Serendib, August 2017
Coimbatore is the second largest city in Tamil Nadu, the nerve centre of the textile manufacturing, industry and commerce and home to some of the best universities. And yet despite its explosive urban growth, Coimbatore remains refreshingly green.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELLER, JAN 2017
I am painfully aware that if I fall, I will splatter into a crater on the ground, much like a certain coyote on Cartoon Network. I am hanging, arms akimbo, in a Spider-Man-meets-Tarzan sort of way, but I am in a secure climbing harness, suspended from a thick metal wire. Still, my heart is in my mouth.
It is a warm, breezy evening as I stroll along the narrow street that leads the way to one of the world’s most ancient places of worship. The sweet scent of jasmine flowers and freshly cut coconuts assail my senses. On either side of the street, mounds of jasmine flowers are heaped up like cascading arrays of pearls.
Bangkok is home to some of the world’s most versatile and colorful market places, the most agonizing traffic jams and the most breathtaking sculptural legacies. A marriage of legendary history and stunning architecture, in Bangkok a thriving commerce intermingles with life and tourism along Chao Phraya River …
Nothing can adequately prepare you for your first glimpse of Maldives from the skies. An archipelago of a thousand tiny island lagoons, scattered like gems over an exquisite ocean, as if a giant hand had dispersed them in these foaming waters.
As our vehicle crept up the winding pathway navigating the sudden and sharp hairpin bends in the hills with adeptness, the blast of cold air that caressed our faces came as a shock after the pent-up heat of the plains. This was nature’s way of welcoming us to Kodaikanal, the Mecca for honeymooners and nature lovers all over Tamil Nadu.