10 Places to visit in Kodaikanal

I always remember Kodaikanal from childhood films and books. Usually if hero and heroine get married and discuss about the prospect of honeymoon, they would invariably mention Ooty or Kodaikanal or both. Kodaikanal was not just famous, it was almost the one of the very few options available back then.


        Times have changed. Now not just affluent, even upper-middle class families prefer foreign trips over local. That does not mean the popularity has come down; Kodaikanal is still popular as a honeymoon destination and a relaxed getaway.

       I am not sure whether I have stated before, but hill-stations are more of an experience than sightseeing. If you go with expectations of seeing “SOMETHING”—you will be disappointed. ( I have few friends who complained that they found nothing). Hill Stations are for enjoying the weather where you have to hug yourself (or the other person), enjoying the sights from a great dome of hill overlooking an amphitheatre of rich and desolate sunsets or golden sunrises. Here is the list of places from Kodaikanal where you can enjoy the above poetically mentioned things.

(This is not an order of preference.)


  1. Dolphin’s nose : A valley where the a rock projection shaped like dolphin nose. You have to walk a bit in Dangerously monkey infested area to reach this.

  2. Kodaikanal lake – Beautiful man made lake. Offers a relaxing walk or tiring boat rides.

  3. Pillar rocks : I would consider them to be kinda iconic of Kodaikanal

  4. Suicide point : It was some cruel person who named this awesome view point as suicide point. It was given a delightful name as Silent valley view point.

    Is not it delightful?

  5. Guna caves: Got its name after the Tamil movie Guna was shot here. This place many small scale food vendors who serve steaming, spicy food in that awesome, chilly weather. Stay safe from our dear monkey friends.

  6. Silver cascade waterfalls: This was the first thing which greeted us on entering Kodaikanal. As it was summer, the falls was not in its full potential. Still, a lovely watch.


    It was summer, so falls were slim

  7. Bryant Park: It is more of botanical garden almost at the heart of city. It has a beautiful flower garden. You can even buy plants.

  8. Croaker’s walk: This is located at the ridge of a vast valley offering mind blowing views. Buy some snacks and enjoy the walk.

  9. Berijam Lake: This is situated in Berijam forest and you need special permission for it. I am planning to write an entire post about the visit.

  10. Chettiyar park: We spent way too much time in Kodaikanal, visiting the same places again and again. After multiple visits to each place, we started exploring other options and found this lovely park.

  11. Kurinji Adayar Temple: It doesn’t matter whether you are religious or nonreligious person, this temple is going to please you: with its breathtaking location.

  12. This and that: Kodaikanal is a beautiful, cozy town. If you get time to stroll around those sloppy streets, you get to see many colorful structures. We had chance to roam around and visit this particularly beautiful locality with lovely houses. We spent an entire hour walking up and down the streets.

Confessions of a lazy girl

I know how long it had been.

A cute and completely unrelated photo for you


I had to give a break to blogging when I went for a rural posting in Nov 2016. What I thought as a temprary posting, got extended to 6 months due to various issues. Then I became ill. I have a rheumatic illness which changes in severity once in while. I had severe exacerbration last year which made it impossible to type or write. I had to wear joint supporters for few months.

          After that was over, came my thesis. Every person who had done thesis would know how much of a herculian task it was. It sucks our time, patience, energy and life. For almost tow months near the deadline, I hrdly did anything except thesis related work.

          After thesis, it was my final exams. Though, I got three months time between my theory and practicals, I just was off the track by then. ( Now I regret it)


         Now, my thesis had been accepted without any changes( Thank you God, thank you), I cleared my theroy and practiclas in fiirst attempt and taking my steps towards private practice as a psychiatrist. After all of these, I started to realise how I miss writing and here I am.

Fab bag October 2016

This should have been posted last month itself, but somehow it got postponed. I decided to publish it anyway.

October was a month of celebrations and the Fabbag October 2016 also matched the whole vibe and was named ‘The Festive High’.


The definite show stopper of month is the bag itself. It is a metallic Golden clutch type bag which in future could be used as a party clutch. ( I am going to peel off the logo of Fabbag, of course).

