Yana Caves – ಯಾಣ ಗುಹೆಗಳು

Recently , I  ticked a place on my travel wish list which I so wanted to visit and that place is known as Yana Caves. These caves are located in the premise of a small village named Yana in Kumta which is near to Gokarna, Karnataka.

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Monsoon is not that great idea to visit this place but even after much of difficulties I managed to reach to the top. Certainly, I am not going to discuss any history related to this place as this blog is more of based on my observation.

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I was staying at MG rooms, which is near to Gokarna beach and from there the distance of Yana caves is approx. 55 km. So, I opted for a car rather being a nomad as I had only a day to explore places.

 

One can also opt for 3-wheeler auto, they will charge around Rs.1500/- per auto for trip to 4-5 places. In an auto only 3 people are allowed. Going from bus is also an option but for that you need to be punctual all the time because bus services here are quite rare.

 

Things to pack before going to the caves

  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, mosquito & worm repellent , hat, umbrella.
  • Keep raincoat, waterproof bag, plastic sheets, first-aid, lighter, pepper spray and Swiss knife.
  • Wear waterproof shoes, keep extra pair of clothes.
  • Do not wear white.

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Trek to Yana Caves

Entering to this is completely free. Reaching to Yana Caves would not be that easy for few because one has to trek for 2km and then have to walk up 200 steps.

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I assure you this might seems tiring but believe me the arena will keep you showing a magical show every minute. So, it will take around 1 hour maximum to reach to the top. While trekking few things you need to take care of which I am listing down below.

  1. At the very starting of the trek, you will meet a tailless black cat. Do not get into any superstitious story of ghost around . That cat will follow you up for 0.5km just because it knows tourist will offer something to eat.
  2. I was wearing slipper during trek as it was raining as I had no option but I would suggest you guys to wear waterproof hiking shoes and along with that if you could wear leech socks.
  3. Leeches, yes during monsoon especially this place is full of leeches. So, be very careful while going up or down.
  • Walk in the middle of the path as leeches most of the time hide under shade and at the corners.
  • Keep walking, don’t lean on trees, benches etc.
  • Keep small packet of salt along with you. If in case leeches start making love with your blood just sprinkle salt on it, it will immediately leave the surface.
  • Never try to pull out leech, if its already sucking your blood as it can make bleeding unstoppable.
  • You can use leech repellent, sprays.
  • On running water, you can not find leeches so you can be a water baby.
  • Keep first-aid along. Particularly antiseptic.

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One more thing, this trek has only one washroom is available there on half way.

Flora and Fauna

If you are fond of seeing variety of plants and small creatures then go ahead. This place is perfect for the exploration. As on the way to the top I met centipede, cat, snake, worms and obviously leeches. This whole forest is full of mosses, ferns, colocasia, berries and several other useful plant or trees. Do not try to eat any one it as it might be poisonous.

On the top

There are 2 hills one is named Bhairaveshwara Shikhara which is 390 ft in height and the Mohini Shikhara which 90ft in height where Shikhara” means “hill. The first one is open for general public whereas I didn’t see any way to Mohini Hill. At the bottom of Bhairaveshwara hill you will see a self-made Shiv Ling which is present in the Gangodbhava Temple.

Way inside to the cave is through the temple, so if you wish to enter the cave one needs to remove his/her footwear . You need to be very careful while stepping up as surface is full of algae ergo it makes it more slippery and no way to cop.

Rest the cave is not that huge, it will just take around 15-20 minutes to see and capture things. Visit to the temple is incomplete if you will not circle around the same through the caves.

Trekking Down

If you want to sip in tea or coffee at the top or at the starting. Then, there you will find only a shop at the top and in the starting. Be little extra careful when trekking down. I unfortunately visited in monsoon which made trek 70% more dangerous. I had taken great care while putting even a step. A walking stick can help which you can get from the mother nature.

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Overall, It was a really very unique and nice experience to cross several water streams and being a pebble walker. I indeed suggest all to visit this place to make yourself lost in the natural world for a while.

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Extra info-

  • I had a great company whole way, as I was travelling with my family and a very responsible driver named Sachin. So, for all who wants to explore Gokarna in a budget and that too  in your own chariot then you can certainly call Sachin. As he is well- aware of every nook and corner of Gokarna. You can rely on his driving skills too.

 

      Sachin – +91-9481204432 ( You can refer my name Shilpa, if needed)

Mentioned number of this person as many of you have asked me to   keep sharing the information, contacts which can help them too to make their trips more interesting.

  • No telecom network will work here.
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Weekend Fun: F9 Go Karting

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This weekend spent so amazingly well. It was in my wish-list to do “Go karting” with my female bunch. So, I landed up at “F9 Go karting” as I had heard good words about the place so, I desperately wanted to know what all this place has to offer me. 

