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

Udupi: Chariot of Lord Krishna

This semester I’ve been to the Krishna temple about 5 times, but every time I’ve missed the real activity that goes on. Well this time, I went with some Indian friends, and we went for the evening ceremony (7pm). Finally! It was the perfect time to go! I had read about how this is one … Continue reading

Karkala: Cashews in the Making

This past Friday our field visit took us to learn about the occupational hazards that face workers in the cashew industry in South India, with special attention paid to issues regarding contact dermatitis. This factory is one of the largest in the area, with Karkala housing 10 cashew factories. It is the largest exporter to numerous countries … 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

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

Hiriyadka Water Treatment Plant: Water, Water Everywhere

Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink…that is until it is purified at the Hiriyadka Water Treatment Plant. This field visit we toured the local water treatment plant and learned about the purified water in the region. This plant provides water to Manipal and half of the Udupi district. The water is drawn … 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

Bangalore: Culture Hidden Among Modernization

We departed Friday night from Udupi on an overnight train that took us straight to Bangalore – it was my first experience on a sleeper train (class: 3 AC) and it was rather comfortable (though the top bunk stinks!). We had blankets and pillows provided and before I knew it we were waking up and … Continue reading