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Chettinad Diaries

The Hindu Metroplus , Chettinad Diaries   1.Weaver’s colony What was once a thriving colony of over 2000 weaver families has dwindled greatly and is now reduced to a mere handful who work at the hand operated looms.Chettinad cotton sarees are much loved for their vibrant colours and traditional patterns.The proprietors at both Senthil Kumar […]

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Uthukuli Palace

The Pollachi Papyrus , Carved in grandeur The Uthukuli Aranmanai, an impressive vision of traditional construction styles is a reflection of the grandeur and celebratory lifestyle led by the Zamindars of Uthukuli. It’s upkeep and maintenance are now in the hands of Shri. Arun Kumar Kalingarayar and his son Siddharth Kalingarayar. Zamin Uthukuli has been […]

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Open Kitchen pizzeria & deli

The quaint hill town of Coonoor has seen a few changes since the summers of my childhood.That’s why I was most excited to see the sign that said ‘Open Kitchen pizzeria & deli‘ set above the provision store at Bedford. Apart from a couple of mentions on my instagram feed about the pizzas I didn’t […]

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Cafe’ Diem

Hindu metro plus , Radhika Shastry’s cafe’   When my brother-in-law Arun, heard that I was going to Coonoor he not only told me to check out Café Diem but followed his suggestion up a few days later with an insistent reminder for the same. One of the topics that we can talk tirelessly of […]

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Alpine cheese

Hindu metro plus , Who made my cheese ?   It was the perfect summer weather in the Swiss alps when friends suggested that we visit the cheese making unit that was situated about 5 kms from Saanenmöser station. I was only more than happy to take them up on the offer.The wooden cottage that […]

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Bali food Safari – Jimbaran

Hindu metro plus , Bali Food Safari When an organization claims that it offers the number one food experience in Bali through it’s mystery dining tours,it immediately piques your interest.The Bali food safari which I stumbled upon by accident is a culinary tour for the palates put together by Australians Simon and Gael after they […]

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Quad ride in the rice fields of Bali-Ubud

Hindu metro plus ,ATV ride in Bali     If you ask me if I’m an adventurous person,the answer would be ,“yes but with the safety latch always firmly in place” .A new experience minus a high risk factor is what I’m game for. When I first came across an ATV ride through the rice […]

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The Batik story

Hindu metro plus , Batik , the happy fabric You know you’re in Batik country as soon as you land in Indonesia. It’s available for sale everywhere. The make shift shacks on the beachfront , the small road stores as well as the air conditioned boutiques all carry different kinds of hand crafted batik clothing […]

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Thamizhar restaurant- food on the highway

Hindu metro plus , Thamizhar family restaurant     It’s funny how sometimes  accidental food experiences turn out to be quite amazing. My cousin and me along with a dear friend decided to make the most of our trip to Pollachi. It was nice for a change not to have a set plan and just […]

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On the Negamam saree trail

Hindu metro plus , Negamam info.thadam@gmail.com Thadam tours are run by a talented group of people who organise tours in and around Pollachi.   Being a part of the 100 saree pact last year has influenced me to take notice of the traditional weaves that are still in practice close to my home town. The […]

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