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Sri Lanka – the Pearl of the Indian Ocean

New Year. New Resolutions. New Travel Plans.

Every year, my family and I go to Goa first week of January. This year we decided we wanted to take a break from Goa, and explore a new place, or a new Country even. Beach bums that we are, it was a prerequisite that the place have beaches in plenty! Sri Lanka wasn’t even on my mental list of places to be covered, but thanks to the sudden hike in flight prices for Bali, we settled for Sri Lanka. I’m thankful for that because, otherwise, I never would’ve visited this beautiful jewel-shaped country!

I scribbled multiple itineraries, scourged the internet for suggestions, booked the flights and then, just like that, our first trip for 2018 was planned!

To cover all of Sri Lanka, you would need at least a fortnight, and I had just half of that, so I settled for the West and South of Sri Lanka, which was a good choice for the season too, but I ended up picking the sea and the ocean over the places of historical interests!

In this post, I will show you through the first 3 days of my trip in which we covered Negombo, Colombo and Bentota.

We landed in Colombo on the 1st of January, and headed straight to our stay for the night, in Negombo. Funny thing is that Negombo is closer to the Colombo airport than Colombo city itself. Whaaaaaa? Yeah, that’s right.

I booked an Airbnb property, Oreeka – which, being just 9 kms from the airport, was perfect for a one night stay. We reached there to find a cute little place nestled between a swarm of coconut trees, overlooking a pool and a beautiful garden. It was only until next morning that we got to see how beautiful the place was!

It had a boat in the garden, a boat, yes! And multiple vintage cars, and a great pool, and a big garden and a DJ console and dancing area. It was just perfect!

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Skirt – Street shopping

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Outfit details: Crop top – H&M, headband, shoes and leggings – Zara

We spent the morning lazing around the place, finding out about Negombo and Colombo, chomping down some bacon and sausages. So, the places you should expect to see in Negombo are:

  • The Dutch Canal
  • Negombo Beach (you can find much better and prettier beaches in this country though)
  • Angurukaramulla temple
  • Mary’s church

Having said that, you can totally skip Negombo and head to Colombo directly. You won’t be missing out on much.

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On the 2nd, began our actual trip. We moved to a more luxurious resort – Amagi Aria.It is built right by a lagoon which has tastefully done up rooms with bright paintings. My room opened directly to the pool, and the lagoon. It was a mesmerizing view, to say, in the least. The buffet breakfast was exceptionally good, the lunch options not too much. The staff is very helpful, almost going out of the way to help their guests. We dived into the pool the minute we checked into our rooms, to enjoy the sinking sun by the lagoon. We went on with our touristic pursuits in the latter half of the day.

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Dress – Zara, hat – Shein
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The private dock of the Resort we stayed in

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We visited the following places and you should totally check them off your list too, if you’re in Colombo!

  • Gangaramaya Temple – This one is not only one of the most beautiful but also one of the most iconic Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka. It is more than a century since this temple was constructed. The ceilings and walls contain pictures and miniature paintings that explain stories from Buddhism religion. In the main sanctorum, a huge Buddha statue exudes a brilliant sense of calmness in the devotees. Built in a mix of various architectural styles including India, Burmese, Thai and Chinese, this temple also houses a museum.
  • Beira Lake – Close to the Gangaramaya Temple, in the heart of Colombo, is a huge lake – Beira Lake. In the middle of the lake is a small island containing the Simamalaka Shrine, which makes for a beautiful place to just sit, relax and meditate.
  • Galle Face Green – This one is right by the Galle beach, a huge stretch of road for all the nature lovers. Go there for a nice walk post dinner, enjoy the winds from the Indian Ocean and lip-smacking treats from the vendors on the road! This road has all the five star properties and makes for a great sight!
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    Enjoying a light moment with the daddy 🙂
  • Old Dutch Hospital – No, it isn’t a hospital. It houses some of the best sri lankan restaurant, cafes and shops! Go there for a good meal sometime
  • Odel – Odel is the shopping hub of Sri Lanka. Expect some expensive shopping. Do not buy your souvenirs from here. The courtyard right outside Odel is something I loved. Absolute Thalassa feels (for all Goa lovers) amazing food, great ambience and lovely live music!

