Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram, and 5 reasons to see it

Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram, and 5 reasons to see it


Shore Temple is located by the sea in the East Coast of India and it is said to have been built in 700 – 728 AD. Here’s 5 reasons why you should go and see this Hindu temple by the Bay of Bengal, which has survived over 2500 years by the sea and even a tsunami –

5 reasons to see the Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram

  1. Shore Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Monument. 
  2. It is one of the oldest structural stone temples of South India.
  3. Shore Temple is beautiful and impressive to look and experience at.
  4. It is located by the Bay of Bengal, so you get to see the East Coast of India at the same time.
  5. Mahabalipuram Dance Festival is held by this site, to celebrate traditional Indian dance.

The attached photographs from Mahabalipuram show you the clear blue sky on a typical hot and sunny day in Tamil Nadu and the green nature surrounding the Shore Temples.

In addition to lions and Nandi, many Gods and Goddesses were also carved in the temple stones as you can see from the images –

Shore Temple, a World Heritage Monument
Wall of the Shore Temple
Images of Gods carved in stone inside the Shore Temple
Top of the Shore Temple in Mamallapuram, India
Top of the Shore Temple in Mamallapuram, India

See also this Indivue short video about the over 2500 year old Indian temple and its surroundings –

Indivue shortvideo about the Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram

After this Indivue shortvideo about the Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram, you might also be interested in the nearby city Chennai in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Other famous places in Tamil Nadu, in addition to Chennai and Mahabalipuram, are for example Puducherry and Auroville.

Read also about the other places in India which Indivue visited and photographed and subscribe for the new updates to come!

More details of the Shore temple can be found from the Incredible India website link attached.

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5 reasons to see and experience Oodi in Helsinki, Finland

5 reasons to see and experience Oodi in Helsinki, Finland

Do you fancy drinking tea in a terrace in Helsinki during summertime? Maybe with a random book or magazine? Oodi is making that possible, since the new three-story library building is opening this week in the centre of Helsinki, and it will be having a very big and fancy cafeteria with a terrace on its third floor.

Book heaven on the third floor of Oodi
Book heaven on the third floor of Oodi

Ball chairs in Bookheaven on the third floor of Oodi library
Ball chairs in Bookheaven on the third floor of Oodi library

Book heaven, view from the Fazer café
Book heaven, view from the Fazer café

Oodi library is the 100th year birthday gift from Finland and its capital Helsinki to its citizens, and it took 3 years to build it. This week Oodi will open its doors for the audience and from then on it will be one of the most important sights of Helsinki and the whole of Finland. The view from the 3rd floor of Oodi will most certainly charm you, whether it’s inside or outside, not to mention all the other things one can do in this three-story library building.

Not knowing anything more about those 100000 books and magazines Oodi will be having, here’s still 5 more reasons to see and experience Oodi, which will be open seven days a week starting 5.12.2018 –

1.Oodi will give anyone a free chance to experience clean and beautiful design, the impact of which will surely be healthy and uplifting for the mind.

2. From the balcony on the third floor one can admire sunsets during summertime – There will be no skyscrapers blocking the sun all though it will be in the centre of Helsinki.

3. Oodi is not only a library but a cultural centre – in addition to traditional libraryservices you will also find a cafeteria, restaurant, movie theatre and a playpark for kids from there, among other things. Movie theatre Kino Regina will open in January 2019.

4. On the second floor of Oodi there will be workspaces of various kind in handicrafts as well as digital works and also soundproof rooms for study or work, and music play. Second floor will be fully open when the year changes.

5. Oodi promotes lifelong learning, active citizenship, democracy and freedom of expression.

In addition to this, the third-floor ball chairs offer a great opportunity to read blogs in your own privacy on your own phone screen!

More information on Oodi’s website
The video below reveals more beautiful details about Oodi’s architecture and decorative details –

Photographs Noora Saarinen

Find this article in Finnish at indivue.fi

Read more about Helsinki here!

