Silent Sunday: My signature Shots..

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Pushpagiri Chennakeshava temple was built in 1298 AD and is located in Kadapa district, AP. The grandeur of the sculptures start at the entrance itself. Every inch of this temple are filled with beautiful carvings and sculptures. Go visit this place you’ll remember more than you see…
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Travel doesn’t become adventure until you leave yourself behind..
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Experiencing Eternal Happiness!!

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Reliving the Past..

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Fill your life with experiences, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show..
A beautiful Evening on Blood moon day at Mahbubnagar (7)

Witnessing one of the most magical sunsets!!

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If you have to wait for someone to travel with you, you may end up waiting a life time!

Ps: Let me know which picture you liked…😉

Mystic Meghalaya: Nohkalikai Falls

Nohkalikai Falls is the tallest plunge waterfall in India. Its height is 1115 feet (340 metres). It is an amazing sight to behold. The waterfall is located near Cherrapunji, one of the wettest places on Earth & is one of the must see places in Meghalaya. We spent whole morning staring at the gigantic canvas of natural beauty.

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“Water is the most perfect traveller because when it travels it becomes the path itself!” – Mehmet Murat ildan

According to legends, in a village called Rangjyrteh, upstream from Nohkalikai Falls, a woman named Likai resided but had to remarry after her husband died. Ka Likai (Ka is the prefix given for the female gender in Khasi) was left with her infant girl with no means of income. So she had to become a porter herself. Her work required her to leave her daughter unattended for long intervals but when she would be at home she would spend most of her time taking care of her infant. Ka Likai, who married a second time, couldn’t pay attention to her second husband. The jealous husband killed the infant and cooked her meat after throwing away her head and bones. When Ka Likai returned home, she saw nobody in the house but except for a meal that had been prepared. She wanted to go look for her daughter but she ate the meat as she was tired from work.

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“Look with open eyes and you will see the beauty of the waterfall.” – Anthony Hincks

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“Water is the driving force of all nature.” – Leonardo da Vinci

Ka Likai usually had a betel leaf after her meals but she found a severed finger near the place where she usually cut betel nuts and betel leaves. Ka Likai realized what had happened in her absence and went mad with anger and grief and started running as she swung a hatchet in her hand. She ran off the edge of the plateau and the waterfall where she jumped from was named Nohkalikai Falls after her.

 

Few hours in Goa..

After finishing our Pulmokarn2018 conference in KLE university, Belgaum we headed towards goa. It was a sudden plan and we just boarded a 4.30bus at Belgaum central bus stand to Mapusa, Goa.

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The mind of friends are like railway track. they never meet.. but has to go together to keep the friendship alive…..

It was a different experience traveling in an RTC bus on a rainy day through the dense forest and narrow ghat roads with visibility being even less than 10 Meters at certain points! It was an adventurous journey which kept us at the edge of the seat as we didn’t know how the driver is managing to drive in such tough situation. There was a short tea break in the middle of the trip and also many dropping points. It became dark halfway through the journey and by the time we got down at Mapusa it was 9 15 pm, and we were filled with awe while bidding good bye to the bus driver who was very friendly and wondered how he manages to drive on those roads day & night every single day with unpredictable climate.

Soon after getting down we hired Bikes and headed to our prebooked hotel in Calangute. After check-in we soon left to a Sunday night party in Titos at Baga beach. It was a colourful party with many different performers and dj’s. We had a midnight walk at baga beach which was less crowded and peaceful.

Studying the orientation & behavior of the birds during the sunset..& experiencing one of the best sunsets in India at Chapora Fort, Goa

This is a throwback picture of my previous trip to Goa in 2013. And this is my all time favorite picture @ Chapora Fort

Next morning we had breakfast at our favourite restaurant casa goana, Calangute road and started for Aguada fort.Since it was drizzling all the time we didn’t take many pics in Goa. We were almost drenched by the time we reached Aguada Fort. We spent some time at Aguada fort appreciating the beauty of the fort and sea waves meeting the walls of the fort.

Then we had lunch at Bom sucesso. And then we bid adieu to goa for now and started our journey back as we had 4 30 pm bus to Hyderabad. Though it was a short trip it was worthwhile to come all the way to Goa and enjoy its beauty in this monsoon. Hence, Goa will never disappoint you even if it’s for a short span.

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This is a 2013 throwback picture.. Sunset at Chapora, Fort

Tips from my perspective:

1. Take a Bus from belgaum to Panaji and get down at Mapusa if you are planning a trip to the happening places. Ticket price was 105rupees.

2. Dont take Unreliable Taxis to cut down the journey time as the road is not very safe.

3. Carry your raincoats & umbrella.

4. Must try apple pie with custard at Cafe Goan.

A beautiful day: Exploring Perambikulam Tiger reserve, Aliyardam & Masanamman temple

Day 1: We started from Coimbatore at around 8:00 AM in the morning then we had a stopover at Pollachi for Breakfast at the popular vegetarian Gowri krishna restaurant. The tiffins here were delicious. Then we started to Anamalai Masani Amman temple which is located at Annamalai Hills, in Coimbatore district, enroute Topslip.

Masani Amman Temple: “Goddess of Justice”

This temple is believed to answer the prayers of the devotees in 3 weeks! Masani Amman Temple, also known as Annamalai Masani Amman Temple is located around 25 kms from Pollachi in Tamil Nadu.

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The temple is dedicated to Goddess Arulmigu Masani Amman who is believed to be a ‘Goddess of Justice’.

