The backwaters in Kerala - mostly associated with a town we incorrectly call Aleppey, more correctly called Alappuzha ( I believe, but confoundingly pronounced...
posted on Jan. 31, 2008
Is the word AMBULANCE spelt backwards in your country too?
posted on Jan. 30, 2008
posted on Jan. 29, 2008
Tea plantations on the road to Munnar,Kerala
The intensityof the green is natural. It comes from the new growth after frequent pruning, or tea picking....
posted on Jan. 28, 2008
Steep Hill, Tamil Nadu
To most touring cyclists this is probably nothing much but 36 hairpins over 18km was quite a lot of work. But if you've chosen a route featuring hills steep...
posted on Jan. 27, 2008
On the road to Masinagudi, Tamil Nadu
It was a two day ride to Masinagudi but the elephants were the only thing I couldn't resist stopping for. The road took me through Bandipur National Park where...
posted on Jan. 26, 2008
Two Indian eccentricities
One is a hair and plastics shop found at a famous market in Mysore. This macabre business is featured in an excellent book called A Fine Balance, by Rohinton...
posted on Jan. 25, 2008
Dubare Elephant Camp, Coorg
I didn't actually enjoy this place much. And I don't think the elephants do either. The elephants are prodded and poked with every move and given half a chance...
posted on Jan. 24, 2008
Free Tibet, Kushalnagar
I went to Kushalnagar mainly to visit the Tibettan Settlements nearby. I didn't have a permit however, so I could only spend the day there. It was not a...
posted on Jan. 23, 2008
Go to Coorg for trekking, homestays with lush tropical gardens, coffee estates, and the Kodagus - the local people. Coorg is located in South Western India, a...
posted on Jan. 22, 2008
Belur and Halebid, Karnataka
About the last of the sites of antiquity that I visited in India on my trip. By this time I was quite exhausted with sightseeing but at these two towns the...
posted on Jan. 21, 2008
Anegundi, Around Hampi
Seven kilometres from Hampi is the lovely little village of Anegundi, with few signs of the backpacking hustle and bustle that characterise Hampi and...
posted on Jan. 20, 2008
Women Labouring, Hampi
I saw the men labouring a little further along the canal. By that time I was all snapped out.
posted on Jan. 16, 2008
A Day at the Ruins, Hampi
There are hundreds if not thousands of ruins around Hampi. It takes at least one solid day walking to reach them all. Even by auotrickshaw it can take a good...
posted on Jan. 15, 2008
Kids, etc on Main Street, Hampi
Hampi is a mixed up sort of town. It's a warren of guesthouses with rooftop restaurants, tailors, and trinket shops. Hampi is code for a whole spellbinding...
posted on Jan. 14, 2008
Still on the road to Hampi, Karnataka
Notes: #1 - #4 - Kanakgiri #5 - #8 - a small village I stopped at for a bite to eat. I was served battered chilli - ouch. I had to make do with just the batter...
posted on Jan. 13, 2008