Blog & Travelogue

Stand and stare a while at the TATA Coffee Plantation Trails in Coorg

Every time I, a self-confessed tea-lover, go for scouting the flavourful Darjeeling, the grocery shelves spill over with that one, trusted, ubiquitous brand- Tata Tea. It is no wonder that while searching for hotels in the Coorg district, when I came across bungalows owned by Tata Coffee Plantation Trails, I was pleasantly surprised. Coffee and Tata? I didn’t know that Tata owns almost forty thousand acres of coffee plantation in Coorg and Chikmagaluru put together. I didn’t know that eighty percent of the coffee produce goes to Starbucks. I didn’t know that sixty percent of the profit incurred from the […]

Safari in Bandipur National Park

One has to be supremely fortunate to spot the big cat in a jungle safari. Unless of course one is in Tadoba National Park or Ranthambore National Park where, I have heard, tigers abound. All my visits to national parks had not yielded to this coveted spotting till then. Hoping to spot the elusive tiger, yet again I was off to the Bandipur National Park. Once the private hunting ground of the maharaja, Bandipur National Park is a vast and wild expanse. Driving down the national highway that cuts through the park right till the Tamil Nadu border, one often […]

A Slice of Nilgiris, A Slice of Western Ghats

Ever since we (my husband and I) moved to Bangalore about a year back, we have been meaning to take a holiday in the Nilgiris. But work and lack of holidays coinciding with each other’s leave days were the constant deterrents. Finally our leaves coincided and we quickly sat to chalk out a plan. This is how we planned our itinerary: Day 1: Mysore. Day 2: Ooty. Day 3: Ooty (Day-trip to Coonoor) Day 4: Ooty. Day 5: Wayanad. Day 6: Wayanad. Day 7: Back to Bangalore. Day 1: We started early in the morning for Mysore. A few kilometers […]

Horsley Hills – Nothing equestrian about it !!!

 “Horsley Hills! Is it a hill of horses?” Thus began my first enquiry when my husband suggested the name of the destination of our next holiday. Barely a month after relocating to Bangalore from Kolkata, we were still settling down and were in no mood of going for a holiday, short though it was. But even before we could red signal it, our friends had charted the plans, done the bookings and filled the fuel tanks of their cars. A google search revealed Horsley Hills is a range of short hills in the Chitoor district of Andhra Pradesh. Situated about […]

Kalimpong – Of Cloud, Mist and Momo

After the completion of every holiday that we (my husband and I) take in the Himalayas, we vow to go to a sea beach in our next. And yet invariably, helplessly we land up again in the Himalayas. The mountains call, at least to us, time and again. However this time’s short break had to be in the hills. We went to Siliguri to visit family. Being located so near to the hills, it was but obvious that we head off to the hills. A short break, we divided our itinerary as: Kalimpong- 2 days. Lava- 1 day. Day 1: […]

Uttarakhand – where the mountains kiss the sky

“The book of nature has no beginning, as it has no end. Open this book where you will, and at any period of your life, and if you have the desire to acquire knowledge you will find it of intense interest, and no matter how long or how intently you study the pages, your interest will not flag, for in nature there is no finality.” ― Jim Corbett Every time we sit to plan for our annual long-vacation, we begin it by planning for a beach holiday. There is a reason behind it. The previous holiday and the one before […]

Can’t get enough of Dooars

I have often come across the saying – It is the journey that matters, not the destination. However I had to actually experience a real journey to really believe in the saying. Last June we, i.e. my immediate and extended family and me, went for a short but memorable trip to Chilapata Forest in the Dooars region of West Bengal. Situated in the Alipurduar district, the Chilapata Forest comes under the Jaldapara National Park. We had already booked our rooms in the Malangi Lodge run by the Forest Department. So, on a cool, cloudy June morning we set out for […]

A visit to God’s Own Country

So after much planning, disagreements and deliberation my husband and I decided on Kerala for our mandatory annual vacation. First thing first we booked our tickets immediately. We decided to fly to Bangalore from Kolkata, spend a couple of days with friends there and then take an overnight train from Yashwantpur to Ernakulam. Here’s a low-down of our itinerary: Day 1 (December 10): Reach Ernakulam at 8 in the am and drive to Munnar. Stay overnight. Day 2 (December 11): Check out local tourist spots in Munnar. Day 3 (December 12): Set out for Thekkady after breakfast. Visit the Periyar […]

Mesmerizing North-east

The north-eastern part of India was largely untouched by my husband and me. The extended families of both my father’s and mother’s side reside in Assam. Hence during my school days my summer vacations were mostly spent in Assam. But they were strictly family vacations, nothing touristy about it. When my husband asked about the destination for our holiday this time, I said Kaziraranga National Park without batting an eye-lid. This is how we planned our itinerary:   Day 1: Fly from Kolkata to Guwahati. Drive to Kaziranga National Park. Day 2: Elephant safari ride in early morning. Jeep safari […]