The Penguin Parade at Philip Island, Australia

While planning my trip to Australia, I noticed that one of the most recommended ‘Things To See around Melbourne was the Penguin Parade. To be honest, when I booked our tickets for the parade, I just had a vague idea that it was about little penguins, which I assumed was a quaint way of referringContinue reading “The Penguin Parade at Philip Island, Australia”

Mamallapuram–City of Temples

Previous It was our second day in the coastal town of Mamallapuram (aka Mahabalipuram) in Tamil Nadu, South India, and we had yet to explore its famous temples. The historical town of Mamallapuram has a collection of temples and other religious monuments, which have been quite unimaginatively labelled as the Group of Monuments. This GroupContinue reading “Mamallapuram–City of Temples”

The Madras Crocodile Bank

Sequel to A Completely Unplanned Trip to Mamallapuram The second day at Mamallapuram turned out to be blazing hot. As we finished a leisurely breakfast at the Sea Breeze restaurant, rock gazing in that heat was ruled out by common consent. Instead, we opted to visit the Madras Crocodile Bank, which was only a 20-minContinue reading “The Madras Crocodile Bank”

A Completely Unplanned Trip to Mamallapuram

The original plan was to go to Bangalore, then Alleppy district in Kerala, then Chennai, and finally to Puducherry (Pondicherry). Sounds like a weird plan, I know, but the primary purpose was to visit family and took into account various people’s availability. Puducherry was the only place that we were planning to visit for touristyContinue reading “A Completely Unplanned Trip to Mamallapuram”

Two Nights in Kovalam, Kerala

I’ve been to Kovalam several times. Each time I go, I think one day is sufficient for Kovalam. I mean how long can you sit on a beach? But, once I hit the water all thoughts of leaving Kovalam were literally washed away. Here’s a description of the two nights we spent in Kovalam. How WeContinue reading “Two Nights in Kovalam, Kerala”

Your First Flight: A Ready Reckoner

Taking your first flight can be quite unnerving, even if it is a simple two hour domestic flight from Delhi to Mumbai. Right from a niggling worry that the plane will surely crash to the more urgent concerns about whether you have completed all necessary procedures at the airport, the first plane journey can beContinue reading “Your First Flight: A Ready Reckoner”

A Birthday Celebration in Nainital

This year my birthday falls on a weekend, so we are going out of town to celebrate. My husband votes for his favorite destination, Saat Taal. I give in a little half heartedly since our last trip was also to Saat Taal. Then while browsing for accommodation online, I notice that the KMVN guesthouse atContinue reading “A Birthday Celebration in Nainital”