Karnataka

Karnataka is a land of ancient temples, wildlife sanctuaries, unexplored forests, awe inspiring waterfalls, beautiful beaches, sprawling coffee plantations and much more. This southern state has a varied geography with and climate. Coastal plains lie on the western side bordering the Arabian Sea sporting a warm and humid climate for most part of the year. Mountains, valleys and farmlands in the interior regions have hot summers and cool winters.
Karnatakas rich heritage and history are evident in the numerous temples and heritage sites present in the state such as Hoysala temples at Belur, Hampi, Gol Gumbaz at Bijapur, Ibrahim Rauza, cave temples at Badami and the rock-cut temples at Aihole, monolith of Gomateshwara Bahubali at Shravanabelagola and Mysore Place. Karnataka invites beach lovers to Murudeshwara,Gokarna and Karwar and the religious to Udupi Sri Krishna Matha, the Marikamba Temple at Sirsi, the Sri Manjunatha Temple at Dharmasthala, Kukke Subramanya Temple and Sharadamba Temple at Shringeri, Kudalasangama, Basavana Bagewadi, Mudabidri and Karkala.
Karnatakas natural heritage, the forests and wildlife are fondly cared for in Bandipur National Park, Bannerghatta National Park, Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary, Dubare – Elephant Camp and Kudremukh National Park to name only a few. Natural wonders abound in the state in the form of Jog Falls (India’s tallest single-tiered waterfall), Gokak Falls, Unchalli Falls, Magod Falls, Abbey Falls and Shivanasamudra Falls among many.
Karnataka has a good network of railways, national and state highways and has international airports at Bengaluru and Mangalore.

The Gol Gumbaz

A Deccan Odyssey

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On the final day we visited the Tunga Bhadra dam in Hospet which is a multi-purpose dam for irrigation and electricity generation. The dam which was completed in 1953 is a source of prosperity for farmers in Koppal and Raichur Districts.

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Sirsi and Sahasralinga , शिरसी और सहस्रलिंग

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अब माता के दर्शन के बाद मैं चला एक जगह जिसे कहते है सहस्रलिंग कहते है। सहस्रलिंग शिरसी से करीब 12 किमी दूर शिरसी – येल्लापुर हाइवे से कुछ अंदर है, यहाँ आप बस नहीं तो शेयर ऑटो करके आ सकते है। सहस्रलिंग पत्थरों से बनाए गए 1008 शिवलिंग है जो शाल्मला नदी पर स्थित है। इसके इतिहास के बारे में मैंने बहुत जाने कि कोशिश कि लेकिन मुझे ज्यादा पता नहीं चल पाया, लेकिन एक बात यहाँ आकर आपका मन जरूर शिवमय हो जाएगा इस बात कि गारंटी देता हूँ। बहती हुई शाल्मला नदी स्वयं इन शिवलिंगों का अभिषेक करती है 24 घंटे। घने जंगल, पवित्र वातावरण, शाल्माला नदी कि खडखडाहट के बीच स्थित यहाँ बड़ा भव्य आभास होता है। यहाँ हर शिवरात्रि पर बहुत भीड़ रहती है। पिकनिक के हिसाब से भी यह बहुत बढ़िया स्थल बनता है नहाने और मौज मस्ती के लिए। शहर से दूर आप काफी आनंद और अध्यात्मिक शान्ति का आभास कर सकते होता है । अब आप इस स्थल का दर्शन कर ले । ओम नमः शिवाय ।

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Cool Coorg

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The return journeys, as always, make the heart heavy. This time my heart did put on a lot of weight. We decided to leave for Bangalore via a detour of ‘Talacauvery’. So we started very early on the next morning. Talacauvery, the source of the river Cauvery in the south was draped in a mystical legend.

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कुर्ग या कोडागु – स्कॉटलैंड ऑफ़ साउथ इंडिया

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कोडगु या कुर्ग  कर्णाटक प्रान्त का एक जिला है। इसका मुख्यालय मडिकेरी में है। पश्चिमी घाट पर स्थित पहाड़ों और घाटियों का प्रदेश कुर्ग दक्षिण भारत का एक प्रमुख पर्यटक स्‍थल है। यह खूबसूरत पर्वतीय स्‍थल समुद्र तल से 1525 मीटर की ऊंचाई पर है। यहां की यात्रा एक न भूलने वाला अनुभव है। कुर्ग के पहाड़, हरे-भरे जंगल, चाय और कॉफी के बागान मन को लुभाते हैं। कावेरी नदी का उदगम स्‍थान कुर्ग अपनी प्राकृतिक खूबसूरती के अलावा रिवर राफ्टिंग, हाइकिंग, क्रॉस कंट्री और ट्रेल्‍स के लिए भी मशहूर है।

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Nandi Hills – Nice picnic spot.

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Nandi Hills ke liye hamne Outer Ring Road pakdi towards North aur uske baad liya NH 7 to Hyderabad. Road shaandar thi till Devanhalli Airport, 60 KMS ka pata hi nahi chala, uskebaad 1 village road li for next 12 KMS, wo road typical village road thi, and then another 8-10 KMS pahadi chadhai.

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Coffee, Hills, Foliage and Beaches – Part 2

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There are two basic varieties of coffee: Arabica and Robusta. On asking how does one distinguish between two varieties and which variety is popular brands nescafe and bru made of he told us that instant coffee in India contains a mix of whatever coffee beans remain after sorting. To a connoisseur, instant coffee is blasphemy as the taste is nowehere near good coffee. We left after 20 minutes promising to return back some other time.

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Sightseeing in Bangalore

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There are still so many places left to visit – Bannerghatta National Park, HAL Aerospace Museum, Cubbon Park [by the time we visited all the places on KG road it was closing time for the park somehow every time :( ], St. Marks Cathedral etc. So there will be a second part of this post!

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UDUPI, उडुपी :- Shree Krishna Matt and KOLLUR, कोल्लूर :- Shree Mookambika Devi Temple

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यहाँ का प्रसाद सम्पूर्ण भोजन के रूप में आदमी की भूख को तृप्त करता है। हम दोनों के परिवार ने सच्चे मन से तृप्त होकर इस प्रसाद का सेवन किया था। बहुत ही स्वादिष्ट प्रसाद था, पहलें केले के पत्तों के बिछाने का आरम्भ होता है, फिर उन पत्तों पर पानी मारा जाता है साफ़ करने के लिए, फिर दो पुरुष चावल की गाडी लेकर चावल परोसते है, चावल के बाद आती है सांभर की बारी, चावल के ऊपर सांभर परोसने के बाद प्रसाद का सेवन शुरू कर सकते है।

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Shravanabelagola – Gommateshvara Bahubali

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The overall view of statue, temple, surroundings, hill was amazing, you can see the temple of Chandagiri hill as well. Lots of history is written on stone and preserved by glass casing. Few pictures below describes it well. Seeing the statue, kids were amazed but puzzled as Bahubaliji was not having any clothes, so, they asked the obvious question, why no clothes?

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Pune to Bangalore Road Trip

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There were many Kamat Upachar all the way through, but we chose to stop near tumkur. Immediately after the tumkur toll there was this Kamat. The lunch was excellent . They also serve in the traditional banana leaf. Enjoyed the food, the quality was very nice. We took quite sometime at this restaurant and left by 2 p.m. to Bangalore.

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Waterfall near Banglore

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Now From here boat takes turn and go back to the place where the journey got started. After this boat trip we moved towards the third fall which have a hanging bridge over it. They have created one platform for bath over there but for ladies its not that good.

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