Post Tagged with: "Central India"

On a toy train ride in the Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu: The Great Arabian Sea Drive Day 30

Wheeeee! I am on a toy train ride. Starting from Ooty or Ootacamund, now officially renamed Udagamandalam going downhill all the way to Mettuppalayam in Tamil Nadu. And it figures in UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Hotel Review: Rain Country Resorts, Wayanad, Kerala – Lose yourself in tropical beauty

The Rain Country Resort sure lives up to its name: as you go off the highway at Lakkidi on the Wayanad – Calicut highway, and drive through tea estates and woods, you know you really[Read More…]

Hotel Review: Banasura Island Retreat, Wayanad Kerala – What a perfect setting for a resort

I checked into Banasura Island Retreat in Wayanad in Kerala in the afternoon, least prepared for what awaited. Having driven most day under a blazing sun, I settled into my cottage only to have a[Read More…]

Hotel Review: The Blackbuck Lodge, Velavadar, Gujarat – Where blackbucks come calling to your verandah

Visualise this: You are sitting in the verandah of your cottage in grasslands extending for miles around. A gentle breeze is caressing your face while you sip a hot cuppa of your favourite tea, even[Read More…]

Hotel Review: Swaswara in Gokarna, Karnataka – Perfect to uplift your body, mind and soul

Not too many properties deserve the tag of being destinations in themselves, but Swaswara in Gokarna, Karnataka does. A CGH Earth resort, it sets standards in hotel design and service. Of course, being set against[Read More…]

Missing a Tigress with 4 cubs by a whisker in Bandipur, Karnataka: The Great Arabian Sea Drive Day 29

This will go down as a very disappointing day in my travelogue: I missed spotting a tigress with four cubs by just a couple of minutes. In Bandipur National Park, Karnataka. I was staying in[Read More…]

A Temple Festival, Circus and Fair in Wayanad, Kerala: The Great Arabian Sea Drive Day 28

It’s festival time: at the Valliyoorkavu temple on the outskirts of Mananthavady in Wayanad in Kerala. And I have Suresh Babu, a former BSF employee, to thank for alerting me to it. I happened to[Read More…]

Kuruva Island in Wayanad, Kerala: The Great Arabian Sea Drive Day 28

The evergreen forested Kuruva island (Called Kuruvadweep locally)  lying in one of the tributaries of Kabini river in Wayanad seems a popular picnic spot. Rightfully so. I am not a fan of popular picnic spots[Read More…]

Banasura Reservoir, Wayanad, Kerala – A sight to behold: The Great Arabian Sea Drive Day 27

The Banasura Sagar dam in Wayanad is the largest earth dam in India. Without getting into technicalities or its environmental impact (if any), I would say it has resulted in creating some stunning features. The[Read More…]

In Wayanad, Kerala – God’s Own Country: The Great Arabian Sea Drive Days 27-29

I finally leave Karnataka – and drive into Kerala. I am not in Wayanad area for too long to understand why Kerala is referred to as ‘God’s Own Country.’ The disappointment first: almost across the[Read More…]