Skip to main content

Rewind 2019

I have been a bit lazy in publishing posts this year, however, has been a very busy year when it came to travel and exploring. Following are the highlights of 2019:

Jan: Visited a few Hoysala temples in Tumkur district in the villages of Nittur, Settikere, Tumkur Town, Pankajanahalli and Belagur.
Also in Jan we visited the northern Karnataka district of Yadgir, and explored a bird sanctuary, prehistoric sites and ancient temples.
TheLightBaggage

TheLightBaggage
Feb: No travel
Mar: With 3 trips in March, started off with a quick trip to Banavasi, where we explored the ancient capital of the Kadambas, and also witnessed the local craftsmen in the village, while experiencing the great hospitality by Kiran from Outdoorworld.
The following week we went to Hyderabad for a friend's wedding. Managing time, we visited the Kakatiya capital of Warangal and a few heritage sites in Hyderabad and around like Keesaragutta.
The 2nd half of March took us to the North-Eastern part of India, where we visited Manipur and Tripura. Both the states, though not far from each other, but unique and different in own ways. We visited places around Imphal, Moreh(and further down to Tamu in Myanmar), Loktak lake and a few other beautiful places. In Tripura, we visited Unakoti, Agartala, Chabimura and other interesting places, also witnessing the daily ceremony at the Indo-Bangladesh border.
TheLightBaggage

TheLightBaggage
ThrLightBaggage

TheLightBaggage
April: We visited the much awaited Koppal district in North Karnataka in the summer month of April, managing a hill climb to Anjanadri betta, the birthplace of Hanuman. We also visited the Kinnal crafts village and the Ashokan edicts near Koppal.
TheLightBaggage
May: Another busy month with the visit to Mandya Distict and exploring some ancient temples and also visiting the Tomb of Hiriya Kempegowda, the founder of modern Bangalore near Magadi
The end of May took us to Mysore for a cousin's wedding, and we explored interesting places like Kabini and Hunsur before we went to our native place Rudrapatna for a day.
The last week in May was an interesting trip done to Sriharikota where we visited the Satish Dhawan Space Centre and witnessed the launch of PSLV C-46, which was an incredible experience. We visited Pulikat Lake and Kanchipuram on our way back.
TheLightBaggage

TheLightBaggage

TheLightBaggage
June: Did a quick trip to Gouribidanur to visit the ancient Chennakeshava temple for a day.The 2nd weekend we went to Dakshina Kannada district and visited Shishila, Southadaka, Karinja, Mangalore, Venur and Surathkal. We also went to the Baraya Palace, which lies amidst jungles near Aladangady.
TheLightBaggage
July: To assist my sister-in-law in shifting, we visited Mumbai in early July, and explored the caves of the city and many heritage sites hidden in the hustle bustle of the city
We visited Shravanabelagola in this relatively free month, visitng the Chandragiri and Vindhyagiri hills.
TheLightBaggage

TheLightBaggage
August: We visited some of the majestic temples of Tamil Nadu in Tanjore and Srirangam. Also visited the Chettinadu area and their unique architecture. We then ventured down south towards Kutrallam and Shengottai towards the end of the Western Ghats.
TheLightBaggage
September: We visited Shimoga District towards the end of the monsoons, with occasional rains still persisting in the Malnad region. We visited Jog Falls, Bheemeshwara, Sigandur, Kundadri and Kavaledurga Fort.
TheLightBaggage
October: Another busy month, with the first weekend in Vijayawada for a friend's wedding. We took a bus from Bangalore to Vijayawada, then took a rental car for visiting the places nearby and also to visit my friend's wedding at Amalapuram. We visited a few Buddhist sites and also bought the local crafts village of Kondapalli, known for its toys.
The 3rd weekend of Oct was a trip to Kodagu district, where we explored North Kodagu from Somwarpet, and then proceeded towards Virajpet visitng Nalknad Palace before winding up at the Taj Madikeri where we celebrated our wedding anniversary.
TheLightBaggage

TheLightBaggage
Nov: A pretty relaxed month, trying to complete a few year end activities at work. The only trip this month was to Horsley Hills, around 160kms from Bangalore. Also locally called as poor man's Ooty, this place is similar to Nandi Hills minus the crowd. Along with a few cottages and view points, the hill has a century old tree which is an attraction here.
TheLightBaggage
Dec: Winding up for the year was the 10 day trip to Kerala, exploring almost all districts except Kasargod and Idukki. We visited many ancient temples with murals, caves, palaces, forts, beaches and the massive Jatayu statue. Another highlight of the trip was the visit to Vikram Sarabhai Space centre at Thumba, which was the first space centre to be set up in India.
TheLightBaggage

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The forgotten story of a migration: Nacharamma of South India

This is a story of Nacharamma (fictionised by me to some extent), which is not documented in any inscriptions or ancient texts, but has been told by the ancestors of the community, and also been researched by some historians like M Keshavaiah, Dr Pranarthiharan and a few others.

Overview: Around the early 17th century, the Pilgrims set to sail across the Atlantic to become the first settlers of America. Much before this, a small but no less interesting migration took place in the Southern India of a community called the 'Sankethis'.
It was the summer of 1420 CE, in a place called Sengottai, in Tamil Nadu, along the foothills of the Western Ghats bordering Kerala. The place was flourishing with knowledge of the Vedas where Agraharams were set up. One of the prominent communities of learned people was the Sankethi Iyer community, also known as Sangeethi, derived from the name of the place- Sengottai or Shankotta. Another theory says that they were  The group followed Adi Shankara…

Clock Towers of Bangalore

Overview: In the middle of the 18th century, when home clocks and watches were not so common, there was the practice of having huge clocks on top of iconic buildings or religious places having visibility from all the corners. Clock towers were in fashion all across the globe in the 18th to 20th centuries, and some of them had bells as well, which used to ring at every hour. Bangalore too, has had its share of clock towers, though the city has never been known for its clock towers. The iconic Clock tower once stood at the Russell Market in Shivajinagar, which no longer stands today as it was brought down sometime during the middle of the 20th century.
A few standing clock towers can be seen at the City Market, Baldwin Boys school, Jayachamarajendra Polytechnic, Central College, Police training grounds, St John's Church, Corporation office and the newly constructed towers at South End circle and Omkar Hills. Most of these clocks have been provided by HMT.

Know your neighbourhood-3: Madivala, Agara, Koramangala, Bellandur

Overview: Now famous for high rises, branded showrooms and startups, the villages of Madivala, Agara, Koramangala and Domlur are the villages which have seen an ancient past.

Madivala village was a flourishing agrahara under the Cholas and Hoysalas. There is an ancient Chola era temple, which was later expanded by the Hoysalas behind the road opposite to the Silk Board. This Someshwara temple is of high historical importance, with Tamil inscriptions all along the outer walls of the temple. The most important being the 1247 CE inscription which talks about the grants of some lands near the big tank of Vengalur (2nd inscription of the city name after the one in Begur). This inscription is by an official Pemmataiyar of Veppur (Begur) for the deity Sembeshwaram (Someshwara) at Tamaraikkirai (Tavarekere).

Agara is situated at the junction of the ORR and Sarjapura Road, and is in existance since the Gangas. A 870 CE Ganga inscription mentions about the fixing of sluices to 2 tanks (Agara Lake…