Tag Archives: Discover Karnataka

Aihole – Cradle of Chalukyan Architecture

I first heard of Aihole in high school when my teacher passionately described a temple from the picture in our text book. It had a ¬†different shape, like the back of an elephant and looked absolutely gorgeous and unique. While, … Continue reading

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Pattadakal ~ Masterpieces of Chalukyan Architecture

After crossing the quiet Malaprabha river, the auto rolled by sunflower fields and bullock carts I asked the auto driver if we were indeed headed to Pattadakal or if he lost his way. It appeared that we were far away … Continue reading

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Surreal Bhoothnath Group of Temples in Badami

Everytime, I read about Badami or saw pictures of the place, my gaze stopped at that one picture of a temple next to a lake within deep sandstone ravines. I had also seen it in a movie “Guru” where the … Continue reading

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Around the 1500 Year Old Badami Caves

My last stop for the day was Badami. The caves in Badami were built around 6th century AD by the early Chalukyas. Badami, also known as Vatapi is a beautiful heritage town located in deep ravines in North Karnataka around … Continue reading

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Short Trek in Badami Fort

The best way to see Badami is to trek up the Northern Hill through the pathway between the rocks and get a view of the caves and the temples on the hill. The southern hill is where the 4 rock … Continue reading

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Lunching under the Temple Tree, Mahakuta

Much before arriving in Badami, I was contemplating where to feast with¬†an authentic North Karnataka meal. North Karnataka has a distinct cuisine compared to its southern counterparts comprising Rotis made from Jowar/Bajra; raw salads, lentil based curries, cooling curds and … Continue reading

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The Living Temples of Mahakuta, Karnataka

I had planned a day long trip in and around Badami and Mahakuta located 12 kms away was my first stop for the day. I had read a couple of blogs on Mahakuta and it seemed to be a quiet … Continue reading

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One Day Trip to Bijapur, Karnataka

Bijapur or Vijayapur was the town of the victorious of the Kalyani Chalukyas. There were the Hindu kings who ruled for nearly 700 years from the Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Hoysalas, Yadavas until 1300AD. The next 4 centuries were all about the … Continue reading

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History on the Wall, Hoysaleswar Temple, Halebidu

About 2 hours drive away from Bangalore, The Hoysaleswar Temple in Halebidu is nearly 900 years old and has survived many invasions and attempts of destruction and the ravages of time. The temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is situated in … Continue reading

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Elephants Day Out, Dubare, India

Recently we made a weekend trip to Dubare Elephant Camp located about 5 hrs away from Bangalore. The idea of dipping in the river giving bath to elephants sounded very exciting though my nephew kept reminding me of the poo … Continue reading

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