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Charismatic Coorg: of Cauvery, coffee and culture

Picture this: lush greenery, meandering roads lined with the prettiest of flowers, unending carpets of coffee and verdant hills playing peek-a-boo with fleeting clouds.  Sounds like paradise on earth? Well, this is Coorg aka Kodagu for you.  At an altitude of 1525 meters and a distance of 270 km from Bangalore, it is the most… Continue reading Charismatic Coorg: of Cauvery, coffee and culture

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Manjushree Heritage Packaging Museum, Bangalore: a trip in nostalgia

Imagine a place where you can trace the design journey of the legendary coke bottle or view one of the earliest advertisements of the iconic 1903 built Taj Mahal Hotel of Bombay (Mumbai) or see how the earliest Horlicks mixing jars looked like.  Well, you can see all this and much more at India’s only… Continue reading Manjushree Heritage Packaging Museum, Bangalore: a trip in nostalgia

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Mekkikattu Nandikeshwara Temple: worshipping the holy bull

Located about 20 kilometers from Kundapur and just about 8 km from the temple town of Barkur is a rare temple, the Nandikeshwara temple of Mekekattu .  Legend has it that this temple located near Saibre katte in Shiriyara village was built by Parashurama and dates back to over 1000 years.  Another theory says that the… Continue reading Mekkikattu Nandikeshwara Temple: worshipping the holy bull

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Kallu Ganapati temple: Padumundu, Shiriyara: A photoessay

First off, here’s wishing all my readers a wonderful 2018! Hope your year is filled with joy, fun and of course many happy travels! Here is a quick post on the Kallu Ganapati temple which is a hidden gem near the town of Barkur in Udupi district.  Dedicated to the Lord of Beginnings or Lord… Continue reading Kallu Ganapati temple: Padumundu, Shiriyara: A photoessay

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A toy story: wooden toys of Channapatna, Karnataka

“Welcome to the Land of Toys” says the green signboard as you drive down to Channapatna on the Mysore-Bengaluru highway.  Located about 60 km from Bengaluru, the town is also known as “Gombegala Ooru” in Kannada, which translates into toy town. The little town is synonymous with the production of wooden toys and lacware, which… Continue reading A toy story: wooden toys of Channapatna, Karnataka

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Ageless beauties galore: Manjusha car museum, Dharmastala

Reaching Dharmasthala just as the temple gates closed for the afternoon break was a tad disappointing. Given the fact that it was a long weekend, the highways were crowded and it was a rather tiring drive. Hoards of pilgrims were already queuing up to obtain a darshan of Lord Manjunatha in the evening session at… Continue reading Ageless beauties galore: Manjusha car museum, Dharmastala

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Pattadakal and Badami: Evolution of Chalukyan temple architecture

The exquisite temples of Pattadakal and Badami in the southern state of Karnataka are yet another illustration of the rich and unique heritage of India.  Located less than 500 km from Bangalore, the temples at Pattadakal and Badami demonstrate excellence of the Chalukyan School of Architecture and date between the fifth and eighth century AD.… Continue reading Pattadakal and Badami: Evolution of Chalukyan temple architecture

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Heritage Getaway: Mighty Ruins and Silk Weavers in Ramanagara

Driving between Bengaluru and Mysuru, travellers whiz past a sign pointing to Ramanagara barely even noticing it. It’s a tiny town that few visit, but what looks like a forgotten place actually has a mix of eclectic sights. Called Shamserabad during the era of Tipu Sultan, and Closepet during the British Raj era after Sir… Continue reading Heritage Getaway: Mighty Ruins and Silk Weavers in Ramanagara

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A philosopher’s home: Pajakakshetra, Udupi

Located about seven km from the temple town of Udupi is the quiet, seemingly nondescript town of Pajaka. This town is off the conventional pilgrimage circuit of Udupi.  However, Pajaka is a town that is significant for a variety of reasons. The foremost of these is the fact that this town is the birthplace of… Continue reading A philosopher’s home: Pajakakshetra, Udupi

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Poetry on stone: Sculptural magnificence of the temples of Halebid & Belur

South India’s 4,000-year-old history has witnessed the rise and fall of various powerful dynasties including the Pallavas, Cholas, Cheras and Hoysalas. Many of these rulers built elaborate temples that were not only centers of worship but more often than not , they were the nucleus of all activities around which settlements grew. There were also… Continue reading Poetry on stone: Sculptural magnificence of the temples of Halebid & Belur