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    Play with Snow in Chennai: VGP Snow Kingdom

    The VGP Snow Kingdom, near VGP Golden Beach, is an excellent snow-based theme park in Chennai where you can walk, touch, and play with snow. Maybe ice. I guess since they maintain the 14,000 sq. feet of space at Minux Six Deg. C the snow doesn’t melt. The Snow Kingdom is right next to VGP Golden Beach & Resorts campus and in the same building as the Click Art Museum. We went there on a Monday afternoon and hence there was not much crowd. The ticket cost was Rs. 450 per adult when we went. Sometimes they run deals that offer a lower ticket price on their website – you can…

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    Thrill Valley Adventure Theme Park – Yelagiri Hills, Tamil Nadu

    Thrill Valley Adventure Theme Park @ Yelagiri Hills, Tamil Nadu, South India is a nice place to visit if you like adventure games/sports. However, my favorite activity at this park is the Petting Zoo 🙂 Yelagiri is a relatively small hill station (30 sq. KM) located at a low altitude of 1000m. So the place is not as cold as Ooty or Kodai. Luckily for people like me who are comfortable in warmer temperatures, this is the perfect hill station 🙂 It is also relatively close to Vellore and Chennai. We went to the usual park and boating at Yelagiri, but those were not that interesting. Then we spotted the…

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    An Epic Trip to our Ancestral Hometown (Ramayapatnam)

    Recently, around 43 people from four branches of our ‘Kollu’ family tree decided to visit our Ancestral village – Ramayapatnam, near Kavali/Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India. This is the village where our grandfather’s father lived. I have not been to Ramayapatnam before but I have heard many stories about this village from my grandmother. So I wanted to visit our ancestral place at least once and came up with the idea we could all visit our Ancestral place together. Elder family members were impressed with the idea and brought it to fruition : ) It’s one thing to visit a place, but it’s another thing to meet many distant relatives at…

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    ‘Petting’ Zoo @ Thrill Valley, Yelagiri Hills

    Petting Zoo was an interesting and different experience for us. When compared to normal zoos where you can just watch animals behind cages, in this place you can touch, feel, hold, caress and interact directly with animals! I loved the idea and enjoyed the experience, much 🙂 During our recent trip to Yelagiri Hills, near Chennai – Tamil Nadu, South India, we went to an adventure park called ‘Thrill Valley‘. I will write a separate post about the rides available there, but it was this petting zoo inside Thrill Valley that attracted me the most and naturally, we went there first. Of course we didn’t hope to jump over a leopard…

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    Our Vishakapatnam Trip

    If you didn’t already know, Vishakapatnam (or Vizag in short) is the third cleanest city in India as per Swachh Bharat rankings for 2017. Chennai is ranked at 235, fyi. We went to Vizag recently to attend the marriage of our cousin and I have put up a few pics from that trip in the above photo slideshow. In this post, I’ll recollect some highlights from our tour. Since the marriage was in a hotel near Vizag beach, we went to the Submarine Museum on the beach first. This was a functioning submarine which has been decommissioned, brought to the shore and converted into a museum so that people can…

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    Our Houseboat Trip @ Kerala

    Once we were done with our chilly tree house trip on the hills of Munnar, we traveled to Kumarakoam for our houseboat trip.  Although we saw a few videos on houseboats of Kerala prior to this trip, we were not sure what to expect. Personally, I loved this experience better than the tree house one because of the warmer temperature and the relaxed/lazy ambiance. All I had to do was sit down and relax. Of course, we also watched one movie 🙂 Actually, we went to this trip before about 10 months. If I remember it right, we were sailing on a river that flowed through Kumarakoam. From there we sailed to…

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    Our Mahabalipuram Trip – 2017

    Of course, I’ve been to Mahabalipuram many times before. I have even done individual posts about the major attractions there. But this is the first time I went there with my wife. For this two-day trip, we went on our bike. This was not such a smart decision as although we had fun while going, we found it difficult while coming back! We stayed in Bay Treasure Resort. They had a nice pool, which we liked – but being in water can make you tired (after you come back). I wish they had some sports facilities too, but this time we didn’t have much time anyway. The attractions in Mahabalipuram…

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    Sri Lakshmi Saibaba Temple @ Mogappair West, Chennai

    Today we went to Sri Lakshmi Sai Baba Temple @ Mogappair West/Nolambur, Chennai. The Temple being close to home, it’s surprising that I have not come here before. But only recently I came to know about this Temple which has a 72-feet tall statue of Sai Baba. There are two Shrines for Sai Baba inside and there are Shrines for other Gods like Maha Lakshmi, Lakshmi Ganapathy, Anchaneya, Maha Meru, Navagraha, etc. There is a hall for Anna Dhanam where they give Prasadam and there is a stall selling Sai Baba statues, pens, rings, thread, posters, etc.   Here is a Sai Baba Fridge Magnet we bought. I have kept…

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    Dr. J. Jayalalitha’s Samadhi behind MGR Memorial @ Marina Beach

    On Friday, Dec. 09, 2016, we went to pay homage to Dr. J. Jayalalitha’s Samadhi/Memorial installed just behind MGR Samadhi/Memorial (towards the beach) at the Marina beach. They have currently erected a temporary shed over Jayalalithaa’s samadhi, but I think that will be replaced by some concrete structure later on. Here are some pictures from there. Here are some pics from the neighboring MGR Samadhi/Memorial. Here you can find a couple of pictures of the grand dual-leaf shaped arch and the bronze pegasus at the entrance facing the Rajaji Salai main road along the beach. Vehicle parking is available at the adjacent premises, to the left of this arch. Destination Infinity

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    Challenge: Selfie @ Taj Mahal and Back in 24 Hours

    This week, we took an adventure-challenge: To go to Agra – Taj Mahal, take a Selfie, and come back to Chennai. All within 24 hours. How? Catch a Flight to Delhi, Take a Train to Agra, Visit the Taj Mahal, Take a Train back to Delhi & Catch a Flight back to Chennai. Our flight took off from Chennai to Delhi at 4 A.M. on Monday morning and we landed in Chennai at 6 A.M. on Tuesday morning. If you don’t consider our waiting time at the Chennai airport on the first day, we almost achieved our goal! 🙂 Here are some pics we took at the World Wonder –…