South India offers you a stark contrast to the peaks and plains up north. It offers thousands of kilometers of coastline and a constantly changing landscape that keeps glistening during monsoons. The palm-dotted inland waterways give way to spice gardens, tea plantations, tropical forests and cool hill-station retreats in the Western Ghats. Inspiring palaces, tombs, forts and mosques of Muslim dynasties on the Deccan, Pallava sculptures and towering Chola temples in Tamil Nadu; the magical ruins of the Vijayanagar capital at Hampi and the preserved wild forests in Karnataka.Another charmer is Pondicherry, a former French colony, that retains much of its colonial charm. You will witness a marvelour melange of French influences mixing with the local Tamil style in the city’s architecture. This is the perfect place to sample the local coffee, stroll the streets and enjoy an atmosphere best described as east meets west. The other thing that makes Pondicherry worth a visit is its famous Sri Aurobindo Ashram, a spiritual community that offers tours and meditation to tourists. Famous for its vibrant culture, among other man made marvels, South India’s culinary variety answers every sense of hungry travelers. Some of India’s most famous and traditional staples are from South: large papery dosas (savoury crêpes) and idlis (fermented rice cakes) are the backbone of South Indian fare. Kerala’s coconut-laced seafood is the stuff of legend – all resulting in a deliciously rewarding culinary journey for visitors.
Nature / Landscapes
Singin’ in the rain.. Have you ever done it? Like, literally sing in the rain. Rain is the most beautiful natural phenomenon and equally mesmerising is the sunset, the sunrise, the winds swaying before a storm or the volcano about to erupt. Reconnecting with nature is appreciative of immense mental and physical health, not to mention the sheer enjoyment being surrounded by beautiful scenery can bring. Take a spiritual tour of the golden stupas rising out of the lush green fields or equally barren mountains, go for a Himalayan summit, appreciate the flora and fauna of a quaint town by the countryside, or experience the desert safaris. Natural wonders are plenty. From the meandering, flirtatious rivers to the mighty mountains and valleys, from the green plantations to the vast deserts, from rainforests to the glaciers, every part of the world is filled many such wonders. Feel the bright sun on your face, let the greens soothe your eyes, breathe in the fresh crisp air, embrace the rains, dance to the tune of chirping birds. Let your spirit wander with joy!
Te Amo! What kind of a romantic are you? Believe in the old-fashioned yet oh-so-lovely candle-lit dinners? Do you crave for those long walks on the beach holding hands? Is just checking-in to a pampering accommodation your kind of romance? Or you like to rekindle the flames with a romantic escape to an offbeat destination? There are as many different styles of romance as there are kinds of couples: some may prefer an active and adventurous weekend in the woods, others a cosmopolitan jaunt to a new city and its street food. Some may look for a relaxing weekend by the beach, others a bouquet of flowers and a candle-lit dinner in the countryside. Some may want to explore a destination or a country together. When have we, humans, settled for one and one thing only? Ultimately, the most romantic places will be those that make you and your partner the happiest, and feature the experiences you both love best: a great restaurant, a stunning hike, a spa day, frozen margaritas at a swim-up bar, a wine tasting at a favorite vineyard, a room in a historic castle, a carriage ride. Let’s take the ride, then, eh?
Wildlife / Safaris
See the wild! Many of us keep ourselves glued to that flatscreen gorging on plethora of shows on wildlife and the planet in general. But there is no justification to the visceral thrill of witnessing animals in the wild. Whether it is swimming with a whale shark or coming face-to-face with a gorilla, nature has a way of reminding us how insignificant we are. Immerse in the natural wonders of Ranthambore National Park, one of the best places to see majestic Bengal tigers, as well as many other native species including macaques, leopards, sloth bears and hornbills, while you’ll see elephants, water buffalos, crocodiles and, if you’re lucky, the elusive Sri Lankan leopard, during your carefully crafted trip to Sri Lanka. Experience the enormous loop that Africa’s wildebeest make around the Serengeti each year, and the mass movement of humpback whales between their Antarctic feeding grounds and subtropical breeding grounds. Apart from the well-known species, there are plenty of other lesser-known spectacles waiting to be discovered.