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  • Pettah Market – This is the street market of Colombo. Do not expect Sarojini and lajpat prices, but you can find yourself some good souvenirs, batik print clothes and also the famous Sri Lankan masks. You can bargain and get yourself a good price here.
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    Haggling with shopkeepers to get me some good discounts!
  • Nelum Pokuna Art street – One of my favorites from the city, this street bang opposite the Viharamadevi Park is full of artists displaying their art on the roadside. Such talent that I was awestruck! Must visit!

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Such a bright tuk tuk! you’ll find millions of these in the country

We also went to the Pettah Floating Market – not at all worth it. Just skip it.

These were just the places that I could manage to squeeze in to my itinerary. You could also visit the National Museum, Mt. Lavinia and Buba Beach, Viharamadevi Park. The Old city Hall and Independence Arcade area are other places tourists visit when in Colombo.

The next day, we traveled to Bentota for a day trip– which is on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, all of 110 kms from our resort, and just 85 kms from Colombo. The beach in Bentota is a fold of pristine gold sands along the mighty Indian Ocean. We spent the entire day till sunset at the bentota beach, monkeying around, making time lapses and sipping on to beer! From the beach, we headed straight to one of the turtle conservation projects. You can find many in this part of the country. They have varieties of turtles and you can even release a turtle into the water. Good for a one-time experience!

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Shorts- Forever 21, Top – H&M, Slip ons – Westside, Hat – Shein

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Slit Skirt worn as tube dress – Global Desi
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At the Turtle Conservation Project in Bentota

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This pretty much summed up my first three days in Sri Lanka!

So here’s a list of some of the things I loved about Sri Lanka:

  • The people – so warm, makes you feel as if you’re in India 😊
  • Egg hoppers!!! Egg hoppers are the Sri Lankan version of egg in the hole, where an egg is cracked open into a paper-thin bowl shaped Dosa and cooked. It’s delicious. Must try!
  • Coconut water – everywhere!
  • Beaches – so pristine – amazing for surfing and scuba diving!
  • Tuk tuks – Sri Lankan version of Indian Autos, except they’re much more vibrant- in bright blues and greens and reds!
  • MANGOES – All year round! Can you beat that?

Things I did not like about the country:

  • Travel is expensive, by road – A six seater or an eight-seater van cost us 6500 LKR for 60 kms
  • The rupee has no value at all – I didn’t understand the pricing there at all. It was absurd. A packet of lays costed 300 LKR, a Dairy milk silk priced at 1050 LKR, and even tampons were priced at an exorbitant 1500 LKR! Very weird
  • Shopping – Sri Lanka wouldn’t exactly be a shopaholic’s paradise. The country is great for its varieties of Tea, and the masks, but other than that you won’t really find anything else!

If any of you plan to visit the country anytime soon, let me know, and I can include the list of must-visit places, eateries and whatever else you guys need to know in the very next blog post!

Hope you guys enjoyed reading 😊

Till the next time then!

-TwofoldChic

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Backpacking trip – Kerala – God’s Own Country – Varkala – Day 3

Varkala, our last leg of the Kerala trip, was the most beautiful of all the places in Kerala! Like they say, save the best for the last, that is what we did.

We checked in to the Lost Hostel of Varkala, just a short walk away from the Varkala Beach. The hostel boasts of being an eco-friendly one, with no ACs or geysers or anything that might lead to harmful emissions in the environment. A good initiative, but you know how beach areas get really humid and sticky most months of the year? Yeah, so that was slightly painful.

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What my dorm wall at The Lost Hostels read! 🙂

Anyhow, not being able to take a dip at the Alleppey beach, we were almost restless by now. We walked down to the beach, which is backed by the beautiful Varkala Cliff, brimming with all sorts of restaurants, shops, stalls and massage parlors. It was such a treat to the eyes, and gave me serious Arambol beach vibes!

