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Wake up and smell the coffee in Araku Valley

It was a hot and dry afternoon as we took the road from Visakhapatnam towards Araku Valley, located in the Eastern Ghats in Andhra Pradesh.  ...
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Meet Mallitamma and his signature sculptures in Hoysala temples

The annals of Indian history are not just littered with dates of battles fought and won but by the lists of many monuments built by ...
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Five Hoysala temples not in the tourist circuit

“Hoy Sala ” ( Strike Sala ! ) said the guru Sudatta Muni to his student , Sala who was in an armed combat with ...
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Kaidala, home of a master craftsman

My tryst with the Hoysala Dynasty started innocuously when I went on a weekend getaway to Hassan over a decade ago. I had just taken ...
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Twin Hoysala Temples of Marale and Mosale

Some of India’s best-kept secrets are not found on a map. Tucked away inside golden fields with lotus ponds surrounding them, are small ancient temples ...
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Blessed by GOD at a Theyyam ritual in Kerala

One of the best ways of exploring a town is to get lost.  I was staying in a small village somewhere in between Kannur and ...
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