One morning on Payyambalam Beach

When one is visiting Kerala on India’s west coast, there’s no missing the beaches. Northern Kerala has several unassuming beaches and even the ones that are popular among the locals are pretty quiet in the mornings. One such beach is the Payyambalam Beach* in Kannur District in North Kerala. In … Read>>

Found in Lepakshi | Ancient Indian murals

Lepakshi mural

A little over a 100 kilometers away from Bengaluru (earlier Bangalore) is a small temple town called Lepakshi. Geographically in Andhra Pradesh’s Ananthapura District, Lepakshi has now become famous for its Veerabhadra Temple. And this temple is quite an exhibition of sculptured pillars and ancient Indian murals. Veerabhadra Temple’s murals … Read>>

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 it … Read>>

Catching sundown in Surathkal

After almost a week of tripping along the Karnataka Coast and beach-hopping along the way, we had a couple of days to spend in Malpe. On our second evening there (after the trip to St. Mary’s island and all that) we decided to drive further south and visit one more … Read>>

Another beach, an island and a beach on the island

Up next, was Malpe Beach. Malpe is around 50 kilometres south of Maravanthe. But as we drove down Edapally-Panvel Highway, this time, it felt like our destination was farther away than we thought it was. It was only when I looked up the map on my phone that I realised … Read>>

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 familiar, … Read>>

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. One … Read>>

Karwar: Karnataka’s picturesque northwest

Karwar is the northernmost of port cities of Karnataka and is known for serving as a Naval base too. It lies on the north western corner of Karnataka, a few kilometres south of where the state shares a border with Goa. As such, it seemed like a good idea to … Read>>

Road tripping along the Karnataka Coast

Just before the curtains fell on 2014, we went on our last trip for the year, to make sure the year ended on a ‘high’ note ( read tipsy note). Still in ‘Discover Karnataka mode’ and in  road-trip mood, this time the plan was to drive along Karnataka’s coast. Our … Read>>