Showing posts from July, 2017

Tranquebar: Slice of Denmark in India

Overview: Walking along the King's street from the fort gate towards the Danish fort makes one feel traversing through one of the streets in Europe. The old Danish houses, Mühldorff’s House and Lutheran church and the new Jerusalem church have their own share of history in colonial India. The Zion church, commissioned in 1701, just close to the beach is the oldest protestant church in India. The main attraction of the city, the fort Dansborg, was built in the mid 17th century, is one of the biggest Danish forts ever built. Right next to the fort is the Bungalow-on-the-beach, which is an old colonial Danish house, currently offers accommodation to the tourists. Also lies on the beach is a very old temple of Lord Shiva, built during the Cholas in the pre-Danish era. The cool morning breeze along the sea and the rustic charm of the place was a pleasant experience. I would rank it one of the must visits if one is in Pondicherry. How to reach: Tranquebar is around  120kms

Pondicherry: A visit to French India

Overview: One of the few places where we see the glimpses of French influence in India is Pondicherry. However, it has an even ancient past, having Chola footprints. As we started from the southern part of the UT of Pondy, we visited the ancient living temples in Bahour and Villianur. The Mulanathar temple in Bahour is believed to be an ancient Vedic centre of learning and the 9th century inscriptions on the outer walls of the temple tells the story of the village. Around 9kms north of Bahour is the Thirukameshwarar temple of Villianur, which again is a highlight of the Cholan architecture. The temple has typical of the South Indian architecture and has a beautiful pond within the premises. Coming to the hub of the city, the city was in existence right from the 3rd century, and the city was earlier named as Vedapuri, after the Vedapureeshwarar temple in the heritage town. This temple was destroyed by invadors during the 16th-18th centuries. Another temple built by the Cholas in

Exploring Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district-1

Overview: There are lot of places of historic, religious and natural importance around Mangalore and the district of Dakshina Kannada. Vitla: The historic town of Vitla is known for the Panchalingeshwara temple, built by the Mayippady royal family of Kumble, in a typical Malabar architecture similar to the temple at Kavu. Legend has it that the temple diety was installed by the Pandavas.     Polali: Located around 19kms from Mangalore is the temple town of Polali, known for the 8th century Rajarajeshwari temple on the banks of the river Phalguni. The temple is mentioned in several scriptures and inscriptions including Markandeya Purana and Ashokan edicts. Puttur: Known for the medicinal herbs and plants grown in the region, Puttur also has the 11th century Mahalingeshwara temple, where the car festival is held annually. Around 15kms from Puttur is the hot springs of Bendru Teertha.     Moodabidri: Moodabidri was one of the main learning centres of Jainism, and is known for 10