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Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Kolli Hills January 9th 2024

Years ago, I had planned to travel to South India but then life got in the way. My travel dreams never die, this one certainly didn't. A couple months ago, it looked like my busy schedule might possibly be opening up for a trip. The weird thing about my work is that I put the pieces in place but have to stay non attached, literally not knowing if I will travel until a day or two before a journey. This time it worked, the skies parted (figuratively) in mid November, I happily pulled my trusty backpack together and headed for Seatac Airport. I was excited, to say the least. Long flight through Paris and into Chennai, Tamil Nadu. I don't really care for big cities, I also often tend to pick places to begin my trip ... read more

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Chennai November 7th 2023

7 KASIM 2023 SALI Sabah 07:30 da otobüse doluştuk ve yola çıktık… Kahvaltımızı kumanya olarak verdiler..ufak tefek bir şeyler yedim… zaten hazırladıkları herşeyi yemek mümkün değil… Kochi havaalanına döndük.. Bu hava alanı, kendi enerjisini güneş panelleri ile karşılayan Dünya’daki ilk hava alanı imiş.. Arazi bol, panelleri etrafa serpiştirmişler… Chennai uçağımız 12:40 ta kalkacak.. Söylememe gerek yok ki yine geç kalktık ülkeyi batıdan doğuya doğru katederek, 14:30 gibi Chennai ‘ye vardık… Eski adı ile Madras olan Chennai ,Tamil Nadu eyaletinin başkenti olup, Bengal körfezinin kıyısında Hindistan’ın güney doğusunda yer alan ülkenin 6 cı büyük nüfusuna sahip olan bir kenttir. Önemli özelliklerinden birisi, buranın Hindistan’ın Detroit i olarak anılmasıdır ..bütün arabacılar burada … Tüm Hint... read more

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Kodaikanal April 6th 2023

Rameshwaram – Madurai – Kodaikanal : Nov-2022 Kodaikanal Kodaikanal is one of the best hill stations in South India. It is about 2 ½ hrs drive from Madurai. Other comparable places include: Munnar, Thekkady (both typically visited during Kerala tour), Ooty (nr. Bengaluru / Mysuru), Kunnur (nr. Ooty), Coorg (via Bengaluru), Chikamagalur (via Bengaluru / Mengaluru) etc. An advantage with all these places is that, they being in south (near equator), except Ooty (~8000 ft) none become too cold during winter. As all are surrounded by dense forests of Nilgiri mountains, they remain cool during summer. Except peak monsoon, any time is good time to visit them, including Kodaikanal. Immediately post-monsoon is perhaps best time to see numerous waterfalls. In November itself, most of the waterfalls near Kodaikanal had become almost dry. As the winter had ... read more
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04-Coaker's Walk-20221124

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Rameswaram March 19th 2023

Rameshwaram-Madurai-Kodaikanal: November-2022 Out of five major temples in the Southern India, we had visited two: Tirupati-Balaji and Kanniyakumari. We missed Padmanabhaswami temple in Thiruvanathapuram due to planning error. We have been to Ooty, Munnar and Thekkady hill stations of South India. Ooty with Bengaluru-Mysuru and Munnar – Thekkady as a part of Kerala tour. In this short tour of five days, we went to Rameshwaram (a Jyotirlinga and one of the Char Dhams of India), the famous Minaxi temple of Madurai and Kodaikanal hill station. Rameshwaram can be approached from Chennai or Madurai – almost the same distance. Kodaikanal can be approached from Madurai or Bengaluru. Clubbing Rameshwaram, Madurai and Kodaikanal thus make sense. Setting up itinerary for this trip was a bit tricky. Rameshwaram and Minaxi temple are very busy temples and the rush... read more
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Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Kodaikanal October 29th 2022

Journey started with my family and we decided to drive 550 kms by road from Chennai. We started off late at night, to avoid the crazy traffic that has taken over Chennai City due to Metro work. Reached Trichy in the morning around 4 am. Not a great travel though as currently the highways to Trichy from Chennai are also under renovation. City of Trichy holds some beautiful temples. Can visit the Old Jambukeshwar Temple there and the Fort Temple. Post Breakfast and temple Darshan we started heading to Kodaikanal. Journey was beautiful as the roads were good. We reached the foothills of Kodaikanal and realised that there are many people who have chosen Kodaikanal as there weekend destination. The road uphill was crowded, and there were multiple potholes in the road. Alongside there were PWD ... read more

