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

Ranjani Somayaji

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
Thilakraj Somayaji

IT Developer by profession. Photographer, vlogger, story writer, artist, and traveler by passion. You can find my Kannada short stories here. My role in this blog is limited as a photographer, vlogger, and Ranjani’s co-traveler.

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 nature is what inspires us to travel. Hope our words can motivate you as well.

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Check out our top 10 posts:
1) Shivagange
2) Kuppali – Kavishaila & Kavimane
3) Male Mahadeshwara Hills (MM Hills)
4) Someshwara Temple & Kolaramma Temple of Kolara
5) Bettamugilalam
6) Gingee Fort
7) Shravanabelagola
8) Hampi
9) Mullayyanagiri, Chikmagalur
10) Mulabagilu Virupaksha Temple & Avani
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Check out our top 10 videos:
1) Chikmagalur Unexplored: Windy Mullayanagiri & enchanting route to Mahal – Story of clouds: https://youtu.be/uZN09E48guk
2) Sringeri | Agumbe | Agumbe Ghat Road | Sharada Peetham | Karnataka Tourism | Steps Together: https://youtu.be/WoJYP8-rlnI
3) Hogenakkal falls coracle ride 2019 | Hogenakkal trip complete details | Tamilnadu Tourism: https://youtu.be/scNrGxMRnLs
4) Murdeshwar and Maravanthe beach | Murudeshwar Temple | nh 66 | Steps Together: https://youtu.be/EQSXZdT_-JU
5) St Mary’s Island | Malpe to St Mary’s Boat Ride | Udupi Tourism | Karnataka Tourism | Steps Together: https://youtu.be/b5tJ43o-Ptk
6) Baba BudanGiri Hills | Datta peeta | Tata Nexon | Chikmagalur | Karnataka Tourism | Steps Together: https://youtu.be/1OSiSVFdkoc
7) Kemmangundi | Trek to Z Point | Chickmagalur Tourist Places | Karnataka Tourism | Steps Together: https://youtu.be/SP9eq5Xvh7E
8) Chikmagalur and Agumbe – A rain soaked drive through the Malenadu: https://youtu.be/AArKJBtr9AI
9) Kuvempu’s home Kavimane and Kavishaila of Kuppali | Bangalore to Kuppali | Shimoga | Steps together: https://youtu.be/vaq6FeBEXyA
10) Shivgange betta | Shivaganga Hills | Day trip from Bangalore: https://youtu.be/gsb6aQe6IQo

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45 Responses

  1. himanju23 says:

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

  2. Ranjani and Thilak,
    Glad to know our interests are alike πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚

  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. πŸ™‚

  5. Miss Jose says:

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

  6. arv! says:

    lots of luck on your travel journey – together!

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

  8. Piyu says:

    Nice posts you have here Ranjani! Keep writing more πŸ™‚

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

  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 πŸ™‚

    • 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 πŸ™‚

    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

  22. Hello, Thilakraj And Ranjani, you have very nice vlogs as well as videos are also clear and informative.
    This is Nilesh here Owner of Sixth Sense Holidays, Pune / Mangalore basically I am from Karwar, and I came to travel business to Show our beautiful Coastal Karnataka to People and this passion drove me to start my own Travel Company and to start a Travel Company is not very easy as to reach the service standard up to peoples expectations as it takes 10 yrs to reach up to here.

    As I am seeing the same Passion in your vlogs and videos as I also was working with Corporates before.

    As many of the people are seeing your vlogs and you must have many inquiries for that if you like to monitise your leads please cont me as I am doing B2B for many companies in Maharashtra, my mail ID is sixthsense.holidays@gmail.com and Cont no is 8265096058, 9890818553

    • Hi Nilesh,
      Greetings from Steps Together.
      Thank you for sharing your thought. We have noted down the points mentioned by you. Will surely reach to you in future.
      Thanks.

  23. Dr.Arun Prashath says:

    Hello brother !
    I’m Dr.Arun from Tamil Nadu. I’m just married couple of days back, and we dint get to go anywhere out of India since the lockdown and we like to explore India. Me and my wife are planning to road trip Karnataka. We actually booked room in coorg on 15th of this month, but unfortunately lockdown has been extended until 19th July . So we planned for a 10day road trip throughout Karnataka starting Bangalore till Dandeli or Gokarna .
    If you could help us with some travel routes,some nice restaurants,some iconic places, by your experience . We have quiet seen all your videos and impressed by your videos. Since monsoon is hitting Karnataka and there is quiet a lot to explore in Karnataka we planned to road trip .
    Thank you πŸ™‚

    • Hi Arun,
      Congratulations and best wishes for your married life. Regarding your query, we are sorry that we don’t advice on the personalized plans for anyone. You can refer to our contents on YouTube and this blog for all the relevant details you need to visit any place mentioned by yourself.
      All the best and Happy travelling.

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