Naaidu Biryani Batlagundu Dindigul

While the biryani-trinity of Thalapakatti, Venu’s and Ponram’s dominate the popularity charts of Dindigul Biryani – it’s the small, no-franchise, unique outlets serving Their version of Dindigul biryani with a slight individuality that excite a biryani-fan.

One such unique biryani getaway is Naaidu biryani restaurant at Batlagundu serving some delicious biryani (mutton and chicken) along with some lip smacking meat-sides such as mutton sukkha, chicken fry etc.

Dindigul Chicken Biryani at Naaidu Biryani Batlagundu

Traditional Dindigul Chicken Biryani served on a plantain leaf – deliciousness!!

Located on the highway connecting Dindigul and Theni at Batlagundu ( about 35 kms from Dindigul) this small biryani place is a welcome relief from the crowded and overpriced Thalapakatti outlets – making it the perfect lunch stop for travelers heading to Theni or Thekkady.

Naaidu Biryani Restaurant at Batlagundu

Useful information:

  • Timings: 11 am to 11 pm Open all days
  • Cash only no cards
  • No dedicated or separate parking
  • Contact Number: Mr.Saktivel 09677753238

Naaidu Biryani Restaurant was discovered by a dear friend during one of his rides – the food is delicious, easy on the wallet and sports wonderful roads to and ahead till Thekkady !!

Road from Batlagundu to Theni aboard the Yamaha YZF-R3

Delight to Ride – road from Batlagundu to Theni – mind the crosswinds though!!

Periyar Ghat - Enroute Kumily on the Yamaha YZF-R3

Periyar Ghat – En-route Kumily, too damn scenic !!

Unusual Ice creams in Bengaluru

Traditional ice-creams have mostly been consumed in the form of scoops, bars, cones, sundaes etc. However some innovative ice-cream shops have pushing the status the quo of how an ice-cream should look and taste – here is an ode to the unusual/hatke ice-creams in Bengaluru.

Fried Ice Cream:

A big scoop of vanilla ice cream that is quickly deep-fried creating a warm, crispy shell around the still-cold ice cream topped with chocolate sauce and nuts with cherries. A house-specialty, Ocea Special Fried Ice Cream is available throughout the day/year and is one of the most-popular dessert

Where: The Ocea International Hotel, Brigade Road

Useful information:

  • Made-on-order, anticipate a waiting-time of 20 mins after placing the order for the preparation
  • Cost: INR 125
  • Parking: Valet parking for cars
  • They accept cash & cards
Fried Ice-cream at The Ocea International Hotel Brigade Road, Bengaluru

Fried Ice-cream at The Ocea International Hotel

Ice-cream Dosa:

An ice-cream delight that has catapulted a street dosa-shop into stardom among food-lovers & children. Ice-cream dosa is a regular plain dosa smeared with chocolate ice-cream and served with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream instead of the chutney.

Trust me its delicious!

Where: Amarnath Chats, RV Road (landmark: Amaron Battery Showroom)

Useful Information:

  • The place is a food-cart on the footpath serving dosas and idly, one has to stand and eat
  • Cost: INR 70
  • Timings: 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm (open all days of the week)
  • Contact number: +919844235515/ +919448558418
  • They accept ONLY cash, no card payment facility
  • Parking: No dedicated parking space, but lots of by-lanes to find parking
Ice-cream Dosa at Amarnath Chats RV Road Bengaluru

Ice-cream Dosa at Amarnath Chats

Chili-Guava Ice-cream Roll:

A popular form of ice cream in South-East Asian countries, ice cream roll is a hand made using ice cream base spread on a frozen slab and then rolled using a pastry scraper or paint scraper.

Where: Hokey Pokey Koramangala

Useful Information:

  • Made-on-order, anticipate a waiting-time of 20 mins after placing the order for the preparation
  • Cost: INR 120
  • Parking: No dedicated parking space, but lots of bylanes to find parking
  • They accept cash & cards
Chili Guava Ice-cream Roll at Hokey Pokey Koramangala Bengaluru

Chili Guava Ice-cream Roll at Hokey Pokey

Ice cream Burger aka Cereal Ice Cream bun:

2 big scoops of vanilla ice cream form the patty of a burger bun laced with Fruit Loops. Be prepared for a tooth-freeze at the first bite!!

