Karnataka : A taste of culture.
Visiting Karnataka has been on my list for quite some time now, maybe because of the fact that I was always very fascinated by its rich culture and heritage. So, when Karnataka tourism approached me with an opportunity to visit this beautiful state, I immediately said yes. I was really thrilled to get a firsthand experience of the simplicity and calmness that this place has to offer, and the cherry on the cake was that, I was going there with my blogger friends.
Mysore, Bandipur, Coorg, Hassan, Mudigere and Bangalore were the 6 places that we covered during this week long trip and I must admit each place is unique in its own different way. We went to a new place every single day and stayed at each hotel only for 1 night, and this kind of made this trip even more exciting. This would never have been possible without our driver Narayan bhaiya, who was very sweet and cooperative and was also an important part of this trip.
Karnataka is a state that has many temples and historical monuments, so when it came to deciding the clothes for this trip, I was very clear that I wanted to go for Indian looks. I wanted to totally blend in with the vibe of the place.
For visiting the Mysore palace, which is the official residence of the Wadiyar dynasty who ruled the Kingdom of Mysore from 1399 to 1950, I wore an off white cotton suit by Vintage Loom, with “Shanti” written on its back. The architecture of the Mysore palace is very fascinating and detailed so, I wanted my outfit to be simple and unfussy.
My pick from Sue Mue, which was of blue color and had beautiful embroidery, went perfectly with the vibrant colors of the Tibetan Golden temple, which is the largest teaching center of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in the world.
For Halebidu temple, which is a 12th-century Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva and is the largest monument in Halebidu and my favorite temple of this trip I chose to wear a beautiful checked saree by Swaroop with a vibrant green color peplum blouse, to contrast with the grayish architecture of the temple.
Apart from the rich culture and heritage, this trip also gave us a taste of the nature and wildlife of Karnataka. Our cottages were in middle of the jungle and there were no fancy rooms, but they were very clean and well maintained. We never faced any problem with the accommodation. We also went for jungle safari, and saw many animals, but sadly did not spot any tigers, we just saw their paw prints. At the Dubare Elephant camp, the elephants interacted with us by splashing water at us and to be honest, I was kinda scared at first surrounded by so many elephants. It was totally a new experience for me and I’ll remember it forever.
And how can I forget to mention about the food. I personally love south Indian food and what I had on this trip was the best. The food was very homely and delicious. Raw mango and amla with red chilli powder and salt was my snack almost every day and I kid you not it was sooooo spicy and good.
I also made some very good friends on this trip. There was this french guy, Raj and it was a wonderful experience to interact with him. It was his first time experiencing the Indian culture so closely. Overall this was a fun trip, which was high on culture and traditions and gave me some beautiful memories that I’ll cherish for life.
More travel blogs coming your way super soon !!
Photographer for the trip: Sarthak Taneja