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Food Paradise in Namma Bengaluru !

Bengaluru (Bangalore) has more to it than just being the IT Capital of India. It offers you diverse food options. Name it & you can have it. For foodies like me this is blessing. After a hard day at work, nothing can cheer me up like food! Starting my day from idli-wada, Momos in the evening & parathas for dinner. Yummy…

I have been in Bangalore for an almost two years now & experimented a lot across the town in search of food. Below is the list of few of my favorite food joints in the city.

Hangout Cafe , Koramangala – Found it by chance last year while roaming on the streets. Cozy place to sit & enjoy talking with friends/date. It used to empty in the beginning, but of late it has become crowded.  Enjoy the Oreo Cookie Shake & the Kitkat Shake they offer.

Serafina, Koramangala – One word to describe it “Cute”. The place is just cute with loads of seating space. Staff too is friendly. They have live music too! I was out on date with Mr. Hubby & the singer came up to our table & had sung a romantic song. Live music on date. Made my day 🙂

Om Made Cafe, Koramangala – Nice rooftop cafe & gives a good view of surrounding area. With cool breeze in evening this is the place to be. Offers awesome sandwiches.

Art Blend Cafe, HSR – This is my favorite place to hangout.One might even miss the place while searching for it. Had spent my Christmas evening there. Staff is friendly. It has a homely kind of ambiance. Displays art pieces for sale. Like the food options that they offer. I have earlier written about my experience at this cafe.Click here to read it.

Caffe Pascucci, Jayanagar – Enjoy the pastas here after shopping in Jayanagar market. One of the best pizzas that I have had in Bangalore.

I & Monkey, Indiranagar – I remember this place because of the trouble we went through to reach here. Bangalore rains had surprised us that day & we were on two-wheeler. Almost drenched by the time we reached here & to top it we were lost on the way. Entered the place & did not regret it a bit. Place was not too crowded, jumped to a corner table. Offers great variety of veg options.

Kapoor’s Cafe, Whitefield – I often crave for Parathas & had instantly fallen in love with Kapoor’s Cafe. Parathas loaded with butter & butter milk in kulhad. Most satisfying feeling ever 🙂

The Punjabi Rasoi, HSR – Another place to satisfy your craving for Punjabi food. Have been  here umpteen times. Tough to find place on weekends. Offers great range of North Indian food.

Halli Mane, Malleshwaram – This place does not need much introduction. Idli-sambhar, crispy dosa, Kerala Porata, Akki Roti & the filter coffee. Love it all. Authentic taste for experiencing the local cuisines. Must visit if you are in Malleshwaram.

Big Brewsky, Sarajapura Road – Bangalore has tons of breweries to visit. Like this place for the ambiance. If you are planning to visit, grab the poolside seats. Those are the best ones.

The Fisherman’s Wharf, Sarjapura Road – Enjoy Goa in Bangalore ! They did put loads of thought in designing the place. And it came out perfect. Service is also swift & has courteous staff.

This is just a small list of places that I like in Bangalore. There are so many more in left to go. Do let me know your favorite restaurants or cafe.

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Weekend Wanderlust – Bangalore & Kolar Highway

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Deccan Plateau of India has astounding views. I am amazed by every nook & corner that I travel here. Last Saturday I went for a long drive on the Bangalore-Kolar Highway. Soon enough we were greeted with open roads & minimum traffic on the national highway.

kolar3.pngFor all the romantics out there, I would insist for a drive on this highway. The distant hills in the background give it a picturesque look. It gives you all the pleasures of the Indian countryside.You will pass through small villages and communities at certain intervals.Farmers working in the fields, coconut trees along the both sides. Flocks of sheep grazing the grass & group of kids running along with them. 

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Let’s go to those hills !

There is also a resort Amoon Glamour Resort along the way, but its closed for renovation now.After about an hour drive we came across a Cafe Coffee Day outlet. Nestled in a cozy spot on this highway, shadowed by a hill in background & small lake on opposite side. Just the perfect place to plan a date!

We had spent some good time sitting there & admiring the beauty with a sip of coffee. As the sun set, we also took leave and started our drive back home. Next time I plan to visit it with a picnic planned – basket of sandwiches, fruit juice & the view of sun rising above the horizon.

 

Do you have a similar experience of a random drive which had left you spellbound ?

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A day at Shivasamudram.

With the holiday season in sight I was looking for places to wander around Bangalore. The last minute plans at a long weekend to find reservations don’t always work.  Well, that’s a lesson learnt for me.

After spending the Christmas with friends, I went for a day visit to Shivasamudram located in Mandya district, Karnataka. There were two ways to reach there, first via Kanakpura – NH209 and second via Bangalore-Mysore highway. Its located at approx. 130 kilometers from Bangalore.

We had left early morning around 7, via Kanakpura Road. My original plan was to spend the day at Bheemeshwari Fishing Camp located in Basavana Betta Forest. The drive included passing through the Forest Reserve Area.

To give you a glimpse of the wonderful ride – we passed through a very narrow strip of road on the mountains. Cauvery river by the side at times & occasional spotting of deer. But, beware of the monkeys on the way who will jump at car windows to snatch your camera !

Unfortunately, the Bheemeshwari fishing camp was all sold out for the day & we were unable to stay there. Not to be one to be disappointed we moved towards our final destination “Shivasamudram” to enjoy the waterfall. You should be prepared to walk down some 250 steps to reach the waterfalls or you can enjoy the not so cool view from watch towers. We could easily spot people climbing up the rocks to go and bath. That’s bit risky and I would advise not to try it at all. The water is shallow near the corners & you can easily enjoy there.

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Best time to visit would be just after the rainy season in October, when the mighty Cauvery river is filled with water. After spending half of the day in lap of nature it’s time to head back home. For return journey we took a detour through Bangalore- Mysore highway and stopped at Rasta Cafe for refreshments. And headed onto the NICE Road to avoid the evening city traffic.

Nice road

A word of advice – we could not stop many restaurants on our way, so do keep a stock of food items and water with you for the journey…

Happy Reading & a Happy New Year !