Exploring Western Ghats : Part 4 : Amravathi Dam : A small wonder on Kodaikanal-Marayoor Weekend Roadtrip

Exploring Western Ghats : Part 4 : Amravathi Dam : A small wonder on Kodaikanal-Marayoor Weekend Roadtrip

Kodaikanal – Amaravathi – Marayoor / Apr 30 – May 1 Apr 30, 2016 Today was a weekend, It was time to say goodbye to Kodaikanal & run away from claustrophobic touristic spots to a less crowded town out. Destination was Marayoor, Kerela (40KMs from Munnar towards Annamalai Tiger Reserve). The route of choice was TN-MDR-170 (Kodaikanal-Perumal Malai-Palani). Route Recap Hyderabad – Chennai – Kodaikanal – Marayoor – Munnar – Kochi – Vagamon – Thekkady – Munnar – Palakkad –…

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Exploring Western Ghats – Kodaikanal – Part 3

Exploring Western Ghats – Kodaikanal – Part 3

Route Recap Hyderabad – Chennai – Kodaikanal – Marayoor – Munnar – Kochi – Vagamon – Thekkady – Munnar – Palakkad – Kalpetta (Wayanad) – Masinagudi – Ooty – Ananthpur (AP) – Hyderabad. Kodaikanal (April 24-29, 2016) For people who have been born & brought up in Northern Plains of India & were totally obsessed with 90’s Bollywood songs in their childhood, visiting Southern part of India with its lush green Tea gardens, Hill stations, Pine tree forests, Nilgiris etc is…

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Exploring Western Ghats : Hyderabad – Kodaikanal : Part 2

Exploring Western Ghats : Hyderabad – Kodaikanal : Part 2

This is part 2 of the Travelogue ‘Exploring Western Ghats’. Since it was a long road trip spread across 5 weeks, this Travelogue is drafted & published in parts. For Part 1 click here. Route Recap Hyderabad – Chennai – Kodaikanal – Marayoor – Munnar – Kochi – Vagamon – Thekkady – Munnar – Palakkad – Kalpetta (Wayanad) – Masinagudi – Ooty – Ananthpur (AP) – Hyderabad. Hyderabad – Kodaikanal / Apr 23 – Apr 24 2016 I dropped off…

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Exploring Western Ghats – Let’s get started – Part 1

Exploring Western Ghats – Let’s get started – Part 1

It all started with Hyderabad weather turning crazy hot and the water crisis becoming a daily issue. I just wanted to get away to a colder place. The choices were either Himalayas or Western Ghats down south. Himalayas were ruled out because of a huge head-start requirement and poor internet connectivity. So, the only choice was western ghats. Right around the same time, my wife booked a flight for home (Ahmedabad) and she was going out for two weeks. I…

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When I ate Bamboo Chicken for the First Time.

When I ate Bamboo Chicken for the First Time.

For every traveler there is a checklist that they follow while visiting any place. Top Sights — Check. Day Tours & Activities — Check. Festivals & Events — Check. Shopping — Check. Sunrise and Sunset Points — Check. Food — Hmmmmm not so sure !!!!! Well, this department is an issue with travelers like my spouse. They have this big apprehension about endearing new culinary experiences. And so people like us, for whom anything and everything under the sun is almost edible, are most of the time deprived of delicacies that are not…

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Meditating with the Sunsets

Meditating with the Sunsets

“Lost, Yesterday, Somewhere between Sunrise and Sunset Two golden hours, Each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered for they are gone forever” — Anonymous Why do people often get so sentimental when it comes to Sunset? May be because we are too absorbed in the beauty to think about anything else. That absolute emptiness of not having a single thought around, is what makes us feel complete. What else is meditation meant for. They say when you travel , one…

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What did I accomplish, gain and realize by traveling ?

What did I accomplish, gain and realize by traveling ?

Accomplish Understand the concepts taught in school, which got ruined by profession. Finish the resolutions I made every year, in time much lesser than a year. Find the dream, I would like to dedicate my life to. Spend quality time with myself/family, that was always demanded and well deserved. Learning to love and appreciate the things around to their fullest and earnest. Gain Wisdom and clarity to channelize my thoughts and actions. Answers to questions, I have been asking for…

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