A day in Mysore & visit to the Amba Vilas Palace

It was my third visit to Mysore, the city of Palaces. Mysore is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the country and boasts of the sobriquet “The cultural capital of Karnataka“. Unlike most other dynasties and monuments of South India, the monuments of Mysore have escaped the atrocities of Muslim invaders and later the British administration and at its prime was perhaps the most flourishing kingdom of South India after the great empire of Raja Raja Chola. Continue reading “A day in Mysore & visit to the Amba Vilas Palace”

Hampi: The forgotten capital of Vijayanagara

Hampi, located on the banks of River Tungabhadra was the capital of the Vijayanagara empire from 1343 to 1565. With river Tungabhadra on one side and hills on the other sides, Hampi proved to be an excellent strategic location to serve as the capital. During its prime, Hampi was the second largest and one of he richest cities in the world. Today all that glory lies in ruins and Hampi is listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue reading “Hampi: The forgotten capital of Vijayanagara”

Gomateshwara Bahubali: Largest monolithic statue

Bahubali- The Telugu blockbuster of 2015. Bahubali became a household name in India after the massive success that the movie achieved  smashing the record books with a collection in an excess of 300 Crore. Everyone loved the story and plot of the movie but few were aware of the allusion it had to the life of the real Bahubali- Gomateshwara Bahubali. Continue reading “Gomateshwara Bahubali: Largest monolithic statue”

Belur and Halebidu: Ruined capitals of Hoysala

I had a believe that the carvings and sculptures of the Sun temple at Konark, Odisha is the zenith of a sculptor’s expertise. But now, after visiting Halebidu and Belur, I am certain to have discovered a higher summit. Although it hits my pride of being an Odia, I must accept that the sculptors of Hoysala empire were more proficient than ours.

These rich temples built in the 12th century (started in 1121) were plundered and destroyed by Ala-ud-Din Khilji, Islamic ruler of Delhi Sultanate as evident from the hundreds of mutilated sculptures of the temples. Most of the sculptures are without heads and hands, yet what remains is enough to testify the expert craftsmanship of the artists of that time. Continue reading “Belur and Halebidu: Ruined capitals of Hoysala”

Nandi Hills: A paradise of Clouds

Staying in Bangalore and wondering what to do in the weekend? Quite a common thing. Well there is one option which always presents itself as a strong contender among all the places in your shortlist: NANDI HILLS. You are new to Bangalore, you are on a weekend trip or even if you have been here for years; doesn’t matter. What are you looking for? A breath of fresh air after a hectic week in the office, a early morning refreshment after a long Friday night booze, sunrise, cool weather, a short trek, a tryst with the nature, a lesson of history: Nandi Hills has it all. Continue reading “Nandi Hills: A paradise of Clouds”

Shivanasamudra Falls: The beauty of Kaveri

 

After wasting two consecutive extended weekends we wanted to make the next weekend count. As always all possible options were discussed and eliminating one by one we zeroed down to Shivanasamudra falls considering the demands and constraints of all. Shivanasamudra is a segmented waterfall on the Kaveri river. Google images were downloaded and a lot of travel blogs were explored to get a proper idea. A 13 seat Tempo Traveler was booked an we were all set to go. Continue reading “Shivanasamudra Falls: The beauty of Kaveri”