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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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Mullayanagiri Hill, Chikmagalur – bewitching beauty amidst the peaks

Lush green landscapes, mist covered mountains, stunning views and panoramic beauty all around……this is Mullayanagiri hill for you.  Arguably one of the most popular places to visit when you make a trip to Chikmagalur, Mullayanagiri is the highest peak in the state of Karnataka.  Nestled at a height of a whopping 1950 meters, Mullayanagiri is located about… Continue reading Mullayanagiri Hill, Chikmagalur – bewitching beauty amidst the peaks

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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Panchalingeshwara temple, Govindanahalli, Karnataka

There is no denying the fact that the Hoysala rulers who ruled South India including Karnataka from the 10th century to 14th century AD, were great patrons of art and architecture.  The fine temples in the state of Karnataka are testimony to this fact.  An example of brilliant craftsmanship, the level of structural and sculptural… Continue reading Panchalingeshwara temple, Govindanahalli, Karnataka

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Photo essay: Aprameya Swamy Temple, Doddamallur, Channapatna

Driving through the busy Bangalore Mysore highway, it is common for one to encounter several interesting sights spanning history, architecture, craft, culture and religion.  The region is famous for several ancient temples dedicated to forms of Lord Vishnu as well as Lord Hanuman.  The Aprameya Swamy Temple located in the little village of Doddamallur in Channapatna taluk… Continue reading Photo essay: Aprameya Swamy Temple, Doddamallur, Channapatna

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Photo essay: Bengaluru flower market, K R Market

As mentioned in my previous posts, visiting flower markets in any city is my favourite and always on my ‘to do’ list.  Last month, I decided to visit the flower market in namma Bangalore, as it was quite sometime since I visited last.  Well, I was in for a pleasant surprise as the market had… Continue reading Photo essay: Bengaluru flower market, K R Market