Thursday, November 9, 2017

Wonderful Western Ghats

 The Western Ghats were thickly forested in the beginning of the 20th century, but now there are only pockets of the dense rain forests remaining. I visited one such spot near Sirsi in Uttara Kannada district last week. A beautiful wild flower can be seen in the photo on top.
 A gurgling brook called Shalmala flows in the dense forest. A hanging bridge is constructed to connect the sparsely populated villages.
We wereastonished to see hundreds of shiva lingas carved on the rocks in the brook. According to legend, a childless chieftain of the area in ancient times was advised by a sage to do so. After getting the lingas carved, the chieftain was blessed with many children.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Around Valparai

Valparai is a hill station in Tamilnad, where you find unending spread of tea gardens. The Nerar dam near Valparai has a beautiful, serene waterbody. After seeing miles of tea gardens the lake was a sight for sore eyes.
Lion tailed macaques can be seen in the forests far from the tea gardens.
I hope these tropical forests will not be razed to make more tea gardens.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Fushimi Inari shrine, Kyoto

 My daughter took me to Kyoto, Japan for my birthday. We visited the Fushimi Inari shrine the day we landed. The place was quite crowded as it was the time of the Gion festival in Kyoto. The shrine is dedicated to the Shinto god Inari, who is the god of rice. The torii gates are a brilliant orange colour. They make long tunnels which go a long way up the wooded mountain.
 People write their requests to the god in paper, fold it into a face of fox and keep it on a stand.Foxes are considered to be the messengers of the god Inari.
 The forest stretches all around the shrine. The same colour is used for the fences too.
My thanks to the team of Our World Tuesday.

Monday, June 5, 2017

A Hidden Valley in the Himalayas

To escape the sweltering heat of May, people escape to the hills. Unlike Shimla and Manali, Tirthan Valley in Himachal Pradesh is still unknown to most  people. Its charm lies in the hills and thick deodar forests surrounding it , the turquois tinted Tirthan river, and the gentle people who inhabit the valley. I was in the Tirthan Valley last week, and I would like to share some pictures with you.
 A typical house in the valley with slate roof., surrounded by wheat and vegetable patches.
 The harvested land is being prepared for the next crop.
 Wild Himalayan irises carpet the mountainsides.
 A wooden bridge which leads to the Great Himalayan National Park. Tirthan valley is a part of the National Park, which is a World Heritage site.
 Thick forests on both sides of the fast flowing Tirthan river.
Thanks to the team of Our World Tuesday for giving us the joy of reading so many interesting posts.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

 The pre monsoon showers and hailstorms seems to have encouraged the Pereskia to put out its beautiful orange blooms. The long , ferocious looking thorns in the bush is a bit scary!
 The Barbados lily has also come out with a surprise. Spring time was obviously too hot for it to flower.
My thanks to the team ofOur World Tuesday for making each Tuesday a special day!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Royal Purple

 Most of the flowers are blooming in my garden in spite of the intense heat and water shortage. It is the purple ones which look cool and inviting like the Petria above. The vine has started invading the sandalwood tree next to it. I have to prune it.
 I have mulched the flower beds with fallen leaves, which seems to be appreciated by the purple ruellia.
My thanks to the team of Our World Tuesday.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Kuppali- A Poet's Home

 The home of the beloved Kannada poet K.V.Puttappa is in the midst of a dense rainforest in the Western Ghats. The lush greenery and the smells and sounds of the forest must have inspired him to write his beautiful poetry.
 The Karnataka state government has hept the ancient homestead in good repair , and has turned it into a museum.
It  was quite common for large families to live in the middle of the dense forest in the last century. People grew their own rice and vegetables, kept cows and hens, and grew spices, coffee and betelnut which brought them money.
My thanks to the team of Our World Tuesday.