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Worshiping at the Temple Towns

A visit to Trichy and Thanjavur is always a reminder of India’s diversity. As you walk through the most exquisite temples in Trichy, an atmosphere surcharged by the presence of thousands of worshippers surrounds you. It affects you most when you see the young and old, rich

Cafés and Cigars at Fort Kochi

If you want to spend an entire day leisurely walking around or simply reading a book at an art cafe, consider Fort Kochi, a mere 9 kilometres from MG Road, Ernakulam. Apart from enjoying the food and line up of curio shops, you could watch locals pulling

Soaking up the beach at Varkala

Wondering where can you bask under the golden rays of the sun on an empty beach? Welcome to Varkala in Kerala. A four hour drive from Fort Kochi, Varkala is a quiet seaside destination on the shores of the Arabian Sea, about 50 km north of Thiruvananthapuram. The

A walk in the mist

About 100 to 115 kms from Vizag (Visakhapatnam) lies Araku Valley, situated at a height of 600 and 900 metres above the sea level. Though it’s an all year round destination, I recommend monsoons as a good time to visit Araku. The drive up the Ghats amongst

Gastronomies of Kerala Cuisine

Kerela, better known as ‘God’s own country’, is rated as one of the Top 10 destinations in India by National Geographic Traveller. And we’ve already told you that for us it’s a paradise of mouth-watering food. There are many factors that have gone into shaping the lip-smacking

Spicy Idli Snack

I had some left over idlis from the day before and had no coconut chutney to go with it. I was getting very hungry and had no time to prepare breakfast from scratch. You must be wondering, what more can one do to make idlis more tasty and

A Short History of Coorg

Kodagu, popularly known as Coorg, is one of the most frequented weekend hotspots in Karnataka. This anglicized name – Coorg came into existence after the East India Company took over Kodagu in 1834.