.F. 28, Bapu Complex, Near Bus Stand Gorur Hassan Arkal Ghod Road. GULBARGA Shop No.G-7, No, 1-80, N.G. Complex, Opp. Mini Vidhan Soudha. Ground Floor, Siddarytha Enclave, Shetty Complex, Aland Road. Haliyal T M C Complex, P B No.25, Haliyal. Hassan AR No.276, B.M. Road,Ground Floor Opp. BSNL Building. Presidency College, Salgame Road. PCSL Complex, Ground Floor, K R Puram. Hassan KSRTC Bus Stand. P B No 1,Narasimharaja Circle, Holenarsipura Road. Bhadravathi NTB-403, Silver Jubilee Road, Jannapur Kodagu Finance & Invts (Chits) P Ltd., 1-405, Kodagu Towers,

Hassan P B No.60, Adi Chunchunagiri Complex, Ravindranagar. Hubli Kalburgi Mansion, Lamington Road.

Bhavanthi Street. G-20,21,22, Venkataramana Arcade, GHS Cross Road. Belthangadi Belthangadi Main Road.

Madikeri P B No.27, Main Road

Vijaya Tower L.H.H. Road, Vijaya Tower.


Kankanady Kanachur Complex, Near Hotel West Side Inn.

Ujire S D M College.

B M Rd,Kushalnagar Haveri RS No.169/2 B, Plot No.10, P.B. Road. Ranibennur Hanumanahalli Complex, P B Road,Near KSRTC Bus Stand, N H 4. Honnavar Shop No.6,Ground Floor, Sri Sathya Sai Darshan Shopping Complex, NH 17, Honnavar. Hospet Grnd Flr,Sri Sai Dham Cmplx, Ward No31,Nr Markandeshwar Temple, T. B.Dane Rd. Hubli USA Tower, CTS No.2538, Ward No.1, Muncipal Ward, No.45, Ground Floor, C Block Coen Road. Gokul Road. Nehru Nagar, Near Manjunathnagar Cross New Cotton Market. No.128, Opp. Basavana Vana, Keshwapur Ground Floor, Akshay Enclave, Sholapur Road, Station Road Ground Floor, LIC of India Building, Branch No.1,. Vidyanagar Ground Floor, Saligram complex, Opp. Arts College, PB Rd, Karwar Radha Govind Complex, Kaikini Road, PB No.25 Plot No.199, Arvind Nagar, Karwar Road. Jamkhandi Jamkhandi Branch, `Popular Complex’, Uma Rameshwari Road, P.B.No.6. Basaveshwara Circle, Check Post,B H Road. Kairangala P.A. College of Engineering, Nadupadavu, Near Mangalore University, Karkala No.93 B/14, Srinivas Complex, Near Canara Bank, Opp. Syndicate Bank. Karwar No.6, Shop No.MH No.562/5, Shree Datta Prasad Complex, Dr.Pikle Road. Kolar No.2053, Ground Floor, Rahamania Complex, Doddapet. KGF Ground Floor, B M Road, Robertsonpet Nelikeri Ground Floor, Hotel Sanma, NH 17. Kundapur Door No.322/9, Opp. J.K. Towers, National Highway - 17, Shastri Park. Kushalnagar Near Konica Color Lab, B.M. Road, Kushalnagar. Madikeri College Road, Mandya Ground Floor, No.2368, BMS Complex, Opp. Kaveri Park, MC Road, BG Layout. Mangalore Corporation Bank, Head Office, Mangala Devi Temple Road. 23-5-404/1, Nayak’s Compound, Opp. Kulal Bhavan, Mangaladevi Temple Road. Kodialbail Besant Women’s College Bldg.,. Kavoor Dr.M.V. Shetty Memorial Trust Campus, Vidyanagar. Kunjthbail village Kavoor Towers,

Mysore Kuvempunagar No.568, Saptagiri Complex, New Kantharaj Urs Road. Bhogadi, 2nd Stage No.1545, Sahukar Chennaiah Road, Bhogadi, 2nd Stage. Shimoga S R Rasthe Tippeswamy Complex.

