Trivandrum, Kerala : Eat, Pray and Beach Bum

Sun-spangled golden sands lapped by placid, cerulean sea cast a cheerful spell. Fishermen started chanting rhythmic Sanskrit slokas loudly that wafted across the water while they dragged a time-worn boat onto the shore. And as they started to unload their catch and clean their nets, cattle egrets started hovering above them trying to steal some fresh fish. Thiruvananthapuram is framed …

Alappuzha : Between the River and Sea

“This is not just an ordinary river; it’s a seemingly endless river!” I muttered as our houseboat sailed along the scenic backwaters of Alappuzha – a bucolic district in Kerala, India also known for its colonial name ‘Allepey”. Cruising down the backwaters of Alapuzzha,Kerala brings you close to traditional Indian village life.  Hemmed in by immense rice fields and a …

NO Visa on Arrival in India for Filipinos only Electronic Tourist Visa – Updated 2015

*No more Tourist Visa on Arrival in India, it has been replaced with Electronic Tourist Visa so you need to apply online for visa before going to India.  Philippine Passport Holders (Filipinos) are eligible for Electronic Tourist Visa (eTV) for India  for the following 16 airports: Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram),  Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Tiruchirapalli …