Gokarna: Meditation at Om

In between Goa and Udupi (the “city” that Manipal is a part of), lies Gokarna. Though we could have spent weeks exploring the different beaches in Goa, we decided to check out somewhere new on our way home…and chose to stop in Gokarna. We arrived via train on Monday afternoon and not knowing very much about the … Continue reading

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

Malpe Fishing Industry: Fishing for Export

This past Saturday we took a trip to the Malpe fishing docks to catch a glimpse at the fishing industry. The air was thick with the smell of the new catch and the dock was wet and black with cuttlefish ink…but it was interesting to look at the hectic scene and know that it is … 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

Bangalore: Culture Hidden Among Modernization

We departed Friday night from Udupi on an overnight train that took us straight to Bangalore – it was my first experience on a sleeper train (class: 3 AC) and it was rather comfortable (though the top bunk stinks!). We had blankets and pillows provided and before I knew it we were waking up and … Continue reading

Ganesh Chaturthi and Kapu Beach: Midweek Exploration

Last Wednesday was Ganesh’s Birthday, aka there were Sri Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations everywhere! We were given Wednesday off – though some people celebrated the birthday for the entire week. There were parades all through the streets with terracotta and clay statues dotting Manipal. These statues were on display for a few days while people went … Continue reading