Bengare: Peace at the Arabian Sea

This last Sunday night in Manipal I took a trip with some friends down Kodi Bengare Hoode Road, toward Delta Beach…but we stopped a bit short. This road is gorgeous as it has the river on the right side, and the sea on the left. This beautiful isolated beach was pristine, free of trash, and … Continue reading

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

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

Manipal and a Trip to Mangalore and Udupi

Here’s a little bit of an update on this past week! We had our first week of classes, and its nice to get into a rhythm again… Can something be more fun than class?! We went to Fun Fest this week to check that hypothesis. “Fun Fest” was organized by students to keep the culture … Continue reading

Only the Beginning

I was overwhelmed at first. I am not too proud to admit that…and through my first few weeks, filled to the brim, I have encountered enough cultural nuances and subtleties to write a blog…oh wait. Below I’ve listed some of the main observations that I’ve encountered. The University is gorgeous. When I say that I … Continue reading