Theppa ride in Balmuri

Balmuri is a place near the fascinating city of Mysore, India. Like most places, it has a popular temple which we went to visit recently on our trip back home. The temple is on the banks of river Cauvery. We enjoyed a ride in the ‘theppa’ – a round, boat made out of bamboo splits.


The oarsman approached us as we neared the water. He expertly sold us the joy of the ride. We were seven of us and all managed to sit inside. We were all spread out along the periphery of the theppa. He took us along the edge of the water. The fun part was he rapidly rotated the boat giving us all a spree of excitement,so much that we had to request him to stop – someone got queasy!

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