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

Exploring Bangalore Palace | Wadiyar Palace Bangalore

A little like the Windsor Castle - Bangalore Palace Bengaluru

At the first glimpse, it felt as if I were standing in front of the renowned Windsor Castle. The high turrets and the stained glass apertures definitely made it appear so… Except that this wasn’t UK. It was my own city in India and what I was standing before was the Wadiyar Palace Bengaluru – … Read more

Rukmini Devi Temple – abode of the Queen of Dwarka

The gorgeous Rukmini Devi Temple Dwarka

Parched and tired, she turned and looked at her Lord. Krishna smiled and paused. He dug his toe into the earth and out sprang Ganga. Rukmini gratefully nodded and scooped some of the spring to quench her thirst. She had hardly taken a sip when a loud voice caused her to drop the water. What … Read more

Best things to do in Gokarna | Gokarna Travel Guide

Sunset at Kudle beach - one of the best things to do in Gokarna

He tugged his precious atmalinga over and over to separate it from the ground but true to Shiva’s words, it remained stuck to the ground. He looked around to find the celestial cows disappear into the ground. Realizing that he had been tricked, he tried to catch the last of the vanishing cow but all … Read more

The divine aura of Keerimalai Naguleswaram Kovil, Jaffna

Keerimalai Naguleswaram Kovil in Jaffna

One dip in the Keerimalai pond was all it took To convert the princess’ disfigured face to a stunning look. It wasn’t the first magic in this place And it certainly wasn’t the last of that divine grace. These are the stories of miracles that have always taken place at the Keerimalai Naguleswaram Kovil – … Read more

Nageshwar Jyotirlinga – A renowned Shiva Temple in Gujarat

The Shiva Statue that greets you at the Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple

His eyes bore through my soul… They beckoned me closer. His gaze urged me to look… At things beyond the obvious. The towering idol of Shiva greeted me at the entrance of the Nageshwar Jyotirlinga temple. His gaze and aura struck me so powerfully that I wondered what the actual linga inside this Shiva Temple in … Read more

The tale of a gorge & a fort – Gandikota

Finally made it ! Gandikota!

People refer to it as the Grand Canyon of India. They said that the topography and scenic beauty are what make this gorge a unique place. The good part of it – it is just 5 and a half hours from Bengaluru. And even better – not quite touristy. This evoked enough curiosity for me … Read more

A Heritage Walk through Fontainhas in Panjim, Goa

Sloping roofs and eaves are common among the heritage homes of Fontainhas

The Blue house with the balcoas The yellows had the rooster The reds came with the shell windows While the greens displayed the Azulejos. Such was the beauty that I caught on an epic heritage walk in Fontainhas Goa Goa has always enthralled us with its gorgeous beaches – so much that not many of … Read more

The legendary Nainativu Nagapooshani Amman Temple

Raja Raja Gopuram - the tallest gateway to Jaffna Amman Temple

Her body severed into 51 pieces. Each of these fell on to the earth, sanctifying the spot and turning it into a powerful Shakthi Peetha. It was her anklet that dropped onto a remote Naga island off the coast of present day Jaffna. It was that which gave birth to the holy Nainativu Nagapooshani Amman … Read more