Where: Cafe by the Corner, HSR Layout

Useful Information:

  • Made-on-order, anticipate a waiting-time of 10 mins after placing the order for the preparation
  • Cost: INR 120
  • Parking: No dedicated parking space, but lots of by-lanes to find parking
  • They accept cash & cards
Ice-cream burger at Cafe by the Corner HSR Layout, Bengaluru

Ice-cream burger at Cafe by the Corner

Go out and get an ice cream!!

Sri Guru Kottureshwara Benne Dosa Hotel Davangere

Davangere has become synonymous with a famously rich variety of dosa, known as ‘Benne Dosa’ or ‘Butter Dosa’. In fact several eateries aka dosa camps in Bengaluru have played a pivotal role in “introducing and popularizing” the Davangere Benne Dosa in my city and beyond.

While this delicious creation has been replicated aka commercialized across most of the dosa-camps in Bengaluru. In Davangere, Sri Guru Kottureshwara Benne Dosa Hotel is the undoubted champion of authentic Davangere Benne Dosa.

Davangere Benne Dosa at Sri Guru Kottureshwara Benne Dosa Hotel in Davangere

Davangere Benne Dosa !!

Davangere Benne Dosa is a crispy dosa cooked on wood-fired tava with generous amounts of butter served with Potato Palya (made of boiled mashed potatoes) and spicy coconut-based Chutney.

The dosa is crisp and thin marked by large holes on the surface (as a result of carbon dioxide release in the form of bubbles from the baking soda mixed in the dosa batter) with lots of butter that adds the intoxicating aroma and delicousness.

The menu at the Davangere Benne Dosa Hotel has only 3 items:

  • Benne Khali Dosa (similar to the Set Dosa & each serving/plate consists of 3 dosas)
  • Benne Dosa – Single
  • Benne Dosa – Plate (consists of 2 benne dosas)
Making the Benne Dosas at Sri Guru Kottureshwara Benne Dosa Hotel in Davangere

Wood-Fired Tawa adds to Flavor

Useful Information:

  • Timings: 8:30 am to 9 pm (Open all days of the week)
  • Location: Sri Guru Kottureshwara Benne Dosa Hotel, Medical College Road | Mcc B Block, Davanagere Google Maps Link
  • Parking: No dedicated parking for cars & motorcycles, lots of bylanes can accommodate them
  • They don’t serve coffee or tea 😦  head to ‘Love Food’ Hotel (about 2 buildings away) for coffee or tea
  • Cash only, no cards are accepted
  • The place gets crowded and one has to wait for 20 to 30 mins – however the crowd fades-out between 2 to 4 pm
Sri Guru Kottureshwara Benne Dosa Hotel in Davangere

Sri Guru Kottureshwara Benne Dosa Hotel in Davangere

Here and Now HSR Layout Bengaluru

An all-day breakfast/brunch diner in HSR Layout,  Here and Now offers delicious & healthy portions of breakfast platters, burgers, sandwiches, salads, pastas, waffles, pancakes, smoothies and shakes.

Started in May 2016, Here and Now exudes coolness with board games, pool table, color pencils + paper to doodle on every table and yes yumm food!!

Waffle Superload!!

Waffles with whipped cream, slices of banana, chocolate chips, condensed milk & maple syrup!! Be prepared for a mega sweet-rush 😀

Waffles Superload at Here and Now HSR Layout Bengaluru

Waffle Superload!!

Cant get any Pigger:

Meat Assault with eggs, mushroom, grilled tomato & mashed potato, although the sausages were not up-to the mark.

Cant get any Pigger - English Breakfast at Here and Now HSR Layout Bengaluru

Can’t get any Pigger

Pally Pancakes with Nutella:

Pancakes stuffed with chocolate chips & cashew served with Nutella & Maple syrup – yumm, yumm!!

Regular (non-stuffed) pancakes are also available.

Pally Pancake with Nutella at Here and Now HSR Layout Bengaluru

Stuffed Pally Pancake with Nutella

Useful Information:

  • Timings: 9 am to 8 pm  (closed on Tuesdays only)
  • Location: Here and Now, Opposite BDA Complex HSR Layout Bengaluru
  • Cards & Cash are accepted
  • Parking: No dedicated parking for 2 or 4 wheelers, one has to park inside the BDA Complex

Guide to Strawberry Festival in Mahabaleshwar

Adorning the Sahyadri mountain range, Mahabaleshwar & Panchgani are the most popular hill stations in Maharashtra having served as the summer capital during the British Raj. The pristine locales only rivaled by the delicious ‘Mahabaleshwar Strawberry’.

