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St. Mary's Island

Place name:St. Mary's Island

Country: India

Location: 58 km north of Mangalore and little to the north of the port of Malpe town

Type: Beach, island

About the Place:
St. Mary's Island is a small group of islands located 58 km north of Mangalore and little to the north of the port of Malpe town. These islands are well known for their
famous basalt rocks which have crystallized into columns and split into hexagonal mosaic.

Malpe: This is one of the major fishing harbor in the West coast and has a fabulous view. This is located 5km West of Udupi town and which makes us surprised by its
beautiful scenes and a very beautiful place to take sea bath.

St. Mary's isles are group of islands accessible by ferry from Malpe. Vascoda Gama appears to have touched the island in 1498 before he reached Calicut. These islands

are nothing but a few scattered projections of rock rising out the Arabian Sea around Malpe.

It has a coconut garden, which makes it the shadiest isle of the group and gives it a …

Kaup Beach

Place name: Kaup

Place Type: Beach

Country: India

About the place Kaup Beach:
Kaup is a small village located about 20 km from Udupi on the National Highway 17 towards Mangalore which is a coastal belt. This is one of the highly populated

beaches in Karnataka. This beach is widely known for its peaceful and cool atmosphere.

This beach is covered by greenery from all the sides. The cool breeze that blows across the white sandy Kaup beach at Karnataka refreshes you from your tiredness and

tensions and gives a pleasant feel to your mind.

Kaup is the perfect venue for organizing picnics with family and friends. You can also enjoy some water sports or swimming in the sea water. This is a perfect weekend
spot as you can take a relaxing sun bath or stroll across the white sand. The fragrance of the surrounding flora that blows across the whole beach along with the cool
breeze from the waters has got a soothing effect.

Transport: Local transport can be taken from Udupi.

Hotels in Kaup Beach: Hotels are …

Skanda Giri

Place name: Skanda Giri

Type: Hill

Country: India

How to get there:

There are two routes to Skanda Giri:
1) Proceed directly to Kalawara village from Chikkaballapur.
2) From NH-7, turn towards Nandi Hills. At the base of Nandi Hills turn right and proceed to Kalawara village via Muddenahalli

Location: 70 km from Bangalore, Chikkaballapur. It is off Bellary Road (NH-7 Hyderabad-Bangalore Highway).

About the place: This is located in the Chikkaballapura district of Karnataka. The village name is called as Kandavara Halli and the hill is called as Kandavarahalli Betta Kalawarahalli Betta). This is one of the hill forts in the Nandi Hill ranges and history says that this is a small but strong hill fort.

Tippu Sultan reportedly captured this fort from a local ruler by bribing two milk women who used to supply milk to the ruler to poison him and his men to death.

On 19 October 1791, it was surrendered to British troops. It remained in British hands until the peace treaty of 1792, which concluded the…

Male Mahadeshwara hills

Place name: Malai Mahadeshwara hills

Type: Temple

Distance: 210 kilometers from Bangalore

Country: India

Location: Eastern parts of Kollegal Talluk, Chamarajanagar district

About the place: Malai Mahadeshwara is a sacred place for Hindus located 140 km from Mysore which is about 3000 feet from the sea level.

Malai Mahadeshwara is also known as MM hills which has a temple dedicated to Mahadeshawra attracting not only pilgrims

but also nature lovers.

Malai Mahadeshwara is surrounded by 77 hills in the Eastern Ghats. Mahadeshwara is said to be the incarnation of Lord Shiva.

Thousands of devotees from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and the neighboring states visit this place and will have a holy dip in

Antaragange, near the temple, rising from the ground and whose origin is not known.

In Puranas (Hindu literature), the hills of Mahadeshwara are described as Jenumale, Anumale, Pachchmale, Kanumale,

Ponnachimale, Pavalamale, and Kongumal.

The dense deciduous variety forest is famous for its bamboo trees and sand…


Place name: Rangasthala

Type: Historical place

Country: India (Karnataka Tourist Spot)

Location: 60 km from Bangalore, Chikkaballapur

About the place: Rangasthala is one of the tourist spot in Karnatka. The Rangasthala temple appears magnificent from outside, resembling the temples built during the Vijayanagar period. But now the interior part has been renovated recently and the beauty seems to be faded.

This is a Saligrama Moorthy and Prathistai was done by Saptharishi. The Moorthys at Srirangapatna, Srirangam and Srirangapatna all were installed on the same day and on the same time.

The Praharam and Gopuram which are found outside the temple were constructed by the Vijayanagara Kings. Surrounding Praharam is the Garbhagriham, which is built in the form of a Bamboo Basket ( Moongil Thathu in Tamil ,Sibir Thate in Kannada).

The idol of Ranganatha is four and half feet in length with Bhoo and Neela Devi sitting near the leg. Lord is in Yoga Nidra and his Shesha is spreading his five hood…

Ramadevara Betta

Place name: Ramadevara Betta (Karnataka Tourist Spot)

Type: Hill, good for treking

Country: India

Location: Ramanagaram, 54 kilometers from Bangalore South West.

About the Place: Ramanagaram is a taluk of Bangalore Rural district, which is located towards South West of Bangalore and the hills are about 3066 feet above the sea level.

Ramanagara is the land of seven hills, namely Shivaramagiri, Yatirajagiri, Somagiri, Krishnagiri, Revanna Siddeshwara Betta, Jala Siddeshwara Betta and Sidilakallu Betta.Ramangaram is famous for many reasons like, historical temples, rock climbing, granite and stone quarries, industrial belt at Bidadi industrial area, silk cacoon industry and also is a great shooting location for action centered movies.

The famous movie Sholay was shot here and this was famous for Gabbar's hideout in the movie.
There are four famous rock climbing spots:
SRS Betta

Though many hills are preserved for quarrying, many of them are visited an…



Place name- Mysore

Country- India (Karnataka Tourist Place)

Location- 140 km away from Bangalore

About the place:

Mysore is the second biggest place in the state of Karnataka. This place is known for its majestic palaces, magnificent places, tree lined boulevards, sprawling gardens,

Shimmering Silks and Sandalwood, retaining its tradition of art, literature, music and dance.

Mysore Dasara is celebrated for victory of the Goddess Chamundeshwari of Chamundi Hills, after killing the wicked buffalo-headed demon, Mahishasura indicating the victory

of good over evil.

The word Mysore is derived from the word Mahishuru or Mahishasurana Ooru, which means the town of Mahishasura, the demon king who is believed to have lived here.

During the reign of Chamaraja Wadiyar the city is said to have reached the peak of its glory and had gained prominence.

Mysore is situated 770m above the sea level and has warm and cold climate through out the year.

Places to see:

Mysore palace- This Maharaja's palace is…