Cherai in the Monsoon

Cherai is a coastal area north of Kochi in Ernakulam, Kerala*. It sits on a barrier island called Vypin Island. We found ourselves in this seaside town in August and spent a day enjoying its environs drenched in the Monsoon rains. Monsoon in Kerala is not quite the tourist season. … Read>>

Guruvayur: Eat, Pray, Bargain

(Shops at) East Gate of the temple Guruvayur Temple might be a place known to all Keralites, Krishna devotees and religious tourists. Now, those who have visited this famous temple in Thrissur, Kerala, will tell you it is quite a shopper’s delight, too. Shopping in Guruvayur — at least some … Read>>

Jain Temple: History in stone

 A few kilometres away from Panamaram in Wayanad — on the Punchavayal-Neervaram route, to be more precise — lies this stone structure that stands testimony to Wayanad’s long standing relationship with Jainism. It is believed that Jains came to Wayanad in the Middle Ages. Considered to be among the first settlers in Wayanad, … Read>>

Breathtaking ‘Gateway to Wayanad’

On the Western Ghats in southern India is a little green heaven called Wayanad. Cut out of the Northeastern part of Kerala, this district is one of the new hot-spots for travellers to South India. Of the many far flung attractions here, there is one thing you should not miss if you like scenic drives. … Read>>

Chained here is a restless spirit

The Chain Tree in Wayanad is a stop for many a curious traveller on the Kozhikode-Wayanad* route. The chain hanging from it was not put there by accident neither was it meant to be decoration. This tree has a story to tell. This story dates back to the time when India … Read>>

Clean, green and tranquil Munnar

Our holiday to Munnar began on a morning towards the end of August; indeed an august time to visit the verdant hill station on the Western Ghats in central Kerala. With the monsoons at its fag end, the hills and valleys of Munnar looked like it had just come from … Read>>