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Perfect Family Bonding On A 9 Day Trip To Sri Lanka

Kanika Saxena talks about her family trip to Sri Lanka and tells us why it is an amazing destination to spend some quality time with your loved ones. She booked her 8 Nights 9 Days Sri Lanka package from TravelTriangle and it included their hotel, sightseeing, breakfast, and transfers – all for a cost of  INR 135449. Let us go through her journey.

I did not get enough time to spend with my parents (corporate life) so when I finally started planning for a trip to Sri Lanka, I was more than happy to take it with my family. A holiday that would grant us peace and serenity and would take us away from all the hustle and bustle.

Kanika amidst nature in Sri Lanka

I already knew about TravelTriangle thanks to Facebook and decided to book our package through them. My reason for choosing TravelTriangle was that they offered us customization and competitive quotes, something which no other website did.

So, after filling in my details on their website, I was soon contacted by their travel representative who took in my requirements and connected me to relevant travel agents on board. The whole process of customization and choosing my package after this was an easy affair and I soon booked our package to Sri Lanka.

Checklist for Sri Lanka

  • Carry Sunscreen
  • Keep all your documents in a secure place for convenience
  • Read a do’s and dont’s list before you take the vacation
  • Carry a great camera or a smartphone with a great camera for you would want to capture the mesmerizing sights you see.

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Day 1: Arrival in Colombo- an exciting start of our journey

The amazing sea facing hotel booked by Kanika

We took our flight from Delhi and after a long journey reached Colombo. Excited and happy, we met the agent’s representative at the airport who took us to a nice restaurant for food, and then all the way to Bentota.

“The Sri Lankan food was delicious and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal”.

Kanikas name in the sand on a beach in Sri Lanka

Our hotel in Bentota was a sea-facing one and I loved the amazing view from here.

Post dinner, we all settled down in our rooms and were soon asleep in the background of the rolling sea waves!

Day 2: Watersports with some adventure in Bentota

Kanika and her family doing boat ride in Bentota

We woke up early this morning and were ecstatic to witness the grand ocean and amazing weather! And so after spending some time at the beach, we proceeded for a delicious breakfast at the hotel. After getting ready, we soon left for our day’s adventure in Bentota.

Bentota was the hub of all water activities and we enjoyed many here like jet ski, banana boat ride, and speed boat ride. It was a thrilling experience and all of us had a blast doing them!

Kanikas family on a beach in Yala

Out of all the water activities that we did, the best one was the “Boat safari” since during this one, we passed through a Mangrove forest! With trees and lush greenery all around, it was a very soothing yet exciting experience for us.

Post this, we indulged in some photography and then proceeded for lunch.

Kanikas mother with a baby crocodile on her shoulder

Later resuming our adventure, we went on to see many reptiles like monitor lizards and got our pictures clicked with baby crocodiles. It was electrifying!

Bentota was a nature and wildlife lover’s delight!

Later, we headed back to our resort to catch the mesmerizing sunset by the ocean.

Day 3: Turtle hatchery and journey to Yala

Kanika and her father with a turtle

This day we set off to visit the turtle hatchery and it was an interesting and adorable experience. We learnt a lot about the lives of turtles here and my family and I even got a picture clicked with a baby turtle.

The guide there also showed us a hundred-year-old turtle and it was fascinating to see such an old creature going about its business in a calm and peaceful manner!

Huge lighthouse in Columbo

Thereafter, we proceeded to check out the famous Dutch Fort in Galle, where me and my dad got ourselves clicked with a Python around our necks!

Kanikas father with a snake in Bentota

Next was lunch, post which we proceeded for Yala. We reached our destination on time and checked into our resort which was once again, a beautiful one. It had tree houses, a grand swimming, and an overall exotic vibe to it.

We soaked in the beauty of the resort for a while and then called it a night.

Day 4: The Nuwara Eliya hill station

Monster lizard in Yala

As decided, we woke up early in the morning, got ready, and reached Yala National Park. Although we were supposed to see big animals like leapords, elephants, and more here but we could not spot them (hard luck!)

However, we did spot some amazing creatures like alligators, huge monitor lizards, and the national bird of Sri Lanka. It was still amazing!

Panoramic view of Nuwara Eliya

Another good thing about spending time in the park was that even though it was extremely hot, we could still enjoy sightseeing comfortably. Also, the whole park was well maintained and clean. We were really impressed!

We stayed in the park for a few hours and then returned to our resort by 11 AM. By this time, we were all really hungry and requested the hotel for some breakfast. It was delivered promptly.

Amazing strawberry farm in Negombo

Post the breakfast, we packed up our things and got ready for our next stop – Nuwara Eliya hill station.

On our way to the hill station, we stopped by to see waterfalls on the way and I loved them since I could capture their pristine beauty through the lens of my camera.

