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Travelling through Tamil Nadu – Kanyakumari (Part 1)

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – Lao Tzu

How many times do we miss to take that first step ? Planning for a trip & then not going for it. Does it happen with you also ? I have seen most of my trips are sudden ones – the unplanned types. And, I have a crazy friend who has convinced me many times to travel at spur of the moment. So, I got my tickets booked & ran off to Tamil Nadu without a fixed itinerary.

First obvious stop was Chennai as my friend was meeting me there. And, same evening we left for southern most tip of Indian mainland -Kanyakumari. Overnight train journey spent in gossiping reading-sleeping.

Vivekananda Rock memorial

At Viveknanda Rock Memorial

List of  things to do in KanyaKumari –

Its easier to find a hotel near the beachfront. All hail TripAdvisor for the help! So many places to visit & less time. We were picky about the places to visit. First stop for the day was Vivekanada Rock Memorial. It takes another hour after getting the ticket to boarding the ship for Rock Memorial.We have wait in a queue under a shelter. I have been here thrice & still get the same thrill. There is a meditation room where you can sit & be enchanted by the mantras.Away from land & amidst high winds, you can just let go everything. Watching the waves lash at the rocks for hours.Baby I am addicted 🙂

Vivekanada Rock Memorial

Vivekanada Rock Memorial

Thiruvalluvar Statue

Thiruvalluvar Statue

You can also visit nearby Thiruvalluvar Statue. Tough luck that I have always found it closed off due to tidal waves.Next we went to Bhagvathy Amman Temple(Devi Kanya Kumari), it’s a temple dedicated to Kanya kumari Deity. There are many legends associated with the place.

Church in Kanyakumari

 Our Lady of Ransom Church

We also went to Our Lady of Ransom Church. It’s a Catholic church & you get to see Mother Mary clad in a Saree. For photographers all these places are like treasures. Every nook & corner beholds your attention. I am the opposite kind and get dumb on entering such places, thus forget to take beautiful pictures. Does this happen only to me or you too feel the same ?

The fun part of the day was visiting the Wax Museum. I enjoyed being childish and posing for photographs with the statues of Charlie Chaplin, Albert Einstein, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam & many more.

They also have a room dedicated to 3D paintings, which was most busy place in the museum. The 9D movie show felt like being part of a video game.

Wax Museum

Wax Museum,Kanyakumari

3D images

Fun with 3D images

All these places are within few kilometers range and we had covered them by walking around on foot. That’s how we discovered small shops with amazing coffee & vada 🙂

The better part of the evening can be spent sitting on the beach and watch the sun do down. Behind us was the Tsunami Memorial & watching it you realize the fierce nature the sea can take. God bless all those souls ! At any given moment in day, people gather at the beach & its tough to see any free space available. Surrounded by many, yet alone with your thoughts.

This was just day one of the trip & I will continue more about the trip in the coming blog series.You can also checkout the photo blog about my Tamil Nadu travel here. Do share your special memories attached with this place. Would love to read your stories.

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Tamil Nadu Trails – Photo Blog

Sunrise at Kanyakumari

        Sunrise at Kanyakumari

Two crazy girls enjoying sunrise

A new day is dawning & its a brand new world !

Friends enjoying sunrise

With friends by my side,I shall conquer all !

By the beach

The Leela Hotel,Kovalam Beach

Lake in hills

On the way to Kodaikanal.

Trekking in Kodaikanal

Trek to Dolphin’s nose, Kodaikanal

Gunacaves

At Guna Caves, Kodaikanal

Flora and fauna

Let there be colors around you ❤

Pillar rocks covered in mist

Pillar Rocks amidst mist,Kodaikanal

deforestation of natural surrounding.

Nature vs Humans !

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Ganpati Bappa Morya – with a difference.

Ganesh chaturthi

My favorite time of the year is here, Ganpati Bappa has come home. Ganeshutsav is celebrated with so much fun & frolic across India. Bringing Ganpati idol home on Ganesh Chaturthi- praying for days- yummy sweets to eat – the Visarjan ceremony. Who would not love to be part of it ?

This is the time when I miss Mumbai the most. Every corner of the city is covered with people chanting Ganpati Bappa Morya ! Dancing at the beats of dhol tasha, visiting each others home to take blessings. Flocking up at Visarjan points 24*7.And, the mandatory visit to Lalbaghcha Raja. Those are some good memories I cherish. Every Mumbaikar feels the same. 🙂

People celebrating on Mumbai roads

I have been bringing Ganpati home since last two years & am teary eyed at the time of farewell. What hurts more is seeing that in our quest for celebration, we turn into destroyer for the nature. The elaborate idols made with POP & artificial colors harm the water bodies affecting the marine life. We have learnt from our mistake and are moving towards eco-friendly celebrations. There are campaigns educating people to Go Green !

  • Avoid using POP & artificial colors
  • Make your own idols at home using clay, soil or other organic materials- it will dissolve in the water bodies

                  Clay Gannpati made by my nephew

  • Color your idols using natural ingredients like, haldi- kumkum
  • Follow instructions from authority for visarjan at proper locations.
  • Do not throw away the decorations in water
  • And the one,I personally like most – Do visarjan at home in a bucket or a tank. You can then utilize the same water & dissolved remains of the idols in your garden. Bappa just changes form but remains with you in your own home.
    Visarjan at home in bucket

    Visarjan at home

    Let us all try our best to keep Bappa happy by celebrating in a eco-friendly way. Happy Ganeshutsav to all the readers !

    Ganpati Bappa Morya, pudhchya varsha lavkar aa 😃

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    Late night scribble

    Too much to write about !

    Hello people ! It’s been long time since I have written a proper blog. Too many things too handle.

    I have changed address both in real world & the virtual world – shifted to Delhi & then moved blog to this new address. To be honest, both were time consuming but fun processes. Shifting cities – packing – unpacking – settling down – phew…I can write pages on dos & donts about moving to a new place. Maybe I will write about it soon.

    Forgot to mention, I also attended my first IndiBlogger meet the same day I landed in Delhi. Met some wonderful fellow bloggers & looking forward to meet them all again. Things got busy in office too.Then, I have also been travelling here & there,

    – Spiritual journey to Tirupati & Shravanabelagola
    – Journey to Kashmir for escaping the harsh summer
    – Long weekend adventure in Sri Lanka
    – Short trip to Dehradun & Mussorie

    I have so much to write about all my experiences to these wonderful places. For sure, next time when you visit the blog it wont be just some random post like this… 🙂

    Happy reading till next time we meet !
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    Happy Friendship Day !

    “Friends are the family you choose (~ Nin/Ithilnin, Elven rogue).”
    ― Jess C. Scott, The Other Side of Life

    This quote stands so true !
    Friends stick with you when the world turns away. We laugh-cry-fight-make up.We share all silly things together.

    Happy friendship day to all friends around the world ! 🙂

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