Nature’s Wonders

Singali La by George Thengummoottil

Singali La by George Thengummoottil

There are things we can do. And we do these whenever we can—travelling, trekking, birding, and so on. Then there are things we only dream…

Havelock Has It All

Havelock Has It All

(Originally published in Mid-Day, April 2016) A complete non-touristy guide to Havelock Islands “Four days in Havelock?” Travel agents will likely give you a bewildered…

The Magnetic Dangs

The Magnetic Dangs

Our last trip to Dangs district in Gujarat was unplanned. So was the last weekend’s trip. Two consecutive 3-day weekends. A much-longed trip to Bhandardhara…

Lombok: Go Beyond Bali, Indonesia

Lombok: Go Beyond Bali, Indonesia

Indonesia for most travellers begins and ends in Bali. Little do they realize that the Indonesian archipelago has several other stunning islands, too, and Bali’s…

Triund Through Snow

Triund Through Snow

Rarely do we repeat a trek, because we prefer to cover new places as much as possible. But when it is a place where seasons…

In the Land of Jungle Book – Kanha National Park

In the Land of Jungle Book – Kanha National Park

(This article was originally published in Mid-Day Travel section) Wildlife safaris are always full of expectations, surprises, and disappointments. The feverish anticipation and wonderful surprises…

Hiking Through Kerandangan

Hiking Through Kerandangan

A trek to the Rinjani volcano peak was in the original plan. Soon we were to realise – sadly, that it requires a minimum of…

An Unplanned Hike to Nowhere!

An Unplanned Hike to Nowhere!

The nephew and niece have a painting competition to attend at Pala, Kottayam. Mom wants to visit temples around Pala but could not go due…

Irpu Falls: Crowded but Charming

Irpu Falls: Crowded but Charming

Going to Irpu Falls was one of the spur-of-the-moment decisions that occur far too often in our trips. As with most of them, this too turned out…

Triund: Walk Above the Clouds

Triund: Walk Above the Clouds

It’s time to get ready for monsoon treks. What better time than now to reminisce one of the awesome monsoon treks we did! Triund in…

The Ethereal Kaas

The Ethereal Kaas

Lalu’s ears. Sita’s tears. American softhead. Coat button. Mickey mouse—funny they may sound but these are some of the ethereal beauties of Kaas Plateau, near…

Chill Out at Sarchu

Chill Out at Sarchu

A popular camping site, Sarchu lies at the border of Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh and belongs to HP. It is also the preferred…

Fast. Furious. Gokak

Fast. Furious. Gokak

Every trip has interesting unplanned detours. This time, for our 5-day Karnataka trip, we had kept the itinerary completely open. Only return tickets from Belgaum…

The Chalukya Heartland – Badami

The Chalukya Heartland – Badami

Some times the history, the geography, the weather and the people of a place adds to the dynamics of a travel experience, often enriching it….

River Rafting @ Indus

River Rafting @ Indus

We woke up on day five of our Himalayan safari brimming with excitement. Rafting on the Indus was the highlight of the day. Sadly, our…

Chang La

Chang La

Though we were on the lap of the mighty Himalayas for four days, snow was beyond our reach. We had longingly watched the glaciers from…

Jog Falls / Linganamakki Dam

Jog Falls / Linganamakki Dam

Lashing rains. Howling wind. Western ghats can’t get better (and dangerous) than in the monsoons. We were on the Sirsi–Jog falls leg of our Western-Ghats-on-road…

Mumbai Winter Visitors Turn Pink

By this time, they would’ve already set off to Kutch or getting ready for the journey. When we met them in December, they were busy…

Birds of Tadoba

Birds of Tadoba

Tadoba has a rich bird life with over 160 varities either  residing or visiting seasonally. The main lake in the middle and couple of other…

Old Fears Die Hard

The surprise element in the three-day Ratnagiri mountaineering camp organised by Nature Knights was the ‘Snake familiarisation’ session by the Ratnadurg Mountaineers. For some of…

Dandeli: Syntheri Rocks

There is a warning board which says ’12 dead till now. Please do not add to it’. And there is a lone watchman by its…

Siamese Coconut Tree

This story will be done by a photo. Nothing to blabber. Nothing to explain.   We saw this coconut tree inside Sindhdurg Fort, Malvan in…