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What are your plans for the weekend? Just an obvious question on every Friday evening you ought to answer. You have landed in the right place searching for the answers.

This blog is our humble effort towards helping the fellow travelers by providing as much info as possible and sharing the experiences of the places we visited.

Ranjani Somayaji

Born and brought up in a beautiful village of Udupi, I am currently working as a Technical Writer for an IT firm in Bengaluru. Apart from regular work and writing travel posts, I love quilling, crocheting, sketching and working on stitch kit projects. You can find my works here.

 

Thilakraj Somayaji

IT Developer by profession. Photographer, vlogger, story writer, artist and traveller (ofcourse amateur in all) by pursuits. You can find my Kannada short stories here. My role in this blog is limited as a photographer, vlogger and Ranjani’s co traveller.

 

The surreal feeling that we get near the calm beaches, an overwhelming emotion that embraces us after climbing the mountains, and the feeling of satisfaction that we experience after being one with the nature is what inspires us to travel. Hope our words can motivate you as well.

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41 Responses

  1. himanju23 says:

    Hey Ranjani, I was going through your blog, it is awesome.. It is good to see you exploring new places 🙂 Keep travelling..

  2. Ranjani and Thilak,
    Glad to know our interests are alike 🙂 Stay connected

  3. Kashpals says:

    You have an interesting and informative blog with details about every trip. I will look forward to more posts of your trips. 🙂

  4. Swati says:

    Nice Ranjani. I always dreamed of traveling. And now after my wedding, me and my husband are doing it together.I’m glad too, to have a partner who shares the same love for traveling. 🙂

  5. Miss Jose says:

    Hey Ranjani…so nice to see ur blog…may u travel more in the coming days with ur partner 🙂 Do follow back if you like my space…i write a lot of travel stories too 🙂 take care!

  6. arv! says:

    lots of luck on your travel journey – together!

  7. Rashminotes says:

    Nice blog:) Enjoyed reading few posts; look forward to reading many more!

  8. Piyu says:

    Nice posts you have here Ranjani! Keep writing more 🙂

  9. Atulmaharaj says:

    Amazing blog ! Perfect for explorers who like to visit new places. Will definitely refer this while making my travel plans ! Great Work ! 🙂

  10. Hi Ranjani, I have nominated you for the Liebster award. Check out the link http://coupleonquest.com/2016/02/20/the-liebster-award/

  11. Your site has lots of information. I should start explore soon.

  12. Hey, I like the design and layout of your website as well as the information provided. Hampi is on my immediate travel bucket-list and your info is definitely going to help me. I am following you for sure 🙂

    • Thanks for visiting. Glad that you liked my posts.. Hampi is on our travel list too. we will definitely try our best to capture as much info as possible in our Hampi post.

  13. Hi Ranjani and Thilak,
    I love to travel and have been to many places in India. I tend to follow travel blogs closely. Glad to find yours! I have started following your blog.

  14. Kishor VR says:

    Wow, nice blog that has some short, and long trips. Great job creating great stories.

  15. Hi, Thanks for following my blog. You have created a very good blog which is giving lead to many lesser known places of South India, a region very less explored by me till now. Keep sharing good stories.

  16. Rahul says:

    Thanks for the follow, Steps Together. May our paths intersect one day ! A close friend is also from Brahmavar, Udupi but the only time I visited Brahmavar, I fell sick 🙂

    Keep traveling & blogging.

  17. Narasimha Murthy says:

    Awesome sir… Really great to see your hard work… All the very best for your future endeavors…

  18. Ram says:

    Hello Ranjani, Thilak.

    Thanks for the nice blogs. I am staying in BTM 2nd Stage (your starting point in one of the blog) and am planning a quick trip to Kanyakumari in my Nano during the long weekend of Holi. Me and my wife both love driving, and have done few Bangalore-Chennai trips in Nano. But I am a bit skeptical about visiting Kanyakumari in Nano as this distance is almost 650+ kilometers.

    Was wondering if you faced any issues (engine heating, tire issues) with your Nano on long trips. How frequently did you stopped (we stopped just for lunch while visiting Chennai). Anything particular that you would like to comment, will be helpful.

    • Hi Ram,
      Happy to know that you are planning for a Kanyakumari trip on your beloved Nano. We did the same route some years ago and it was wonderful. Hope you have already read our complete journey journal: http://stepstogether.in/2017/01/11/a-mega-nano-trip-to-kanyakumari/
      What we suggest is instead of covering the whole of 650+ km till Kanyakumari in Single stretch, you can take a night break at Madurai as we did. Madurai too has a lot of interesting places to visit: http://stepstogether.in/day-5-madurai/
      It’s not that Nano can’t do it, but it will be kind of tiring for the driver in our opinion. We have done close to 600 km stretch from Vijayapura(Bijapur) to Bengaluru in the past with our Nano, so if you are really keen you can definitely do it. And yes we recommend a break for at least every 2 hours so that both the driver and the car get refreshed. Please do read the threads we shared above and let us know your experience once you are back from the trip.
      Happy Travelling.

  19. Ram says:

    Thanks for the prompt reply. Yes, I have gone through the two blogs you mentioned in the comment. We have finally decided to start early from Bangalore, will stay at Madurai and visit the temple. Next day we will continue to Kanyakumari. But haven’t finalized anything about the return journey yet.

    Will update you about the trip after we are back.

    Thanks

  20. Ram says:

    Hi Ranjani, Thilakraj,

    I finally got some time to write this.

    Here’s the details: There was a change in plans and I decided to include Kovalam as well to the trip (and I didnt regret doing so).
    Since was farther than Kanyakumari, I decided to visit it first, as it will save 2-3 hours in the return trip from Kanyakumari to Bangalore.

    We started early (say 4.30) from Bangalore, Had breakfast in Salem and continued. Crossed Madurai around 1-2 and reached Kovalam by 5.30 in the evening. Apart from breakfast, we took a quick (15 minute) lunch break and a 5 minute petrol break. Me and my wife took turns and drove our Nano till Kovalam without any issue. Our Nano had clocked about 750 kilometers till Kovalam.
    Checked in to the hotel and ran to the beach for Sunset view.
    Spent two nights in Kovalam, and then moved to Kanyakumari. Encountered so many windmills in the route.

    Reached Kanyakumari by evening, checked in to the hotel and came out for the sunset view.
    Next morning, visited Kumari Amma temple, then Vivekanand rock memorial. Returned at 4. Had lunch, visited Gandhi memorial and spent some time outside.

    Next morning, left Kanyakumari at 8.30 am, stopped for a breakfast. Saw thousands of windmills till Tirunelveli. We kept driving on NH44 and reached Salem by around 5 PM. Had a light snack, and moved further. Reached BTM 2nd stage by around 8 pm.

    The car did well (we didnt expected it to, however). Always kept checking the engine temperature gauge on the dashboard. Covered 90% of the journey on AC (it was really hot) in the to and fro journey.

    Overall the trip was good, and we had a lovely family time together.
    Thanks for the informative blog. We found it really helpful.

    Thanks again

    • Hi Ram,
      That was one good detailed travel experience. Glad that you had a wonderful experience and you shared it with us. Yes, we know that Nano is one hassle-free car from our own experience. Keep traveling. keep exploring new places.
      Cheers..

  21. Ram says:

    Thanks a lot

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