Charminar – Hyderabad’s ‘shaan’

The first thought when I saw the Charminar was ‘hey, this isnt as imposing as I thought it would be!’ The Charminar was a pleasant sight amidst the hustle and bustle of the busy streets in the old part of Hyderabad. The proportions of this beautiful structure almost makes it sweet-looking; it really is one […]

The road to Hyderabad

So, as promised in the previous post – here’s the first of the posts about the trip. We hit the road after breakfast the first day of the Christmas vacations. After crossing the Bangalore International airport in Devanahalli, it took us about 7 hours to reach the Hyd city limits, and this included 2 relaxing […]

Elephant Training Center; Aana Kota

During our Kerala trip, while we were at the Guruvayur temple, to visit the Punnathur Kota or the Aana Kota was on the cards. ‘Aana’ means elephant and ‘Kota’ means fort. Punnathur is the name of the place. This was once the palace of a local ruler, but the palace grounds are now used to […]

The making of the famous Kerala banana chips

Kerala cuisine is different and is known for some of its dishes. One of the famous eatables is the fried banana chips, known locally as ‘upperi’. In Kerala, it is the ‘nendhra vazha’, a variety of banana, that is used to make the chips. The chips are always fried in coconut oil. Both ripe and […]

The beautiful and forceful waterfalls at Athirapally – our experience

When we were looking at places to cover in the Trichur surrounds, my cousin’s husband mentioned the Athirapally falls. I have known of the falls – thanks to the internet, also thanks to director Mani Ratnam’s fascination with the spot. And well, it got into our itinerary almost immediately. (We have taken the kids to […]