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Beach view from the cliff – Abhishek
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Beautiful street art found somewhere on the Varkala Cliff – Dhanashri
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Shops with handicrafts

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Clicked by Dhanashri
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PC – Picture Pausto

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Atop the red sandstone cliff are perched plenty of yoga and Ayurvedic centers, and believe me you, this place knows how to chill and will have you unwinding in no time at all. The laidback people, cleaning their shops, skinning their fish, listening to music; the travelers just chilling at the cliff with beers in their hands and bandanas on their heads. We started our expedition with an amazing lunch at Coffee Temple (Read crazy chocolate shakes, drool-worthy pizzas and delectable prawns and rice!)

Once we were done with our lunch, we leisurely walked down to the beach alternating between gasping at the amazing views and shopping here and there. You can find yourself some really cool stuff at these shops btw – apart from the very obvious beachwear and hippy clothes, you can find yourself some Tibetan handicrafts and singing bowls, vibrations of which are known to have brilliant therapeutic effects!

Down at the beach, the long swathe of golden sand with silky blue sea water just swept us away. We walked along the beach to explore more, and as luck would have it, found ourselves at the Black Sand Beach. I have never seen a beach more exquisite! The sand is not grainy, but is soft, and the water, too, wasn’t as salty as you’d find on other beaches. And, most importantly, you couldn’t have found a better spot to watch the golden sun sink into the sea!

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I love how the setting sun has been captured in this picture!

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In my Banjara element
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Captured by – Gaurav

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The beach is great for surfers, as apparently Varkala has one of the curliest waves in all of India, so you’d see an array of people surfing on the waves. There are multiple surf schools too, so if you have 3-4 days’ time, you could learn a tactic here and there! The sea gets a little rocky sometimes, so better be careful during the evenings. But come morning, the sea is amazing for a good swim! I could happily spend weeks sunning myself on the beach, or maybe take one of the millions of different types of yoga classes. This time I focused on just the tanning part, next time it will be toning too, I hope! 😀

We glided along the beach for several hours, went back to our hostel only to freshen up, and we were back at the beach to grab some dinner.

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When the sun was found playng Hide and Seek

Clicked by Jeevan

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Times when everything in the world is a blur, except for me 😀 Thankyou Picture Pausto

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We dined at Darjeeling Café, which had live music and dance, and some lovely Indian food! Post dinner and some hearty laughs shared at the dinner table with some light games, we strolled some more on the cliff and the adjoining helipad area.

Knowing that it was the last night with all these beautiful people that we had met on the trip, none of us wanted to sleep a wink. We all chatted through the night, cooking Pasta and sharing stories.

The next morning, we again headed to the beach, where I swam for not less than 2 hours, some went for the famous Kerala massages, and others left for Photography voyages. The beach was sparkling with bikini clad women and eager men doing yogic poses, people jogging along the sea, barefoot, dogs lazily wagging their tails and surfers climbing and falling off the waves. So much happening all at once, and yet you could feel peace.

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All these beautiful clicks captured by Farooq
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Bird’s View eye of Varkala Black Sand Beach. Captured creatively by TheChromaticEye

This brings an end to my Kerala blog series. I hope you enjoyed reading! For more pictures from the trip, please visit my Instagram

Till the next time then,

Keep traveling,

Keep banjaring!

TwofoldChic

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Backpacking trip – Kerala – God’s Own Country – Alleppey – Day 2

After the first night in Kochi ended ( you can read up about that here, if you haven’t already), we got up the next day, with barely 3-4 hours of sleep in our systems, but zeal and vigor only heightened somehow, to munch on some breakfast prepared by Zostel people, only to quickly get on to the bus to Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha by the locals, and Venice of the East by foreigners.

It takes not more than 2 hours by road to reach Alleppey from Kochi, and we all had plans of sleeping through the journey; the way we had danced and partied the night before, it was much needed!

But did we sleep through it? Hah! No! We danced some. And then some more. By the time we got there, we had reached the comfort levels where we were dancing to ‘I am a hunter, you wantaaa see my gunnn’ and ‘Saat Samunder Paar’ songs. And we weren’t exactly what you’d call dignified! 😛

After we got over all our cheap thrills for the morning, we rocketed into our next hostel for the trip – Artpackers!

The place is essentially converted into a hostel from a school, and has super laidback vibes. The rooms are big and airy, and the best part about this hostel was the garden right outside it. There was a beautiful seating arrangement done in the garden, and the windows and trees on the wall attached made for the most gorgeous backdrop ever!