Interesting Stories behind the temple:

According to an interesting legend, during the Sangam Era, Annamalai was ruled by a chief called Nannan. He had a big mango grove and was so possessive of it that he appointed check post officials to guard the trespassers. It so happened that one day a woman was bathing in the Aliyar River and a mango came floating to her in the waters. Unable to resist tasting it, she bit it. This was reported to the ruler and the innocent woman was produced before him. She pleaded that she did not steal the mango. Nonetheless, she was executed. Angered by the unjustifiable ruler, her kins killed him in a battle. People then started worshiping her to honor her martyrdom and soon a temple was built for the same. Since the lady was killed, the deity was called as Shmasani, which in Sanskrit means ‘graveyard’. Later, the deity came to be called as Masani.

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Furthermore the temple is said to bless barren women with children and pregnant women with good health..

The Deity of Masani Amman Temple, is one who grants justice to her strong believers. The 15ft long idol is in lying position with four hands, each holding snake, trident, skull and drum respectively. The Neethi Kal, or the Stone of Justice, is a stone that is present in the temple that is believed to have unique powers. Devotees who lost their belongings or were cheated in business by their enemies etc. come here seeking justice. They grind red chillies with the stone and pray. This is believed to free them from all kinds of evil in life.

Then we headed to Topslip, which is at a distance of 30 kms from Pollachi & 76kms from Coimbatore,.Perambikulam (12)

Topslip is the Tiger Reserve Forest in small part of Annamalai Tiger Reserve, which is separated from the Nilgiri Hills by Palghat Gap in north. It got its name during British era, as lots of its timber slipped down to the plains below. It is famous for the elephant camp, wildlife safaris, pleasant weather and beautiful views of Annamalai Hills.Perambikulam (15)

Forest Department organizes elephant safaris and jeep rides into the sanctuary. A four hours trek around the forest along with a guide is also available here. Unfortunately due to some issues, forest department  had temporarily closed elephant safari & jeep safari.

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Beautiful view 

Parambikulam: Well maintained Tiger reserve

So we drove to Parambikulam which is just 4 Kms from Topslip. Parambikulam Tiger Reserve is a well protected ecological portion in the Nelliampathy – Anamalai landscape of the Southern Western Ghats in India. It is located in the Palakkad District of Kerala.

Considering its biological richness, abundance of wildlife and landcape beauty makes Parambikulam Tiger Reserve  one of the most attractive places in the entire stretch of Western Ghats.

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Journey itself was a destination..

Since we went on a day trip we took Van safari which was Rs. 200 per head. They wont start the trip until they’ve minimum of 20 passengers. So we had to wait for around 30 mins for the other passengers to gather.

What did we spot?

Parambikulam- Aliyar Project: Top ranked Embankment dam

It is an embankment dam on the Parambikulam River in Parambikulam tiger reserve. It ranks number one in India as well as in the top ten embankment dams in the world in volume in the year 2000.

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Parambikulam Reservoir view

Kanimara Teak Tree: India’s oldest tree

The bus safari took us to Kanimara Teak tree  which was 450 years old. And it is believed to be one of the oldest tree in India.

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Enroute Kanimara Teak tree

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Captured by Gopro hero5. This is Kanimara Teak tree, India’s oldest tree..

Sunset at Aliyar dam:

Aliyar Dam Reservoir Park is located on the way to Valparai from Pollachi. Placed at the foothills of Valparai. The dam has a park, garden & play area for kids. The dam offers a relaxing environment as the surrounding is beautiful with mountains and greenery all around. A nominal entrance fee is charged for entry into the dam premises..

We managed to explore a historical temple, An adventurous tiger safari & a soothing sunset at Aliyar dam all in a day. Then we headed to Valparai. Overnight stay at Valparai. ..

Info from my perspective:

  1. Parambikulam Park entry fee  is Rs. 23/head for Indian citizens and Rs.300 for foreigners. Vehicle entry fee for  is Rs.70 for car, Rs.50 for a still camera and 200 for a video camera.
  2. Jungle Safari per head Rs.250. Safari duration 3 to 3.5 hours. Timings 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.
  3. Aliyar dam entry fee Rs.5/head. Timings: 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM.
  4. You can enjoy your trip leisurely by staying in Tree house & going on a night safari.

Stay tuned to see Valparai through my eyes

Mystic Meghalaya: Shillong Street foods

For me the taste of street food is always better than  a fancy meal at a fine dining restaurant. Street Food culture in Shillong is very vibrant. The roads of Shillong are filled with colorful carts serving special foods. Any dish on this street is packed with an abundance of flavors at a minimum price.

Well!!  coming to Police street, this is the biggest market place and is located in the heart of the city. It is filled with street shops selling dresses, bags, umbrellas, woolen clothes, accessories etc.  From traditional hand looms to the multinational brands, from budget hotels to the luxury hotels, from street foods to the fancy expensive meals etc., This is really a good place to shop and it is a paradise to all the foodies..

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Busy making Kebab..

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Mouth watering Kebabs.. I’m missing them already 😉  

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Very spicy Shillong street Noodles

Travel diaries of RoRboyz: Thailand & Cambodia

Encountering the colorful cultures, great food, Historical temples and superb beaches on a 12-day journey to Cambodia & Thailand. The highlights of our trip includes Bangkok, Phuket, PhiPhi Islands, Ayuttaya, Siem reap, Etc.,

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Fantastic Friday: A Day at Karon Beach

Beach is a place where I relax by looking at the beauty of mother nature. I go to the beach to get away from all the hustle bustle of city life & work tensions. To feel the grainy sand all under my feet. To sit there under the shade of a tree & feel the cool sea breezes. Not only to feel but to hear the waves is the ultimate relaxation.

 Karon beach at afternoon..

Hot Beach, Cold Beer & Crazy friends… What a combination…

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Home-made delicious donuts..

Old man selling Home made Donuts..

My feet stories: Happiness comes in Waves

After a visit to the beach, it’s hard to believe that we live in a material world.     

    How many of you like the Beaches??