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Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore March 2nd 2020

Bull Temple, BasavangudiHundred of years ago, Sunkenahalli (as Basavangudi was known then) was a fertile farmland dedicated to the cultivation of groundnut crops. But a wild bull began to devour and destroy the crops. This infuriated the farmers and in an attempt to drive away the bull, one of the farmers hit it with a club. The bull sat down, became motionless and turned to stone. The stone then began to grow in size and the worried farmers turned to Lord Shiva for help. A trident (which you can see in the picture) was placed on the bull's forehead to prevent it from growing further and a small temple was built around it. Later, Kempa Gowda, the founder of Bangalore, constructed a much bigger temple in Dravidian style ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Coorg March 2nd 2020

River Cauvery – the Goddess who wished to provide her services to mankind forever! River Cauvery (or Kaveri) originates in the Brahmagiri hills near Bhagamandala in the Coorg district. A small pond where she first bubbles up is worshiped and devotees can take a dip at the source pond there. The idol of sage Agastya is also present in the temple, along with Lord Ganesha. What is the story behind Goddess Cauvery and Agastya muni? Here is the history… There was once a King called Kavera who prayed to Lord Brahma for a child. Brahma was pleased with his prayers and a daughter Lopamudra was born to Kavera. Lopamudra always craved to serve the humanity since a child. After a few years, sage Agastya saw Lopamudra and asked her if she could marry him. She agreed ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Hampi February 18th 2020

Note: If reading the blog on your desktop, this website would give a better view/fonts ............................... All I knew for several years about my country’s history was Mughals and British, as that is what our education system wanted to teach us. But after I started reading about the true history of our country to explain to my kids, I started realizing that our country has SO much to be proud of! We have stories of 10,000+ years being said in our Puranas but – and these are not just mere stories, but actual events that happened in this very country! I have been traveling the last 3 years to just heritage sites and can feel the aura of these places – one such gorgeous place is the prid... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore January 24th 2020

This amazingly beautiful 9th century Shiva temple located at the foothills of Nandi hills, 60km from Bangalore city, Karnataka. This incredible Dravidian style temple was built by the Nolanda dynasty and later taken over by the Ganga, Chola, Hoysala, Vijayanagar, Mysore dynasties and finally by the British. The temple now comes under the management of the Archaeological Survey of India and is open for all. The temple has two main shrines for the Arunachaleswara and Bhoga Nandeeshwara. There is another small shrine dedicated to Uma-Maheshwara. Each of the pillars and walls of the templ... read more
The temple tank

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore January 4th 2020

The last trip of 2019 was to Chikmagalur, also known as the ‘Coffee Land’ of Karnataka. Though travelling to Chikmagalur was not by choice but by chance. While planning for Gokarna and then Varkala, finally ended up with Chikmagalur as because train tickets were not available for those places. More over it was a peak time for Bangalore folks. Bus tickets to Chikmangalur were available at a very reasonable price 😊. However, since it is only 243.2km from Bangalore, one can easily drive to this place. (Direction: Accordingly, on 26th Dec 2019, we a group of 7 members boarded bus to Chikmaglur from Mesjestic at around 10:45pm. Tickets approx.. 500 INR per person on a Sleeper coach. We reached Chikmagalur at around 4am. We booked a homestay named ‘Chikmane Homestay’ about 3km a... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Kolara December 22nd 2019

Hello! I'm Anil. In 2019, at age 30. The date and time in my lappy right now is 30-Dec-2019, 05:01. Just couple of days left to tell Bye-Bye to 2019 and start a whole new Year 2020, writing my first travel blog...Cool!! It's been my many day's wish to write my own Travel blog but couldn't start till now. Well, before I actually start about the blog, a quick introduction about myself and my journey: Born and brought up and completed full package of education from Schooling to Graduation In Bangalore. Working currently in Corporate, married and have a kid, my toddler she's just turning into 10 months now. I own 'Airavatha' (4 wheeler - Wag -R), 'Darling' (2 wheeler- Bajaj Vikrant V15) are my buddies with whom I travel most. Now, coming to the Kolar ... read more
View from my car
After taking U turn
My baby

Asia » India » Karnataka » Hampi December 20th 2019

Today is our last day in Hampi and a check of the itinerary showed there were still several places I wanted to see which we hadn’t visited yet. So after breakfast we headed out, intent on walking to the Queen’s Bath about a kilometre away. But we didn’t get far before a rickshaw driver stopped to talk, looking for a fare. He pulled out his Hampi map and I pointed out the places we had yet to visit. We came to an agreement on price for the morning and piled into his auto rickshaw, the idea of walking now completely forgotten. First stop was the Queen’s Bath. This structure was the private bathing chamber of the king and his wives. It has a very plain boxy exterior but inside there’s a two metre deep bathing pool ... read more
Inside the Queen’s Bath
Window balconies inside the Queen’s Bath
Lady sweeping inside Queen’s Barh

Asia » India » Karnataka » Hampi December 18th 2019

We have spent the past two days out and about Hampi and the surrounding area with our auto rickshaw driver. He has taken us to some great places that we would never have found on our own, and a couple of places we probably wouldn’t have bothered with. Overall though, we’re happy with our days, and happy to return to our hotel after six or so hours out and about, to get out of the heat and have some down time. We have a long way to go with this trip and need to pace ourselves. Yesterday we visited some of the monuments which had no admission fee, starting with Bhojanasala, the community dining area for 15th century soldiers, with rows of food plates carved on the rock slabs, complete with the dimples of tiny bowls ... read more
Lord Vishnu statue
River views in Hampi
River views in Hampi

Asia » India » Karnataka » Hampi December 17th 2019

Hampi, described as a fantasy world of rocks and ruins, lies in the south Indian state of Karnataka, on the banks of the Tungabhadra River. Now a laid-back ancient village which sprawls over both sides of the river, Hampi was once the last capital of Vijayanagar, one of the greatest Hindu kingdoms in India’s history. The magnificent ruins of Hampi dot an unearthly landscape that’s captivated travellers for centuries. Heaps of giant boulders dot kilometres of undulating terrain, their rusty hues offset by jade-green palm groves, banana plantations and paddy fields. The nearest airport to Hampi is at Belgaum 270klm away, and the nearest railway station, where we finally arrived this morning, is at Hospet, 13klm away. Auto rickshaws filled the parking area outside the railway station, but we had secured ourselves a driver within two ... read more
The famous Stone Chariot
The gateway into Vittala Temple
Vittala Temple

Asia » India » Karnataka » Gokarna November 29th 2019

It dates back to the Treta Yuga – the age of Ramayana. Ravana was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva and prayed to Shiva for several years for immortality and invincibility. Shiva being Bholenath (the one who is easy to please) blessed Ravana by giving him the Atma Linga (Soul of Shiva) with a condition that he must not place the Linga on the ground until he reaches Lanka. Ravana was elated and began his journey back to Lanka. Seeing what happened, the Gods realized that if Ravana indeed became immortal and invincible, there would be no end to his atrocities and hence requested Lord Ganesha to help. Ganesha disguised himself as a young Brahmin boy and appeared in front of Ravana. At the same time, Lord Vishnu had blocked the sun’s rays with the help ... read more
The 123-feet Shiva idol
From another angle, in front of the 20 storied Gopuram
Kotitheertha, in the quaint town of Gokarna

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