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Travel India Dharmasthala

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  and the legendary Veerendra Heggade               I have visited a number of educational and medical institutions in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu of South India. Most of them are beautifully supplementing the work the Government is doing. In 2004, I Read more ›

Travel India Kali Mirch

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  Spices of India – My Favourite Spice                                                                                                                                                         My favourite spice is Kali Mirch. I love to sprinkle a little powdered Kali Mirch on my buttered toast every morning. And my wife uses it in a number of dishes. Read more ›

Travel India Pudina (Mint)

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   Spices of India                                        the most widely used spice   Once a month or so, I go to the nearby nurseries to see new plant arrivals. And invariably, I purchase a few plants                                                                     . The last time, a nursery owner showed Read more ›

Travel India Kolhapur

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  Shakti Peeth  of  Mahalakshmi and   the Gateway to Karnataka and Goa                                              Kolhapur is famous for its Mahalakshmi Temple which devout Hindus believe will fulfill all their wishes. There are plenty of places to see around. And, you Read more ›

Travel India Ganpatipule

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One of the finest beaches in West India                              If you are looking for a beautiful, clean, pristine sea beach, far away from the mad, mad crowd, you will love Ganpatipule. If you have the time and the inclination, there are Read more ›

Travel India Vanilla

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            the most popular Flavouring  in the world                                                                                                                                      If you visit tourist places in Goa and Kerala, you can visit spice gardens. Some plantation owners have improvised their spice gardens into tourist attractions. You can see a variety of plants Read more ›

Travel India Saputara – abode of the Snakes

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  the Best Hill Station of Gujarat Saputara literally means Abode of the Snakes. But don’t panic. Saputara is not a place full of snakes. There is a sacred snake image on the banks of the river Sarpagana worshipped by Read more ›

Travel India Kesar (Saffron)

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the World’s Most Expensive Spice If you visit tourist places in Goa and Kerala, you can visit spice gardens. Some plantation owners have improvised their spice gardens into tourist attractions. You can see a variety of plants where different spices Read more ›

Travel India Point Calimere

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      Unique Wildlife Sanctuary According to the Ramayana, Lord Ram himself stood at this point and carried out reconnaissance of Ravana’s kingdom in Sri Lanka just 48 kms. away. A stone slab at Ramarpatham (meaning Rama’s feet), the highest point Read more ›

Travel India – Pichavaram

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Second largest Mangrove forest in the world Almost two and a half decades ago, when I was working in Chennai, I first heard of the Mangrove Forests of Pichavaram – 14 kms. from Chidambaram. I did not really know what Read more ›