Strawberries were introduced to Mahabaleshwar by the British & has become popular as ‘Mahabaleshwar Strawberry’ .  In 2010 ‘Mahabaleshwar Strawberry’ obtained the Geographical Indication (GI) tag [A geographical indication (GI) tag is an indication that identifies goods as produced from a particular area, which has special quality or reputation attributable to its geographical origin].

Strawberry Festival:

Being a seasonal fruit, the annual Strawberry Festival in Mahabaleshwar & Panchgani is a celebration of the strawberry harvest held from December to April culminating in a 3-day strawberry-mela during the Easter Weekend in April.

However fresh strawberries and strawberry-based foods are available throughout between December and April.

What and Where to Eat Strawberries:

Mahabaleshwar strawberry is used in making various food products such as preserves, jams, fruit crushes, ice-creams, milkshakes, strawberry with fresh cream, strawberry fudge and jelly toffees

Strawberries with Fresh Cream:

The best way to consume strawberries!! Strawberries with fresh cream consists of layers of fresh strawberries and fresh cream, ice-cream. One can also add chocolates, mulberries etc to this heavenly delight.

Where to Eat: The best version of this is at The House of Berries, Kates Point Road, Mahabaleshwar

Strawberry and Cream with Chocolate at Kates Point Road Mahabaleshwar

Strawberry and Cream with Chocolate – Yumm!!

Strawberry Fruit:

More than 50% of The Mahabaleshwar Strawberry is dominated by Sweet Charlie variety and is absolutely delicious to taste.

Where to buy: Main Market, Mahabaleshwar @ 80 -100 INR for 1 kg (trust me 1 kg is just not enough!!)

Fresh Strawberries and Mulberries at Mahabaleshwar Market

Fresh Strawberries and Mulberries

Fresh Strawberries with Nutella:

A DIY dessert – dip fresh strawberries in Nutella to find Nirvana!!

Strawberries with Nutella at Strawberry Festival Mahabaleshwar

Strawberry with Nutella – the most easy dessert to make 😛

Other Must-Eat Places in Mahabaleshwar:

Sri SiddiVinayak Snacks Centre, Mahabaleshwar:

A humble café serving popular Maharashtrian snacks such as Sabudana vada, batata vada, poha, vada pav with delicious chai.

  • What to Eat: Chai (elaichi-flavored) and vada-pav
  • Location: Mahabaleshwar Main Market (end of the street)
Chai and Vada Pav Sri SiddiVinayak Snacks Centre in Mahabaleshwar

Chai and Vada in Mahabaleshwar

Jelly Toffees, Mahabaleshwar:

Available in every-possible flavour ranging from fruits to pan-masala, these jelly toffees are apt for snacking during those lazy walks.

Where to buy: plenty of shops in Mahabaleshwar Main Market

Jelly Toffees at Mahabaleshwar Main Market

Jelly Toffees!!

Here are some tips to carry strawberries back home:

  • Carry strawberries in a vented box – which allows air to pass through & keeps them dry
  • Storage: can be kept outside if consumed within 2 days, else refrigerate the fruits (No Deep Freeze)
  • DO NOT remove the green stem-leaves on top of the fruits while carrying/storing them (Removal of the stem evaporates the moisture of the fruit)
  • Wash the Strawberries ONLY before eating – DO NOT wash them and store (Strawberries are like sponges, they absorb water immediately, which may lead to fungus formation during transit)
Pratapgad Fort Maharashtra

Must Visit: Pratapgad Fort – 30 kms from Mahabaleshwar

View from Kates Point Mahabaleshwar

View from Kates Point Mahabaleshwar

Enroute Mahabaleshwar on a Kawasaki Versys 650

Mahabaleshwar – Best Relished on a Motorcycle 🙂

21 Breakfast Ride Getaways from Bengaluru

Presenting the most delicious  South-Indian Breakfast Getaways from Bengaluru, best explored on a motorcycle 🙂

1) Gayathri Tiffin Room (GTR), Mysore

An iconic vegetarian restaurant in Mysore, GTR has been delighting food-patrons with South-Indian breakfast for decades