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July 1, 2009


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ur State of Karnataka has a rich tradition of folk arts and folklore. Though the State has made great strides on the path of development, it has managed to keep its folk arts alive. Different branches of folk art like singing, drama, dance and puppet shows are popular in the rural parts of Karnataka. Each of these folk arts, performed during festivals in temples, is unique in its own right. Folk dances that range from Dollu Kunitha, Mari kunitha, Somana Kunitha, Yellammana Kunitha, Devare Thatte Kunitha, Pata Kunitha, Gorava Kunitha, Kamsale and Alagu Kunitha to Suggi Kunitha, are as popular as ever. Somana Kunitha, one of the most popular of these folk dances, is performed by the menfolk of the Gangemata community of old Mysore region comprising Hassan, Tumkur, Bangalore, Mandya and

A step back into

ye olde Englande

After a brief stay at the Glyngarth Villa in Ooty, Marianne de Nazareth concludes that it is no ordinary resort for the masses, but a boutique hotel meant to give visitors an authentic feel of colonial India.


f you have never visited Ooty, officially known as Ootacamund or Udhagamandalam, then a trip should be on the cards when visiting Bangalore. Just catch a Volvo bus from the KSRTC bus stand at 10 pm and you will arrive in Ooty around 5 am in the morning. Known as the “Queen of Hills”, it is cold at 7,600 feet above sea level and woolies are advisable at any time of the year.

the vista spreading out before us from the bay windows was breathtaking. Situated 4 km away from the town, this area is still untouched and retains much of Ooty’s old hill station charm. The house has just five huge bedrooms! Clearly, Glyngarth is no ordinary resort for the masses. This is a boutique hotel meant to give visitors an authentic feel of colonial India and a chance to live

Since Ooty was the watering hole of the British during the days of the Raj, colonial mansions and manors still abound with their delightfully stiff upper lip names like, Bournemouth, Dingle Dale, Gorse House and Glyngarth Villa. We were booked into Glyngarth Villa, a heritage boutique hotel which is a couple of kilometers away from the main town, for a couple of days. “Get off at Finger Post,” advised Shahid, the young owner of the resort, “and I will have someone collect you from the bus stand and you can walk up to the villa.” In the nippy cold of half dawn, we alighted at Finger Post and trundled our overnight cases into the driveway of the villa along with a smiling companion. There, rising majestically against the slowly brightening skies was Glyngarth Villa, with its turrets dramatically silhouetted against the backdrop of brooding cypress trees. A beautiful colonial mansion built in 1850 by Sir Walter Mound, the heritage property is a boutique hotel today to be enjoyed by those who revel in history and the days of the Raj.

in a well maintained relic of the Raj. Glyngarth Villa has two Heritage Suites and three Heritage Double Rooms to make your choice from.

The hotel was quiet when we arrived. We walked through the large verandah with its hat stand and up the sweeping teak staircase to our room. A huge brass urn filled with freesias and blue lilies welcomed us in, along with the smell of fresh coffee being brewed. There seemed to be a lot of burnished teak everywhere from the wooden flooring to the panelling on the walls.

Th e c o p i o u s use of Burma teak was the hallmark of Raj bungalows and Glyngarth is no exception. The floors, the walls, the wardrobes and the fire places are all of burnished teak imported from far away Burma. Sit out on the lawns in the pretty garden surrounding the house and you will notice that the front porch has also been made of teak. Shahid has added an old Hillman car, perfect to the last detail, which stands in the porch and in which he

