The Great Arabian Sea Drive

Joining elephants in their bathrooms in Dubare, Coorg, Karnataka: The Great Arabian Sea Drive Day 26

So what if it is like a pet elephant facility? A visit to the Dubare Elephant Camp in Coorg is a must visit. You can go there as a day visitor or as a guest[Read More…]

Reaching for the clouds in Talacauvery, Coorg, Karnataka: The Great Arabian Sea Drive Day 25

It happens very often in the Himalayas, but I never expected to be inside clouds down south in Coorg in Karnataka. It happened in Talacauvery. Located about 42 kms (26 miles) from Madikeri where I[Read More…]

In Coorg, Karnataka – the Scotland of India? The Great Arabian Sea Drive Day 25

It is peak summer in the south, when the sun is at its harshest. The monsoons are some time away, and the skies are cloudless. But not much to worry in Coorg, referred to by[Read More…]

Belur, Karnataka – and another work of art: The Great Arabian Sea Drive Day 24

The Hoysalas were at it in Belur even before they reached Halebidu – building beautiful temples. Belur, called Dakshina Varanasi (Benares or Varanasi of the south), was known as Velapuri, Velur and Belapur in olden[Read More…]

Halebidu, Karnataka – One of the many wonders of India: The Great Arabian Sea Drive Day 24

Whenever I see any great works of design and architecture from times gone by, I wonder why the modern world cannot emulate these? Is it lack of skills? Or did royal patronage and vanity allow[Read More…]

Cruising with River Terns in Bhadra Reservoir, Karnataka: The Great Arabian Sea Drive Day 24

There is something enchanting about early morning and evening cruises in rivers and lakes – and I sure was looking forward to one in Bhadra Reservoir. The staff at River Tern Lodge had requested I[Read More…]

A safari in Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka: The Great Arabian Sea Drive Day 23

The day started with a flat tyre. Then I took the wrong road from Chikmagalur to Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary – drove 20 kms (13 miles) before coming all the way back.

Hotel Review: Devra Homestay / Hotel, Udaipur, Rajasthan – Why would you stay anywhere else?

They advertise themselves as a hotel on their website but they really are a true homestay. Where your hosts, erstwhile royalty Major Durga Das and Jyoti Jasol, treat you royally. And for once, you can[Read More…]

Chikmagalur, Karnataka – Coffee first grown here in India but not served: The Great Arabian Sea Drive Day 22

Raindrops are falling on my head…and I am having coffee on the road to Chikmagalur – where coffee was first grown in India. About 350 years when a seer is believed to have smuggled a[Read More…]

Spotted on the roads of Karnataka: The Great Arabian Sea Drive

Wherever you are in the world, there is no dearth of something or someone to attract your attention – and impress you, or make you wonder in amazement, to make you ponder, or to humour[Read More…]