Showing posts from November, 2011

Bylakuppe: Karnataka’s mini Tibet

Overview: Bylukuppe has one of the largest Tibetan settlements in South India. This place is known for the Golden temple or Namrodoling monastery. Being easily accessible by road, this place is visited by many people who visit Coorg. We got a chance to visit Bylakuppe when we were on a trip to Periyapatna to visit my wife’s grandmother’s house. The approach road is lined with Buddhist prayer flags tied to the wires and one can see people of Tibetian origin walking along the roads in their traditional dress. The inside hall is dedicated to the Lord Padmasambhava. The temple is gold plated and is built in a typical Buddhist style. Outside the monastery there is a Buddhist University which has been established for higher studies and there are shops where many memoirs and Buddhist handicrafts could be purchased. Being near to the Kodagu district, this place enjoys cool and pleasant climate throughout the year. Inside the temple we have a series of prayer wheels which are to be turned

Hogenakkal Falls: Cauvery roaring at the border

  Overview: We suddenly decided on Saturday evening that we will visit Hogenakkal falls on Sunday. As we didn't have any vehicle ready for the trip, we decided to travel by public transport, knowing well of the language problems we might face in Tamil Nadu. We reached Bommanahalli at around 6:15am hoping to get a bus to Hogenakkal. After waiting for around 10 mins a bus came which was heading towards Palakkod. We boarded the bus and reached Palakkod at around 9am. It was blazing hot at Palakkod and thankfully we didn't have to wait for long for a bus to Hogenakkal. The stop name was 'Cauvery'. We reached Hogenakkal bus stand by 10:30 am. Got delayed on the way though because of some procession on the way in some village. We were approached immediately for coracle ride to the middle of the falls. After bargaining a bit we agreed for Rs 150 to visit both Karnataka side and the Tamil Nadu side of the waterfalls. We had packed our lunch so we carried it with us. The ride

Lost temples of Karnataka: Kambadahalli

  Overview: I read about this place in some book, which says Kambadahalli is an ancient site connected with Jainism. We set off to visit this interesting place one Sunday morning. We started from Bangalore at around 08:30 even though we had planned to start much earlier. We took the Magadi road which is much calm and peaceful compared to more busy Nelamangala road. The road leading to Magadi is also in a good shape and to drive along the curves is a pleasure. Only the stretch inside the Magadi town is horrible with lot of potholes though repairing work is in progress. We crossed Magadi and joined the Bangalore-Mangalore highway very quickly. We stopped by a lake on the way to relax for a while.       We asked for directions from the locals to Kambadahalli and found that it was quite popular among them. We got the directions and reached Kambadahalli criss-crossing the beautiful countryside. On entering Kambadahalli, we asked the locals for Panchakuta Basadi which is the main attracti