Travel Life of Thara & Goutham
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Good food served in elegant ambience. That was the highlight of our stay at @mantrakoodam_cghearth in Kumbakonam. The tastefully crafted restaurant draws your gaze towards the colorful murals, wooden chairs, and chandeliers. But eventually it settles on the floor adorned with the athangudi tiles in green & red. Do come back tomorrow to read about the special dishes and local cuisine of kumbakonam! Call or Whatsapp on 75111 03388 for price enquiries.
When we were in Kumbakonam, we stayed at @mantrakoodam_cghearth . Mantrakoodam has heritage homes that are arranged like an Agraharam. The whole property has been designed in a way which mimics a Tamil village. The cottages are designed like traditional Tamil homes with verandahs around the house, Athangudi tiles on the floor and wooden fixtures. It was a lovely experience to stay here. More on this place in tomorrow's post.
The Airavatesvarar temple is one among a cluster of eighteen medieval era large Hindu temples in Kumbakonam. It is one of the greatest living Chola temples.
It usually doesn't rain in Tamilnadu during this time of the year. But the people we met said that it had been raining continuously for the past twenty days. Hence, the Pradakshina path was filled with water. It was slippery and difficult to walk through but also, fun. 😁 And look at the reflection! 🤩
We had asked to guess the temple in the picture on our last post. Many of you guessed it right. This is the Airavateswara temple in Darasuram, near Kumbakonam. It is built in the 12th century during the reign of Cholas and is known for its Dravidian architecture. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Hello from Tamilnadu! It's been a while (more than two years) since we visited a temple. We are suckers for temple architecture and the temples of Tamil Nadu are known for their grandeur. Can anyone guess this magnificent temple?
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Villa Magnolia was the owner's home. Since they don't live here anymore, they decided to accomodate large groups who would like to stay under one roof. The villa has 4 bedrooms and easily accommodates 10-15 people. For those who love to take short getaways with a group of friends or with cousins, this is a wonderful place to stay. It's perfect to laze around and relax. I loved spending time in the verandah. We also had an option to light a fire outside when it got chilly in the evening. Thanks @magnoliaresorts for hosting us. We had a great time there.
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On our first day at @magnoliaresorts , we stayed at one of their many cottages. The weather was good, it rained a bit. We woke up to a great view. We took nice long walks. We spend time at the lake. It was all good and nice. But the next day, we stayed at their villa, Villa Magnolia. It was something else. A bungalow all for us. It was like living a day in your dream home. I have always wanted to live in individual houses with huge backyard, full of plants. But yeah, we live in Bangalore and we are not rich. 😁 Atleast we are happy that we are not in Mumbai, where people live in boxes! Will tell you the story behind Villa Magnolia tomorrow. Stay tuned! 🤠 PS. More pictures coming up in stories.
What we loved the most about @magnoliaresorts is that the property has two lakes. The cherry on top! So, this one is called the Turquoise lake and the other one is called the Emerald lake. Though Turquoise lake was full we wish we had gone there during the rainy season. It would have been even more beautiful! 😇 More about this place in stories.
