Flamingoes in Mumbai – December 2009


After the monsoons, Flamingoes – the lesser and the greater ones – and a lot of other migratory birds come to the coastal mudflats of India from the North.They feed on the mudflats during the next five or six months Read more ›

Travel India Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary


the largest mass nesting site of Olive Ridley turtle in the world Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary is the only marine sanctuary in Orissa (Eastern India). This Sanctuary is extremely important because it is the largest mass nesting site of the Olive Read more ›

Travel India Ratnagiri


the land of the Golden Haapus                 or Alphonso Mangoes                                Ratnagiri is a small idyllic coastal town – 330 kilometres south of Mumbai. It is famous for golden Haapus or Alfonso mangoes and for the horse shoe shaped fort. Haapus Read more ›

Travel India Ganpatipule


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 Point Calimere


      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


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 ›

Travel India Chidambaram


Unique Temple of the Formless Shiva I have visited Chidambaram several times for three reasons. · To meander through the Mangrove Forests of Pichavaram to the beach beyond. · To visit, attend or give lectures at the Annamalai University. · Read more ›

Travel India Jagannath Puri or Puri


World Famous Ratha Yatra Jagannath Puri, or simply Puri, is one of Adi Shankaracharya’s Char Dhams (or Four Places of Pilgrimage) located in the four corners of India. The other three are: Badrinath in the North (Himalayas); Dwarka in the Read more ›

Travel India Murud Janjira – the invincible fort


Murud Janjira Murud is a beautiful fishing village on the western coast of India – about 5 hours drive from Bombay (Mumbai). Since it has a municipality, water supply, schools and hospitals, you could even term it a small town. Read more ›

Travel India Travel India Mahabalipuram – Site of a Lost City


Mahabalipuram Site of a lost City On 26th December 2004, the killer Tsunami waves struck the shores of Mahabalipuram. When the waters receded, there were rumours that they had left behind some statues, rock carvings and remains of what could Read more ›