A memory trip to Manipal

 

A trip to Manipal!

Hi, guys, I am back with my blog so this time it is about my trip to Manipal in February this year.

 

As we all know – “Manipal is not a place, it is an emotion.” I did my MBA from TAPMI and hence I spent 2 great years at Manipal. This trip was a way to relive those wonderful memories.

 

It all started in the summer of 2015 when I joined TAPMI. TAPMI was nothing like I had expected and Manipal was the only saving grace. The life there, schedule, everything was absolutely new. People you did not know and you had to adjust with the new roommates. And 100 percent attendance scared us all. To top it off, our team meetings that went on throughout the night and then having classes in the morning. All this added to a lot of frustration in the beginning. Hence we took refuge in Manipal and it’s lovely places to enjoy and relax.

 

You have lovely beaches in Manipal whether you go to Malpe beach or Kapu Beach, you can go to Delta beach. Manipal also has a lot of places to party, eat and drink. You will never be short of any options and the best part – it is budget friendly. So if you go with 100 rupees in the pocket, you can still go eat or drink. If you want to spend and be extravagant, you can go to that as well. This is not available in most of the bigger towns. In TAPMI that I spent 2 years, I met a lovely set of people I grew to love and they became like my family. I really cannot imagine my life without these people.  They are my best and closest friends. So along with the few of my friends, I decided to go back to Manipal just before my juniors graduated.

 

We wanted to relive all those memories and lovely places to eat, drink and roam about. So Betty and I went together and other friends joined us. So the first thing that we did is go and meet Kalindi ma’am and relive all our Placecom memories. Then we went to Malpe beach to relax there and enjoy the beach Vibes. After happily dancing on the beach we get back. At night and of course we partied and we went to Swathi – that is like a common hangout place for all Tapmians. We were of course greeted by a familiar set of faces and surprisingly a lot of our batch mates had joined in there so it was like a huge gathering.

 

Betty and I had taken a Scooty and we drove down to the hanging bridge. We clicked pictures there because surprisingly in the 2 years that we had spent in Manipal we did not click pictures. We did not even visit the Hanging Bridge then. But this time we went and clicked a lot of pictures and it was lovely. So we ended our trip with a visit to a shop called E = mmc2. It is a very popular place, their cupcakes get sold out in like an hour from the time they open the shop. Unfortunately for the people staying in Manipal, they are actually leaving the place. So we were lucky to eat the last of their cupcakes. We went to Bacchus Inn, another classic there. As usual, we had their Neer dosa and chicken ghee roast. Very satisfied and Happy these 2 days were a lovely remembrance of our 2 years in Manipal.

 

 

PS. We booked a 1 BHK in Parnakutty (a homestay). This place has a huge terrace for parties and the rooms are themed according to cities in India. Overall a very cozy place to stay and party.

Read More ...

A Road trip to Pondicherry!

Hi there guys,

I am here to bore you again. Only this time it will be details from my recent travel to Pondicherry during the long weekend that happened because of the Republic day holiday. We (By we I mean my roommate Betty and I), being the lazy bees we are, didn’t plan anything until the 23rd. Undecided on where to go, we weighed our options. I had a friends’ wedding in Kerela which did seem lucrative but driving down for a trip seemed to catch my attention more. So finally we chose Pondy (Pondicherry). Well, I would like to name the theme of this travel as “ In quest of the unknown” . The reason for this being we hadn’t decided on anything except the destination, no hotels booked, no tourist places had been earmarked and restaurants – no clue at all about the ones in Pondy.

So come Friday, 26th we started off in the morning at around 8 o clock, and head towards the toll gate, Google maps being our savior (or not!!). We were on a really well-maintained highway until Google told us to change our routes as the one we were traveling on was a longer route. In a bid to save time and reach there faster, we blindly followed our beloved google maps. I followed the route of Bangalore-Hosur-Thiruvanamalai-Pondicherry. For all types of drivers – amateurs or experienced. Do not take this route. Extremely ill-maintained and filled with potholes. As soon as you speed up, you will be faced with broken roads or small towns and your effective speed reduces. The best route is the Bangalore- Vellore-Pondicherry route which has a great view as well as amazing driving experience.