Ours was the nicest room in the house with a large four poster bed and an enormous fireplace. Since Glyngarth is on top of a hill,

takes visitors for a spin around the town. A 150-year-old oak tree dropping little acorns stands to one side of the garden. A white picket fence puts the final English old world charm to the place. Let your imagination run wild and one can almost picture a smart carriage trotting up with elegantly turned out Sahebs and Memsahebs driving in for a stylish sit-down dinner in the huge dining room. Sir Mounde certainly recreated a piece of England and as the story goes, he finally sold it to an Indian classmate at Oxford whose family still lives in the UK and retains the deeds of the house. Apparently, all the rich and famous from around the world, including Pandit Nehru, holidayed there. The baths have been modernised completely with fancy tiles, shower cubicles, bath tubs and flush toilets. In the olden days, the jamadar unobtrusively came in from outside to clean the toilets and baths, so Glyngarth has a winding staircase in the turrets, which was the servants’ entrance and which still exists, but is sealed off. The dining room is dominated by a huge table which can effortlessly seat 16 people at a time. Bakes and soups waft out of the kitchen and Shahid has a cook who is a whiz with Anglo Indian as well as regular Indian fare. “When I took over the house, I had to replace over 300 glass panes of the 450 in the house,” explains Shahid. “The house had been given out to film crews for shoots and they vandalised the floors and used

the rosewood shelves in the cupboard for firewood. It has been a labour of love to bring the house up to scratch and make it livable again,” he adds. The garden is filled with snap dragons, roses, freesias and fuchsias all blooming in gay abandon. A huge variety of birds chirp and call all day and one can take nature rambles down to the lush green golf course and the Ooty Golf Club. There is a lovely gazebo facing the valley, perfect for romantic candle light dinners or early morning tea/ breakfast. On the lovely lawns, there is a great barbeque pit and a charming wooden bar, where liquor for personal consumption only is served. The guest book shows that people from all over the world have come in to enjoy the beauty of living in a colonial mansion. “Mine is a niche market,” says Shahid, “and only visitors who enjoy the heritage of Ooty can enjoy Glyngarth.” Tariff Off season: 15th June - 31st Aug 2009 Rs 2500 + taxes (Heritage Double). Rs 3200 + taxes (Heritage Suite), inclusive of complimentary breakfast. Getting there Bangalore is the closest city to access the Blue Mountains or the Nilgiris. Then, either use a taxi service via Mysore or a direct Volvo bus. For details, contact: Glyngarth Villa Resorts, Golf Club Road, Finger Post, Ootacamund, The Nilgiris – 643006; email: glyngarth@; For Reservations contact:



40, 1st Floor, Service Road, Domlur Layout, Bangalore - 560071 Ph: 080 2535 7116/7117; Fax: 080 2535 2424; Mail:; Website:

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July 1, 2009 Chitradurga. Named after the soma or mask used in this ritualistic dance, Somana Kunitha occupies the pride of place among folk dances. Somana Kunitha or the ‘Mask dance’ is a celebratory form of spirit worship, performed mostly in village shrines dedicated to the Mother Goddess. In this form of dance, dancers wear elaborate masks painted in different colours. The colour of the mask is also indicative of the nature of the deity. While a benevolent deity is represented by a red mask, a yellow or black mask suggests the opposite. Other than the mask, a mini headgear made of a whole lot of colourful cloth hanging down in a frill is worn by the dancer. Though the spirit of the dance is the same everywhere, the types of somas or masks employed differ from region

to region. The masks are made of the Pterocarpus Santalinus Linn tree, which is commonly known as the ‘Indian red tree’. The other props used in the dance include a cane or stick and peacock feathers. A mini headgear containing colourful flowers, neem leaves and colourful pieces of cloth is also worn. The music is provided by the Doonu (percussion), Mouri (wind pipe) and the Sadde (a windpipe to keep the shruti). Somana Kunitha is celebrated mainly after Ugadi, before the onset of monsoon. A village fair celebrated in the honour of the village deity is when Somana Kunitha is performed. In some parts of South Karnataka, it is performed right after Shivarathri itself. Since Somana Kunitha is mainly associated with the worship of grama devate (village deity), it entails a host of rituals. Prior to the dance performance, the

dancer follows a strict ritualistic regimen to maintain the purity of mind and body. On the ceremonial day, offerings of blood are made to the spirits. Wearing a mask, the dancer holds a cane or stick and a bunch of peacock feathers in his hand. He then starts his dance from the temple of the Goddess and proceeds in a trance-like state singing in praise of the spirit. An offering of the blood of a fowl or chicken is sometimes made to propitiate the Goddess. This form of dance involves ferocious movements to the tune of accompanying instruments. Over the years, the folk dance of Dollu Kunitha has been a major attraction of village festivals and religious ceremonies in the villages of North Karnataka, offering a sneak peek into the rich cultural heritage of Karnataka.

