Waking Up on The Back Waters of Alappuzha

Ever dreamt of throwing it all behind, getting on a boat and cruising down a river on a hammock for the rest of your life? I did that. Well…for 24 hours at least. On the backwaters of Kerala. I arrived in Alappuzha (Alleppey) on a 7-hour hair-rising local bus ride from Trivandrum around 8 at night. Wet, stinky and with sore arms. Sore arms from getting a … Continue reading Waking Up on The Back Waters of Alappuzha

A Little Bit of South India in Sydney

As far as travel goes India will always, always have a special place in my heart. Especially the southern part of India. And last Sunday I discovered a tiny piece of South India nestled amongst the Australian hinterland on the South Coast of NSW. A small detour off our road trip route had us turning into the small township of Helensburgh. Almost in an National Park, this … Continue reading A Little Bit of South India in Sydney

My 10 Best Spice-and-Jasmine Infused Memories of Kerala

I walked into my favorite boutique last week and was fervently welcomed by the owner. She’s an elegant lady and her choice collections are the sole reason why I have ever managed to look good at some functions in the past. She was curious where I had disappeared off to. I always knew that she was from India but what I didn’t know was that … Continue reading My 10 Best Spice-and-Jasmine Infused Memories of Kerala

From Fort Kochi With Love

There is a no greater pleasure for a traveller to find a popular tourist destination deserted of other tourists. I arrived in Kochi from Alleppey on a local KRSTC bus. Thanks to the wonderful staff at Cosy Regency in Alleppey who helped me with precise directions to Fort Kochi and I got there in just under 2 hours. The rickshaw driver promptly took me to … Continue reading From Fort Kochi With Love

Kathakali in Kerala

Apart from the coconut by-products, the South’s biggest contribution to Incredible India is its art forms. The minute one thinks of the South part of India, automatically strains of Carnatic music flows through one’s ear from an invisible source! If you are traveling through Fort Kochi, I strongly recommend stopping by the Kerala Kathakali Centre and picking up a brochure and going to some of their programmes … Continue reading Kathakali in Kerala

Padmanabhapuram Palace

In my ever continuing love affair with palaces, I stopped at the Padmanabhapuram Palace on my way to Kanyakumari. Here’s what I love about the South. They know the importance of preserving their heritage. The palace is beautifully preserved and walking through it actually allows you to transport back in time and feel the grandeur. You can read here about the history of the palace. Some pictures … Continue reading Padmanabhapuram Palace

At the End of the Road

I sulkily stared out the back window of the air-conditioned car I had hired for the day to Kanyakumari from Kovalam. Because it was a day trip and I wanted to visit the Padmanabhapuram Palace on the way as well, taking public transport was unfeasible time-wise. I was disappointed at how uneventful that leg of the journey was. I mean I was on my way to … Continue reading At the End of the Road