View from Kailasagiri

Vizag – Part I

“Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” This is a well-known phrase and I have absolute faith in it. Cleanliness brings purity, leads to righteousness and goodness thus it propagates peace that guides to holiness. Do not confuse this to any devotional post, this is a tiny introduction to one of the cleanest cities in India. I am talking of the much touristy yet a clean and exceptionally beautiful coastal city of Visakhapatnam.

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Sunset hues in Baranti Lake

A Soulful Trip to Baranti

Baranti, a name not known to all, not heard by many and not seen in much of the travel articles, is a remote village in a remote corner of the remote district of Purulia in West Bengal. With the name of Purulia, the first thing that comes to mind is the ‘Chau’ mask and the dance. Is Baranti in some way related to Chau or is it famed differently? Ending all such speculation let me take you through the soulful journey to the scenic landscape of Baranti.

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Holi with the Flame-of-the-Forest in Purulia

Who does not want to delve into the riot of colours when the colours are so bright and appealing? What can be a better occasion other than Holi to spread the colours of nature that will definitely not offend anyone. So with a splash of colour, I say, “Bura Na Mano Holi Hai” (don’t be offended, it’s Holi). Spring is celebrated in every part of the world and we Indians celebrate the Spring with the Holi or the “Basant Utsav” (the festival of Spring). I am here with the ‘Flame-of-the-Forest’ to colour my readers in its colour of joy on this Holi.

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The colourful Araku Valley

The Delightful Araku Valley

Araku Valley, located in the Eastern Ghats with two reserve forest of Annantagiri and Sunkarimetta, and the undulating kaleidoscopic cultivated lands drained by the Gosthani River is often referred to as Ooty of Andhra. The greenery and the breathtaking landscape is a treat to the eyes and a lullaby to the soul.  A large number of visitors come here all season to experience this charming valley of Araku.

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Wide open mouth of the cave

Borra Caves

Borra Caves is the deepest and one of the longest cave in India, it is also a popular tourist destination in Araku Valley of Andhra Pradesh. Situated within the green valley of Anantagiri hill with the view of the Gosthani river, this natural splendour seems to be opening to the underworld – a dark, wide-open mouth to swallow the people queuing into it. Is this the real dark dungeon of hell or an intriguing artwork of nature? Read on to know more.

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Indian Paradise Flycatcher Male

Birdwatching in Ganeshgudi and Dandeli

The forest of Dandeli has a rustic charm and an appeal that attracts me always. Above all the varied birdlife here is the best treasure of all for which I wish to visit here again and again. This is my second visit to the place. The same old stay at our very known place called The Old Magazine House yet with different sightings and different experience.

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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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