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Land below the wind – Malaysian Borneo

This piece was written by  celebrated cricket writer R.Mohan for The Deccan Chronicle and Puliyogare Travels Sabah, also known as Malaysian Borneo, has been famous for centuries as the ‘land below the wind’ Travel brochures are known to exaggerate but the description of an “untouched paradise’ fits the land as snugly as the poisoned darts… Continue reading Land below the wind – Malaysian Borneo

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Ancient charm of the Scottish Highlands

One must, I always believe, travel with little or no idea of what one’s destination looks like. Apart from the name itself, which to me seemed like an English word rounded off romantically with an extra letter, I knew little about the Isle of Skye. Those Wikipedia pages crammed with information are not for me.… Continue reading Ancient charm of the Scottish Highlands

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Kodaikanal – a reservoir of memories

When we decided to visit Kodaikanal this summer, I searched for a new imagining of the place. In my memories from childhood, this was the hilly town with dense pine forests, winding roads to lonely places, and a unique attraction in the 1990’s of a children’s skating rink! As I discovered two decades later, a… Continue reading Kodaikanal – a reservoir of memories

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Chennai – Weekend at The Westin

The words ‘staycation’, and ‘daycation’ were new to me. Both, as you might have guessed, are not ‘vacations’ but almost qualify. I wasn’t sure which category an overnight trip to a hotel in Velachery would fall within. But every bit of it felt like a vacation, in its own right. On an earlier trip to… Continue reading Chennai – Weekend at The Westin

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A Himalayan Holiday – Part II

After our 4 day stay in Bhimtal ending on a high note with the swim in the Sattal lake, we headed to Almora. The river Kosi runs along the road from Bhimtal to Almora. With the river bed dry in the peak of summer, we were not fortunate enough to listen to the sounds of… Continue reading A Himalayan Holiday – Part II

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Bangkok – Looking back

Distance in time also gives you objectivity. As I look back and ponder over out trip to Thailand, a year and a half later, I hope for less glossy images of the experience. While I can expect to keep the gloss out, it is not so easy to forget the beauty and wonderful pleasures that… Continue reading Bangkok – Looking back

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A Himalayan Holiday – Part 1

The proposal for a Himalayan holiday was received by me with a healthy dose of scepticism. I don’t exactly enjoy sweating it out on long hikes and the thought that I could be lazing on a deck chair in some beach resort sipping a Mai Tai troubles me every minute of any hike. I was… Continue reading A Himalayan Holiday – Part 1