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When the River Meets the Sea

A month ago I visited Velankanni, a Special Grade Panchayat Town in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu in India. This place is famous for its Churches. Myriads of pilgrims visit this place. It was the time of Christmas and the town lustred with Christmas vibes.

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It is winters in India during December, so the climate was pretty decent. During the summers the temperature here would be quite high and I say this because I had visited this place a few years back during the summer season.

I always wanted to see the river meet the ocean and luckily I had the chance to witness it in Velankanni. The Vellayar, a minor branch of Kaveri River discharges itself into the sea in Velankanni. There were some other people around me, who too were curious to see the river meet the sea. Together we headed towards the spot where the river met the sea.

Since the soil was loose due to erosion by the river I did not step down into the river on reaching the spot because as the erosion continues to grow in magnitude the mouth of the river widens and the flow rate too increases, and stepping into the river at such a point is quite risky and dangerous. However, some of the curious people that I mentioned earlier stepped into the river where the erosion rate was less and some among them tasted the water and exclaimed saying “The water here is sweet !!!” They were excited because just few yards away the water in the sea was saline.

If you are a geography student you mayn’t find the above paragraph to be something cool because you already know the factors affecting salinity. For the regular folks the above paragraph can be a cool thing.

Moving on, when the tides become stronger and mightier they drag the sand towards the mouth of the river and close the mouth of the river, when the tides get low the sand deposition acts as a barrier between the sea and the river. When the volume of water in the river increases this barrier is broken and the aforementioned process continues in a cyclic manner.

After witnessing the river meet the sea, I went on for shopping at the nearby stores and I found that the price for the same articles varied from store to store. In some stores I ended up paying a higher price since, I did not know the real price or intrinsic value of the articles and in some stores I bargained and got few articles for a cheaper price.

Moving on to food, very few restaurants served tasty food and I found the price to be pretty expensive. I also visited the various church canteens, the food there was pretty good and worth the money.

I also visited the museum, the walls of the museum described the various events that happened in Velankanni in chronological order and the museum also showcased the various offerings given by pilgrims and devotees.

There are two spellings to the name of this town, as per the sign boards I witnessed, I’ve used only one among them in this post.

Well folks, that was it. See you next time with a different post. Have a great day 🙂

Travel Diaries from the Gateway of Malnad

Shivamogga also known as Gateway of Malnad is a city in the state of Karnataka. The city lies on the banks of river Tunga and is a tourist destination due to a lot of attractions present within and around this city. I visited this amazing place few months ago and I’ll be narrating my lovely experience in this city in the following paragraphs.

To begin with my favourite part of the tour was at the Sakrebyle Elephant Camp, at the camp the elephants are trained and taken care. In the mornings the Mahouts make the elephants walk towards the water bodies to bathe the elephants. Visitors can have a good look at the elephants being trained. I took a snap of a baby elephant during its regular walk.

Shivamogga is also known for its greenery, the image below shows a calm and secluded road.

The above image was shot on my way to the Gajanur dam. As the name suggests Gajanur dam is a water reservoir built across the river Tunga. There’s also a bird sanctuary located within few miles from the dam. The following images shows the dam and its surroundings.

Another cool place to visit in Shivamogga is the Shivappa Nayaka Palace. The images below shows the aura around the palace.

The palace is named after Shivappa Nayaka, the 17th century king of the Keladi dynasty. Splendid gardens, sculptures and artefacts can be seen in this palace.

On coming out from the palace, the adjacent road is a famous place for chat corners (stores selling traditional eateries). The chat corners serve amazing dishes that wow the taste buds. The below image shows ‘Boti Masala’ an evening snack.

There are many such dishes available at the eateries. The famous chats include Masal Mandakki, Nippat Masala etc.

These were some of my experiences from the tour. There were some other attractions too in this splendiferous city but I couldn’t visit it due to time constraints and those places includes, the Lion Safari, the Gandhi Park etc.

The travel diary concludes, see you next time with a different post. Have a great day 🙂

Magnificent Mysuru

Located at a distance of 147 kilometres from the state capital Bengaluru, Mysuru is a well-known city famous for its rich heritage and culture. The city also holds a top rank among the cleanliest cities of India and is often on the bucket list of most tourists and travellers.

I got a chance to visit this beautiful city during the time of Mysuru Dasara, the state festival of Karnataka. During this festival the city attracts a lot of tourists from various parts of the globe. The major attractions during this festival includes processions, decorated elephants, sport events, music and dance events etc. Also, during the Dasara festival, the marvellous Mysuru Palace is decorated with thousands of lights and the glowing Mysuru Palace can be seen even from the top of the Chamundi hills.

The above picture shows the vibrant Mysuru Palace.

A groundnut seller’s cart during the festival of Dasara.

I also visited the Chamundeshwari temple situated atop Chamundi hills. The gopura of the temple can be seen in the following image.

Atop the hill there is also a statue of Mahishasura, who was a demon according to the Hindu mythology. Mahishasura was killed by Goddess Chamundeshwari. The below image shows the statue of Mahishasura.

Mysuru also has various other amazing places to visit, some among them are the Balmuri falls and the Edmuri falls, the Mysuru Zoo and the Krishna Raja Sagara dam.