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Padmanabhaswamy Temple – History, Treasure and Secrets

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.

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Fort Kochi – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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.

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3 wonders on route to Munnar

“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 […]

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Travel

Top 5 places to visit in Munnar

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 – […]

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Heritage Travel

Padmanabhapuram Palace, Kerala – The largest wooden palace in Asia

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.

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Travel

Poovar backwaters – a paradise

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.

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Heritage Travel

Jew Town, Kerala- the oldest Jewish settlement in India

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.

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Travel

The tale of fire and water – Ganga Aarti , Haridwar

Hymns, chants, flowers, floating lamps and blazing torches, all come together, to create a perfect symphony, beautiful and borderline hypnotic. The Ganga Aarti, an ode to the mighty Ganges (Ganga), is held every evening, at the Har Ki Pauri Ghat of Haridwar, Uttarakhand.

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Palaces

A guide to the City Palace of Jaipur

Every nook and corner of the palace provides for some amazing sights. Might not be as majestic or carried the great old world charm as some other amazing fort and palaces of Jaipur,, but this has a place of its own. It deserves to be much higher on the must do list in Jaipur.

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Travel

Inside Hawa Mahal, Jaipur – The most ornate Purdah

As intriguing as it might be Hawa Mahal, or the Palace of
Wind, one of the most photographed monument in the world, is not at all a palace. It is in fact a viewing gallery meant for the royal ladies, to view the city while remaining out of the sight of the public. This is why it is the most ornate purdah.