Goa: Chillin’ in a Fridge

This past Diwali weekend we had Monday off, so we figured the best thing to do would be go on an Adventure! We managed to take a mini-vacation before our finals really kicked into gear! Goa pulls 12% of the tourists to India, especially international tourists. Goa may seem like a city, but it is … Continue reading

Koppa: Tea Time at Upasi

The morning after Halloween (which was a Wednesday this year) was a holiday so we headed over to Koppa to visit the Upasi Tea and Research Foundation! We drove in the bus down the familiar highway, past the Agumbe Rainforest…it was about a two and a half to three hour drive (but I slept the … Continue reading

St. Mary’s Islands: A Geological Wonder

Last Sunday I took a trip with some friends to the Saint Mary’s Islands (known as Coconut Island and Thonsepar) off the coast of Malpe Beach. We caught a boat leaving from the beach for Rs. 150 round-trip and ambled around the island for an hour, before heading back. According to folk legend, it was here … Continue reading

Varkala: Paradise by the Arabian Sea

After spending a great day in Fort Kochi we were on our way down the coast of Kerala to Varkala. We were staying at Akhil Beach Resort…and it was gorgeous and even had a pool!! There were so many tourists in Varkala I was able to wear a bikini bathing suit for my first time in India! … Continue reading

Fort Kochi (Cochin): A Town Thriving on Tourism

Eight hours after our departure from Ooty, after a train and a bus ride, we found ourselves in Fort Kochi (the Indian name change was effective in 1996). We arrived at sunset and were able to catch a quick glimpse of the town. We stayed at Fort House Hotel, which looked like a beautiful beautiful … Continue reading

Karkala and Moodabidri: Jainism Explored

The trip for our Contemporary Indian Society class, to Karkala and Moodabidri were stunning. It was exactly what I had wanted to see when I was going to India. Here is some context and pictures for the sites! We first visited Karkala, a town just 30km from Udupi (where Manipal is located). There we first … Continue reading