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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Pics from a Trip

The ruins of the Vijayanagara empire, which reached its zenith under Krishnadeva Raya, were our last stop on our trip back from Goa. Here are some of the pictures from Hampi, once its capital.



The Krishna Bazaar in Hampi, across the Krishna Temple.



The Krishna Temple, full of carvings. A fairly large complex, the main deity is now housed in the Connemara Museum, Chennai.



There are several mandapams (platforms) like this all over Hampi.



The beautifully symmetrical Stepped Bath.




A view of the landscape, so typical of the Deccan area. Notice the monolithic Nandi just to the left of centre.



The famous musical pillars, not open to prodding and tapping anymore!



The monolithic Lakshmi Narasimha, though Lakshmi is missing.



The Virupaksha temple, this gopuram (tower) commissioned by Krishnadeva Raya


Now come the photos from Goa



The Shantadurga temple, Kavlem



Twilight over the Mandovi River, Panaji



Vanilla in a plantation, Ponda



The view from a hillock - in the far distance is the majestic tower of St Augustine's Church, now in ruins



The Safa Shahouri Masjid, near Ponda



The Haravale waterfall, near Arvalem rock-cut caves



Cloves, in the plantation



The Church of the Mount of Our Lady, so typical of the white churches that dot the landscape.



View from Cabo de Rama, a fort enveloped by the sea.



A cashew tree in bloom, and a fruit that's beginning to develop.

A couple of pics from places en route to Goa



The decorated ceiling of the Mahamaya Temple, Ankola, Karnataka





A monilithic Nandi from the Aghoreswara Temple, Ikkeri, Karnataka.

14 Comments:

Blogger Sharmi said...

Thanks a lot Sra for sharing those lovely pictures. I enjoyed them a lot especially the Hampi temple. I know its very famous for the pillars and never been there though. I also liked the Vanilla flower. its so amazing!! and the cashew flowers too. Oh gosh you had a great trip.

cheers
sharmi

1:30 PM  
Blogger sra said...

Sharmi, glad you enjoyed them. This is my second trip to Hampi but as good as the first because my first was in school and I didn't remember much.

9:12 PM  
Blogger Vcuisine said...

Sra, lovely pictures which makes us to visit those places. Hope you enjoyed your trip. We learn many thrings by travelling. Viji

9:46 PM  
Blogger Sandeepa said...

Lovely pictures Sra. I would have loved to visit Hampi...I don't know if I ever will :(
Some of The Goa pics looked familiar
How is the weather now ? Is it hot ? Vizag is pleasant anyway, right ?

6:48 AM  
Blogger sra said...

Viji, thank you. The credit for most of these pix goes to the spouse.
Sandeepa, it's hot alright! I don't live in Vizag, though. :)

7:14 AM  
Blogger Sandeepa said...

I always somehow thought you are in Vizag !!!

7:08 AM  
Blogger sra said...

Must be my Vizag genes peeping through - part of my family lived there for many, many years :)

11:03 AM  
Blogger KrishnaArjuna said...

Sra
How was the weather at Hampi, we were supposed to goto Hampi in Jan but Krishna stopped me saying that it would be too hot for me.. so I can't imagine how it would be now in March.

11:46 AM  
Blogger sra said...

Arjuna, it was blazing away even at 9-10 in the morning! The hotel said temperature was averaging 40 C!

9:40 PM  
Blogger Pankaj Gupta said...

good pics--coooooooool.

7:23 AM  
Blogger LERA said...

Had been to hampi a couple of years back,quite an Interesting place, your pictures are bringing back memories.Good day to you!

6:49 PM  
Blogger sra said...

Pankaj, thanks.
Lera, grand place, isn't it? Have a nice day.

5:30 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Those pics of goa take me back to my years of stay there..nothing like Goa..the pic across the river mandovi..did you click that from kala akademy?..

and the ponda pic.. from the spice farm?

10:12 PM  
Blogger Cynthia said...

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6:20 AM  

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