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Nowadays Instagram is keeping me away from blogging..Moreover you guys know me,always too lazy to write :) But I have a lot many travel tales..experienced to the heart's content but sadly untold..This year is full of leisure trips for us,no doubt our Kerala days left us completely lazy..This time we visited Kolukkumalai,one of the popular destinations near Munnar..8,000 feet above sea level,this is known to be the highest tea estate in the world..Most of the tea estates are owned by the well-known Harrrisons Malayalam Ltd.,India's most diversified agri-business..It is India's largest producer of rubber and pepper and also South India's largest producer of tea..Our initial plan was to visit t...
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  October 22, 2018, 3:20 pm
Yeah long time here!! It's been a while since I posted something in my Utopian land..So here I'm with few pics taken during our visit to Thekkady last August..There are a lot more travel stories to share with you all,but nowadays I'm too lazy to blog...This reading obsession really made me a   sloth,sitting in my coach,having hot coffee,reading all the time..So coming to the post,we visited Thekkady in last year August..This time we had our stay inside the Periyar forest in KTDC guest house..The name is Aranya Nivas..There are so many facilities included,library (most of the books are in French ofcourse :P),swimming pool and playing area for children..Also there is a well maintaine...
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  June 7, 2018, 11:42 am
My ode to the greatest writer Fernando Pessoa..I call him,The Intruder...The IntruderImage courtesy GoogleEarlier He gave me an impression of a kindred spirit..A true soulmate..Now He is demanding all my time..my attention...I could neither bear the darkness of the deep abyss of his thoughts nor the brightness of the wildfire of his being..Beware,His illuminating soul would sweep you off  your feet...I would feel his eternal presence...He was there in everything I do...everything I say..My mind So full of his chattering..They'd ask me,'Why are you so absent minded?'...'Self-absorbed?'Can't they see,He possessed me ??  Or I possessed him !!He is present when I myself am absent to th...
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  March 6, 2018, 5:37 pm
Unplanned journeys always end in our favour..While returning from Varanasi we have to catch our connecting flight at Ahmedabad...With one full day in our pocket,we surfed for places to visit in Ahmedabad..Besides Sabarmathi this place caught my attention with its wonderful architecture and style..Adalaj Stepwell was built in sandstone in the Solanki architectural style and was a five storied construction..There is a very interesting story related to this place..In 15th century King Rana Veer Singh,a Hindu ruler started building this step well but before he could complete it,his kingdom was attacked by a Muslim ruler Mohammed Begda and the king Rana Veer died in the war..The Muslim king asked...
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  January 31, 2018, 11:51 am
Lakkidi View point is the gateway of Wayanad in Kerala and is one of the most popular places to visit in Wayanad..Vythiri,the famous holiday destination of Wayanad district is the nearest town to this place..As usual rainy season is the best time to visit this place as Lakkidi offers a breathtaking view of foggy Western Ghats in monsoons..The floating clouds over the lavish green mountains is a wonderful experience for nature overs..Here we go with the pics from our visit....
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  January 23, 2018, 6:21 pm
Banasura Sagar Dam is another tourist place in Wayanad. It is known to be the largest earth dam in India and the second largest of its kind in Asia..It is situated around 15 km from Kalpetta,Wayanad..Also this place is surrounded by the chain of mountains..It is constructed on the Banasura Lake..There is a popular story about the name of these hills,legends say that the Asura king of Banasura, (the son of King Mahabali, who is believed to visit Kerala during every Onam festival) undertook a severe penance on the top of these hills and thus it was named after him..It's best time to visit this place in monsoons to see the clouds floating over the lush green mountains.Here are few pics from our...
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  November 16, 2017, 9:28 am
Sri Maha Ganapathi Temple in Sulthan Bathery (in Wayanad,Kerala) is one of the ancient temples in Wayanad and a must visit place if you are visiting Wayanad..Sulthan Bathery is earlier known as 'Ganapathivattom' because of this temple..Apart from the great historical significance the temple's beauty is enhanced by some great mural art works done by Sri Naveen from Guruvayur...Even though photography is prohibited inside the temple,we took special permission from the management to have some pics..However we failed to take good quality pictures due to bad lighting conditions inside the temple.Here are few pics taken inside the temple.....
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Tag :Wayanad Diaries
  November 15, 2017, 11:03 am
These days I was too lazy to blog..The fact is,when my reality itself turned into Utopia why should I come here after all :) Wayanad to Mysore long drive was always a delightful experience..In the crop seasons the countryside of Gundulpet is full of vegetable farms...Farming is one of the major sources of income for Guldulpet..They grow different crops lik Cabbage,Beetroot,Turmeric,Onion,Tomato,Beans etc..But last July was a little more surprising for us,there is a full bloom of Sunflower and Marigold fields everywhere..Here are few pics taken during that time.....
