Bucheshwara Temple, Koravangla

The Bucheshwara temple at Koravangla is a lesser known Hoysala temple. Situated about 12 KM from Hassan, and over 900 years old, the temple is at the edge of the Koravangla village.

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A short visit to Savandurga and nearby

Savandurga is a hill located about 60km from Bangalore. We took a different approach to get to a good vantage point. From here, the huge facade of the Savandurga hill was visible.

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Radha Kunj

A small lake situated behind the Art of living property off Kanakapura road, is just ~25 KM from Bangalore. Radha kunj is the name of a private garden, owned by Art of living. Beside the garden is a little lake, which is quite beautiful and serene. A narrow bund across the lake is west-facing and offers a clean view of sunsets. We went there on a particularly cloudy day...

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Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta

Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta in Karnataka is a hill which is part of the Bandipur national forest area (“Betta” is the Kannada word for hill). The hill top is usually covered with fog almost through out the year. The nearest town is Gundlupet (situated 20 KMs away). The usual recommended time to visit the hill is early mornings. I had visited the hill back in...

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Satoddi falls

Some of the most beautiful places are the ones which have least access to human population. Sathodi falls is a prime example of this. Sathodi (Satoddi) falls is a picturesque waterfall situated near Yellapur in north Karnataka. The access to the waterfalls is via rough roads cutting through thick vegetation, the last few kilometers of which are unmetalled and bumpy....

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Madagadakere, Chikmagalur

Madagadakere is a large lake situated about 35KMs from Chikmagalur in Karnataka. This beautiful lake, is not frequented by tourists and hence the surroundings are clean and pristine. Visit to this lake early in the morning and you’ll have a chance to view a large variety of birds. The lake itself is surrounded by hills on 3 of its sides and makes for a pretty...

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Short trip to Shimoga

Last week, I did a short trip to Shimoga and surrounding areas. The outing was planned rather late and did not have much planning behind it. The idea was to make Shimoga the base and visit nearby areas. We reached Shimoga by noon on the first day. We took the longer route of (Bangalore – Tumkur – Chitradurga (NH-4) – Channagiri – Holehonnur...

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Desktop Wallpaper – January 2014

A very happy new year – wishing you all the best for 2014. Here’s the first wallpaper for the new year. I tweaked the layout a bit. Hope you like it. This is a long exposure shot from Lalbagh on a cold winter morning.

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Experiments with 10-stop ND filter – Part 1

The blog title seems as though I’m starting a series of blog posts – well, I hope to. For now, this was the first time I took my B+W 10-stop ND filter out for a spin. Having never used such a filter, it was purely an experimental outing to Lalbagh to try and learn to use the filter well. Using a filter this dark means you cannot put the filter on and then...

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Avani, Kolar – Gaya of South India

Avani, Kolar – A slice of mythology and architecture, Gaya of South India Avani is a small village situated about 30 kms from Kolar, Karnataka (Map link). It is known for the Sita temple atop a boulder-ed hillock, but is not a place frequented by tourists. This makes it a nice offbeat location, close to Bangalore, ideal for a day outing. Those who are interested in...

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Laksha Deepotsava

Laksha Deepotsava – Lamps, Decorations and Festivities at Jayarama Seva Mandali, Jayanagar, Bangalore Laksha Deepotsava is celebrated on the last new moon day (Amavasya) of Karthika maasa of the Hindu calendar. Laksha means lakh(s). Lakhs of oil lamps (Deepas) are lit on this evening around temple premises. Following are a few images taken near the premises of Sri...

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Desktop Wallpaper – December 2013

I digged up this image from my trip to Ladakh last year. This is the river Shyok, flowing through the Nubra valley. The typical desert climate of Ladakh region is evident in the image. The blue river flowing through the arid high altitude desert makes for a unique scene that is quite common in the Ladakh region elsewhere too – Rivers Indus and Zanskar, for...

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Nature and Nirvana at Chikmagalur

It was a short family trip to Chikmagalur, we were a big group of 30 and were to stay at a homestay called “Nature Nirvana”. I was a bit skeptical about the homestay itself after a recent bad experience at a Madikeri homestay (Honeypot – DO NOT venture here!). But, being located almost 35km away from Chikmagalur, this place was literally in the midst of...

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Desktop Wallpaper – October 2013

A very lean month this, photography-wise – bogged down with work and personal commitments. Here’s an image of a young hand trying to learn the wares of pottery.

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Desktop Wallpaper – September 2013

The foggy Point Reyes national seashore,...

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Gorur Hemavathi Reservoir

A short visit to the Gorur Hemavathi Reservoir After a couple of photos of the Gorur Hemavathi reservoir being full and the splendid view of water gushing out from the dam’s crest gates made appearance in newspapers last week, I decided to pay a visit. But, to my misfortune, rains had decreased over the past week and the dam’s crest gates remained shut. But I...

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