How to reach?

By Metro (Cheapest way)

The nearest metro station is IFFCO chowk , which is on the yellow line towards Huda city. This place is around 1.5-2 km far from the metro station. You can opt for the shared auto,e-rickshaw or can take 3-wheeler. Though the option of cabs are also available from the metro station. Travelling cost would be like Rs.58 (Metro) ,shared auto-10rs/person, e-rickshaw- 20/person and full auto for Rs.50.

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This adventurous space had been established in year 2010. Mr.S.K Tyagi is the sole owner of the place. From the outside this place is creatively made using truck chambers.

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From inside they have nice track, scraps have been used cleverly to make washrooms.

To make experience better I am listing out best things.

Best Things

  • Helmet hygiene- A new term for you? Well I am writing helmet hygiene as this was the first time I saw a Go karting people using shower cap before placing helmet on your head. 10/10 for that. 

  • Skilled and motivating trainer- The crew is actually helpful and they do guide you so well before the race.

  • Height issue sorted- If you are thinking how I am gonna put my feet on paddles as I am too short? Don’t worry they have the right solution to not let your enthusiasm go down.

  • Video and picture- As you gonna be busy in driving, duh then who gonna take picture and videos? Well don’t worry you just need to give your phone to them and tadda they will capture it perfectly.

  • Pocket-friendly- I had searched several apps to get the best price for Go Karting. Trust me they will offer more than your expectation. I had opted for Rs.350 package for 7 laps whereas got 3 laps free as a surprise.
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  • They have restaurant attached to the track- What could be more beautiful than cheering your friends while having sumptuous food. So, don’t forget to be the part of this fun fiesta.
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  • Super easy for non-drivers – Do you have a question of how to drive a go kart as you don’t know driving? chill ! they don’t ask for driving license rather they help you to learn it better as there is no clutch or gear change . Its just about race and brakes. 

I had great conversation with Mr.S.K Tyagi ( owner) , where he shared many information about the place. He is so kind and fun when it comes to the children. He moreover offered us free laps later and also the whole track to get ourselves clicked. 

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Timings for Go Karting is – 1 pm to 10 pm

So, next time when your heart wants to do something new and different on weekends. Don’t hesitate in experiencing the things you never tried before. Like I tried “Go Karting”.

Wedding Cards DIY

“Recycling the invitation of joy”

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Wedding season always bring happiness, excitement also loads of invitation cards at home. Most of times we end up throwing it whereas few prefer to keep it as it has several divinities drawn on it. To deal with the cluster, I have worked on few amazing DIYs like making “Shagun Envelopes” from wedding cards.

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Trust me you can make really beautiful and never seen envelopes .  I have made few envelopes from two wedding cards ( see in the pictures ).

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In India, These Shagun envelopes are used for giving cash as a shagun means blessings for happy future. Particularly on any auspicious occasion, these lifafas ( Envelopes) are used. Hope you will find this way of using invitation cards interesting.

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” Little Tibet “

( It is an audio blog ; to let those experience words who have mastered the art of hearing. Link – https://soundcloud.com/mataktibum/little-tibet  )

 

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When you bunk a day with your best mate, then that day surely becomes a memorable day. On June 29,2017 all of the sudden I decided to visit “Little Tibet” in Delhi, famously known as “Majnu kaTilla”.

What’s special there?

  • – A different culture to experience.
  • – Shopping
  • – Tibetan Food.
  • – Photographic elements.
  • – Peace at monastery.

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How to reach?

Metro is the best mode of transportation to reach here. Get down at Vidhan Sabha metro station then take rickshaw or e-rickshaw for Rs.20 for two people till the foot over bridge connecting to Tibet monastery.

I had only one hour to do quick ‘snap and roam’.So, I entered from the main monastery gate , though thought of capturing a lot of things but I did not as sometimes you just need to enjoy atmosphere.

There ,I tried “Lhaphing” urf cold noodles .Actually available at many small stalls and shops there.

It is a very yummy Tibetan street food. Available in two varieties that is dry or soup dishes of it. The price varies from Rs.20 to Rs.30.

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The scent snake had started attacking my nostrils hard; simultaneously was activating my taste buds too. I headed to Tee-Dee, favourite spot since 2011.

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Ordered fruit beer, tingmo (Tibetan bread) and Tee-Dee special non-veg beef choupsey. Well, at the end it was the time to score food. Tingmo is a round traditional bread was soft and was moist as apt hence 9/10.This time the choupsey was low on quality and taste hence I would give 6/10.The total bill was of Rs.270.

