This picture of the statue of Shivaji Maharaj, opposite Gateway of India, Mumbai, was taken on a hot Summer day, four years back. Being surrounded by lush frangipani and other flowering trees, the statue looks nice. If you look straight into the horse's eyes, it almost feels like he's charging at you! Most people miss it, since everyone heads straight to the Gateway, without looking around much. This place is worth stopping by.
Agumbe is a tiny village in Shimoga district, and part of the eco-sensitive zone of the Western Ghats, the lifeline of the coast. The region receives very heavy rainfall, and is also referred to as the Cherrapunji of the South. The region has lush beautiful rain forests, and is also home to a number of unique flora and fauna, indigenous to the zone. The enigmatic King Cobra also resides in the in the thick rainforests.