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Green & Gold!

The Someshwar rainforest is a protected wildlife sanctuary that spreads across Udupi and Shimoga districts of Karnataka. The forest is thick and quite dark in places. While driving through one such spot, the sight of sunlight filtering through the thick canopy of vegetation, looked very pretty. 

Also, the air was fresh especially since it seemed to have rained the previous night, and there were loud calls of birds from the jungle. If in the region sometime, a drive through the area to Agumbe through the winding ghat roads that follow, is highly recommended. 

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The Coffee Bean

When you say 'Coorg', I smell coffee! How pretty these coffee beans looked, swaying in the gentle breeze with the soft morning light playing tricks on them. I had to resist hard from actually plucking a few!
Coorg or Kodagu, is Mother Nature personified. Sharing three photographs here that I shot at the TamaraCoorg more than a year ago. The experience of staying here is something that will remain special and very close to my heart, for it was the first vacation we went on as a married couple. 
I shall put up a detailed report a bit later, for the time being sharing two more pictures that I shot on one of our long walks during our stay.

Chasing Feathered F(r)iends

Birder's paradise, they said. 
Mangalajodi is a village located on the banks of the Chilika Lake, about 70 km outside Bhubaneswar city, on the highway that goes to Berhampur. The waters are marshy and brackish. The area basically consists of water with marshy vegetation, spread over a large area- basically as far as one can see. 
The 'tourist' crowd here is very less, compared to Lake Chilika. The road is not tarred; it is a rough mud road that leads you into the area. The focus is to conserve and promote ecotourism, with least disturbance to the feathered beings. When I had planned to visit Bhubaneswar, though I had heard of Manglajodi, I didn't think I would actually visit it, owing to little information available about the place. So how did we end up here?
Like normal tourists who visit Odisha, we set off to Chilika early morning. However, on reaching there and realising that you have to take a ride of a few kilometers on the water, I chickened out. Try as I might, m…

Roadtrip Saga

If you have been following this blog, by now you'd know how much I love going on road trips with Dad. Rather than the destination, the journey itself is something I look forward to. Each journey is different and bestows a new learning experience, even if it's along the same route.
This trip had more time spent driving around. The basic idea was to make good use of the two spare days we had, in between two family functions, that we had to be a part of. And what better way to do that, than visiting my family and cousins, including a long long-pending visit!
Trivia: Route: Mangalore - Honnavar - Madgaon - Belgaum (via Khanapur) - Hubli - Honnavar - Mangalore Total Distance: 987 kms Duration: 4 days (almost) As usual, we start before dawn to Honnavar, where my family home is located. I always look forward to going there, and in the past one year of marriage, I've grown to simply love the place. The tiled roof, the beautiful front garden with a variety of flowers, the large area b…

Waters of Aghanashini

I'm back from a short adventurous road trip along the borders of Karnataka-Goa-Maharashtra. I'll share a detailed report along with random pictures that I shot along the way, a bit later.
(CLICK HERE for the entire trip report)
This picture was shot somewhere after Kumta, along the National Highway 66 (formerly NH 17, which I still prefer), as we drove North on the bridge, over this untamed river.
The River Aghanishini is a beautiful, vast one that originates in the Western Ghats, and flows in Uttara Kannada district, westwards, to empty into the Arabian Sea. The course of the river is a contorted one, and mainly amidst forests. 
Right by the banks of the rivers are pitch green fields. These pictures below were shot at the same location on a different trip, somewhere at the end of the Monsoons. Hence the clouds.

See also:
Roadtrip Saga Why I Love Roadtrips! National Highway 17 Drive- Rural Karnataka


Today is Mahashivratri, one of the biggest, most auspicious days for a Hindu, and especially for those who follow the Shaivite way of life. Celebrations includes jaagran, bhajans, chanting prayers, fasting, meditating, etc. 
I shot these pictures at the Parmarth Niketan Ashram at Rishikesh, about 3 months before the great flood of 2013. This gigantic moorthi of Shivji sat on a platform in the Ganges, and was a beautiful sight to behold.
Later, it was this statue that came to be the face of the Uttarakhand flash floods, and the video of the furious Ganga, flowing across Shivji's neck, and eventually the statue falling over, went viral. Such is the raw fury of nature! It is poignant that the very river that takes origin from Shivji's locks, was the reason for this moorthi to be washed away!  (CLICK HERE to watch the video on YouTube)
Is it Nature's way of telling us to take care of her, before it's too late?
Wishing you a blessed Shivratri!
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Golden Shot!

The Harmandir Sahib or the Golden Temple at Amritsar, in all its glory. The atmosphere in and around the Temple is not quite describable in words, and one can only experience it.  Have you been here?

Chasing the Tahr!

As kids when we played the ubiquitous 'Name-Place-Animal-Thing' game, where one had to name each of these beginning with a specific letter, the letter 'I' usually stood for Ibis or Ibex. But I didn't know for many years what these even looked like (pre-internet era!) except what the dictionary told us- Ibex was a type of goat found in the hills! These pictures are from the Eravikulam National Park, Munnar, taken about eight years ago, with my first 'Cybershot'. Fond memories were refreshed when I found these pictures, and many more from the short trips in those years, last evening.  The Nilgiri Tahr or simply, the Nil Tahr, is a type of ibex endogenous to the Nilgiri hills of South India. Sporting curved horns, these are very docile beings that stick to their herds. Watching them balancing on the steep ledges of the mountains is awe inspiring. We were lucky enough to catch them from a pretty close range; it looked like they were in a mood to 'pose'…