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Remember the gorgeous garden and the backdrop in the hostel I was talking about? I wasn’t exaggerating! Photo Credits: Picture Pausto
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I love this one! Thankyou Virat 🙂

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Did I not mention I was traveling with a bunch of photographers? Guess who got really lucky? 😀 😉

The beach was just a short walk away, and you can only keep the beach away from me for so long, so we freshened up and sprinted our way to the beach, where we were to have our lunch at the famous Catamaran Café.

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How the Alleppey beach looks when the sun is soaring high. Photo Credits: Gaurav yet again!
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Mesmerizing views – Farooq

The beach is always a bad idea on a sunny afternoon, so we decided to just lounge and chill at the café, hog on some seafood, and enjoy the view of the sea!

The café was all Goa vibes. The people, the food, the atmosphere, everything! We had heard so much about the café, that we landed there with super high hopes and drool all over, but honestly, I was a tad disappointed. Our food took longer than an hour to be served!! And it wasn’t even worth the wait.

For all those who plan to go to Alleppey, if you do go to this particular café, go for the view, for the chill vibes, and perhaps the continental food. Prawns and Fish, you can find better elsewhere, I’m sure!

Any which ways, food apart, we had a ball of a time there.

We indulged in some Teen Patti (The Diwali fever just won’t leave me alone *Dramatic EYEROLL*), some Antakshari, and lots of people trying their hand at guitar and producing awful music! 😀

We headed back to our hostel to be greeted by the sweetest host ever who offered to arrange a party of sorts in that beautiful garden of theirs! To top that, he even offered to get us some toddy (the local drink of God’s own country!) along with a buffet dinner. Hungry mongrels that we are, our ears cocked up at the mere mention of Prawns and Toddy!

We wasted no time in small talk, as what was planned ahead was something none of us wanted to miss out on. The Houseboat experience in the backwaters!

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Photo Credits – Rahool

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Captured skillfully by Dhanashri

We had a double decker houseboat booked all to ourselves for some 4 hours, and the timing was such that we could witness the sunset while on the houseboat, in the middle of the backwaters.

No matter how hard I try, I shall not be able to do justice in trying to explain what those few hours on the houseboat felt like. It was like we had attained Nirvana, we had completely lost track of time. The only sound we could hear was the slicing of the smooth water as our boat moved forward. The sun was up, glaring at us, but caressing us with affection, sweeping us in its sweet warmth. The sky was dancing between shades of blue and gold, romancing with the sun and the water both at once, the coconut trees swaying to our merriment, and the farmers rowing their canoes slowly, and gently towards their farms.

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Stuti caught me enjoying my Titanic moment!
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And so did Farooq!

We were all next to each other, but we were all in our own world at the same time, just enjoying the mesmerizing view in front of us, letting the cool winds engulf us, and listening to soft music on the side. Moments like these make you realize what true beauty is, and how important travel is. I was left wondering if the locals of Kerala value this beauty that they live in as much as we do… Or is the grass greener for them on the other side? Did these calm backwaters serve as therapy to them as well? Or was it pure monotony for them? Do they squeal in delight at these awe-inducing sunrises and sunsets everyday as we do?

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Photo Credits – Picture Pausto
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By the best – Farooq
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Captured from a creak in the houseboat by –Dhanashri
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The sky and the water though! – Jeevan
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I captured this, I did, I did! * Pats self*

There is no such thing as too many pictures, especially if it’s of the dynamic hues of the sky. It’s magical!

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There is abundance in this moment, do you agree?

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As these thoughts slowly subsided, our ride came to an end. We were back on land, and back to our hostel, where we were certainly not looking for a peaceful night 😉

This night, ladies and gentlemen, was the best night of the trip!

We played Dumb charades, Truth and Dare, and what not all through the night! We danced, we sang, we ate, we drank… We made lots of memories!

The food was incredible – the spicy baby prawns being my personal favorite!

Amidst all this fun, we didn’t forget to click pictures. Few of the many people who made this trip worthwhile!

The next morning, again after a sleepless night, a few of us woke up real soon, only to enjoy the sunrise at the beach. The sea wasn’t really great for a swim, but it was amazing for an early morning walk, nevertheless!

