Mangalore: Opportunities Galore

My last weekend in Manipal and I finally got around to exploring “what there is to see” in Mangalore. While, Mangalore is not the BEST city I’ve been to in India, it does have its merits. Most notably, the St. Aloysius Chapel, Bejai Government Museum, and St. Francis Xavier’s Church. From where the bus dropped … Continue reading

Gokarna: Meditation at Om

In between Goa and Udupi (the “city” that Manipal is a part of), lies Gokarna. Though we could have spent weeks exploring the different beaches in Goa, we decided to check out somewhere new on our way home…and chose to stop in Gokarna. We arrived via train on Monday afternoon and not knowing very much about the … Continue reading

Goa: Chillin’ in a Fridge

This past Diwali weekend we had Monday off, so we figured the best thing to do would be go on an Adventure! We managed to take a mini-vacation before our finals really kicked into gear! Goa pulls 12% of the tourists to India, especially international tourists. Goa may seem like a city, but it is … Continue reading

Deepak Common: The Hanging Bridge

This past Wednesday I visited “the hanging bridge” with two of my friends. This hanging bridge, built in 1991, rests over the Manipal Delta and connects two villages – Padukudru to Thimmannakudru. It was quite the adventure to find, and we even ran into the ocean before we came to the bridge. We were able … Continue reading

St. Mary’s Islands: A Geological Wonder

Last Sunday I took a trip with some friends to the Saint Mary’s Islands (known as Coconut Island and Thonsepar) off the coast of Malpe Beach. We caught a boat leaving from the beach for Rs. 150 round-trip and ambled around the island for an hour, before heading back. According to folk legend, it was here … Continue reading

Varkala: Paradise by the Arabian Sea

After spending a great day in Fort Kochi we were on our way down the coast of Kerala to Varkala. We were staying at Akhil Beach Resort…and it was gorgeous and even had a pool!! There were so many tourists in Varkala I was able to wear a bikini bathing suit for my first time in India! … Continue reading

Fort Kochi (Cochin): A Town Thriving on Tourism

Eight hours after our departure from Ooty, after a train and a bus ride, we found ourselves in Fort Kochi (the Indian name change was effective in 1996). We arrived at sunset and were able to catch a quick glimpse of the town. We stayed at Fort House Hotel, which looked like a beautiful beautiful … Continue reading

Hampi: The Ruins of Old and New

After taking the overnight train to Hopset, and a quick bus ride later, we found ourselves in the small temple town of Hampi – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An ancient town – many changes have occurred in Hampi in just the past few years. Most notably the vibrant “Hampi Bazaar” is nearly gone. Indians … 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

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