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Kaveri river geography field trip


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During 2-4 November 2012, seven students from the Army Public School, Bangalore went on the first part of a field study project.

The subject of their study is the river Kaveri. They looked at how Kaveri is more than just a body of flowing water. They looked at Kaveri's historical, cultural, and other importance.

In this part of their study, they studied the river from its origin (Talakaveri) through Bhagamandala, Mysore, Srirangapattana, and Mandya. They engaged with Kaveri as goddess and Mother for the Kodavas, the giver of plenty for farmers downstream, the strategic river that shaped histories of the region, the importance of the Sri Ranganatha temple as the first of three Ranganatha kshetras (holy places), and so on.

The next part of their study will take them to Srirangam (Thiruchchirapalli), Thanjavur, and Poompuhar (where one tributary meets the Bay of Bengal). In this part, they will connect Kaveri with history, architecture, sculpture, Karnataka music ("Carnatic" music), Bharatanatyam, agriculture, and so on.

After they finish the study, they will present a multi-media report that will include many types of expression (oral, written, digital, song, poetry, hymns, etc.) for their peers at their school and elsewhere.

Such trips will be available through TIIGS ( in autumn of 2013. If you would like to organize such a trip for your school or group contact us at

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Kaveri river geography field trip

  1. 1. Kaveri project Preliminary glimpses (2-4 November 2012) Pictures selected and organized by:Dr Chandra Shekhar Balachandran GeoVidyaa Geography Centre of Excellence
  2. 2. Entrance to Talakaveri
  3. 3. Dr Balachandran explaining some geographical points to the group at Talakaveri
  4. 4. Students pointed out the erosion near Talakaveri
  5. 5. Students interviewing Mr Ganapathy, a pilgrim, at Talakaveri. (L-R) Rahul, Akshath, Devanshi, Diya, Mr Ganapathy)
  6. 6. Students interviewing pilgrims at Talakaveri.(L-R) Devanshi, Akshath. (Background: Aakruthi, Dakshi)
  7. 7. Ms Chandrakala, Ms Meera, Diya (Talakaveri)
  8. 8. Examples of topophilia expressed
  9. 9. Western Ghats landscape across the mountains, Talakaveri
  10. 10. Western Ghats landscape near Talakaveri
  11. 11. High altitude rice cultivation, Kodagu area
  12. 12. Logging in the Western Ghats
  13. 13. Traditional houses. (Photo: Akhilesh)
  14. 14. Traditional architecture and a shed (Photo: Akhilesh)
  15. 15. Amusing signs along the way
  16. 16. Entrance to the Bhagandesvara temple, Bhagamandala.
  17. 17. Detail of temple architecture, Bhagandesvara temple, Bhagamandala (Photo: Akhilesh)
  18. 18. Triveni Samgama – confluence of three streams. Bhagamandala. (Photo: Akhilesh)
  19. 19. They have been budgeted!
  20. 20. The Krishna Raja Sagara dam, Mysore. (Photo: Akhilesh)
  21. 21. Kaveri river near KRS dam, Mysore
  22. 22. Map in Srirangapattana
  23. 23. Sri Ranganatha Svamy temple, Srirangapattana
  24. 24. The (original) Water Gate. It changed the course of history here
  25. 25. Never tasted before!
  26. 26. One of the irrigation canals fed by Kaveri from the KRS dam. En route to Mandya.
  27. 27. Students interviewing a farmer in Mandya
  28. 28. Students visited the interior of this house in Mandya, after obtaining permission
  29. 29. Oh, how very cute!
  30. 30. Blessing the unaware Rahul. Quick reaction when he turned around! Goofing off!
  31. 31. The teamStudents Teachers• Akruthi • Ms Chandrakala• Dakshi • Ms Meera• Devanshi Consultant geographer• Diya • Dr Chandra Shekhar• Akhilesh Balachandran• Akshath The Indian Institute of Geographical• Rahul Studies
  32. 32. • This is just a teaser.• The study will continue in January 2013 covering Srirangam, Thanjavur, and Poompuhar.• The students will hold a half-day open house with presentations on their experiences and findings after the study is completed.
  33. 33. To organize a similar study tour for your school orgroup, please contact: geo@tiigs.orgThe next offering will be in October / November 2013College and/or school credit tie-ups are also welcome