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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Shivanasamudra Falls and Talakadu: Beauty of Kaveri

Major attractions: Gaganachukki Falls and Bharachukki Falls Best time to visit: Monsoons [July-October] Distance: Our odometer read 143 km from Bangalore. 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…