The roads less travelled

about my journeys

10 Best Travel Stories of the Year


For the last one year at RRR, I have been traveling and posting stories without respite. Here’s a selection of the best 10 travel stories of the year. I hope it would inspire you to join me when I pack my bag for the next journey. 1) Closely Watched Trains: I love train journeys. Who doesn’t, alle? So here in this story I put the craving under microscope to study it in detail. Did you too once check out in … Continue reading

A Mountain for a Gift

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Maybe I am crazy. But for a very long time I have been cherishing a dream to celebrate this day all alone in one of the most dramatic places I’ve ever been, I noted in my diary. “But you are all alone. You need a guide,” said Deepthi, my Coorg hostess. The 7km trek to Thadiyantemole, the tallest peak in Coorg (5700 feet above sea level)  began from King’s Cottage, a beautiful estate home in Kakkabe (Coorg), in early morning. … Continue reading

My Close Encounters with Death


We had no other job that evening. So we both waited patiently for the other to make the first move. I clung myself tightly to the highest rung of that spiked iron pole at the top of Peeru hills. That was the maximum I could help as the pole abruptly tapered out into a blue sky just above my head. When I looked down I saw the wild buffalo eagerly waiting for me at the bottom. Twenty-six minutes it waited … Continue reading

Where Antlions turn into Damselflies – Part 1

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The writer waxes on his experience of staying in a traditional farm house,  Sree Chithrakoodam at Chittur, 10 kilometers away from Palakkad town. He gets more than he asked and is pretty happy with that. When was the last time I spent a night here? I sit on a wooden chair in a mud house right in the midst of a sprawling rice field. All around me the muffled green stalks doze lethargically beneath a white blanket which the moon … Continue reading