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

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

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

Udupi: Best Wishes for a Married Couple

Last Monday one of our teaching assistant’s ┬ácousins had a wedding right here in Udupi! She was so nice and invited us to come and be guests at the wedding. Well if you’ve been to a Christian marriage ceremony, this was nothing like that. We ordered a taxi and left to arrive at the Hotel … 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┬áCoconut 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

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

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