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Sultan Battery Mangalore - Tipu's Watchtower

It was around 3:30 pm in the noon. A lazy stroll on the opposite road of the new Tannirbhavi beach would direct us to Sultan battery Mangalore. The narrow road holds few cafes and stalls along the sides. Sipping juice and munching on lays, we started to walk towards Sultan Battery. Pradeep said me that Sultan Bathery is a place in Kerala, and this must be some other place we are confused. So, I rechecked google maps and reconfirmed that this place is called as "Sultan Battery" and not be confused with Sultan Bathery of Kerala. Maps also showed me "Sultan Battery Ferry line" across the river and made me more curious :O [caption id="attachment_6177" align="alignnone" width="2258"] "Sultan Battery Ferry line" - I was curious to found out [/caption] The first view of the backwaters [caption id="attachment_6187" align="alignnone" width="1182"] The first sight of backwaters[/caption] Within 10 mins

Kateel temple - A True feel of divinity

A glimpse of Maravanthe beach playing on the mind, the next plan was a quick drive to Mangalore and return back to Udupi.  It was 10:30am when we routed to Mangalore to visit Kateel temple. Since childhood, Mangalore is dear to my heart as I had heard a lot about it from my  Mangalore friends <3 Though it is a black box for me, I had good references to Mangalore culture.  Bhoota kola, Yakshagaana, Dollu kunitha being their iconic dance forms. Also, I cannot stop myself from praising the pathrode and neer dose . Obviously, for non-vegetarians, it is a paradise for seafood. We had an interesting discussion on the various angles of Mangalore among us. Kateel Durgaparameshwari temple is an ancient temple and is the Goddess of Shakti worshipped largely by the coastal areas of Karnataka. As I had observed, most Mangaloreans would have a photo of Kateel devi in their home. So, this had made me curious to visit this temple whenever I would be in Mangalore. Many great personalities visi

Kere Basadi - Bliss of Varanga Jain temples [ Udupi trip Part-2 ]

With Udupi Sri Krishna Temple behind us, it was onward onto Kere Basadi - Varanga, Karkala . This place was on my bucket list for two years. I was impressed by the aerial view of this Jain temple posted on social media. I always felt "That's the place to live amidst nature". The greenery and an outstanding structure in the center of the lake always fascinated me. With the setback of Jomlu theertha falls, my friends somehow reluctantly agreed to visit this place on my words, and hence we were looking forward to exploring this unexplored place in Varanga, Karkala. A brief note on Kere Basadi Kere Basadi is located in Varanga , a small village 26kms from Karkala, Udupi. Varanga is a popular Jain pilgrim center. The village is a home for many centuries old ancient Basadis. The word Varanga is also closely associated with Varangacharita, a novel on fictional prince Varanga to preach principles of Jainism . The main Basadis here are Neminatha Basadi (Here Basadi), Chandranath

Vishwa Shanti Ashram visit - Glimpse of Mahabharatha

Rains were lashing Bengaluru again. The monsoon winds summoned for a short drive. The NH4 - Tumkur road is the nearest highway to my place. Very near on this highway, the outskirts of Bengaluru has a peaceful place - Vishwa Shanti ashram Bangalore - Vijaya Vittala / Vishwaroopa / Vishvarupa temple. Brief on the place: Vishwa Shanti ashram is located near Nelamagala, around 27kms from Bengaluru . The Ashram is here since long and is believed to be established in 1982 by Sant Keshavadas and inaugurated in 1990. The place is an ideal for a day out picnic and relaxation. This spot has been featured in few movie shoots, mainly famous for the giant Vishwaroopa Vishnu Statue. Journey: On a Saturday afternoon after a delightful lunch, my friend and I started driving to the Vishwa Shanthi ashram. The sky was covered with dark clouds. The NH4 has great roads and a fast drive on the flyovers was really thrilling. A straight ride of 40mins led us to Vijaya Vittala Nagar. Note that the entrance is