Cintacor Island Resort, Karwar

A holiday on May 1 opened up a possibility of a 4-day long weekend. The high level plan was to visit coastal Karnataka (off season, less crowds) and Gokarna, Murudeshwara were high on the list. But after a tip from a friend and coercion from my wife, we visited this gem of a resort on a private island just off the Karwar coast – Cintacor island resort.

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Back after a hiatus

Since my outing to Kutch in December last year, my camera was mostly confined to the cozy insides of the cupboard at home. A sort of photographer’s block had set in. Well, its still there I guess. But I’m working on it. Last few occasions I went out with the camera, I came back very unhappy with the shots I made. And that triggered a downward spiral. Therein set the photographer’s block. Last week, when an outing was getting planned on a whatsapp group, I decided to join them. I programmed myself to not feel any pressure of getting even a single good shot. The goal was to get out there, explore the place and enjoy. There shouldn’t be a metric to measure that joy. And I did just that. Waking up at 3:30AM, meeting with new friends on the outing this time and heading to a place where I had no idea what it’d be like. All I knew was that its a lake and we’re going to be there before sunrise. I thoroughly enjoyed the outing – being a man of few words, I’ll just leave it at that. I usually shoot very less, compared to others I’ve traveled with. This time, I shot even lesser. But I’m going to share a few of them here. I didn’t particularly like any of them, but I thought they needn’t be perfect – actually far from it, they are quite ordinary. This time, I am merely documenting the representative set of images that I shot, while I slowly try to break the photographer’s block, forget about the elusive and imaginary bar I’ve set for myself and not forget why I got into this hobby of photography in the first...

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Kutagal, on a winter morning

Kutagal is a sleepy little village at the foot of a small hill-rise called Thimmappana betta, near Ramanagara in Karnataka. A small temple dots the hill top. Recently, this place has started to become popular among bike enthusiasts, as a neat getaway at 60KM from Bangalore. We visited the place on a winter morning, hoping to catch the golden colors at sunrise. In hindsight, I guess sometime around the monsoon season might be better since there would be some clouds in the skies to make it a much more dramatic setting. Having reached there well before sunrise, we were the only ones around. Here are a few images from that...

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Morning drive through Aiyur forest

Aiyur forest is a relatively less known place. A slightly better-known place is Bettamugilam. There are quite a few biking trip chronicled on blogs recently. The route to Bettamugilam goes through the Aiyur forest. I ventured out an early morning to drive through this forest.

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Happy new year 2018

A very happy new year to everyone! May 2018 help you realize your goals, give you good health, many a joyous moments. I’ve been busy last couple of weeks – been on a memorable trip to Kutch in Gujarat (more on this in another post), explored a few little-known places nearby, and more than anything else, spent valuable time with family and friends. I’ll take this post as an opportunity to share a few images from a lake I visited one evening. It did not have a name. Trust me not? Google maps does not have a name for it. I asked the locals around the lake – they did not give a name to it – “Its just a small lake” they said. I found it through some good-old mining on google maps satellite view. I’ll call it “Lake Anamika”. The evening was gorgeous – my only ask as a landscape photographer, was for some moving cotton clouds in sky. Though, the weather was perfect, the completely clear skies took away a bit of drama. The next day, when I visited a different place early in the morning, it was cloudy to the extent of making the sky color very flat. Yes – the struggle of a landscape photographer is very real 🙂 But, here you go –  a few images of the lake at sunset. There were a few interesting looking trees lining the road which ran beside the lake. Being right beside the road, there were very few places to get down to the lake bank – but, one of the place which was accessible on foot, did offer a nice little patch of land that jutted out into the lake, with rocks, shrubs and wild yellow flowers on it. On the other end of the lake, I could see an old mantapa amidst the water close to the bank. But there was no place to get down to the water level, unfortunately. Also seen from this point was the eyesore of a mobile tower. I tried to combine these two elements – one ancient and another modern – in one...

