A Thriller in the Backwaters

The beautiful state of Kerala along India’s south western coastline is an ever popular tourist destination. However, come monsoon and it’s palm lined beaches, lush hill stations and emerald backwaters wear a desolate look.

Monsoon is grave matter in Kerala. It rains so heavily that even the mythical King Mahabali remembers to carry an umbrella for his annual visit to his beloved kingdom during the festival of Onam that falls in the middle of the monsoons. No Kidding!

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The Beautiful Backwaters of Kerala

But every second Saturday of August, the town of Alleppey (also known as Alappuzha) – the de facto capital of Kerala’s backwater country is abuzz with tourists, the rain notwithstanding. Thousands of visitors; local as well as foreign; flock to this “Venice of the East” to watch what is arguably the biggest water sport event in India – The Nehru Trophy Boat Race – commonly known as the Snake Boat Race. Continue reading “A Thriller in the Backwaters”

Monsoon Sojourn

It’s that time of the year again when the rains overrun the Western Ghats covering their bare brown slopes with a lush green velvety coat. But it doesn’t just stop there. It keeps falling hard and strong until thousands of sparkling waterfalls erupt out of the stoic giants and come gushing out. Continue reading “Monsoon Sojourn”

What’s so great about Nagpur?

For a really long time Nagpur was for me, that major railway junction that we passed on our long train journeys from Mumbai to Kolkata during summer vacations. Nagpur was an especially notable stop in an otherwise mundane journey not just coz most trains had a longer than usual stop there but also because it was the last stop before the train finally left the state of Maharashtra and crossed over to a new state Continue reading “What’s so great about Nagpur?”