Braganza Pereira House: A Fine Example of Indo-Portugese Architecture

The Braganza Pereira house has been standing tall, overlooking the Chandor town square, for over 350 odd years. The two-storeyed house is unique to Goa – you are greeted with a very Portuguese facade topped with local red-brick tiled roof. Continue reading Braganza Pereira House: A Fine Example of Indo-Portugese Architecture

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Hampiness – Beyond the Ruins

An overnight drive from Bangalore, Hampi is a heritage town in Karnataka, India. About 600 years ago, it was among the richest places in world, ruled by the powerful Vijayanagara Empire. This city is situated on the southern bank of the Tungabhadra River. It is identified with Pampa, a princess who performed tapasya for Lord Shiva. Pleased, he married her and took the name Pampapati. The Vijayanagara … Continue reading Hampiness – Beyond the Ruins

A Zen Weekend at O’land Plantation, Coonoor

Sketching At O’land Plantation Stay A drying leaf .. the last bit of green Beautiful landscapes, blue hills, forests, peace and quiet, and delicious home cooked food – these are essential elements of a weekend getaway from hectic city life. We had a perfect Zen weekend, at the O’land Plantation Stay in Coonoor. We were looking for something secluded and wild in the Nilgiris, and this estate fitted … Continue reading A Zen Weekend at O’land Plantation, Coonoor

A Tiny Tibet in Karnataka

While driving to Coorg, many tourists stop at Kushal Nagar to see the beautiful Golden Temple, eat momos, and purchase souvenirs. Few venture into the Tibetan settlements. On a trip, many summers ago, I decided to halt in Kushalnagar. A stroll brought me to a small hotel, newly opened, with clean, sparse rooms.   I have a vivid memory of enjoying delicious momos and black … Continue reading A Tiny Tibet in Karnataka