Thiruvananthapuram is the capital of Kerala, and is home to the erstwhile Travancore kingdom. It is not a massive tourism magnate like the biggest city of the state Kochi, however it does boast of some truly amazing things that needs to be explored and experienced. In no particular order, here are my top 5 experiences in and around the city.
Author: Rahul Gon
For most parts, I travel like a Tourist would. Staying at hotels, moving around in rented cabs, eating mostly tasty food.
Like many, Travel for me is not a full time activity, but a laid back time off from the busy work life.
Bhitarkanika – The crocodile sanctuary
A boat safari through one of the largest mangroove system in the country with giant Salt Water Crocodiles lining the shore is what summarizes a typical tour of Bhitarkanika. A sanctuary for the crocodiles, this National park, is both beautiful and wild, making the whole trip an unforgettable experience.
Unmatched natural beauty, breathtaking vistas and friendly people are some features which are common to many himlayan towns, but Gangtok, the Capital of Sikkim, has much more to offer besides just Nature’s bounty. These experiences are quite exclusive to Gangtok and hence must be explored when in the state.
At a dizzing 5154 mtr above sea level, Gurudongmar Lake is highest fresh water lake in the world, which civilians are allowed to visit. The blue lake, offers breathtaking views of snow capped mountains and an endless tundra landscape.
Gurudongmar Lake in North Sikkim is part of any travel bugs bucket list. The 6 hours long journey from Lachen to the Lake is an experience in itself, moving through snow capped mountains, high passes and beautiful valleys. It also involves some really taste food.
North Sikkim is known for its raw beauty and breathtaking tundra landscape. It offers mesmerizing views of snow capped mountains, high mountain passes, numerous waterfalls and high altitude lakes. Every year thousands of tourists come to the North to experience the best Sikkim has to offer, despite the chilling cold that persists all round the […]
The Odisha Maritime Museum, is a repurposed colonial structure, that during the British rule acted as a maritime workshop for inland water communication of the Bengal Presidency (state of Bengal, Odisha and Bihar). Built in 1867, this building now houses, more than 10 galleries showcasing the rich maritime history of the state.
World’s highest Dosa Point
Perched at 14000 ft above sea level, “Dosa By The Way”, in Thangu, Sikkim; is the highest dosa point in the world. Operated by the Indian Army’s Madrass regiment, this place serves delicious Mysore Masala Dosa and few other lip smacking delicacies round the year, sometimes in sub zero temperatures.
Gopalpur Sea Beach, Behrampur.
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.