  • Must Eat – Masala Dosa + Kesari Bath + Filter Coffee
  • Distance from Bangalore – 150 kms
  • Highway – NH 275
  • Location – Gayathri Tiffin Room (GTR)
  • Timings – 7 am to 11 am and 330 pm to 8 pm (Closed on Monday)
  • Motorcycle Parking- Available
Kesari Bath and Masala Dosa - Gayathri Tiffin Room (GTR) Mysore

Kesari Bath and Masala Dosa – Gayathri Tiffin Room (GTR)

2) Sri Laxmi Bhavan Tiffin Room, Chitradurga

Ask anyone in Chitradurga for good breakfast and they will point you to this place, Sri Laxmi Bhavan Tiffin room is nestled in the central part of Chitradurga town with a close proximity to the fort.

  • Must Eat – Khali Dosa + Masala Dosa
  • Distance from Bangalore – 201 kms
  • Highway – NH 4
  • Location – Sri Laxmi Bhavan Tiffin Room Chitradurga
  • Timings – 7 am to 8 pm (Closed on Tuesday)
  • Motorcycle Parking- No dedicated parking (but you can park across the street before the shops open by 9 am)
  • Recommended to visit the Chitradurga Fort, its majestic !!
Khali Dosa at Sri Laxmi Bhavan Tiffin Room Chitradurga

Khali Dosa – Sri Laxmi Bhavan Tiffin Room

3) Swamy Hotel, Hiriyur

Thronged by truckers, Swamy Hotel is the South-Indian replica of a dhaba which is rugged on ambiance but high on taste of the food and friendly staff.

  • Must Eat – Ghee Dosa + Pongal
  • Distance from Bangalore – 159 kms
  • Highway – NH 4
  • Location – Swamy Hotel Hiriyur
  • Timings – 6 am to 12 pm (breakfast-only) – Open all days of the week
  • Motorcycle Parking- Yes, they have all the space to accommodate an entire motorcycle assembly line 😛
  • Good to Know – There is a separate family section inside the main hotel (recommended if you are accompanied by your wife/girlfriend and kids)
Ghee Dosa at Swamy Hotel Hiriyur

Ghee Dosa – Swamy Hotel

4) Ganapati Coffee Bar, Madhugiri

Popularly known as ‘Shivanna Hotel’ by locals, Ganapati Coffee Bar is a humble South-Indian mess serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Must Eat – Khali Dosa + Idli with Chilli Bajji
  • Distance from Bangalore – 105 kms
  • Highway – NH 69
  • Location – Reach the Superintendent of Police (SP) Office inside Madhugiri town and ask the locals for Shivanna Hotel instead of Ganapati Coffee Bar, the hotel is about 200 to 300m from the SP office (Google Maps link to the Madhugiri SP Office)
  • Timings – 7 am to 5 pm – Open all days of the week
  • Motorcycle Parking- Available
  • Recommended to visit the Madhugiri Fort, its majestic !!
  • Good to know – The coffee (ironic to the place) isn’t good
Idli with Chilli Bajji at Ganapati Coffee Bar in Madhugiri

Idli with Chilli Bajji – Ganapati Coffee Bar

5) Kadambam, Channapatna

Although this once beautiful highway is plagued by the hordes of restaurant-chains and eateries, Kadambam stands out with its authentic Iyengar cuisine.

  • Must Eat – Sakkare Pongal + Khara Pongal + Puliyogare
  • Distance from Bangalore – 66kms
  • Highway – SH 17/NH 275
  • Location – Kadambam Channapatna
  • Timings – 7 am to 12 pm (breakfast) – Open all days of the week
  • Motorcycle Parking- Available
Sakkare Pongal and Khara Pongal at Kadambam Channapatna Mysore Road

Sakkare Pongal & Khara Pongal – Kadambam Channapatna

6) Idly Mane, Harohalli

Run by a husband and wife, Idly Mane serves ‘soft-as-butterthatte idlis along with chutney and sagu (potato-based curry)

  • Must try – Thatte Idly and vada
  • Timings: 6:30 am to 11 am, Open all days
  • They do not serve coffee or tea
  • Distance from Bangalore – 40kms
  • Location: Idly Mane Harohalli, Kanakpura road (NH-209)
  • Motorcycle parking – No dedicated parking, can be parked at the front of the hotel
Thatte Idli at Idli Mane Harohalli, Kanakpura Road NH209

