Manly to Mona Vale (via Long Reef)

A long and beautiful walk along the coast is the walk between Manly and Mona Vale. The walk surely provides beautiful beaches and spectacular views on the way. It also goes through some headlands. The walk passes through the below amazing beaches: Manly Beach Freshwater Beach Curl Curl Beach Dee Why Beach Collaroy Beach Logistics: Distance: 23 kilometres Time: 6 …

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The Rocks Markets

One of the cool things to do in Sydney is visit the weekend markets at the Rocks. It is a place to see talented artists and vendors sell their stuff. This is a place where all the experienced artists are brought together. Website: The Rocks Markets Location: The Rocks Days: Saturday and Sunday Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM Address: George …

Chai Lai Orchid – an elephant camp

Chai Lai Orchid resort is a place where elephants, cats, dogs and chickens roam around freely. They live in harmony and together. I am glad to have found this place. Chai Lai Orchid is about 1 hour drive from Chiang Mai city and it is an elephant camp. They have about 20 elephants with small baby elephants as well. The camp …

Point Loop Walk

The second walk that I did in the Muogamara Nature Reserve was the Point Loop Walk. This is a short and a quick walk to view the wild flowers such as boronias and pink wax flowers. The walk also provides great views of Bar Island and Peats Crater. Logistics Starting and ending point: Visitor centre Type of walk: Return Distance: …

MacMohans Goldfield Circuit or Upper Yarra Goldfields

One of the initial walks I did when in Melbourne was the MacMohans Goldfield Circuit walk. It was hard for me as I was not hiking too much back in those days. Nevertheless, it was a beautiful walk with a group of people I had met during a meetup. Logistics: Starting point: Little peninsula tunnel carpark Ending point: Little peninsula …

Food heaven – Noosa Heads

All I did in Noosa Heads was to eat and drink. The restaurants and bars along the beach was amazing. And the food was even more amazing. I was there with my friend about 3 years ago (yes, this post is a long time pending post) and I really enjoyed the various food we tried at Noosa Heads. So, here …

4 Islands in Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour is home to many beautiful secret places. And few such secret places are the islands in the harbour. They are great spots to have picnics, snorkel and spend a day enjoying the spectacular views. These islands have cultural and historical significance in shaping this city. Cockatoo Island History Cockatoo island is the biggest island of all the islands …

Barrenjoey lighthouse

Built in the late 1800s, Barrenjoey lighthouse is a great sandstone lighthouse with spectacular views in the background. The lighthouse sits in the Barrenjoey head at Palm Beach and is one of the most iconic landmarks in Sydney’s northern beaches. It does provide a great spot for whale watching during the months of May and October. Logistics: Starting and ending …

Best Thai massage centre

Who doesn’t love body massages? Who doesn’t love pampering? I am sure everyone loves them. I love them too. While I was in Chiang Mai for my birthday, I got body massages done almost everyday. I tried places that had the best ambience as well. But one place which was very nice and cheap was the Gold Hand Thai Massage. …

Waterfall track

A relaxed easy walk in the Kosciuszko national park is the Waterfall track. It explores the upper section of the Swapit creek. It is great for bush walking and sometimes bird watching. If you do not want to do the summit walk, then this walk is ideal. Logistics: Starting and ending point: Sawpit Creek picnic area Type of walk: return …

Oi Suen Guesthouse, Kowloon

You would understand the meaning of a pigeon hole if you stayed at this guesthouse. It is a very small place but it has everything – two beds and a bathroom. My friend Akshata and I were in awe to see how this tiny room was built. It was just crazy! The good thing about this stay is that it …

Great North Walk – Sydney

The Great North Walk comprises of multiple day hikes between Sydney and Newcastle. It is a total walk of 250 kilometers. I have been trying to do the small part of this walk – a walk of 75 (approx.) kilometers along the Lane Cove River Valley and Berowra River Valley. The best way to do these walks are to divide them …

King Khan

9 August 2019 Melbourne ‘Did I actually see him in person?’ ‘Or was I dreaming?’ ‘Really?’ I have all these questions today as I recollect last night’s event. It all seems so unreal and dreamy. Okay, let me give you a context. Last night was the awards night at Palais Theatre in St Kilda, Melbourne. This awards night was hosted …

Coconut Creek Kerala Homestays

One of the most beautiful places I have ever stayed in India is the Coconut Creek Farm in Kumarakom. It is an authentic Kerala style home stay and it perfectly placed with respect to the spectacular backgrounds. It is just along the backwaters. And is truly an amazing property to stay at. I just loved this place and I would …

Vietnam – 7 days itinerary

My friend Akshata and I traveled to Vietnam many years ago. This was the time when Vietnam was still not so famous touristy destination, at least in India. We had a surprised and shocked reactions from people when we said we were heading to Vietnam for our annual Christmas trip. But Vietnam was beautiful then, Vietnam is beautiful now. Many …

What’s on Sydney?

In Sydney, we are blessed with so many festivals/events that happen annually. I have been going to most of them every year from the time I have moved to Sydney. So, I thought why not make list of all the fests/events that I attend. May Sydney Vivid – A festival of lights and music is Sydney vivid. It is a …

Where to shop in Sydney?

The most popular and the sasta (cheap) place to find souvenirs, clothes, bags and other random things in Sydney is the Paddy’s Market in Haymarket. It is a great place to find many stuff for very cheap price. The place is open from 10 AM till 6 PM everyday. Address: 9-13, Hay Street, Haymarket, Sydney 2000. Closest train station: Central. …

What to eat in Brunei?

Brunei is not so popular among the tourists. I was skeptical about food. I was not sure what kind of food it offered. But.. I was very surprised to find so many Indian restaurants and I was even more surprised to find out that locals love Indian food, especially Dosa. I tried two Indian restaurants and both times the food …

Grand Canyon via Evans lookout

“The” most spectacular and popular walk in the Blue Mountains is the Grand Canyon walk. The walk offers dramatic canyons, cliffs and waterfalls. Logistics: Starting & finishing point: Blackheath train station Total distance: 15 kilometres Grade: Moderate Public transport: There are frequent trains between Sydney central and Blackheath  

Southern Highlands of NSW

In the beginning of 2019, my friends and I did a one day road trip with Ruhi. The Southern Highlands (locally referred as Highlands) is a district in New South Wales (NSW). The district is about 110 kilometres from Sydney. Lake Alexandra in Mittagong Lake Alexandra Reserve is a man made lake. The lake is surrounded by a park that …