There are very few things that can match up to the feel of walking barefoot on the seashore, the sun rising alongside, the waves occasionally rocking at your feet, the fisherman out in the sea gearing up for the day ahead, people playing frisbee and Volleyball. There’s something about this time of the day, at the beach, that is just incomparable. The serenity, the tranquility, the peace of mind – it’s just so unusual when you’re living in a concrete jungle.

The beach early morning

We found these surprisingly quiet railway tracks on our way to the sea. Clicked by Gnawmadic

I made sure to savor each and every second of this valuable time! I devoured everything with my eyes, inhaled all of it, because who knows when next I would get to visit Alleppey again.

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Photo Credits – The talented Picture Pausto
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Farooq again!!

And this is how one night in the Venice of East was spent. Next up is Varkala – my favorite of the lot! 😊

I hope you guys continue to read.

Till then, love,

TwofoldChic

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Backpacking trip – Kerala – God’s Own Country – Kochi

Having lived a chunk of my childhood in Kochi, I had been dying to go back to the place, as a traveler this time, to revisit old memories. I must have been only 8 when I lived there, but I still have vivid memories of how the place looked like. The sea, the backwaters, the marine drive. The palm trees and coconut trees lining the roads that had recently seen some drizzling. The winds that brought along the sweet smell of jasmine flowers stationed in the braids and buns of the local women. The Appam and Mutton, the fried pomfret, and the Prawn curry that could make even Vegans salivate. The Chinese fishing nets and the docks with ferries roped together. The hidden beaches where I collected shells of all shapes and sizes, and where I ran along the waves for as long as my legs would carry me. The long walks on the quiet and serene roads, holding papa’s hand, going to the phonebooth to make calls with mom, because mobiles were unheard of back then. Learning Malayam because there was no other option, making the best mallu friends ever. These memories could last a lifetime, sure, but I wanted to go back to the place I fell so madly, deeply and irrevocably in love with! A place that gave me my first beaches, that made me realize I was made for the sea, a place that gave me friends I would go on to write letters to for years after I had moved from Kerala.

And so, I did.

I planned a backpacking trip with the most random people through a social networking site, and I would count this as one of the best decisions I made, for I made the most invaluable memories with such brilliant people, whom I’d now like to call friends 😊

So, this community, called Photographers of India, goes to trips within India every 45 days, and this was my first trip with them. You must reach out to them if you’re looking for a chilled out, no fuss, fun and only fun trip! They shall not disappoint, trust me!

So, I booked my flights and hopped on to an early morning flight to Kochi, to be met with the most awesome people at Zostel, Kochi Fort. Getting down from the aircraft, a wave of nostalgia hit me, as I realized I was finally in Cochin, after a long spell of 17 years!

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All set to travel! 😀

I, along with a couple of other travelers who had landed around the same time got on to the local bus headed towards Fort Kochi. 1.5 hours later we got to the Zostel.

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Greeted by this furry little baby outside the Zostel who cosily climbed onto my lap, uninvited, and made it his sleeping pod

I was amazed by the way the Zostel had been set up. After having lived in college hostels, this hostel would look like a party to you!

It was very artistic and damn clean!

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Upon arrival at Zostel, Fort Kochi

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The Common Seating Area
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The beautifully and quite artistically painted walls of Zostel

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I met the fellow travelers and was delighted out and out. Each person so different from the other! One, a travel blogger, another one a doctor. One, a photographer, another a fashion designer. We had people from all walks of life almost, and it was indeed wonderful to meet all these kickass people!

I immediately connected with most of the people and we set out to have lunch at this local dhaba like place in Mattancherry. The food was incredible, lovingly served and so modestly priced!! We ate to our heart’s content, went back to the Zostel and chilled out some more before we set out to Marine Drive and Spice Market on the Ferry ride.

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Street Markets of Kochi

The Ferry ride, again, bought back beautiful memories. We reached the Marine drive well in time to behold the sight of a mesmerizing sunset. We binged on some icecreams and faloodas, burgers and chowmein, and then before we knew it, 2 hours had already passed by!

