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Wordless Wednesday: The Old Man and the Sea

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Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art (Thanjavur Palace)

Trying to interpret the theme and selecting a fitting image from archives, took more time than usual, here issue was with options 🙂

If you ever happens to travel in the temple state of Tamil Nadu, you won’t come back empty handed, but with a bucket full of incredible images from the temples and palaces.

Let me share a few images taken during our visit to Thanjavur palace and museum.

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Kerala

Theyyam: The divine dance from gods own country

Let me Reblog my post on “theyyam” which was published in “Life In Russia” yesterday here,

Life in Russia

Do you ever get a feeling when you see an amazing picture, maybe a bit of Deja vu, maybe some goosebumps for some unknown reason, that you’ve been there before or the photos you are looking at come from some other worldly place. I knew when I first saw Sreejith’s work that he has an amazing eye. Very few photographers are able to catch the moment with such realism and yet with a bit of mystery. I am so honored to present his work and blog here on “Life in Russia”. You can find more of his work here: Santiago the Shepherd

The Gods in Action

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Have you ever got a chance to see gods in action?

They descent to earth, dance to the drum beats and talks to you…

It’s sheer magic that unfolds right in front of your eyes when you are watching a “theyyam” dancer performs.

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Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: On the Move

Seeing the theme for this week’s photo challenge, the first thing that came to my mind was the flight journey we had with our infant daughter.

The trip from Bangalore to Mumbai was like a breeze and the cloud formations were really a treat to the eyes.

Let me share a few images from that trip here,

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Jog Falls: Feel a river coming down from heavens

Have you ever imagined, how it feels like, standing right under a river which is coming down from the heavens?

You could feel it, if you come down to Jog Falls, the second highest plunge waterfall in India.

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Our much awaited tour to Jog got a bumpy start as a train got derailed just in front of ours and we had to take a much longer detour.

It was a six hour overnight journey to Shimoga from Bangalore, which became a sixteen hour endeavor.

But it provided us with a great opportunity to see the beautiful country side.

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We reached Shimoga (which is the nearest rail head for those who visit Jog Falls) by 5 pm.

There we found the famous toy train, which used to take people pretty near to Jog Falls.

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To compensate for the lost day, we quickly moved to the Bhadra Dam site where a light drizzle and a refreshing breeze washed away all the tiredness.

Next day early morning we were off to Jog, through the lush green Malanadu or the Rain Country, and it really was a roller coaster ride through the winding roads.

Once we reached Jog falls, we were treated with the amazing view of the Sharavathi river valley.

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Enjoying the view of the valley and the falls from the edge of the falls we moved to the observation deck.

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The observation deck is the best place to get the complete picture of the water fall, where you could see all four different falls (Raja, Rani, Rocket and Roarer) forming the mighty Jog.

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From here we can go down to the river bed through bushes and steep steps cut in rocks( around 1400 in number).

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The view kept changing and the whole ambiance became so dramatic and refreshing with a drizzle created by the falls.

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And finally we had to turn off our cameras and just feel the ambiance. Looking up, I felt, streams were descending from clouds and meeting the river silently.

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No one felt like coming back from this extravagant show of nature, but with limited time we had to explore a few more places before catching our train back to Bangalore.

Other places of Interest nearby:

Ikkeri temple: The old temple of Ikkeri is a less known place and worth exploring.

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Sringeri: We managed to explore the Vidyashankara temple and the matha of Adi shankara. The stone carvings of the temple were mighty impressive and show cases the development of the craft some 700 years ago.

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Best time to visit: Jog changes from a mighty intimidating falls to a narrow stream from time to time.

During the peak monsoon months(July and August), people are not allowed to go down the steps to the river bed and

during  the summer months (January to May) Jog won’t impress you with a scaled down version 🙂

To me, the best time to visit Jog would be just after the monsoon(September and October).

Places to stay: Even though Sagara is the nearest town to Jog falls, more options for accommodation would be available in Shimoga.