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Mini Tibet


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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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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From Shivalli to Singapore At a time when quality food at an affordable cost on highways is a rarity, Shivalli Restaurant on the Bangalore-Mysore Highway comes as a surprise. A wide variety of delicacies that are finger-licking good speaks for the popularity of this food court among travellers and holidaymakers alike.


t is the preferred food court of Aishwarya Rai and Maniratnam. A host of Kannada film personalities like Ravichandran, Dwarakish, Prem, Ramya too frequent the place while stage artist Master Hirannayya and Kannada poet laureate K S Narasimhaswamy are all praise for its delicious food. Arun Shourie and scion of the Mysore Royal family, Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar, are a few notables in its esteemed guest list.

ready for customers. Incidentally, Girish, who is by profession a civil engineer who has completed his Masters degree in engineering from the BMS Engineering College, Bangalore, had

Enthused by the success of the decadeold struggle, Shivalli is set for expansion, both within and outside. As Girish says, “We have acquired the adjacent five-acre plot to construct a food court and set up other facilities like rest rooms, toilets and children’s play area of international standards in a dust-free environment.” What is more, all this will come free of cost and visitors will not be charged extra for availing these facilities.

Welcome to Shivalli Restaurant, the most popular destination for quality food on the Bangalore-Mysore Highway. Quality food on highways at an affordable cost is an extreme necessity for people who travel regularly. Thanks to petroleum companies, many food joints have sprung up in their vicinity on the highways. However, there is still a lot to be done to fulfill the food needs of hungry travellers on many highways. Realising the importance of ‘healthy food on highways’, Girish Kalkur and Umesh, friends for four decades and regular travellers to Mysore, hit upon the idea of opening a restaurant somewhere in the middle of the highway for the benefit of travellers. Thus came into existence the Shivalli Restaurant, popularly known as MTR Shivalli, in 1998. With an investment of Rs 10 lakh, the restaurant was started, but not without facing initial setbacks. At the time of its opening, the conversion of the BangaloreMysore Highway into a double road was in full swing and for the first two years Shivalli Restaurant had to incur losses due to lack of traffic. However, both the partners sustained losses and without compromising on quality, everyday fresh food was prepared and kept

The locational advantage of Shivalli is also a reason to reckon with. “Positioned exactly equidistant from Bangalore and Mysore on the highway, Shivalli is ideal for many either to take a break for breakfast or to relish hot dinner while on their return journey.

experience and exposure to food business. For some time, he was supervising preparations in MTR Foods owned by his maternal uncle Sadanand Mayya. Though Shivalli Restaurant is in no way connected to MTR Group, Sadanand Mayya guided preparations and ingredients here. Today, Shivalli is the delight of travellers, weekenders and holiday makers who visit the place for a variety of South Indian delicacies, besides lunch and dinner, at an affordable cost. “Over 500 to 600 people visit the restaurant daily on an average while the numbers double on weekends,” says Girish.

Notable among their expansion plans is a proposal to set up a South Indian restaurant in Singapore. According to Girish, currently the plan is held up due to recession but they have already identified 2-3 properties in Singapore for the same. “Demand for South Indian food is increasing in Singapore and except for Mururan Idli and Sharavan Bhavan, there are no Mysore-style hotels in Singapore. This makes it all the more important for us to think of opening this restaurant,” he says. The partners have proposed to invest over Rs 2-3 crore in their Singapore venture. Besides, they are also looking for setting up a restaurant in the Heritage City of Mysore, as they conceive that Mysore

offers a lot of potential for tourism once the airport opens. “Tourism will definitely pick up in Mysore,” says Girish. However, their immediate launch will be a restaurant in Gandhinagar, Bangalore which is set to open in a month’s time. “This 100-seater restaurant, situated in the central area of Majestic, will be the most favoured

Girish & Umesh, the men behind Shivalli Restaurant destination for many in the days to come, like the Mayya Restaurant in BTM Layout,” says Girish. However, Shivalli is reluctant to undertake outside catering business as they fear business in big volumes may affect quality. Besides, this requires a lot of personal involvement and attention, says Girish. In short, as Girish says, ‘food business is good business’ only if quality at an affordable cost is maintained. For the delight of travellers, Shivalli is sure to offer many more attractions in the days to come.


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Editor’s Note Editor’s Note

Holidays with a difference


es, April is here, heralding the summer holiday season. While many are planning to visit their favourite holiday spots, others, especially students, are packing their bags to their respective hometowns. For children, holidays mean prolonged enjoyment and parents are also too eager to take them visiting places. Some may also opt for summer camps in order to keep them engaged and learn while holidaying. This year’s holiday season has a lot to offer for holidaymakers. Due to the recession that the hospitality industry has been experiencing, hotels have either slashed room rents or are offering huge discounts in order to attract visitors. This has come as a bonanza for travellers who can now budget their spending. Accommodation is now available for everyone according to their budget.

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For instance, KSRTC is plying additional Airavatha services to Bellary, Chennai, Ernakulam, Hyderabad, Kozhikode, Pune, Shirdi, Virajpet, Cannanore, Thiruvanathapuram, Mumbai, Shimoga and Mysore, and Rajahamsa services to Ernakulam, Munnar, Ooty, Payyanur, Pondicherry, Thiruvanathapuram, Hyderabad, Kodaikanal, Srishailam, Madurai and Chennai. The KSRTC will also operate its Express and Ordinary services on demand, which means buses will be kept ready and used depending upon the rush. It has also made arrangements for advance booking facility through its AWATAR retail outlets, reservation through its website and opened a special travel counter in the Kempegowda Bus Station to assist travellers. The Indian Railways is also in the process of announcing its summer special trains that cover important destinations both within and outside Karnataka. While many tour operators have announced special package tours, there is one lucrative offer for those who wish to undertake pilgrimage from Kashi to Rameshwaram. The Kashi Amarnath Yatra Sangha has organised a 15-day pilgrimage that covers eight States and visit to 15 religious places. The tariff is reasonable at Rs 7,000 and Rs 6,500 for senior citizens. Those interested can contact: 080-26671365// 9481201153. We wish all our readers and holidaymakers a wonderful time ahead! - Vijay Madhav

Dear Team Travel Karnataka,

Dear Editor,

The third issue of Travel Karnataka shows that you have certainly made up your mind to take the path of Sir Edward Lear, Edwin Moore, Rudyard Kipling and Robert Frost.

Congratulations on bringing out a quality tabloid named Travel Karnataka. Being a senior citizen, I read it from the first page to the last one and found the contents and the design very appealing. Cover as many little known places as possible and maintain the same quality. I am sure, if you publicise it in a proper way, you will get many more readers.

Though many options are available to you, it is laudable that you have chosen to take the right path. And, with the right kind of readers who value quality, you can sail long and explore new way always.

Hey! I would like to thank the Travel Karnataka team for giving us such wonderful articles.I came across the picture of a car on flower path in the article Flowery Path. It was really nice. All the best! - Neha Nagesh Hi guys, Congrats on your well planned, well edited issues. I specifically liked the pictures and the small piece on the Bangalore-Mysore Road, calling it a ‘flower path’. Perfectly true and hopefully it stays that way! - Marianne

May this tabloid become the flagship for other magazines on travel and tourism. - Sanjayant Sahasrabuddhe Dear Editor, The third issue of Travel Karnataka came as a spiritual special, but with options for nature lovers too. It was a perfect blend of both. Please keep the same format for some time. Since you are covering lesser known locations, text is more important than picturesl. Your presentation is also much better than that of many other established tabloids and magazines. - Jayant Kumar

- Baira Hanumaiah Hi guys, It was fun to read Travel Karnataka. Believe it or not, I have started filing the various issues of Travel Karnataka so that they will come in handy when we plan our trips. Keep up the spirit! - Dinesh Vernekar Dear Editor, I am happy to go through the tabloid. I will continue to buy the coming editions too. I have a few suggestions though. Try and maintain an index in a simple format so that people will know what to expect when they visit a particular place. May God help you to succeed in bringing awareness among the ignorant. - G V Rao


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Professional Talk

On the right track

The objective of KSRTC is to provide the best of public transport in the country, public transport that is both affordable and comfortable, to all segments of people in Karnataka, tells Gaurav Gupta, MD, KSRTC, in an exclusive interview to Bindya Das of Travel Karnataka. process of trying out new buses to provide comfort to the traveller. By providing premium services to citizens, we are trying to minimise the need to use private transport.

As MD of KSRTC, What is your take on the tourism situation in Karnataka? The potential is tremendous. From beaches on the Western Ghats to historical legacies and forests. Badami, Vijayanagar, Halebid, etc. Religious and spiritual-oriented tourism are also catching on. Karnataka definitely has varied experiences to offer to the traveller.

What, according to you, makes for road safety? Protecting the interest of the pedestrian. One must demand road safety for pedestrians. The rights of pedestrians are to be protected in every way possible. Rash driving should strictly be avoided and every person on the road should be respected.

Though, I think, some things must be put in place and channelised in the right direction. Taking into account the recent attacks on women, how safe are our buses for women? We have had no such complaints from any women travellers commuting in our buses. Electronic surveillance of major bus stations is practised and crew members monitor wayward incidents. We also have a full-fledged security wing. I don’t see any reason why any lady should feel unsafe in our buses. What is KSRTC’s offering to the common man? The best of public transport in the country. Affordable and comfortable transport services to all segments of people in Karnataka... From villages, small towns, district headquarters to the State capital. We also offer luxury travel to the higher end segment, for people who are capable of having their own mode of transport. We have identified many new routes and we will be adding new buses and services. In terms of management, tell us abut the functioning of KSRTC. What is the level of technology/internet and communications within the organisation? The KSRTC is a pioneer in its functional level. The first intercity Volvo was started in India by the KSRTC. We are still the largest fleet. Hundred per cent operations of tickets are done on the electronic ticketing machine. This aids in accountability and saves time. The KSRTC was the first to introduce advanced online reservation system known as the AWATAR. One can

What is the equation and interaction between the KSRTC and the upcoming metro?

get tickets not just at terminals but also at the KSRTC authorised booking centres, or even on the web directly on www. When it comes to recruitment too, there is transparency, where employees are recruited through the online generation and submission of interview letters. Sensor-controlled driver test enables us to select the best of candidates. We have a high degree of computer awareness and regular monitoring of all systems. We are also in the process of having a GPS based control room for vehicle tracking from a remote location. With traffic problems in the City, what is the KSRTC doing to help in traffic management? Bangalore is a big metropolis with 30 lakh vehicles and management is a big issue. One needs to see to it that the flow of traffic on the road is smooth. Citizens and commuters must be taken into confidence to make them adopt good traffic practises and habits. We must encourage people to use public transport. Equal emphasis should be laid on protecting the interest of pedestrians as roads are not just for motorists. How can citizens help in traffic

management? One has to realise we cannot have a situation when everybody can buy vehicles and presume there will be enough space on the road. One has to ask for and demand better and more comfortable public transport. Citizens must carry out their routine using public transport or cycling. Cycling for short distances can be advantageous to environment, reduce vehicular congestion and also lead to healthier Bangalore citizens. People have to realise that they need to minimise the use of private transport. Tell us about KSRTC’s moves in the area of public transport… In the City segment, BMTC has taken up the City Volvo services, the best among city travel bus services. The response has been tremendous. I am sure it will be picked up by the residents of Bangalore. Apart from Volvo, we are looking for premium luxury travel, like Mercedes Benz and a few other manufacturers who have offered their services to us. We are taking test drives of the buses to see if they are suitable and convenient to our roads. Feedback is given on comfort, vehicle engine, seats and body. We are in the

The KSRTC has been working with the Metro to provide Integrated Transport Services. A portion of the Majestic Bus Station will be given to the Metro to construct an underground station. Also, development of satellite bus stations at Peenya, Byappanahalli and other stations where we have integrated with the Metro. At Majestic, KSRTC, BMTC, Metro and Railway connectivity will be in one place. However, this is still in the process of planning. In the coming years, there will be an integration of road based transport system with the Metro. The Majestic Bus Station will be converted into an integrated transport complex with provisions for metro and bus stations, vehicle parking and offices. What special offers and services are available to commuters from the KSRTC? Several special offers are available to our cummuters. Special passes like the 7-day pass for use within the State, 3-day and 5-day passes for Express and Rajahamsa buses, etc. We also offer special concessions for group travel. In fact, we have 10-15 categories of concessional travel.

New campaign to attract foreign tourists –


Visit India Year 2009

ndia has launched a new tourism promotion campaign to woo foreign visitors. The new campaign, ‘Visit India Year 2009’, was launched at the International Tourism Exchange in Berlin to present the country as an attractive destination for holidaymakers. The campaign is a joint initiative by the government and the tourism industry to win back international visitors who have stayed away since the terror attacks in Mumbai last November.

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Travel Karnataka The decapitated statue of a tirthankara lies abandoned on the hillside.


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. Meera Iyer reports.

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lone statue stands atop a hillock, wearing an expression of such calm detachment and serenity that it almost causes envy. Nearby, beheaded statues, legless idols and broken pillars lay strewn between the rocks and thorns on a hillside. These ruins at Aretippur in Mandya district are all that remain of one of the most important Jain pilgrimage centres of a millennium ago. It is a site unique in all of Karnataka for its carvings and sculptures, but for want of care, history is rapidly being lost. Ever since Chandragupta famously renounced his kingdom and came to Shravanabelagola 2,300 years ago, there has been a strong Jain tradition in Karnataka. Jainism long enjoyed the patronage of the courts. Over the centuries, around Karnataka, several merchants and royals built Jain temples and basadis, places of worship that were also living quarters for monks. About three kilometers from the worldfamous Kokrebellur Bird Sanctuary, the village of Aretippur was one such site where a royal built a basadi. The village of 150-odd houses does not figure on most modern maps. But in the early 10th Century, Tippeyuru, as it was then known, was a flourishing Jain pilgrimage centre. During the reign of the Ganga king Nitimarga II, a basadi was built at Kanakagari hill here which was patronised by the Gangas and later, by the Hoysalas and the Vijayanagar kings. The collapse of the Vijayanagar Empire

in the 1500s seems to have spelt the doom of Aretippur. Only traces of the once-thriving Jaina tirtha have survived the subsequent centuries of neglect. Overlooking the pretty hamlet from a vantage point on Kanakagiri is a beautiful Parsvanath idol, perched somewhat precariously on a pile of rocks. It is one of the few idols here that is almost intact. Not far from the blue board proclaiming the monument’s protected status, a beheaded statue of a tirthankara lies abandoned among thorny bushes. A legless torso of a tirthankara, the torsoless legs of a seated person, the head and torso of a chauri-bearer, all lie strewn about the hill. A long stone inscription from Hoysala King Vishnuvardhana’s times also stands on top of the hill. Written in Kannada, it records the grant of the village to a Jaina teacher. Amidst the sad remains of a forgotten era, it stands remarkably undamaged. In front of the inscription lies another felled statue of a Jain tirthankara, with legs broken.

a resident of Aretippur, corroborated this when he told us that although there were no Jains in Aretippur anymore, swimming in the pond or otherwise defiling it was still prohibited as it was used only for pooja purposes. On the western rocky face of this pond are fourteen bas-relief sculptures of tirthankaras, some seated, some standing, some left unfinished. Although we did not know of it when we visited Aretippur, I later learned that there are also some shallow caves cut into the rocks, some with carvings of Adinatha and other Jain deities. According to scholars,

these rock-cut carvings as also the statues on the hillside are in the style of Ganga art, datable to the late eighth or early ninth century. This suggests that when Nitimarga II built a basadi at Aretippur, he was adding to what was already a sacred site. Significantly, this specimen of Ganga period rock-cut architecture is the only one of its kind in Karnataka. Scholars also point out that the lack of any female images at Aretippur seems to indicate that the site belonged to an earlier orthodox Jain tradition that foreswore female

According to the renowned scholar of Jainism, Dr Hampa Nagarajaiah, Aretippur once had four brick basadis. These were oriented north-south, with a spacious garba-griha, open pillared mantapas and brick walls that were neatly plastered with stucco finish. There may also have been some square-roomed monasteries. These details could be gleaned 20 years ago from the ruins at the site. Today, all that remains are the broken bricks that dot the hillside. At the bottom of Kanakagiri is a little pond which historians believe served the ritual needs of the Jain monks. Thimmegowda,

An inscription from the Hoysala period survives remarkably intact


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Bricks and broken statues lay strewn about the hillside.

representations. The site is also noteworthy for how, despite the plentiful abundance of stone and the Gangas’ mastery over stone-building techniques, Nitimarga II chose to continue with a brick building tradition here.