 

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The ferry ride from Fort Kochi to Marine Drive. Clicked by Anand
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Photo Credits: Farooq
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The gorgeous pink sky captured at the time of sunset
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Various hues of the sky!
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Baring my men in white, captured by Anshuman

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I just couldn’t stop beaming! My happiness is evident, isn’t it?
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Happy girl re-living her childhood memories of eating icecream by the sea
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You can tell I love metallic lips
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Isn’t this Church just beautiful?  Captured by Virat Gupta
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The trade that keeps the city alive – Fishing. Captured by Abhishek
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Just How captivating is this picture? Captured by Abhishek
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Clicked by Gnawmadic

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Blown away by this beautiful thing!

We set out on the ride back to the Zostel to find an amazing surprise awaiting us. We saw, on the terrace, some drums and drummers, in Hope of enchanting us with their trippy music, and enchanted we were! What lay ahead was a night full of amazing live music, lots of dancing, food and drinks, and of course bonds to be created that would go a long way 😊

 

 

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My whole bunch of crazies 😀

This was my Kochi trip in short. The next morning we headed out to Allepey, which was again a dreamy, dreamy place. Watch out for the next post to hear about my experiences in Allepey 😊

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Hope you enjoyed reading!

Till the next time,

XOXO

-TwofoldChic

 

 

 

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Diwali and all that Jazz

Diwali is the celebration of lights, of dazzling things and glittering evenings.

The ethnic fashion is what rules the chart, the glitz and glamour exuded out of traditional dresses and saris is unmatchable during this festival of light Indian Festive wear has had a huge dominance on women’s fashion all over and they love dressing in traditional styles like sari, salwar suit, lehenga or kurtis for the festival days.

No wonder, when we realized that Diwali was just around the corner, we got down to the ultimate task of finalizing that one outfit that we could don on the day!

While Shivani celebrated Diwali at home sweet home with her family and close friends, I had to stay back in Bangalore this year. I was very, very upset over being away from home on Diwali for the first time in my life, but hey, every cloud does have a silver lining indeed.

All my friends stayed back too and we had a bomb of a time.

Both Shivani and I chose to celebrate a Cracker-free, environment friendly Diwali, and it turned out to be nothing short of greattttt!

Going back to what we wore – This Diwali, to make sure to adorn the latest fashion instead of repeating our festive looks, we chose to do a fusion. Why just wear a suit or a lehenga or a saree when you can mix and match with the western counterparts and create the most exquisite looks ever?

So, both of us chose to stray from the traditional route and create looks which are damn easy to put together!

Here’s what Shivani wore!

She wore a center-split Anarkali kurti with distressed, anti-fit denims. She chose to keep it simple and minimalist without going overboard with either the accessories or the makeup!

She wore her hair open, crimped, accessorized with her classic Daniel Wellington watch, and a simple silver neckpiece and earrings! Her pink pout just added a bout of pop to the whole outfit!

Outfit details – Anarkali kurta – Label Harsha Khatry, Jeans – Only, Shoes – Aldo, Watch – Daniel Wellington

I, on the other hand, chose to wear one of my mom’s crisp cotton sarees with a crop top and a belt. I wore it the seedha palla way with a just a few neat pleats!

Wearing a saree feels like second skin to me. Somehow, I’m the most comfortable in sarees!

I am a fan of the bong way of dressing, hence I went all the way with alta on the hands and feet, a huge bindi and long, ethnic earrings!

I wore some bangles too and finished off the look with dark marsala lips.

The difference in the quality of our pictures is almost abnormal, I know, I know, but hey, can you blame me? Shivani had a professional photographer shoot her, while I had to make do with my not so willing friends 😀

Anyhow, we really hope you enjoyed this post and our looks, and could find them innovative and easy to carry!

Till the next time then!

XOXO

-Diksha and Shivani

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Monocrazy Millenials!

