Miscellaneous · Travel

Winter travel: 5 cities and towns to visit in India during the winter season

Come winter and it is time for those endless cups of coffee, curling up in corners and enjoying the coziness all around.  Winter has a charm of its own.  While some enjoy staying at home, there is a whole world to explore during this wonderful season.  Hence the season is very popular with tourists and… Continue reading Winter travel: 5 cities and towns to visit in India during the winter season

Karnataka · Travel

Gulur Ganesha and Kaidala, Tumkur: of unique temples and traditions

As mentioned in several of my previous posts, Bangalore offers several offbeat sights which form for exciting day trip ideas.  If you are a fan of art, architecture and ancient temples, Gulur and Kaidala which are just 6 km apart and about 75 km from Bangalore must be on your list.  Located in Tumkur district,… Continue reading Gulur Ganesha and Kaidala, Tumkur: of unique temples and traditions

Karnataka · Travel

Photoessay – Shivarapatna, Kolar district: the hands that craft the Gods

Carved stone panels, statues, idols and stone slabs in varying stages of finishing…..all lining the pavements, house fronts, backyards and basically any empty space.  Well, this is Shivarapatna for you.  A seemingly non- descript village in Malur taluk in Kolar district of Karnataka, Shivarapatna is known for its stone craft and sculptors. The dull but… Continue reading Photoessay – Shivarapatna, Kolar district: the hands that craft the Gods

Karnataka · Travel

Photoessay: Birds of Bettakote Lake, Devanahalli, Karnataka

While Bangalore today is known for its IT parks, start ups, pubs and malls, it is also a city of gardens, parks and lakes.  Although rampant urbanization has resulted in the tremendous loss of its green cover and the conversion of lake and tank beds to apartment complexes, there are close to 190 lakes in… Continue reading Photoessay: Birds of Bettakote Lake, Devanahalli, Karnataka

Karnataka · Travel

Photoessay: The temple town and hills of Devarayanadurga

Located in the Tumkur district of Karnataka, Devarayanadurga is a popular temple town.  Perched at a height of about 3950 feet above sea level, this one forms for an engaging day trip from Bangalore.  The place, whose name translates into “Fort of the Gods”, is home to a number of temples, hillocks and a wide… Continue reading Photoessay: The temple town and hills of Devarayanadurga

Karnataka · Travel

Photoessay: Rustic Charm and Streetscapes – around the sacred town of Melkote, Karnataka

Located about 150 km from Bangalore, Melkote also spelt Melukote is one of Karnataka’s hidden gems.  Also known as Thirunarayanapuram, the town is perched on a hill which is called Yaadavagiri. A popular piligrimage centre, the town is famous for its temples dating back to the Hoysala period. One of the main temples of Melkote is… Continue reading Photoessay: Rustic Charm and Streetscapes – around the sacred town of Melkote, Karnataka

General · Karnataka · Travel

Photoessay: Sri Vaidyanatheswara Temple, Talakad, Karnataka

Located about 140 km from Bangalore and 45 km from Mysore, Talakad (also called Talakadu) is a popular tourist and pilgrimage center.  A historic site associated with a rather interesting mythical tale, Talakad was once home to about 30 temples most of which have been buried under sand today.  The main temples of Talakad are the the… Continue reading Photoessay: Sri Vaidyanatheswara Temple, Talakad, Karnataka

Karnataka · Travel

Photoessay: The spectacular beauty of Gaganachukki and Bharachukki Falls

Located in Mandya district, Gaganachukki and Bharachukki waterfalls are a famous tourist attraction in the state of Karnataka.  Also called Shivanasamudra falls, this one is formed on the river Kaveri as it spilts into the western and eastern branches.  The western branch is the twin waterfalls of Gaganachukki while the eastern branch forms the Bharachukki falls.  Also… Continue reading Photoessay: The spectacular beauty of Gaganachukki and Bharachukki Falls

Karnataka · Travel

HMT Heritage Centre and Museum: a trip down memory lane

Growing up in Hyderabad, HMT was an integral part of my life as my father was employed with the PSU for over 40 years.  So, when I heard about the HMT Heritage Centre and Museum opening in Bangalore, I was thrilled and it was a place I had to visit.  An interesting addition to the existing… Continue reading HMT Heritage Centre and Museum: a trip down memory lane

Miscellaneous · Travel

Photoessay: Visit to a Garo community village in Assam – a unique experience

As part of my Arunchal Pradesh sojourn last year, I had the opportunity to visit several unique places, one of them being a visit to a Garo community village in Sonitpur district of Assam.  It was indeed fascinating to learn about the life, culture and customs of this ethnic group who are believed to have originated… Continue reading Photoessay: Visit to a Garo community village in Assam – a unique experience