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matured style seen at Shravanabelagola,” he explains. He also points out how with its two small hillocks and pond, Aretippur echoes the setting of Shravanabelagola, where, too, the larger hill holds the statue of Bahubali and the smaller hillock, the basadis. But, while Shravanabelagola’s Bahubali is grand and imposing, Aretippur’s is approachable and beautiful.

A probable prototype for the later Bahubali statue at Shravanabelagola

Although it felt like we were the first to set eyes on Bahubali, some unpleasant modern ‘inscriptional’ evidence proved us wrong. There on the rock, right in front of the divine image, some blighted souls had seen fit to scribble their names, some within hearts, other with the dates of their visits underneath. Bahubali also receives occasional visits from worshippers – we

Barely half a kilometre away, another hillock houses another historical treasure. Neither path nor steps lead to the summit of this hill, which is slightly higher than Kanakagiri. A short climb of about 30 minutes ending in a scramble up a steep rock face took us to the top. There, standing in splendid isolation, stood a sculpture of Bahubali. About 10 feet high, wearing an arresting expression of calmness, with neither a roof over his head, nor walls on his sides, this solitary statue imparted a deep sense of sanctity to the place. Here stood one so immersed in contemplation that he did not notice the creepers twining up his legs. According to Dr NS Rangaraju, professor of Ancient History at Mysore University, there could be some truth in the common belief that this relief carving was a prototype for the statue at Shravanabelagola. “Although there is no inscriptional evidence to support this, the style appears to be of an earlier period than the

A beautifully proportioned statue of Parsvanath lies perched on a pile of rocks

could see milk packets and broken coconut shells they had left behind. Conspicuous by its absence was a board proclaiming the monument’s protected status, by either the ASI, or the State Archaeology Department – the statue appears to be entirely unprotected. The base of the hill is currently abuzz with quarrying activity. I wondered how long it would be before the entire hill was quarried away and recalled the impassioned plea of Dr Hampa Nagarajaiah, “All ancient sites belonging to all religions need to be preserved.” Amen.

The tiny hamlet of Aretippur, with about 150 houses, may not figure on any modern map but finds mention in several inscriptions, including some that are ,500 years old.

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The sight of forsaken gods and derelict temples was shocking, benumbing. And yet, the windswept and deserted hillock still exerted an allure: the hill was filled A statue of Parsvanath overlooks the with a silence that spoke of a rich picturesque village of Aretippur past.

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ometimes, when man interferes with nature for his ‘development’, it results in a good deed accidentally. That is how the Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary near Srirangapattana in Mandya district came into being. In early 18th century as a dam was built across the Cauvery, a group of six islets surfaced on the river flowing with subdued force. While the slow moving river offered a bounty of fish and insects, the leaves, twigs and the reeds along the banks supplied the essential building material for the nests. Little wonder then that a variety of birds began making annual visits regularly. The efforts of world renowned ornithologist, Dr Salim Ali, bore fruit with the area being declared a bird sanctuary by the Maharaja of Mysore in 1940. Ever since, Ranganthittu has thrived as a haven for the avian guests.

Though spread over a tiny area of about 0.67 sq km, the thick growth of trees on the islands as well as in the surrounding land and the fairly less disturbed environment has ensured that the birds can fly around uninhibitedly and roost peacefully. The birds start arriving with the onset of winter and stay on for a couple of months during which time they locate suitable nesting places on canopies, stock building material, breed, incubate the eggs, feed the young ones till they are able to fly and make the exodus back to their summer homes. The next year these young ones repeat the cycle. As all the species do not arrive at a time, it is possible to see some bird activity here at any time, except during the monsoon. Before the summer sets in here the birds would have flown back.

Calling all bird lovers

The sanctuary, which is now under the care of the Forest Department, can be visited on buying the reasonably priced tickets for entrance, camera and a boat

For a tryst with birds of all feathers, a visit to the Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary near Srirangapattana is a must, exhorts B V Prakash.

ride. The best way to get closer to them and get a few pictures is to take a boat ride. The boatmen have a fairly good knowledge of birds and help tourists to identify them. As the boat meanders along the little islands, look at the tree tops where the activity is at its peak. Though the number of species of birds listed here exceeds 120, few are more common and easily identifiable. As a leading Heronry, this sanctuary is well visited by birds of the Heron family, viz., the Grey Heron and Purple Heron which are slender birds of about 3 ft with pointed bills and bear the colour of their name. The majority of birds, however, belong to the stork family. The Open billed stork is a medium sized bird with white and grey body and, as the name suggests, their bills have an opening. Its real purpose, probably, is to be able to catch large snails between the mandibles. Often, it is seen picking up water to gulp. The Spoonbill is also a white bird and its clear identity is the long black bill with flat rounded tip shaped like a spoon. The most colourful bird is the Painted stork. A large


bird nearly 4 ft tall, it has a reddish yellow head, a yellow long beak and a white body with patterns of black and white on the wings. Closer observation reveals it has pinkish tail feathers too. Hundreds of Painted storks can be seen fluttering around here and there. All along, keep listening to the harsh elongated calls of the birds. The Grey Pelican is a large bird on short legs with a dagger-like beak and a pouch-like lower jaw. The blue-black spots on its upper mandible give it the other name of Spot Billed Pelican. Known to be a voracious eater, the Pelican consumes huge quantities of fish. The Black-headed Ibis is a stately bird with a white body and a black head and a slightly curved long black beak. Little Cormorant, the black little bird larger than a crow, is easily recognised. It is a good diver and an underwater swimmer too. But the Darter or Snake bird, though similar, differs with its snake-like neck and sits with wings spread out to dry. By this time a crocodile or two must


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have been spotted as the deep waters are their domain. They look harmless as they lie down still on rocky outcrops to sunbathe, sometimes keeping the mouth wide open. Among the other birds, the Night Heron, a small grey bird, the Small Blue Kingfisher, the tiny kingfisher flying speedily at low levels, and the bigger Pied Kingfisher with white and black specks on the chest, are a few. The last is known for its spectacular hunting

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skill of hanging at one place in mid-air and diving down in a straight line with lightning speed to catch a fish. The River Tern, a grey pigeon sized bird with a black cap and yellow bill and the Stone Plover are usually found on the rocks. The swallows are tiny birds in large numbers that keep flying eternally. But they do find time to build a series of nests from mud on the rock

surfaces along the banks. The flying foxes or bats are the one species that hang upside down in huge colonies from tree branches, whatever the season. In Ranganthittu, bird watching can also be done walking along the river and the watch tower helps to some extent. Back from boating, relax at the only restaurant here that serves snacks and

beverages. Children can play around and walk through a maze of bushes or learn more about birds from the many well placed placards describing the birds of the sanctuary. For a tryst with birds of all feathers, a visit to Ranganthittu is a must. MAY THE BIRDS NEST IN PEACE!

Nearest airport: Bangalore (128 km). Getting there: Driving from Bangalore, after Srirangapattana, look out for the board on the right, turn right and drive on for 2 km to another board, turn right again and go on to reach the sanctuary gate. Timings: 8.30 am to 6.00 pm. Entrance fees: Rs25 (Indians); Rs75 (foreigners). Children: Rs10. Camera fees: Rs 25; Video: Rs 120. Boating: Rs 25 (Indians); Rs 100 (foreigners) for half an hour. Food and Accommodation: Kaveri Comforts is closeby. For a variety in range, Mysore is the best. Tips for birdwatching: Take a pair of lightweight binoculars and camera. Keep silent while watching birds closely. Do not throw things into the river. Other places to visit: Historic Srirangapattana (3 km) and the royal city of Mysore (18 km). Balmuri Falls (8 km) towards KRS dam.

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Nearest Railway station & Bus station: Srirangapattana from where autos can be hired.

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Gumbaz of Srirangapattana

Srirangapattana For sights sublime and scenic It is a town best known for temples, mosques, churches and Jain basadis. It is also a town surrounded by quite a few quaint scenic spots. That’s Srirangapattana for you. Sudha introduces us to this historical town of immense tourist interest.


urrounded by quite a few quaint sightseeing spots, Srirangapattana is known to be a destination much preferred by picnickers and pilgrims alike. The alluring landmark on the BengaluruMysore highway, this island town is dotted with water spots, heritage sites and holy shrines.

Birds at Ranganathittu

Named after the town deity Lord Ranganatha, the capital of Tipu Sultan, Srirangapattana has been an important tourist centre for many years now. Eye catching river banks, bird sanctuary, sacred bathing ghats, historical ruins, royal mansions and riverside shrines. You get to

see all this and much more in and around Srirangapattana.

The river banks Srirangapattana is one of the three islands formed by the holy river Cauvery of mythological legends. Called Dakshina Ganga (Ganges of South), the river flows mainly to east and west of the island town encircled by the confluence of its tributaries. The wonderful water spots like Sangama, Gosayi Ghat, Paschimavahini and temple side snana ghatta (bathing site) are part of the Cauvery river course enclosing the island town. A short drive (just four km from the Srirangapattana main bus terminus) on Ganjam road takes you to Gosayi Ghat, the scenic spot best known for outdoor shootings. The place gets its name from devout gosayis (sadhus) from North India who built here a temple patronised by Shri Mummadi

Krishnaraja Wodeyar. The riverside temple is dedicated to Lord Kashi Vishwanatha About two km from Gosayi Ghat is a lovely location where the holy river Lokapavani submerges with Cauvery to become Sangama. It passes through lush green paddy fields and palm groves sighted along the course of Sangama. Located beside the highway, the west flowing river course of Cauvery, the Pashcimavahini bank is considered to be very auspicious for performing obsequies for the departed souls.

Ranganathittu Three km from Srirangapattana is the well known Ranganathittu bird sanctuary, a must-see nature spot. (See related story for more details). Surrounded by small islets, Ranganathittu became an officially declared bird sanctuary in 1940 as proposed by the famous ornithologist Dr Salim Ali.

Historic spots Daria Daulat (summer palace), Gumbaz and Masjid E Alah (mosque) are the better known historic monuments worth seeing in Srirangapattana, the town once known to have been ruled by the Gangas, Hoysalas, Vijayanagar viceroys, Mysore Wodeyars and Tipu Sultan, the “Tiger of Mysore”. Located amidst a sprawling garden, the summer palace of Tipu Sultan is known to be a royal mansion of great historic and architectural importance. Daria Daulat is all about daulat, (prestige or


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First Schengen Visa Application Centre in Western India


FS Global, a Consular Services Facilitation Company, unveiled a unique concept of Joint Visa Application Centre for the Schengen countries. The Schengen Visa Application Centre (SVAC) was inaugurated by the officials from the Consulates of Switzerland, France, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands. The SVAC - another successful innovation from VFS Global - has evolved as an extension to the Schengen co-operation, which involves the co-operation of 25 European countries. VFS Global has implemented the SVAC model in other geographical regions, which include the Middle East, Africa and Europe. This SVAC will process visa applications for six Schengen countries, which include Switzerland, Italy, France, Austria, Belgium, and the Netherlands. The centrally located SVAC aims to provide a convenient onestop-shop for visa applicants travelling to any of these six Schengen countries.

prosperity), reflecting the glorious past. The rectangular shaped summer palace, Daria Daulat stands on a raised pedestal and the interiors of the palace are extensively decorated with floral patterns and paintings depicting portraits and battle scenes. The palace has a museum with a rare collection of costumes, coins, oil paintings and aquatints of historical importance. Daria Daulat is open from 9 am to 5 pm. Located near Daria Daulat is Gumbaz, another imposing structure surrounded by a beautiful landscaped royal garden. The historic structure of large domes with minarets, ivory inlaid doors and interiors painted in lacquer with tiger stripes, Gumbaz is a landmark tourist spot known for the tombs of Tipu Sultan and his parents. Very close to ‘Bangalore Gate’ is the 200year-old mosque. Built by Tipu Sultan in 1787, the holy masjid with two lofty minarets attracts passersby on the road linking the temple and the bathing ghat. Built on an elevated basement, the grand double storied masjid has two separate staircases to the  top floor  prayer hall. To the north of Ranganathaswami temple is Balley’s Dungeon (vaulted prison), once used to imprison British soldiers. An oblong bastion called Sultan Bateri conceals this dungeon named after Colonel Bailey. Srirangapattana has many more historical sites like the ruins of Lal Mahal (once the

palace of Tipu), the remains of the 14th C fort, the Magazine House, the European cemetery, the site of Tipu’s death and the famous Wellesley Bridge built by Divan Purnaiah in1804.

Holy Shrines Though an important pilgrim place for Hindus, Srirangapattana is basically a cosmopolitan tourist town known for temples, mosques, churches and Jain basadis. However, Ranganathaswamy temple is the centre of attraction in Srirangapattana. Built by Ganga Chieftain Tirumalaiah, Sri Ranganatha temple was in charge of the various dynastic rulers in history. Hence the temple design is a mix of Hoysala and Vijayanagar architectural styles. Dedicated to Lord Ranganatha, worshipped by the great sage Gautama, the temple is beside the holy river spot snana ghatta. Nimishamba temple on the banks of Cauvery (two km from the town) and the Karighatta hill temple, situated off the Bengaluru-Mysore Road, are the other important temples which can’t be missed. Near Tipu palace is the European style church, built by the French ascetic missionary Abbe Dubois. Beside the church is a small building with a stone plaque that reads - “Abbe Dubois lived in this house from 1801 to 1821”.

MICE market in hand trade


eetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) Market is one of the most exciting and fast growing segments in hand trade. Trends indicate that travel agents, tour operators, hotel companies, cruise companies are all eyeing the Rajasthan MICE market as one with great potential for future growth. The sheer size of this market and its tremendous capacity makes it both significant and lucrative. Rajasthan is not only about an aristocratic ambience, it makes business sense too. The State offers unparalleled luxury in heritage accommodation, great sight seeing and entertainment along with its famed traditional hospitality. Moreover, a good tourism infrastructure provides a host of facilities like welcome ceremonies, transportation, convention receptions, banquets and gourmet of any kind. Trained English speaking convention hosts and hostesses conduct convention registrations and provide assistance with professional capabilities. The infrastructure for good communication like telephones and the internet is also available.

Tr a v e l Q u o t e s “Every perfect traveler always creates the country where he travels.” Cauvery river next to the Nimishamba temple

– Nikos Kazantzakis

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The sights and scenes of Cherrapunji, coupled with its lovely, cool, rain-bearing clouds, make Sudha Narasimhachar feel on top of the world.


e have travelled quite a lot, but never towards the east. When we decided to go towards the east, everybody suggested Shillong, Darjeeling and Gangtok. Shillong, with its pleasant weather, rich greenery and proximity to Cherrapunji, was fun. But, Shillong as a town has been turned into any other hill town with government offices (as it is the State capital), narrow roads, hundreds of honking vehicles pouring thousands of tourists every minute, garbage dumps, ugly smells and sounds of civilization. We hardly get to see the local culture because people from all States are seen there and the locals too have converted themselves to suit others. But for the physical features of the Mongolian race, there is nothing native for a tourist to see. Like any other tourist spot, taxis

woo you to fixed tourist spots, most of which are merely added to make the list long. For people like us who have seen Jog and Hogenakkal Falls, the waterfalls that are shown by the guides are not very enchanting. The only attraction in Shillong, which one should never miss, is the Butterfly Museum at Wahingdon. We were surprised as most of the locals did not know about it. Finally, after a long hunt and a lot of

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enquiry, one person could guide us to a middle class house where we were taken to the basement of that house by a middle aged person. How much can one person do in his lifetime for any cause? Well, you can get a feel of it there. A nature lover had collected varieties of butterflies, moths, caterpillars and rare insects from all over the world and preserved them with detailed documentation. He is no more and his brother has been trying hard to save this collection. It is high time this collection

is taken over by some environmental organisation and preserved, as otherwise, the hard work of a lifetime will be wasted. Our tour got its meaning only when we visited Cherrapunji, which is also known as Sohra locally. Since we did not take a professional guide but travelled with a local friend, we enjoyed our trip as he knew the real Cherrapunji. The drive to Cherrapunji is in itself a wonderful experience. You feel you are on the top of the world because you travel on the top of mountains through lovely, cool, rain-bearing clouds. You appreciate the person who named this beautiful place as the Temple of Clouds – Meghalaya. There were very few vehicles, which went past once in a while. We could see just two or three feet ahead. Suddenly, the clouds would clear for a few minutes, opening beautiful scenery of deep valleys, lush green meadows dotted with thousands of lovely white button flowers of some grass and pure white-coloured sheep in hundreds, grazing on green meadows. I felt like saying good-bye to life there, as I had reached the pinnacle of peace. How soothing can nature be!

