Black headed gull

Birdwatching in Devbagh

An expanse of pristine sandy shore beside the blue sea with the tiny green islets jutting out of the water, the glittery golden sand on the other side of the estuary lining the seaward side and within lies the tall Casuarina forest… all sounds like an elucidation of a surreal landscape. What if a boon in the form of some fluttering aerial creatures is added to the scene? It would absolutely be the cherry on the cake. Devbagh beach with its avian life was something like and we had a delightful experience of birdwatching here.

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Relaxing Holiday in Devbagh Beach

Devbagh a not so popular picturesque beach is near to Karwar the harbour town in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. Karwar is moderately famous for the Nuclear Power Plant situated in Kaiga. It is also known for Rabindranath Tagore, who stayed near the Karwar beach and penned his first drama “Prakritir Pratishodh” here. So every introduction to Devbagh leads to the known town of Karwar. Thus, driving through the known and unknown roads of Karnataka we had the pleasure of a relaxing holiday in Devbagh.

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Udayagiri caves

Bhubaneswar and Surrounding

Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha is also popular as a temple city with its vicinity to Puri and Konarak (forming the Golden Triangle or the “Swarna Tribhuja”) and itself being the site for some ancient temples. Bhubaneswar replaced Cuttack as the capital of the state after a couple of years since Indian independence. With a history dating back to the 3rd century, the modern planned city is comparatively new. With the old and the new Bhubaneswar is a delightful place to visit.

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Chinese Fishing Nets

The Spice of Kochi

The flavourful, ancient, coastal city of Kochi, often known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea used to be the famous port for the Spice trade. The natural port once formed by the flooding of the Periyar river initiated the sea route for trading across Asia. The Jewish, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and British influence have blended into the past of the city to give it a rich history whose remnants are scattered around the coastal region. A beautiful amalgamation of the old and the new makes Kochi a much sought of destination.

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The vast expanse of Chilika lake on the way from Gopalpur to Bhubaneswar

Chilika Lake and the Wetland Ecosystem

A lagoon is a shallow water body separated from a larger water body by Islands or reefs or shallow ridge. Chilika lake is the largest brackish water lagoon in India and is also the estuary of River Daya draining into the Bay of Bengal. A 32 km long channel forms the mouth of the river joining the sea. This estuarine region is a unique combination of freshwater, brackish water and marine ecosystems. The wetland ecosystem of Chilika is the first Indian wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.

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Christmas decoration in Park Street in front of Apeejay House in Kolkata

Christmas in Kolkata

HO HO HO!” Santa is in town – the Christmas season, the holiday reason and the celebration is around. The annual, worldwide celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, followed by the New Year. As date varies according to the Eastern and Western Churches so do the celebration in different parts of the World. It varies depending on the region, religion, ethnicity and cultural background of the people. Here I am with the Christmas or the ‘Boro Din’ celebration from my native city of Kolkata.

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