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Deepotsava 2017

Deepotsava is a common sight during the last week of Kartika maasa of the Hindu calendar. Lots and lots of oil lamps adorning the temples’ premises during this time is a sight to behold. This year, I spent time photographing Deepotsava in my own neighborhood temple.

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Morning ride to Nelligudde lake

Revisiting a lake near Bidadi – one which I’d visited couple of years ago on an evening. This time, its a morning and I rode my bike.

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Shirale falls

Shirale falls is a lesser known waterfall near Yellapur. Situated about half hour from the town of Yellapur, while going towards Karwar, a 20 minutes walk down and off the road gets one to the waterfalls. The path crosses a private property where a 10 rupee entry fee is collected. The walk back to the road is steep and can take up to half an hour. We discovered this waterfall while en-route to Vibhooti falls and a sign board along the highway made us stop and check it out.

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Journey to Nongriat village

This post is about our visit to Nongriat – a village near Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya. Accessible only via a foot path, one has to climb down 3500 steps from a village called Tyrna to reach Nongriat. But, let me start from where I previously left off.

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Umiam Lake, Meghalaya

Umiam lake, also called Barapani, is actually a reservoir – a man-made entity to harness the waters of Umiam river for generating hydro-electricity. We spent a day, staying at a boat-house in Umiam lake and explored the surroundings, also witnessing pre-monsoon showers in the process.

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Another evening, another lake

There are beautiful places, untouched yet to the extent which might start decaying the place. All these places need, is anonymity. I’ve always believed that the beauty of a place is proportional to how far away from a major city it is. But then, there are places like this – so close to a city like Bangalore – yet, it has managed to remain untouched to a large extent. The villages leading to this lake, are  true old-school places – using turmeric mixed with cow dung to clean their house surroundings, enjoy a quiet nap outdoors, under the shade of voluminous Banyan trees. I could sense the true charm of the quintessential village life. Beyond these villages was this lake. Though it was not empty – there were a few city dwellers who were already there – it was not teeming with throngs of loud people around. Between the time the sun set and a near-full moon took over the duties, we spent a blissful couple of hours there. Towards the end, it was disheartening to see a couple of people screaming their lungs out and making plans to camp for the night – I’m sure they’ll light a fire or two, have some drinks, make a mess and leave. Its perfectly ok to have fun, as long as you do it responsibly, while not harming the environment and making a mess with litter strewn around. I’m intentionally not disclosing the location of the place to avoid just these kind of people messing the place...

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Glimpses from Andaman islands

In early January this year, I undertook a much awaited vacation to the Andaman islands. I was earlier slated to visit the islands in early December 2016, but had to postpone my plans due to the prevailing cyclonic conditions at that time. It was a memorable week spent in the Andaman islands. I could not have asked for a better, more relaxing way to usher in the new year. Now, I’m composing a picture-heavy post showing glimpses of places I visited in the Andaman islands. Here they are, for your viewing...

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Cellular Jail, Port Blair

The cellular jail in Port Blair, was an erstwhile prison from the British colonial times. Known as Kaala Paani back then, it was used to cast off political prisoners the remote Andaman and Nicobar islands. Today, it is maintained as a national memorial.

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Kalapathar Beach, Havelock Island, Andaman

Kalapathar beach is an east-facing beach in the Havelock Island in South Andaman. The beach is situated in the south eastern part of the island.

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Gundamgere lake on new year’s eve (2017)

On the eve of the new year (2017), everyone seem to be congregating in groups and crowds to start parties, both small and big. But we were headed to low key place where we can quietly spend time doing what we love most – photographing the last sunset of 2016 by Gundamgere lake.

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Winter mornings in Bangalore

There are couple of obvious candidates for capturing the essence of winter mornings in Bangalore – Lalbagh and Cubbon park. There is, however, another place that presents an equally compelling case. Though not publicly accessible, this place takes up almost 100 acres in the heart of Bangalore. If you still could not guess the place, I’m talking about the IIMB campus.

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