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St. Lawrence Shrine Basilica: Attur, Karkala

There is never a dearth of interesting sights and experiences when you travel to coastal Karnataka, especially the South Canara region. Mangalore and Udupi are replete with interesting experiences spanning art, culture, history and nature making them perfect gems for the immersive traveller. The St. Lawrence Shrine Basilica located in Attur is one such place… Continue reading St. Lawrence Shrine Basilica: Attur, Karkala

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Hasti Mangala: an ode to the Indian Elephant

Today is Ganesh Chaturthi, one of the main festivals of the Hindu calendar and one dedicated to the Lord of Beginnings aka Lord Ganesha. Arguably India’s most loved God, Ganapati, as He is also known as, is the remover of all obstacles and hence mandatorily worshipped before starting any task. The Lord has an elephant… Continue reading Hasti Mangala: an ode to the Indian Elephant

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Udupi Sarees: the beauty and grace of handlooms

While the temple town of Udupi is well known for its famous Krishna temple, its mouth watering cuisine and other interesting sites as welll as nearby towns, did you know that the town once boasted of a rich legacy of handlooms? The GI tagged Udupi sarees are famous for their superior quality cotton and are… Continue reading Udupi Sarees: the beauty and grace of handlooms

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Srimanthi Bhai Memorial Government Museum: an engaging visit

One of the best ways to pick up insights about the local history, art, architecture and culture of a place is by visiting musuems located there. Being a big fan of museums, I decided to visit the Srimanthi Bhai Memorial Government Museum in Mangalore during my recent visit. Located in Bejai this one was started… Continue reading Srimanthi Bhai Memorial Government Museum: an engaging visit

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The Veena makers of Simpadipura – home to a dying craft

Entering the interiors of Simpadipura, a sleepy hamlet about 60 km from Bangalore it is not uncommon to hear the sounds of chisels and hammers striking against wood.  Large logs of jackfruit tree wood lying amidst clearings of mahogany and silver oak trees with workers busy carving dome shaped structures from them is a common… Continue reading The Veena makers of Simpadipura – home to a dying craft

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NIMHANS Heritage Museum, Bangalore

A premier and multidisciplinary institute dedicated to research, patient care, training and academic pursuit in the field of mental health and neurosciences, NIMHANS is a landmark that is hard to miss in Bangalore.  NIMHANS was declared as an institute of National Importance by the Government of India in 2012. In order to commemorate this momentous… Continue reading NIMHANS Heritage Museum, Bangalore

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Photoessay: Monsoon Magic in Coorg

Often dubbed as the Scotland of India, Coorg is arguably one of the most scenic places in South India.  Nestled along the Western Ghats, it is located in between Mysore and Mangalore and is a popular getaway from Bangalore.  With mist clad landscapes, coffee estates and enchanting flora and fauna, Coorg aka Kodagu is a… Continue reading Photoessay: Monsoon Magic in Coorg

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Photoessay: Mahanavami Dibba aka Dasara Dibba, Hampi

Often referred to as the world’s largest open air museum, Hampi in Karnataka is a heritage site quite like none other.  A favourite with tourists from all over the world, Hampi is a proposed UNESCO world heritage site and offers an experience of a lifetime. Located on the banks of the river Tungabhadra, Hampi was… Continue reading Photoessay: Mahanavami Dibba aka Dasara Dibba, Hampi

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Rice Museum, Shivalli, Karnataka – of seeds, strains and sustainability

On the occasion of World Museum Day today, here is a look at yet another unusual museum in Karnataka.  Read on to find out more… Lush green farms on either side made for an invigorating sight as I drove towards Shivalli village in Mandya taluk.  The roads were deserted and there was hardly anyone around… Continue reading Rice Museum, Shivalli, Karnataka – of seeds, strains and sustainability

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Veera Narayana Temple, Belavadi – a hidden gem in Chikamagalur, Karnataka

Given that India is a land of temples, it is no surprise that travel unearths some truly hidden gems.  And one such gem is the Veera Narayana Temple in Belavadi about 30 km from Chikamagalur.   While one normally associates Hoysala temples with the magnificent ones in Belur and Halebid, this temple is yet another example of… Continue reading Veera Narayana Temple, Belavadi – a hidden gem in Chikamagalur, Karnataka