My stay at Jungle Lodges, Bandipur

When we reached the Bandipur Safari Lodge, run by Jungle Lodges, it was only 11 am. We had left Bangalore early in the morning, and even with multiple breakfast and rest stops, we made it to Bandipur sooner than anticipated. The folks at the check in counter were kind enough to give us a room…

A fascinating catwalk in Bandipur

I had a great weekend at Bandipur, a quick break with my family. I was not sure about going to a forest in the monsoon season but then I figured that if these national parks stayed open, then it must be ok to go there in July. Luckily, the rain kept away and we had…

Gokarna: Sun, sand and spirituality

Gokarna has not woken up completely when we drive into the town early on a Sunday morning. We are on the single main road, a narrow stretch known as ‘Car Street’ after the temple juggernaut, which sits heavy and drowsy as the rest of the village. Its huge wooden wheels are stuck in the mud,…

Bye bye Bangalore, Hullo Haryana!

So it’s bye bye to Bangalore after five years. And a good five years it was. When I moved to Bangalore in 2009, this was my third stint in the city. I was not particularly fond of it, though I didn’t actively dislike it. My husband and I were both fans of Bombay and suffered…

The Chalukya kings and the cradle of temple architecture

The cradle of Indian temple architecture. Before I leave for the Chalukya temples of north Karnataka, I come across this phrase in all the guidebooks I read. And once there, I find that this phrase rolls off the tongues of tourist guides with a practiced smoothness. And not just cradle; other well-worn metaphors like abacus…

Friday photo: Somnathpur

That’s the problem with having a Friday photo kind of thing – I get to goof off all week without blogging and then redeem myself with a photograph at the end of it. Anyway… This Friday, my favourite Karnataka temple – Somnathpur. Read more about Somnathpur here – The stillness of history… Also see: Friday…

Friday photo: Gokarna

If you’ve been to Gokarna in the last few years, you may have come across this bookshop. I was lucky enough to be passing by when the German artist was painting this on the outer wall. Also see: Friday photo series

Friday photo: Badami

This Friday, an image from Badami, the north Karnataka town famous for its rock cut temples, along with Aihole and Pattadakkal. It could actually be a scene from anywhere in India. Also see: Friday photo series