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Old 10th March 2011, 14:07   #61
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Thanks for the Pics guys. I love old homes, In school days i used to visit my Aunt in Coorg and they used to take me to the farm houses there,how I wished i stayed there. My Mum used to stay in a similar house in Karwar right in front of the beach. I do see smaller version of these type houses in Dharwad and a few in Belgaum. Miss seeing these beautiful homes now .

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Thanks for the Pics guys. I love old homes, In school days i used to visit my Aunt in Coorg and they used to take me to the farm houses there,how
I wish someone could feature a Kodava (Coorg) house. The old houses in Coorg are some of the best maintained houses. While I used to live in Coorg, whenever I visited houses of major planters, it was like visiting a museum. Right from the award winning capable lawns, the living room with libraries and gun racks, dinning table that resembles a 5-star hotel dining table. They have it all. I specifically remember visiting a big planter's home in Kutta during 1980, I think his name was C.B Muthanna, he has passed away since then. That house had an alternate lighting system that ran entirely on bio-gas. We could pluck strawberries from the trees in the garden and eat.
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Thanks KMT. I also happen to witness the famous cockfight during this visit. I even got to take photographs to my heart's content (wish I had my dSLR) thanks my dad's connection. Otherwise it won't be allowed. But I can't post them here since cockfights are illegal.
I didn't post the cockfight shots here because it is an illegal activity by law. Apparently, it is illegal because of the gambling culture around it, unlike horse-racing and cricket.

However, this Head mistress of a government school was not aware of the legality as she gave half a day off for conducting cock-fight on the school premise.

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It is teakwood, and it is polished once in 5-6 years.

I separated the thread since I felt it deserves a own thread.
Hi Sharath,

This is a nice thread and i chanced upon today. Thanks for the same.

Hastashilpa trust run by Sri Viajayantha Shenoy in Manipal has done tremendous work in transplanting and reconstructing these houses in Hastashilpa Heritage village in Manipal. He has many houses to showcase the beauty of vernacular architecture of Karnataka. Unfortunately it is not yet open to public - i spoke to him last week and he said it is still not open to public. At present it is open only to Research scholars and arcitecture students or donors. Here is the link.

Welcome to Hasta Shilpa Heritage Village, Manipal

Few days back, I also read in Kannada newspaper "Prajavani" about a Bunt family in Dakshina Kannada who has restored their ancentral house beautifully.

As some one mentined on the thread the only other place to see these beautiful houses is Dakshina Chitra near Madras.

If some one wants to look at these old houses/havelis etc, Neemrana Hotels website is also good resource as Aman Nath - who is an architect himslef - and his team are in to restoring the old bungalows into small hotels retaining the original architecture.

Karaikkudi and surroundings are another tresure house for these ancient houses which is captured in my TL

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...ing-menus.html (Fauji's Drivologues: Charming Chettinad - Magnificent Mansions & Mouth Watering Menus)

Also the "Wade"s (pronounced as WADEY) of North Karnatka and Maharashtra are exquisiste too

Home is where history is

And of course, the beautiful Potuguese homes of Goa. Like Barganaza's house in Chandor.

Doddamane in Agumbe is beautiful but badly maintained. You feel sad for that.

KUVEMPU's house near Tirthahalli is beautiful. Unfortunately they do not allow visitors to take pictures of interiors.

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Hastashilpa trust run by Sri Viajayantha Shenoy in Manipal has done tremendous work in transplanting and reconstructing these houses in Hastashilpa Heritage village in Manipal. He has many houses to showcase the beauty of vernacular architecture of Karnataka. Unfortunately it is not yet open to public - i spoke to him last week and he said it is still not open to public. At present it is open only to Research scholars and arcitecture students or donors. Here is the link.

Welcome to Hasta Shilpa Heritage Village, Manipal
Hmm, I have tried to get in once along with my father-in-law, but was not allowed. Sad thing is they have many pillars and doors from my father-in-law's family house, and we didn't get to see it. If we tap our local connections, I guess we can get in, but didn't want to do that.

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And of course, the beautiful Potuguese homes of Goa. Like Barganaza's house in Chandor.
I think I captured that last year, still haven't processed those shots. May be soon.
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Actually it is Tulunadu style house. Considering Tulunadu and Kerala are neighbors, there are lots of similarities.
On "Chavadi" ,we call it "Fortika".I shall try and get a few pics of our house in Mangalore ( Maganthadi is the house name) .Its easily more than 100 years old .
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On "Chavadi" ,we call it "Fortika".
That is the local corruption of the English word portico.

portico - definition of portico by Macmillan Dictionary
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Thanks for sharing this wonderful thread, Samurai. Brings back so many memories...


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In the early days the DDT dispensing was a serious business. They used to write the spraying date on the house wall prominently. I guess that rule went away after 1959.
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A photo of the chavadi of our house near Kundapura. The wooden beams holding the tiles have yielded to termites and borers despite spraying with 20% emulsified concentrate of chlorpyrifos every year. Do you know / could gather info of any effective treatment to stop this menace. Else, this whole house would be reduced to saw dust in a couple of years - much to the liking of waiting land sharks who do not understand the ABC of heritage !

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That is the local corruption of the English word portico.

portico - definition of portico by Macmillan Dictionary
Oh yeah !! Guess it has to be this :P
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After this we visited the another house in a village called Vaddarse. This house was famous in the 80s as it played the haunted house in the Doordarshan Kannada serial Guddada Boota. The serial unveiled an unknown actor called Prakash Rai, who later become a Tamil Super star. I didn't have much trouble arranging access to this house since it happens to be my first cousin's ancestral home. This house was built in 1880.
Guddada boota is back! Every Saturday night at 9:30pm on Janashri channel. Available only on cable, not on Dish TV. Only 13 episodes, like the old days.
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I made another trip to my dad's family home yesterday. This time I had the Olympus E-PL1 with me. Few shots from here.

The entrance of the house.

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The boota stana (the deity place)

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The massive carved pillar

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My dad who grew up in this house.

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I made another trip to my dad's family home yesterday. This time I had the Olympus E-PL1 with me. Few shots from here.

The entrance of the house.

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The boota stana (the deity place)

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The massive carved pillar

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My dad who grew up in this house.

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Beautiful home, amazing wood work and really well kept.

Does that region have any termite issues at all? What do they do to protect all that wood from termites?
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Beautiful home, amazing wood work and really well kept.
Thanks, my cousins keep maintaining it.

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Does that region have any termite issues at all? What do they do to protect all that wood from termites?
The region has termite problems. But I am not sure what precautions they have taken for this. Must have done some treatment on a regular basis.
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Thanks Sharath!! These places have to be preserved and i am happy to hear that your cousins are taking care of it.

BTW, Vijayanatha Shenoy in Manipal has done a yeoman's service in reconstructing these heritage houses as part of his Hasthashilpa Heritage village in Manipal. It is an amazing work of dedication to preserve these heritage homes for future generations. Unfortunately the place is only open to do scholars and donors. It is still not open to public. For more details here is the website

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BTW, Vijayanatha Shenoy in Manipal has done a yeoman's service in reconstructing these heritage houses as part of his Hasthashilpa Heritage village in Manipal. It is an amazing work of dedication to preserve these heritage homes for future generations. Unfortunately the place is only open to do scholars and donors. It is still not open to public.
It is also open to VIPs, apart from scholars and donors. Many pillars from my father-in-law's family home are part of the heritage home, but we have not managed to gain entry despite living in Manipal.
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