December 20, 2009

35th Annual Nilgiri's Cake Show

Every year during Christmas Nilgiri's (Bakery) conducts cake show and this year it is held in St Joseph's High School Premises from December 18 and will end on December 27th. The Main attraction this year is Taj Mahal (10ft in Height and 20ft in width) and War Ship (40ft in width). It took 25 people and 70 days to create these piece of art, about 5 tons of sugar has been used to make these cakes. There were many other models which were equally good.

Taj Mahal
War Ship

Horse Wagon
Bird Cage

December 12, 2009

Stone Temple

Just a glimpse of My World. This photo was shot in Devrayanadurga, this little place of worship built in stones dates back to 17th Century

December 10, 2009

Gopalaswamy Hills

This Photo was shot on Gopalaswamy hills which is a part of Bandipur National Forest. Its a Panorama made of 3 photo's (shot handheld)

December 7, 2009

Nellikai Basavanna

This Huge 1000 Year old Monolith Statue of the Bull is on Nandi Hills. Its called Neelikai Bassavanna (Bassavanna means bull) and measures 10 Feet long and 6 Feet Height Carved in Chola's style. This is called Nellikai Basavanna as there is a Nellikai Tree (Phyllanthus Emblica) infront of this statue.

November 30, 2009

Barachukki Waterfalls

Barachukki falls is the more awe inspiring (and my personal favorite) of the 2 falls at Shivanasamudra (Literally means Lord Shiva's Sea). Bharachukki is about 2 Km away from Gaganachukki Falls, River Cauvery splits into Western and Eastern branch. The western branch results in Gaganachukki, whereas the eastern branch results in the Bharachukki falls.

Barachukki is a jagged crashing cascade, its a segmented waterfall where the water flow is broken into many channels before dropping over a cliff, resulting in multiple side by side waterfalls. These falls are beautiful and during the monsoon the falls swell to about 1, 000 feet wide and its a sight to behold.

A particular section of a Barachukki falls (Picture below) resembles a horse shoe or a inverted "U" shape and looks like a mini Niagra Falls when the water flow is at its peak

Best time to vist these falls is monsoon, even though it was Peak season when i visit this place the water was less due to lack of rain.

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November 29, 2009

The Ruin

One of the statues found in somnathpura temple which dates back to 12th century

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November 23, 2009

Gaganachukki Waterfall

Gaganachukki Waterfall is at Shivanasamudra Island (Which is about 85kms to the east of Mysore). Gaganachukki means waterfall from the sky. It is said that the Gaganachukki falls are shaped like a large horsetail and you can see why from the picture below.

At Shivanasamudra the river Cauvery cascades down a deep rocky gorge in two breathtakingly beautiful segmented waterfalls - Gaganachukki and Bharachukki The river divides around the 700-acre picturesque Shivanasamudra Island. On the one side, it forms the Gaganachukki falls and on the other side are the Bharachukki falls.The sight of these two falls is enchanting and the best time to visit them is during the monsoon. The falls are considered to be one among the 100 best waterfalls in the world. There is a hydral power generation station belonging to Karnataka state. This hydral power plant is the first in Asia.

Gaganachukki waterfall itself is split into two segments and a common misconception about Gaganachukki is that left segment is called Gaganachukki and the right segment is called Bharachukki. In reality the Bharachukki falls are a about 2 kilomoters to the south-west of the Gaganachukki falls. This is due to the Kaveri river itself splitting a few kilometers to the south into western and eastern branches The western branch results in the twin waterfalls of Gaganachukki. (The picture above and below are the two segments of Gaganachukki)
The Waterfall in the above picture is nick named ROARER and you can imagine why

The WaterFalls are created as the River Cauvery has wound its way through the rocks and ravines of the Deccan Plateau and drops off to form waterfall, Gaganachukki is about 80 meter's high.

November 16, 2009

Lalitha Mahal Palace

The Lalitha Mahal is the second largest palace in Mysore. It is located near the Chamundi Hills, east of the city. Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV commissioned this two-storied Palace in 1921. This Palace was built to exclusively to accommodate the Viceroy of India. The palace is noted for its white colour and is visible from a great distance. This Palace is designed in Renaissance style and included designs concepts from the Italian palazzo and English manor. 

