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The Beautiful Backwaters of Kerala

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 When travelling to South India, the beautiful backwaters of Kerala are unmissable. Here’s why:   What are the backwaters of Kerala?     Originally formed by water coming down from the Western Ghats, the beautiful Kerala backwaters are a series of connected lagoons, running along almost half the length of […]

India’s 500 and 1000 Rupee Notes to be Abolished

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made the shock announcement that 500 and 1000 Rupee notes are to be abolished immediately, and those in circulation must be deposited before the end of the year. Modi has surprised many with the sudden discontinuation of the 500 and 1000 Rupee notes (valued at roughly […]

The Ruins of Hampi

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Photo by Apadegal   Once the centre of the Vijayanagara Empire, the ruins of Hampi are captivating. The miles of remains deserve days of exploration, and are an essential stop during any trip to Southern India. The area is walkable, but in the summer sun it’s best to explore on bike […]

The Oldest British Building in India

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Photo by Plane Mad   The oldest British building in India is St Mary’s Church, found in Chennai’s Fort St George. While India has many glorious temples and shrines going back millennia, the British also left their mark on the country. In Chennai’s Fort St George, the central area of what […]

Nagarhole National Park

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Photo by Yathin S Krishnappa   What can you expect to see at Karnataka’s Nagarhole National Park? It would be a waste to go to Southern India without seeing any animals, and there’s not many better places for that than Nagarhole National Park. Also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, you can find […]

Why You Should Visit the Western Ghats

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Here’s why you should visit the Western Ghats. Sometimes India’s cities can be a little too fast-paced, a little too busy, and often a little too hot. When you need to take a break from the crowds, there’s no better way than to visit the Western Ghats. The mountain range […]

Books to Read Before Visiting Kerala

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Books to read before visiting Kerala, India’s Southern paradise on the Arabian Sea Photo by Mehul Antani   If you dream of travelling to India, there are few better ways than indulging in the literature of the region. While travel guides are useful when preparing for a trip, fiction can […]

The Former Danish Colony of Tranquebar, Tamil Nadu

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India’s history of colonialism is no secret, but the former Danish colony of Tranquebar, owned by the Scandinavians for over 200 years, is often forgotten. Photo by Sumanskumar745   Small, often ignored, but actually lovely, it is fitting that Tranquebar was run by the Danish for over 200 years. One […]

The Most Spectacular Temple in Southern India

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Meenakshi Amman Temple is regarded by many as the most spectacular temple in Southern India.  Photo by Jorge Royan   Locals consider Meenakshi Amman temple the eighth wonder of the world, and that’s not just their pride talking: the architectural marvel was among the worldwide entrants considered for a position […]

What You Need to Know about Udupi’s Krishna Temple

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Udupi, a coastal city in the South Western province of Karnataka, is home to one of the region’s finest temples. Just an hour north of Mangaluru, this is an important site of of religious pilgrimage in India, and a worthwhile excursion for anyone in the area, especially those involved in […]