Fort Kochi
October 25, 2016 By sastha

We planned for a day trip to a place called Palaikeri, a fisheries department run fishing cooperative, during the Pooja holidays but destiny had something else in store for us. We started at about 7:30 am and drove down to Thripunithura, a suburb of Ernakulam. On the way, we decided to stop by at the […]

After the visit to Meenakshi Amman Temple and a quite heavy brunch, I went to the Thirumalai Naicker Palace close by.   The legend in front of the palace says: “This palace was constructed during 1636 AD by King Thirumalai Naicker. It is said that the palace was designed by an Italian architect. It is […]

Fish-eyed Goddess
April 26, 2015 By sastha

I made my plans with Mr Chandra Bose, the realstay owner, regarding the places to see in Madurai the previous day. He asked me to go the Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, Thirumalai Nayak Palace, and the Gandhi Memorial Museum. Also, asked me to go to the Meenakshi Temple as early as possible. Taking the cue […]

Madurai – Day 1 – ‘Dil se’
April 20, 2015 By sastha

After a bit of dilly-dallying finally made plans to visit Madurai and South Tamilnadu. I was always under the impression that Coimbatore was the starting point to reach anywhere in Tamilnadu from my parts in Kerala. I did a Google Maps search and found there was a quicker route to reach Madurai via Pollachi without […]

Ooty – Day 4 – Emerald/Avalanche
March 28, 2015 By sastha

I was eagerly waiting for this day. I made plans with a childhood friend, PR Ramesh, for a trip to Avalanche, Emerald, and Red Hills Nature Resorts. As usual, I got up early and went for a long walk down the Tamizhagam road. Ramesh came over around 9:30 am and we left for the main bus […]

Leelu’s House
March 9, 2015 By sastha

Leelu’s Homestay was the first homestay in my itinerary to visit. It was 11:00 am when I dropped in to this beautiful old building just behind the Main Post Office in Fort Kochi, and I was met by a gentleman who said they are having a cooking class and if I could come over by 4:30 pm or […]

After meeting a couple of homestay owners in the morning and with the plans of returning home, I walked into a cafe. I asked for some tea and I could see signs and posters of a homestay. I asked the lady if this was a homestay. She tell me yes and it supposed to be […]

Prarthana – Prayer
February 23, 2015 By sastha

Prarthana – Prayer is located on Davisdale, a hill towards the south of the race course and overlooking it, Prarthana offers the best of proximity and privacy to the traveller. Prarthana is hardly a five minute drive from the town centre with the main attractions of the Botanical Gardens, Boathouse, Race course all within a […]