Fabbag October 2016

What I got in my Fabbag October 2016:
Fabbag October 2016

CAL liquid lipstick, Carassing coral ( Full size 450/-)


It is a very bright coral color and I am not sure whether I am going to use it. It is too bright for my skin tone.


Votre lip scrub- 10gm ( Full size for 300/-)

Fabbag October 2016

This is a gel scrub with orange color and creamy texture. I am keeping this for my upcoming trip this month.


Kaya Brightening serum 5ml ( 30 ml for 1495/-)

This is a very pleasant smelling serum and gets absorbed easily. I am not sure yet whether I am impressed enough to buy the full sized one.


Veda earth cleansing facial oil 25ml ( Full size 350/-)

Fabbag October 2016


Again the packaging is far more interesting than the oil. Oil has a very strong Ayurvedic smell. I am not sure about using it as they didn’t specify whether this can be used for all skin types. I am not ready to experiment right before my trip.
Stay quirky Nail Polish-02 (6 ml for 165/-)

I wish they gave a lighter color.

 My take on Fabbag October 2016: Over all this bag is Okayish. The thing I am going to use without doubt are the ‘bag’, the serum, lip scrub.

A dose of adventure @ SAAHAS

I am exceptionally lazy person.  Since childhood I  have been  considering myself utterly intellectual type and this made me to ignore any sports. Leave being adventurous. These days my adventurous journey  ends at  arguing with  manic patient at the closed (psychiatric) ward. ( Mind you, even that is an adventure). After  almost a month of near sedentary life sinking neck deep into studies, patients and projects, we decided to have a break though all we could get was a single day. We had to look for a single day activity or a short trip and came up with this brilliant idea of paying a visit to SAAHAS.

This place had been luring me since the announcement by Ramoji film city as it was first of its kind in Hyderabad. The website description is

“Sahas – Ramoji Adventure Land brings multiple adventure experiences to this part of the world.We bring to life, mesmerizing and awe-inspiring experiences to escape from the mundane and the boring. ”

It is located inside the Ramoji film city( A film studio holding the world record for being largest & also a well known tourist destination as RFC  in Hyderabad)

The grand entrance to Ramoji Film City (RFC)
The grand entrance to Ramoji Film City (RFC)


It is an action world filled with various options to engage your day in activities of different levels ( and the night with annoying body pains). They have bunch of exciting activities from High roap course, net course to ATV raids. There are various packages with the least starting from 900 bucks. There are options for SAAHAS alone or SAAHAS+ RFC trip. We chose the former as we had visited RFC 6 times already. ( Yes, 6 times)

From the entrance we are taken to  SAAHAS in a separate vehicle where we are given multiple options of activities to chose from. We chose three activities first as we were not sure how much our energy would let us. My excitement started creeping slowly till it reeched my head and I started hopping.

The first activity itself drained me, it was a Net course which looked childishly simple but proved devilishly difficult.  We crawled like lizards, swung like Tarzan and spider man ( or woman) and did many UN-describable things for 40 mins.  It was a long and difficult and nearly killed my sportswoman ship and  adventure spirit.

Just the begining
Just the beginning
The spider Man
The spider Man
Mini tarzan hurdle ( I named it)
Mini tarzan hurdle ( I named it)


Shaky logs..
Shaky logs..

SAAHAS………………Never ending hurdles

One leg goes that way, one leg this way...
One leg goes that way, one leg this way…


Next was this high rope  course and was a two storey high and  had many more storey fun.

All set for rope course
All set for rope course


Later i SAAHASwent to this Bungee ejection which was one was the most dangerous ones I have ever been to. We did other activities too..like Zip line, Sumo fights and ATV ride but did not click pictures ( with exhaustion, my husband warned me he would rather push me off the rope course rather than clicking a single photo more).

I would have preferred a bright but shady but ended up with a hot day and was out in the sun from 10 in the morning to 4 in the evening and by that time we were stinking in sweat like pigs. For next two days, I walked like a robot with sore and stiff muscles and swore not to try anything like that in future. Once my body was in condition started making plans for future trips to SAAHAS. I enjoyed the place thoroughly and recommend it to everyone.