The play of masks

Somana Kunitha, performed by the Gangamata community of South Karnataka, is an energetic folk art form, writes Jayanthi S.

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It helps to know…


• Get your holiday off to a healthy start whilst onboard your flight and always put your shoes on for a visit to the washrooms. Do not go either barefoot or in just your socks. Just think about it: there are four toilets for a couple of hundred passengers - stay hygienic! • Traveling with young children can sometimes be difficult. One of my top air travel tips, which most people never think of, is to take your child’s car seat along. • Always carry disinfectant hand wipes and wet wipes, as they come in handy when travelling with children. • Use luggage locks for your baggage while travelling and then mail the combination of the lock to your email. This way, if you forget the combo when you arrive at your destination, all you have to do to open it is log onto your email and retrieve it.

• On luggage tags, only list your first name and email address rather than home address, phone, etc. This prevents luggage thieves from knowing where you live or contacting you via phone in the future. However, the name and email still makes it possible for airline officials to locate you in order to return your found baggage.

as this takes up less room than rolling them. * Put small objects in shoes to take up less room. * Wear bulky clothes when travelling to save having to pack them. * Putting small objects in the zip compartments in suitcases can help with storing. Just don’t forget where you put them!

• If you are trying to cut down on the amount of space you are taking up in your suitcase try these tips: * Place your belts around the circumference of your suitcase,

• Make a checklist of everything days in advance. When you are in a rush it is easy to forget your carry-on or passport wallet on the kitchen table as you rush out. • If you need to pack using just a carry-on, then pick one that is big enough to hold about five outfits and three or four books. A great bag is a school backpack! It is helpful to have a few separate pockets in different sizes. Pack your clothes in the biggest pocket along with a small toiletry bag containing only the musthaves. In the next largest pocket, put books and work things. If you can, put in a laptop as well. In the smallest section, put other things such as gloves, notebooks, pens, food, or other small items. • Passport security socks give you a great way to hide valuables. They come in different sizes and heights, from ankle socks to over-the-calf styles. A zipped pocket can hold cash, passport, keys, and other small valuables. Some styles even protect from swelling by providing compression, and they wick excess moisture away from your feet to keep them comfortable and dry.

??? Quiz Time

1. What is Hubli now known as?

2. The exponents of which folk dance are called Lingadevaru? 3. What was Badami formerly known as? 4. On the banks of which river is Aihole situated? 5. In which decade did Dr Rajkumar make his debut in Kannada films? 6. To which district does Kumta belong? 7. When was the fort of Belgaum built? 8. Who was the torch-bearer of the Navya tradition of poetry? 9. How many Jnanapeetha awards has Kannada poetry won? 10. Which ice cream is popularly made in Mangalore and Udupi?


Travel Qu o ti e n t

How well do you know your State? Well, unscramble these to find the names of four districts of Karnataka. MUKTRU





Tumkur, Davangere, Bidar, Bellary

• Ensure your immune system is in peak condition before travelling by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables prior to your trip. If you feel you need extra help, then stock up on vitamins and supplements to boost your intake; and clear your fridge out before setting off and whip up tasty smoothies and vegetable juices with any leftovers. No decomposed nasties in the fridge to come home to!

6. Uttara Kannada District 7. 1204 8. Gopalakrishna Adiga 9. Seven 10. Gadbad



1. Hubballi 2. Veeragase 3. Vatapi 4. Malaprabha River 5. 1950’s


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