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    Belur/Halebed/Shravanbelagola/mysore

    by mallyak Updated May 8, 2007

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    Belur - a jewel of south Indian architectureis located about 17km SW of Halebed in hasaan district.The Chennakeshava temple is the main attraction here depicting Hoyasala architecture.The entire surface of the grey-green structure is cvered with richly textured releif carvings of female dancers, elephants and musicians.
    Halebed is set among lush vegetationwas the hoyasala capital in the 13th centurywith the principal attraction being the Hoysaleshwara temple
    Shravanbelagola is a small town situated between two granite hills-Indragiri and Chandra giri.It is dominated by the colossal 17.7 metres high monolithic statue of Gommateshwara.
    The easiest way to see these 3 sights in Karnatak astate is to take a private taxi to the City of Hassan from were Shravanbelagola is not far and would take about 3 hours to climb to the top admire the spectacular scenary and the Statue and climb down.It might be worth while to spend the night at Hassan an d the next day take the trip to Belur /halebed and Mysore.
    Mysore , the capital of the Wodeyar rulers , is a sleepy laid back city .Several elegant buildings enhance the wide tree lined streets.
    In the heart of the city is the Amba Vilas palace with the jagmohan palce to the west.Photograpghy is not allowed inside the palaces
    The Cathedral of st .philomenas is a neo Gothic structure reputed to be the tallest church in the world is worth a visit.
    A visit to chamundi hills is well worth the trip with a Nandi cow monolith dating to 1659 is half way up the hill.

    Mysore city Palace BelurChennakeshava temple Hoysaleshwara temple entrance Statue of Gomateshwara at Sravana Belagola

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    Postcard Browsing

    by muddybok Updated Mar 20, 2006

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    You might have read & rated this tip in other India pages of mine. You may skip it if you already read about this.


    Besides planning your train/bus tickets properly while you're on your South India trip, I personally feel that postcard browsing on 1st postcard selling boy approaching you (of course got to be after you settle for your lodging) is not necessary a bad idea.

    I happened to travel with a very seasoned backpacking and well planning travel mate with almost 80% planned out before we're arriving at the destination. Postcard browsing will help you to complete the remaining 20% (if not more) when you're in that particular town.

    Most postcard sellers will carry localized and specific postcards around the location (say 100-200KM radius) and you'll get to spot some "must see"s impromptu and also pick up some great photographic themes and they are most likely to be your most memorable thing for that town/location.

    This is especially true for traveling in a subcontinent like India where missing a particular spot may means that you may miss it forever. Please do not get me wrong that India is a bad place to travel. India does not get the "Incredible India" as the travel slogan for no reason. It's a beautiful country, but other factors such as air pollution, difficulty for arrange for train tickets and such will deter you from returning to India just to complete what you've just missed in your previous trip.

    So, get the most out of that single trip. If you really like certain postcards, you may help the postcard boy financially but do remember to strike the best deal for those cards.

    Chamundi Hill The Mysore Palace Sweet stuffs Colors
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    Color (Gulal) and smell

    by muddybok Updated Feb 22, 2006

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    In Mysore, sandalwood (or oil) will be one single item that you aught to buy because they are mostly produced here. Of course not all sandalwood oil on sales is totally pure without adding other substances. You're encouraged to purchase sandalwood oils from government joints to ensure its purity and quality of those sandalwood products.

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    Gulal is a perfumed powder that is offered to godess.These colored powder is part of Sringar and symbol of joy we put on our forehead too and throw in air in relegious processions as a gesture of Joy.

    In South India, there is a tradition of making beautiful Rangoli (floor decorations) by South Indian women using gulal. Rangloi of Gujrat is also famous for thier traditional patterns.

    These stores will normally sell incense as well. You will be most likely to be approached by store takers for buying incense with them. I must say that most of these incense smell really great and no harm getting some if you can strike a good deal.

    Gulal Gulal and incense store
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    Clock Tower & Surrounding

    by muddybok Updated Feb 20, 2006

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    I didn't cover much at Mysore because I only manage to run of from my work slightly less than a month. For that reason, I visit only what I think it shall not be repeated on my other stopovers.

    I didn't do much of temples probably because I already templed out at Hampi (one stop before this). Mysore is quite manageable by foot except those attractions that located far from town and I only did the Chamundi Hills just to while half a day at Mysore. Other time, I was slowly walking around town, buy bus tickets (to Ooty) and people watching in the late afternoon.

    The clock tower located almost at the centre of the town and not far from all the cinemas and bus station. This particular cinema (see picture) boasts about the first in Mysore to have air conditioning. Me and my friend were thinking watching a hindi movie just to break our movie watching record in India, unfortunately we were deny enter to the cinema compound by some guys not wearing uniforms because our dinner served late. To them it must be quite big deal to watch a movie in the air conditioning cinema.

    I don't even bother to argue with them that I only interest to enter and see some of their movie posters. So, I just take it very easy for the night, after all I am just waiting for the day break so that I can go photo shooting at the Flower & Veg Market.