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Vellore December 30th 2021

we started our journey to ooty on 25th may . we started our train journey around 10.00a.m and we reached the hills in night, so we missed a lot of location on the way. The next day our first location was to the PYKARA LAKE which is a famous lake. The climate was very good near the lake as the sun was just rising giving a golden shade to the lake. There we went on a boat ride along side of the lake and we saw few wild animals there. The lake was maintained well .Our next destination was to the seven hills which is famous for it lush green surrounding which has so many little forest around it and also for famous for horse riding. we had a very relaxing time there, our first day ... read more

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Mahabalipuram August 24th 2020

After a gap of almost a year i decided to move on towards Tamil Nadu coastal life at Mahabalipuram. Mahabs which is recently called by the locals residing near the beach for which their daily life moves with fishing with selling at plenty of home stays which is situated at the beach. At Mahabalipuram staying at Bob Marley Cafe & Beach House which is cozy and trippy with a view of the sea. Relaxing with peace and roaming within the town and some photography of the great work of stone carvings done in the early stages of life during 17-18 century which is still preserved and recognized by UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Mixture of some dry heat and some cool winds flowing from the sea towards the town and the best of all is to drink ... read more
Mahabs 2
Mahabs 1

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu July 10th 2020

Life and the various species originated by the combination of planetary globes and the five manifestations of nature namely earth, water, fire, air, and space. Rabindranath Tagore in his book Pancha bhoota, has explained that the emotional ability of the human mind is keenly sensitive to all objects of light, colour, sound, effect of speed, sun, moon and stars. The Human Body and the Earth have the same composition – ¾ water and ¼ rest. To be precise, the human body is composed of 72% water, 12% earth, 6% air, 4% fire and 6% ether/space. Every Yogic practice is about cleansing the 5 (Pancha) Bhootas – eventually leading to a pure body, mind and soul. The Pancha Bhoota temples are the 5 Shiva temples dedicated to one of the Bhootas each. url= read more

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Kanchipuram May 28th 2020

Mumurtivasam, Kanchipuram (Abode of the Trio) The Ekambareshwar (Shiva) temple, Kamakshi Amman (Parvati) temple and the Varadaraja Perumal (Vishnu) temple together are popularly known as the Mumurtivasam (Mu - Three, Murti – Idol/Deity, Vasam - Aroma. Ekambareshwar temple – Once, Parvati was performing penance on Shiva in the form of a Prithvi Lingam, made out of sand under a mango tree, to expatiate herself from a curse. The Vegavati River (which was years ago created by Shiva to satisfy a sage’s thirst) overflowed and was about to destroy the lingam. Parvati hugged the lingam to protect it. This gesture of Parvati touched Shiva immensely and he materialised in person in front of her and she was liberated from the curse. The mango tree where this happened exists in the temple and is believed to be several ... read more
Ekambareshwar Mango tree
Kanchi Kamakshi temple
Kanchi kamakshi temple

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Tiruchirappalli May 20th 2020

Lord Brahma once performed penance to see Lord Vishnu’s original form. After several years of penance, Vishnu appeared in front of Brahma in a Ranga Vimana – a special chariot of the Lord carried by 4 Veda deities on their head and sleeping on the coils of the serpent Ananta Shesha. The Ranga Vimana was worshiped by Lord Brahma who later gave the Vimana to King Ishwaku (Lord Rama’s ancestors) on Lord Vishnu’s (Ranganatha) desire. The Vimana was worshipped in Ayodhya by the Ishwaku dynasty and finally by Lord Rama. Lord Rama gave the Vimana to Vibhishana – the brother of Ravana – at the Pattabhishekham, the ceremony where he was crowned as the king of Lanka after Ravana’s death. This ceremony was held at Dhanushkodi Tamil Nadu, near Rameshwaram, after Lord Rama returned from Lanka. ... read more

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