Exploring Tamil Nadu: Mahabalipuram

We’ve to explore more about getting to Mahabalipuram than the place itself. We start off post-lunch from Karaikudi, wishing we had a better meal. We skip the palace visits and more to make good time, and luckily within a few kilometres, we hit the actual highway. And by that I mean the 4-lane / 6-lane roads with proper dividers that we’re accustomed to in Tamil Nadu. 

Except this is a major road that connect Trichy and Chennai, and honestly, it feels like driving in a main road of a city sometimes. Bikes, cars, bullock carts and more make home on the highway. 

Exploring Tamil Nadu: Karaikudi

The next leg of the journey is going to the longest one since we started off from Bengaluru: Rameshwaram to Mahabalipuram, with a pitstop at Karaikudi – the heart of the Chettinad region. 

It is nearly a 10-hour drive, and we want to make good time but don’t really want to rush. 

Exploring Tamil Nadu: Dhanushkodi

The road grows dark and eerie pretty quick. The wind howls through the AC Ducts, and if this was a lighter car, I imagine the wind could sway it pretty bad as well. We stop at one of the shacks for some fresh fish. Since civilisation isn’t really allowed here, there is no electricity and…

Travel Photography Gear

I’m a really fast packer. I can be packed and set to go at any point in less than ten minutes. And I pack super light too. A 4-day trip in a backpack. Except. Except when I’m taking my photography gear. Then, I need to debate, decide, pack, change it again and then throw up…

Spiti Valley – Part 4

Part 1 & Part 2 here. And Part 3. Have you traveled on a narrow road? How big was it? Big enough that a car and bike could pass at the same time? Have you done that at 12,000 feet, with a sheer drop on the other side? And a rock face that can smash…

Spiti Valley – Part 1

There are pilgrimages of various types… There are the religious ones, which take you to all the holy places. There are the ‘gap year’ ones where you do a much explored trip. For our generation, if you are from India and love the outdoor, it is the Leh-Ladakh region. Naturally, tourism extracts its price by…

Spiti Valley – Part 2

Read Part 1 here. Day 1: Continued 3 hours after we were supposed to, we reach the dhaba, starving, tired and a little cranky already. The others, who were to have reached after us, are already done with dessert and hanging around. Good humour was soon restored by thick parathas loaded with butter and curd, I…