South coast, beach by beach: Mirissa -whales, turtles and paradise beaches

Mirissa, located almost at the tip of Sri Lanka, is a prime world location for spotting blue whales. Apart from that, Mirissa has a few really pretty beaches, some of … Continue reading South coast, beach by beach: Mirissa -whales, turtles and paradise beaches

Balapitiya and Ambalangoda – south coast beaches off the beaten track

Unlike other towns along south-east coast of Sri Lanka, such as Bentota or Hikadduwa, Ambalangoda and the neighbouring Balapitiya aren’t very touristic places. There are just a couple of smaller … Continue reading Balapitiya and Ambalangoda – south coast beaches off the beaten track

Sri Lanka – Introduction and Travel Advice

Sri Lanka is a beautiful, subtropical island located close to the south-east coast of India. Although off the main Asian backpacker trail, it fully deserves a detour. Despite a relatively … Continue reading Sri Lanka – Introduction and Travel Advice

Durga Puja – grand celebrations of the ten- armed goddess in Kolkata

Durga Puja is the biggest festival in West Bengal, celebrated over ten days in Sept/Oct, simultaneously with the pan-Indian Navaratri festival. Durga is a Hindu goddess representing shakti (feminine power). … Continue reading Durga Puja – grand celebrations of the ten- armed goddess in Kolkata

The crumbling beauty: Kolkata’s palaces and temples

The most interesting part of Kolkata spreads north of the Esplanade. There aren’t many particular ‘sights’ to visit, you just have to take it all in, strolling through the narrow … Continue reading The crumbling beauty: Kolkata’s palaces and temples