Best way to cross over to George Town

If you had read my previous post (if you haven’t, here it is: Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth – From the Windowseat) then you already know that we had ditched the option of taking the Penang Bridge and had decided to take the more interesting option, the Penang Ferry to cross over to the Penang Island from Butterworth. We don’t get to take a ferry every day like we take buses or cabs so naturally, this sounded more interesting and hence the decision. A five-minute walk from the Butterworth railway station took us to the jetty which is well-connected to the station. No crossing the road business! And oh yes, it’s the cheapest way to reach George Town from Penang as well.

George Town as seen from the ferry - Penang, Malaysia

George Town as seen from the ferry – Penang, Malaysia

The approaches to the ferry from the station and outside, Butterworth - Penang

The approaches to the jetty from the station and outside, Butterworth – Penang

Both vehicles and people use the ferries to quickly cross-over so they were quite big in size.… continue reading

Colors of Monsoon in Chikmagalur

Monsoons are beautiful, especially in the western ghats. There are no second thoughts about it. The entire region looks as refreshingly green as it can, thanks to the monsoon showers that wash – off every single strand of dust leaf small or big. So a ride somewhere in the western ghats was inevitable and ‘Where’ was not a tough question to answer. The fact that Chikmagalur is arguably the most beautiful part of Karnataka and its close proximity from Bangalore only made matters much easier and it seemed that it was just a matter of couple more days before we were off to Chikmagalur. That was last year, a plan which never materialized. This monsoon however, things were better.

Magical clouds and refreshing greenery, Chikmagalur

Magical clouds and refreshing greenery, Chikmagalur

As we rode through the switchbacks on our way to the Baba Budangiri peak, the fog seemed to grow thicker and thicker.… continue reading

Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth – From the Windowseat

We had reached the KL Sentral station a little too early to catch the Komuter from Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth which was at 7.50 AM. We had more than half an hour to ourselves before we boarded our train so we decided to walk around. But before that, we had to find our boarding point. Just the previous evening on our way back from Batu Caves to Kuala Lumpur, we had ended our journey at this station and yet, today we were trying to find it. I know it’s embarrassing but I have an excuse! The KL Sentral complex, which houses so many everything from offices, to malls to apartments to Malaysia’s largest railway station was too big and too organized for a rail-head.

The clouds and the Greenery, KL-Butterworth Komuter

The clouds and the Greenery, KL-Butterworth Komuter

Before we could notice the changes in the terrain outside, the Komuter had already left behind the skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur and was entering the beautiful Malaysian countryside.… continue reading

Fort Aguada and its Lighthouse

Overlooking the confluence of the Mandovi river and the Arabian sea, fort Aguada has been standing tall on the Bardez Peninsula for over four hundred years. From being a reference-point to ships sailing through this part of the Arabain sea to being one of the biggest aguadas (watering-place in Portuguese) in whole of Asia of the time where ships could replenish their drinking water stocks to being the most prized and crucial fort of the Portuguese to finally becoming a prison now known as the Aguada jail is still operational, fort Aguada has donned many hats over the centuries. It is one of the must-visit places in Goa so a trip there was but natural, what if it was towards the end of my solo trip to Goa.

sunset at fort aguada goa photos

Colors of Sunset, Aguada Fort – Goa

Winding through beautiful village roads canopied by tall coconut trees that helped make the ride a pleasant one, I reached Fort Aguada a few hours before the closing time. … continue reading

Batu Caves – Kuala Lumpur

‘It is huge’, was the first thought that came to my mind as soon as the enormity of the main cave came into full view. I had been to other lime-stone caves in the past, like the Mawsmai Caves in Cherrapunjee and to be honest, I had expected something similar here as well. But to my surprise, these caves were so huge that it actually took us 272 steep steps, which is around half-an-hour’s climb including a handful of stops, to make it to the top, from where the actual cave can be accessed. Which involves again going down on the inside of the cave after you are at the top.

batu caves steps photo

The steps you need to take to come inside the cave

Before we started walking down inside the cave we decided to sit down for some time to relax and take-in the view, if only the crazy monkeys let us do that, that is.… continue reading

Ruins, Rocks and Greenery

‘If you have to relax in the shade, the over-hanging rock there seems a much better choice’, I said to myself as I halfheartedly pulled myself from the soft grass that had been my bed for the past half an hour. The sun seemed to be at its brightest and no one in his right mind would even think of walking even a small distance out in this heat if (s)he doesn’t have to, let alone climb huge boulders a hundred feet high. I however, love climbing so climb I will, I decided. With heat billowing from the hot-like-a furnace rocks under my feet and the scorching rays of the sun from above, there I was, making my way up through thorny bushes and narrow gaps.

rocks at hampi

The inviting ‘top’ – Hampi

The views got better every time I turned to look back stopping at random intervals. continue reading

Of Travel, Blogging and more

It is no secret that I love traveling and sharing stories from my travels. After-all, that precisely is the reason of this blog’s existence. Over the years, as I have traveled more and more I have realized how skewed the meaning of travel is to most of Indians. Travel in the Indian society is seen as a luxury whereas the reality is far from that. I have always believed (and experienced) that travel helps you learn things you would never get to learn otherwise, one reason I always advocate travelling as much as possible. If travelling can change the introvert me to someone who now loves talking a-lot, it surely can teach you a lot of other things too.

just go talk by rajiv verma at aata gallata bangalore

A collage of the evening

I now always look forward to and enjoy sharing my experiences in whatever way I can.… continue reading

Merdeka Square – The Square of Independence

Merdeka square was the first place we decided to visit on our first-day in Kuala Lumpur. I mean, we did arrive in Kulala Lumpur the day before and spent some quality time at Bukit Bintang, the most happening place in Kuala Lumpur, but Merdeka square was where we actually started our sight-seeing in Kuala Lumpur. As we walked towards the square, the first thing that caught my attention was that how wonderfully the old and the new complemented each other, standing not far from one another. The more than a century old Sultan Abdul Samad Building that housed various government offices during the British-era now stands perfectly in sync with the modern-day sky-scrapers which stand not far from the historic building.

Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Merdeka Square - Kuala Lumpur photo

Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Merdeka Square – Kuala Lumpur

Right across the Sultan Abdul Samad Building stands yet another historic building, the Royal Selangor Club. … continue reading