Sunday, July 19, 2015

Savandurga

Savandurga, couple of hours drive from Bengaluru is a perfect place for rock climbing, both for a novice as well as a enthusiast.


A view of the rock from a distance



Dotted by beautiful spots around, including temples and a fort which runs all along the rock


And provides a perfect setting for rock climbing


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Random Shots in God's Own Country

Om the way to Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary




Shooing away the Predators


Paddy fields

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Someshwara temple_Kolar

This fourteenth century Someshwara temple is the contribution of the Vijaynagar kings to Kolar, and is typical to  Vijaynagar. A huge  complex, it also has  a smaller temple dedicated to Goddess Durga.



Beautifully crafted Pillars in the mandap reminds of the temples at Hampi.



Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Kolaramma Temple_Kolar

Back from Bloggers Block with Kolar

Kolar, otherwise known for the gold fields has rich history, have been  ruled by the Gangas, Cholas, Hoysalas and the Vijayanagar kings. The area consists of many beautiful temples, One among them is the Kolaramma temple dedicated to Goddess Durga


A Friday ritual with women lighting lamps made out of inverted squeezed lime rind


Cholan inscription dated to the reign of Rajendra Chola (1012-1045 AD)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Coracles at Hogenakkal

We make the 180 kms journey to Hogenakkal falls only to see that it closed due to a drowning incident. Some how don't  feel like taking the coracle ride deep down the river. Instead spend some time around and make a swift return to Bangalore





Monday, November 10, 2014

Opals at Melbourne

How do you return from Australia and return without buying Opals - The National gemstone of Australia. 

Mesmerizing to see the various shapes, colors, and hues that the opal offers.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Penguins at St. Kilda's Beach, Melbourne

On an  extremely cold evening, we headed to the St. Kilda's Beach to spot the famed pygmy sized penguins. A crowed beach in summer, but on a cold evening it wore a deserted look.


The penguins-extremely shy venture out into the sea under the cover of darkness, and during the day nestle in among the rocks and are tough to find. Volunteer with blue torch in hand help the tourist to spot the hidden penguin and goad tourist to avoid flash photograph. This is what I could get without flash -thanks to Photoshop.


Scores of yacht anchored  along the pier