Hey people! Long time, no see! Been busy with work and life in general. We went away for a weekend to Coorg. The weather was beautiful;nice and chilly. There was some untimely rains, which we enjoyed. 😁 Flowers were in full bloom! ☺️ Coorg is in its full glory during this time of the year. Shot at @magnoliaresorts , Virajpet
The coffeetrail at @harleyestate organised by @gully.tours was a different experience from our usual weekend getaways, and positively so. Both of us are introverts and don't really enjoy travelling in groups. But since it was a small group, it felt like a getaway with friends and family. We easily bonded over a cup of coffee and conversations kept flowing over endless cups of coffee. ☕ From early morning plantation walks to midnight camp fire, the weekend at Harley was memorable. Those who love coffee should not miss this one of a kind experience. There are three more coffee trails happening this season. Look out for the below dates if you are interested : 16th & 17th Jan 13th & 14th Feb 6th & 7th March You can reach out to @gully.tours for more details. PS : All rooms at @goldenwood_ecoresort are well sanitized. One can make use of the contact-free check-in. #gullytours #gullytoursgetaways #harleyestate #coffeetrails #goldenwoodecoresort #classiccoffees Pic 3 & 4 courtesy : Chakravarthy G Kalyan
One noteworthy thing about @harleyestate is the abundance of waterbodies inside the estate. In the middle of the coffee plantation, there is a lake, a waterfall and three streams. Gully tours organise this coffee trail experience once in a month through the season. They have curated trails in Jan, Feb and March 2021. For more details you can check out their instagram handle @gully.tours
Wish you all a very Happy New Year 🎉 2020 was hard for everyone. We are grateful that we are alive and healthy. Nothing much happened on the travel front. 2020 started on a high note with an impromptu trip to Kenya. We had to cancel our much awaited trip to Japan due to Covid. But we aren't complaining. We got to explore some places in Kerala during the last three months of the year. We spent a lot of time together during the lockdown. Did a lot of cooking and gardening experiments. Wrote a column for a leading travel magazine for the entire year. Took some major decisions (which we will reveal soon 😁) A year of mixed emotions. And spending time with our families on this New Year after many years. ❤️ Hope all of you had a great start and will have a wonderful year ahead. 🤗 #happynewyear #2021 #newyear
@harleyestate is huge in area and the accommodation options are well inside the estate. The rocky roads that leads to the stay are treacherous for regular cars. Hence, our back and forth journeys were on these Mahindra Thars from the estate. The roads are so bumpy that your body's nuts and bolts will be loose by the time you reach your accommodation at @goldenwood_ecoresort inside the estate. Well, thats part of the fun in the coffee trail experience! This wonderful experience was organised by @gully.tours
We spent a weekend at Harley estate in Sakleshpur to be part of the coffee trail experience during their coffee harvest season. We walked through the sprawling 800 acres coffee plantation, plucked ripe coffee cherries, sorted them, watched how the beans are washed, dried and processed in their plant before becoming export quality specialty coffee powder. We got to taste a wide variety of coffees. More about this hyper caffeine experience in upcoming posts and stories! . @harleyestate @goldenwood_ecoresort @gully.tours
I had always been lazy about skincare during my teens and early twenties. It's only after I turned thirty, I started to pay attention to my skin. One thing I have been doing right is choosing organic products made in small batches. As a person with dry skin, this decision has been working well for me. Be it soaps, body butters or creams, this switch from products made and marketed in a large scale to products carefully made in small batches is doing wonders! I have used this body butter, hand and foot cream and lip balm from @bodytreenaturals before and I always trust Body Tree's products because I know a bit about the research that goes behind them. They are totally preservative free and 100% natural. Winter is already here and it's time to up your skin care regime! 😁 Linking the products on the stories. Go check out if you want to make a switch! 😊 #skincare #bodytree #bodytreenaturals #maketheswitch #organicskincare #naturalskincare
6 Years of fixing up each other. 👫 #weddinganniversary #marriageanniversary #marriageanniversary💑 #weddinganniversary❤️ #partnership
We wish you all a very merry christmas❤️ #merrychristmas #christmas2020