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While crossing lanes and observing things I landed up in a garden full of tibetan prayer flags.It was all colourful. You all must have guessed now, that I took quite many pictures there.

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To go back to the metro station, you can find many autos ( for Rs.30) and rickshaws for ( for Rs.20/2 persons) and e-Rickshaws ( for Rs.10/person) .

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My quick ‘Snap and Roam’ time ended up soon …. ❤

 

 

Timid Bitch

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“Hear this,to add more depth to this poem”

Amidst all hominid activities, she was highly stressed. Remembering all phases she spent with the one which she had thought to be together always and forever. She dropped that saline water ummmm famously called tears just for the one who had promised to be together always and forever.

He asked at the very starting of the meet, she remembered all blushes behind the bush. I want to marry you woman and want to stay together, we will name our children Santha and Janie so that we could add little fenny to our only life tenne.

The man said – your lips are so pink; your eyes are so bright. Can I have a glance at the same for a while?

‘Resisting my soul to be away from you is hard for me, my cute angel can we talk little more?”- This was very pleasing for her to hear this daily at the very starting of her love affair.

She had dreamt a lot and a lot, how they going to be together. After few months of first meet; under the dark shadow of nature, curtains started flowing high and wind chime starting trinkling light. Moon was adding charm to the skin and mingling of two souls had started begun.

After few months, woman look I do not have time to love you anymore as I am busy in playing and ambling everywhere. She cried and she got hurt. Next morning she managed to be strong to talk her one side decided soul mate but unfortunately again he was busy. She kept on waiting, she kept on staring at her phone but she got no messages and calls.

One day she broke her all patience and asked him- ohh my dear! What has happened to our love? Ain’t I pretty like before or ain’t you want to be together like before. I miss you so badly, don’t you? And in reply he said – ‘look woman, I am busy we will discuss later’ and here the phone disconnects.

She realized that he did not ditch her rather he broke her trust. Still she kept on waiting and till now she is waiting that one day her love for him will bring him back.

but that timid bitch forgot that once a trader done with the deal the trader won’t come back.

Love of a mother

At that time, she hardly had strength to clutch anything like rest of us. Her eyes were adorned with tears. She had an image of flying wings in her eyes. Every time she was hearing the noise of an aero plane in the sky, she was hurriedly moving out to the balcony.

She felt a strange unwinding of blood knots. Finally, her hand slipped and she lost her motherly touch.

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It was a moment where she had frozen. She was completely sad still she managed to smile to the face which she will be seeing after several months or may be after a year. She barely could take a step forward with her trembling legs. She kept on staring towards sky. In her illogical world, colours of fin and the turning of aircraft towards south denote that particular flying ship, in which her daughter is flying.

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Pic- clicked by my mum ( she had thought this is the plane in which her daughter went)

Now, being in balcony is something she gives her half of the time.And people say they failed to find true love. Who will care as much as a mother, who will love you altruistically as mother? Who will wait for you like a mother ?

A wonderful soul, who believes in sacrificing her happiness to make an unscathed way for her child, that’s a mother.

Trip to Dosa-Land : Bangalore

It was so early around 3:30am, for a normal human being to wake up and to catch a flight to Dosa-land.  Me and my friend eventually, succeeded in getting our wandering ardor to taken inside aero plane.

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I love capturing clouds

With all those women-centric conversations we fluttered towards our journey to Bangalore. The jaunt became more comfortable and exciting when you find a blunt creature to chat with same as like yourself , which happened with me. This time we decided to try food in flying craft, though I am not that huge fan of flight food. This time we ordered vegetarian food and got fruit’s pieces, cutlet, vermicelli poha and sambar and my favourite was sweet bun, enough for a less eating varmint like me.

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Vistara Airways : morning breakfast

The journey finally got completed in 2 hr 30 min and tadaa!!!! We landed in to the first guise of Bangalore.

It’s always better to book a cab afore or on the spot by opting airport cab or from apps (you might find difficult if you have slow internet connection), if you have enough money in your wallet as from airport to the main city, minimum charges that one can assume is of Rs.500. In total it took 2 hours to reach to the main city because of the traffic, Hence it’s better to call Bangalore a “traffic paradise”.

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first glance of Bangalore City from the cab

I had very less on my “see and do” list, this time as I was there only for 4 days. On the very first day I thought of exploring local arenas and I ended up in exploring Indranagar food stalls. I tried pineapple juice there (a big no, never try having fresh juice in Bangalore as they do charge double and moreover it comes out tasteless) and momos ,

for that I would give 4.5 stars out of 5. So it’s a must try!!

