Tuesday, April 15, 2014

M is for Many places-Madras-Mahabalipuram-Matheran-Mount Eden-

M is for many places I like and I have visited these places more times than I can count on my fingers.

First one of them is Madras( aka Chennai).It is a metropolitan city along the Coromondel coat of South India. This is where my favorite girl cousin lived and hence I have great memories from the place. I vividly remember the huge 6ft paper dosa that they serve in a beach side shanty and also the parottas from the Saravana bhavan.

Madras/Chennai boosts of the second longest beach in the world-The Marina beach. Also famous is the VGP Golden Beach.
VGP Beach in 2001









Astalakshmi Temple is my favorite temple in Chennai along Elliot Beach. It has four levels spiralling up having shrines to all the 8 forms of deity Lakshmi.









Next is Mahabalipuram, which is 60 kms of Chennai.It was the seaport for Ancient India. It boosts of the very famous shore temples which describe the stories from the epic Mahabharata.
Me in the famous shore temple


















Next is Matheran which is a hill station in the state of Maharastra,India. Unique about Matheran is that it is a state declared eco-sensitive area. No form of automobiles are allowed apart from emergency ambulances here. So it is a pollution-free area. This is the relief that the nearby Mumbai people require.
Me and My Brother in Matheran,2004













Next we go to a places really miles away, to Mount Eden, Auckland,New Zealand. This is my current favorite place. This is my escape when the daily crazies get overwhelming. I am very tempted to photo bomb this place for you but I will resist.
On the way up to the Mount Eden Summit




































This is my entry to the #AtoZChallenge 2014. I am having loads of fun reminiscing about my favorite places in the world (among-st the very few that I have visited!) . If you want to check out the whole list I will cover through the month, check out my theme post.

Monday, April 14, 2014

L is for Lasvegas,Nevada

This place is famous and notorious for many things. Movies and TV sitcoms show us that this is the place for all things wild! So yes I expected naked girls, wild men and drunken weddings when I went to Vegas. :D

But yes going there with your family isnt exactly the kind of wild that those movies and TV sitcoms want you to do! But still, I had my evenings away from family. But I didnt see any nakedness or anything much wild but still what I saw was really amazing. This was the world where there was no day or night. Time stays still here. Or it passes by and you'd never know while you wait to strike some gold at a random slot machine.

Me and mum were stuck at the 25 cent or was it 5 cent slot machine in MGM casino almost whole of the night. My dad tried to protest ( again he was scared of the notorious aspect of the city!) but he went back to his room to sleep :O We did win! Actually mum did. We put in overall $150 and I think we won some $100 on a slot. :D It took us all our might not to spend all our dollars that night. The place is addictive to say the least.

We came to the strip, stayed there and went on with rest of the trip. So all we covered in Las Vegas were the casinos on the strip. And most of the time, it we spent on a slot machine :p My sister-in-law who claimed to be a blackjack expert tried her hand miserably at it. I did not even try to aim higher than the slot  machines and I especially stuck to the mechanical machines.

Yeah I should go back and see the place properly and then probably tell you about the places I liked. Afterall, the slot machine cant be just the only thing to see in vegas,right?



 













This is my entry to the #AtoZChallenge 2014. I am having loads of fun reminiscing about my favorite places in the world (among-st the very few that I have visited!) . If you want to check out the whole list I will cover through the month, check out my theme post.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

K is for Kozhikode/Kerala/Kovalam

As a child, I don't remember many vacations to places other than my grandparents place which is also a K Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh. Both my maternal and paternal grandmothers were there and ailing with cancer. So my summers and any given school holidays were spent in their homes. Those were really the best times of my carefree childhood. I was also born in Kakinada.
My brother, me and my paternal granny in Kakinada.
My first real holiday came when my brother got admission in IEEE, Kozhikode. Kerala, the most popular tourist hub in India, came into my family radar. So this K was very prominent in our lives for almost 4 years.
In Kerala, my absolute favorite is K for Kovalam beach.

Kovalam is a beach town near Trivandrum, Kerala. It is sometimes referred as Paradise of the South and that is so true. Beaches in India tend to be muddy or rocky. The pristine aquamarine waters are a rare sight. 
Kovalam was the first beach in India which I saw whose blue waters wowed me beyond words.
The place has three beaches-The Lighthouse beach, Hawah Beach and Samudra beach. 
Me n mum in Hawah Beach

This is my entry to the #AtoZChallenge 2014. I am having loads of fun reminiscing about my favorite places in the world (among-st the very few that I have visited!) . If you want to check out the whole list I will cover through the month, check out my theme post.