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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

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Photoessay: Sri Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple, Melukote

Visiting Melukote as I outlined in one of my recent posts is akin to taking a journey back in time.  A quaint charm and oodles of antiquity lend the town ,which is replete with courtyard houses, ancient temples, stepped tanks and various other monumnets, a unqiue vibe.  The soul of the town also known as Thirunarayanapura,… Continue reading Photoessay: Sri Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple, Melukote

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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

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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