Thatte Idli at Idli Mane Harohalli

7) Subbanna Mess, Melkote

This is ‘a typical brahmin mess’ serving all 3 meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) throughout the year and one has to remove footwear before delving into food (symbolic of hygiene and respect to food)

  • Must try – Sakkare Pongal + Puliogare + thatte idly
  • Timings – 6 am to 12 pm (only breakfast) – they are open till 11 pm , Open all days
  • Distance from Bangalore – 130 kms
  • Location – Subbanna Mess, Melkote, Karnataka
  • Motorcycle parking – No dedicated parking, can be parked at the front of the hotel
Puliogare and Sakkare Pongal at Subbanna Mess Melkote

Puliogare and Sakkare Pongal at Subbanna Mess Melkote

PS: One has to remove footwear to eat the food in the dining section (They also have a separate verandah where one doesn’t need to remove their footwear to eat)

8) Shri Janardhan Hotel, Ramanagara, Mysore Road

This place is for the sweet-tooth foodie – breakfast + mysore pak or badam halwa + filter coffee is the recommended course of action :p

  • Must try – Masala dosa + mysore pak + badma halwa + filter coffee
  • Timings – 7:30 am to 9:30 pm (Dosas are available till 11:30 am and resume from 4 pm onwards)
  • Closed on Thursday
  • Distance from Bangalore – 40 kms
  • Location – Janardhan Hotel Ramanagara Town (off Mysore Road), Karnataka
  • Motorcycle parking – No dedicated parking, can be parked at the front of the hotel
Masala Dosa at Hotel Shri Janardhan or Mysore Pak Hotel at Ramanagara Karnataka

Masala Dosa at Mysore Pak Hotel, Ramanagara

9) Shree Veerabhadreshwara Bhavana, Halagur

Discovery of this place is dedicated to a dear friend Praveen. This is your typical hanchina-mane (tiled house) serving breakfast in Halagur, a bustling town on NH209 before Malavalli.

  • Must try – Masala dosa + pakodas (their norm is 2 masala dosas in a single plate : D)
  • Timings – 6 am to 11 am and 3:30 pm to 7 pm, Open all days
  • Distance from Bangalore – 90 kms
  • Location – Shree Veerabhadreshwara Bhavana Halagur, Kanakpura road, NH209
  • Motorcycle parking – No dedicated parking, can be parked at the front of the hotel
Masala Dosa + Pakoda at Shree Veerabhadreshwara Bhavana, Halagur,NH 209

Masala Dosa + Pakoda at Shree Veerabhadreshwara Bhavana, Halagur

10) Harsha Café, Mandya

One of the most popular breakfast places in Mandya, Harsha Café serves delicious south Indian breakfast and snacks throughout the day.

  • Must try – Set dosa + coffee
  • Timings – 7:30 am to 8:30 pm
  • Closed on Friday
  • Distance from Bangalore – 100 kms
  • Location – Harsha Cafe VV Road, Mandya
  • Motorcycle parking – No dedicated parking, can be parked at the front of the hotel
Set Dosa at Harsha Cafe, VV Road Mandya

Set Dosa at Harsha Cafe Mandya

11) Nani Hotel, Vijayapura

This place has been delighting the town of Vijayapura for over 50 years with yummy Dosas, Idlis and Rice bath.

  • Must Eat – Masala Dosa + Filter Coffee (ask them to make it strong – works like charm during this perfect weather)  🙂
  • Distance from Bangalore – 58kms
  • Highway – NH7 (after Bengaluru Airport)
  • Location – Google Maps Link
  • Timings – 7 am to 11 am
  • Motorcycle Parking- no specific/allotted parking (but there is always place to park)
  • The menu keeps changing (as and when they get over)
Masala Dosa at Nani Hotel Vijayapura

Masala Dosa at Nani Hotel Vijayapura

12) Shashi Hotel, Nittur

A family-run place/house serving delicious food for about 100 years and the hospitality is unlike anything I have seen 🙂 There is no signboard, but ask anyone in Nittur town for Shashi’s hotel and they point you to his house.