  1. Carry as many bottles of water as possible.
  2. Better to be in a activity allowing dress.
  3. Best to go in shoes, even if you don’t have they would give you. But only you have to wear some old stinking shoes.
  4. Apply loads & loads of sunscreen.
Always wanted by meee
Always wanted by meee adventure, film city, hyderabad


5 Home remedies with Roses

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Roses have been used as beauty ingredients for centuries now. There are legends about the kings and queens bathing with rose water and applying it on to face. There are few simple techniques you can use rose water in beauty recipes.

  1. Healthy skin pack To a two tsp of Sandalwood powder, add a tsp of rose petal paste (fresh), a tsp of honey.Apply this to face.Wait for 20 mins before washing with lukewarm water.
  2. Facial cleanser :This too is a very simple remedy.To two tsp of rose water, add a tsp of cucumber juice. Dip a cotton ball in it and gently wipe face.
  3. For rough body skin Take a bowl of rose water , two tsp of honey.Apply this to whole body. Leave for 10 mins before washing with lukewarm water.
  4. For tired eyes :Place a bowl of rose water in fridge with a tsp of mint juice.Keep it in refrigerator for 15 mins.Dip a cotton ball in it and gently apply it to the eye area.

    Take cotton pads dipped in this mixture apply over eyes and rest for 15 mins

  5. Skin Brightening packTo two tsp of tomato pulp, add a tsp of papaya pulp, a tsp of rose petal paste (fresh) and tsp of honey.Apply this to face and Leave for 10 mins . Wash it off with lukewarm water.

    Hope you find this post helpful..  Stay tuned for more..

A ride to remember: Pykara lake, Ooty Photo essay

Hello friends!!! I t has been so soooo exhaustively long, i never expected this would make a month long ‘off blog’ time. Initially it was my hosting company issues later academic pressure  followed by ill health terminated in to severe, oppressive laziness. I  almost choked to death by that laziness.


If you have read few of my old posts, you have an idea that I like to go on bike rides and explore the surrounding places everywhere I go. I found this particular place called “Pykara lake” near Ooty and I had to see it.

One small lake en route
One small lake en route

Like most of the hill stations, to Ooty, you go to enjoy the weather rather than to see any particular tourist spot. Throughout our stay, Ooty experienced rains. It was more of a soft drizzle, the kind of rain that makes wish to stay outdoors to enjoy it. It was softer even for a drizzle, it was as if God is spraying water on Earth with a huge sprayer. That temperature and weather made sure that I never become tired, no matter how much we roamed, hopped and drove.

The Ghat road was bright green, how soothing green color is..


This beautiful hill with fascinating valley view
This beautiful hill with fascinating valley view
The model tribal hut on hill top
The model tribal hut on hill top
Plenty of small bridges...
Plenty of small bridges…
We were lost in forest and found this tiny two storey temple
We were lost in forest and found this tiny two storey temple, God has an awesome view I believe
Inside the forest, plenty of privacy
Inside the forest, plenty of privacy


So a bike journey appeared to be a perfect way to enjoy Ooty. I was not sure whether we would be able to get a bike for rent. So we asked our hotel people and they arranged for not only a bike but also an extra helmet for me.

We started early after breakfast to  The Pykara lake and falls which was located at around 20km from Ooty on Ooty – Mysore road. There are  some other places to visit en route which I will mention in other post.

As we drove lazily and halted at few places, it took us more than two hours to reach this place. Pykara lake and falls are located at two different locations. Pykara lake was in some dense forest. The location was soooo peaceful. The entrance for Pykara lake is 5rs. There is boating option available but we did not go as we thought it was too costly. We drank some fresh carrot juice which was surprisingly tasty. After spending 2 hrs there, we started back. We wanted to come back early as  it would dark early there.

The lake...blue palette
The lake…blue palette


We went to Pykara falls on our way back, but were disappointed find there was no falls, only a very small canal kind of thing.

No falls only Pykara canal
No falls only Pykara canal

Some points to remember if you are planning to visit Pykara lake….

