So in no particular order, here goes
1. Halebidu and Belur - Hassan, Karanataka
These temples built by the Hoysalas, simply have the finest pieces of architecture I have ever seen. If you have not been there you have not done a thing!
While you are at these 2 places you could also visit Gomateshwara, Biggest Monolith in
Quick Tip, get a guide or you will miss the all important, finer nuances.
This is an awe-inspiring monastery, with massive statues and brilliant paintings, in an unexpected location bang in the middle of Coorg surrounded by beautiful coffee estates. Coorg is very rightly called the Scotland of India.
This is at the confluence of river Tiracol with the
Do not go there if you are used to the hustle and bustle (read pretty chicks) of most Goan beaches, because chances are you won’t find any. What you will find however, is Peace and tranquility (Big Words, eh?)
4. Malvan Fort – Sindhudurg,
This fort (built by Shivaji) is situated 2 kms into the
5. Swami Vivekanada Rock – Kanyakumari, Tamilnadu
Southern most tip of
6. Kerala Backwaters –
I once took a boat ride from Kottayam to Allepey across the backwaters, and that memorable ride took almost 6 joyous hours . Kerala is known as Gods own Country for a reason (yeah other than for promoting tourism).
Next time I go to Kerala I am going to be on a houseboat (hey not a bad idea, hmmm).
Eating chaats at midnight on the
8. Dandeli – Karnataka
If one wants an adventure tirp in
One can do mountain biking, explore some real scary caves, travel in an open jeep into the wildlife sanctuary, trek and yeah camp out in the forest. Pretty good eh?
9. Hogenekal falls – Tamilnadu
Super place, the river Kaveri snakes through a ravine and one can hire coracles to take you along the river, between towering sheer walls of rock, under waterfalls and to a more calm part of the river where you can relax in the water and wait for the natives to fry fresh catch of the day.
Seen the ‘Raat ka naasha’ (Ashoka) video? the place is 10 times better than it looks in that video (despite it being Santosh Sivan behind the camera).
August is the best time to be there.
10. Stay at home and read a book! Serious, best place to be!