  • Must Eat – Lemon garlic rice (the best I have had till date) + thatte idli + rava idli
  • Distance from Bangalore- 100kms (brilliant tarmac)
  • Highway – NH206 (Bangalore – Shimoga highway After Gubbi town)
  • Location –  Google Maps Link  (Landmark: KSRTC Bus Stand, Nittur and ask for Shashi’s hotel)
  • Timings- 7am to 12pm (open throughout the week)
  • Motorcycle Parking- no specific/allotted parking (but there is always place to park)
  • Highly Recommend to call Mr.Shashi on +919686100951
Thatte Idli with Nippat at Shashi Hotel Nittur, Karnataka

Thatte Idli with Nippat – works really well!!

13) Hotel Sri Satyanarayana, Someshwara after Agumbe

Brilliant roads (except the Agumbe ghat) + great food = An awesome combo 🙂

  • Must Eat – Avalakki with Curd + Neer dosa
  • Distance from Bangalore- 370kms
  • Highway – NH 48 + SH 57
  • Location:  Google Maps Link
  • Timings- 7:30 am to 9:30 pm
  • Motorcycle Parking- lots of space at the front of the hotel
  • Highly Recommended to stay-over, experience the sunrise at Agumbe and head to Hotel Satyanarayana for breakfast
Avalakki with Curd - Hotel Sri Satyanarayana, Someshwar, Agumbe Karnataka

Avalakki with Curd – Minimum 3 plates/person is required :d

14) Shark Dhaba, (between Solur and Kunigal)

Breakfast under the trees by day and a regular dhaba by night – they churn out yummy dosas and chutney on NH 48.

PS: I m still wondering why they had to name it ‘Shark Dhaba’ 😛

  • Must Eat – Thatte Idli and vada with generous servings of chutney + filter coffee (avoid the tea) + masala dosas
  • Distance from Bangalore- 50kms
  • Highway – NH48 (Bangalore-Mangalore highway)
  • Location – Google Maps Link 
  • Timings- 6 am to 11 am
  • Motorcycle Parking- lavish parking facility
Thatte Idli and Vada at Shark Dhabha after Solur, Karnataka ( NH48)

Thatte Idli and Vada at Shark Dhabha after Solur NH48

15) Hotel Prasanna Kaggalipura (Kanakpura Road)

This place was found during one of the cycling trips – the relaxed pace helps to notice places :d

  • Must Eat – thatte idly with sagoo + puri with sagoo
  • Distance from Bangalore- 35 kms
  • Highway – NH 209
  • Location – Near Kaggalipura lake bund (its on the main highway and is easy to spot due to town traffic)
  • Timings- 6 30 am to 11 am
  • Motorcycle Parking- maximum of 5 to 6 bikes can be parked upfront (bylanes can accommodate few more )
Thatte Idly at Hotel Prasanna, Kagglipura

Thatte Idly with Sagoo – A Must Try

16) Renukamba Thatte Idli, Bidadi, Mysore Road

Journey on Mysore road is incomplete without the hot thatte (plate-sized) idlis and crispy vada in Bidadi.

  • Must Eat – Thatte Idli + Vada  with atleast 2 dollops of butter
  • Distance from Bangalore- 45kms
  • Highway – SH17 or Mysore Road.
  • Location – Google Maps link
  • Timings- 5:30 am to 8:30 pm
  • Motorcycle Parking- no specific/allotted parking (but there is always place to park)
Bidadi Thatte Idli - Hotel Renukamba, Bidadi, Karnataka

Bidadi Thatte Idli – Hotel Renukamba, Bidadi

17) Preethi Canteen, Birur

Don’t let the distance deter you from trying this place, you will thank me for this after you taste the food.

  • Must Eat – Benne Khali Dosa + Coffee + vada with chutney
  • Distance from Bangalore- 200kms (brilliant tarmac)
  • Highway – NH206 Arsikere road.
  • Location – Google Maps link
  • Timings- 7:30 am to 12:30 pm and 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm (Closed on Thursday)
  • Motorcycle Parking- no specific/allotted parking (but there is always place to park)
Benne Khali Dosa - Preethi Canteen Birur

Benne Khali Dosa – Preethi Canteen Birur

18) Pavitra Idli Hotel, Tumkur Road

A must stop place for idli, vada and coffee near Kyathsandra on NH4 close to Tumkur.