The famous Seetha Aman temple in Sri Lanka

Apart from the waterfalls, we also visited Seetha Amman Temple which is believed to be the place where Sita was kept when she was abducted by Ravana in Ashok Vatika. We took blessings from this temple and even saw the footprints of Lord Hanuman here.

Footprints of Hanumanji in Sri Lankan temple

Later on our way, our guide cum driver told us about Sri Lankan cuisine and even made us try some Sri Lankan fruits.

In the evening, on our way, we visited a tea factory and found out about how tea is processed. There was also a restaurant nearby and we tried the Sri lankan tea here. It was quite good but for Indian masala chai addicts like me, it was a bit of a disappointment.

The beauty of Kandy in Sri Lanka

Tired but happy, we finally reached our hotel in Nuwara Eliya which was once again incredible.

Day 5: Kandy – lost in the spirituality of Kandy!

Tasty bananas of Sri Lanka

After a hearty breakfast, we went out to explore the city of Kandy. On our way, we immersed ourselves in the surreal beauty of the Victoria lake nestled in layers and layers of green hills. On checking in to our hotel in Kandy, we set out to witness the Sri Lanka’s traditional folk dance. We passed by the Kandy Lake, whose beauty was magnified when when the moon shone over it. It was a larger than life experience and captivated us completely.

We thoroughly enjoyed the cultural dance show of Sri Lanka and were entertained by the amazing skills and bright, colourful costumes of the dancers.

The amazing tooth relic temple in Sri Lanka

Next on our list was a pilgrimage site – a Buddhist temple situated near the lake which featured the tooth of Lord Buddha. Just like Hindu temples, this temple also had a long queue for catching a glimpse of the pious tooth.

There is a strong belief that visiting this holy place creates a good fortune in a person’s life and we were more than happy to spend time at this divine place.

Afterward, we went on to explore some of the shops in Kandy which are famous for their gems. We found out a lot about the gems here and how they were found and why they are so popular in Sri Lanka.

We went to a store here called the Hemachandra’s gem store which had good quality gems at fair prices and my mother bought a few pieces of jewelry from here.

Sri Lankan wedding at the hotel

Later on, we were also lucky to witness a Sri Lankan wedding at the hotel itself and got an in-depth glimpse of the culture in Sri Lanka. This wedding was similar to a Christian wedding but was complimented by glittery and bright attires.

We then proceeded to our next destination – Sigiriya and reached there in 2 hours. Our resort here was in a jungle kind of an area and had amazing natural vibes to it.

Day 6: Exploring Sigiriya and Elephant orphanage in Habarana

Famous Sigiriya rock in Sri Lanka

We were pretty excited to visit Dambulla cave temple and Sigiriya rock this day, so post the breakfast at the resort we reached the Sigiriya rock. This is a huge rock which we could climb via stairs. It wasn’t easy though since there were more than 1200 footsteps and by the time we reached on top, we were huffing and puffing.

Once on top, we could see the beautiful landscape of Sri Lanka and could enjoy the panoramic views from here. There was a Buddha statue on one side and a lake on the other – and it looked amazing.

The majestic Sigiriya rock

Next on our list was the Dambulla cave temple but due to some miscommunication with the guide, we were not able to make it.

Nonetheless, we recovered from the situation and proceeded on to our next destination – Habarana!

Cute elephants in the orphanage in Sri Lanka

We went to an elephant orphanage here and it was one of the best experiences – to look at the adorable baby elephants.

We had a lot of fun witnessing their hilarious activities – baby elephants shaking their heads adorably, stealing food from their partners, spraying water and pulling each other by the tail! We all had a good laugh at their naughty pranks and loved the fact that they were truly happy and carefree in this place.

Elephants at the orphanage in Sri Lanka

We stayed here till evening post which we went back to our hotel in Sigiriya and had a great overnight stay.

Day 7: Shopping in Colombo!

Independence memorial hall in Colombo

After vacating our resort room in Sigiriya, we were now all set to have an amazing shopping experience in Colombo. Upon our arrival in Colombo, we were excited to see the great buildings here like the parliament house.

Later, we went to the House of Fashion mall for some shopping, but left too soon, disappointed. However, after a lot of hunting, we finally came across a handicraft store and bought tonnes of handicraft items, clothing pieces, and souvenirs from here. Run by women as a self help center, this was a nice store that offered us great deals and quality products.

Day 8: Negombo- My most awaited destination

My hotel at Negombo

Usually, it happens that the excitement level starts dropping as you proceed towards the last day of your journey, but with me, it was quite the opposite since I was charged up to see the beautiful Negombo beach.

Post the breakfast, we left for our destination in the morning and reached there in the evening. The sun was about to set so I left all my stuff at the reception with my parents and ran to the beach since I couldn’t afford to miss the sunset.

