A Taste Of The South

*Sings* Oh, darling let’s be adventurers!!!!

“Zindagi ek safar hai suhana, yahaan kal kya ho kisne jaana.”

Namaste.jpgTo my fellow Indian readers, Namaste. And to those of you lovely people who are wondering, what is this gibberish; let me clear it up. Zindagi Ek Safar Hai suhana means, Life is a journey. Yahaan Kal kya ho kisne Jaana means, no one knows what may happen tomorrow. #StayLimitless! Hello once again and a warm welcome to you all! Now that I have taught you some Hindi let me tell you about a place in India that I had the opportunity to visit.

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I was blessed to have the opportunity to visit one of the most welcoming cities in the world nicknamed as ‘The Silicon Valley’ of India, Bengaluru.  It may not be on the top of your bucket list, but this friendly city wins everyone’s hearts! From the lovely weather all year round to the yummy eateries and even the busy streets, Bangalore is a must-visit. Their local language is Kannada (Nope not Canada, its Kuhn-nada) but they are open to Hindi, Urdu, Tamil and even our very own English! It is India’s third largest city and their Information Technology centre.

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Aside from that, Bangalore offers magnificent parks, beautiful, ancient temples, waterfalls, lakes, diverse cuisines and more. If you are looking to get away, unwind, experience true Indian tradition, indulge in the food heaven to enlighten your taste buds and reconnect with nature, Bangalore is the place for you! Oh, and how can I forget the fantastic weather all year round. You will enjoy Bangalores summer without worrying about the blistering heat. I walked with a light jacket almost everywhere I went because sometimes it got chilly. And yes! It was summertime.

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So, did I eat, eat and eat in Bangalore or did I explore? For those of you who know me, you know I love food; and if it were up to me I probably would have eaten like a pig all day in different restaurants because the Bengali cuisine is so tasty! If you are a caffeine junkie like I am, you will love the South Indian coffee (Filter kappi) offered in Bangalore. The aroma of coffee fills the air at the corner of almost every street.

Omg, Omg, Omg!!!!!! Any other cuisine cannot test the Authentic South Indian food. The tasty Idlis (Steamed dish wrapped in a banana leaf) and Dosas (a rice pancake filled with spicy potatoes) with the authentic spicy but deliciously mouthwatering Sambhar and coconut chutney. I would recommend having this dish at Kamath or even the famous MTR. If you love the mix of spices, you will enjoy this dish guaranteed!

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Another place I visited was Coorg, which is known as ‘ India’s little Switzerland’. It is about a 4-hour drive from Bangalore and is the most beautiful place one can imagine. If you want to escape from the busy city life and go someplace serene and full of nature, Coorg is the place for you! If you enjoy camping in the woods where the wifi is weak, and the adventure is strong then grab a cab and let’s go to Coorg.

The misty mountains, the pleasant climate, the astounding beauty, Coorg has everything for the nature lovers. You can drive to Coorg, take the bus or even board a train your countryside adventure will be ready to meet you. Where do you live when you go to Coorg? Many hotels along with guest houses are available for accommodation. Some prefer to camp out in the woods, and others prefer to book homestays. I lived in a small apartment somewhere in the middle of nowhere, where there was no phone signal and lots of jungle animals.

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Coorg holds the most amazing and famous waterfall in the South of India. Abbey falls cascades from about 70 feet in height into a mighty splash. The sound of the falls can be heard from the main road, and as soon as you get close, the rain begins to pour. It is a pretty long walk to the falls, so if you do not intend on getting wet, you should walk with an umbrella. There is a hanging bridge which goes from one end of the falls to the other end and at the other end there is the Kali Mata Temple.

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Another fantastic place to visit near Coorg is the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary. This bird sanctuary lies beautifully on the banks of the Cauvery river and gives a home to some of the most attractive birds. The best time to visit is from June to November which is the nesting season. At the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, you can walk around and view the different birds or even go for a boat ride so you can see them up close along with the various mammals and reptiles that live at the sanctuary. I was excited about the boat ride because I was told that there were crocodiles in the lake and when I actually spotted one I was elated. This place is a must visit!

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After this beautiful adventure, we went to the origin of the Cauvery river known as TalaKaveri. In the midst of the foggy mountains and the freezing cold temperatures, this place is known for its natural beauty. It is also a pilgrimage, and on a day sometime in the middle of October, many pilgrims go to TalaKaveri, the birthplace of the river to observe the abrupt increase of water in a small pond at a specific time.  This water is said to be holy and sacred and the flowing of the water at that auspicious time into the small lake is meant to be a miracle.  Tourists enjoy walking up the stairs in the heavy rainfall all the way up to the pond where there is a small temple that holds Lord Shiva. I felt refreshed just going there!

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DSC_0400.JPG      This place felt like the highlight of my entire trip! So, guys, that’s all for now, stay tuned to hear much more about my other travels and remember, Life is limitless #Stayhappy #Behappy

Adventure is everything!

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2 thoughts on “A Taste Of The South

  1. Well written blog Chan! I felt like I was in The Silicon Valley’ of India, Bengaluru. Looking forward to more of your travels.

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