5 reasons to visit the amazing Gokarn in India

5 reasons to visit the amazing Gokarn in India

Gokarn, also written as Gokarna, is a small village in the West coast of India, in the state of Karnataka, which is a neighboring state to Goa. Gokarn is located some 145km towards South from Goa, and it is a religiously significant place for Hindus, which is why pilgrims dressed in black are common there.

You can reach Gokarn easily by train, bus or car, from Goa, but of all these 3 the busride will most likely consume most of your energy, though nothing beats the warm wind blowing through the bus windows during sunset time.

 

Here’s 5 reasons to visit Gokarn –

 

1. If you are hippy minded missing the good old days of Goa, you can get some of those hippy vibes back from Kudley Beach, Om-beach and especially Paradise Beach in Gokarn. Paradise Beach you can reach by boat and sleep overnight there in some very simple huts by the sea. Sunbathing also allowed.

2. Sunsets by the sea in Gokarn have been a way more beautiful than in many other places in India. One of the best places to enjoy sunset in Gokarn is on top of the hill between Kudley Beach and Gokarn Beach. The wind is very smooth. Just remember to return to the village before it gets too dark.

3. Gokarn will show you the real beautiful India, which is not too modern. It will also show you some incredible things as well, like a man and a woman walking on the same street without a shirt and without any problem from other people. See the attached photo if you don’t believe it.

4. The small streets of Gokarn will give you an idea of the real life of dedicated Hindus.

5. Restaurants in Gokarn are often very spicy for the Western tongue, but one small cafe there used to make really fabulous uttapams. That taste could make the customer come back all the way from Finland. Don’t know if that place exists anymore, but at least in Om Beach there’s one very nice restaurant, namely Namaste Cafe.

 

 

Hill between Kudley and Gokarn beaches
Watching the sunset on the hill between Kudley and Gokarn beaches

 

People swimming during sunset in Gokarn Beach
People swimming during sunset in Gokarn Beach

Religious vehicle in the center of Gokarn
Religious vehicle in the center of Gokarn

Pilgrims in Gokarn dressed in black
Pilgrims in Gokarn dressed in black

Commercial wall paintings in Gokarn
Commercial wall paintings in Gokarn

Religious sight in Gokarn, India
Small religious sight in Gokarn

 

Sunset and sea in Gokarn, India
Sunset and sea in Gokarn, India

 

See also the previous post about Gokarn with videos!

 

 

Mussoorie in India and 5 reasons to go there

Mussoorie in India and 5 reasons to go there

Roads high in Himalaya mountains, India
Roads high in Himalaya mountains, India

Edges of the mountain roads
Edges of the mountain roads

Houses by the Himalaya mountains
Houses by the Himalaya mountains

Altitude over 6000ft
Altitude over 6000ft takes your breath away

Sunset in Mussoorie, hillstation in North India
Sunset in Mussoorie, hillstation in North India

Foggy sunrise in Mussoorie, hillstation in North India
Foggy sunrise in Mussoorie, hillstation in North India

Narrow roads in India, high in the mountains, can make you feel dizzy, like in the video attached, but here’s 5 reasons to go to Mussoorie anyway –

1. If you want to experience the Himalayan mountains in India, then Mussoorie in Uttarakhand is the first hillstation to go, nearest to Delhi.

2. Narrow roads by the hillside will give you plenty of tension and excitement with real highs, no matter what is your vehicle.

3. In the spring and during the monsoon, a hillstation in India is a cool place to be, when the heat is next to unbearable elsewhere in India.

4. Sunset behind the mountains is really awesome.

5. Morning and sunrise behind the fog will leave you speachless.

Check also what else I´ve blogged about India and see the authentic videos, which will take you to a hillride in the Himalayas as well.

Indivues Travel Opus to India will tell you travel experiences from over past 13 years. You can read it also in Finnish here.

Best of Copenhagen -video

Best of Copenhagen -video

The latest update for Indivue’s Travel Opus to Europe is the video Best of 10 from Copenhagen. It tells about the best sights for a traveller to see in Copenhagen, like Rosenborgs castle, Christiansborgs Palace, Nyhavn and the statue of the Little Mermaid. The video consists of beautiful images many of which you’ve never seen before.

