After thinking long and hard, and after eliminating a lot of places from a rather long list, we decided to go for a day trip to the famous Big Banyan Tree near Bangalore. It was even more awesme than we had expected, and we adored it.
Apparently, the tree is over 500 years old. There was just one big banyan tree years ago, which spread and spread and spread, and it now covers an area of over 3 acres! There is a Shiva temple in the middle of the entire area, which happens to be fenced.
The place is SO peaceful and beautiful, I just wanted to stay there for ever. It is awesome to sit on the benches that have been put up all over, under the boughs, and just chat and unwind.
Of course, we loved watching the hordes of monkeys there, having the times of their lives!I felt we had entered inside the movie Avatar! 🙂
What is sad is that there is hardly a single branch of the HUGE tree that is not covered with graffiti! 😦 Also, apparently, the tree is on the verge of its end. I am so glad we could see it now!!
On the way back home, we went to Janapada Loka – a huge museum showcasing the varied culture of Karnataka. It’s an awesome feeling walking through the beautiful grounds of the museum, which happen to be extremely green. We were amazed by the ducks and ponies inside the campus.
We were awed by the sheer variety of puppets, jewellery, clothes and other artefacts on display – from various parts of Karnataka – some going back to 150 years in time. Unfortunately, we couldn’t take pictures inside the display halls.
I have never visited a proper village, and was amazed to see the Model Village that has been made inside the campus – complete with a potter’s shop and all. We had some wonderful guides, who told us about the use of various vessels and objects on display, and man, it was fascinating! I would never have imagined how people 100 years ago stored their foodgrains or oiled their bullock cart wheels! I am most definitely going to take my kids here someday to introduce them to their roots!
Sadly, we could not see the folk dance performances at Jaapada Loka, which take place only on the second and fourth Sundays of every month. Nevertheless, the visit did us a whole lot of good.
I cannot not mention a wonderful restaurant just next to Janapada Loka – Kamat Lokaruchi. The restaurant has been designed in rural Indian style, and they even have their own cows! It was a very different feeling sipping coffee made from freshly drawn milk! 🙂
It was a day when we went back in time and studied some pages of the beautiful book that happens to be our cultural heritage, and we’ll remember the lesson for a long time to come!
Do check out these places if you haven’t already!! Totally worth it!!