A new day is here: Bhadra Sunrise

Sunrise at Bhadra reservoir

A new day is here, a new year is here. To usher in the new year and to welcome you back to Tipsy from the TRIP are a few sunrise pictures from the travel album. These sights of the sunrise are from the River Tern Lodge in Chickmagalur in Karnataka. River… Read>>

Found in ‘The Silicon Valley of India’

Last week I showed you some murals from ‘The Capital of Silicon Valley’ — San Jose, CA. This week I take you to ‘India’s tech capital’ or  ‘The Silicon Valley of India’ — Bangalore or Bengaluru — to show you some HAL murals. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is a company… Read>>

Belur’s beautiful bracket belles

Chennakesava Temple in Belur is known for its friezes, its pillars and stone lattices. Even the star-shaped platform on which it stands, a feature of its style of architecture. People who have visited there will tell you that between those sculpted pillars and decorative eaves are some beautiful stone ladies who… 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>>

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 precisely… Read>>

Dam Bejewelled

This week, for ‘Catching Light’ I have a pretty sight — the dam lights at the Bhadra Reservoir and reflections of hose lights in the waters of the reservoir. It was only later that I found out that there was something odd about the lights and their reflections. Can you… Read>>

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 and… 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>>

Wave watching on Maravanthe beach

Our next stop on the Karnataka Coast was Maravanthe Beach. After a simply-perfect evening at Ottinene Beach, we headed inland to Kollur but the next day we were back on NH-99, the highway that runs through a good part of the India’s west coast. We were driving south and got… Read>>