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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…

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Christmas in Puducherry

I have visited Puducherry or Pondicherry as it is better known, twice, both times in December. In 2007 when I had not ventured in the world of blogging and chronicling my travels, I was there during Christmas and last year on the eve of new year. The recent visit was more about seeing the French…

Shiva’s Manifestations

Mahashivratri, "the great night of Shiva", is one of those festivals that I looked forward to as a kid ...it allowed us to forgo the healthy veggies and pulses in meals for much tastier sweetmeats and special dishes...praying and fasting like adults never ever featured in the year long wait for the auspicious day. Celebrated on…

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...…

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…

Road To Kodaikanal

I love taking road trips (preferably in self driven cars) not only because it gives me an excuse to travel to new places but also because it affords me a melange of sights all through the journey...a weird tree stump, a garishly dressed up couple, a pond with water lilies, a sunset, an odd signboard,…

In Shiva’s Refuge At Airawateshwara Temple, Darasuram

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Airawateshwar Temple is one of the three Great Living Chola Temples. Built in 1162, by Raja Raja II the age old traditions are still followed in prayers and festivals. Darasuram is an hour's drive from Thanjavur and buses and taxis are easily available. Tour operators operate one-day, three-days and five-day tours for…

10 Trips in Twelve Months: 2015, A Year of Travel

I guess I took this quote literally this year... Yes we travelled and travelled a lot with as many as ten different trips sprinkled over the year. The year began with a bang with a para-gliding event within the city of Barmer to increase awareness about adventure sports. Having the advantage of acquaintance with the staff conducting the…