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Our friend first took us to Elephant Falls. It was marvellous to see snowy water gushing into a deep valley, making a loud noise amidst thick green forests. Hundreds of varieties of birds live there and we may be lucky to view a few and listen to the music of a few others. We also saw lovely


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varieties of orchids all along our way. Our next stop was at the Mawswai Caves of stalactite and stalagmite depositions and formations. It was a thrilling experience as we had to be adventurous to go through the cave, squeezing ourselves through narrow openings between sharp rocks, slippery rocks and puddles. We then went to Nohkalikai falls, the wettest place on earth. We stood on the edge of the mountain to watch the waterfalls much below that spot on the opposite side and waited for nearly 45 minutes for the thick clouds to clear. As the clouds cleared, we got a glimpse of the white fall amidst hazy white mist and the whole crowd screamed with joy. But when the mist fully moved away, the scene was even more breathtaking. The plains of Bangladesh could also be viewed from here.

Mawsmai cave

Thereafter, our friend dropped us at the Cherrapunji Holiday Resort at Laitkinsew hamlet, the only resort at Cherrapunji. It is a wonderful place run by an ex-banker, Mr Dennis, who has married a local woman. Mr Dennis of Madurai told us how he fell in love with Meghalaya when he was posted to Guwahati by his bank and decided to spend the rest of his life at Cherrapunji. Though he did have to face hurdles to start a business, he slowly

established himself by befriending the locals. He has employed only local men and women in his resort. He speaks their language Khasi fluently and treats them with respect. One good policy of Meghalaya is that no outsider can own land there. Thus, to a certain extent, nature is protected, though forests are being cleared in acres by the government for various projects. According to Mr Dennis, Cherrapunji still gets the heaviest rainfall as it is situated in the South West Monsoon path and the orography of the hills there helps to funnel the monsoon clouds of a wide area to a relatively small area, though there is a misconception that Mawsynram, the peak opposite Cherrapunji now gets the heaviest rainfall as per records. Mr Dennis is ever enthusiastic to go on feeding information about the local life to curious minds. The resort has only 8-10 rooms around a lovely big hall in the centre, decorated with local artefacts. Catering against order is taken care of by local tribal personnel, who are kind and polite to customers. The resort is at a beautiful spot facing Mawsynram and above a deep valley. Mr Dennis said he takes care to be as eco-friendly as possible and does not want to hinder the peace of the beautiful place. Every year, he sets out along with his family and friends into the woods in search of new

secrets and earmarks certain wonderful spots for trekking. A local trekker took us to one such spot where a natural bridge was formed with the roots of live banyan trees across a brook. The trek was through thick green forests and once we reached there, we forgot the strain of the two-hour trek, as the beauty of the place was simply heavenly. The bridge was strong and lovely and gave us a glimpse of our wise ancestors who had taken advantage of nature, without harming it and created a bioengineering marvel, wherein the bridge rather strengthens as the years go by, instead of degenerating!

its history and culture and I was shocked to read how pigs are a hot favourite with the locals and how they kill them in the cruellest method known. I could never match that cruelty to the peaceful looking tribes in such a serene place. Strange are the ways of this world.

According to Mr Dennis, there was another spot where there were twin bridges, one above the other. At the resort, Mr Dennis has many books on Meghalaya,

On our drive back from Cherrapunji, our hearts saluted nature and we prayed that it remained as rich forever, away from the evils of civilisation and globalisation.

Of course, there are other regular spots like the botanical gardens, Seven Sisters falls, etc., but those were all again only spots added to lengthen the list of view points. What we had enjoyed before could never be matched by any other spot.

Fact File How to get there: Cherrapunji is about 70 km from Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya. After reaching Guwahati by train or air, one has to hire a taxi to Shillong. Taxis are available right outside the Railway Station. Buses too ply to Shillong. From Shillong, taxis are available to go to Cherrapunji from the bus stand. One needs to stay in Shillong for at least 3 days to enjoy the weather and beauty of the place. Best time to visit: Between May and October, if one has to experience the scenic beauty in the rain; November to February is the time for adventurous treks and botanical studies; March and April are good for those who want to experience pre-monsoon thunderstorms. Accommodation: A number of hotels and lodges are available in Shillong to suit every budget. But, at Cherrapunji, the Cherrapunji Holiday Resort is the best place to stay. Because of limited accommodation at the resort, one has to book well in advance. Their phone numbers are 03637-264218/19/20;

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he district of Uttara Kannada continues to be a tourists’ delight, thanks to its scenic beauty and panoramic Western Ghats. The district has a number of temples, natural falls and beaches which serve an as an ideal destination for holiday makers. To begin with, there are many lesser known places like the Sathodi Falls, which is one of the most beautiful falls in Karnataka. Located


near the village Magod. After about 1.5 km from Yellapur, on the Yellapur-Karwar Highway, a deviation to the left leads to Magod Falls. It is about 19 km from Yellapur, where Bedthi River takes two distinct leaps into a rocky ravine. The thickly wooded countryside, the roar of gushing water and a beautiful view combine to make this spot an ideal choice for outings. Near the falls, there is a sunset point called Jenu Kallu Gudda, where you can catch a beautiful view of sunset. Another interesting tourist spot about 30 km from Yellapur is the village of Kalache. Kumta: It is renowned for its temples and natural tourist spots. Jog Falls is about 70 km from here. Other spots around that are worth a mention are Murudeshwara (50 km), Yana (20 km) and Idagunji (Ganapati temple). There are four beaches close to Kumta among which Dhareshwar is very prominent and is located just 5 km away from Kumta. Baada Beach and Mirjan Fort are the other attractions here. Siddapur: A small town surrounded by the forests and hills of Western Ghats, Siddapur is a trekkers’ paradise. There are quite a few waterfalls near Siddapur, the most important ones being Jog Falls (20 km from Siddapur), Honnemaradu (25 km), Burude Falls (30 km) near Kyadgi, Unchalli Falls (28 km) and Waate Halla Falls (34 km). Temples around Siddapur include Shankarmath, Bhuvangiri Temple, Itagi Temple and Chandragutti Temple. at a distance of 25 km from Yellapur town, this waterfall is not accessible during monsoon. November to April is the best time to visit this place. On the outskirts of Yellapur, travelling towards Hubli, a deviation to the left leads to Sathodi. The stretch of road alongside River Kali is breathtakingly beautiful, especially in the evenings. Magod is another waterfall in the region

Ankola: It is famous for costal walk, swimming and trekking. This small town has a number of temples besides known for celebrating Bandihabba. Ankola has many beaches and temples like Keni, Belekeri, Nadibag, Basakal Gudda (Bela Bundar), Lakshminarayana Mahamaya Temple, Shri Shantadurga Temple, Venkatramana Temple, Aryadurga Temple and Honna Raka Temple.

Discover Western Ghats, relax on the golden sands of beaches, visit ancient temples and rejoice in water in its natural setting. Uttara Kannada comes calling‌


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In fact, the annual mela called Bandihabba is celebrated on Buddha Poornima. This is an important festival celebrated for nine days. On the 9th day, a mela is conducted near the Shantadurga Temple and people from around the town and villages assemble for celebrations. Another big festival called Vana Ratri is held here during November when five temple deities are taken out in a procession for a night stay and returned the next morning. People celebrate this event with crackers and fireworks. Karwar: It continues to be a major centre of attraction, especially for foreign tourists. Karwar has a number of interesting places such as the Karwar Beach, Devbagh Beach, Kurumgad Island, Kodasalli, Binaga Beach, Tilmatti Beach, Majali Beach, Guddahalli Peak, Hyder Ghat Pass, Shirve Ghat, Devkar Falls, Anshi National Park, Durga Devi Temple, Naganath Temple, Jamba, Hazrath Shamsuddin Darga, Sadashivgadh, High Church, Maruti Temple, Kali Bridge, Chendia Falls, Nagarmadi Falls (a small waterfall which passes under a huge rock) and Habbu Mountain. Gokarna: It is famous for its beautiful beaches and landscapes. The main beaches in Gokarna are the Gokarna Beach, Kudle Beach, Om Beach, Half Moon Beach and Paradise Beach (also known as Full Moon). Gokarna Beach forms the coast of the town while the other four beaches lie towards the south of Gokarna. Kudle and Om are around 6 km from Gokarna town along a muddy hill

and are accessible by rickshaw or foot. Half Moon and Paradise are beyond Om Beach and are accessible only by foot or boat. Om Beach is named so because of its shape, just like the auspicious ‘Om’ symbol. Gokarna is also an important centre of Sanskrit learning and houses the Bhandikeri and Toggu Maths. It is a place where Sanskrit knowledge is passed on for generations in Brahmin families. Many Hindus also perform the last rites of a person here. The Mahabaleshwar Temple is a famous Shiva Temple and it houses the Atmalinga. It is situated at the western end of the main street. The main deity here is two-armed, in a standing posture, and at least 1,500 years old. The idol of Lord Ganesha is also ancient. In the sanctum is a stone linga, encased in brass, placed on a coiled stone serpent. The floor of the hall in front has an intricate engraving of a giant tortoise. The temple complex houses the Maha Ganapathi Temple built in honour of Lord Ganapathi who deceived demon Ravana, Uma Maheshwari Temple, Bhadrakali Temple, Varadaraj Temple, Tamra-Gauri Temple, Venkataramana Temple and Kotiteertha, a man-made tank used for the immersion of idols and ritual bathing. Shivaratri festival is celebrated here with great enthusiasm. Each year a team builds up two great temple chariots which are used during the Shivaratri festival. The two great temple chariots lead a procession through


Om beach the town’s narrow streets, while priests and pilgrims chant hymns in praise of Shiva. More than a hundred people are needed to pull the chariots with thick ropes while priests conduct religious ceremonies inside. During the four-day Shivaratri festival, the small town of Gokarna is visited by about 20,000 pilgrims.

distance, is incidentally the tallest statue of Lord Shiva in the world. The statue is 123 ft (37 m) in height, and took about two years to build. The statue was built by Shimoga’s Kashinath and several other sculptors. The idol is designed in such a way that it gets sunlight directly and thus appears to be sparkling.

Murudeshwara: Renowned for its giant Shiva Linga, Murudeshwara Temple is built on Kanduka Hill which is surrounded on three sides by the waters of the Arabian Sea. It is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, and a 20-storied gopura is being constructed on the temple. Two life-size elephants in concrete stand guard at the steps leading to the temple. There is a fort behind the temple which is said to have been renovated by Tipu Sultan.

Other prominent places in and around Murudeshwara include Shivaganga Falls, Burude Falls, Yaana, Benne Falls, Pancha Linga, Mattighatta Falls, Muregaar Falls, Vedic Vana Bakkala, Kumbri Gudda, Dhoranagiri, Ganesh Falls, Musukina Baavi, Manjaguni Devasthana and Giligundi Cave.

A huge towering statue of Lord Shiva in the temple complex, visible from a great

Uttara Kannada offers nature in abundance with many historical places of interest. It is well connected by road and rail.

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he Nilgiris or the ‘Blue Mountains’ have always held a special fascination for nature lovers. For a long time one could only experience the mountains from resorts in the foothills, but never had we ever anticipated the thrill of living in a resort which was literally in the crook of the arm of these mountains.

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Tucked away in the arms of Mother


The Kurumba Village Resort is tucked away in the verdant, perennially green tropical rain forests of the Nilgiris. Situated in upper Burliar (between the fourth and fifth hairpin bend) on the ghat road, between Ooty and Mettupalayam and 60 km from Coimbatore, this is a resort every nature enthusiast must find time to visit. The first unusual treat is the fact that the resort is built around 11 acres of a spice garden. Imagine 11 acres of fully grown and fruiting nutmeg, cloves, pepper vines and fragrant cinnamon trees! In fact, as we sipped our welcome tender coconut drink, questions tumbled out about oval fruits that were hanging in abundance from trees around the lobby. “Those are nutmeg trees,” explained Sanjay Narayanan, the chairman of the resort. ”We are at the same latitude as some of the world’s best spice gardens across the globe,” he explained. ”The spices grown here are all exported and compete with the best in the world for fragrance and quality. This spice garden has trees which are well over 75 years old. So we built the resort around the trees and avoided cutting most of them,” he added. Walking into the open air restaurant called Bevina,

If in the mood for a holiday high up in the mountains amidst the incessant chirping of birds, then head to the Kurumba Village Resort, suggests Michelle Cherian. Tucked away in the perennially green tropical rain forests of the Nilgiris, it sure is a treat for nature enthusiasts.



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nothing prepared us for the magnificent view of the mountains soaring high at such close range. The restaurant has been built at a level which rises high above the ground, on tall concrete stilts. Since the sides of the restaurant are open, the proximity to the mountains seems closer and the feeling of awe threatens to overwhelm one. At breakfast time the face of the mountain was misted over with the early morning mist still

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planned, keeping comfort as the key. It’s comforting to note that the owners are environment-conscious. So there are gas geysers for showers and the solid waste of the resort is converted into manure. Sit out on the private balcony with a hot cup of coffee early in the morning and enjoy bird life including bulbuls, mynas, hornbills, and the occasional Nilgiris whistling thrush with its wicked sounding wolf whistle. “Vijay Cavale, the birder, comes here with his camera and sits from morning till evening enjoying the bird life of the resort,” reveals Sanjay. ”In fact, we have planted lots of fruit trees including figs and jack fruit to attract bird life,” he says. There are 16 cottages in the resort and three suites for families and a large conference room facility for multinationals planning a holiday-cum-work trip. As for the swimming pool, it is the bluest and the cleanest pool one could have ever encountered in a resort and all thanks to the tribals who “work from the heart,” according to Sanjay.

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Peeled nutmeg with mace

A trek into the adjoining forest is a must, early in the morning, and you might get lucky spotting bison or elephants. Racquet tailed Drongos and red headed woodpeckers can be seen flitting through the undergrowth, but what makes a wonderful sight is the gorgeous giant Malabar squirrel leaping from tree to tree swishing its magnificent reddish brown furry tail. It’s exciting to walk along the jungle path strewn with acrid gobs of elephant dung, picturing the mammoths demolishing the huge bamboo groves which they are so fond of feasting on.

hanging around the trees. However, later in the day over lunch, the flowery bamboo tokes, which brought in an elephant family to the periphery of the resort at night, were clearly visible. The gurgling stream babbling over a rocky bed at the foot of the mountain played an incessant and welcome medley to our conversation through our meals. The meals are usually buffet and predominantly south Indian, with a couple of authentic tribal Kurumba dishes thrown in for variety. Every room is well appointed and


So, book a weekend at the Kurumba Village Resort and literally get away from the heat of the city, to live in the lap of nature, high up in the Nilgiris

For details, contact: Kurumba Village Resort, Ooty-Mettupalayam Road, Hillgrove Post, Kurumbadi – 643102; email:nilgiris@ Website : www. : 9443998886 or Phone: 0423-2004850 Getting there: Take a train or bus from Bangalore to Coimbatore. Then engage a cab to drive you to the resort after calling and getting directions.

