Unusual Ooty Sightseeing with Todas, Kotas & Badaga Tribes

Portrait of a Toda Tribal Woman - Pingalamma

Ooty or Ootacamund is considered as the capital of the Blue Mountains (Nilgiris). This hillstation has been a weekend getaway and a honeymooner’s paradise for centuries. Owing to its popularity, I won’t be surprised if you tell me that you have ticked off all the major Ooty Sightseeing destinations here. In fact, so did I … Read more

The Magnificent Madurai Meenakshi Temple

View from Kilikoondu Mandapam of Meenakshi temple

There are always some places that beckon you to return over and over again. It’s funny though how every time you visit those places, there is something unique that you discover. For me, one of those places is the Meenakshi temple in Madurai. Every Indian student finds a mention of it in the Indian history … Read more

Mysteries of the Shore Temple Mahabalipuram

The Nandi walls of the Shore Temple Mahabalipuram

When it comes to Mahabalipuram, the one thing that all of you might have heard of is the Shore Temple Mahabalipuram. In fact, it is possibly the first monument that comes to mind when you think of this UNESCO World heritage site. Even if you are just transiting through this town, it is highly unlikely … Read more

A Roaring Secret: Tiger Caves in Mahabalipuram

Tiger Caves in Mahabalipuram

Playing truant is always fun. I am sure most of us have played this game of disappearing from classes or office or functions whenever it suited us. It is a sense of adventure and free will that you feel when you do this and boy! Do they leave some memories for you to cherish later. … Read more

Unearthing the Pancha Rathas in Mahabalipuram

Pancha Rathas in Mahabalipuram

Third time and not bored! Third time and found something more! If you are wondering what I am rambling about – it is my third visit to the lovely UNESCO heritage site of Mahabalipuram. For some reason, the sandy ruins of this ancient coastal town always fascinate me. They are not as intricate as a … Read more

A luxury train journey on the Golden Chariot through South India

Aboard the Golden Chariot

The first time I discovered luxury trains was when I read Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. I was extremely fascinated with the whole train scene that for the first time I paid more attention to the description in the novel rather than the plot. Since then, I have devoured all possible articles and … Read more

Reflections of 2016 – My Travel Round-Up

Thrilling Travel Reflections of 2016

Happy New Year to all of you! I intended writing this article out last week as a befitting end to a great 2016 — What better way to wrap it all up than a travel round-up. However, since the year was quite good, I decided to relish those last few moments of 2016 in the … 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

10 marvellous things to do in Mahabalipuram

Carved out of a single hillock - the Pancha Rathas

60 odd kilometers from Chennai, along the East Coast Road, lies this little town called as Mahabalipuram or Mamallapuram. This town is a popular weekend getaway for the people in Chennai and a great stop-over for people traveling to or coming from Pondicherry. I have been here at least twice and each time, have found something unique … Read more

10 Must-Visit Hill Stations in South India

Tea Gardens of Munnar, Hill station of India

Cool breeze, Misty Hills, Lovely Sunset all giving you a high Walk in the parks, boat in the lakes, dip in the waterfalls – Sigh!!! Is that how you feel when you head to a Hill Station?  There is something very refreshing, peaceful and romantic about hill stations. Every time I visit a new hill … Read more

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