There are an infinite reason why we call India as an Incredible India. Beside numerous festivals, God and Goddesses, languages, architecture and faith, India still have the remains of foreign lands such as British, Portuguese and French which has been preserved since many years. I am convinced by now that yellow (my fave color!!) is not represent a dirty fellow, but it is a color represents ‘extreme stage of happiness’. I found these colors in Goa, Kolkata and now in Puducherry too! Puducherry, previously known as Pondicherry (locals call it Pondi) and if you are from 90’s you still be calling Mumbai as Bombay and Kolkata as Calcutta because cities name change, emotions doesn’t 🙂
Puducherry is appx 160 kms from Chennai and I took morning 08:00 AM train from Chennai to Villupuram, a 2 hours journey. Villupuram is appx 38 kms to Puducherry, an hour taxi drive (charges vary, appx INR 1000). Though Puducherry have railway station but the train timings are in odd hours. The best way to see Puducherry and its surrounding areas is by renting out a bicycle or two wheeler. Within city, walking is great option as many sights are within 2-3 kilometers of each other. Believe it or not, one can complete Puducherry in a 3 days. Yes! you read that right 🙂 3 days!! As well here, the architecture is French, the road signs are in French (along with English and Tamil), a lot of people speak fluent French and most restaurants serve steak and wine! Continue reading “Quaint coastal bylanes of Puducherry”
Chorão also known as Choddnnem or Chodan, is an estuarine island located in the backwaters of the Mandovi River and it is the largest among other 17 islands of Goa (yes! Goa have 17 islands in total). Chorão is divided by creeks and backwaters that have tidal variations, a network formed from the Mandovi and Mapusa rivers and the Cumbharja canal. You can reach Chorão Island either by ferry from Ribander or take a picturesque long road route crossing the whitewashed churches, green fields and beautiful Portuguese Villas from Mapusa. Definitely it will put you into time travel. Chorão Island is famously known for the largest bird sanctuary of Goa – Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. The reserve has got its name from the famous Dr. Salim Ali – an Indian ornithologist and naturalist who sometimes referred to as the “Birdman of India”. There is a paved walk which takes you within the sanctuary and the mangroves can be explored by a boat which navigates through the narrow passageways. Continue reading “Day Trip to Chorão Island-Goa. Visited Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary and found an inhabitant mystery Island.”
Elephanta is an island off the Mumbai coast (which also called Gharapuri), the one in the middle is the biggest and most ornate. Elephanta Caves are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, labyrinth of cave temples represent some of India’s most impressive temple carving dedicated to Lord Shiva. The rock-cut Elephanta Caves were constructed about the mid-5th to 6th centuries AD. It was the Portuguese who named the island as “Elephanta” because of a large stone elephant near the shore (this collapsed in 1814 and was moved by the British to Mumbai’s Jijamata Udyan). Continue reading “Treasure island hopping to explore Elephanta Caves.”
Adlabs Imagica tagged as India’s favorite Holiday destination as well India’s first and only International standard Amusement park spread out on 130-acre land, located at Khopoli (Raigad District), Mumbai – Pune Express Highway, which is appx 90 mins drive from Mumbai or Pune (appx 115 kms) and for longest time the place which I was itching to tick off on my bucket list. It’s been 5 years since it’s opened for public and the reason I couldn’t plan for it was traveling expense and traveling by road from Mumbai is nothing but tiring (as well annoying) and not to forget the heavy traffic jams scene. Car rental costing INR 9499 + 18% GST (return journey) for a group of 4 people with all meals which is crazy high and INR 599 per person for bus (one way) which is economical but again the road trip and the traffic jam☹️ If you feel me, this the right place you stop by 🙂 I am going to guide you how to enjoy Imagica without blowing up on your budget and get over from traffic jams drama in just INR 160 ㋡ Continue reading “Adlabs Imagica in flat INR 160 (A guide)”
Goa is basically La-La-Land of India. A destination is friendly to different travel tastes and budgets. Well, anyone who has been to Goa always has fascinating stories about absolutely cheap alcohol, some pristine blue waters and some overcrowded beaches, adventure water sports, delicious seafood while some overpriced food at shacks and clubbing with foreigners. Well, I do not deny anyone these are false, but exploring places differently is all about. My taste about Goa is somehow a little different than any of I have mentioned above.
Continue reading “Goa – Unhurried Little Paradise”