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Family Outing to Dakshina Kannada district

Posted in Travel on January 9, 2011 by amotings

During the December holidays, we went for a trip to south coastal Karnataka. We visited Mangalore, Udipi, Karkala and Moodbidri. This was a trip which we drove across from Bangalore.

I feel that this part of Karnataka is much less densly populated. The people were helpful, the place was much clean. Some of the roads went via mountaneous regions and the drive was beautiful.

Beautiful scenic drive greeted us along the way

Most tourist spots we visited did not have many visitors. The beaches close to Mangalore were clean and we got to watch the sunset in its beauty.

A few thoughts during this trip.

  • If you want authentic South-Indian food, this is the place. (Better not opt for North-Indian cuisine).
  • People are very clean and have a good sense of hygiene.
  • Less densly populated, also saw that people were simpler and friendly.
  • A haven for educational enthusiasts, with so many colleges for various disciplines around this place.
  • There are many religious places of interests for all religions. From Jain temples to churches to Hindu temples.
  • Do not miss the ice-creams which Mangalore is famous for – we went to Pabbas on M.G. Road.
Sunset from Ullal Beach

Sunset from Ullal Beach, Mangalore

It is a perfect place to find a small house and live after retirement. The expenses will be much lesser than it is in the metro cities. The church and even the temples we visited was a memorable experience.

There are so many beautiful spots in our country which can be developed as a tourist destination. At every few kilometers there are historic treasures over thousand years old.

Coorg visit

Posted in Travel with tags , on May 3, 2010 by amotings

A weekend spent at Coorg, with family. Initially, I was reluctant – but a friend’s family asked us to come along. Only after reaching Coorg and spending couple of nights did I realize what my mind and body was missing.  It is not that going to a hilly mountainous area is required to feel as such – I could have felt the same sitting in a chair in my room. I guess the travel and the new place surrounded by greenery made the difference to my mind.

We stayed at a homestay, sandbanks,  which was just so wonderful experience. We had wonderful food, played games and got to see the coffee estate. The hospitality of the hosts was just wonderful.

What I remember most was that my son played with his cousins to his heart’s content. I revisited my birding hobby and got to spot at least 15 different bird species. The walk in the coffee estate was a revelation as our host helped me spot many trees and identify them. I realized how rich the bio-diversity of the place was looking at all insects, birds surviving off each other.

The birds which I got to spot in my two nights stay, just in the homestay area were:

  1. 1. Large Pied Wagtail
  2. 2. Red Whiskered Bulbul
  3. 3. Plain colored flower-pecker
  4. 4. Little spider hunter (my first ever sighting)
  5. 5. Oriental Magpie Robin
  6. 6. Eurasian Golden Oriole
  7.  Spotted dove
  8.  Indian Myna
  9. Common Sparrow
  10. Coucal
  11. Egret
  12. Wild Crow
  13. Egret
  14. Mourning dove
  15. Jungle Fowl

There were many trees and shrubs which the host helped me learn and identify.

  1. Rosewood
  2. White Cedar
  3. Stone Tree
  4. Cardamom
  5. BeetleNut
  6. Pepper
  7. Cinnamon (loved the smell of the bark)
  8. Red Cedar
  9. Wild Fig Tree

…and a few other local names of trees.

The nights and days were so calm. I could hear only the forest – only the forest. Nothing else. The coffee flowers had just bloomed and they smelt like jasmine. The calmness and some sense of grounding was much needed for my tick-tock mind. I am ever so grateful for being able to “just be” with nature.

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