Thursday, 30 January 2014

Vanishing Lakes in Bangalore: In Pictures

Vanishing Lakes in Bangalore: In Pictures…

Overview: Executing weirdest of my plans, I decided to prepare a photo log of all the lakes in Bangalore. Of more than 50 lakes around 15 years ago, a very few number of good lakes remain in the city. And some of them are in the state of total neglect with weeds grown all over them.
I decided to travel around the city and catch the glimpse of the lakes which are Bangalore’s identity along with the trees.
Lalbagh Lake
Ulsoor Lake Kengeri Lake Hosakote Lake Hesaraghatta Lake Madivala Lake  Agara Lake Hebbal Lake Yediyur Lake Begur Lake Nagavara Lake Varthur Lake Hulimavu Lake Sankey Lake

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Pacific Coast, CA: Colours of Nature

Pacific Coast, CA: Colours of nature

Overview: I stayed in this place called Daly City for a while when I was working in San Francisco. Its in San Mateo county and is close to the Pacific ocean. We did numerous trips from Daly City. One of them was a trek along the Pacific coast for around 10 miles, which was fun with lot of colourful sights on the way. When we hit the main road we were greeted with nice eateries and wind mills.
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Half Moon Bay: A quick getaway from Daly City is the Half Moon Bay. As the name indicated, the beach in the shape of half moon. An ideal place for surfing, beach sports and picnicking and the drive is very scenic.
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References: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daly_City,_California

Friday, 10 January 2014

Mallur: Experience tranquillity near the busiest of highways

Mallur: Experience tranquillity near the busiest of highways 

Overview: One of my friends suggested me to visit this place often missed by everyone as its on the Bangalore-Mysore highway and people usually zip past this without noticing. So we decided to specifically visit Aprameya Swamy temple and Nadi Narasimhaswamy temple. We started post lunch and after Channapatna, the temple is visible at the left side of the highway. One has to get into the arch to reach the temple. The temple is an ancient site and is built by the Cholas. The crawling Krishna or Ambegalu Krishna is very adorable and attracts everyone. Basking in the evening sun, the temple was in all its glory with vendors selling Sri Krishna idols outside. A place definitely is a protected monument but needs more signboards on the highway pointing to this place.
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On the other side of the highway is another ancient temple dedicated to Nadi Narasimhaswamy. The name of the place is derived from the Kanva 'Nadi' or river as it is situated on the banks. It is believed that Sage Kanva had meditated at this place thousands of years ago. This temple is known to have lot of powers and many people visit this place to seek blessings. Around this place there is plenty of greenery and the rural scene makes us stay there forever. 
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How to reach: Bus: KSRTC buses ply from Bangalore to Maddur regularly. From Maddur, auto can be hired to reach Aprameyaswamy temple in DoddaMallur.
By Car: Travel towards Mysore and between Maddur and Channapatna, one can see the Aprameyaswamy temple at the left side of the road. Its around 65 kms from Bangalore.
Food/Accommodation: Plenty of options of food available on the Bangalore-Mysore highway.
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