Not all can enjoy carefree days of "crossing the street and walking into sunshine" Gilbert-style (circa Eat, Pray, Love) in a foreign place rich with cultures unknown to you. And, if you miss a step or do something that doesn't really agree with the locals, you pay the price, more so if you are a woman. Though crime has… Continue reading No place for a woman traveller?
While the nifty Indian backpacker is all set to conquer the world, it is not a bad idea for the wannabes and the first timers to take stock of international destinations that are easier to explore. Once you get the hang of backpacking, well, who knows where you pitch your tent next! For the benefit of… Continue reading Friendliest International Destinations for the Indian Backpacker
Ramayana, an epic sacred to the Hindus, refers to many places and sites that can be traced down in present day Sri Lanka. Even though the authenticity of this great epic is debated by historians, it is quite interesting to follow the Ramayana trail that traverses various parts of this island country. The trail throws glimpses of the abduction… Continue reading Lord Rama’s Lanka trail
"Cultures have long heard wisdom in non-human voices: Apollo, god of music, medicine and knowledge, came to Delphi in the form of a dolphin. But dolphins, which fill the oceans with blipping and chirping, and whales, which mew and caw in ultramarine jazz - a true rhapsody in blue - are hunted to the edge… Continue reading Where epics meet modern civilization
Originally planned for a fortnight, my visit to Sri Lanka lasted 23 days! During this time, I took the trail given in the map below. This is a result of trying to pack in most of the places accessible to backpackers in a single itinerary while giving each destination as much breathing space as I… Continue reading Sri Lanka in 23 days-A route map