Kudremukh National Park: Kingdom of Clouds

While Kudremukh literally means “horse’s face” –  and there is a hillside that looks vaguely like a horse, another blogger called it a Kingdom of Clouds, and that is really the best way to describe it. We were supposed to go to a tea plantation this past weekend, but due to a scheduling error we … Continue reading

Ganesh Chaturthi and Kapu Beach: Midweek Exploration

Last Wednesday was Ganesh’s Birthday, aka there were Sri Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations everywhere! We were given Wednesday off – though some people celebrated the birthday for the entire week. There were parades all through the streets with terracotta and clay statues dotting Manipal. These statues were on display for a few days while people went … Continue reading

Jog Falls and Murudeshwara: The Wonders of Water

This past weekend most of our group headed over to Jog Falls – but this isn’t a trip to be taken lightly. First things first, we needed to figure out how to get there. We decided the best way to do it, really the only good way, was to hire a driver. How to get … Continue reading

Namma Bhoomi: A Small NGO with Big Plans

Last weekend we went to the NGO Namma Bhoomi. Literally meaning “Our Land,” this small organization in Karnataka is doing big things for the employment prospects of hundreds in the state. Based on education and offering equal opportunities for boys and girls, this NGO teaches “life skills” in addition to academic courses to boys and … Continue reading

Karkala and Moodabidri: Jainism Explored

The trip for our Contemporary Indian Society class, to Karkala and Moodabidri were stunning. It was exactly what I had wanted to see when I was going to India. Here is some context and pictures for the sites! We first visited Karkala, a town just 30km from Udupi (where Manipal is located). There we first … Continue reading

Manipal: Happy Onam!

Two weeks ago there was an Onam Celebration on campus, there were a variety of activities going on to celebrate culture – as Onam is traditionally the new year’s celebration in Kerala. I found all of this out, while walking to the library and encountering this on the ground. It was so beautiful that I … Continue reading