Beautiful sunset in Negombo

In the end, I managed to capture the beautiful sunset and it was one of the best I had ever seen. Post this, we returned to our hotel which was again a grand and exotic one.

We rejuvenated ourselves here by spending some time at the pool post which we went for dinner. Later on, my father and I also went for a refreshing walk on the beach where the sea snatched away my slippers!

After various failed attempts at grabbing it back, we returned to the room, laughing. We settled in for a refreshing sleep and called off the day.

Day 9: Taking leave from Sri Lanka

Amazing sunset in Sri Lanka

We bid farewell to the amazing resort and beautiful beach of Negombo and, of course, to Sri Lanka! We left for the airport at around 6 in the morning to catch our flight to India scheduled at 8.

Sri Lanka offered us a very peaceful and calming experience that was complimented by beautiful resorts and properties. The natural and cultural charm of this place was amazing and in the end, it gave us a perfect escape from the daily hustle and bustle. Spending time in this beautiful country with my parents was a cherishable experience and I am happy that this destination brought smiles to our faces.

Kanika and her family doing water sports in Sri Lanka

High Points: Negombo beach, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Yala National Park, Sri Lankan food, shopping in Colombo, sea-facing hotel, and exotic resorts among others.

Low Points: We missed the Dambulla cave temple because of some miscommunication with the guide. It is supposed to be a must visit place in Sri Lanka!

Tips for the travelers:

  • One should definitely try the local Sri Lankan cuisines and fruits.
  • Many people tend to skip Negombo but I highly recommend to include it in your itinerary and go dolphin spotting, apart from relaxing on the mesmerizing, laid back beach.
  • If you have to buy gems, explore Hemachandra’s store in Kandy- it is govt. Certified and deals with accurate prices.

Admire Sri Lanka, the Emerald of the South. Enjoy the charming tranquility and humble ambience of Sri Lanka. Book your package to Sri Lanka now!

 

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10 Best Spots For Camping Near Pune On A Budget

Living in a bustling city like Pune can sometimes be tiring and we just need a quick escape. There are plenty of awesome options around but what to do when you have just INR 2000 – 4000 to spend? Go camping! I mean why dig a hole in the pocket to stay in a 5-star resort for a weekend getaway from Pune, when you can stay under a million shining stars?

So, here’s a list of some refreshing places for camping near Pune.

Road to Velhe Village

Distance from Pune: 46 km (1 hour and 45 minutes)

Take a break and relax in Velhe, and gaze at the twinkling stars while night camping near Pune. After the hustle and bustle of a busy settlement like Pune, unwinding close to nature in a quiet hamlet turns out to be a fuel to the soul.

Key attractions: Trek to Torna Fort

Things to do: Playing games like football, handball, & cricket, archery, tent pitching, and campfire

Estimated cost: INR 2000 – 3000 per day

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Railway line in Western Ghats region

Distance from Pune city center: 54 km (1 hour and 30 minutes)

Camping in Bhor technically is camping in Pune, as this place is a part of Pune district. Breathe fresh air and feel the breeze tickle your skin as you rejuvenate away from city chaos. This enchanting location has also been featured in many movies like Chalte Chalte, Khakee, Mangal Pandey, along with many Marathi TV soaps.

Things to do: Photography, bonfire, kayaking, skywalk, zorbing, ziplining, cricket, football, volleyball, trekking, and BBQ

Key attractions: Bhatnagar Dam, Kalubai Mandir, and Bhatnagar Dam

Estimated cost: INR 2000 – 5000 per day

Camping resort in Bhor: Teakwood Camping

Highway in Lonavala

Distance from Pune: 66.5 km (1 hour and 30 minutes)

Lonavala always comes as a savior when we think of a perfect place for camping near Pune. Being a bigger canvas for the adrenaline junkies, Lonavla is at a convenient distance from Pune but actually does look a world apart. Amidst rich forest covers, seclusion, and glistening lakes, you feel you’re in nature’s lap. And what’s more, it is one of the most sought-after destination for adventure sports in Pune and its precincts.

Things to do: BBQ dinner, bonfire, waterfall rappelling, trekking, and flying fox

Key attractions: Karla Caves, Lion’s Point, Lohagad Fort, and Bhaja Caves

Estimated cost: INR 1500 – 3500 per day

Camping resorts in Lonavala: Letscampout and Rusticville Camping Ground

Lovely landscape of Khopoli

Distance from Pune: 80 km (1 hour and 40 minutes)

Thinking of night camping near Pune? Keep Khopoli at the top of your priority list if you’re in search of a tranquil spot right in nature’s lap. Khopoli has secluded spots as well as settlement areas – a combination that makes it a perfect camping destination near Pune.

Also known as the City of Waterfalls, