Azhagar Koil and Tirupparamkunram, Madurai
September 10, 2015 By sastha

Alagar Koil, Pazhamudircholai, and NupuraGangai I started early in the morning to Alagar Kovil or Azhagar Koil. Mr Chandrabose was kind to drop me at a point where I can get a bus to this hill temple about 21 km away. On the way, I had a very early breakfast at a roadside eatery called […]

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 […]

Blue Mountain Express / Ooty Train This Toy Train is an engineering marvel. The UNESCO World Heritage Nilgiri Mountain Railway in Southern India consists of 45.88 km of a 1 m gauge single-track, partly rack-and-pinion railway that connects Mettupalayam to Ooty in Tamil Nadu State. There are 208 curves and 13 tunnels, and 27 viaducts […]

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 […]

I am skipping day 5,6,7 of my Ooty trip… mostly it was mundane business related work. On day 8, I had planned with a friend to visit a tea factory in Manjoor. I had been to Manjoor a few of times during my resident days in Ooty, mainly to visit a friend and a wedding. […]

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 […]

Ooty – Day 2
March 27, 2015 By sastha

My Circadian rhythm is still set to the plains, woke up at 5:30 and it was quite dark outside. Waited for some light and then went for a walk. Taking the Hill Bunk road, crossing the Taj Savoy Hotel towards Tamizhagam is a good morning walk route. It is one of somewhat preserved area in […]

Ooty – Day 3 – Hospitality
March 25, 2015 By sastha

Another early start to the day. I woke up early and went on a long walk after a cup of tea. It was really cold and misty. I took the road leading to Monarch Hotel. These are quieter parts of the town and there was hardly anyone on the road at 6 am, maybe the […]

Ooty – Day 1
March 21, 2015 By sastha

Got up quite early and it was very cold. I took my camera and went for a small walk. I was able to get some pictures of the House Sparrow, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Jungle Myna, and a few shots of the beautiful vista. Right opposite to where I stay is the Woodside School.A few school buses […]