Sunday, July 5, 2020

Bangalore to Kerala with Covid Pass, Precautions and COVID Checks at Border

This post covers our travel to Kerala from Bangalore during the COVID 19 Pandemic and the steps followed by the Government of Kerala on fight against COVID 19 Pandemic and how to travel interstate without stoppage.

Bangalore to Kerala with COVID Pass, Precautions and COIVD Checks at Muthanga Border

Interstate Travel Precautions

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Sunday, May 3, 2020

Kedareshwara Temple Nagalapura

Nagalapura is a small village situated in Tiptur taluk of Tumkur district of Karnataka. There are two hoysala period temple in this village. Kedareshwara Temple Dedicated to Lord Shiva and Chennakeshava temple dedicated lord vishnu.

This temple is an ekakuta (single sanctum) temple facing east. The temple structure consist of a garbha-grha (sanctum), an antarala (vestibule) and a navaranga (closed hall). Even though the Garbha-griha faces the east direction, the main entrance to the temple, through navaranga, is on its southern side. This temple is known for beautiful ornate Ceilings of the navaranga, animated friezes, wall sculptures and lathe-turned pillars of the navaranga, which are typical examples of the art and architecture of the Hoysala style.

Kedareshwara Temple is a lesser known hoysala temple located in Nagalupra near to turuvekere

Kedareshwara Temple, Nagalapura

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Jantar Mantar Jaipur

Jantar Mantar is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments, built by the Rajput King Sawai Jai Singh II. The construction if the monument started in 1720 and was completed in 1734. The monument features instruments operating in each of the three main classical celestial coordinate systems, the horizon-zenith local system, the equatorial system, and the ecliptic system. The name jantar is derived from yantra, a Sanskrit word meaning instrument and mantar from mantrana another Sanskrit word which means calculate Jantar Mantar literally means "calculating instrument". Jantar Mantar is a Stone Observatory. Metals Shrink and expands, but Stone wont and is not affected by any season.

Jantar Mantar Observatory is a stone observatory in Jaipur Rajasthan

Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Monolithic Nandi Statues in India

Nandi is the sacred bull and the Vahana(vehicle) of Lord Shiva. Nandi statue in seated posture facing the Lord are usually placed at the gateway of the main shrine, so that Nandi's intimate relationship with the Lord was made explicit. According to Hindu mythology, Nandi is the most loyal attendant and gate-keeper of Lord Shiva and it is considered as a symbol of valour, prosperity and blissfulness in Indian culture. Bull's religious significance can be found in artifacts of Indus valley civilization.

The worship of Shiva and Nandi can even be traced back to the Indus Valley Civilization time-period. The famous 'Pasupati Seal' depicts a seated figure, which is usually identified as Shiva, and there were many bull-seals found in Mohenjo daro and Harappa, which led to conclusion of the researchers, that Nandi worship has been a long standing tradition for many thousands of years.

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Largest Monolithic Nandi in India - Lepakshi Nandi

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Republic Day Special Lalbagh Flower Show 2020

The Republic Day special Lalbagh Flower Show pays floral tribute to Swami Vivekananda. The Nation will be celebrating the 157th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. Chief Minister of Karnataka, B.S. Yeddiyurappa inaugurated the 211th Lalbagh flower show on 17th January 2020. The Glasshouse at Lalbagh, which is the main center of flower show will have a floral replica of Swami Vivekananda Memorial of Kanyakumari.The glass house will also have a 19feet tall statue of Swami Vivekanands. Other Major attractions inside the Glass House will be a floral model of Memorial Hall of Chicago and Vivek Kuteera. A statue of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa (Vivekananda's Teacher) and Sarada Devi will also be put up in the Lalbagh Flower Show.

Stories related Swami Vivekanands are depicted using Sunflower inside the Glass House. 92 different varieties of flowers are brought from countries like Brazil, Thailand and Argentina for the flower show.

lalbagh flower show 2020 at bangalore

Lalbagh Flower Show 2020

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Lalbagh Flower Show 2019

Tribute to Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar at Lalbagh Flower Show 2019

The Independence Day special Flower Show at Lalbagh will pay tribute to Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar - The Last Ruler of the Wadiyar Dynasty. 

