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  • A sculptural banquet in Belur; Hoysala style

    Not far from Halebidu — the capital city of the Hoysalas — is a symbol of the dynasty’s victory over the Cholas in the battle of Talakkad in 1116AD. This mark of victory seems to have turned out to be quite a sculptural extravaganza called the Chennakesava temple and...
  • A signature of the Hoysala dynasty

    Karnataka tells the tales of its rich past between the 12th and 15th centuries through some highly ornate temples that have ‘Hoysala’ writ all over them. When the Hoysala rulers went about building temples all over what is Karnataka today, they invested in structures that inspire awe with their...
  • 600-odd steps, a colossal monolith and delightful views

    Just as summer temperatures were beginning to take over the really-short spring season that the Indian subcontinent gets, we decided to hit what I’d like to call ‘Karnataka’s Sculptural Triangle just a stone’s throw from Bengaluru. Ok, that might seem like a little bit of an exaggeration but Shravanabelagola, Belur...
  • Murudeshwar: Where everything seems to be massive

    Just off what was popularly known as NH -17* (Edapally- Panvel Highway, now NH- 66), around 80 kilometres south of Gokarna is another temple town, known for its Shiva temple, a humongous statue of the god, an imposing temple tower and of course, its beach. Murudeshwar. It does sound...
  • Gokarna | A temple town and beach town rolled into one charismatic zone

    Famous. Famous for its beaches. Famous for its holy sites. Famous of its international travellers. Gokarna, seems to be one of those places where everybody-who-has-heard-of-it wants to visit; and everybody who has visited it, wants to go again. For us it had been on the cards for a while....
  • Of pillars of chiselled art, murals and legends

    Every now and then, I have what I call ‘travel cravings.’ Sometimes I crave the seas; sometimes, the mountains; and sometimes, forests. I recently had this strong desire to see some art-on-stone (that’s not something that happens very often). And I couldn’t ignore it. Hubby was game for it...
  • Zooming In: Chamundi Hill

    Mysore’s Chamundi Hills is one of the bigger attractions in this royal city. And the attractions on top of this hill include a statute of the demi-god Mahishasura, Chamundeshwari temple, a Nandi statue and sweeping views of Mysore from the top of the hill. When you get to Chamundi...
  • Guruvayur: Eat, Pray, Bargain

    (Shops at) East Gate of the temple Guruvayur Temple might be a place known to all Keralites, Krishna devotees and religious tourists. Now, those who have visited this famous temple in Thrissur, Kerala, will tell you it is quite a shopper’s delight, too. Shopping in Guruvayur — at least...
  • OurWorld: Greek and Roman touch to San Francisco

      Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. That is what this exquisite piece of art is called. This structure, which takes inspiration from Greek and Roman architecture was originally built for the Panama-Pacific Exposition in 1915. It continues to give San Francisco a Greek and Roman touch.  Today,...
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