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    11 Best Places To Visit In Araku Valley (+Vizag): A Hidden Gem

    I went for a solo trip to this little-known hill station lying on the southeastern coast of India. As I hadn’t heard much about this place before, I didn’t have much expectation. However, after the trip, I realised how underappreciated this place was.  It blew my mind how this scenic hill station hasn’t been covered or talked about much among the traveller community in India, even today. And hence, I would like to give you an introduction to Araku Valley, also known as the Ooty of Andhra Pradesh. Famous for…

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    Kolukkumalai Peak: Experience the best sunrise in South India

    After travelling continuously for close to a day, I took a shower to freshen up and re-energise myself. As I came out, all I could see were tea plantations covering every inch of the earth surrounding me. I tried to see the farthest I could to spot something different, but the scenery was monotonous. I was in the middle of a gigantic tea plantation spread across hundreds of acres of land and surrounded by tall, intimidating mountains. It is one of the many experiences you will have while staying in…

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    10 Best Places To Visit In Valparai That’ll Take Your Breath Away

    After driving for close to five hours, we reached our destination at noon. It was a hill station not very far from Coimbatore. However, the first time I got out of our car to get a view of the landscapes in front of me, I had a deja vu moment. The tea gardens here, surrounded by tall mountains covered in fog, reminded me of Munnar (the famous hill station in Kerala). Yet, this place was different. There was hardly any soul here, unlike Munnar, which has become commercialised over the…

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    Couchsurfing in India review: The best way to travel solo

    After visiting Malpe beach in Udupi in the evening, it was time to take a bus to Mangalore. It was the final leg of my one-week solo trip across coastal Karnataka. Being a spontaneous trip, I didn’t make any hotel bookings in advance. And so, while I was on the bus, I decided to try my luck and found a host in Mangalore. He was renting his apartment for free on Couchsurfing. After spending two days with my host, it was time to leave Mangalore. I got emotional because my…

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    The‌ ‌Dummies’‌ ‌Guide‌ ‌to‌ ‌Voluntourism‌ ‌in‌ ‌India‌

    The show turned out to be excellent. All the circus entertainers shone through with their acrobatic and fire-handling skills. It was unlike anything I had ever seen before. The European circus show was a sweet reward for our efforts to ensure it went as planned. Together with my fellow volunteers, we were instrumental in cleaning the area, setting up the stage and organising the circus show. We worked daily for close to a month to make the circus show a reality. My time in Goa had also come to a…

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    5 Amazing Things To Do In Munroe Island: India’s Hidden Venice

    While you read this article, a tiny island in Kerala is sinking by the hour. It will submerge in water by 2050, according to experts.  If it happens, it’ll be devastating as I consider it one of Kerala’s jewels that can give any other tourist destination in ‘God’s Own Country’ a run for their money. I’m talking about Munroe Island.  It is a highly underrated and unexplored tourist destination in Kerala, known for its backwaters like Alleppey but without the crowds. While Alleppey is famous as the Venice of India,…

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    Brahmatal Trek Itinerary: The Perfect Trek To Unwind Your Soul

    After taking some time off for a week, I returned to my office. However, this time, something felt weird. I was not able to focus on work. For the first time, I had an existential crisis at my workplace and kept asking myself questions like these: “Where am I? “What am I doing here? “Was I in a dream last week?” It took me almost a week to familiarise myself with my workplace surrounding. As my first-ever Himalayan expedition, the Brahmatal trek profoundly impacted me, unlike any other trip that…

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    Goechala trek itinerary: A guide to India’s best ‘mountain’ trek

    We woke up at 3 am. It was pitch dark and cold. We got ready as we had black tea and layered ourselves for the trek’s highest point. With nightlamps across our foreheads, we started walking towards our destination in a line. A trek leader led us at the front and another at the back. It wasn’t easy as cold winds were blowing against our faces. But we kept going because all of us signed up for this trek to witness this mesmerising sight that lay ahead in front of…

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    Kumara Parvatha trek guide: Everything you should know

    Would you like to challenge yourself as a trekker in the Himalayas but without actually going to the Himalayas? If so, Kumara Parvatha is a trek in South India that you shouldn’t miss out. In fact, if you plan to trek in the Himalayas, do this trek before to prepare yourself physically and mentally. Standing at 5,617 ft, Kumara Parvatha (also known as Pushpagiri) is the fourth highest peak in Karnataka and probably the most challenging trek I’ve undertaken as a trekker in the Western Ghats. Thick forests, open grasslands…

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    5 best places to visit in Chikmagalur in 2 days

    Did you know that Chikmagalur, a small hill station in Karnataka, is responsible for bringing the coffee revolution to India? A Sufi saint called Baba Budan smuggled coffee beans from Persia in the 16th century and planted them in his garden here in Chikmagalur. Since then, Chikmagalur has been known as the coffee capital of not only Karnataka but also India before the coffee cultivations started spreading to other parts of the country. But Chikmagalur has a lot more to offer than just coffee. It is a paradise for nature…