The Glass house at Lalbagh which is the main center of Flower Show will have a floral replica of Jayachamarajendra Circle of Mysuru. Visitors will be able to see the last rulers statue inside the Glass House. Floral replica of famous places in Mysuru, Raja Durbar of the Mysore Palace and musical instruments used by Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar is also recreated.
Lalbagh Flower Show 2019

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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Cellular Jail Kalapani Jail in Portblair

Cellular Jail, Port Blair

Cellular Jail was a colonial prison in Andaman and Nicobar islands. Shri Moraji Desai then prime minister of India declared the Cellular Jail as a national monument on 11th February 1979. Cellular Jail was constructed to deal effectively with the freedom fighters who revolted against the British rule during India's first war of independence. A Light and sound show happens daily in the evening in Cellular Jail. 

This site being located just opposite to Ross Island, the Administrative Head Quarters of the British, was found more suitable for construction of the Jail. It was also better suited in terms of security of the jail, as more than half of the outer wall was bounded by sea

Cellular Jail, Port Blair

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Monday, May 27, 2019

Andaman Trip Plan 6 Days

Andaman Exploration

Our Andaman Travel Plan

Day 1:

We arrived at Veer Savarkar International Airport and we were greeted by our tour guide. Checked into the hotel and had breakfast. Later we visited the Cellular Jail. We need minimum 2 Hours to explore the Cellular Jail. It will be good to hire a guide for Rs:300.00 to know more about the history of Cellular Jail. In the afternoon our plan was to visit Ross Island. But since the sea was rough we couldn't go to Ross Island. We returned to our hotel and took rest for some time. Evening around 6.30 PM, we again went to Cellular Jail to watch the Light and Sound Show. The light and sound show is available in English and Hindi, but based on weekdays.

Radhanagar Beach
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Thursday, April 18, 2019

UNESCO Heritage Sites of South India

UNESCO World Heritage Sites of South India

UNESCO World Heritage sites are important place of cultural or natural heritage. In 1982, International Council of Monuments and sites declared April 18th as the World Heritage Day. World Heritage Day is to raise awareness about Monuments and other sites which form a part of our history and culture.

World Heritage Sites of South India

1. Group of Monuments, Mahabalipuram

The Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram was built by Pallava Kings in the 7th and 8th century. These monuments have been carved out of rock along the coromandel coast. Monuments at Mahabalipuram was inscribed under the UNESCO World Heritage list as cultural propery in 1984. The monuments includes Ratha Temple, Mandapas, 11 Cave sanctuaries, Arjuna's Penance

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Lalbagh Flower Show 2019

Tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Lalbagh Flower Show 2019

The Republic Day special Flower Show at Lalbagh will pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi - The Father of the NationThe Nation will be celebrating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2nd 2019.

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Veera Narayana Temple - Belavadi

Veera Narayana Temple of belavadi is one of the finest examples of trikuta Temple built by the Hoysala Empire. This temple is at a shorter distance from the famous Hoysala temples of Belur and Halebidu. The temples of Belur and Halebidu are known for its intricate sculptures, but this temple is known for its architecture. Vera Narayana Temple of Belavadi is one of the largest temple built by the Hoysala Kings.

Belavadi Veera Narayana Temple is one of the lesser known Hoysala temple

Veeranarayana Temple Belavadi

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Gandikotta - The Grand Canyon of India

Gandikotta, known as The Grand Canyon of India is located near Jammalamadugu in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh in India. Gandikotta got its name due to the ‘gorge”, in Telugu called as gandi, formed between the Erramala range of hills and the river Pennar that flows at its foot.

Gandikotta is also known as the grand canyon of india

Gandikotta Gorge

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Shettihalli Rosary Church - Hassan

Shettihalli Rosary Church, built by the French missionaries in 1860 is one of the best examples of Gothic Architecture. Shettihalli Church is located on the banks of Hemavathi River and is at a distance of 22km from Hassan. The church was abandoned after the construction of the Gorur Dam on the banks of Hemavathi River in 1960. Since then it has been a famous tourist spot for travel lovers to see the half submerged church during the monsoon.

