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The Elephanta Caves

The Elephanta Caves , located on Elephanta Island, or Gharapuri, about 11 Km off the coast of the Gateway of India, Mumbai, are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A visit to these caves, excavated probably in the 6 th century CE, is awe-inspiring, and also thought-provoking. Over the years, I have visited the caves a number of times, and also attended a number of talks by experts in the fields of art, history and archaeology on the caves. Together, they help me understand these caves, their art, and the people they were created for, just a little bit better. Every new visit, every new talk, every new article I read about the caves, fleshes out the image of what the island and the caves would have been like, at their peak. I last wrote about the caves on this blog, in 2011, almost exactly 11 years ago. Since then, my understanding of the caves has, I would like to think, marginally improved. Hence this attempt to write a new and updated post, trying to bring to life, the caves of Elephan

Memories of 2013 - Travel Vignettes - Gokarna

When I think of Gokarna, this is the image that comes to my mind....

Fishermen at Om Beach in the wee hours of the morning, bringing back their catch, while we sat lazily by the sea, watching them. The lush greenery, the fog, and the colourful boats, all are now etched in my memory forever. It makes me thankful that I didn't cancel the Gokarna trip when things went wrong, and instead, went ahead, with Samhith and my mom for company! If the beach and the sea gave us the relaxation we looked forward to, it was Mirjan Fort which provided the surprise element!

I have yet to write about this fort, which only reminds me that I have lots of writing to do this coming year, to catch up with all the travelling! And yet, I hope the new year brings some more travel along!

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  1. Awesome photos! the colors of the boats looking beautiful..

  2. Love the photo of the fishermen, Anu. Beautiful light and colours. And you seem to have had an exciting year of travel - here is another such one in 2014!

    1. Thanks, Charu!! It was an interesting year for sure and hope the next year is even better... and for you too/

  3. Thankyou for sharing your memories Mam, It will be great if you would help me how to reach this place and what is the best medium of travelling. Would love to visit this once and capture its beauty in my slr.

    1. Thank you, Anoop. pls read the other posts I have linked to. details of how to reach are there in them. also, for me, the best mode of travelling is always public transport :D

  4. Hi, Anuradha loved your blog. I was in Karnataka last month however; I have not visited this beach yet. After reading you blog, I think I will check it out on my next trip. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post and i loved your “Fisherman” picture. Keep writing, i’m wait for your Mirjan Fort post :)


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