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Six Offbeat Things to do in Udupi, Karnataka

There is little doubt that the temple town of Udupi is one of the most visited places in the southern state of Karnataka. Situated in coastal Karnataka about 425 km from the capital city of Bangalore, Udupi is synonymous with the 13th century Krishna mutt. Considered to be one of the most auspicious places to… Continue reading Six Offbeat Things to do in Udupi, Karnataka

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Panchalingeshwara temple: Historical temple in Begur

It is the end of the holy month of Karthik and as mentioned in my previous post, it is a period when it is considered highly auspicious to pay obeisance to Lord Shiva. Home to several ancient temples, Bangalore is a city where Karthik masa is celebrated with fervour and gaeity alike. Almost every temple… Continue reading Panchalingeshwara temple: Historical temple in Begur

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Commemorating the Majesty of the Royal Dasara – Exhibition at IIWC, Bangalore

It is that time of the year when the fervour of Dasara is upon us and there is celebration all around. From museum visits and gollu hopping to Navratri feasting and bombe shopping, there is a lot to look forward to during Dasara in Karnataka. However, no celebration of Dasara is complete without the mention… Continue reading Commemorating the Majesty of the Royal Dasara – Exhibition at IIWC, Bangalore

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The Allure of the Udupi Mallige (Udupi Jasmine)

It is close to 9.30 am on a sultry Sunday morning and the roads of Shankerpura (also spelt Shankarpura), known for its famous mallige (jasmine) bear a deserted look. I was looking for the famous “mallige katte” or mallige trading centre which I was given to understand was where the rate of the famous Udupi mallige… Continue reading The Allure of the Udupi Mallige (Udupi Jasmine)

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On a temple trail in Subrahmanya, Karnataka

Known as one of the most holy places created by saint Parashurama, the Kukke Shri Subrahmanya temple is arguably one of the most popular pilgrimage centres in the southern state of Karnataka. Perched on the banks of the Kumaradhara river, legend has it that the divine serpent Vasuki and other snakes took refuge under Lord… Continue reading On a temple trail in Subrahmanya, Karnataka

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Lalbagh Biannual Flower Show – a Display Teeming with Life and Beauty

It is that time of the year when Bangalore gears up to witness Lalbagh’s biannual flower show. Arguably one of the best lung spaces in the city, Lalbagh Botanical Garden dates back to the 19th century and is one of the most popular attractions of Bangalore. Lalbagh flower show is held in honour of Republic… Continue reading Lalbagh Biannual Flower Show – a Display Teeming with Life and Beauty

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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