the-south-asian Life & Times                       July-Sep 2011




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 'Pride of the South'
 - 5-Star Time Travel
 Thru Karnataka









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'Pride of the South’

A Five-Star Time Travel Through karnataka

Day 5 – Hampi

14th – 16th century AD

Train Station - Hospet

It was an early morning departure for Hampi, the site of the erstwhile 14th century imperial city of Vijayanagar, located on the Tungabhadra river in what is now central Karnataka. Now a World Heritage site, Hampi was a bustling cosmopolitan city in the 14th century, known for its grandeur, wealth and beauty. Today it lies in ruins – a virtual open-air museum. Giant boulders, precariously balanced in piles, lie strewn all over the site, defying the law of gravity.  The terrain is a result of millions of years of erosion. The silent granite landscape seems surreal – almost like a set from a Ridley Scott film. Geology, mythology and archaeology – all are a part of this remarkable landscape.

Day 6 – Badami

Chalukya Dynasty
5th to 8th century

A short train journey from Hospet brought us to Badami. As we got off the coach at the foot of the cave temples, we were warned of theft that happens habitually to almost all visitors. The thieves were none other than the local monkeys. They were present in hordes, assessing everybody, scanning for goodies.  Badami is famous for its four cave temples - hewn out of sandstone on the precipice of a hill. These are amongst the earliest Brahmanical caves

Day 7 – Goa

It was a perfect way to end a perfect week. Goa’s churches and beaches are what we saw and savoured. It was a Sunday morning – the churches were busy and the beaches abuzz. The shops were closed – but not so the liquor stores – selling the local cashewnut brew called ‘Feni’. Our guide shared some interesting facts about Goa. Goans do not eat lentils – it is considered ‘prison food’ – because lentils are served only in prisons in Goa! We spent the afternoon at a beach resort – and the aquaphobic ones amongst us, ventured out in the village for a leisurely stroll. The houses are colourful – no colour is considered unusable.




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