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Making Christmas Cottages with existing wall hanging 🤠🏡 #christmas #christmasmagic #christmasiscoming #christmascountdown #christmasideas #christmasvibes #christmassy #christmasdiy #christmasdiys #diy #diys #diychristmasdecor #diychristmas #diychristmasdecorations #diychristmaschallenge #christmascottage #christmascottages #christmashome #sustainableliving #sustainabledecor #sustainabledecoration #sustainabledecorating #sustainabledecorations #sustainablechristmas
Making of a Book Christmas Tree 🌲 Since 2017, I have been making a book christmas tree every year. 😄 It has sort of become a tradition now. Added the tree skirt from @daisylife.in this year and it took the tree to another level. 😍 #christmascountdown #christmasiscoming #christmasishere #christmasmood #christmasvibes #christmasy #christmasmagic #christmasdecor #christmasdecorideas #pinterestindia #homedecor #christmasdecoration #christmas2020 #simplehomewelove #brightspaceswelove #myhomevibe #christmashome #idealhomeandgarden #instachristmas #christmasjoy #christmastree #bookchristmastree #bookchristmas #booktree #booktreechallenge #christmastrees #xmastree #christmastime
How about a swim where the winds whisper to the woods! 😍 . Mention CluelessCompass in your enquiries with Wayanad Wild to avail our discounted rate. Phone/Whatsapp : 7511103388
Two magnificent creatures seen only on the western ghats. The Malabar gliding frog and the Malabar giant squirrel. We were lucky to spot and photograph these beauties during our nature trail sessions at Wayanad Wild ! . Mention CluelessCompass in your enquiries with Wayanad Wild to avail our discounted rate. Phone/Whatsapp : 7511103388 . #jungle #wild #wayanad #forest #treeline #shadows #forestresort #junglelodge #adventure #kerala #godsowncountry #trekking #green #goodlife #wildlife #natgeoyourshot #malabar #westernghats #wildlifephotography #animalkingdom #animalplanet #floraandfauna
കൂർക്കക്കറി, പൊരിച്ച മീൻ, ചേമ്പ് കൂട്ടാൻ, ചിക്കൻ ചുട്ടത്, വെണ്ടക്ക തോരൻ.. What more do you need after a busy day of hiking in the forest ? The restaurant at Wayanad Wild had our back each time. This combination was so good that the exact same order was repeated for the 2nd day also. Dear chef Velayudhan chettan, you rock! 😎👍 . Mention CluelessCompass in your enquiries with @wayanadwild_cghearth to avail the discounted rate. Phone/Whatsapp : 7511103388
'Wayanad Wild' experience works well on two fronts. If you are looking for a relaxing time at your cottage balcony enjoying pristine nature and good food, this jungle lodge works as an abode of green calmness. But if you are a busybee looking for adventures, they offer you activities like trekking to peaks, night walks, nature trails etc. You could say wayanad wild works as a sedative and stimulant at the same time! 😎 . Mention CluelessCompass in your enquiries with @wayanadwild_cghearth to avail their discounted rate. Phone/Whatsapp : 7511103388
The name 'Wayanad Wild' is quintessential for this forest resort in wayanad. Not exacly a resort, but more like a jungle lodge. This place is far away from the hustle bustle of cities. You have to park your vehicle at the start of the forest and climb up the hill on their jeep for about 30 minutes to reach the property. More about this wild experience in coming posts. 😎 . Mention CluelessCompass in your enquiries with 'Wayanad Wild' to avail the discounted rate. Phone/Whatsapp : 7511103388
Coimbatore a.k.a Kovai has a rich history in cotton textile industry. The famous kovai kora saree is a signature product of coimbatore cotton industry. The interiors of @welcomhotelcoimbatore is a tribute to this part of coimbatore's history. Their walls are apholstered with kovai cotton fabric. The paintings in room depict cotton harvest and weaving. They have kept colorful cotton yarns instead of flower vases for decor. The whole theme blends well with the hotel ambience. 😊
Our sundays at home are mostly 'food n netflix' Sundays. 😇 The sunday we spent at @welcomhotelcoimbatore also had its share of fine dining at this groovy restaurant of theirs. Watch our stories to get a feel of the mouth watering dishes served here. 😁 . They are now running an offer at Rs.5000 which includes 3 meals for two people and a stay in their double room. For a hotel rated as the best in the city by @tripadvisor, this is a great offer indeed. 😊
Remote working is the new norm for many of us now. One obvious plus here is that we get to balance work and travel a bit more seamlessly. Well, the downside is the occassional weekend work meetings that you get pulled into. 🤷🏻♂️ . We had a nice time enjoying the food and services of @welcomhotelcoimbatore all the while managing some work calls too. The view from the room is so calming that you forget you are right in the middle of a big city! . Has the working hours started creeping into your weekends too? How are you tackling it?
