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Thursday, 26 December 2013

Wayanad, a serene hill station in Western Ghats of Kerala

Trip to Wayanad, A hill station in Western Ghats, Kerala

Set high on the Western Ghats with altitudes ranging from 700 to 2100 metres, Wayanad is a hill station known for its greens, mountain peaks, dams, lakes, tea plantaions and natural beauty. It was September 2011, two years ago (before trayaan was launched), when we went there on a short leisure trip. Staying at Vythri, we took small excursions to Pookot (Pookode) lake, Soochipura falls (also known as Soochipara Waterfalls) and Karapuzha dam. Here is a brief account of that trip to Vythri, Wayanad.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Bookings already begun for year end celebrations

North & South India most preferred tourist destinations

Image By Hdis2cool (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Winter is usually the on season, or peak season for tourists in most parts of India, with main places of attractions heavily crowded and food and accommodations likely to cost more. It could also be hard to find good accommodations if not booked well in advance.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Always check the weather before travelling

Better be on the safer side and make a check of weather forecasts and alerts

Satellite image of cyclone Phailin by NASA, MODIS/ LANCE [Public Domain] via Wikimedia Commmons

It is always better to keep an eye on the weather, especially if you are going on a tour or travelling someplace. This month in October 2013, Odisha (formerly known as Orissa) was hit by cyclone Phailin and earlier this year during the monsoons, in June 2013 Uttarakhand was hit by heavy rains following floods and devastation. Better be on the safer side and make a check of weather forecasts and alerts for the place you are planning to travel.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Lepakshi Veerabhadra Swamy Temple

And other Vijayanagar style architectural marvels at Lepakshi, in Anantapur district , Andhra Pradesh

The legendary Lepakshi is famous for its about 470 years old Veerabhadra Swamy temple complex with beautiful Vijayanagar styled sculptures, 100-pillared dance hall, beautiful and intricate carvings, paintings on the ceilings, the hanging pillar that barely touches the ground, the monolithic Nagalinga, the monolithic Nandi, the unfinished wedding hall, Lepakshi saree designs and more. As the legend goes, this is the place where injured Jatayu, the bird fell while Ravana kidnapped Sita.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

A drive through Shiradi Ghat during monsoon

NH-48 (New No. NH-75) – through Western Ghats, Karnataka

Shiradi Ghat is a 35kms stretch of ghat section on the NH-48 highway (New number: NH 75) through the Western Ghats connecting Mangalore and Bangalore, the state capital of Karnataka. This section of the highway has refreshing scenic views to offer during monsoon, while passing through an extremely pathetic “highway”. Went through this stretch just a couple of days ago, on my way towards Mangalore from Bangalore.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Thousand pillared Jain Temple in Moodabidri

Tribhuvana Tilaka Chudamani basadi – at Moodabidri, near Mangalore, Karnataka

Tribhuvana Tilaka Chudamani basadi, the largest and finest of its kind in coastal Karnataka; which was originally built in 1430 CE, is also considered the most ornate of the Jain temples of this region. It is well known as the Thousand pillared temple (Savira Kambada Basadi) as it has large numbers and varieties of pillars.

Friday, 21 June 2013

Take a trip on a Seaplane in Kerala!

India's first tourist seaplane service

Hydravion Seaplane
Photo by : Arnaud 25 via Wikimedia Commons

From this August, you can take a unique Sea plane ride to main tourist destinations in Kerala, in Mainland India's first tourist seaplane service that was launched recently on June 2, 2013. The concept is to provide an additional layer of transportation by offering last mile connectivity by air to the renowned destinations of the state.

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Heavy monsoon rains in many parts of India

Not a good time to go touring to many places

Trayaan : Heavy monsoon rains in many parts of India – Not a good time to go touring to many places
Photo by : McKay Savage from London, UK [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Monsoon rains are hitting hard in many parts of India with several rivers flooding, especially in North India, where over 60,000 are still stranded in several parts of Uttarakhand. This may not be a good time to go on tours to many places. If you are planning any travels now, do make a weather check, and also check the recent news for that place, to be on the safer side.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

The best times to go on a tour

On seasons are the best, but Off seasons could be worth it too!

The best times to go on a tour - On season or Off season
Photo by : Pradeep Hegde

If the “on” season is the best time to visit a place, is its “off” season totally unworthy of giving a visit to that place? You might even enjoy at a place on its off season too! Read on, to know how, and also the advantages and drawbacks for both the seasons...

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

The National Highways renumbering confusion

How it may matter you while travelling to new places

Announced way back in 2009, the renumbering of all the National Highways in India seems to be incomplete even to date, confusing and baffling newcomers and travelers at many places, with some stretches of National Highways featuring the renumbered signboards with their new number, and with other stretches of the same National Highways still featuring their old number, as you will see passing by many National Highways in India.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Wikivoyage - by travelers for travelers

Wikimedia Foundation's latest free online resource, a world-wide free online travel guide,, was officially launched recently, on January 15th 2013. It currently features about 27,000 articles in English. Just like Wikipedia, it is collaboratively user edited.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Ruins of Barkur

Near Udupi and Kundapur, in Karnataka

Kattale Basadi in Barkur, near Udupi, an ancient Jain temple, or basadi in Karnataka, Udupi district - One of the ancient ruins and structures in Karnataka, India
It was one of those days when you have some free time on your hand but not a clue what to do with it. Having a camera in our hands, having nothing better to do that day, we set on a photographic road trip right away. We visited Barkur, the ancient capital of the Tulu kingdom, which has a glorious historical background, and one of the several places where only a fraction of the ancient structures still remain.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

A blissful morning by the Batapady beach

At Thalapady, Ullal - near Mangalore, in Karnataka

A blissful morning by the Batapady beach, near Thalapady, Ullal, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
At first, it sounded like a crazy idea, but hey, “anything to rid the life of its monotony”, I thought, pondering on the idea of visiting the beach one early morning. It was one of the umpteen interesting ideas our Mr. Initiative, Nataraj had come up with, and it did turn out to be an excellent one!