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Dancing away to glory Suggi Kunitha, performed by various tribal communities of Uttara Kannada, is both colourful and interesting. This rare art form, performed during the harvest season, is believed to bring good fortune. R S Acharya introduces us to this vibrant form of art.


ur State of Karnataka is rich in folk dances that range from Dollu Kunitha, Yellammana Kunitha, Devare Thatte Kunitha, Pata Kunitha, Gorava Kunitha, Kamsale and Alagu Kunitha to Suggi Kunitha. Suggi Kunitha, one of the rare art forms of Uttara Kannada, is performed usually by men during the harvest season. Like every other celebration, the performance of Suggi Kunitha too has a designated time and season to be performed. Accordingly, it is performed five days before the full moon day in the harvest season. Popular belief is that observance of Suggi brings good fortune to the village. Though this form of art is performed by people belonging to different communities like Siddhi and Kudubi, the one performed by members of the Halakki Okkaliga community is very popular in the Uttara Kannada district. In this form of dance, men, irrespective of their age, dress

themselves in colourful attire, move in groups from one village to another beating the gumate drums and sing songs of fertility. These Suggi Kunitha artistes dance with sticks and peacock feathers and, as they go along their performance, they collect money

and grains from each house of the village. Fun to watch and pleasant to listen, Suggi Kunitha performances bring to mind the richness of our tradition. As with every art form of Karnataka, Suggi Kunitha too has

many interesting legends associated with its origin. According to one such legend especially associated with the Suggi dance performed by the Halakki Okkaliga community, Lord Shiva and Parvati wanted their children to gain expertise in some form of art. So, they appoint a teacher who suggests various forms of art to his pupils who reject everything except Suggi Kunitha. However, the teacher, wary of Shiva’s ill-temper, cautions the children that their father may not be too happy with their decision to learn Suggi Kunitha. Children, adamant as they are, force their teacher to teach them Suggi Kunitha and go from house to house performing it. As expected, Shiva gets enraged, forcing the children to drop the kolu kuncha (stick and peacock feathers). These items are picked by a boy belonging to the Halakki Okkaliga community. The teacher then teaches the boy the nuances of Suggi Kunitha and advices him to give up non-vegetarian food for five days, worship God and then perform the art. The zealous boy follows his teacher’s


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As one member from each Halakki Okkaliga household in the village participates in the Suggi dance, a typical Suggi dance troupe comprises atleast 40-50 artistes. instructions down to the last word and the tradition continues to this day.

Mahadeva, and gives the artistes rice, kolu, kuncha, gumate and jaagate. The artistes pack the rice in a piece of cloth, bind it around their waists, and then go to karikana (a pandal) where a pillar called suggi kambha is installed.

Another legend goes like this – Once, Lord Shiva with gumate and Lord Brahma with jaagate go to Lord Vishnu’s house for dinner. Even as they dine, a boy belonging to the Halakki Okkaliga community picks up Lord Shiva’s gumate and starts playing it. Pleased with his performance, the Trimurthies gift the boy gumate and ask him to perform Suggi dance every year.

At karikana, they hang their dance paraphernalia to suggi kambha, offer pooja to their community god and begin their Suggi dance. People of the village welcome the Suggi dance troupe by offering arathi and kaanike.

Five days before full moon, all the artistes of the Halakki Okkaliga community assemble at their village head’s house. The village head offers his prayers to Lord Shiva, known as

The colourful costume worn by the artistes bears significance to the meaning of the dance. Their headgear, fashioned out of colour papers, flowers and plastic paper, stands for nature’s

bounty in the season of spring. Their costume consists of a sari and a kurta or a long shirt in the three colours of red, green and yellow. A piece of cloth adorns their waist and they wear a pair of anklets and a beaded chain too. Just below the headgear is a mungattu with pieces of beads, mirror and pearls and behind the headgear are long strips of paper, flower and plastic that cover their backs. As one member from each Halakki Okkaliga household in the village participates in the Suggi dance, a typical Suggi dance troupe comprises atleast 40-50 artistes. These dance troupes are accorded a warm welcome in every village their visit, with the headman of the village taking care of

their food and accommodation needs. After five long days of dancing to the tune of Suggi songs and the beats of gumate, the dance troupe returns to its village on the full moon day. On their return, the artistes once again dance at their community leader’s house before hanging up their dancing shoes for the season at the karikana. It’s now time for Kamadahana, when the dance troupe keeps the kolu and kuncha in front of the fire, signalling the close Suggi. Another harvest season, another journey from village to village. Thus the tradition is carried on.

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Paradise on Earth Lalbagh, the horticultural haven of Bengaluru, is known for its scenic beauty. Especially so in the months of January and February, when all the trees shed their leaves. Floral blooms that immediately follow winter present a pretty picture too. Observing transformation in nature is indeed a unique experience!

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Where art ruled… The magnificent temple of Sibi Narasimhaswamy near Tumkur is famous for its unique paintings and sculptures. Unfortunately, the temple is in a dilapidated condition owing to poor maintenance.


arnataka is undeniably a state with many worlds and is endowed with a variety of places that offer holiday spots to suit every budget and every age group. The temple at Sibi near Tumkur has its own uniqueness – depiction of 18th century art. Tumkur is about 75 km from Bangalore and is largely an industrial district. To its credit are a number of tourist destinations like the Devarayana Durga and Shivagange, to name a few. About 35 km from Tumkur, on the National Highway, is Sibi Narasimhaswamy Temple.

According to history, Nallappa, Tipu Sultan’s dewan, and his brothers, built this small but magnificent temple during the last days of Tipu. The construction of the temple was initiated by the brothers - Nallappa Fauzdar Karnik, Lakshminarasimhaiya and Puttanaiya - in 1795 and completed in 1798. Incidentally, Nallappa has also authored Hyder Nama, Hyder Ali’s biography. Though the temple architecture is simple, it is characterised by beautiful paintings on the ceilings, painted with vegetable colours, and figurines of gods and goddesses made of terracotta and

lime. The temple is frequented by very few people, especially locals, and the devotees of Lord Narasimhaswamy. Inside the entrance is a ceiling frieze depicting the past rulers of Mysore and specific scenes showing Tipu leading his troops and hunting tigers. There is a Parijata tree in the courtyard of the temple where its delicate flowers fall on the ground to form a delicate flowery bed. Though nothing significant is known about the history of the temple, it is famous for its mural art. In south Indian temples, mural art dates back to 13th C and themes for art works were drawn from the Gita, puranas and upanishads. In fact, the royalty and nobility patronised mural art and artists were encouraged not only to undertake the painting of gods and goddess but also of kings and rulers and their achievements. In the paintings at Sibi, Tipu Sultan is the central figure. If one enters the gateway, there is a main courtyard and the temple. The courtyard is lined on all four sides by small arches on top of the wall. Each arch is intricately designed and tells a particular story from Hindu mythology. In the courtyard are two

big structures — the main temple and a smaller one. Above these are two spires with arches, again with intricate sculptures. These have been done with a great sense of artistry and show details like the designs on clothes. H o w e v e r, the temple and its murals are in a bad condition, thanks to poor maintenance. The structures are also partially ravaged, either due to the elements of nature or vandalism. How to get there There are a plenty of KSRTC buses plying from Bangalore to Tumkur and further on to Sibi. This place is ideal for a day’s family outing.

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Kambadahalli, one of the oldest Jain pilgrim centres in the State dating back to 9th C, is in a state of utter neglect. However, due to the efforts of some good samaritans, conservation of the site is in progress.

Revisiting ancient Jain shrines A

non-descript remote village with well-sculpted and renovated basadis, hillocks and rustic beauty, Kambadahalli, a lesser-known Jain centre in the State, takes you way back to 9th century AD. Previously known as Kambapuri, it is one of the oldest and most important Jain religious centres of Karnataka. The monuments here were built by the Western Ganga Dynasty in the 9th-10th century. The name Kambadahalli in Kannada language literally means village (halli) of the pillar (kamba). Kamabadahalli, also known as Shri Kshethra Kambapuri, is an ancient Jain centre established by Jain monks during the fifth century. As per the records and inscriptions found at Kambadahalli, the history of the temples here goes back 1,500 years. The place gets its name from the Brahmadeva pillar located at the north-west corner of the village that exists in the famous Panchakuta Basadi monument. According to historians, archaeological records date these temples back to 900 AD and legend has it that there existed 72 basadis here during the visit of Saint Ananthaveerya

Muni. However, due to lack of accurate inscriptional evidence, historians broadly date these monuments to 10th century. Kambadahalli has temples with interesting shapes. There are two temples to the left and right facing each other at the entrance. Straight ahead, three shrines share a mantapa. This makes a total of five shrines altogether and the complex is called panchakuta. Tirthankaras have been enshrined in all temples and there are shikharas on top of the shrine. They are in the southern style with layers. This type of five-temple complex is very rare. Outside, there is another temple called the Shantinatha Temple. The mantapa has the nine-block ceiling that is popular. In the middle a tirthankara image has been carved and on the sides are other deities sculpted. Panchakuta Basadi is one of the most beautiful monuments built in Dravidian, vesara and nagara styles by the Western Ganga Dynasty. It is built on the same lines as the Chavundaraya basadi in Shravanabelagola; here the temple oriented to the north towards the Brahmadeva pillar has five shrines

(hence the name panchakuta). Three shrines are connected to a mantapa by a vestibule and consist of the main shrine of Tirthankara Adinatha flanked by Neminatha shrine to the east and Shanthinatha shrine containing a 3-meter-tall idol of tirthankara to the west. The other two shrines which are disconnected and lie to the north of the trikuta cluster (three shrines) are also dedicated to tirthankaras. The basadi consists of trikootachala, where each of the three shrines has its own vestibule and is linked to a common navaranga. To the north of the group of three shrines are two more shrines. The whole complex is oriented to the north towards the Brahmadeva pillar. The main shrine houses an Adinatha image. The flanking cells have a Neminatha image in the east and a Shanthinatha image in the west. The two flanking cells to the north of the trikootachala house an image of a tirthankara. The unique feature of the statue of Mahaveera or Gomateshwara found here is that striking a coin at different points of the statue produces different sounds. The intricate door designs, carvings of

flowers and animals, sculptures of yakshi and the well-planned mantapa (hall) are impressive. The Brahmasthamba (main pillar) holds the statue of a Brahma Yaksha. The western end of the temple is the Shanthinatha Basadi, which houses an image of Shanthinatha, about 3 meters tall, placed on an octagonal stand. Locals narrate two stories about this place Kambadahalli. According to one version, the village got its name because of the pillar and the bells tied on top of it. The bells at the top of the pillar tell the villagers about the bad news to come. The bells don’t sound without a purpose, and when they do, it means someone in the village is going to die soon. Those bells don’t ring even during storms and sometimes they ring even when there is no hint of a breeze, said Basavaiah an elderly man aged around 70-80 years. According to another version of the story, Kambadahalli was a prominent place and a Jain pilgrimage centre around 10th century. It’s claimed that there were 72 Jain temples in and around Kambadahalli, but now there is



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came down to just one from 72 and the tank bund problem got resolved, says an elderly person of the village. Recently, two statues of Lord Gomateshwara, both over 1,000 years old, have been discovered at the Jain temple in Kambadahalli. These statues were discovered during the excavation of the temple by the Archaeological Survey of India inside the compound wall of Bandara Basadi at Kambadahalli. The statues of Lord Gomateshwara recovered here have long hair falling on the shoulders and tendrils encircling the thighs. This proves that the statues found have been sculpted before the 9th century, say historians. just one. As time passed, Jains who ruled the place started losing their domination, and other communities gained momentum. To the north-west of the village is a pond which is also the main source of water for places in the surrounding areas. Once due to heavy rains the tank bund got damaged and was repaired.

But a light spell damaged it again and resulted in loss of crops. This cyclic process - repairing the tank and the tank getting damaged due to rain - went on for years until one day the village head dreamt of God asking him to demolish all the Jain temples and use those pillars and stones to repair the tank bund, resulting in the demolition of Jain temples. The number of temples

Though Kambadahalli is said to be one of the oldest Jain pilgrim sites in the State, no attempt has been made to conserve it. However, due to the efforts of Sri Bhanukeerthi Swamiji of the math here, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has taken up conservation measures recently. Kambadahalli can be a quiet weekend destination.

How to reach

Kambadahalli is 135 km from Bangalore. It can be reached by travelling from Bangalore on NH 48 leading to Hassan. At Bellur Cross (105 km from Bangalore), turn left towards Nagamangala which is 17 km away. After reaching Nagamangala, go west for 14 km towards Shravanabelagola, turn right and travel 1 km to reach Kambadahalli. Route: Bangalore – Nelamangala – Kunigal – Bellur Cross – Kadaballi – turn left – Bindiganavile – Kambadahalli.

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A day out with

Elephants If you nurse a fascination for elephants and wish to observe, learn and participate in various activities involving pachyderms, then the Dubare Elephant Camp is the right place for you. Prashanth Nanjappa gives a lowdown on this unique project undertaken by the Jungle Lodges and Resorts Limited.


oorg, much acclaimed as the “Scotland of India”, has more than what you seek. Adventure, natural beauty, wonderful valleys and, of course, the Dubare Elephant Camp. The Dubare Elephant Camp is a unique project undertaken by the Jungle Lodges & Resorts Limited (JLR). The camp is located near Madikeri, on the other side of River Cauvery, and is accessible by a short boat ride. It seeks to be a trendsetter in this niche area and create an eco-tourism product which would be an invaluable contribution to the cause of understanding and conserving these amazing creatures, the elephants. Jungle Lodges & Resorts has struck upon a unique idea to utilise the elephants at the Dubare Camp to provide tourists with ‘an intimate experience with


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elephants’. JLR seeks to build upon the unending fascination man has for elephants! At the Dubare Elephant Camp, a visitor can spend hours together watching elephants and, of course, learning more about them. A visitor can experience the following activities for 3 hours with elephants:

Elephant grooming: Visitors can watch elephants being given a scrub-bath in the river, oil being applied on their foreheads and tusks, and a lot of other aspects of elephant grooming. Elephant feeding: Visitors can watch food being prepared for elephants and also feed the elephants themselves. For this, they are provided with sugarcane, coconut or bananas. Commands: Mahouts will demonstrate the various commands elephants can obey. Making elephants perform some mock logging operations vividly portrays this. Naturalist: While visitors are experiencing all these activities, a naturalist will explain about the various aspects of elephant ecology, history, conservation, etc. Visitors’ interaction with elephants will be as participatory as possible. A leaflet comprising detailed information about elephants will be given to visitors. Elephant ride: Visitors will be taken on a 45-minute to 1-hour elephant ride into the Dubare Reserve Forest. They also get to watch how the howdahs are actually bound to elephants. Coracle ride: Visitors have the option of going on a coracle boat ride (native boats, circular in shape, made of bamboo and hide) on River Cauvery. This facility is provided only between the months of November and May. Refreshments: At an appropriate time during the above activities, visitors are brought to the Forest Rest House to have some refreshments. Monsoon river rafting: During the months of July, August and September, JLR offers river rafting facility on River Cauvery, along the stretch adjacent to the elephant camp. Run by John Pollard and his team, rafting on Cauvery – a gorgeous yet wild river - during the rains is an exhilarating experience. The Karnataka Forest Department has about 150 elephants in various camps and Dubare has been historically an important camp. JLR is spreading awareness about conservation and takes its responsibility of converting its visitors into ‘ambassadors of conservation’ seriously. The Dubare Elephant Camp has 10 luxurious cottages with attached bath. As this is a comparatively new camp, there is no electricity here. However, electricity is provided through electric generators in the mornings and evenings. Apart from luxurious cottages, they also have a licensed bar. Food at Dubare, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian, is homely and delicious. The moist deciduous forests of Dubare are home to many wild animals and a plethora of birds. Sighting of wild Asiatic elephants is regular and so is the spotting of sambhar and spotted deer. With a little luck, one can also spot the elusive leopard and gregarious wild dogs. The Indian bison or gaur and bears are also seen in these forests. Visitors also get to notice many crocodiles in the waters of River Cauvery at Dubare. The forests are also home to many reptiles, including non-venomous snakes. Birdlife in Dubare is wonderful with peacocks, partridges, kingfishers and woodpeckers topping the list. The camp is open throughout the year and so is Coorg. Monsoons are fairly heavy, but one can rest assured of a unique experience during the rains (July to mid-September) in Coorg. Post-monsoon (mid-Sept to beginning March) is the best time to visit, as a cloud of green with a pleasant climate envelops the entire district. Uncrowned and unpolluted, here you can breathe in fresh, clean air and take long lazy walks. Trek, camp and get absorbed in the abundance of nature. Come and enjoy the better part of Coorg, bathed in the true splendour of nature.

