Big Temple at Thanjavur

Brihadeshwara Temple, Thanjavur

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Brihadeshwara Temple or ‘Periya Kovil’ built by Rajraja I in 1010 AD is the largest and tallest temple in the country at Thanjavur, Tamilnadu. It is one of the three 'Great Living Chola Temples', with the other two being Airawateshwar at Darasuram   and temple at Gangaikondacholapuram. The three temples still carry…

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A Day At Muthupet Mangrove and Point Calimere Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary

Kodiakkarai, the south-eastern tip of Cauvery River Delta in Nagapattinam district of Tamilnadu where the Palk Strait meets Bay of Bengal is internationally known as Point Calimere, a name given by Portuguese traders who settled there establishing trade relations with Chola Dynasty in 16th century. Having visited the three living Chola temples around Thanjavur, I…

The Temple Town of Rama’s Ishwar: Rameshwaram

I enjoy road trips; there is always something that catches the eye......people, landscape, birds, ruins, abandoned structures, amusing sign-boards or plain and simple food from a wayside eatery we might stop at. It's usually me who insists for a road-trip but this time the suggestion came from dear husband. He didn't have to ask me twice...…

In Search Of Rama’s Setu At Dhanushkodi

The sea seemed to have receded somewhere near the horizon....the rattling mini-bus ran along the deeply entrenched tyre marks on what seemed like an almost dry sea-bed. Sun had begun its westward journey and the skies were clothed in orange hues even as I traveled towards Dhanushkodi. Mythology says, that it is at Dhanushkodi which literally…

The Handmade Tiles of Athangudi Palaces Of Chettiyars

That the Chettinad is more than a chicken delicacy of same name, became evident while I walked around marveling at the old charm of a 150 year old heritage mansion and a sudden moment of realization made me look down on the floor....it dawned on me that the floor was as old as the structure above! And it…

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Chugging Along Aboard The World Heritage Nilgiri Mountain Railway

The mellow morning sun playing hide and seek with the snow-white gossamer clouds made the balmy weather only more pleasant...As I walked down the road towards the little town station I marvelled at the wild flowers swaying eagerly from the hill-side along the road to paint it  in their individual hues; purples, blues, yellows and oranges…

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Heritage Run at Udagmandalam

"Is it okay, if I walk instead of running? I haven't run in ages!!" When I came to know about this GoUNESCO Heritage Run at Ooty, tempted as I was, I knew I would be panting more than I would be running. I had almost given up but a nagging lingering desire made me post a query on…