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My weekend trip – A tryst with Nature


I got 2 days for my eyes to feast upon. Now, as I relish those lovely moments let me try to frame it with words..the images I captured with the eyes of my mind. Now before you read the whole things and judge me a ‘psycho’ let me tell you to consider it in a more ‘relative’ term ;P.  For someone who hardly stepped out of the “office – house” consistent & infinite sure is worth writing about.


Our start off on Friday evening was eventful. A whole lot of chaos of getting late & yet another creative brain claiming the conductor that we are reporters from Aaj tak & would like to cover his ‘fuming’ at us has to be termed as eventul!! J


Saturday dawned with a ‘mind bathe’ in the river sowparnika. The ripples of flowing water alongside the greenery was worth watching though a dip in it was not ‘thinkable’ as the nearby masonry was taking its toll on the river. From there we went to Mookambika Temple. This is one temple which I was told I wouldn’t be able to make it unless the deity wanted me to! So to sum it up I had been to “the place” where I “had wanted” to go all my life but thought it was “impossible to”. The very mention of the word ‘tour’ would make me spring with joy so imagine the effects of a much-awaited one.


The only consolation I have when the world around calls me dumb ;P is that ‘I was born on the day my people celebrate the day of this Goddess of Literature.(yeah I see to it that I declare it as and where possible & it is with great difficulty I fitted this sentence here..phewww..) So it goes without saying that each step of my way in her sanctum was with awe. I found myself writing on those stones her name so that she would bless my pen forever, watched the kids start their first step of their journey to knowledge. This was one of those places devoid of captions & catalysts to stir up our devotion. And since devotion was one of those things which worked best without catalyst I had a great time with my inner self & the supremacy.


After noon we had a ‘bumpy’ or any ‘appropriate superlative’ ride to the hills of kudajaadhiri. Superlative coz by the team we reached the top a couple of us were completely shaken. The photographers were at work and the elders were at an easeful pace. I couldn’t spare a moment of mine to either. The view in front of me was the elixir I could ever hope to see and the tranquility it brought with it diminished the chaos around into distant clutter.


The trek uphill was worth it, trust me – for every step we took. I fell in love instantly with lush green abyss in front of me so much so that eby was left behind ;P. The trip to murudeshwar was the next day. Was much more easy when compared to this and yeah with a lot of perks on your way with the landscapes and sea playing hide & seek as you travel. It was hard to keep your eyes open but the thought that a person like me cannot ‘afford’ to miss the smallest visual treat helped me stay awake.


If it was greenery in Kudajaathiri, it was cool blue that soothed my eyes in Murudeshwar. As far as eyes could reach it was blue. The horizon where sea & sky met was blue and up even the sky was blue. And to compliment that we had huge structures in ash & golden . Now here in Murudeshwar I dint feel anything close to folding my hands and bowing my head. You know it was meant to attract, and attracted I was. It wasn’t a place, which allowed you to go back & explore your inner self. It had eye-catchy structures and scenery and as all guys invariably put it, when it is there for us to see, might as well open our eyes wide and see; P.


After a small  break (though unforgettable as I had my first fall in the sea!!) in a beach nearby, we went to Udupi Krishna temple. I don’t think I can put it in words the emotions that this small silent temple evoked in me. The fact that the trip was almost over clubbed with the confusion whether we would actually have time for the darshan before boarding our bus let me down a bit. But finally when we actually could have the darshan, Krishna especially in his quiet humble abode, glowing with gold sure had the effect on me as he would ever have, if not more!


I sure should thank my cousins, esp the avid traveler (by now this has become his pseudonym in my friend circle) for gifting me moments that don’t wear off with time, and sights that just don’t fade off J. Infact I guess I should thank them more to have roped in eby into a travel spree which was almost impossible for me all these days ;P










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  1. I have been to mookamibikai twice,infact the first time i finished harry potter 4 while sitting at the temple(had to w8 for that kasaiyam they give at night…no i didn’t have it 😛 )

    Comment by vishesh unni raghunathan | February 5, 2009 | Reply

  2. harry potter inside mookambika temple – ;P GR8 :))

    Comment by verbivorehere | February 5, 2009 | Reply

  3. an awesome trip and really worth going!!!
    enjoy!! 🙂

    Comment by Madhuri | February 5, 2009 | Reply

  4. Am back from HP and can relate to your feelings…I was awestruck with magic of nature…

    If only we had more time to enjoy it 🙂

    Comment by Smita | February 5, 2009 | Reply

  5. Must have been a serenely enchanting experience… 🙂 Sure it wd ve done you more than just a world of good!

    Welcome back.

    Peace. Be well.

    Comment by Kartz | February 5, 2009 | Reply

  6. That’s what travelling is all about verbivore, observing and appreciating the new things you experience and obviously that is what you did because you describe it in such wonderful detail.

    Comment by Beagle | February 5, 2009 | Reply

  7. Had a good journey, it seems.Welcome Back 🙂

    Comment by tarun goel | February 6, 2009 | Reply

  8. u’r narration really took me there! sounds like a gr8 place.. must visit! n .. gr8 blog!

    Comment by Matangi | February 6, 2009 | Reply

  9. im sure with your cousins around, it wouldve been a relief for Eby too. LOL.

    (Poor) jokes apart, Im happy for you. Try taking such breaks often !

    Comment by vimal | February 6, 2009 | Reply

  10. hey, another lovely blog with nice pics. I have fixed the settings on my blog now.. anyone can comment. Thanks for the visit !