5,000 Rs for a 5 star luxury hotel double room with three meals included for two people! This is the amazing sweet deal on offer now by ITC WelcomHotel in Coimbatore! . The highlight of our stay at @welcomhotelcoimbatore was their restaurant. The food served in the hotel restaurant itself is enough to cover the costs, let alone the stay and services. Check out their insta to see more of their funky restaurant and their cuisines. 😎
Remember your journeys, not by the number of landmarks you ticked off but by those moments of your happiness and excitement ! In the end, what you hold dear are the smiles, not the miles. 😊
Sea view deck of Brunton Boatyard hotel. The deck faces vallarpadam container terminal which sees a lot of huge cargo ship activity all through day and all through night. All those mammoth machines coming from varies ports of the world, pass Brunton Boatyard on their way to the container terminal. Our favorite hangout place in the hotel was this corner. Watching the sunset through to the nightfall. 😍 . Mention our name 'CluelessCompass' in the enquiries with Brunton Boatyard Hotel to get the best discounts. Phone: 7511 103388. Email : email@example.com
Armoury Cafe is the main restaurant at Brunton Boatyard Hotel. The Seafood Thali and pepper chicken they serve there is a real winner. The windows of the restaurant open out to the Arabian sea. Dining with a view. Yumm! 😋 . Mention our name 'CluelessCompass' in your enquiries with @bruntonboatyard_cghearth to get the best discounts. Phone: 7511 103388. Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
The view from our Hotel in Fort Kochi. 'Brunton Boatyard' is famous, not just for its historic setting and tastefully crafted rooms, but also for the chance to see these gigantic ships and barges plying on the Arabian sea, up close from the hotel's viewing deck. More about Brunton Boatyard and Fort Kochi in our upcoming posts. 😊 . Mention our name 'CluelessCompass' in your enquiries with @bruntonboatyard_cghearth to avail the discounted price. Phone: 7511 103388. Email : email@example.com
Couldnt believe my eyes when I came across this majestic sighting of our national bird in the bustling town of Fort Kochi. It was slowly walking on the rooftop of Brunton Boatyard near Fort Kochi jankar jetty, unmindful of the road noises and jankar horns from below. Hearing a bird sound from behind, it paused for a second and looked back, giving me this click. The red, green and blue feathers of its body glowing in the morning sun, was blending beautifully with the red, green and blue hues in the frame. A surreal moment frozen in time. 😍
Staycations are perfect when your balconies look like these. 😇 Cottages @raindropsresorts are available at Rs 5600 onwards. They can be reached at +91 8301 956119 or firstname.lastname@example.org for enquiries.
One of the main highlight of @raindropsresorts was the food prepared by Chef Vipin. A very interesting guy, a wayanad localite and an avid biker. Sometime earlier he met with an accident and was bedridden in his village for a few months. During that time, his friends and family served him the unexplored local delicacies and he assimilated all those recipes into his knowledge. By the time he got back to cooking, he wanted to specialise in local cuisine and was wanted by resort chains looking to serve local cuisines of wayanad for their guests. But then arised a problem. Our chef really loves his beard! His profile itself is @the_bearded_chef__ It seems there is an unwritten rule in hospitality sector that chefs should not grow beards. But Vipin won't have any of it and rejected offers from some major resorts because they wanted his beard gone. Then offer came from Raindrops who were more interested in his cooking skills than his beard. He has been the chef here ever since! . Cottages here are available at Rs 5600 onwards. They can be reached at +91 8301 956119 or email@example.com for enquiries.