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My India Travel Bucket List

August 20, 2013 by Prashanth | 40 Comments

payaniga_bucket_listRecently while talking to fellow travel enthusiasts & discussing about some memorable trips done and the ones in to-do list, I realized that I had not prepared a proper travel bucket list. Though I’ve a long list of places to visit (that too lying around in multiple places), I thought of prioritizing and making a travel bucket list specific to India. I’m limiting myself to the boundaries of India and not thinking about ROW list at the moment. Here goes my list – some of them very simple, few added in a whim and quite a few of them are clichéd.

The list is pretty short and bound to grow as and when I get to know about interesting places around India. Drop me a line if you have any interesting places or things to do in India.

  1. Southern triangle motorbike ride – Bangalore – Chennai – Kanyakumari – Mangalore – Bangalore
  2. Cycling – Go on a month-long (at least) bike ride
  3. Visit all 29 World Heritage Sites in India recognized UNESCO – 1 down 28 to go
  4. The Hoysala trail – explore the Hoysala temples
  5. Backpack at least for couple of weeks exploring Karnataka
  6. Go on desert trek in Rajasthan
  7. Participate in Tiger/Elephant census
  8. Volunteer travel
  9. Summit a 6000m peak
  10. River rafting
  11. Visit all 28 states and 7 Union territories of India – 7 & 1 done respectively
  12. Visit at least 3 interesting places in each of 30 districts of Karnataka
  13. Zero travel for 15 days/a month – Start with 0 money. Earn, beg, barrow enroute
  14. Visit top 10 highest waterfalls of India
  15. Visit Lonar crater lake
  16. Go on a beach trek
  17. Visit the 4 extreme points of India
  18. Traverse along the river Kaveri, from source to the river mouth

Just to clarify, this is not the complete list of places that I would like to visit, but a short list of “must” do/go within India. Help me out extending this list. :)

Last updated on: 03-Dec-2013

Blueness of Ryde Beach

July 16, 2013 by Prashanth | 8 Comments

PAYANIGA - Blueness of Ryde Beach

Whenever there is a travel plan on the cards, it can be of any extreme – from ‘a completely planned one with attention to minute detail’ to ‘Heck! I’m going out, don’t where!’. Our trip to Isle of Wight on a long weekend was much more closer to the one with attention to details. And surprisingly, everyone in the group sort of adhered to the ground rules, and lo & behold! we were left with few hours to spare before we had our ferry back to the main land. So much for planning and having some buffer time!! But thanks to the ground work done, we had few places in our list for such instance. We chose to loiter around Ryde beach as we were closer to the beach (well every place is at a short distance in this small island :)

PAYANIGA - Blueness of Ryde Beach

The place where I almost got stranded :)

PAYANIGA - Blueness of Ryde Beach

It was around noon when we reached the beach. We were welcomed to a clear blue sky and it was a low tide the time we stepped on to the beach. The water was way behind with plenty of sand lying between us. After roaming around for a while and when everyone else got busy, I decided to take a walk all the way to the water edge and it was a long walk. At the edge, I found a dry elevated place to sit down and lost myself along the blueness everywhere around. A much-needed break after roaming around and travelling for two & half days. The receded water was slowly coming back, I moved a step backward along its pace & got lost. After spending close to an hour, I realised that I was stranded in a slightly elevated patch of land with water all over! But the place being bit shallow, I waded back unwillingly to the shore in knee-deep water.

PAYANIGA - Blueness of Ryde Beach

PAYANIGA - Blueness of Ryde Beach

From the top of Barkana falls

June 5, 2013 by Prashanth | 12 Comments

As it happens with every trek, the initial excited talks and chit-chat had slowly died down. We had been trekking for more than an hour and the Sun was raising steadily. The long canopy provided us the much-needed shade along the trek. Narasimha Parvatha, that’s where we were hiking. Climbing from Mallandur (Agumbe side), our plan was to reach the Narasimha Parvatha peak, and then get down to Kigga on the other side (near Sringeri) the same day.

PAYANIGA - From the top of Barkana falls

We had formed a beeline along the path, following the person in front. Only noise around were of rustling & crunching as we walked on the dry leaves and bird calls around us & someone among us trying to imitate once in a while. That’s when we heard the noise – water flowing in the wilderness. We were happy that we could take a break and spend some time by the stream. Within no time our guide was mobbed by us and there was only one demand – take us to the water. His response made us double happy as it was not just a stream, but a water fall. It was not just any water fall, but Barkana falls.

PAYANIGA - From the top of Barkana falls

PAYANIGA - From the top of Barkana falls

Barkana falls is one of the top ten water falls of India in terms of heights. It is even bigger than the mighty Jog falls by 20 feet with a total height of 850 feet or 259 meters. Our speed doubled, excitement grew as the sound of water increased as we neared the falls. Out of blue appeared a stream flowing below the green canopy. We were confused as there was no waterfalls but just a stream. Our guide understood our confusion and pointed towards the far end which looked like a big window giving view to the mountains on the other side. We were more confused and it took us some more time to realise that we were on top of the Barkana falls and not the base. We hopped over the stones, waded along the water to reach the cliff and a beautiful view which words cannot describe welcomed us. It was overwhelming that we were standing on top of one of the top ten waterfalls in India and the view down was dizzying and certainly it’s not the place for the people with acrophobia.

PAYANIGA - From the top of Barkana falls

Though I’ve visited Jog falls and enjoyed the view from the top of the falls, view from top of Barkana falls beats the view from Jog falls hands down. The access to the view from top of Barkana falls is along the stream where the green canopy gives very small window to enjoy the view. Probably this different point of view makes the view much more special. After spending an hour or so, a quick-lunch and a bit of resting, we reluctantly started from the place. Now that I’ve had a view from the top of Barkana, next visit is to get a glimpse and possibly a dip under the same awesome water fall.