    Clock Tower Cinema Street Scene Mysore Street Scene
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    Raganathitu Bird Sanctuary

    by Skibbe Written Feb 19, 2006

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    Nice nature preserve between Bangalore and Mysore. Not much to do there but to take the boat ride and see the crocodiles (whom they assured me are only interested in eating bugs and fish) and many kinds of birds. It was very peaceful there.

    Me on the boat The lake at the sanctuary A nest seen while on the lake The friendly crocs Gardens at the sanctuary's entrance
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    Maharajah's Palace

    by Skibbe Written Feb 19, 2006

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    Interesting palace built around the turn of the 20th century. Its a mixture of old Indian and European elements of that time, with teak, ivory, stained glass, marble, frescoes, etc.

    You are allowed to take your camera onto the grounds but you have to return it to a station by the gate (and pay 2 Rupees) before you go inside, and you cannot wear shoes inside.

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    Vegs & Melons

    by muddybok Updated Feb 19, 2006

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    Sorry if I am too carried away with flowers and incense in this market. The vegetables and fruits section somehow give you a very good photographic themes of taking them in clustered arrangement. Of course people watching in this market will also make you see many interesting local lives and purchasing behaviors.

    During my visit, I realized that most customers buying in big volume for everything. That includes chilies, vegetables & melons, as if they are buying to feed big household or for business purposes. Some of them even carry their purchases in big gunny sacks.

    Also seek approval from veg sellers before taking their photo and what they sale. I realised that most Muslim sellers are most likely to deny you from taking their photos, but the younger store keepers will dying to get themselves imprint into your camera films or space.

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    Flower and Veg Market

    by muddybok Updated Feb 19, 2006

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    Not many guide books nor web pages mentioned about this market. Lonely Planet however did stating this place as quite interesting, but to a shutter happy guys like me it's almost heaven.

    In here, you'll see many activities starting from morning till slightly past noon. If you are happened to be here before 9am, you will get to see flower auction at the left-side of the market starting from the main entrance of the market.

    The sellers will bring their "flower balls" wrapping in the clothes and arranged nicely awaiting for the auctioneer to conduct the auction. While the auction is carried out, the potential buyer will test out how compact the flower ball is and purchase for their retail business purposes.

    There are some stores selling strings of flower rings ready to be used for worshipping purposes. You will see lots of bees flying around those flowers especially those that made of jasmine.

    Flower Auction Flower ball for Wholesales & Auction Flower ball for Wholesales & Auction
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    Monkey Business

    by Pete.Gibson Written Oct 24, 2005

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    The Banyan tree not only has a broad leaf canopy which is cool and refreshing it also bears a reddish brown fruit, so you get all kind of animals and birds living in it, Squirrels, bats, rats, snakes, owls, crows, and of course Monkeys who also love the many twisting branches

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    Big Banyan Tree

    by Pete.Gibson Written Oct 24, 2005

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    This extraordinary tree which has spread to cover an area of over 3 acres is over 400 years old, and is a popular picnic spot for locals, The banyan is a species of tropical fig it develops aerial roots which grow down from the branches once they reach the ground they root and form into thick stems, allowing the tree to spread over a large area

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    The Amba Vilasa Hall

    by cadzand Updated Feb 24, 2005

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    The Ambasavila, is the most gorgeously decorated hall, with a harmonious composition in colours. The floor, in between the pillars is inlaid with Agra work. The teak-wood ceiling too is magnificent having bold an intricate carving designs. Every door, silver, teak and rosewood with ivory inlay, has charming decorative designs, depicting the ten incarnations of Vishnu.

    No pictures may be taken inside the palace. This is a scan of a postcard. Sorry for the bad quality of the picture.

    At the entrance you can buy a visitor’s guide and a set of postcards for Rs 50

    The Amba Vilasa Hall
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    Souvenirs

    by cadzand Updated Feb 24, 2005

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    If you like to buy some souvenirs as there are sandalwood elephants, boxes, beautifully carved wooden boxes with or without cupper engraving, don’t hesitate, take the opportunity. On top of the Chamundi Hill there are loads of vendors. The quality is good and the prices here are much lower than in the official shops.Don't forget the bargaining.
    Thirsty ? buy you a delicious fresh coconut with the juice for a few Rps

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    Shwetha Varahaswami Temple

    by cadzand Written Feb 23, 2005

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    Thi 18th century temple is one of 12 that lie within the palace grounds. It is dedicated to the Varaha incarnation of Vishnu. The 5-story gopura is whitewashed; the only figural sculptures are dvarapalas flanking the openings, and guardian faces on the top story.

    Temple inside the Palace
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    Offerings and blessings

    by cadzand Updated Feb 23, 2005

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    As in every temple in the South of India, you have to leave your shoes outside. No pictures are allowed once inside the temple. This is one of the offering and blessing places outside the sanctum sanctorum.

    Offerings at Chamundeshwari
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    A fairy tale

    by cadzand Updated Feb 21, 2005

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    On Sundays and holidays (ours was on Independence day 26th Jan.) the palace is wonderfully illuminated from 7 until 8 pm. Don’t miss it. It gives you the wonderful feeling of living in a fairy tale. A must see !!!

    Wonderful Palace at night
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