How to reach From Bangalore, hit the Bangalore-Mysore Road and reach Mysore. From Mysore, head towards Kushalnagar and Gudde Hosur (4 km from Kushalnagar on B M Road) and then take a left turn towards Siddapura. About 15 km on the Siddapur main road is the JLR Dubare Camp. It is about 20 km from Madikeri and 170 km from Mangalore. For reservations and bookings, contact: Jungle Lodges & Resorts Limited; Ph – 080 – 25597021/24; Visit www.junglelodges. com

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Mini Tibet

It’s 50 years since Tibetans landed in India and made Bylukuppe their home. Today, with the architectural marvel of its Golden Temple and the many shopping treats it offers, Bylukuppe is a tourists’ paradise. Ashok Uchangi reports.


xactly 50 years ago, on March 31, 1959 Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru announced that Tibetan leader Dalai Lama and exiled Tibetans had reached India. India granted 3,000 acres of land in Mysore district near Periyapatna for exiled Tibetans. Ever since, they have been living here. The place, now known as Bylukuppe, was the first Tibetan settlement created in India and out of 1.3 lakh Tibetans in India, approximately 50,000 live in Karnataka. Today, Bylukuppe is one of the greatest tourist attractions in Karnataka, being the second largest Tibetan settlement in the country after the one in Dharmasala. To mark 50 years of Tibetans’ coming to India, Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama launched the “Thank You India” programme, which was held in all the Tibetan settlements in the country recently. Bylukuppe is presently home to about 30,000 Tibetan monks who are mainly agriculturists. They cultivate jowar, paddy, coffee and black pepper. Though they are not Indian citizens, they live peacefully in Bylukuppe.

Tibetans are very shy by nature and hardly speak to strangers. Bylukuppe, which is on the Mysore-Madikeri Road, is just 7 km away from Kushalnagar. The Padmasambhava Temple here, known as the Golden Temple, is an architectural marvel and attracts a large number of tourists. Also known as the Namdroling Monastery, this temple has a gold covered spire and three idols of the Buddha Guru Padmasambhava (58 ft), Lord Buddha (60 ft) and Buddha Amitayus (58 ft). The expansive hall in the Namdroling Monastery, where these idols are placed, is completely silent and peaceful. Here Tibetan monks in dark orange robes spin prayer wheels and offer prayers regularly. The inner and outer walls of the Golden Temple are adorned with huge paintings that are very attractive and uniquely Tibetan. Known as Thanka, these paintings are based on mathematical calculations unique to Tibetan culture. In this form of art, only intense colours are used and various elements of Buddhist cosmology are represented. The place is also home to educational institutions that impart

education in the Buddhist method of teaching - Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya and Geluk. A beautiful park with a green lawn and varieties of flowers is a refreshing scene in Bylukuppe. Apart from all these, the biggest attraction in Bylukuppe is the Tibetan shopping complex where you can buy all kinds of garments, handicrafts, decorative items and homemade products made by Tibetans. Bylukuppe, which is full of pine trees, may not have iceclad mountains like in Tibet or Himachal Pradesh, but definitely creates a Himalayan ambience.

Fact File Food and accommodation: Available in Bylukuppe. However, Kushalnagar is a better choice with its many home-stay options. Distance from: Kushalnagar - 7 km Madikeri - 40 km Mysore - 90 km Bangalore - 233 km Best season to visit throughout the year.



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Mumbai-Kuwait direct daily flight


et Airways has launched direct daily flights from Mumbai to Kuwait from March 29. This is the airline’s second daily service to Kuwait from India. At present, Jet is operating daily flights from Kochi to Kuwait. The airline is also operating daily flights to Bahrain, Muscat, Doha, Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the Middle East. The flight will depart Mumbai at 7 pm and reach Kuwait at 8.30 pm local time. On return, the flight will depart Kuwait at 9.30 pm and arrive in Mumbai at 4.00 am. According to government figures, there are about 4.82 million Indians living in the Gulf countries, with Kuwait housing 5,50,000 of them.

Rajdhani Express’ 40th birthday


he Kolkata Rajdhani Express train celebrated its 40th birthday with cakes, music and flowers at Howrah station recently. The entire station was in a festive mood. The train was decorated with flowers and its passengers were given a red-carpet welcome. They were also given roses, special greeting cards, sweet boxes with rasgullas, laddoos and pastries, and copper key rings. A special postal cover with the picture of Rajdhani Express was also released to mark the day. The first Rajdhani Express started its journey from the Howrah station on March 3, 1969.

Air fares to increase

Air fares are expected to go up by 10-15% this month, while they were rock bottom in the month of March. Tour operators were hoping the low fares to overseas destinations in the month of March would continue as it would mean good business for them. According to reliable sources, many hotels in South East Asia and Europe are quoting rates 25% lower than last year, resulting in a holiday abroad working out cheaper than one in India.

Howzzat!!! A nine-day donkey bazaar is held each year in drought-prone Pathardi tehsil in Ahmednagar district in the month of March. It attracts traders from the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan. It is also a major attraction for local villagers. This year, the donkey bazaar sold a record number of donkeys, numbering 2,000, on the opening day itself, that too at record prices. Surprisingly, most of them were bought by builders from neighbouring areas. This unprecedented demand for donkeys could be due to the acute shortage of power and labour, feel the organisers. The price of a donkey depends on its physique, height, colour, age and the number of teeth and ranges between Rs 7,000 and Rs 15,000. However, donkeys from Kathewadi in Gujarat are the costliest – costing anything between Rs 10,000 and Rs 15,000.

New schedule for Air India flights In its summer schedule with effect from March 29, Air India has restructured its Westbound operations by advancing the departure time of flights from Mumbai, and providing convenient connections for passengers from cities like Bangalore. Passengers from Bangalore will have a flight to Mumabi departing at 10.05 pm and reaching Mumbai at 11.35 hours. In the return, the flight will leave Mumbai at 1.30 am to reach Bangalore at 3 am. This flight will help passengers travelling on Air India flights from Bangalore to London, Frankfurt, etc. The halting time for Bangalore passengers has been reduced to 1-3 hours. These passengers can check in their baggage, collect boarding passes for both the sectors and complete their customs and immigration formalities at Bangalore airport itself.

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Lord Krishna’s abode Very close to Bangalore is Kakolu, with an interesting temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. P Vinay introduces us to the uniqueness of this temple.


he metropolitan city of Bangalore is not just a hub of IT and business czars. It has some interesting spots of tourist interest in its outskirts too. Driving ahead in Bangalore north, one cannot afford to miss the rustic prospect of Kakolu, a village close to the main road, but hardly known to localities. As we proceed on the Yelahanka-Doddaballapur Road across 35 km, the main road is intercepted by the market place of Rajankunte. A very familiar deviation from here of about 5 km across a fairly good road would take us to Kakolu. The village abounds with a touch of antiquity together with a feel of calmness and spirituality and is a must-visit for those seeking solace. The history of the place dates back to the times of the famed Vijayanagara Empire. Regional legend of Kakolu ascribes the place as being ruled by a subordinate ruler of the Vijayanagara Empire, originally belonging to “Chelooru Chavadi”, which is now submerged in the Hesaraghatta Lake. There is an inscription on the walls of Sri Chandramouleshwara Temple at Hesaraghatta referring to this. However, the hallmark of the place thrives not on any historical monuments like that of Hampi but on similar exquisite images in a temple of Krishna and Hanuman in the middle of the village, noted for distinctive features of its own, typically in the Vijayanagara style of architecture. The image of Lord Krishna in Kakolu is carved out on a life-size Brindavanam depicting the scenario of Krishna as a cowherd, playing on the flute with cows around him. Such a picturesque image is a reference to the pastimes of Krishna as depicted in the Bhagavata Puranam. This unique representation of Krishna in Brindavanam is further added with a symbolic representation of the Lord with four shoulders and a crown. Further, the posture of playing on the flute is different from the usual way of the flute on the right side. Tradition of the place ascribes this singular representation of Krishna to the Bhagavata Puranam which speaks of

Krishna as an incarnation of Lord Vishnu with his divine nature surpassing the natural ways of mortals and blessing Indra and other lords at the time of incarnation. The narrative legend of this atypical idol of Lord Krishna in Kakolu dates back to about 600 years, as being carved under the orders of saint-scholar Sripadaraja, the preceptor of Sri Vyasa Tirtha of Vijayanagara of 15th Century. Adding to the historicity of the idol is another idol of Hanuman carved on a pillar with the conch and discus of either side with the image of Garuda at the back installed by Sri Vyasa Tirtha himself. This is supposed to be one of the 732 Hanuman idols installed by Sri Vyasa Tirtha through out the southern part of India. The Brindavanam Krishna was originally installed in Chikkadevanapura on the west bank of River Arkavati. A dam creation across the Arkavati River, now better known as the Hesaraghatta tank, had submerged the idol of Brindavanam Krishna. The fact that this consecrated idol lay submerged prompted the village heads of the Kakolu village, Narasanna and Sheshagiri Rao, to reinstall the idol in Kakolu about 75 years back. Other idols of Sri Vedavyasa, Sri Madhvacharya, Sripadaraja, Purandara Dasa, Kanaka Dasa and navagrahas are of recent installation. The premise of the temple is endowed with a yagashala with dining facilities to carry out rituals in keeping with the pancharatra tradition. A place called Nagara Mantapa is traced to the hoary past with the lingam, known as Dakshineshvara, believed to be installed by Arjuna. Another idol of Shiva in the form of lingam, supposed to be worshipped by Kanaka Dasa, is also found in the place. This is further authenticated with a celebration, once in 12 years, by the Kuruba community. A five-day grand car festival (Brahma Rathotsava) is held in Kakolu once every year as per the Madhva tradition, following the Pancharatra Agama. The Brahma

Rathotsava is inaugurated with the hoisting of the flag of divinity on the 3rd day of the bright half of Chaitra Masa as per the Hindu almanac. A large number of devotees throng to witness the grand festival. On the second day of celebration is a discourse and melodrama of Gajendra Moksha, followed by Kalyanotsava. The third day is Brahma Rathotsava, when the idol of Krishna is taken in a procession across the village. Devotees of Lord Krishna sing and dance the glory of the Lord across the streets of Kakolu. All these rituals are followed by Vasantotsava and Garudabuthi, commemorating the Lord as Santana Gopalakrishna, the bestower of progeny. The Amritamahotsava (platinum jubilee) of Brahma Rathotsava was celebrated last year by the Kakolu Sri Venugopalaswamy Devasthana Trust, which had organised discourses by distinguished scholars on Krishna styled as “Jnana Yajna - Sri Krishna Darshana,” inaugurated by Sri Vishvesha Tirtha Swamiji of Pejavar Mutt, Udupi, in

various parts of Bangalore. Together with religious activities, the Trust also undertakes social service in the place. In collaboration with noted social service organisations like the Udaya Bhanu Kala Sangha and the Bhagavan Mahaveer Jain Netralaya, the Trust had organised a free eye camp recently. In collaboration with the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises Development Institute, Government of India, Industrial Motivation Campaign for unemployed educated youth was also held. How to reach: Kakolu can be reached by buses numbered 285 E, 251 A and 266 C from K R Market, Bangalore. Other BMTC buses heading towards Byata and Haniyur also stop at Kakolu. For further details, contact: Sri Venugopalaswamy Devasthana Trust (R); Ph: 080-28479027, 9845075250; email:

Formulae 1 hotels in India


he Government has permitted AAPC Singapore Pte Ltd, a hotel management company based in Singapore to invest Rs 365.78 crore in an Indian company to construct, develop, own and manage low-budget Formulae 1 hotels in India. The Foreign Investment Promotion Board has approved the proposals, according to which AAPC Singapore can invest up to 100 per cent in an Indian company. Formulae 1 hotels, under Accor brand, are famous for offering contemporary functional rooms with basic amenities at reasonable rates.


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Sneak Peek

Gol Gumbaz

Historic Bijapur The historic city of Bijapur, with its many architectural marvels, is a must-see town.


ijapur is a historic fort city which came under Muslim influence under Allaudin Khilji, the Sultan of Delhi, towards the end of the 13th century, and then under the Bahamani kings of Bidar in 1347. Bijapur is the gateway to Karnataka from Goa and Mumbai. It was the capital of Adil Shahi dynasty. Bijapur experienced a great burst of architectural activity under Adil Shahi dynasty. The Adil Shahis encouraged building activity to such an extent that Bijapur itself has over 50 mosques, more than 20 tombs and a number of palaces. An interesting feature was the employment of a large number of Indian craftsmen. Earlier, Muslim rulers of the Deccan deployed Persian craftsmen and architects.

Places to visit Gol Gumbaz The dome is the second largest in the world, 124 ft in diameter. The architecture of this building is unique with the four minarets being the four staircases leading to the top dome. The acoustics of the enclosed space make it a whispering gallery, where even the smallest sound is heard across the other side of the Gumbaz. At the periphery of the dome is a circular balcony where visitors can witness its greatest marvel,

“echo”. Any whisper, clap or sound gets echoed and creates an ideal stereophonic stage even for weak-lunged singers.

tonnes. Popular belief is that if you touch

Jumma Masjid Jumma Masjid is the other attraction

Ibrahim Adil Shah II, is said to have inspired the Taj mahal in Agra. At the centre of the tomb are large arches signifying the forts and its beauty in moonlight. Even though many of the structures were damaged by Aurangazeb, Bijapur remains a must-see town.

Getting there: Malik-e-Maiden the gun and make a wish, it will come true! Also worth a visit are the Mehtar Mahal, the Jod Gumbaz, Afzal Khan’s Cenotaph, Asar Mahal, Anand Mahal and Ark-Kila.

Ibrahim Roza Jumma Masjid of this city. Jumma Masjid, still used for worship, has been called one of the first mosques in india. It holds an exquisite copy of the Quran, written in gold. Also dating back to the period of Adil Shah, this is the largest masjid in the region. Barah Kamaan (12 arches) is another wonderful piece of architecture, created simply with 12 interleaving arches as a centre stage for art festivities.

Malik-e-Maidan This is the largest medieval cannon in the world which is 14 ft long and weighs 55

Ibrahim Roza is a beautiful tomb with artistically laid out corridors and interconnecting buildings with richly decorated walls and perforated stone windows. Ibrahim Roza, the mausoleum of

Air: Nearest airport is Belgaum (205 km), which is well connected to Mumbai and Bangalore. Rail: Bijapur is well connected to Bangalore, Mumbai (via Solapur); Hyderabad (via Solapur or Hotgi Jn); Hospet (via Gadag); Vasco da Gama (via Hubli and Londa). Road: Hyderabad (420 km), the nearest largest city and the capital of the neighbouring state of Andhra Pradesh. Mumbai (500 km approx), the nearest international gateway and the largest metropolitan city in India, which is also the capital Ibrahim Roza of the neighbouring state of Maharashtra. Bangalore (530 km), the state capital and the largest metropolitan city of Karnataka. Local Transport: There are local buses, horsedrawn tongas and autorickshaws to help you get around.

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Maavinakaayi Chitranna (Raw Mango Rice) is the traditional cuisine of Karnataka. It is usually made on festivals and other special occasions. This dish tastes best when the mango is tangy.



1/4 cup jeera (cumin seeds)

1/2 cup coconut, grated 1-2 tsp menthya kaalu/methi seeds 2-3 dry red chillies A pinch of hing 1 cup rice 2-3 tbsp peanuts 1 tbsp chana - urad dal mixture 2-3 tsp oil 3-4 curry leaves 1 tsp mustard seeds

Mysore Bajji

Jackfruit Pappad

Maavinakaayi Chitranna

1 raw mango

1 can raw jackfruit 250 gm fresh chana dal 1/2 tsp black peppercorn 1/2 tsp cloves 3 cinnamon sticks 1/2 a stick ginger 1 piece garlic clove 2 big onions 1 medium sized red dry chilly 1 green chili 1-2 (as per taste) cilantro 1-2 tsp water Salt to taste

Mysore Bajji is a hot favourite with everyone. Preferred especially for breakfast, Mysore Bajji is also liked as a snack in the old Mysore region. This tempting bite is also filling and yummy when accompanied with chutneys.

