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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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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