Backpacker’s Guide: The Coastal Towns of South India

By Anurag Gawande

India is a country that offers varied languages, traditions, and a diverse topography that changes with each mile you cover. India can be divided into zones – North, South and Central – all three abounding in spellbinding sights and nature’s magnificence. While in the North you can breathe in the crisp mountain air, the Central part is extremely picturesque, draped in rare and beautiful flora and fauna. South India, on the other hand, is a green paradise surrounded by the ocean. The lifestyle of the locals here is mainly inspired by the sea – right from the delicious cuisine to the festivals. Below are the coastal towns that you can backpack through for a pure and rustic experience of South India.

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Interesting Cafes Around the World

By Neha Poojari

A cafe is the first hangout place that comes to mind for a reunion with your old school friends or maybe a first date with that cute crush from your office. For travel junkies, a good scale to measure the trendiness of a town is to visit local cafes. No wonder over the years there has been a huge surge in cafes opening doors to visitors with quirky themes. For any business, it’s quite a task to grab the attention of hipsters who are constantly on the lookout for hangout spots that are perfect to up their social game.

Here’s presenting you ten of the quirkiest cafes around the world.

Warning: Serious wanderlust and coffee cravings ahead!

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Konkan – A Monsoon Wanderlust

By Manalee Naik

Believed to be a creation of Lord Parashurama, the region of Konkan is an alluring stretch of land that extends from Maharastra’s Palghar district and further runs parallel to the Arabian Sea to meet Dakshina Kannada in Karnataka. A charming getaway for those seeking scenic rendezvous, cultural nuances, and gastronomical wonders, Konkan is an unparalleled treasure awaiting your arrival with hidden gems in tow.

While Konkan is a traveler’s treat throughout the year, its visual appeal is best captured during the monsoon. It is replete with many immensely popular destinations that range from Malvan’s Tarkarli Beach to the formidable Sindhudurg Fort and the unmissable Dudhsagar Falls. However, its not- so-popular attractions are what make this picturesque region a paradise for the traveler who wishes to tread the unbeaten path.

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Dark Tourism Destinations Around The World

By Advaita Raut

Of the many spellbinding sights that the world has to offer, some preserve a more haunting quality than others – whether it is by virtue of their tragic, indelible history, or owing to the way they are shaped by the forces of nature – one cannot deny the almost-visceral pull of such places. Harsh reminders of the scars of time, these places can be spotted the world over; from ash-cloaked lands that conceal years of heritage under Mount Vesuvius, to lifeless figures that haunt a derelict amusement park in South Korea. A few others stand as stoic memorials of a time gone by, inviting curious visitors to understand and lament its bygone past.

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Top 5 Lesser Known UNESCO Heritage Sites in India

By Siane Sreedharan

Etched by mountains, seas and rivers, India has been around since the dawn of civilization, making it among the most ancient societies on earth. This massive nation that emerges from the Himalayas in the north and descends into the Indian Ocean towards the south, has many wonders of old and boasts of some of the highest numbers of UNESCO World Heritage sites on the globe. Whether you are an archaeological buff, a history lover or a wildlife enthusiast, there’s something for you as the country has over 35 heritage sites to explore. Let’s look at some of the most fascinating UNESCO World Heritage sites that may not be world-famous as its counterparts, but are equally enthralling and endearing.

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