Ingredients 4 cup all purpose flour 6 tsp rice flour 2 onions 10 green chillies (chopped) 20 cashew nuts (broken) 1 tsp cumin seeds 2 inch ginger finely chopped 1/2 tsp baking soda Coriander leaves

Salt to taste



Peel and chop the jackfruit.

Salt to taste

Boil jackfruit pieces in water along with half an onion, green and red chillies, channa dal, ginger, garlic, jeera, cloves, peppercorn, cinnamon and salt.

Sour curd (as required)

Cook the rice in a cooker and allow it to cool by spreading it out on a plate. Once it has cooled, add salt and a spoon of oil to the rice. Peel and grate the raw mango. Dry roast red chillies, methi seeds, hing and powder them in a blender. Grind it along with grated coconut. Add half the quantity of grated raw mango while grinding. Do not add water while grinding. Heat oil in a kadai; add mustard, urad dal, red chillies, groundnuts, hing and turmeric powder. Add the remaining grated raw mango and cook for a while until all the water evaporates. Add the above prepared masala and cook for about 2 mins. Add salt and mix well. Add cooked rice to the above chutney and serve hot!!


Simmer till the jackfruit is tender and then let the liquid evaporate completely. Grind to a fine paste in a blender/food processor. Remove the spices that are difficult to grind. Mix the remaining onion (chopped fine) and cilantro. Add a little cayenne pepper if it’s not spicy enough.

Fresh coconut (chopped to small pieces)

Oil to fry

Method Mix both the all purpose flour and rice flour along with curds till smooth (without any lumps). Make a loose dough and allow it to soak for 3 - 4 hours. Mix all the remaining ingredients.

Mix well and then make small flat patties.

Heat oil in a kadai or a deep fry pan.

Let it dry in the sun for about a day. When the papads are completely dry and have become crisp, cool them to room temperature and store in air tight containers.

Make medium-sized balls with the dough and fry them in the oil till honey brown.

These can then either be deep fried in oil or baked in the oven till they turn golden brown.

Serve hot with spicy mint chutney or enjoy with peanut chutney.

Place on a paper towel to drain excess oil.

Masala Dosa Ingredients For Dosa 2 cup rice - preferably parboiled 1/2 cup split and husked Black Gram (Dhuli Urad) - soaked with rice for 5-6 hours 1/2 tsp fenugreek Seeds Oil to smear the pan for making the dosas 2 tsp salt

For Masala 500 gm or 3 cup potatoes - boiled, peeled and cubed 1 1/2 cup onions - sliced not very thin

Method Grind the dal mixture together to a very smooth consistency. Add salt and enough water to give it a dropping consistency. Allow it to ferment for about 5-6 hours, till a little spongy. Heat the tawa, and brush oil over it. When really hot, splash a little water and immediately pour batter onto it, spreading it thin, with a circular motion. This will have to be very swift and will need a bit of practice. After spreading the batter, lower the heat and dribble a little oil around the edges so that it seeps under the dosa. When edges start browning a bit, pass a flat spoon under it to ease the dosa off the pan. Put the desired filling in the centre and fold the two edges over. Serve accompanied with sambhar and chutney

1/4 tsp turmeric 2-3 green chillies - chopped coarsely (optional) 6-7 curry leaves or 1/2 tsp dried curry leaves 2 tbsp oil 1 tsp mustard seeds 2 tsp salt 1/2 cup water

For the Masala Filling Heat the oil in a heavy based pan and add mustard seeds, onions, curry leaves and green chillies, and sautĂŠ over high heat till the onions are a little transparent. Add salt and turmeric and mix well before adding the potatoes. Turn the potatoes around till well mixed and add the water and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes.


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Sneak Peek

Phoenix to Launch Zuri Hotels & Resorts in Bangalore


romoted by investors from Middle-East, Phoenix Group Global will open its first hotel in Bangalore this year. According to reliable sources, the hotel would be located in the Whitefield tech hub and would have 162 rooms, five food & beverage options, a heated swimming pool and a gymnasium.

Towards responsible tourism

Haveri hangout T

hough the district of Haveri houses many places of tourist interest, it is not marked prominently in the tourism map of Karnataka.

Perhaps, Haveri is the most neglected district in the tourism map of Karnataka, though it has abundant tourism potential with its historic temples and places of tourist interest. Haveri district is exactly in the centre of Karnataka and is equidistant from Bidar in the far north and Kollegal in the far south. It is also known as the gateway to the northern districts of Karnataka. The history of Haveri district goes back to pre-historic times. Ample evidence is available on the existence of pre-historic civilisations on the Tungabhadra and Varada river basins. Stone carvings depicting Stone Age civilizations are found in many parts of the district. About 1,300 stone writings of different rulers like the Chalukyas and the Rastrakutas are found in the district. However, none of the major kingdoms of Karnataka had their headquarters in Haveri. Haveri has a very rich culture and tradition. The district is proud to be the birth place of Santa Shishunala Sharif, great saint Kanakadasa, Sarvagnya, Hanagal Kumara Shivayogigalu, Wagish Panditaru, writer Galaganatharu, Ganayogi Panchakshari Gavayigalu, Gnanapeetha awardee Dr V.K.Gokak and many more. Freedom fighter Mailara Mahadevappa, who resisted British rule, is from Motebennur in Haveri district. Another freedom fighter, Gudleppa Hallikere, a native of Hosaritti, is also from this district. He started a residential school, The Gandhi Grameen Gurukul, in Hosaritti.


he Travel Operators for Tigers (TOFT), a responsive campaign started by a group of tour operators, aspires to advocate, endorse and support better and responsible use of wilderness areas to all the professionals in wildlife tourism segment and visitors to wildlife parks in India. At present, it is working with lodges and resorts in six national parks of India — Jim Corbett in Uttarakhand, Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Panna and Pench in Madhya Pradesh, and Ranthambore in Rajasthan — to implement plans to promote responsible tourism. According to reliable sources, TOFT is currently working with 29 Indian Destination Management Companies and approximately 60 hospitality players to develop tourism in these areas. The TOFT- India, with its innovative concept, also certifies and gives ratings called ‘PUG rating’ to lodges and hotels in wilderness regions. Such ratings are given to help travellers visiting the national parks to make better judgments on which lodges to stay in. These ratings are given considering the concept of Sustainable Tourism, which is based on three pillars - economic, sociological and ecological. The campaign aims to empower the local communities to get involved in wildlife tourism projects and set off low impact and sustainable development, to help in the conservation of national parks and simultaneously help the communities through employment and business opportunities. It is taking steps to develop wildlife conservation and community support, together with waste and water management, trade co-operatives, local employment, fair wages and local enterprises and services.  TOFT is working with the Forest Department to take steps where hospitality players can join and plan new policies, making a positive impact on the tourism industry, local communities and wildlife. It is also working with Global Tiger Patrol (GTP), a conservation agency dedicated to the protection of tigers, especially in India, to bring an end to the poaching of tigers.

The district of Haveri is home to many historic and ancient temples like the Siddheswara Temple in Haveri, Tarakeshwar Temple at Hanagal, Nagareshwar Temple at Bankapura, Mukteshwara Temple at Caudadanapura/ Chavundarayapura, Eeshwar Temple at Galaganatha, Kadambeshwar temples at Rattihalli, Someshwar Temple at Haralahalli, Jain Basadi at Yalavatti, temples at Kaginele and Mallari Temple at Gudda Guddaapura near Ranebennur. In fact, Kaginele, the birth place of great saint Kanakadasa, houses several temples like the Kaginele Mahasamsthana Kanaka Gurupeetha, Adikeshava Temple, Virabhadra Temple, Someshwara Temple, Sangameshwara Temple, Kalahasteshwara Temple, Narasimha Temple and Lakshmi Temple. Besides, the district is also famous for the Ranebennur Wildlife Sancturay that houses a variety of animals and birds. Bankapura is a notified reserved forest that offers a safe heaven for peacocks. Akki-Alur in Hanagal Taluk is better known as the rice bowl of Haveri and has a number of beautiful lakes and gardens. Last but not the least is Byadagi, which is famous the world over for chillis. How to reach Haveri is well connected by rail and road network. While there are regular train services from Bangalore, Hubli, and Mysore, a number of KSRTC buses connect the district with various towns in the State. Hubli is the nearest city to Haveri.

Muktheshwara temple

Best Western Peace Valley in Goa The Best Western India Group will be launching the Best Western Peace Valley in Goa by August this year. This resort at Quepem, Goa will be a 400 room property and become operational in a phased manner. The first phase of the resort, with around 60 rooms, is scheduled to be operational by August 2009.

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Towards the backwaters

Camping at Karanagiri At Karanagiri, you are free to do what you like. You can either kiss the green grass or count the stars at night. Just follow your heart and have a whale of a time, urges Ancy Johnson.


himoga district is gifted with the beauty of virgin and verdant valleys, hillocks and unique nature parks. One among such nature gifted places is Karanagiri at Hosanagar. Visitors are sure to fall in love with the place because of its relaxing environment. About 80 km from Shimoga,

of watching the green grass bed beside Sharavati backwaters, going on a boat ride in the river, viewing innumerable trees and flowers, and listening to the melody of birds singing around. Having heard quite a lot about the place, I decided to check it out

Playing in the stream

Boating, an entertaining experience Karanagiri is a place surrounded by the mighty Western Ghats. This scenic spot has a stream to play in and beautiful landscaped gardens to walk around.

with my friends. Mr Aa Na Vijaendra, general secretary of Sahasa and Samskruti Academy, who chalked out our trip, took us to the place on a Saturday.

Tourists will love the experience

As we landed at Karanagiri, our

hosts, Mr Subramanya and Ms Rajashree Subramanya, greeted us with a tall glass full of kashaya (a concotion of herbs made in the Malnad region). After taking a short break we began our trek into the jungle on the banks of River Sharavati. The panoramic view of long stretches of sun kissed mountains and vast meadows transformed the beautiful land into a paradise for us. We also played some native games which were really entertaining. Later on, we went boating in the river. After having a good time playing in the water, we

realised we were hungry and devoured the delicious Malnad specialities dished out by Ms Rajashree. A short nap followed our heavy meal. In the evening, we walked to the stream and just enjoyed the chill of running water. After a good photo session, we were served with snacks. However, the best was yet to come. It was the camp fire, the most unforgettable time of our trip. Our enjoyment knew no bounds. At Karanagiri, kiss the green grass or count stars in the night. But, just have the time of your life. The only pre-requisite to visit this place is ample time on your hands.



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The place to stay at Karanagiri.

FACILITIES The home stay at Karanagiri comes with basic facilities. Tourists can relish Malnad cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Trekkers can even camp in tents. Everybody will love to go on a jungle walk around. Swimmers can play in Sharavati River with life jackets and water lovers can go on boating and kayaking. All one has to pay for this is Rs 500 (per person/ per day). Tourists can also visit other tourist spots around the region like Ramachandrapur Mutt (2 km away), famous for the Go Rakshana (Save the Cow) Movement, and Nagara Fort (10 km). Adventure lovers can enjoy trekking around Barekalbatteri, Taravegudda and Sampekatte. HOW TO REACH Karanagiri is 80 km from Shimoga, which is 275 km from Bangalore. You can reach Shimoga either by bus, train or private vehicles. Nearest airports are at Mangalore and Bangalore. TO BOOK YOUR VISIT: Call the general secretary of Sahasa and Samskruti Academy, Aa Na Vijayendra: 94487 90127.

The scenic beauty of Karanagiri at Hosanagar in Shimoga district

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Vadiraja idol

Calling the


Not many are aware of the significance of Hoovinakere, the birthplace of Madhva saint Sri Vadiraja Thirtha. It is high time the place received its due credit, writes Nimai Agrahar.


mong the many great saints of Karnataka, the achievements of Sri Vadiraja Thirtha, the 20th pontiff of the Kumbhashi Math,

birth seems to be forgotten. Although the village of Hoovinakere is very close to the famous Anegudde Vinayaka temple in Kumbhashi which attracts thousands of visitors, very few are aware of its existence. The Kumbhashi Sode Math is located on NH 17 that links Mangalore to Karwar, and from there, one needs to travel 5 km further up to reach Hoovinakere. Though Hoovinakere has a kere (meaning lake) in its name, there is no lake anywhere nearby. There is an interesting story about Sri Vadiraja’s appearance in Hoovinakere. Previously, Kumbhashi was one of the eight maths of Udupi and five centuries ago, Sri Vagish Thirtha was the pontiff. A childless couple approached the pontiff seeking his blessings for a male child. Sri Vagish Thirtha blessed the couple and said that a child would be born, but if he was delivered inside the house, then he would belong to the parents, otherwise the math would take custody of the child.

Vadiraja’s deities are well-known. Sri Vadiraja is considered second only to Madhvacharya among the Madhva saints. He extended the period of worship in the Udupi temple, known as paryaya, from two months to two years. A gifted philosopher-poet, debater and saint, Sri Vadiraja is better remembered today for his compositions and books. Unfortunately, Sri Vadiraja’s place of

In an attempt to retain the yetto-be-born child, the husband took great care of his wife to ensure that she did not deliver the child outside. However, on a dvadashi in the final month of pregnancy, a cow appeared in the field that surrounded the couple’s house and began grazing. The wife rushed out to chase the cow and felt labour pains. Sri Vagish Thirtha, who knew of this through divine inspiration, sent some ladies with a golden plate to help deliver the child. This child was to later become Sri Vadiraja

Vadiraja’s house in Hoovinakere

Thirtha, whose name means the ‘King of Disputants’.

the house, where Sri Vadiraja played as a child.

Today, in Hoovinakere, though the original house where Sri Vadiraja’s parents lived no longer exists, the paddy fields surrounding the house are still in place. A small temple marks the spot where Vadiraja appeared. Inside the temple, marked by sculptures depicting Sri Vadiraja offering naivedya to Lord Hayagreeva, stands a black stone idol of Vadiraja seated on a tortoise with a snake and a rat. This idol is a replica of the original image given by Sri Vadiraja to his mother when he renounced the world, so that she could worship him.

A new math has been built in the spot the old house stood. Vadiraja Achar, the priest who takes care of the Chennakeshava deities which Sri Vadiraja Thirtha worshiped, says that the old house was demolished 30 years ago since it was in complete ruins. The new building houses framed pictures of Sri Vadiraja Thirtha’s life.

The paddy field surrounding Sri Vadiraja’s parents’ house is called Gowri Gadde and the rice that grows in the fields is sent to the Sode Vadiraj Math for preparing the prasad. There is also a small mantap on the rocks, very close to

The birthplace sees very few visitors as not many are aware of its existence. Also, there are no indicators at Anegudde Vinayaka temple about Hoovinakere’s significance. The least the Karnataka Tourism Department can do is inform tourists about the significance of the place through guides and ensure that a great saint’s birthplace is not buried in books.

Vadiraja’s avatar spot


April 1, 2009

Kareena’s Holiday in Haryana B

ollywood beauty Kareena Kapoor seems set to take her relationship with beau Saif Ali Khan to another level. She’ll soon be visiting his ancestral village Pataudi in Haryana. “Yes, Kareena has been invited to Pataudi. Kareena is now part of the family. My parents are extremely fond of Kareena,” said Saif. Saif, who started dating Kareena after breaking up with ex-girlfriend Rosa Catalano, is quite happy with their relationship and says he is looking forward to marrying her. “This relationship is ‘IT’ for me. Today I feel very settled and very happy. Though a bit lonely. And when I’ve bad days, I feel I’m being ungrateful. I’m now looking forward to settling down with Kareena. Our marriage will happen very shortly as soon as we both have a little less work on hand and we can give the marriage quality time. Also, her family has to be ready for our marriage,” he said. The actor says he enjoys a good rapport with Kareena’s parents - Babita and Randhir Kapoor. “We’re very close. She has been really gracious in inviting me into her family. She’s made sure I’m part of her family. I’ve also met Daboo uncle (Randhir) a few times, shared friendly drinks with him. As for Karisma, I think she’s the sweetest girl ever in the world. I’m deeply fond of both Karisma and her husband Sanjay (Kapoor). They’re truly wonderful people. Kareena’s family has taken to me as warmly as my family has taken to her,” Saif said. The actor, who suffered a mild heart attack in 2007, says his lifestyle has now changed completely. “My lifestyle has changed completely after the heart attack. Looking back it’s hard to believe I went through such a health scare. If it wasn’t for that life-changing experience, I wouldn’t be in a relationship with Kareena right now. I hardly drink. I don’t even look forward to drinking any more. I don’t smoke or party.” Paris happens to be one of Kareena’s favourite holiday destinations as it is known as the Mecca for fashion industry. Whenever she is there, she does a lot of shopping.