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  October 26, 2017, 11:23 am
There is nothing much to see in Ooty in particular as it is heavily crowded,even in monsoons..Though we were frequent visitors to this place when we were at Coimbatore,this time we observed a considerable change in this Nilgiri heaven,it has completely lost its charm and looked like any other ordinary commercial town..Most of the budget hotels were already occupied,so we struggled a bit to find proper accommodation for our night stay..However if you forget about popular viisting sites in Ooty,then you'll certainly find a lot many beautiful,picturesque places around this grand hill station..In the early hours,we started in our car from Sulthan Bathery,Wayanad in Masinagudi route while go...
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  July 28, 2017, 12:24 pm
If you ever wished to touch the clouds,yes this is the place.. :) Though we visited this temple in January'2017,the scenic beauty around Gopalaswamy hills evoked in us a special interest to visit this place again,especially in monsoons..The Lord Krishna temple popularly known as Himavad Gopalaswamy is situated around 230 kms from Bangalore..It is even more nearer to our place,only 65 kms from Sulthan Bathery..The private vehicles are only allowed up to the base of the hill as it is tiger reserve zone...From there they would take you to the hill from Govt' buses of Karnataka and it will take nearly half an hour to reach the hill top..There are vigorous climatic changes as one reaches the top ...
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  July 17, 2017, 3:36 pm
For her,the world through a camera lens is more colourful..And the rules of life in the pages of books are more orderly..The music of a bird song is more melodious than the noise of world..She never met the world as it is..For her eyelids are always heavy with yesternight dreams..She says the world outside is too bright for her eyes to bear..Now I heard her asking the darkness,"let's be friends" ??..#Twintalk #darkness...
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  July 10, 2017, 4:51 pm
Perhaps your happiness is among crowds..Mind you,mine in solitude...You search your identity in others..I 'own' my identity..Perhaps you rejoice in those artificial 'plastic smiles'..Me,comfortable in presence of mere silence..Your sight stops at the surface of creepy flesh..Mine goes searching the soul deep inside..You blame me as anti-social..I think you are a party freak...mere social butterfly..I respect your comfort in socializing..You learn to appreciate my solitude...Don't judge my way..Otherwise I'm compelled to judge your's..#Twintalk...
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  April 19, 2017, 7:30 pm
It is indeed a spectacular experience to see Coffee flowers blossoming in Wayanad..The whole place is filled with mild fragrances of these white flowers...And here is everything you want to know about Coffee flowers..https://ecofriendlycoffee.org/physiology-of-coffee-flowering/...
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  March 13, 2017, 6:26 pm
These are few random paths we travelled and few pictures taken in various times in Wayanad...Not going to add any more descriptions cause the pictures themselves tell you a lot many tales....Have a look... :)...
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  March 9, 2017, 6:42 pm
Asusual we went for another long drive,Gudalur road this time and these pictures were taken in that  trip...Had a good relaxing walk among the tea plantations...But we found a best hangout place this time....Find it out among these bunch of pics :)...
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  March 9, 2017, 4:52 pm
The elephant parade started at around 7 pm..This is the last part of this Mariamman festival in which the elephant procession involves music and tribal dance performances with both sides of the streets followed by women with their pooja thaalis with lights..The procession ends at Mariyamman kovil..Kerala women following the procession..The sky filled with firecrackers... The elders of the town leading the procession with flags...The drum beats........
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  March 1, 2017, 7:15 pm
Theyyam and other tribal dance performances :Theyyam is a type of ritual dance popular in northern regions of Kerala...Theyyam includes dance, music and reflects the stories of ancient tribal cultures which involves the stories of ancient heros of Kerala culture..The dancers wore vibrant coloured cloths mostly red/orange and covered their faces with the typical Theyyam make-up..It is said that there are over 400 types of Theyyam performed in different festivals at different temples in Kerala..To know more about this art form,here is an interesting article about Theyyam, Kerala's Theyyam...
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  March 1, 2017, 7:15 pm
Vetti Vinayagar temple :The best thing ever happened to us after coming here is an opportunity to witness the major festival  of Sulthan Bathery,The Mariamman festival..This yearly festival usually celebrated in the month of February with firecrackers,elephant parade,performances of Theyyam and other tribal art forms..The event started at Vetti Vinayagar temple in Sulthan Bathery where the people in and around the town gathered in their traditional Kerala dressing..The women sparkling in their Kerala sarees carried Puja Thaalis with them,each Thaali arranged with flowers,lights and dhoop sticks...There are four temple elephants,well fed and taken care of before the grand event..I've div...