Finding auto and asking for bargain is something which every north Indians will face certain problem in. This is not the first time for me, I had been to dosa-land before also but I never understood this state wise discrimination. So it’s better to opt for ola-moto or uber pooling and not to forget umbrella all the time as there is no fixed time of drizzle and scorching heat show.  As being a momos fan I tried momos in HSR layout also which came out to be good enough for my satiatory glands.  Very next day me and my friend been to Christ university, famous in Bangalore to try canteen food and amazingly we got opportunity. We tried Mysore masala dosa just for 30 bucks and it was the yummiest of all in this range.  We tried lemonade for Rs.15 it was also okish.

Third day me and few more of my friends decided to roam around in Bangalore, the list had included

  • Cubbon Park
  • Bangalore Aquarium / government aquarium
  • G Road
  • Brigade Road
  • Forum Mall
  • To hit famous food joints

Bangalore Aquarium / government aquarium

It is inside the fence of Cubbon Park. The aquarium is administered by the Karnataka State Government Department of Fisheries.

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For once it’s good to visit and it hardly affects the pocket of any.

Cubbon Park

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wildlife fun 

The Cubbon Park, this place is in the heart of city opposite to M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. To reach here, it’s better to opt for cab. I would not go in depth of history and infrastructure but it’s a must visit as this place allows you to explore the calm side of busy lanes.

My steps to this park was like unfolding nature because at the very starting I found few eating joints inside the park later the way inside to the stagnant water is little captivating as you will find yourself lost in the world of bamboo trees and this was the only part of this park I liked the most.

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Stinky water boating

They will charge you Rs.10 for entry to the park and Rs 20 for the boating. Well I would not prefer to go for boating. The whole water is more of like a home for algae and your nostril will faint for sure for a while. Unfortunately the rain had deferred our trip for around 3 hours. If you will also face any natural shower then having some snacks at park government canteen would not be a bad option.

 

Best of all try filtered coffee for Rs.15, Plain Dosa for Rs.40, and Cotton Candy for Rs.20 (I am sure a big smile will come on the face of cotton candy lover).

M.G Road and Brigade Road

These roads are famous for many fine dining restaurants and brand shopping. Going to Brigade road is good if you will go in the evening as you will see much street lights hence it is compared to Las Vegas and also named as “Vegas of Bangalore”. M.G Road is good for shopping and for food. If you have enough money in your savings bin they head towards “The Tao Terraces”, the nice ambience and food for sure will treat your mind and tongue so wondrously for sure, respectively.

Forum Mall

Much hyped place for sure as you will not find it different than any other mall but yes it’s a ‘nain-mataka’ place for youngsters. So, If you believe in Love at first sight and mad for pouty pics to upload on Facebook/insta then do visit for sure.  With the help of my Bangalorian friend, we headed towards Kormangla and decided to have Hyderbadi briyani from “Spice Hyderabad” restaurant which had cost Rs. 500 for Boneless Hyderbadi Chicken Biryani.

Third Day, I decided to go to Nandi Hills to see all lofty beauty of Bangalore from the top. It is a must to visit place.

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on the way to Nandi hills

To reach here , one has to pay Rs.10 as entry charges and Rs.50 as DSLR / cam charges.  To see the beauty of this brown giant rink one should reach here before sunrise this is what had been told to me, but it’s OK if you will reach afterwards also.

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on the way back from Nandi hills

The beauty and the calmness will remain the same. To reach here it’s better to have own convince then relying on rest.  It is at the distance of 60 km from the Bangalore city.

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lovely nature at Nandi Hills

This place is perfect getaway on weekends to have some relaxing bones and perfect DP places. I had started jumping off like an immature bee,

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My favourite “tree houses”

the moment I saw many tree houses unfortunately most of them were ruined.

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famous for downhill cycling 

Monkeys here are trained enough to do any hominid activity like snatching lays packet and having some bit of it with slice in one hand.

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view of some rural areas from Nandi top

Must to carry:

  • Warm clothes as early morning it little chilly
  • Sport or hiking shoes
  • Water and munchies (be aware of monkeys around)

On fourth day, we decided to head towards Kormangla to explore various cafes and food joints. My series of searching cafe ended at newly open “Cafe Medley” to have nice conversation with friends staying at Bangalore. We had ordered Veg-Lasagnas, veg-pizza, peach flavoured ice –tea (must), strawberry kissed banana smoothie and grilled sandwiches. We all 4 ended up paying some amount of Rs.1000 for all these.

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pic courtesy: Zomato

This place is perfect for quick meetings and in budget restaurants moreover offers a perfect colourful space and bamboo swings to relax .

Keep this in your Must visit Rota.In return I opted for train.

 

Here I ended my quick hippie-trippy junket to Dosa –Land. Will be updating more  on the nook and corners of  Bangalore, soon. Till then keep craving for more.