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My bagfull of travel memories! #Superbloggerchallenge2018

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

Once you start to travel nothing else can ever satisfy your soul. With travel comes the fondest memories. Memories of places you see, people you meet and the food you eat. As far as I can remember, I have always been travelling either with family or friends.

Vivekananda Rock memorial

Me at Viveknanda Rock Memorial

 

My earliest travel memories involve travelling in train from Khandwa to my hometown in summer vacations. As a five-year old kid, the overnight journey was intriguing. Thoughts of meeting my grandparents and playing with cousins kept me preoccupied. Those were the days of pure joy and innocence! 🙂

Another one of my favorite childhood travel memory is of my first school trip. How can I forget the thrill of travelling sans parents? It was also the first time that I had enjoyed snowfall.

Some places are etched in memories and you might like to visit them more often. For me, that place is Vivekananda Rock Memorial,Kanyakumari. I have been here many times and it’s still not enough. Watching sunrise at the beach, catching the early ferry to the memorial and returning with the sunset hues spread across the sea – a perfect day!

Each travel has added a new story in my life – some were funny and few were horrifying. The scariest travel experience was when two troublemakers kept following us on their bike in a hill station. It was late evening, me and my friend were returning back to our hotel. The troublesome duo irritated us until we shouted on them. Not one person around us had interfered to stop those boys.I realize that our safety is in our hands, still a little help from bystanders would be appreciated. Next time if you see wrong doings anywhere, then raise a voice!

I have also met wonderful people on my journeys. The cab driver in Gangtok who shared anecdotes of his life with us. The woman who was amazed when she learnt I was travelling without my husband. The uncle who had accompanied us in Kashmir tour. The latest being a lady who had helped me with my infant in air travel last month. I might not remember their names forever, but kindness is never forgotten.

My travel stories are never-ending & I am sure you would also have such travel stories.  What is your fondest travel story? Which is your favorite place to visit? Do share them with us.

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Travelling through Tamil Nadu & detour to Kerela !(Part 2)

If you ever visit Tamil Nadu, it’s a must to witness sunrise at Kanyakumari. Day 1 of my trip was spent in sightseeing around Kanyakumari town. You can visit the previous post here.

Start of a new day

Sunrise at Kanyakumari

Day 2

We woke up early to enjoy the first ray of light adorning the sea. The bright hues falling over the sea & the soft sound of waves crashing over rocks form a rhythmic pattern.  And, if you don’t reach here early you wont get a place to stand.

We had hired a cab for day tour. Enroute we stopped at Thanumalayan temple – Sthanumalayan Kovil located at Suchindram. The three supreme powers – Shiva,Vishnu & Brahma are worshipped as a single entity.It also has one of the tallest statues of Lord Hanuman in the same complex.

Next stop for the day was Padmanabhapuram Palace. The palace is made of wood & influenced by Chinese architecture. There are some interesting facts about the palace,like,

  • Room full of Chinese jars gifted to the King by chinese merchants.
  • Hall which could seat 1000 people at a time for feast
  • Clock which has been running for a very long time

    At the palace

    At the palace

smiling guide at palace

With Sri Lalitha

There are guides at equidistant who are lovely people to talk to & will tell you all the stories of the palace. It’s here that I met a sweet lady Sri Lalitha & her smile was infectious. She was happy to see two crazy girls on a vacation alone & blessed us to keep living a happy life. That’s the beauty of travelling – strangers that touch your heart.

There is another tourist spot nearby ‘Poovar Islands’, where you can enjoy boat ride through mangroves & backwaters. We had already visited similar places & decided to skip it.You can read about my experience of boating in mangroves here.

Trivandrum, Kerela 

Our journey moved further towards Trivandrum & we had a quick stop at Kovalam beach. The Leela Resort, Kovalam is the perfect stop to enjoy beach seats,sunbathe & play in the clear water.

Beach side recliners

The Leela Resort, Kovalam

The final & most awaited part of the day was visiting Padmanabaswamy Temple.Temple is famous for its hidden treasures which make it one of the richest organizations. Words fail me in trying to describe this architectural marvel. The minute details can be observed in the carvings on the walls. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. There is strict dress code to be followed by devotees to enter temple premises & women need to wear saree. I had to buy saree from a nearby shop.All electronic items are to be submitted at counter.

Statue of lord Vishnu

Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple ( copied from google)

We were lucky to meet another devotee who enlightened us with legends associated with temple. He took us around the temple complex & told facts like how the butter applied on the Lord Hanuman statue never melts or the Statue of Natraja facing with feet pointed in opposite direction than usual. Unfortunately, we could not take a photo with him as no cameras are allowed inside. Are you aware of anymore interesting stories about the temple ? Do share it in comments !

The day was well spent & we returned to Nagercoil to spend the night in a lodge. I hope you enjoyed reading this post & stay tuned for the next part in the series.

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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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