Bekal fort : A more famous afterlife

Bekal may have been a prominent port of call during the medieval period with the profitable the spice trade in the Malabar region with the Arabs and then the Europeans. But Bekal was never a capital of any empire and hence lack any grandiose stories. During the time of Tipu Sultan, it was briefly the administrative…

A tranquil oasis in God’s Own Country: Taj Bekal

Starting with a story from the Hindu mythology…… Vishnu is the Preserver in the Hindu triad. Vishnu is said to descend on earth in various avatars to restore order. Parasurama is the sixth avatar of Vishnu. Parasurama was born as the youngest son of Jamadagni, a sage and Renuka. In the Vedic society, the Kshatriyas were the…

Goa to Bekal : A road trip across 3 states

So where is Bekal? It’s a small town by the Arabian Sea in Kasargod district, in the state of Kerala. And why Bekal? Because we are heading home to Kerala and Bekal is a half-way point for a stopover. And I have never been to Bekal. We leave the hotel by 9:00 am after breakfast….

Portuguese Sentinels : Forts of Goa

It’s the only thing I remember, maybe there was more but I can’t seem to recollect; the only mention of Portuguese in India in the school history textbooks I remember was about Vasco da Gama, credited with discovering the sea route to the Indian subcontinent. There is very scant mention about the Portuguese rule in…

Art + History ♒︎ Aristry @MOG

I hated the subject history back in school. I remember only one teacher among several who tried to teach us; her opening line didn’t help either. ” History is boring with the countless names and the dates, but it is an exam that has to be passed, so we have to get it done with.”…

Rome of the Orient : Churches of Velha Goa

The second Portuguese Viceroy in India, Afonso de Albuquerque was called the Caesar of the East and he built the Rome of the Orient or the present Old Goa or Velha Goa (Velha meaning old in Portuguese). In the 15th century, Goa was part of the Adil Shahi dynasty or the Sultanate of Bijapur; the land of Hindu…

Restaurants in Goa : Souza Lobo, Calangute ⭐️⭐️⭐️

We drove to Goa from Bangalore in our Jeep, the road trip is elaborated in the post Bangalore to Goa: A picturesque road trip Starting from Bangalore at 6:00 am, we entered the state of Goa by 5:00 pm and reached our hotel Le Meridien at Calangute by 6:00 pm. The dinner that evening, was at…

Bangalore to Goa: A picturesque road trip

We are driving down to Goa on our Jeep Compass and will be clocking a distance of over 600 kms in this road trip. It’s always tempting, easier and less exhausting to fly rather than drive down. The thrill of a road journey is often marred by the eventual tiredness on reaching the destination due…

Chitradurga fort : Walls of magnificence

I have never heard of this fort before; it was a discovery made while embarking on the Bangalore-Goa road trip. Extremely happy to have visited it; but we had only two hours to explore the fort before we resumed on our journey. Hence could only cover the major structures and may have missed a few…

Planning a trip to Goa

The restaurant Fisherman’s Wharf in Bangalore is the closest I have been to Goa so far. This place serves Goan food and I have familiarised myself with a few Goan dishes such as Chicken Xacutti, Chicken Cafreal, the dessert Bebinca. Hello and welcome if you are new to my blog or welcome back if you…

Publishing on Tripoto

Tripoto was founded in 2013 with the aim of being the goto repository for travel itineraries, travelogues, travel photos posted by the thousands of travellers who want to share their trips and adventures. The argument for such a database stems from the premise that people value stories and feedbacks about places from the real people,…

Pinteresting lessons

Pinterest,  an image based search engine; a source of inspiration and promoted as a place to find new ideas. Everyone loves it; it’s a happy place, the mix of beautiful images and the inspiring quotes seem to provide apt answers to our searches. There are countless tutorials on how to start Pinterest accounts and happy…

New Beginnings

Date : 01.09.2018 Place : Kochi, Kerala As I was driving my car down the busy Kaloor-Kadavanthara road, the vehicle in front of me braked suddenly. I too slammed the brakes, but lightly bumped the vehicle in front of me. I dreaded what was to follow – a slanging match with four letter words going…

An in-flight discovery

Friday morning, we check-out from the hotel by 6:30 am, a cab drives us to the Nadi airport and we are ready to bid adieu to the island paradise. We boarded Korean Air by 10:00 am, our airline from Fiji to Seoul and were off. Most people may overlook the in-flight magazine, but for me it…

Last sunset in Fiji

In Fiji, I travelled along the coast, cruised on the blue waters and now its time to get into the water. I have no intention of splashing around in the pool. Perhaps try a water sport? This is the last day in Fiji and we are off tomorrow. But…lunch first. We order a French Martini and…

Fifty Shades of Blue : Cruise Day

Water is supposed to be colourless…….elsewhere in the world maybe 🙂 …..in Fiji the water is in various shades of blue !! I am on a half day cruise today with South Sea Cruises. It’s a sightseeing cruise, staying onboard the catamaran and enjoying a 3h round-trip on the blue waters. At the Denarau Marina,…

Bula Fiji : An excursion to Suva

There is one question that I heard being repeated to the guide by the tourists. Any guesses…………..? The same question was asked in the Nadi tour and another gentleman repeated the question during the Suva trip. How much does a house cost here in Fiji? Can’t blame the tourists. Fiji is beautiful and very rightly an…

Bula Fiji : The Nadi tour

It is very tempting to arrive in Fiji and make a dash for the blue waters. Once in, it is very difficult to come out. It would be a shame to spent the next three precious days just frolicking in water. So I decide to avoid the temptation by opting to travel and see a…

Happy Onam

The most well known symbol of the Onam celebrations in Kerala is the Flower carpet called Pookalam in Malayalam. Onam is the harvest festival in Kerala. The celebrations are not confined within the borders of the state. Though families make it a point to travel home to celebrate Onam; the Malayalee diaspora across the world…