Kareena’s Favourites Favourite perfume: Jean Paul Gautier. Favourite Holiday destination: Paris, Switzerland and Goa. Dream role: Erin Brockovich, “because she just carried the whole film.” Co-star she enjoys acting with most: Akshay Kumar, as “he’s always laughing and joking.” Favourite film: Watches every film, “bad or good.” If not an actress: Kareena would be “happily married with kids and chilling out.”

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BENGALURU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT DOMESTIC AIR TIMINGS - ARRIVAL AIRLINE FLIGHT ORIGIN ARRIVAL DAYS OF AIRCRAFT NO. TIME OPERATION TYPE Kingfisher (IT) 2454 Agatti 1750 1234567 AT7 Indigo (6E) 153 Ahmedabad 1830 1234567 320 Spice Jet (SG) 524 Ahmedabad 0900 1234567 738 Kingfisher (IT) 4426 Belgaum 1230 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 3446 Bhubaneswar 1410 1234507 320 Kingfisher (IT) 3446 Bhubaneswar 1510 0000060 320 Indigo (6E) 275 Chennai 1140 1234567 320 Jet Airways (9W) 445 Chennai 1050 1234567 738 Jet Airways (9W) 465 Chennai 2205 1234567 738 Jet Airways (9W) 485 Chennai 1805 1234567 738 Jet Airways (9W) 532 Chennai 0845 1234567 73G Jet Airways (9W) 802 Chennai 0645 1234567 734 Jet Airways (9W) 3525 Chennai 1230 1034507 AT7 Jet Airways (9W) 3525 Chennai 1210 0000060 AT7 Alliance Air 7915 Chennai 2210 1234567 732 Indian (IC) 312 Chennai 0945 1234567 319 Indian (IC) 316 Chennai 1825 1234567 319 Indian (IC) 318 Chennai 230 1234567 319 Kingfisher (IT) 2402 Chennai 0820 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 2404 Chennai 0950 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 2406 Chennai 1200 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 2408 Chennai 510 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 2410 Chennai 1830 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 2412 Chennai 2000 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 2414 Chennai 2130 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 2741 Chennai 0700 1234567 AT7 Jetlite (S2) 271 Chennai 0600 1234567 738 Jet Airways (9W) 3512 Cochin 0945 1234567 AT7 Indian (IC) 910 Cochin 1440 1234507 319 Indian (IC) 910 Cochin 1510 0000060 319 Kingfisher (IT) 4420 Cochin 2150 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 4430 Cochin 0855 1234567 AT7 Jetlite (S2) 282 Cochin 2020 1234567 738 Kingfisher (IT) 2906 Coimbatore 2305 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 3103 Coimbatore 0930 1234567 320 Kingfisher (IT) 3109 Coimbatore 2255 1234567 320 Kingfisher (IT) 4454 Coimbatore 2040 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 4458 Coimbatore 0825 1234567 AT7 Jetlite (S2) 234 Coimbatore 1220 1234567 734 Indigo (6E) 101 Delhi 0910 1234507 320 Indigo (6E) 103 Delhi 1040 0000060 320 Indigo (6E) 105 Delhi 1830 1234507 320 Indigo (6E) 107 Delhi 1840 0000060 320 Indigo (6E) 121 Delhi 1210 1234567 320 Indigo (6E) 123 Delhi 1840 1234567 320 Indigo (6E) 131 Delhi 2315 1234567 320 Indigo (6E) 137 Delhi 1510 0000060 320 Jet Airways (9W) 801 Delhi 0910 1234567 73H Jet Airways (9W) 811 Delhi 2030 1234567 738 Jet Airways (9W) 815 Delhi 1310 1234507 73G

AIRLINE FLIGHT ORIGIN ARRIVAL DAYS OF AIRCRAFT NO. TIME OPERATION TYPE Jet Airways (9W) 815 Delhi 1500 0000060 73G Jet Airways (9W) 815 Delhi 1230 1234567 73G Jet Airways (9W) 815 Delhi 1250 0000060 73G Jet Airways (9W) 834 Delhi 2225 1234567 73G Indian (IC) 904 Delhi 2230 1234567 320 Indian (IC) 403 Delhi 1900 1234567 321 Indian (IC) 803 Delhi 0845 1234567 319 Kingfisher (IT) 201 Delhi 0930 1234567 321 Kingfisher (IT) 203 Delhi 1230 1234567 321 Kingfisher (IT) 205 Delhi 2000 1234567 321 Kingfisher (IT) 207 Delhi 2315 1234567 321 Kingfisher (IT) 212 Delhi 1740 1234567 320 Kingfisher (IT) 214 Delhi 2120 1234567 320 Jetlite (S2) 231 Delhi 0945 1234567 734 Jetlite (S2) 233 Delhi 2015 1234567 738 Jetlite (S2) 235 Delhi 2125 1234567 738 Spice Jet (SG) 223 Delhi 1540 1234567 739 Spice Jet (SG) 501 Delhi 0940 1234567 739 Indigo (6E) 277 Goa 1500 1234567 320 Jet Airways (9W) 502 Goa 1705 1234507 73G Jet Airways (9W) 502 Goa 1735 0000060 73G Indian (IC) 919 Goa 1600 1234507 320 Indian (IC) 920 Goa 1600 0000060 320 Kingfisher (IT) 432 Guwahati 2135 1234567 321 Spice Jet (SG) 527 Guwahati 1820 1234567 738 Kingfisher (IT) 2432 Hubli 1630 1234567 AT7 Indigo (6E) 151 Hyderabad 0920 1234567 320 Indigo (6E) 352 Hyderabad 2040 1234567 320 Jet Airways (9W) 3542 Hyderabad 1650 1034567 AT7 Jet Airways (9W) 3548 Hyderabad 2250 1234567 AT7 Jet Airways (9W) 3550 Hyderabad 0955 1234567 AT7 GO Air (G8) 193 Hyderabad 2055 1234567 320 Indian (IC) 916 Hyderabad 1040 1234567 320 Kingfisher (IT) 2424 Hyderabad 0850 1234560 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 2431 Hyderabad 0800 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 2434 Hyderabad 1300 1234507 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 2438 Hyderabad 1950 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 2440 Hyderabad 2105 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 4424 Hyderabad 1925 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 4440 Hyderabad 2315 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 611 Jaipur 1435 1234507 320 Kingfisher (IT) 611 Jaipur 1500 0000060 320 Jetlite (S2) 631 Jaipur 1605 1234567 738 Spice Jet (SG) 283 Jaipur 2000 1234567 738 Kingfisher (IT) 4436 Vidyanagar 1735 1234567 AT7 Jet Airways (9W) 511 Kolkata 1740 1234567 738 Jet Airways (9W) 515 Kolkata 0835 1234567 73W Indian (IC) 771 Kolkata 2215 1234567 320 Kingfisher (IT) 434 Kolkata 1020 1234567 320 Kingfisher (IT) 3435 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 DESTINATION DEPARTURE DAYS OF AIRCRAFT NO. TIME OPERATION TYPE Kingfisher (IT) 453 Agatti 1100 1234567 AT7 Spice Jet (SG) 529 Ahmedabad 1850 1234567 738 Kingfisher (IT) 4425 Belgaum 0915 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 3445 Bhubaneswar 0700 1234567 320 Jet Airways (9W) 486 Chennai 1925 1234567 738 Jet Airways (9W) 446 Chennai 1535 1234567 738 Jet Airways (9W) 466 Chennai 2245 1234567 738 Jet Airways (9W) 803 Chennai 0950 1234567 73H Jet Airways (9W) 531 Chennai 0635 1234567 73G Jet Airways (9W) 3531 Chennai 1730 1234567 AT7 Alliance Air 7916 Chennai 0555 1234567 732 Indian (IC) 317 Chennai 1945 1234567 319 Indian (IC) 311 Chennai 0645 1234567 319 Indian (IC) 315 Chennai 1545 1234567 319 Kingfisher (IT) 2403 Chennai 0850 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 2405 Chennai 1020 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 2409 Chennai 1730 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 2407 Chennai 1540 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 2411 Chennai 1900 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 2413 Chennai 2030 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 2415 Chennai 2200 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 2401 Chennai 0725 1234567 AT7 Jetlite (S2) 272 Chennai 2055 1234567 738 Jet Airways (9W) 3511 Cochin 1015 1234567 AT7 Indian (IC) 909 Cochin 1130 1234567 319 Kingfisher (IT) 2481 Cochin 0600 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 4419 Cochin 1840 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 4429 Cochin 0550 1234567 AT7 Jetlite (S2) 281 Cochin 1725 1234567 738 Kingfisher (IT) 4453 Coimbatore 1810 1234567 AT7 Kingfisher (IT) 4457 Coimbatore 0600 1234567 AT7 Jetlite (S2) 231 Coimbatore 1020 1234567 734 Indigo (6E) 104 Delhi 1130 0000060 320 Indigo (6E) 108 Delhi 1920 0000060 320 Indigo (6E) 122 Delhi 1720 1234567 320 Indigo (6E) 132 Delhi 0600 1234567 320 Indigo (6E) 138 Delhi 1540 0000060 320 Indigo (6E) 106 Delhi 1930 1234507 320 Indigo (6E) 124 Delhi 1105 1234567 320 Jet Airways (9W) 812 Delhi 1845 1234567 738 Jet Airways (9W) 833 Delhi 0945 1234567 73G Jet Airways (9W) 804 Delhi 0725 1234567 734 Jet Airways (9W) 816 Delhi 1600 1234567 73G Air India (AI) 804 Delhi 0615 1000060 320 Indian (IC) 804 Delhi 0615 0234507 320 Indian (IC) 404 Delhi 1950 1234567 321 Indian (IC) 505 Delhi 0930 1234567 319 Kingfisher (IT) 213 Delhi 0750 0000060 320 Kingfisher (IT) 204 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


April 1, 2009












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)

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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)

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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 ORIGIN NO. 361 Abu Dhabi 7378 Amsterdam 7378 Amsterdam 7378 Amsterdam 7378 Amsterdam 273 Bahrain 326 Bangkok 332 Bangkok 132 Brussels 127 Chicago 172 Colombo 172 Colombo 565 Dubai 567 Dubai 569 Dubai 569 Dubai 349 Dubai 949 Dubai 199 Frankfurt 755 Frankfurt 755 Frankfurt 153 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ORIGIN NO. 193 Kaulalampur 118 London 001 London 001 London 001 London 4122 Malaysia 965 Male 747 Mauritius 747 Mauritius 747 Mauritius 977 Muscat 812 Muscat 191 paris 498 Sharjah 961 Sharjah 957 Singapore 501 Singapore 503 Singapore 7383 Singapore 7879 Singapore 629 Singapore

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 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

- - -

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

- -

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 6519 8.00 am Kuppam Blr Memu Exc 7 529 9.30 am KonguNizamudddin (5) 2648 1.05 am Kacheguda Exp Dly 2785 6.25 am Kanyakumrai Exp Dly 6525 7.00 am Kurla-Coimbatore Exp 1013 9.55 pm Kholapur Ranichennamma 6590 7.30 am Lalbagh Exp Daily 2607 9.30 am Mysore Pass Daily 229 11.50 pm Mayiladuthurai Mys Exp D 6231 5.35 am Marikuppam Pass Daily 525 4.55 pm Mysore Pass (Exc Sun) 231 9.10 am Mysore-Jaipur Exp (4,6) 2975 12.55 pm Mys-Shatabdi Exp (Exc2) 2007 10.50 am Marikuppam Pass (Exc7) 512 10.30 am Mysore Tippu Exp Dly 2613 1.30 pm Mys-ChennaiShtdbdi (Exc 2) 2008 4.15 pm Mysore Passenger Dly 233 10.15 pm Marikuppam Swarna Pass 523 9.15 pm Mys-ChamundiExp (D) 6215 9.40 pm Mysore Pass (Exc Sun) 237 6.00 pm Mys-Mayiladuthurai Exp 6232 6.45 pm Mys-tirupati FastPass Dly 213 8.15 pm Mysore-Tuticorn Exp Dly 6732 9.05 pm Mysore Chennaicauvery 6221 11.25 pm Mysore Pass Dly 235 4.00 am Rajendrasangmitra 2296 8.40 pm Shimoga Town Pass Dly 228 12.10 pm Salem Pass Daily 571 6.45 pm Tuticorn-Mysore Exp dly 6731 6.10 am Tirupati-Mysore Exp Dly 214 7.10 am Tumkur Pass (Exc 7) 222 1.15 pm Tumkur Pass (Exc Sun) 2265 5.40 pm Trivandrum Exp (4) 6322 9.45 am

Train No

Ajmer Garib Nawaz Ex (3) YprKorbaWaingangaExp (6) Chennai-Ypr VascoExp (5) 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 4.55 pm 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

6531 6.00 am 2252 1.30 pm 7311 9.00 pm 7313 9.15 pm 7314 5.00 am 2630 6.20 am 2650 7.00 pm 7312 5.00 am 1017 8.45 am 2835 5.00 pm 2845 11.10 am 434

Blr-Patna Super Fast Exp Blr Darbanga Bhagmati (6) Bubaneshwar Prasanti Chennai-MysCauvery Exp 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



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9.00 am 9.00 am 2.00 pm 5.00 am 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


Mysore Pass (Exc Sun) MysoreTuticorn Exp Dly Mys-ChennaiCauvery Exp Mysore Pass Daily 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

