It had been six months since we moved to Chennai and we had already covered the most popular weekend escapes from Chennai, Pondicherry and Mahabalipuram. Now, Chennai does have some really beautiful temples in its vicinity but we were not yet keen on a temple tour. So, the Easter weekend of 2015, leafing through the pages of Lonely Planet, we came across Gingee. It’s description was enough to get our interest going:
“Somewhere 37km east of Tiruvannamalai, nature sprinkled a smattering of marbles – rounded boulders and lumpy rocks – in shades of grey, brown and red over the flat green paddies of Tamil Nadu. Then man turned two of these stony protrusions into the Rajagiri and Krishnagiri (King and Queen fort).”
It went on to say, “These edifices, poke out of the Tamil plain like castles misplaced by the Lord of the Rings.” Continue reading “The fantastical Fort of Gingee”
This past Sunday was the 14th edition of Mumbai Marathon. The one day when Mumbai’s arterial roads are cleared of traffic and thrown open to all those interested to run, walk or even waltz around.
Continue reading “When Mumbai Ran, Walked and Waltzed”
Starting the new year with a smile on my face.
Got published on IndiaUntravelled with the Chettinad story. Read on to travel with me to this little explored ancestral home of the Chettiars deep inside Tamil Nadu: Chettinad Chaska
P.S. : The India Untravelled blog is about India travel, responsible travel, ecotourism in India, solo travel, and travelling off the beaten path in India.
Click here for the what, where and how of travelling to Chettinad.
I am not an adventurous person but from time to time I like to challenge myself, step outside my comfort zone and do something I have never done before. Like take a solo trip to a place I have never been to before.
Goa – the sunshine state, one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. All through my adult life, I have often consciously avoided going to Goa for vacations simply coz I thought it to be a tourist infested, over-exposed destination. Whenever my friends planned that Goa trip, I would step in and manoeuvre it elsewhere. At other times, fate intervened and spared me the ennui of visiting tried-and-tested-Goa.
Continue reading “Solo in Goa”
About this time last year, in between a horde of working weekends I got a single weekend off. Since we had not been out of town for a long time, my husband suggested that we go to Pulicat for a day trip.
Situated 50 kms north of Chennai, Pulicat is the second largest brackish water lake in India. It is also a well known a bird sanctuary where thousands of migratory birds flock every winter.
Of birds, we didn’t spot any but we were attracted towards the solitary tall lighthouse situated across the creek.
Continue reading “A Lighthouse Moment in Pulicat”