Rain Forest

16 03 2008

I’m not talking about the rainforests in the Amazon or the Indonesia… But the restaurant at Adyar, Chennai… Located near the traffic signal, it’s opposite to the road leading to Tiruvanmiyur…
The surprises start right from the time you enter the restaurant premises… it doe not have the entrance like all the other restaurants… It has this sliding door built into the wall like a wall (Its like one of these secret doors in all these old movies where the wall slides off and you see steps leading to the basement) … you wouldn’t notice it until you see the watchman in front of it…
Once the door slides off… you enter into a dark cave like place at the basement…
taada… that’s the restaurant… the lighting is perfect….the restaurant has I guess five booths with tables ( this give the people eating a sense of privacy) … the whole restaurant is like a cave in the middle of a forest… On one end of the restaurant there is a water fall and a small pond like thing below it…. With bamboo tree on the sides… the sound of rain and thunder is played in the background, so it’s like you are in the rain forest… perfect setting…
Now to the food… it’s simply delicious… the quality of food they serve is worth more than what you end up paying… The service is also excellent…
So if you are in Chennai… Don’t miss this place… Excellent place to dine out…





Trip to Manipal

12 03 2008

My maiden trip to manipal.

It was never supposed to be a pleasure trip but it got to be one. I had gone to this wonderful place for my TAPMI interview (unfortunately didnt get through). For those who are unfamiliar with this place,Manipal lies in the lap of one of the mostbeautiful place in this world- “Western Ghats”. Its situated 65 kms north of Mangalore,the port town of Karnataka. Its situated just 3-5 kms from the District town of Udupi.

The “must visit” places in and around manipal are Endpoint,Malpe Beach and St.Mary’s Island and if your the religious kind theres the famous udipi temple for u.

Endpoint is at one end of manipal overlooking a stream. A beautiful river runs below the hilly area and the scenic views from the top are rally awesome.A park is also there.

Malpe beach is around 5-7kms from udipi.. u can take an auto or a bus to reach there…The endless stretch of golden sand, graciously swaying palm trees, the clear blue sky and the gurgle of the sea all set the perfect mood for an unforgettable day here. Malpe beach offers breathtaking views of the sea and the islands not far from it.

St.Mary’s Island is another delightful get away spot right across Malpe. The place is only a boat ride away. The only thing that irritated me was the waiting time. The ferry leaves only wen it has atleast 15-20 people. So had to wait for 1 hour(since it was monday.. not much of a crowd).. But it was worth the wait..It has a coconut garden, which makes it the shadiest isle of the group and gives it a true south sea color. It has these basalt rocks, which have crystallized into columns and split into hexagonal mosaic.

So next time you drop in at manipal or udipi dont forget to vist these places.
Pics below are of endpoint,malpe beach and st mary’s island