The only two colors in the whole wide world that are perfectly harmonious with one another and are never out of fashion are white and black. The most basic, the most common, and yet the most favorite go-to colors of maximum human beings! We are no exception to the rule and are fans of monochrome. One would think that when you have a wide spectrum of colors to choose from, why go for white or black, but we beg to differ. We love our blues and our peaches and mustards too, but when we need class- white is our favorite pick. When we are in doubt- Black is our pick! Because, honestly, can anything ever go wrong with these colors? This is the generation where the millennials have gone monocrazy, and we certainly need no reason for that! Be it a ‘little black dress’ or a crisp white boyfriend shirt; the white maxi dress for that summer brunch, or your tailored black pants with those pencil heels for your girls’ night out; a black and white ensemble never fails you! There is something reassuring about monochrome, with it being a simple, clean and an ordered way of dressing. A monochrome ensemble will always look smart and with the two colors being at opposite ends of the spectrum, it is impossible for any two other colors to be as dramatic and eye-catching. Here, peruse the best white on black fashion looks from our wardrobe, which are super simple to create, and are bold, sharp and minimalist! IMG-20171014-WA0061.jpgB612_20170814_170315IMG-20171014-WA0060.jpgBASC3812IMG_20171014_225329_217.jpgB612_20170814_173556 IMG_20171015_180359_174.jpgGIGE9979B612_20170814_170159QQYZ9695 Outfit Details: Diksha is wearing bodysuit by Koovs, Pants with suspenders – Forever 21, and shoes – Zara; while Shivani is dressed in Alterego tip to toe! Boldly standing the test of time through the ever-changing eras of style, this trend is one that will never go out of fashion. IMG_20171015_170631_223.jpgIMG_20171015_170452_670.jpg We have so many more ideas in our head when it comes to these two colors – Be it patterns, or geometric prints, or stripes, or chequerboard – Dresses, pant-suits, skirts and what not! We’d love to share them with you, so if you like this post, please give us a heads up, and you’ll have more stuff coming your way ! 😀 Signing off then! XOXO – Diksha & Shivani

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Wildflower Hall – Mashobra – Beauty in Wilderness!

“The difference between living and existing is how much wonder you find in the beauty around you.”

Shivani and I decided that we had had enough of our mundane lives, and needed a change, a relaxed change at that! On an impromptu phone call, we settled on the place, booked the tickets and headed out to Mashobra for the long weekend ahead.

We flew down to Chandigarh from our respective places, stayed a night there, but more on that later, and drove down to Shimla the next afternoon. Thanks to the landslides, and the heavy traffic, it took us a little longer than usual to reach our destination, but we made it by late evening, and then began our beautiful, much awaited little vacay!

Wildflower Hall is an Oberoi property, and much true to its brand name, it is a harmonious blend of tradition and contemporary sophistication. Its idyllic setting and its distinctive old world charm makes you forget all your worldly problems and just sink into the world of leisure, soak yourself in the tranquility of your surroundings, and enjoy little things as simple as breathing, or the sound of birds chirping, or that of the winds gushing by!

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The property looks like a British palace nestled amidst the Himalayan hills. It proudly boasts of 360 degrees view of the Himalayas. As you enter, you are greeted by the traditionally clad staff, the sweetest and best in the industry, with their beaming smiles, bright eyes and polite demeanor.

The interiors are in sync with all other Oberoi properties and exude class in all ways. The wooden interiors, warm lighting and flowers all around make you feel warm and at home.

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We checked in to our room *sigh* and sipped on to some yummy tea and sweets offered to us, before we got on with our tour of the property.

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The property had everything you’d look for, a gorgeous bar, a pool room, gorgeous restaurants, gym and the best part, an infinity jacuzzi! You heard it, not an infinity pool, an infinity jacuzzi.

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The hospitality of Oberoi is way beyond anything we ever expected, and hence, we could happily live in that hotel for a month and not get bored!

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Also, how can one ever get bored if the menu has mouth watering delicacies to offer 😉

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We had come to just stay in the resort and enjoy the services the resort provided without having to bother about touring the city. Oberoi service, as we all know it, is unparalleled! We had a bomb of a time, eating the delish food they had to offer, swimming half the day and enjoying the spa, ooh, the spa!

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And ooh, we even got to celebrate Independence Day there, with a small ceremony where a woman-born pre-independence-righteously hoisted the flag! It was beautiful, least to say!

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Can’t wait to explore more such beautiful places.
Have already prepared our bucket list 😀

Stay tuned for our amazing travel stories and many more exciting blogs.
– TwofoldChic
Diksha & Shivani

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