238 6732 6221 236 2648 2429 6589 2295 572 227 6731 214 225 6321

6.50 pm 9.20 pm 11.45 pm 11.55 pm 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 2889 5.00 am Ahmedabad Express 6501/6502 Thu, Sun Ahmedabad 04:45 13:30 7310 10.50 am YESHWANTHPUR 7603 10.30 am Bangalore-Coimbatore Ajmer Garib Nawaz Ex (5) 6532 5.35 pm 573 10.40 am Ypr-Korba-Wainganga (2) 2251 11.40 pm 6514 Coimbatore 10.00 am Inter City Express 2677/2688 Daily 17:15 04:20 Chennai-Ypr-VascoExp (5) 7311 9.40 pm 2863 8.10 am 9.40 pm 6528 Chennai 7.00 am Brindavan Express 2639/2640 Daily 13:20 14:30 Chennai – Ypr-Hubli Exp (7) 7313 5228 11.25 am Hub-Ypr-Chennai Exp (7) 7314 5.15 pm Chatrapati Sahu Maharaj Niz-Sampark (Hubli) 2&4 2629 1.30 pm BYPASS TRAINS AT KRISHNARAJAPURA Sampark (Sc’bad) 1,3,5,6,7 2649 10.20 pm Coimbtr-Rajkot Exp (5) 6614 7.27 am Bangalore Vasco-Ypr-Chennai Exp (5) 7312 5.15 am MumnagarcoilEx (1,4,5,6) 6339 10.40 am (Exc4) 1018 6.30 am MumbaiTrivandrumEx (2) 6331 Mumbai 10.40 am Rani Chennamma Express 6589/6590 Daily 14:05 07:30 Ypr-DadarChalukya Ypr-Hatia Exp Fri 2836 8.30 am Nagrcoil-Mumbai (1,2,3,5) 6340 9.45 pm (2) 2846 8.00 am Chennai Express 2609/2610 Daily Exp (1) 6613 Chennai 19:50 08:15 Ypr-BhubaneshwarExp Rajkot-Coibatore 5.00 pm Ypr-Guntur Pass Daily 433 8.15 am TrivandrumMumbaiEx (6) 6332 9.20 pm Chikballapur Passenger 596/595 Except Sun Chikballapur 09:50 18:05 Ypr-Tatanagar Exp Mon 2890 8.30 am BangarpetKrishnarajpuram 533 7.30 pm Ypr-Vasco-de-gama (7,2) 7309 3.15 pm DEPARTURES Coimbatore Kurla Express 1014 Daily Kurla 15:05 15:25 Ypr-Kacheguda Exp Dly 7604 4.15 pm Ahmedabad Exp Sun 6502 1.30 pm Ypr-Sa;e, Fast Pass Dly 574 4.05 pm Darbanga Express 2578/2577 Daily Darbanga 20:40 09:00 Ypr-Bagalkot Exp Daily 6513 5.25 pm Arasikere Pass (Exc Sun) 223 6.15 pm Ajmer Exp Tue, Thu 6209 4.30 am Exp Daily 2864 7.35 pm Gandhidahm Express 6506 Sun Pass (Exc 7) 530 Gandhidham 04:00 21:50 Ypr-Howrah Blr-Bangarpet 9.40 am Ypr-CannanoreExp (1,3,6) 6527 8.00 pm Blr-Tumkur Pass (Exc Sun) 221 9.20 am Ypr-Muzaffarpur Exp (3) 5227 11.55 pm Gorakhpur Express 2592/2591 Only Mon, Gorakhpur 05:55 16:40 Blr-Bangarpet Pass Dly 532 2.45 pm BYPASS TRAINS AT KRISHNARAJAPURAM Blr-Kachiguda Ex Dly 2786 6.20 pm Fri 23:30 Coimbatore-Rajkot Exp (5) 6614 Guwahati Express 2509/2510 Wed,Tue, Thu, Guwahati 11:50 7.32 am Blr-Ernakulam Exp (1,4) 2684 5.15 pm Mum-Nagarkoil (1,4,5,6) 6339 10.45 am Blr-Bangarpet Pass Dly 6522 Hindupur 7.35 pm Hindupur Passenger 594/593 Except Sun 09:20 18:45 Mum-TrivandrumExp (2) 6331 10.45 am Blr-Hubli Hospet Passdly 583 10.00 pm Rajkot-Coimbatore Exp (1) 6613 5.05 pm Blr-Chennai Mail Dly 2658 Jolarpettai 10.45 pm Jolarpettai Express 6520 Daily 17:30 20:50 Blr-Chitradurga/Dharwad 581 7.50 am Trivandrum-Mum Exp (6) 6332 9.25 pm Blr-delhi Karnataka Exp 2627 Kachiguda 7.20 pm 9.50 pm Kachiguda Express 2785/2786 Daily 06:50 17:55 Nagarcoil-Mum (1,2,3,5) 6340 Blr Shimoga Exp Dly 6227 11.40 pm Bangarpet-KRPuram 534 7.40 pm YESHWANTPUR 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

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Travel Karnataka

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 TIME

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


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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 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, Ring Road. Yeshwanthpur M/s Gokaldas Exports Pvt Ltd, 25/26, 2nd stage,

Industrial Area Subrub. 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,


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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.

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

Travel Karnataka 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 Corporation Bank, Bidar. Bijapur Plot No.79,

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,

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. 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.

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, B M Rd,Kushalnagar 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,

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. 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,

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,

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 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,

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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 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

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. 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.




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.. 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,

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. 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,

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.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

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

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

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

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, 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.

Bhavanthi Street.

Mysore Kuvempunagar No.568, Saptagiri Complex, New Kantharaj Urs Road.

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.

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 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. 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.

Bhogadi, 2nd Stage No.1545, Sahukar Chennaiah Road, Bhogadi, 2nd Stage. Shimoga S R Rasthe Tippeswamy Complex.

Khanapur Road 1.P.B.No. 1Camp. 2.55, B Khanapur Road 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


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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.

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 8th 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, Venkatareddy 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 No.665, 100 Ft Road, I Stage. J P Nagar

Travel Karnataka 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

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. Seshadripuram No.34, I Main Road.

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Though the pilgrimage to Amarnath is tough, it is worth all the trouble. Faith, dedication and devotion is all that is needed to undertake this holy yatra, say the Bahadur couple from Mysore who share their exciting and exhilarating Amarnath Yatra experience exclusively with Travel Karnataka.


he famous natural cave shrine of Amarnath is situated in Kashmir Valley at a height of 12,729 feet above sea level and at a distance of 48 km from Pahalgam in the north-east direction. According to legends, it was in Amarnath that Lord Shiva narrated the Amarkatha to his consort Parvati and it was here that he made the gods immortal by feeding them with the nectar obtained by compressing the crescent moon which decorated his head. At the request of gods, Shiva agreed to stay here in the form of ice linga and was named as Amarnath or Amareshvar Mahadeva. The origin of the small river – Amarganga or Amaravati - is also attributed to the aforementioned incident. Pilgrims take bath in this river before having the darshan of Sri Amarnathji. Ice linga formation According to tradition, and surprisingly every month during Shukla Paksha, the linga-shaped snow image gradually forms by the solidification

of accumulated water drops dripping naturally through the holes in the northern wall, at a particular spot inside this cave reaching up to a height of 10-12 feet on full moon day. Later, during Krishnapaksha, the ice linga

slowly melts away and vanishes on the amavasya day. Nearby, two other ice formations called Parvati Peeth and Ganesh Peeth, are also manifested by the freezing of water oozing from the ceiling of the cave. This Parvati Peeth


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is among the 51 shaktipeethas. The snow image of Shiva had first appeared on the day of Shravana Purnima and hence it is especially significant to go on Amarnath yatra in the months of July and August. Age-old practice Both Raja-Tarangini, the chronicle of the kings of Kashmir, composed by Sanskrit poet Kalhana in the middle of 12th century AD, and the Ain-e-Akbari written by Abul Fazal, contain vivid details about the Amarnath pilgrimage, which has been in practice since 1000 BC. In fact, this pilgrimage is the proof of Kashmir’s devotion to Lord Shiva. Kashmir shaivism is very old, according to which, Shiva is considered as the most Supreme Being among the 36 tatwas. He manifests himself by his shakti. According to interesting mythological details given in Raja-Tarangini, in ancient times Kashmir Valley was a lake called SatiSaras, named after Parvati, and the region was ruled by Sarparaj Nagaraja. Over a period of time, the lake was infested with demons that started killing human beings. Nagaraja approached sage Kashyapa, who along with other saints and rishis prayed to Lord Shiva. In turn, Lord Shiva gave a big silver stick to the ruler for safety and security of his people and also instructed him to carry the sacred stick (Chadi Mubarak) in a procession every year in the month of Shravana for worship in the Amarnath cave. The tradition is continued to this day. The Shankaracharya of Sharadapeeth in Kashmir leads the Chadi Mubarak procession on foot throughout, starting on the fifth day of Shravana from the Dashnami Akhara, Srinagar (5,260 ft) to the holy cave (12,729 ft) via Pampur, Avantipur, Brijbehara, Anant Nag, Gautam Nag, Martand (Surya Kshetra), Aishmukam (Muslim shrine), Batkut, Pahalgam (7,200 ft), Chandanwari (9,500 ft), Sheh Nag (11,730 ft), Wavjan (12,300 ft), Mahagunas Pass (14,800 ft) and Panchtarini (12,015 ft). The halts at these places are well planned so that the Chadi Mubarak procession reaches the Amarnath cave on the day of Shravana Purnima. All the expenditure and security concerns are taken care of by the state and central governments. Year after year, there has been a gradual increase in the number of pilgrims. Private trusts, NGOs and Seva Samitis from Delhi, UP, Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab are regularly putting up their bhandaras and langars at almost all the places on way to this unique pilgrim centre. They provide free food, medicine, blankets, etc. to the yatris during the period of pilgrimage.

Travel Karnataka and favourable. Registration was open and we could undertake the journey without any sense of fear in the yatri bus of the State Transport Corporation, after obtaining our photo identity cards from the State Tourism Office, Jammu. Over 30 buses and motor vans were allowed to leave after the security check from the local stadium campus in the early hours. There was more checking by the security personnel on the way, very intensively at the Jawahar Tunnel (3 km long) and finally at the check post just before entering Pahalgam (320 km from Jammu). At Pahalgam, we stayed overnight in the big langar of Dashnami Akhara, Srinagar; pitched near the confluence of Lider and Shesh Nag rivers. The Chadi Mubarak procession had also arrived there the same day. We were fortunate to have performed the pooja and had the darshan of the sacred stick in the special mantapa. Next morning, we got into a private mini-bus and reached Chandanwari (16 km), where our vehicular journey ended. From Chandanwari, pilgrims have the option of either trekking or riding mules or dolis. We preferred to walk the entire distance of 32 km as we had determined to do so. It took us about an hour to prepare ourselves (putting on warm clothing, making a mixture of glucose, salt and lemon juice in a bottle of water and also keeping some dry fruits with us for use in the course of trekking). We also purchased the indispensable wooden sticks. Four-staged trekking The entire trek of 32 km beyond Chandanwari was to be covered in four stages with night halts at Pissu Ghati top, Shesh Nag and Panchtarini. We left Chandanwari at 2 pm and after a normal walk of one-and-a-half km we had to climb the difficult, narrow, rocky, slippery and dangerous zig zag ascent of 2 km to reach the top. Significantly, the forest cover in the valley ends there. After halting for the night in a yatrinivas tent provided by Sri Shiv Sevak Samiti of Delhi, next morning, we set out for the second stage of the 9½ km walk and reached Shesh Nag via Jozipal and Nagkoti at 2 pm. Shesh Nag Lake At 500 feet below road level is the huge lake of Shesh Nag. It is also called Patal

the overall view of the entire structure of the lake, including the mountains in the higher background, gives an impression of a huge Shesha Naga (the peaks being the hood, the large expanse of water representing the coiled body and the out flowing meandering stream its tail). As the weather was fine, we got an opportunity to enjoy extraordinary scenic beauty. After having dinner in a langar, we slept in a private tent by paying Rs 25 per head. Highest point The next day we started trekking the third stage (12½ km) to reach Panchtarini before sunset. First, we arrived at the highest point, Mahagunas Pass (14,700 ft), also named as the Ganesh Top because while narrating Amarkatha to Parvati, Shiva had asked Ganesh to stay as a watchman here. Then, trekking downwards carefully, we reached Panchtarini via the camp at Poshpathri where we had our lunch. The river here is called Panchtarini Ganga. Legend says that in olden days, once while Sadashiv was performing the tandav nritya, his locks of hair opened, out of which five streams started flowing; hence the name Panchtarini Ganga.

Shrine of unity

After a comfortable night stay in the camp managed by Shiva Sakti Seva Mandal of Chika (Haryana), we resumed walking for the fourth and final stage (6½ km) of the difficult but exciting pilgrimage. During the last phase of 3 km, we walked over snow which was studded with chips of rock and earthy materials for a distance of over one km. Soon after, we reached the bathing ghat of Amaravati River. We took bath in the extremely cold water after a gap of three days. The Lord at the top Ultimately, we were very close to the cave at a point from where pilgrims are required to climb 247 artificial concrete steps. We walked barefoot into the open sanctum of the cave. Even though the marble floor was freezing cold, it was tolerable only after standing for about halfan-hour on that. We offered obeisance to Bhole Shankar by chanting the panchakshari mantra - Om Namah Shiva - without a break for sometime. We also offered a piece of Mysore sandalwood agarbathi along with other pooja materials with donations in the Dan Patra (charity vessel) before the Lord. We also had the darshan of Parvati Peeth and Ganesh Peeth. After a good darshan, we received the prasad, Amar vibhuti and teertham and trekked back 6½ km to reach the Panchtarini camp and back to Jammu the same way in 3 days.

Kashmiri Muslims of Batkut village had worked hard to re-explore and clear out the difficult passage in order to facilitate movement of the Chadi Mubarak procession and the pilgrims. Hence, they hold the traditional right to claim one-third of the offerings Amarnathji received. Both Hindu and Muslim priests jointly take care of the sanctity of the sacred shrine. Besides worshipping the Lord, they share the work of the distribution of prasad, vibhuti and teertham to the devotees. Gypsum (a white mineral containing sulphate and chloride of calcium) is dug out from the cave and utilised as vibhuti. Pilgrims call it Amar vibhuti. Similarly, teertham is the holy water of Ram Kund, which is on top of the cave. The Chadi Mubarak is returned to its place in Srinagar after the annual pooja on the full moon day of Shravan. The real part of Amarnath Yatra commences either from Srinagar or Jammu. For us, Jammu was the starting point. Due to the barbarous killing of many yatris at the Pahalgam yatri camp in the year 2000 and the disturbances in Jammu, many people had abandoned their yatra and returned home. However, we found the conditions peaceful

caused breathlessness at moments. This compelled us to pause for deep and slow breathing, which we could overcome by smelling camphor.

Faith matters

Ganga and is structurally situated in the hollow hanging part of Kohenher glacier (17,000 feet). Shesh Nag Lake is so called because it has been the resort of Sesha Naga (quoted in Raja-Tarangini of Kalhana). In fact,

Difficult phase While ascending the rocky and slopy trek to reach the Mahagunas Top, the weather was bright sometimes, then cloudy with intermittent showers. Lack of oxygen

With the exception of Kailash Manas Sarovar yatra, the pilgrimage to Amarnath is more difficult and risky than other similar Himalayan pilgrimages. Nevertheless, anybody with faith, dedication and devotion can conveniently complete the pilgrimage. The practice of group bhajans, satsang and arati/pooja in the evening hours before dinner in the camps of seva samitis enhance pilgrims’ courage, stamina, energy levels as well as devotional reverence towards Shri Amareshwar.

- Awadh Kishore Bahadur Retired Asst. Suptdg, ASI, Mysore

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Travellers Avoiding Wrinkles

2. Who built the massive Gulbarga fort?

Avoiding Breakages

5. Where is the Daria Daulat Bagh situated?

Organising Space Try and organise the space in your luggage so that items are easily accessible once you get to your destination. Plastic bags are of great help when it comes to organising your luggage as you and pack most of your must-carry-items like toiletries, socks and innerwear separately. Also remember to carry an extra bag for your soiled laundry.

7. Which was the first Kannada film released and when? 8. What was renowned poet D R Bendre’s pen name? 9. Which was the first Kannada film to complete 100 days and when? 10. Can you identify this famous personality?

You could also put the toiletries in your purse or in the extra pockets of your travel kits, as a separate toilet kit would occupy a lot of space. Try and carry shampoos, talcum powder and creams in sachets as bottles would occupy a lot of space.


7. Sati Sulochana, in 1934

Always tag your luggage on the outside with your name, address and phone number. Also put a piece of paper inside with the same information, in case the tag gets stripped off.

Always carry neatly folded clothes as they are easily packable. If you are having trouble fitting everything in, look for ways to use nooks and crannies. Fill the area around books with socks. Put your ethernet cables inside your shoes. Also, you can cheat a little bit on the carry-on. Wear your jacket on the plane instead of putting it in your suitcase. Put your earrings, modem, or even a few pairs of socks in your coat pockets.

6. Which is the earliest literary work in Kannada?

8. Ambikatanayadutta


Maximising Space Utilisation

4. Patrode is generally made in…?

9. Jaganmohini, in 1951

A well organised bag is a travellers’ delight! What you pack and how you pack you luggage goes a long way in making your holiday enjoyable. Follow these simple tips and have a great holiday.

Alternatively, you could also roll it in your night dress or bath towels.

3. What is the full form of the famous eatery MTR?

10. Kuvempu

Prudent Packing

1. On the banks of which river is Aihole situated?

To save yourself the trouble of carrying an iron box, pack your clothes in a neatly folded manner. Suitcases are best when it comes to keeping clothes wrinkle-free. If you are traveling with anything breakable, surround it with soft and squishy items. Put your CD player or camera inside a plastic bag and then put it inside a plastic bag filled with socks or handkerchiefs. The same rule holds good for your child’s syrup bottles.


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1. Malaprabha River

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. GAREMACHLOKI ABRAGLUG UPIDU OSYREM Ans:

Chikmagalore, Gulbarga, Udupi, Mysore

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