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Day out at innovative film city

Innovative film city is located around 50 km from Bangalore just after wonderla near Bidadi. This is one of frequently visited places near bangalore. The place is a theme park with attractions of various kinds.

Innovative Film City Entrance

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The entry fee costs 600, however for some of the attractions one needs to spend extra. During my visit last week i found the roller coaster was under repair.  The main attractions would be the Mirror Maze, Fossil Museum, Ripley’s museum, 4D theather and the Louis Tussad’s Wax museum.

Attractions inside Innovative Film City

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There are lot of vacant areas present in the complex and construction is underway in many places. Overall one would need around 4 hours to cover all the attractions.

 

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Rayakottai Fort – Tippu’s forgotten fort across the border

75 kms from Bangalore lies a sleepy town of Rayakottai just off hosur. The place contains a forgotten fort of tippu sultan. The fort is one of ancient structures present in krishnagiri district and is under the protection of ASI. The fort was ruled by Tippu and his father Haider Ali in the 18th century. Major Gowdie captured this fort during the Angl0-Mysore war before it changed hands to the british during the treaty of Srirangapatna.

The fort was chosen for a short trek and myself, chetana and vikyath headed there on sat morning. The early morning sun made the drive pleasant. Navigating the early morning traffic to get out of the city and soon we found ourselves stuck in a big traffic jam at one of the diversions which again made us lose some time. Taking a diversion at hosur we proceeded towards rayakottai while taking a short stop for breakfast.

The sun was up by now and the scenary gradually changed as we proceeded. Couple of photos of nearby hillocks and we reached Rayakottai.

Hillocks near rayakottai

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There is a ASI board at the entrance of the fort, however we found the place is vanalized by people with many scribbling their names all over the place. As per ASI board any damage to historical monuments will set the offender back Rs 1,00,000. The trail is pretty well marked and it makes it easier for a first time trekker to find his way to top.

Start of the trek

IMG_6188_resizeThe sun was beating down by the time we started the trek.  One tends to gain a lot of elevation initally, however the trail flattens out as we go higher.  We found lot of markings of religious significance as we climbed higher.

We soon reached the first tier of the fort where one can see a dilapated wall marking the entrance

First tier@fort

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Markings

IMG_6200_resizeAt half way point the trail splits into two. The left side of the trail leads to a cave where one gets to see a small vaishnava cave and smaller caves where one can rest.

Vaishnava Cave

IMG_6209_resizeTaking few snaps of the cave and fooling around we spent some time relaxing before we headed back on the trail and to the other end of the fort. The scenary changed gradually as we climbed and soon we could see greenary everywhere.

Lush Greenary

IMG_6234_resizeApproaching the second tier of the fort, we found another cave another break was taken along with few snaps. Soon we reached the entrance of the second tier which is predominently marked by a big arch. This is the final tier of the fort and as you go further one can see a big pond and lot of ruined structures which were probably used to store food grains and even ammunition.

Spending some time roaming around the place, we proceeded further for the final climb.

Pond and ruins on the fort

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As one nears the top there are small steps which is carved in the steps which helps to get an easy grip. We found more structures as we went towards the top and after a short climb we reached the top.

View from top of rayakottai fort

IMG_6286_resizeIMG_6279_resizeWith a nice breeze blowing we took a good rest at the top for a while before we proceeded the trek back down which took us about 40 min.

Lunch was at A2B on the way back and it was back to the usual chaotic traffic before before reaching home thus ending a day well spent exploring a wonderful fort

Snaps can be found here

Recee to GN Kote

Gummanayakanapalya is a small village located in bagepalli taluk->kolar disrirct. The village contains a fort and few ruins built by a local cheiftain. While searching for places to visit I came across this fort and decided to pay a visit on sunday. I was of the assumption that following the directions given in the source would lead me to the fort but I was very mistaken. Upon inquiring from the locals after reaching bagepalli I was asked to take a left driving after driving 8 kms at a dhabha and go around 13 kms.

As directed I proceeded on the road only to come across a village called Jule Palya. When asked here I was again asked to go another 5 kms further. At the next stop the gentleman whom I asked said the place is easily approachable from bagepalli and I have come in the wrong route. I was asked to go to pate palya and ask directions from there. Turning back I headed the same way and took the right which was not noticed earlier. The road which was wonderful till now began to turn bad. Huge craters began to appear and the progress was slow. After going for few kms I asked an auto guy for directions and I was told to further to 3 kms and take a right which will lead me to pate palya, continuing on the same road for another km or two will take me to the main road and from there I had to take a right and go another 6 odd kms. Following the directions I came across the board giving directions to the place. GN palya was 6.7 kms from the signboard. Another 10-15 kms of driving saw me reach the place. The fort was standing magnificiently in front of me.

GN Kote

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One needs 3 hours to explore the fort completely. However there was not enough time to do this hence another visit is required to this place. There is also a guest house where one can stay.  With the proper one can reach the place in 2-2.5 hours, however going around in circles while looking for the place cost me valuable time.

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