 

 

After watching this shortvideo about the best sights in Copenhagen, you might also be interested in reading more about these places. For that I wrote http://bit.ly/TripToCopenhagen.

Read about Copenhagen in Finnish here

and find the new Best of Travel -videocollection here!

 

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Sahakari Spice Farm in South Goa (video)

Sahakari Spice Farm in South Goa (video)

The charm of Goa is very much based on its beautiful nature.

Unfortunately roaming around in Indian forests is not safe for a blogging photographer, but luckily they have developed a solution in India for that, which is those tourist friendly spice plantations. In Goa there are several spice plantations, and I went to visit Sahakari Spice Farm in South Goa four years back –

Sahakari Spice Farm is located in Ponda in South of Goa, far from the traditional Goan tourist attractions. You can get there the best and safest by an A/C-taxi, although it is a very expensive way to travel in Goa.

In Sahakari Spice Farm you can see growing, among others, green nature, flowers, pineapples, cashew nuts, pepper corns and other spices , coconuts and bananas in a tree – you can see those in this video attached as well. Bananas and pineapples growing are indeed a very exotic thing to see for a North European traveler, believe it or not. In addition you might also get to see an elephant and buy organic spices for yourself!

If you are wondering what on earth they are pouring with a ladle to a small childs neck in this video, I must reveal that it is water, which cools you nicely when it runs down your back, as the weather in Goa is otherwise tropically sweaty and hot even in February.

Under coconut palm tree in Goa
Under coconut palm tree in Goa

Coconut palms do grow everywhere in Goa, but in spice plantation you can see them without hotels and houses.

Elephant_shower_in_Sahakari_Spice_Farm_in_Goa_India
Sahakari Spice Farm and the elephant in a do-it-yourself-shower

Elephants are another luxury you don’t get to see every time you visit India.

Here in this video you can see an elephant taking a do-it-yourself-shower in Sahakari Spice Farm!

 

The roads in Sahakari Spice farm were well maintained in 2014. They had even made good stairs in the jungle!

 

Path and stairs in the Sahakari Spice Farm
Path and stairs in the Sahakari Spice Farm

 

Check also the story about the restaurant in Sahakari Spice Farm

You can read this article in Finnish at Sahakarin mausteviljelmä Goassa

 

This article is part of Indivues Travel Opus to Goa which tells more about Goa for a tourist. Check it out!

Birds’ India (video)

Birds’ India (video)

Today’s video tells you about the Indian nature and birds.

All the photographs in this video are unstaged, portraying the real life of an Indian bird. The images are not from a zoo.

Indian crow pose
Indian crow pose

Photos were taken during ten years of travelling in India, by a Finnish gori traveller. Not that gender matters.

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Bird’s life in Goa

See also blogpost Kissing crows from 2006

and read about Angry birds in India in 2012!

Bird photography in Seurasaari island, Helsinki, Finland

Bird photography in Seurasaari island, Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki is well-known as a clean uncrowded city with a close distance to sea and nature.

Seurasaari is one of its islands offering lots of natural beauty especially during summertime. For a birdwatcher and a naturelover it is a pearl, within a short bus trip from the Helsinki centre. Seurasaari is a free experience except during Midsummer festivals in June.

Birds in Seurasaari, Helsinki, Finland
Birds in Seurasaari, Helsinki, Finland

Here’s an Indivue video of the birds in Seurasaari – enjoy the video attached.

 

This video from Seurasaari is part of Indivue’s Travel Opus to Europe. Read more about Helsinki here.

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Find this articles about Helsinki birds in Finnish here!

 

Seagull in Seurasaari, Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki seagull

 

Hail in Seurasaari, Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki hail

India photography on and off the road (video)

India photography on and off the road    (video)

These photographs from India have been published in Indivue blogs during 2005-2016.

Images and sound recording by Indivue

Check also www.indivue.blogspot.com and Indivue Pinterest gallery about India!

 

India photography in colour

India photography in colour

 

These moments have been captured and blogged in Finnish from India during travelling in 2005-2015. See more photographs from India in www.indivue.blogspot.com