Well Sorry, I deviated a little (like I did with the google maps). We reached Pondy around 5:15 pm in the evening. Like I had already mentioned, no hotel to crash. We had done some research on hotels in Pondy but none of them were available currently. Where do we go now? We stopped at multiple hotels and all were full owing to the long weekend. We entered Auroville and started finding guesthouses. We had hotels at some distances and we started getting worried since none of them were available. Finally, we stopped at a very pretty looking place called Green Heritage which also had a restaurant attached in its premises. Already prepared for a No we went in. Luckily there was a room available in a cottage. It was beautiful (pictures below) and the beds were in 2 tiers. The only catch was it was available only for that night, to be vacated by 12 pm the next afternoon. So another mad hunt would ensue the next day. Finally parked the car in their slots and went to freshen up. The rooms were cozy and very well maintained. Changed and headed for dinner at Tanto’s.

 

         

Tantos’s was one amazing place, after waiting for an eternity we got a seat. We ordered a Tandoor pizza and Blue Goat cheese Ravioli in mixed sauce (since we couldn’t decide red or white). The ravioli was simply amazing. Our friends had also come to Pondicherry, we met them at a restaurant by the sea and later came back and slept off in our cozy beds.

The next day breakfast was at a small restaurant inside our hotel called the Food and Wood. We headed to Matri Mandir (the golden dome, where most people click their DPs…. Like us!).

 

It was a fairly long walk (around 1.5 km) which took up the better part of the day. Pit stop at Auroville shops for dress and jewelry shopping. Famished, we started off towards the French town, in search of food and accommodation. Our first stop was Café Des arts which were the top recommended restaurant, but hey everybody has Google. We couldn’t manage a seat. We roamed about and reached Villa Krish for lunch. Well, I might say I’m glad we came here. We ordered Tiger Prawns here which is the best dish of the trip. Ended with pasta and dessert, we headed off to find our second nights’ stay.
Again after a lot of searches, we found a 1 seater room and adjusted with another mattress. (Of course, you cant be lucky all the days!). The food, travel, and drinks had gotten us super tired and we crashed. After a good sleep, we dressed up pretty for the dinner and headed off. Again we wanted to go to Villa Helena, but we landed up in LBB Lounge. Betty ordered a steal and I order Blue Cheese Gnocchi. Well yeah Like I said the theme was the quest for the unknown! The food there wasn’t as satisfactory. We headed off to Paradise beach after dinner, sadly it does remain isolated late in the evenings so we couldn’t stop there and came to our very own Rock Beach, the sea breeze and the splattering of waves was peaceful. Took us away from the hectic lifestyles we live in. Ending the day with this and came back over to rest.

 

 

What we thought was going to be the least eventful day turned out to be the most eventful one. We packed up and headed for breakfast. Again Café des arts disappointed us so we went to Artika Café and Gallery and ate a proper French breakfast consisting of Croissants, Crepes, Fruits, and Juices. Tummy full, we headed to the beach to click pictures. Artika café is a very pretty place to click pictures as well. After sitting on the beach for a while we headed to the Basilica of the Sacred hearts of Jesus. Betty wanted to go there and we decided to fulfill all our wishes. We then headed out to go to the very famous bakery – Auroville Bakery where we would meet our friends and help them shop for their friends and fiances’. We bought beautiful shawls, dresses, jewelry. My favorite – Turquoise jewelry. Do pick one up in case you visit Auroville.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And we ended it off with a nice lunch at Café Xtasi with Pizza, Fish fingers and a lot of coke.
Heading back, we took the Vellore- Bangalore road and that was one smooth drive we had! Read on for more details on stays and foods to eat at Pondicherry. More coming soon.

Read More ...

Home

Label Aditi

Welcome to my Blog on Fashion, Food, friends and a whole lot of love!

Well here is another blog among million others!! I say I am writing it for personal consumption but as we all know I am craving for attention too! Often I find the urge to write and speak about things that affect me. Now I know I can go ahead and write what I please. It will be there for the world to view (Well I am assuming a few people might take the time to read it.) Here I will put up a range of topics. Fashion, poetry, Event management, heartbreaks and daily issues trending online and otherwise. This gives me a lot of power to write and edit my own content. So go ahead, read it if you please but criticize it you must.

Why this Blog?

Have you found yourself introspecting and seeking answers to question that plague the heart and mind? How often do we sit down and contemplate on these issues affecting us, even if marginally? I decided to do the same, sit down every day and find out the answers to my questions and concerns. I will put it across in this blog and would love to hear diverse viewpoints.

What are you waiting for!

Go ahead read my blog and show some love!