Recent Entries from East Indian Traveller
When we think of beaches in Odisha, our minds takes us automatically to Puri, the beach town that hosts the famous Puri Jagannath Temple. Odisha however boats of a large coastline, and hence although the popular, Puri definitely is not the only beach town in the state.
Situated 73 kms away from Bhubaneswar, Gopalpur is one such place which for a very long time remained shrouded in mystery, serving only the fishermen community. However, quite recently it burst into the tourism scene of the State, and from then has been on the bucket list of every beach bum.
Darigbadi is undoubtedly the coldest place of Odisha, so much so that whether there was Snowfall in Daringbadi or not has lately become the parameter of deciding if the winter was strong enough. In my eyes however, the raw natural beauty of the place is what makes it a must visit for everyone.
Perched atop 3000 ft, this quite hill station of the eastern ghats, is blessed with thick rain forest, coffee garden and green valleys all around. Even the roads are as scenic as they can get. Meandering through a think cover of green, with hills and valeys playing hide and seek with every passing kilometre, one can only praise the person who coined the term Kashmir of Odisha, to describe this gem.
The Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, who as per Hinduism is the preserver of life. Here he can be seen in his ‘Ananta Shayana’ form (eternal yogic sleep), on the infinite serpent Adishesha (Sheshnag).
Though Padmanabhaswamy Temple has always had a steady influx of pilgrims over centuries, it shot into limelight recently when the word of its enormous treasure trove became public. Some of its vaults still remain closed, but whatever treasure has yet been discovered has catapulted this temple to being the Richest Temple in the World.
The towering shiva linga of Bhaskareswar Temple measures 9ft in height and 12.5 Ft in circumference, which makes it the biggest shiva linga of Bhubaneswar and one of the biggest in Odisha. Located in the eastern part of the city, this humble temple hides in plain sight as most people are blissfully unaware of the uniqueness and significance of this shrine.
The Chinese Fishing nets of Fort Kochi, are synonymous with the image of the city. They are gorgeous to look at when standing tall by the sea, and mesmerizing to catch in action. It is however some greedy individuals and lazy authorities, those make it a disappointment.
“What is the meaning of the name Munnar?”, my inner curious kid asked as our cab turned a hairpin bend on our way to the hill station. “moonu, aaru. Meaning confluence of three rivers. Nullatanni, Kundale and Kanniar.”, answered Joseph, our cabbie cum guide. “Oh ok. So how long its going to take?”, I was […]
Table of Contents:Munnar at a glance 1. How to reach 2. Where to stay 3. Best time to Visit 4. Duration of Stay My Top 5 Munnar Experinces 1. Visit Mattupetty 1.1. Mattupetty Dam 1.2. Echo Point 2. Shikara ride on Kundala Lake 3. Take a hike upto Attukad Waterfall 4. Take a stroll in a Tea Estate 5. Pick homemade chocolates 6. Honourable mention – […]
Smrutivana (Smrutivan), in Bhubaneswar was originally intended to be a memorial garden, where people could plant saplings in memory of their departed family members. Over time however, the place has metamorphosised into a beautifully landscaped park, arguably the best walking trail in Bhubaneswar.
Its the epitome of the stunning Kerala style architecture, that has stood the test of time, withstanding both natural and human onslaughts. This wooden palace manages to amuse many travelers from accross the globe, with the fine carvings that can be seen in the form of murals, floral engravings, and immaculate artwork.
Blue sky, merky backwaters, a sandy beach, an estuary, endless rows of coconut trees, mangrooves, boat, birds and us. This is Poovar lake, a nature lovers delight, lost somewhere near the tip of South India, tucked in Gods own country , Kerala.
Jew town is an age old settlement of Jewish people in Kochi, Kerala; with some estimates going as early as the 6th Century BCE.
Teeming with antique, textile and handicraft shops; Jew Town, a remnant of India’s colorful history, today stands as a testament of inclusion, of culture, of taste and of humanity.
Kovalam Beach comprises of three crescent shaped beaches, each of which has something unique to offer. While some offer unmatched natural beauty, the other has watersports in its kitty, while another is just for a laid back vacation. Nestled inside Kerala, the god’s own country, Kovalam is one experience that must not be missed.
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