Travel – Halebid – Dwarasamudra.

Hale-beed (Halebid) means old layout or an old camp. It also means ruined place! Once buzzing thriving cultural place today in complete silence. But then why visit? First, lets read some history. The place is called “Dwarasamudra” capital of Hoysala dynasty who ruled the Karnataka area of south India between 10 and 14th centuries. The year…

Travel – Kundadri Hills – Karnataka

Kundadri Hill is a hill located in Shivamogga District of Karnataka State. It’s almost on Agumbe to Theerthahalli Highway. Since its embedded amongst the dense western ghats and at a height of about 2700 feet above sea level an extraordinary view is always guaranteed. On the top of the hill, you will find a Jain Basthi which…

Travel – Kavaledurga – Karnataka

Kavaledurga fort is a 9th century built fort located at 18 km from a place called “Theerthahalli” in Karnataka State(India). It’s built on such a terrain, it must be very difficult to pose any threat to the security of the fort. Having said that, in the modern times its hiker’s paradise! The reward is worth the…

Travel – Jog Falls

There were three days of holidays for kids last week, thanks to Sunday in the middle, I needed a vacation spot badly. Could not travel too far as there were Dasara festivities which couldn’t be missed too.  I had to plan something in a hurry. So the choice was Jog Falls. Even though I live about 250kms…

Travel – Banavasi – Karnataka

Banavansi the oldest town of Karnataka, capital of Kadamba dynasty from 345 AD. Kadamba’s ruled here for almost 2 centuries. The main highlight of the land today is Madhukeshwara temple built in the 9th century. Banavasi is located in Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka State. Nearest city Sirsi is located 23 kms from here.    …

Travel – Keladi – Queen: Chennamma

“King Somashekhara Nayaka of Keladi went to a local fair and saw a beautiful girl called Chennamma, but she was not of royal blood. Still, the King insisted and got married to her. So Chennamma became “Queen Chennamma”. She would help the king in administration and became very popular queen. But things took a different turn…

Travel – Ikkeri – Karnataka

Ikkeri was the capital of ‘Nayakas of Keladi'(a kingdom) from 1560 to 1640AD located in today’s Sagar in the district of Shimoga of Karnataka State. Before Ikkeri, Keladi was the capital of Nayakas. Highlights of Ikkeri today is the Aghoreshwara temple with the mixture of Vijayanagara, Dravidian, Chalukya and the Hoysala architecture style.   The temple…

Heaven!

“When the Gods roam around in the sky in a place called heaven” Picture taken at Sringeri temple, KA, India built in 1338 A.D. More on this temple here. Posted as part of the this post

Black & White Sunday: Traces of the Past

“Trimurti” (Three faced Shiva) – A monolithic 6 m(20 ft) statue at Elephanta Caves, an island about 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) to the city of Mumbai/Bombay in the state of Maharashtra(India). The status is described as a “Gupta-Chalukyan art”, the three heads are said to represent three characteristics of Shiva, creation, protection, and destruction. The…

Dungeon with the beauty!

  Dungeon of Srirangapattana (Mysore) is popularly known as “Colonel Bailey’s Dungeon” is located in small town of Srirangapattana. Colonel Bailey was a British officer who was captured by Tipu Sultan at the end of “Second Anglo-Mysore war” at 1780 by defeating the British forces. Surprising this is one of the “good looking prisons” with…

Travel – Bylakuppe – Tibetan Monastery

The Namdroling (Nyingmapa) Monastery (Popularly know as “Golden Temple”)is the largest teaching center of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. Located in Bylakuppe in Mysore district of the state of Karnataka(India).  In 1960, the Government of Karnataka allotted 3,000 acres of land at Bylakuppe in Mysore district and the first ever Tibetan exile…

Travel – Talakadu – Karnataka – India

Vaidyeshvara temple Talakadu is a little town/village on the banks of river Kaveri about 45 km (28 miles) from Mysore Karnataka (India). Basically it supposed to have hosted about 30 temples, most of which now lay buried in sand. It is a popular pilgrimage site for Hindus. Beliefs: The name Talakadu derived from two Kirata twin…