Nature walk in Chikmagalur 🌺

6:30 am was the reporting time for the Nature Walk from the hotel. The idea of a nature walk sounded good and exciting !! The scenery was going to be new and I like the tit bits of info that guides provide. Gireesh was our guide, an employee of the hotel. He handed us canes…

Jain dedication in Badami 🙏

The fourth cave temple in Badami is a Jain temple and this was a total surprise. I know very little about the Jain religion. It’s my ignorance, but Karnataka has a rich history with respect to the Jain religion; Sravanabelagola in Karnataka is one of the most important centres of Jain religion being the home…

Adding meaning to daily chores (Buddhist approach) 🧹

Finding some inspiration to carry out the mundane daily chores around the house is a tough ask. Inspiration just like motivation is needed every once in a while in small doses to keep the spirits up. And one such small and effective source is a book I spied called “A Monk’s Guide to a Clean…

POTD: Farm to home 🍍

Pineapples from Kerala🍍; grown in our relative’s land and hence has the premium tag of being 100% organic. And they are enormous too; speaks about the fertility of the land and the well tending hands !! Living in Bangalore, it’s food items that we prize during our visits home in Kerala. Though we can get…

Stone compositions in Badami 👑

Cave 3 in Badami is the largest and the most elaborate among the four cave temples. An inscription on the wall of the cave details that the cave was created under the auspicious of the king’s (Kirttivarman I) brother Mangalesha Chalukya in 578 CE. The cave is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and the sculptures and…

Looking back on a memorable stay at the Gateway Chikmagalur💐

We checked out of Gateway Chikmagalur and reached Hampi by evening and while having dinner at the new hotel, we were surprised by a call from the Taj staff asking if we reached our home safely !? That was nice !! It must be a SOP (standard operating procedure) for them, but we felt wowed…

Vishnu avatars in Badami 🛕

The caves 2 & 3 in Badami are dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The pattern of the caves are the same as cave 1 – outer verandah, pillared hall and inner sanctuary. Cave 2 first. Boar is the symbol of the Chalukyas and here were are presented with a sculpture depicting the Varaha (Boar) the third…

Non Convertible Debentures (NCD): A source of passive income 💰

Power Finance Corp (PFC) a govt of India undertaking advertised that it is selling bonds also called non-convertible debentures (NCD) worth Rs. 5000 cr to raise cash. The maximum interest rate offered on these bonds is 7.15% pa. This is an eye catching rate of interest as the bank FD rates have fallen sharply below…

Shiva stories from Badami 🔱

Cave 1 in Badami is dedicated to Lord Shiva; it consists of a an open verandah, a pillared hall and an inner sanctuary. Our tour of Cave 1 in Badami began with the above spectacular sculpture of Shiva, the Lord of dance, in a cosmic dance pose. Shiva here is depicted with 18 arms, nine…

Badami: Stories sculpted in stone 👑

Badami (formerly Vatapi) was the capital of the Chalukyas who ruled the land between the 6th -8th century CE. The major monuments of interest in Badami are the 4 cave temples with their beautiful sculptures dating back to those periods. The lake in the middle called the Agastya lake divides the area into the South…

Hampi to Badami: Road trip 🛕🚙

Badami : 8 hours drive (to and fro) for 2 hours of sightseeing ⁉️ It was on a Sunday that we decided to head out to Badami, a four hour drive from our hotel. While Hampi lies in the Bellary district of Karnataka, Badami is located in another district called Bagalkot. Badami, formerly called Vatapi, was…

Red Earth🎈🌳 (Part 2 of 2)

I had mentioned in Part 1 that we were staying at the Hyatt Place hotel which is located within a JSW residential layout in Toranagallu town of Bellary district in Karnataka 👉 Red Earth🌳🎈 (Part 1 of 2). Our agenda here was to visit the nearby historic towns of Badami and Hampi. The residential layout…

Harvest festivals🌾 and happy holidays🪁

January has a whole bunch of festival days. Living in Bangalore gives a glimpse into these festivals spread across the different states. Not to forget the long weekend ahead !! 13 Jan is Lohri, a harvest festival traditionally celebrated in the state of Punjab. We didn’t have Lohri celebrations this year. But last year we…

Red Earth🌳🎈 (Part 1 of 2)

In Chikmagalur, we woke up to sounds of birds chirping; in Hampi, we were awakened by the sounds of whistles from trains. Goods train most probably ferrying raw material and finished goods to and fro  from the JSW Vijayanagar Steel Plant in the vicinity.  Our hotel, the Hyatt Place was located in a town called…

A peek at the tallest peak in Karnataka – Mullayanagiri: Chikmagalur ⛰

After the Jhari Falls, our next stop was Mullayanagiri. We reached the base by 5:00 pm, the roads are narrow and winding. The sights are spectacular !! The misty blue green mountains are a glorious sight. Mullayanagiri is the highest peak in Karnataka (approx. 6400ft). The mountain ranges are called Chandra Drona ranges due to…

An itinerary for Chikmagalur 🌳

When I told my mom that we were in Chikmagalur for Christmas, he first association with the place was “That was Indira Gandhi’s constituency !” Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh was always the stronghold of the Congress party and Indira Gandhi’s home constituency. But after the Emergency rule, she lost the elections from Raebareli in 1977…

Bangalore to Chikmagalur: Road trip 🛣

So here we are off on a trip to the Land of Coffee ☕️. Chikmagalur!! 🚗💨 Getting out of Bangalore city makes you realise how vast the state of Karnataka is actually. And the roads, always straight roads; the fact that you can see the tarmac stretching for miles in front itself is a spectacular…

POTD: New Year, new light 🕯

“To shine your brightest light is to be who you truly are.” –  Roy T. Bennett, author of The Light in the Heart.  Happy New Year 2021 🥳

POTD: Christmas Lights 🌟

Our apartment complex is lit up with stars and fairy lights. The scene is lovely; cold weather and bright lights !! Christmas is just 4 days away🎄 !! Till next post, take care !!