  • Must Eat – Thatte Idli + Vada  with at-least 2 dollops of butter along with filter coffee
  • Distance from Bangalore- 70kms
  • Highway – NH4 or Tumkur Road.
  • Location  – Google Maps link
  • Timings- 6 am to 12 pm
  • Motorcycle Parking- no specific/allotted parking (but there is an adjacent bylane that can be used)
Benne Idli Sagu at Pavithra Idli Hotel, Kyathasandra Tumkur

Benne Idli with Vada – Pavitra Idli Hotel

19)  Vasu Hotel, Kanakpura Road

The Dosa place on Kanakpura road, Vasu Hotel is one of the best known and most visited hotels by locals of Kanakpura town.

  • Must Eat – Masala Dosa
  • Distance from Bangalore- 50kms
  • Highway – NH209 or Kanakpura Road.
  • Location – Google Maps link
  • Timings- 6 am to 5 pm
  • Motorcycle Parking- no specific/allotted parking (but there is always place to park)
Masala Dosa at Vasu Hotel KNS Circle Kanakpura Karnataka

Masala Dosa – yummmmmm!!

20) Ganesh Bhavan, Denkanikotte

Easily the least-known place, Ganesh Bhavan in Denkanikotte town (next to the Post Office) is one of the highly frequented places by the locals.

  • Must Eat – Idli + Masala Dosa
  • Distance from Bangalore- 60kms
  • Highway – SH17 or Anchetty Road.
  • Location –  Google Maps link
  • Timings- 7 am to 5 pm (Weekdays) and 7 am to 1 pm (on Sundays)
  • Motorcycle Parking- no specific/allotted parking (but there is always place to park)

Masala Dosa-Denkanikotte

21) Sri Lakshmi Tiffin Centre, Mulbagal

Sri Lakshmi Tiffin Centre represents the epitome of  dosa-making in Mulbagal and is thronged by the locals for their daily-dose of breakfast and evening snacks

Onion Dosa at Sri Lakshmi Tiffin Centre Mulbagal

Onion Dosa – resembles a pizza 😛

  • Must Eat – Onion Dosa + Masala Dosa+ Sabbakki Idli
  • Distance from Bangalore- 97kms
  • Highway – NH 75 or Kolar Road.
  • Location – Google Maps link
  • Timings – Monday to Sunday (7:30 am to 11:30 am) and (5 pm to 8 pm)
  • One of their specialty is ‘Sabakki (sabudana) Idli’ – which is prepared only on Sundays
  • Motorcycle Parking – Ample space
  • They don’t serve coffee/tea and sambar

All the above places don’t accept cards – Cash only.

Ride, Eat and Explore !! Happy tripping 🙂

Sai Prasad Restaurant Calangute Goa

When it comes to finding authentic food, trust the locals – based on the recommendation of a co-passenger in the local bus, I stumbled upon this ‘mess-type’ bar & restaurant in Calangute serving Goan Fish Curry Rice Thali.

Sai Prasad Restaurant looks like a proper ‘hole in the wall’ place with minimum ambiance packed with delicious food and beer. Although they serve pretty much everything from the sea, its the Goan Fish Curry Thali which holds the numero-uno place among the patrons.

Goan Fish Curry Rice Thali at Sai Prasad Restaurant in Calangute Goa

Authentic & Delicious Goan Fish Curry Rice Thali !!

The Goan Fish Curry Rice Thali is a delicious meal comprising of Goan Fish Curry, Rava-fry Fish, Salad, White Rice, Pickle, Subzi, Papad, Yellow Dal with coconut (trust me it tastes good) and Rava-fried potato fritters (do not forget to ask for more fritters).

View from Siolim Chopdem Bridge across Chapora river in Goa

Goa – not ‘just’ beaches right !!

Useful Information:

  • Cash only, No cards or Paytm payment
  • Timings: 12 pm to 4 pm & 8:30 pm to 11 pm
  • Orientation:  Calangute Goa – Google Maps Link
  • Parking: Motorcycles can be easily parked, no dedicated parking for cars (One can park the car in Calangute Mall & walk to the restaurant which isn’t more than 100m from the Mall)
Peace and football at Morjim Beach in Goa

Beach Essentials 😀  @Morjim Beach

Travel Tips:

  • Ditch the regularly crowded ‘Baga-Anjuna-Vagator sector’ and head to Morjim Beach to spend time with turtles and for beach football 🙂
  • Enroute Morjim – DO NOT forget to soak in the views from Chopdem-Siolim Bridge across River Chapora