Karnataka · Travel

The Allure of the Udupi Mallige (Udupi Jasmine)

It is close to 9.30 am on a sultry Sunday morning and the roads of Shankerpura (also spelt Shankarpura), known for its famous mallige (jasmine) bear a deserted look. I was looking for the famous “mallige katte” or mallige trading centre which I was given to understand was where the rate of the famous Udupi mallige… Continue reading The Allure of the Udupi Mallige (Udupi Jasmine)

Switzerland · Travel

On an Art Trail in Basel: A Haven for Art Lovers

Often dubbed as the cultural capital of Switzerland, Basel is a city that offers a kaleidoscope of sights spanning history, art, architecture and culture.  Known for its innumerable museums, heritage architecture and an engaging old town, Basel forms for a truly compelling visit.  Located about an hour’s drive from Zurich, Basel is also home to… Continue reading On an Art Trail in Basel: A Haven for Art Lovers

Switzerland · Travel

Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum – Where Buildings Speak

Heritage houses, Alpine music, rural handicrafts, agricultural tools, yesteryear farmhouses, kitchens, hay lofts, cellars and more.  If this piques your interest, Ballenberg is the place for you.  Located just about 20 minutes from Brienz town centre, Ballenberg is the only open-air museum in Switzerland.  Incidentally, it is also the largest museum in the country, spread… Continue reading Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum – Where Buildings Speak

Andhra Pradesh & Telengana · Travel

Gollabhama Sarees: a unique legacy of Siddipet, Telangana

With close to 150 unique weaves, India is a treasure trove when it comes to indigenous textiles and regional handlooms.  A reflection of our rich cultural heritage and tradition, the stories behind these weaves are often as magical and fascinating as the textiles themselves.  A case in point is the unique Gollabhama sarees of Siddipet,… Continue reading Gollabhama Sarees: a unique legacy of Siddipet, Telangana

Switzerland · Travel

Photoessay: Tulip Festival in Morges, Switzerland

Think tulips and the mind immediately thinks of Amsterdam and the gorgeous Keukenhof gardens, the latter is a place that I am yet to visit. Viewing beds of tulips meticulously cultivated in gardens has always been my dream and when I heard about the Tulip festival in Morges in Switzerland, I could not be happier.… Continue reading Photoessay: Tulip Festival in Morges, Switzerland

Tamil Nadu · Travel

Nachiarkoil Kuthuvilakku aka The Nachiarkoil lamp

As mentioned in my previous post, Natchiarkoil is an eclectic town near Kumbakonam and forms for an engaging visit in more ways than one. Apart from the Nachiyar Kovil or Thirunarayur Nambi Temple, the village is famous for its handcrafted lamps. There are several factories in the town that make the exclusive Kuthuvilakku which is… Continue reading Nachiarkoil Kuthuvilakku aka The Nachiarkoil lamp

Tamil Nadu · Travel

Nachiar Kovil or Thirunarayur Nambi Temple: Natchiarkoil, Kumbakonam

There is no denying the fact that travelling within India is replete with interesting sights, engaging experiences and surprises at almost every nook and corner. A visit to the southern city of Kumbakonam is sure to treat you to some unique sights. And the seemingly non-descript town of Natchiarkoil on the outskirts of Kumbakonam is… Continue reading Nachiar Kovil or Thirunarayur Nambi Temple: Natchiarkoil, Kumbakonam

Tamil Nadu · Travel

Chettinad Museum: An ode to Chettiar culture, heritage and lifestyle

Located in the Sivagangai and Pudukottai districts of the southern state of Tamil Nadu, Chettinad is a popular destination to visit for more reasons than one.  Synonymous with grandeur and opulence, Chettinad was originally the home of the wealthy Nattukottai Chettiars.  A merchant community who traded in spices and precious metals, the Chettiars were also… Continue reading Chettinad Museum: An ode to Chettiar culture, heritage and lifestyle

Switzerland · Travel

Photoessay: Giessbach Waterfalls (Giessbachfälle) – a Beautiful Spectacle on Brienz Lake

There is no denying the fact that Switzerland is a country replete with some of the most beautiful sights on the planet. Whether it is the mighty Alps, lush green meadows, historic buildings or the utterly stunning lakes, there is no dearth of magical landscapes when in the land of the Swiss. One such sight… Continue reading Photoessay: Giessbach Waterfalls (Giessbachfälle) – a Beautiful Spectacle on Brienz Lake

Kerala · Travel

Mango Festival, Kuruvakkavu: A celebration of Indigenous Mango Varieties in Kannapuram

Come 01-May and the renowned mango festival in Kuruvakkavu, an area within Kannapuram of Kannur district in Kerala is back.  An initiative led by 43-year-old Shyju Machathi along with a few like minded individuals of Kuruvakkavu, the festival this year marks its 6th edition.  Mind Boggling Biodiversity For the uninitiated, Kannapuram is one of the… Continue reading Mango Festival, Kuruvakkavu: A celebration of Indigenous Mango Varieties in Kannapuram