For all the participants at the convention, the organizers have put together an exciting list of tours and activities 

The details of the tours and activities are given below. The participants have to register prior to June 15th for the organizers to make the proper arrangements.
All tours and activities start from the San Mateo Marriot

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Activity

Date & Start Time

Price

Must Register By

1
July 5th, 8.00 AM
$45/person without cart
June 15th
2
July 5th, 9.00 AM
$ 50/ person Exact cost TBD depending upon the number of participants
June 15th
3
July 5th, 9.00 AM
$ 80 / person including transportation and wine tasting in wineries. Exact cost TBD depending upon the number of participants
June 15th
4
Anytime
FREE
No deadline
5
Anytime
FREE
No deadline
6
July 4th, 10:00 PM
Cover fee - $15 (Please pay Gautham at the Venue)
Send your names to Gautham
by the 28th of June

Golfing

Event coordinator - Narendran Ramanathan (email: offitoff@gmail.com)
Name: Poplar Creek Golf Course [san mateo]: $45 per person w/o cart --
Cost: $26 for golf cart ($25 for premium set; $15 for regular set)
URLs: http://www.poplarcreekgolf.com/index.html

Winery Tours

Timing – 9AM to 4PM
Cost - $80 per person (including tax and tips)
Event coordinator - Umesh Kodira (email: UKodira@cdfa.ca.gov)
The tour will include wine tasting and transport to and from the hotel. Depending upon the exact number of participants the details will be finalized.

San Francisco city Tours

Timing –  9 a.m to 2 p.m
Cost - $50 per person
Event coordinator - Nischal Muthanna" <>(email: nisc_muth9@yahoo.com)

Cable Car Tour : The classic San Francisco old fashioned cable car, the perfect way to go for parties, tours, excursions and sightseeing, comfortable for groups up to 35 passengers.

Hiking (Self-guided)

Timing – 10AM to 2PM
Event coordinator – Gautham Puliyanda (480-421-8680)
There are two hikes proposed around the San Mateo and Half moon bay area for hiking enthusiasts. Keeping in mind the main event to be held in the evening the hikes proposed are at moderate level requiring around 3.5 to 4 hrs excluding the travel time. These are located within Half hour from the San Mateo Marriot. If you are interested please  register so that Gautam can make the necessary arrangements

Hike1 – Purisima Creek Redwoods (San Mateo)

This hike gives you a flavor of California redwoods in which the trail winds around a small creek overlooking the mountains. 75% of the hike is shaded but has quite a few ups and downs. Need to carry a backpack with some water and snacks. Click on the following link for further information http://www.virtualcities.com/ons/ca/h/as/cah79a20.htm

Hike2 – Coast side Trail (Half Moon Bay)

This hike is for beach lovers who want to have a combo of ocean view and hiking. The trail is paved and hence walking would be the right word to use instead of hiking. This is moderately an easy walk compared to the previous hike. Click on the following link for further information http://www.explorer1.com/halfmoonbay/coastside-trail.htm

Driving Trips - own transport

Contact Person – Subbu Kuttetira (email: skuttetira@yahoo.com or 650.740.1649)
If you are interested in sightseeing on your own, here are some pointers. If you need any help in planning or have questions please don't hesitate to contact Subbu Kuttetira (skuttetira@yahoo.com or 650.740.1649)

San Francisco

  1. Golden gate bridge, Coit tower, Lombard crooked street, Muir woods (redwood forest), Alcatraz
  2. Fishermans wharf, Pier 39, Ghirardelli square, Asian Art museum, Ferry building, Cable car museum
  3. Golden gate park (California Academy of Sciences, Conservatory of Flowers, Japanese Tea Garden, M.H. de Young Museum, Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum)
  4. China town, Union Square, Palace of Fine Arts

Tip: Don't forget to ride the cable car. Always park your car with the front wheels pointing to the curb or risk fines.
3-in-1: On the way back from GG bridge, instead of making a right on Van Ness Ave (US 101), continue on Lombard street (crooked street). Lombard street leads to Telegraph hill (Coit tower).

Napa Valley

Interested in wine country ?. Napa Valley is approximately 60 miles from San Mateo. Take Highway 101 N to 80 N to 29 N. You will start seeing wineries on both sides of Highway 29 and can walk into any of them. If you continue on highway 29, you will hit Calistoga which has one of the only three "Old Faithful" geysers in the world (geysers that erupt regularly).
Tip: Have a designated driver for the return trip

Yosemite

Even though it is possible to do it in a day, two day trip is recommended. Its about 180 miles East of San Mateo and takes roughly 4 hours to drive. Reservations are recommended if you are staying overnight.

Lake Tahoe

Can be done in a day, but a two day trip is recommended. Its about 200 miles North East of San Mateo and takes roughly 4 hours to drive.

Monterey

Monterey bay acquarium, Carmel, 17 Mile drive

Lake Shasta and Sundial bridge in Redding

Additional links:
http://www.sfgate.com/traveler/guide
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/destinations/San_Francisco/San_Francisco_Bay_Area.html

Young Adults Event / Buddha Lounge & Dance club

  • Venue – Buddha Lounge & Dance club
  • Timing – 4th of July (Friday) from 10.00 PM to 2.00 AM
  • Location – 250 Castro Street, Mountain View downtown
  • Contact Person – Gautham Puliyanda (480-421-8680)
  • Cover fee - $15 (Please pay Gautham at the Venue)

Details: Convention guests will be granted VIP access to this event. We will have our own space in the lounge for socializing with a dedicated bar tender. The Lounge has a decent dance floor with the DJ belting some good numbers for the dancing enthusiasts. A welcome drink (Rum/Vodka cocktail) will be provided initially. Additional cocktails will vary from $7 to $9. If you are interested please send your names to Gautham ASAP at gauthu@gmail.com so that your name will be included in the guest list.
This is strictly a 21+ event and please don't forget to bring a valid ID. Please plan to be at the event place before 11.00 PM to avoid any additional cover charges. Tennis shoes and hats are not allowed with dress code in full effect.
Registration: Send your names to Gautham by the 28th of June
Parking: Plenty of street parking is available on the Castro Street. There are also Parking lots behind the lounge.
Commute: It takes 15 to 20 minutes to the lounge from the Pre-convention venue. If you want a ride please get in touch with the organizers during the pre-convention event.