The musical notes of a Chariot – Darasuram Airavatesvara Temple

The Mukhamandapam with the chariot base

The stunning architecture of the famous Brihadeeswarar Temple in Thanjavur ignited a new thirst in me. Its surreal carvings and the advanced construction techniques made me wonder what the other Great Living Chola Temples would be like. My trip to Karaikudi gave me the perfect opportunity to quench this thirst – partially. Though the plan … Read more

The Authentic Flavors of Chettinad Cuisine

A full meal with odd number of food items - one of the cultural aspects of Chettinad Food

It is no surprise that you equate the Chettinad region to its food. Honestly speaking, these flavors of Chettinad Cuisine are the reason this region on a traveler’s map. So far my posts have been largely on travel to the offbeat Chettinad area of Tamil Nadu. However, once you are there, you will find that … Read more

The Aesthetic Amalgamation of Athangudi Palace in Karaikudi

Belgian glass windows, Burma teak wood pillars and murals in Athangudi Palace

The wealthy zamindar pointed his fingers towards the hero saying – “You, a mere farmer – cannot marry my beautiful daughter. His suitor – Sir James, can provide 10 times more comfort than your simple hut.” . Totally filmy, right?  Well, this was the scene that ran through my head as I stepped into the … Read more

Dwarfed by the monumental Thirumalai Nayakar Palace in Madurai

The courtyard and its pillars as seen from the King's throne

“I stood there like a Liliput while the Giants hovered over me. There was nothing scary about them. In fact, they were just beautiful.” These giants that I am talking about exist. They are tall and magnificent. Except that they are not human. They are the towering pillars of the monumental Thirumalai Nayakar Palace in … Read more

Exploring the abandoned mansions of Chettinad

Abandoned mansion in Karaikudi

They enticed me from the first time I heard of them. Tales of their exquisite exteriors and intricate interiors beseeched me to see these abodes for myself. Plans were made but kept falling through. However, each failed attempt got my resolve to get there stronger till finally! It happened. I managed to get to Karaikudi … Read more

Whispers of a Ghost Town – Dhanushkodi

The Erstwhile Railway station at Dhanushkodi

Ghost towns, with its mysteries, are always fascinating to visit them for the stories that are left behind. Dhanushkodi ghost town along the East coast of India, had been beckoning for a while. Finally, with the long weekend in August, we managed a long drive to this ghost town. Known popularly as the Ghost town … Read more