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  March 1, 2017, 7:15 pm
I read...Some times for pleasure..Sometimes as an escape..Sometimes for company..And among all,just for the love of reading..I don't read..To attain wisdom..To acquire knowledge..To be a better person..And among all I don't read because reading is something good...What I read,I read good and bad books (?) equally...I start my day as a blank sheet of paper and everything I read on that day makes a simple pattern on it which becomes 'Me' for that day....And that 'Me' could be anything..What is 'reading' like,Reading is like any other simple addiction/obsession..Sometimes it made me feel better...Sometimes it made me feel sick...#Twintalk #readingblues...
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  February 13, 2017, 3:45 pm
Yesterday we went for another long drive which was completely unplanned but it turned out to be one of the most memorable experiences..First of all it was heavily raining here and asusual we forgot to carry umbrellas with us :P ..But you know what,this time we carried some hot coffee with us..We stopped at few scenic places amidst the lavishly green tea plantations and enjoyed the serene calmness and beautiful view of cloud filled mountain peaks...Some school children were also enjoying the rain while returning from school..They waved us cheerfully with beaming smiles..At Ripon estate in Meppadi we saw few tea pluckers returning from their work,asked curiously our whereabouts..We sipped some...
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  January 29, 2017, 10:23 pm
There is a favourite dialogue from Imtiaz's movie Highway..""Jahan se tum mujhe laye ho, main wahan wapas nahin jana chahti, jahan bhi le jaa rahe ho wahan pahuchna nahin chahti, par ye raasta, ye bahut accha hai, main chahti hoon ke ye raasta kabhi khatm na ho.""Every time we for a road trip here in Kerala,I remember those lines for sure..So coming to the post,the next day of Pongal we visited Gopalaswamy temple which is on Gopalaswamy betta in Karnataka..Yeah Karnataka,when you are staying in a forest area which adjoins three states,you've got a rare opportunity to visit so many places nearby..Indeed you need not plan anything prior to your trip..All you got to do is just finish your food,...
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  January 20, 2017, 11:30 pm
On Pongal we happened to visit Thirunelli Maha vishnu temple which is known as one of the most ancient temples in Kerala,located on the Brahmagiri hill in Wayanad..The temple is surrounded by deep forests..As it was Pongal time,we started around 11 am without any planning or hurry..The temple is 60 km away from Sulthan Bathery and it took nearly 2 hours for us to reach the place as we stopped at some scenic points on the way..The drive via Mananthavady was a nice experience with greenery on either sides through out the  way...By the time we reached the place the temple was closed and they told that it will be opened again at 5.30 pm only..Meanwhile we finished our lunch in the nearby ho...
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  January 16, 2017, 9:26 pm
Kuruva Dweep is one of the popular tourist spots in Wayanad..It is located around 14 km from  Mananthavady in the northern district of Wayanad..The place is a group of Islets formed from the tributaries of Kabini river in around 950 acres of forest..There are two routes from Sulthan Bathery to reach Kuruva islands..1)  via Panamaram - Nadavayal - Beenachi Rd  (38 km)2)  via Pulpally - Sultan Bathery High way (45km)However we reached there in the first route which is also forest route,this includes a ferry ride..The place didn't excite me except from the ferry part..The water bodies place share some similarities with Maredumilli and Rampachodavaram forests in Andhra Prades...
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  December 22, 2016, 5:23 pm
Staying in Wayanad is a blissful experience indeed..The heavenly Western Ghats with the beautiful landscapes offers spectacular view of the greenery wherever you go..Here,the misty mountains,lakes and grass fields are one of a kind with enchanting greenery all around..When you are having the luxury of staying here,every weekend you get to go somewhere just for a long drive,and you surely end up reaching some pretty good place to hang on..Karapuzha dam is one such place we visited last weekend..The dam is said to be one of the biggest earth dams in India built on Karapuzha river which was tributary of the Kabini River...We drove nearly half an hour from Sulthan Bathery to reach the place whic...
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  December 21, 2016, 1:43 pm
On the occasion of my parents brief visit in this February we happened to visit Gangaikonda Cholapuram.. This is first one among the four destinations we visited in a row,Gangaikonda Cholapuram,Vaideeswaran Koil,Chidambaram and Tiruvannamalai (Arunachalam)..Chidambaram was long time due in our travel list,despite several times planning during our stay at Coimbatore,it doesn't work somehow..On the first day of our trip,we took a cab from Chennai to Gangaikonda Cholapuram which is around 5 hours journey and reached the place before noon..The temple was clearly a replica of the gigantic Brihadeswarar Temple in Thanjavur..The architecture and sculptural beauty is so similar as it was built by th...
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  December 21, 2016, 12:53 pm
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