A Slice of Italy

The Sula Vineyard Tour It was there all the time. But never captured our interest until when a three-day weekend came and we had not…

Pandavleni Caves

Pandavleni is another slice from history worth visiting.  Though not as grand as the Ajanta Caves (and therefore lesser known), Pandavleni is similar to those…

Colours of Faith

Trimbakeshwar is perhaps no different from any other pilgrim centre in India. Considered very sacred, it is one among the Jyotirlingas and also the origin…

Farm Stay. Really?

“20 acres of farm land… garden flowers, coffee plants, black pepper plants, ayurvedic medicinal plants… ” Enough to generate a great deal of expectations. But…

Making History

Next time when you turn your lens to that early morning golden rays of the sun or the mist drop at the tip of the…

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…

“No Punjabi Dishes Please …”

If you happen to be in Ratnagiri and looking for good eating joints, here are some really compelling options. If you are a vegetarian, try…

In Search of the Glass Palace

“Soon the district administration discovered itself to be in possession of monies sufficient to build the King his long promised palace. A mansion had appeared…

A Copy Writer’s Passion!

Did you know how well they make modular kitchens in Belgaum ? Well, a copy writer who wrote this advertisement copy for this brand in…

Dandeli: A Home Stay at Malgudi

A five-light junction. A cow and a calf wandering around. A small bus stop. A public tap. Two or three shops. A slice from the…

Dandeli: Nagzari Trek

In two days , we were done with the touristy stuff (the safari) and the explorer stuff (the extended crocodile trail). Yet there was a…

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…

Diwali 2007: Lonar

We prefer the subdued Diwali celebrations in villages rather than the high decibel gala in cities. So last diwali (2007) also saw us packing our…

Have Two Days? Try Option #134

While Outlook Traveller gives us 52 options to de-stress our weekends, in reality, the permutations and combinations of plans one can make out of that…

Hug the Clouds & Kiss the Beaches

Every trip of ours in Maharashtra reinforces MTDC’s marketing byline ‘Maharashtra Unlimited’. Be it treks, road trips or backpack trips. Numerous options that emerge from…

Some Narcissistic Pleasures

Only in the world of blogs, editors and authors enjoy a non-conflicting, symbiotic relationship. Painstakingly written material never finds its way to the basket underneath…

Another Guess. What Is a Cabel Duck?

Ask any biologist or an expert in ducks. They will tell you that there are a variety of ducks. Appleyard, Crested Ducks, Indian Runners, etc….

Pilikula: True to Its Name

It is unlikely to see really energetic animals in a zoo. Especially the big cats. We don’t recollect any images of healthy animals from the…

A Rare Display of Affection

This June saw us and our group religiously (every monsoon) packing our bags and heading to explore the wilderness of Sanjay Gandhi National Park. This…

We Salute This Kid!

The interesting thing about travel is not just that you get to meet some interesting people. It is also that many a times you get…

Driving Through  Dangs

Driving Through Dangs

Dang is a tribal district in South Gujarat, bordering Maharashtra. It is perhaps the tail of Western Ghats that stretches all the way up from…

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…

What’s New in Our Travel Kit ?

A local version of the swiss knife. Not too many tools, but two things of great utility value – a spoon and fork !! [HTML1]…

Smallest Wildlife Sanctuary

Where is the world’s smallest wildlife sanctuary? It is right here in India, in Maharashtra. At 5.15 sq km, Mayureshwar sanctuary is the smallest WLS…

A Date With Eva

Eva is beautiful. Has naughty eyes. Very warm and friendly. But make no mistake. She is a 7-year old baby elephant. Malayalees’ love story with…

A Day With Gen Y Rotaractors

Not too often you get some unusual travel opportunity where you get to spend on a training session for a bunch of energetic youngsters. To…

Palaruvi Waterfalls and a Family Photo

‘Palarauvi’ is actually a misguiding name for a waterfall cascading down from more than 300 ft. Or for that matter, for any waterfall. ‘Pal’ means…

Thenmala – A Walk on Tree Tops

A 120-m long elevated walkway touching the treetops in the middle of forest! Take this path interspersed with 109 steps and you could try out…