  1. There are no proper instructions or sign boards to guide you.
  2. As it was a forest area it is difficult to get signal, do not much rely on Google maps.
  3. There are no proper restaurants in the vicinity, The near by village has small hotels.
  4. Toilets are at the lake only, it is next to impossible to find them anywhere else.
  5. Ooty can experience rain at any time, it is good if you are prepared.

Hope you enjoyed the post, now I promise to be regular.

Only at Hill stations we get to see Vehicles parked on terraces
Only at Hill stations we get to see Vehicles parked on terraces

OOTD: The Fusion Gown

Hello darlings!!!! I am here with this month’s Outfit of the day post.. .

This outfit is my birthday outfit. This is a a kind of Indo- western  designer fusion  gown. In fact it was a kurtha which became a gown for my height.

Fusion gownFusion gownfusion gownfusion gownfusion gown

This is a bright orange colored dress with embellished neckline and a another embellishment like a  long brooch. This was so bright and good, all pictures came out wonderfully well. This I wore on my birthday of this year and in Hampi. I paired a golden metallic legging whic was almost invisible under the dress. The gold stone sandals were absolutely lovely.

The Egyptian rings are very pretty ( my perception) The rings were labelled by brother as protective rings as he says if I punch with them on my fingers the opposite person is going to suffer internal bleeding and organ rupture.

The earrings were very simple but elegant looking ones.


Orange  fusion gown/top: Bought from a friend who runs a store.

Metallic gold leggings & earrings : Thrifted.

Egyptian ring set                       : Youshine.com

Gold   bangle                            : Crunchy fashion

Gold sandals                             : Streetstyle store

Shades                                     : Power sunglasses from Vincent Chase.

A walk through culture- Heritage town, Pondicherry

I was visiting my a town for my friend’s  wedding this week. The bus journey took me through many tiny villages which I used to see through the bus window as a kid. I started to realize that they changed as it happens to any place with time. Many new built houses which lost the ‘Telangana village house’ touch, youth wearing all the modern attire, shops with modern names written in abused Telugu. There were old people with wrinkled faces still wearing traditional Telangana attire and jewellery like those few old houses which almost looked hunched.

It is not bad to get along with the world, I am not against it. Learning new things,  following trends and imitating others is inevitable in this time. But my only worry is that once these old faces fade away, bodies with the traditional attire die and the house are demolished,  there won’t be any difference between the Telangana Village or some random village in North India or some place in western world ( except  the faces) .  The whole heritage will be lost in time. Traveling won’t be an experience any more. It would just be a task. You just go to this particular place, take pictures and come back. I really am not sure whether  thinking this way is proper, but I simply dislike Globalization.

Talking about heritage takes to me to the Heritage town, Pondicherry. When I was a preparing a list of places to be seen in Pondicherry, I came across walking/ cycle tours through heritage town, Pondicherry. Which made me wonder. As it happens our hotel was located in the heritage town itself. So one evening we wanted to explore the area by foot.

Those colorful french houses...
Those colorful french houses…

Heritage townHeritage town

Pondicherry used to be a french colony. Heritage town, Pondicherry is a kind of colony with planned and structured streets. There are many perpendicular and parallel roads and it is pretty easy to get lost. You can wander for hours in the streets without getting to your destination, if you are lost. The houses have this typical french or traditional tamilnadu building styles. Those buildings are now used as residential complexes, schools, offices and even heritage hotels. This is also a prominent shopping area where all major brand stores are located. You get various options for street food.

Early Tamilian houses , this one is used as a school now
Early Tamilian houses , this one is used as a school now
These kids stopped us and asked us to take a snap and posed
These kids stopped , asked us to take a snap and posed
I have spotted many 'mini towers'like this in Pondi
I have spotted many ‘mini towers’ like this in Pondi
I have never seen Police in any other city with this attire and a cap/ hat like this one.
I have never seen Police in any other city with this attire and a cap/ hat like this one.

As we got lost multiple times, a 1 km to the beach  walk took  more than 40 mins for us. But this was a worthy effort as we could see these beautiful buildings en route.

