Had a vacation this time which was well planned out much ahead in time.. which hasn't been the case with my usual vacations till now.. but do what I may, my plans had to be changed, thanks to the Rain Gods.. did get a couple of sunny days in between which was made use of 200%
Went over to Thriparapu on our way back from Nagercoil. I had been to this place 14 years back, on a trip from School. Could see that a lot has changed since then.. they've done some landscaping efforts to give it that well maintained picnic spot status, but seem to have spoiled the magic of the place.. was much disappointed with it, though not with the drive to the place. We took the NH47 which is unbelievably gorgeous around Thakkalai. Do find some of the snaps in the ppt stream below. More of them at: http://picasaweb.google.com/3ggerhappy/Thriparapu
Got a chance to visit the Kovalam beach after a good 6 years now, though my home's just 10km away from the place. It was a fulfilling trip. caught up with it during a small break b/w the rains... the beach was gorgeous as always nonetheless.. Did get to check out the old ITDC Ashoka Hotel which has been taken over by the Leela group now. They've done an absolutely great job with it. The only disappointment was the sorry state of the Halcyon Palace, thanks to it's new status of 'disputed property'. That's as many snaps as authorstream let me upload. More of them can be found at http://picasaweb.google.com/3ggerhappy/TheMonsoonBeach
Had been to the Vettucaud Church and Veli as well.. thanks to the new departure timings of the train and lucky for the fact that we did not know that beforehand.. got a good couple of extra hours which made us forget for sometime, the fact that we were to travel the same day!
More at: http://picasaweb.google.com/3ggerhappy/AnotherLuckyTripToABeach