Sri Lanka’s south coast is endowed with prettiest tropical beaches which’ll guarantee to leave you surprised and delighted at every turn! Imagine palm trees (and palm tree swings), fresh coconut water, stunning blue sea and honey coloured sandy beaches for days! This was certainly my kinda destination and we decided to explore the southern belt of Sri Lanka rather than cramming in as many places as possible on the island in a short space of time.
Amritsar or Ambarsar as colloquially called is synonyms with the Golden Temple, a place where food and faith fuses, where serenity and tranquility reverberates! Not only is it the home of the Sikh religion, but also a culinary capital of India, unarguably the apex of all the scrumptious food, Hence, the Foodie’s delight and shopper’s paradise.
Brightly coloured walls, Mediterranean styled heritage houses with high compound walls laden with vibrant bougainvillea vines, neat and clean streets where South Indian filter coffee and croissants go together! Yes it’s Pondichery- A mix of modern heritage and spiritual lifestyle. The French influence is everywhere right from the food to architecture, from roads to cafes and streets to hearts!
“Roads were made for journeys, not destinations.”- Confucius
I think there couldn’t be any better way to explore a place than at one’s own pace. And the fun doubles when it’s an exotic island! Somehow we’ve always loved the idea of renting our own mode of transport during our travels. So keeping this in mind we rented a car during our recent trip to Mauritius and absolutely loved the freedom it gave us. And guys this stunning island surely doesn’t have any wrong turns, only infinitely interesting routes waiting to be explored.
Blending in with the locals is an art which one needs to master in order to travel smoothly. Well, this doesn’t mean you’ve to abandon your identity and emulate them mindlessly. But, to be respectful and polite to their culture and traditions one should try to commingle as much as possible.
Adorned with classic designs of papier-mâché and styled in Victorian decor, The Chai Jaai, Tea room offers the quintessential English experience with the mix of cultures brewing in the air. The elite and opulent feel will beckon at you while the various kinds of tea will delight your senses and like me you’ll instantly fall for this place!