Gandhi memorial at beach
Gandhi memorial at beach

As I was emphasizing earlier, If you have a special heritage, it is crime not to preserve it properly. INTACH is doing that job in Pondicherry. Kudos to their efforts.

INTACH, Pondicherry
INTACH heritage center, Pondicherry

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Fab bag- August 2016

I have been feeling bad about Fab bag for the last few months as they were sending it only in the second half of the month. However, I was surprised by the Fab bag- August 2016 edition as it came by 6th this month.

Fab bag- August 2016

These are the things which I got in my Fab bag- August 2016 edition

Fab bag- August 2016

  1. The most interesting thing this time is the Geri G. Innocent foundation. This is worth 2500/- and I got it in full size. I was asked to chose some make up product from Geri G and I never heard of that brand before. I did some research and found out – Geri G is a celebrity make up artist and running a make up line with limited options. This foundation, i needed some darker shade. But Fab bag gave me only two options and I chose the darker one. This looks slightly lighter on my skin, Though I am not looking like a vampire. I am trying to figure out some way to use it.Fab bag- August 2016

2. Just herbs Malabar Lemongrass Invigorating Body wash (545/- for 200 ml)

I received some 30 ml bottle. This is a lemon yellow colored body wash with a sweet smell.

3. Kronocare Anti Turn(oil) Repairing Hair oil – 2875/- for 500ml

This has a peculiar smell. Even though this sounds promising, it is rather very expensive for a hair oil (at least for me).

Fab bag- August 2016

4. Natural Bath & Body Gel Face Masque – 325/- 100ml

This is a very fruity smelling face mask, this exactly looks, feels and smells like the Everyouth orange peel off mask, but this is not a peel off. ( I love peel off masks, not because they work well. They give me good feeling while peeling them off)

5. Livon Serum  3ml packs 3 nos each 5ml.

They said it is a new formula or something what they usually say when they change the packing. I will see..


Shore temple; Mahabalipuram

It is not just the temple, not just the architecture; It is the location, it is the background  music of the tide hitting the rocks, it is the breeze which lifts the spirit, it is the  view of  deep blue water merging with sky at some distant point which make you fall in love with the temple. The shore temple, Mahabalipuram is part of monuments which were recognized by UNESCO as world heritage site.

Shore temple
temple Late afternoon
Me at shore temple. This was in the compound garden outside the temple complex.
Me at shore temple. This was in the compound garden outside the temple complex.
He at the temple, Inside the compound. The one behind had Shiva and the one showing has Vishnu
He at the temple, Inside the compound. The one behind had Shiva and the one showing has Vishnu

This temple was probably used as a landmark for navigation for ships.  I do not want to go into too much  details  of history or  architecture as you can simply find them in Wiki. This is a  three temple complex located on the shore of Bay of Benagal  in Mahabalipuram, making it the shore temple. This shore temple  was built by  Pallava dynasty in 8th century AD.  A pair of temples were on the same platform. The one facing east is the temple of Shiva and behind there is temple of Reclining Vishnu. The temples are pyramidal in shape. Other interesting things are the miniature shrine in the complex and the Monolithic lion. There were numerous Nandi statues on the compound wall.  You don’t need much time to visit the temple but you can enjoy sitting on the rocks behind the temple overlooking sea.

Temple of Lord Shiva
Temple of Lord Shiva

Shore temple

Vishnu in reclining pose which is very uncommon to find in temples.
Vishnu in reclining pose which is very uncommon to find in temples.

You can also spend some time in the beach, but you need to walk a long way to reach the beach which is actually lying next to the temple as they blocked the  direct gates from temple to the beach.

Shore templeMonolithic lion


Shore templeShore temple

The beach had a small shopping area where you can buy some hand made sea shell things. In beach you can enjoy raw mangoes cut and sprinkled with chilli powder and salt, go on a horse ride or just enjoy a bath.

Mahabalipuram hosts dance festivals every year at this temple . There was one when we went but we had to go back to Pondicherry by evening. This  shore temple along with other monuments makes Mahabalipuram an awesome place to visit.

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