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Girivalam: Unique Experience at Tiruvannamalai

Girivalam: Unique Experience at Tiruvannamalai

A sea of humanity, young and old surged through the streets. A trickle had started in the early afternoon and reached its peak as the moon rose and shone in bright and balmy glory. It was an auspicious full-moon (pournami in Tamil) night at Tiruvannamalai, the ancient...
Having a Ball in Bali

Having a Ball in Bali

Bali as a tourist destination is made even more popular because of the easy access through direct international flights from most countries. However, I opted to fly into Denpasar from Jakarta, after breaking journey there for two days. The 30 day free visa on arrival...
Liming in Grenada – The “Real” Caribbean

Liming in Grenada – The “Real” Caribbean

An implausible scent concocted from the grime on the streets of Market Square blending with that of nutmeg and cinnamon from the spice vendors is characteristic of the experience one can expect on this steamy tropical island—Grenada. It is part of the windward chain...
Doing Goa Differently

Doing Goa Differently

Recently, I visited Goa for the fifth time. The first visit was a school trip right after my exams, so naturally there was a lot of excitement—we covered  typical tourist haunts like the old churches in Panjim, the beaches and flea markets in the north, and all the...
Of Frescoes, Havelis and Adventure!

Of Frescoes, Havelis and Adventure!

There was a faint whisper of a song coming from afar. Draped within the folds of a warm blanket, I strain my ears to try and catch the tune. I was ensconced n the warmth of an artistically decorated room adorned with frescoes within a refurbished century-old haveli...
Fifty Shades of Green and More in Switzerland

Fifty Shades of Green and More in Switzerland

The journey begins when the airline stewardess sets a tray of Swiss chocolates in front of you. I chose one tiny piece, even though the whole tray looked scrumptious enough to eat. The chocolate melts in my mouth and hits a sweet spot—the Swiss experience begins in...