The Palace meant for special royal guests has now been converted into a heritage category five-star. The Palace has been maintained very carefully to keeps its grandeur intact. Life size portraits of the royalty of Mysore, lithographs portraying Tippu Sultan's battles with the British decorate the main hall and most of the old Palace furniture is being used in the hotel to this day

November 12, 2009

Inferno Sky

This is one of my favorite place to visit and photograph, this beautiful lake and mountain is in Pandavapura and this photo was take a few days back during a visit to my Aunty's house. I never fail to spend some time near the lake watch the birds and sunrise when ever i go there.

November 8, 2009

Masjid E-Ala

The Masjid-e-Ala or Jama Masjid in Srirangapatna is Major tourist attraction in the city and is at a walkable distance from the Srirangapatna bus stop. The mosque is located near the Bangalore Gate of the fort. Tippu Sultan built this masjid in 1784. 

The mosque has tall minarets which seems to touch the sky and the minarets stand on a high platform and has an open court in the front and a covered verandah. The minarets are double storied and octagonal in shape with pigeonholes surmounted by domes that adds to the grandeur of the entire structure. 

Masjid has a huge prayer hall and there are about 200 steps leading to the top of the minarets from where one can have a splendid view of the surrounding area.

November 2, 2009

St Francis Xavier Cathedral

I have very little information on this Cathedral but sure is a good subject to photograph and this is my first try on HDR Photography, so let me know what you think.

The first church was built in 1851 and the site on which it was built was brought from a French Catholic and a Widow of English Commander for the sum of Rs 1,000/- after about 50 years the cross from the tower of the old church fell and it was considered an outward sign to build a new church. The construction of this current church began in 1911 and was opened on May 26th 1932

Was lucky enough to take a few pictures of the interiors too... not many people were around when i visited.

October 29, 2009

Sacred Lamp

"The sacred lamp of day Now dipt in western clouds his parting day"
- William Falconer

October 26, 2009

Mysore - Part 5 (Final)

Also check Mysore Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4


District Commissioners Office which is about 2 min walk away from Mysore University

Krishna Raja Govt Hospital

From another angle

Sri Jayadeva Murugharajendra Pathology Laboratories which is in the same campus of K.R. Hospital

K.R. Hospital Out Patient Wing

Government College of Ayurveda

Govt Library which is right opposite Ayurveda College

Finally this long post has come to an end, Hope you all enjoyed your trip to Mysore :)

October 18, 2009

Mysore - Part 4

You can also read Mysore Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3


Lets go on a fun ride around Mysore and see how the other Heritage buildings and streets are decorated for Dasara, I almost forgot to show you the lightings don one Chamundi Hill to welcome Tourists... It Reads "Suswagatha" which means Welcome, it can me seen even before you enter Mysore.

Now lets come out of the Mysore Palace from the West Gate, and go in the direction same as the vehicles (This place is called KR Circle, One of  the busiest place in Mysore)

After a 3 min ride you will end up here, here's another beautiful statue of Maharaja Krishna Raja Wodayar

lets have a closer look

If you look in the same direction as the Statue is looking your view will be this, by now you would've noticed lights where ever we travelled, most of the buildings and almost all the streets will be decorated with lights.

Most of the Heritage Buildings have been converted into School's, College, Govt Office's, Hospital etc... lets have a look at some of them

Mysore City Corporation Office, Located behind the Main palace 

Jaganmohn Palace which is now a Art Gallery, it is also located behind main palace at a walking distance of about 1000 mts. from the Corporation office. It was built in 1861 to celebrate the marriage of his daughter, the princess of  Mysore. The main door of this Museum is it self a master piece of Art with intricate carvings. The original oil paintings of Raja Ravi Varma of Travancore on display here are on many mythological themes. The painting of lady holding the lamp of the Indian Artist S.G.Heldnker is another Master piece. A good collection of clocks is  also on display here. 

Government primary school located behind Jaganmohan palace

Maharaja Boy's College

Maharani Girls Science College

Mysore University

to be Continued........

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