    Comment by Ava | February 7, 2009 | Reply

  11. well never expected a travelogue here 🙂 caught me by surprise.Want some more ..

    Comment by nautankey | February 9, 2009 | Reply

  12. this one made a good read…we from our college go for treking once in every six months…and to tell u its like experiencing heaven..the monsoon is the best time to go for it…words cant describe the beauty of mother nature then!!

    Comment by sangeeta | February 9, 2009 | Reply

  13. ah that seems like a awesome trip, haven’t been to Murudeshwar..shud go there sometime.

    Comment by praddy | February 10, 2009 | Reply

  14. @madhuri – look around ..pune has so many trekking places..u ought to visit some.

    @smita – yeah i was expecting a travelogue from u too 🙂

    @kartz – so very true – ‘serenely enchanting!’

    @BEAgle – it just isnt anywhere close to the extensive travels u have made.

    @tarun – sure i did 🙂

    @matangi – thank you 🙂 and welcome to ma weblog

    @Vimal – now dont give ideas that will send eby chasing you 🙂

    @Ava – hey thanks i sure did try hard to find u in the beginning

    @Nautankey – is tht a compliment or?? ;P

    @Sangeeta – you sure should stop your anonymity and start a blog 🙂 atleast for me..your trekking snaps would do a great post!

    @praddy – If ur going murudeshwar accomodate kudajaadhiri in your plan as well..

    Comment by verbivorehere | February 10, 2009 | Reply

  15. Aha!Nice write up 🙂 Is it kollur Mookambika you are referring to?? Haven’t been to Kodachadri, but Murudeshwar is often visited as it is close to my place:):)

    Comment by Shayari | February 10, 2009 | Reply

  16. Holy crap!! Awesome pics! And what a post! 😀
    Makes my travel posts pale in comparison!! 😀

    Comment by Nikhil | February 10, 2009 | Reply

  17. @ Shayari – ya kollur mookambika.should say you are damn lucky if murudeshwar..take a weekend off and visit kudajaathiri once.

    @ Nikhil – Guess why?? i rarely get a chance and ive made a mountain out of it go every now and then.. so you knw its just everyday matter to you :0

    Comment by verbivorehere | February 11, 2009 | Reply

  18. Frankly the reason of my post is not to share opinion about Mookambika but verbivorehere who is young lady I met 3 years ago when traveling in India. I’m from Europe and have been traveling many years. I met thousands of people on my way but verbivorehere impressed me very much. Under shell of tradition there is very talented human curious about world. She can achieve a lot in literature and poetry but she needs support from family, friends and readers as she is very fragile. Best regards.

    Comment by piotr | February 11, 2009 | Reply

  19. @ piotr – Im floored 🙂

    Comment by verbivorehere | February 11, 2009 | Reply

  20. seems to be you had a wonderful time Verbi 🙂 tours are all about enjoying together and gu also gives us time to understand each other. And your words made me realise how happy you are. Me too visited moogambikai temple some 10 years before. but could not remember much now 😦

    Comment by kanagu | February 12, 2009 | Reply

  21. never been to mookambika ..lovely pics !!..

    Comment by bhargavi | February 13, 2009 | Reply

  22. hey there..finally started a blog…here’s the link…

    and thanks for those encouraging words :)it actually gave me the much needed kick to start one:) 🙂

    Comment by sangeeta | February 13, 2009 | Reply

  23. @ Kanagu – sure im visit the place again!

    @Bhargavi – woth a visit id taken by ma hubby

    @Sangeeta – Sangeeta – finally! im glad u started and ur name has a face to it. Great start..but dear im not able to comment n ur blog..dnt knw y!! please chck wit others nd rectify

    Comment by verbivorehere | February 16, 2009 | Reply

  24. Enough of the rest post the trip…can come back

    Comment by nautankey | February 16, 2009 | Reply

  25. me too glad that u dropped in:)…and guess was eager for ur comment..try again…it shuldnt be a problem…:)

    Comment by sangeeta | February 16, 2009 | Reply

  26. Liked this post, well written. I had been to these places 7-8 years ago. Our community head priest and main temple is in Shirali close to Murdeshwar. Nice place beyond words really.

    Comment by Gopinath Mavinkurve | February 19, 2009 | Reply

    • @ Gopinath – I know.. one of those places which are a feast for your eyes.

      Comment by verbivorehere | February 20, 2009 | Reply

  27. Hi,

    A nice blog of urs, got the link from the comment u wrote on my blog about the Noor shayari…

    I will surely add those in, it was a bit more difficult for my limited knowledge of the urdu stances 🙂

    and thanks for visiting my blog, and i loved ur writing tooo…
    r u into photography by any chance?

    Comment by Kannan | February 23, 2009 | Reply

  28. Hi
    if you see my post on ‘The art of Friendship’ ull get the reasn for my interest n tht shayari. Thnx for dropping by ..and the pics r takn by ma hubby..hes interestd in photography

    Comment by verbivorehere | February 23, 2009 | Reply

  29. Awesome writeup. And you lucky verb! You were born on this day of Goddess of Learning? Wow again 😀
    Let me add this place to my trip-list

    Comment by whatsinaname | February 25, 2009 | Reply

    • hey thanks :)) and an extra thanks for mentioning that ‘again’! Im obliged ;P

      Comment by verbivorehere | February 26, 2009 | Reply

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