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Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Kanyakumari March 4th 2016

Steaming frothy cup of tea to start the day. With the blessings from rising Sun God, we commenced our long drive to Cape Comorin, the present day Kanyakumari; the southernmost rocky tip of the peninsular India. The estimated distance from Varkala was 140 km and the travel time of 4 to 5 hours. Barely 12 km from the Black Beach, we reached the NH-47. The traffic was sparse and the chauffeur kept us engaged in his lively chatter. The interaction with the chauffeurs I find, have been very informative, which adds to the knowledge on diverse subjects such as the local culture, customs, cuisines, lifestyle, history, do’s & don’ts, and above all the local politics. They have tremendous experience of ferrying tourists on a day-to-day basis, and their exposure makes them very resourceful. As an icing ... read more
The Room With A View ....
Sunset Point
Kovalam Beach, TN

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Kanyakumari December 24th 2015

Geo: 8.08403, 77.5419After a brilliant week with our tour group we were back on our own. We took a night bus to Kodaikanal via Palani. It rained heavily as we left and we passed an ambulance on its side in the middle of the road! Only in India!We arrived at 4am into Palani which wasn't pleasant, strong urine smells, rubbish everywhere, dodgy and drunk people all around and a guy hitting a lady in the face.We got to Kodaikanal in the western ghats where the altitude increased to 2000 masl. I guess we had high expectations of Kodaikanal but we found that the room was damp and cold, that shops don't open until 11 and to find a non Indian breakfast is a struggle. We didn't have a very good first impression and after a nap ... read more
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Kodaikanal
Kodaikanal

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Kanyakumari July 31st 2015

Dear All Greetings from Cape Comorin – the southernmost tip of India. It certainly feels like an achievement to have arrived here, being perhaps the third most important cape in the world, after Cape Horn and the Cape of Good Hope. It is also the meeting point of three major seas of the world: the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean. It is a stunning location, with wonderfully rough seas and strong winds, and definitely one of the highlights of my trip thus far. I believe in my last I mentioned that my journey was to take more of a swing towards Hinduism and its temples, and this has indeed turned out to be the case. They say that Tamil Nadu is the most fervently Hindu state in India, and this has ... read more
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Arches and Pillars
Me and some new friends

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Kanyakumari November 12th 2013

Glimpses of Kerala-2 : Kanniyakumari Kanniyakumari is in the state of Tamilnadu. It can be included in the Madurai-Rameshwaram-Kanniyakumari circuit or perhaps easier option is to go via Trivandrum / Kovalam. From Kovalam, the distance is just 90 Km but like most of the places in India, the distance should be measured in time and not in kilometres. It takes three hours. We had omitted local sightseeing in Trivandrum to include Kanniyakumari. Vivekananda Rock is the main attraction of the Kanniyakumari. The name of the place is derived from the temple of ‘Kanniyakumari’ – Parvati. Gandhi memorial is another place visited by tourists. Island of Vivekananda Rock is about half a kilometre off the mainland shore (southern-most tip of India) and can be reached only through boat service run by the port administration. Mainly because it ... read more
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07-Vivekanand rock
08-Vivekanand Rock and Thiruvalluvar Statue

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Kanyakumari March 10th 2013

I stood still mesmerizing the Indian Ocean, on my right is the Arabian Sea; turning to the left is the Bengal Bay. I felt great and happy to be in a place where the ocean, the sea and the bay collided together at this very point where I stood. Winds of change that gave me such thrill and not sure exactly which direction of wind came from. Felt the cold waters over my feet, coarse sand that kept overlapping onto my feet, in between my toes, each time the waves charges towards me and at this moment I asked to myself, when was the last time I had such fun at the beach. Despite the drizzle, people still throng to this place for a splash, a dip in, children got excited over the waves on icy ... read more
The walls of Kanyakumari
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Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Kanyakumari March 31st 2012

We started on 31st March 2012 toward Kanyakumari from Bangalore at around 4 PM in the evening. It took around 1 hour to dodge the traffic and get out of the city. But we all were excited for this long trip. I forgot to tell you guys that the entire trip was a road trip so lots of driving involved :) (Best way to travel in India). Our first stop was near Krishnagiri On a Fuel station. We had our dinner in McDonald’s. Just make sure fill your self here because you wont get anything good after that. We stopped to refuel in couple of places. Complete road is a 4 Way higway NH7 so you can speed upto 120-160KMPH but be careful of coming wrong side traffic. We reached Kanyakumari before the sunrise, but got ... read more

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Kanyakumari February 21st 2012

Today marked two important symbolic events. One, we visited the Southernmost point in India, yey! Two, it was the halfway point for our trip, boo! (well it was yesterday in truth but that ruins the symbolism of today). I should also note that this will be published well after the day in question, so the date of publishing is not the same as the day referred to above. The Southern tip of India is a fairly unremarkable place, much like Lands End is a fairly unremarkable place, in fact I imagine many countries extremities despite being major tourist attractions are actually fairly unremarkable, if not just plain boring. The Southern tip does have a few things going for it however. Firstly it is the Southern tip of India which is in itself an achievement. Secondly being ... read more
More cases of animal abuse in India
Walkting towards the water at the Southern tip
Cooling off at the Southern tip

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Kanyakumari April 6th 2011

There are very few places on this beautiful earth where one can witness both the sunrise and the sunset over the horizon. One amongst them is Cape Comorin which is the tip of the Indian mainland. Cape Comorin which is better known as Kanyakumari is the place where the three humungous water bodies namely, Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal meet up. After travelling for about 2 hours from Thiruvananthapuram, we reached the tip of India. It is a crowded little place with shops and hawkers selling shells of various shapes and sands of different colours. A small boat ride from the mainland took us to the famous Vivekananda rock, where the great philosopher had meditated. There are a lot books about his teachings which can be purchased. Next to this stands the massive ... read more
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Kanyakumari
Kanyakumari

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Kanyakumari November 18th 2010

Images: Humidity encouraging the conversion of water to the sweat on the eastern coast of India. a guy always nodding his head as a reply to all the questions been asked to him in that unknown language ...sometimes buses were partially crowded and sometimes you can easily smell thousands different body odor. Well,I am unzipping my unforgettable solo journey experience to Southern India.... Read more : http://thinkingparticle.com/blog/lost-translation-chapter-one-kanyakumari ... read more

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Kanyakumari October 28th 2010

What else you can expect being a roadie to have machine under your butt and your girl on your back. This was the dream and it came true on me on my first long ride on my bull, after marriage, so officially I will call it a HONEYMOON TRIP. Day 1: Once all three of us got geared-up with our spares, we headed on towards Mysore early in morning. It was a prefect time I guess, Diwali was about to come and people were planning to be mamma’s baby. This gave us opportunity to have roads just for us. Started from home around 4:30 AM with speedo saying 58865. I preferred to go to Mysore via NH 209 don’t know why. But I like that route much, its being longer though. Filled tank in Mysore and ... read more




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