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Finding the Best Food in Mysore | 8 Mysore Restaurants

Mysore is known for a lot: yoga, silk, Ayurveda... but food was not something I heard people rave about. It doesn't have that expat Bangalore crowd so I didn't think I'd find anything but Indian. Overall, I think while in Mysore eating local South Indian food is ideal. The Western stuff is okay, but it

Moving Abroad | Luggage You Need as an Expat

It seems India is a poppin' place to move to right now! I've been getting emails left and right from people who want to move here and they have questions on what to pack. Being an expat in India is amazing, but even "good" stores here don't carry as high in quality items as stores

Goupushti Mahayajna | Protecting the Indian Indigenous Cow

I was not aware that some Indian cows have gone extinct! There used to be over 100 types of Indian cow, but now are only 30-35. The Brits came in and were like, “your cows are weak, ours are strong, so here take some!”. The Indian people liked the strong cows better and therefore Indian

Nagara Fort / One of the Coolest Forts in Karnataka

Remember ancient Hampi? The place that looked like the set of the Flintstones? Well, as it’s been explained to me, the people there were rich- like REALLY rich, perhaps the richest in the world in the 15th century. But as all things go, they lost it all to invaders eventually. The King’s head was chopped

Banavasi Temple | not even lonely planet knows this one

Just because it isn’t in Lonely Planet doesn’t mean it isn’t worth seeing! Just a two hour ride from Gokarna, Banavasi Temple in Madhukeshava is the oldest temple in Karnataka and absolutely worth the journey on the twisted hilly roads. It’s possible this is the oldest thing I’ve seen, but it really is hard to

Mallandur Homestay & Waterfall Chasing in Chikmagalur

If someone tells me there is an amazing waterfall to hike to that I’ve just got to see in India… I’m not doing it! Waterfalls in India in November are cold and full of leeches. They sure are gorgeous though… Mallandur Homestay in Chikmagalur After a month of traveling with goMowgli, this was the last

Birding Boat Ride at River Tern

Ah, back to the Jungle Lodge properties… I’ve seen about half of the ones in Karnataka now although I wasn’t there to sleep in the cozy cabins this time- just there for lunch and a safari with goMowgli. River Tern Jungle Lodge Boat Safari All safaris should probably have a lunch first. We arrived a

Chikmagalur Homestay & Trekking the Highest Peak in Karnataka

Once we made it up the mountain and stepped out of the car, we were so shocked at the cold air! I hadn’t realized how high we climbed, although my stomach had and I was feeling so carsick. We’d had a long day already of seeing Nagara Fort and the cow sanctuary (more on that