Shettihalli Church, Hassan

Shettihalli Church, Hassan

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Bucheswara Temple - Koravagala

Bucheswara temple, located in Korvangala village of Hassan District in Karnataka is one of the finest example of 12th century Hoysala Architecture. Bucheswara temple is also spelt as Bucesvara or Bucheshvara. The temple was constructed in 1173 AD by a rich officer called Buci, to celebrate the coronation of the Hoysala King Veera Ballala II. This temple is protected as a monument of national importance by the Archeological Survey of India. Nearby to Bucheswara Temple, there are two more temples that are in ruins. From inscriptions it is evident that these temples were constructed by Buci's older broters Govinda and Naka and hence it is known as Govideswara and Nakeswara temple

Bucheswara temple in koravangala in karnataka constructed by the hoysala dynasty

Bucheswara Temple

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Panchalingeshwara Temple - Goivndanahalli

Panchalingeshwara Temple in Govindanahalli Taluk of Mandya district in Karnataka is a rare example of Panchakuta construction in Hoysala architecture. This temple was constructed by King Vira Someshwara in 1238 AD. The name “Panchalingeshwara” literally means “five linga”. This temple is protected as a monument of national importance by the Archeological Survey of India.

Panchalingeshwara Temple in govindanahalli in karnataka

Panchalingeshwara Temple

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple - Nandi Village

Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple is a Hindu temple located in Nandi village at the base of Nandi Hills in Karnataka. This temple dedicated to lord Shiva is one of the oldest temples of Karnataka, dates back to the early 9th century. Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple was constructed by the rulers of the Nolamba Dynasty and the Rashtrakuta Empire. The temple was later under the patronage of south Indian dynasties like Ganga Dynasty, Chola Dynasty, Hoysala Empire and the Vijayanagara Empire. This temple is now protected as a monument of national importance by the Archaeological Survey of India.

Pushkarani of Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple in nandi village in karnataka

Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple - Pushkarani

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Lakshminarayana Temple, Hosaholalu

Lakshminarayana Temple of Hosaholalu is a Hoysala Temple built by King Vira Someshwara in 1250CE. The temple is located at a distance of 2km from the taluk headquarters of Krishna Raja Pete in Mandya Districts of Karnataka state. There are many lesser known temples built under the Hoysala Empire between 11th and 14th century in Krishna Raja Pete. Lakshminarayana temple is one among the many unknown Hoysala temples.

Profile view of Lakshminarayana Temple, Hosaholau Mandya distict Karnataka

Lakshminarayana Temple

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Madhugiri Fort Trekking, Tumkur

Madhugiri Hill or Madhugiri Betta is one of the largest monoliths with a height of 3930ft and is one of the adventurous trekking spot located at a distance of 105Km from Bangalore. The Madhugiri fort is said to be built around 1678 during the reign of Raja Hera Gowda. Madhugiri fort trekking is little technical and steeper than most of the treks around Bangalore.

a view from Madhugiri Fort during the initial part of the trekking

Madhugiri Fort

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Shivaganga Trekking, Tumkur

Shivaganga is a small hillock located near Dabaspet in the Tumkur District of Karnataka in India. The hillock looks like a Shivalinga when seen from one of the sides and spring water found here is believed to be the sacred water from Ganga and hence the place got the name Shivaganga. Shivaganga is a place where trekking and religion comes together

Nandi Statue on top of Shivaganga hill or shivaganga betta

Nandi Statue on top of Shivaganga

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Monday, November 7, 2016


Shravanabelagola is a historical temple town and pilgrimage center located near to Channarayapatna of Hassan district of Karnataka in India. Shravanabelagola is famous for the Bahubali Statue which is supposed to be the tallest monolithic stone statue in the world with a height of 58 feet carved out of a single block of granite. The largest number of Digamber Jain Basadis in India is found at Shravanabelagola. Shravanabelagola is also famous for the largest number of rock inscriptions, concentrated at a single center.

Gomateshwara / Bahubali Statue at Shravanabelagola

Gomateshwara / Bahubali Statue at Shravanabelagola

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