Collected by Soni Ramesar
Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu 623526, India
On a roadtrip back from visiting the Rameshwaram temple, my friend and I noticed the gorgeous powdered color patterns, rangoli, created daily in front of each house. As part of their daily ritual, villagers awake early, clean the house, sweep out...
Pollachi, Tamil Nadu 642101, India
This temple may look abandoned... but it is very much in use! Tribal members are the only people allowed to live in India's protected forests. However, due to environmental laws, they are not allowed to cut down a single tree. Because importing...
No.126,Santhome Road, Pattinapakkam, Mandavelipakkam, Raja Annamalai Puram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600028, India
Don't waste your time searching for utensils or a menu and instead follow my lead: Order a couple of idli, a vada or dosa and a cup of tea. Moments later you'll be presented with your order plus a rainbow of chutneys and sambar on a banana leaf...
120, St Marys Rd, Austin Nagar, Alwarpet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600018, India
Though this hotel resides at the heart of a city of eight million, the sounds of bleating, auto-rickshaw and sounds of the city fade away 14 floors above at the Above Sea Level rooftop-restaurant and bar. Snag a table near the pool - turned...
Kanadukathan, Tamil Nadu, India
The Chettinad region in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu is a fascinating area. The Chettinars were wealthy merchants who settled in the area over a century ago and built fanciful mansions with luxurious materials imported from all over the world....
Vishnupuram Agraharam, Tamil Nadu 609501, India
I wanted to experience village life on a trip to the metropolitan city of Chennai in India. On one such visit, I took a couple days and hired a car and driver and set off to visit a string of villages outside of Chennai. One such village is called...
Devaneri, ECR Road, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu 603104, India
While the beaches in Chennai are dirty, a 45 minute drive down the East Coast Road will lead you to the Ideal Beach Resort. You will pass several other private hotels and beach 'resorts' along the way, but this beach is a clean and popular one for...
Thirumalai Nagar Annexe, Perungudi, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600096, India
Fresh in that it's just out the ocean, not fresh given the fact that its sitting in the sun as witnessed by the umbrella. While I'm all for eating local products, this just seems like a recipe for 'dehli belly'
Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu, India
India is definitely very crowded in most places, so it's strange to be in a sizable city and feel like you're in a small town. When I was staying with a host family in Cuddalore, India I felt as though this city could be a rural town even though...
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Leaving a small communist village just outside Madras in southern India. We'd stayed there for a couple of days getting to know the people, experience village life and having plenty of opportunities to play with the kids. We played baseball, ate...