The rustic vibes of Janapada Loka Ramanagara

Malnad house at Janapada Loka

It wasn’t the first time that we had stopped at the same spot for breakfast Nor was it the first time that we had heard the foot-tapping music near the grand gate next door. However – it was the first time I saw those dancers perform to the beat of the drum And it was … Read more

Channapatna Toys – The Epic Toy Story

Channapatna dolls - the ones I bought

With one hand, he held the saw to rotate the spinning wheel. In his other hand, he fashioned a chisel. Securing a small part of the lathe with his foot, he began to work his magic. Within moments, the slab of rock transformed into a perfect mini globe that finally became a bobbing head of … Read more

Udupi Krishna Temple Story of Mystic & Miracles

Madhwa Sarovar - the Udupi Krishna temple pushkarni

He asked the holy one to choose anything from his ship – “A gratitude for guiding us to safety.”  Madhvacharya chose the sandalwood ballast. While transporting it, a small piece broke away to reveal a glittering jewel. Curiosity unleashed a sparkling discovery. Sri Krishna had just arrived in Udupi from Dwarka by way of an … Read more

Byndoor – An offbeat beach near Udupi

The confluence of Byndoor River and Arabian Sea as seen from Kshitija Nesara Dhama

Was it the magic of the rising sun that was beginning to add its golden glow to the trees at one end? Or was it the sea spray that continued to create a misty sheer around the beach and the backwaters? To the east was the sunrise while on the west was a pristine beach … Read more

Picturesque & Serene – The Varanga Jain Temple in Karnataka

Boat to Varanga Jain Temple

It was not just the Kere Basadi that exuded calm Even the blue-green water lake around it seemed serene. The twittering birds & temple bells added to the spell And the slow ripples by the boat oars further enhanced the charm The combination of beauty and serenity at the Varanga Jain temple in Karnataka makes … Read more

Miracles of Faith – St. Lawrence Church Attur

The fairy-tale like St. Lawrence Church Attur

They tried over and over again, but he refused to move. And so, they honored his wish to remain by building a new home at that very place. The new abode completed, the priest decided to try once one. Voila! This time, the statue moved and thus began the miracles at the St. Lawrence Church … Read more

A Feathery Trail to meet the birds of Kabini

One of the highlights of my birding in Kabini - the Blue eared Kingfisher

Sometimes in our quest for big things, we miss the tiny treasures that are right in front of us! That is honestly the case when it comes to Kabini. Most of us come with the hope of spotting the big cats but what we tend to miss out are the fluttering beauties of the Kabini … Read more

A Kabini Stay with Kaav Safari Lodge

Kaav Safari Lodge - a lovely place for your Kabini Stay

It isn’t just the proximity to Bangalore that makes me fond of Kabini. It is just that the place has treated me to some really amazing wildlife sightings (Touch Wood). So naturally, when one of the Kabini resorts – Kaav Safari Lodge extended an invitation to me, I jumped with joy. True to my belief, … Read more

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