My journey to Coonoor was a result of a very spontaneous decision. Thanks to the various airline flash sales, I found an amazing deal for flights to Coimbatore. Although I didn't know anything about Coimbatore at that time, I knew that beauty is never hard to find wherever you go. So I booked my tickets, did some research and made my way to Coonoor - the land of lush tea estates.
I arrived in Coonoor on a fresh, rainy day. My first stop on this journey was an eco-resort nestled deep in the heart of the Nilgiris – Kurumba Village Resort. It is located 15 kilometers before Coonoor and it's entrance is through a narrow lane cutting right through the forest. From the minute you exit the main road and take that turn, your Kurumba jungle experience begins. The scent of fresh vanilla and nutmeg fills the air and you feel one with the majestic Nilgiris around you!
Once I reached the resort, the helpful staff led me to my room for the next 3 days – the luxurious Jacuzzi suite. A plush four-poster bed, a living room with wifi and television, a nice balcony and of course the grand jacuzzi...in other words 'pure bliss' :)
I'll let these pictures give you a look into the next three days at Kurumba
Before I knew it, my time at Kurumba was over and new places beckoned. I bid adieu to the beautiful resort and made my way deep into the tea plantations of Coonoor.
My home for the next few days was a charming cottage on a tea estate that produces some of the finest teas in the world. The best part of the house was the living room - an airy space with huge glass windows and spectacular views of rolling tea plantations.
My hosts at the estate were extremely kind and hospitable and ensured that I got a real taste of Coonoor life during my stay.
My journey through the Nilgiris was an absolute delight. I am really appreciative of all my hosts for their hospitality and kindness. Thank you for sharing your charming spaces with me and helping me discover such beautiful secrets of India.
Inspired to plan your journey through the beautiful tea estates of Coonor? I'm here to help :)
Philippines had been a destination on my bucket list for the last eight months and its a dream come true to experience it's magic.
I got my ticket to the Philippines thanks to an Air Asia flight sale that allowed me to get my ticket to paradise only for Rs. 10,000 roundtrip from Chennai. Without any thought, I booked the ticket and couldn't wait for the next four months to pass. Before I knew it, it was time and off I went to discover the land I had been enamoured by.
While most of my adventures take me to far away places, I never let go of an opportunity to explore whats near and close to me. Last month, an opportunity like that came calling and the next day I set out to explore two magical bungalows in Lonavala.
Although Lonavala is one of the most popular weekend destination for Mumbai and Pune dwellers, it still holds its own hidden secrets. Through my travels, I have come to realise that no matter how touristy or commercialised a place may be, it will definitely have its charming, secret elements.
Over three days, I explored two beautiful and quaint bungalows in Lonavala. Both houses are ideal for small groups of friends and families looking for scenic surroundings and a space to spend some quiet, quality time together.
As I lay on the beach, watching a beautiful spectacle of shooting stars at Ashwem Beach in Goa, I realised that all my journeys are like these bright, vibrant lights in the sky.
The journey is as exciting as seeing a shooting star; it is bright, vibrant and full of life; and it all comes to an end in the blink of an eye-lid, giving rise to the anticipation for the next one. It's a beautiful, never-ending fascination :)
Another realisation I had during this journey to Goa was that Goa is not just a destination, it is a state of mind - A state of heightened sensations, with or without Hoffmann's dose. It is a lifestyle that encourages just being, feeling and loving each and every moment of life.
Eager to explore some hidden secrets of Maharashtra, the state that has been my home for the last four years, I decided to make a spontaneous journey to Pawana Lake. I knew of a quaint and charming bungalow perched atop a hillock near the lake, so I called the owner, Anabelle, who has become a friend since we started working together two years ago. It was an instantaneous yes, so without any delay, I packed a little night bag and set out to explore the stunning Maharashtrian country-side.
I love travelling through the western ghats in the monsoon.The greenery is mind blowing, the waterfalls are majestic and everything comes alive. Yes the leeches come alive too, but what's life without a little pinch of salt :)
Eager to explore the famous coffee land of India, I set out to wander through Coorg as part of my two week long journey through Karnataka and Kerala. Below, I've put together some highlights from my journey through Coorg. Read, see and get inspired to plan your gorgeous journey to India's coffee country!