I had my very first trip overseas, with my family to Sri Lanka in March 2010. It was a 5 day trip. We traveled from India to Sri Lanka via air. We reached the Bandaranaike International Airport and started our journey to one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura. While we were seated in our cab, our cab driver told us some interesting facts about Sri Lanka.
Makalidurga is a hill fort situated near the village of the same name. It is 60 km north of Bangalore, takes just two hours to reach the place and 10 km from Doddaballapura on the way to Gauribidanur. The fort at the summit has an old temple of Shiva with Nandi and in legend Markandeya Rishi performed penance here.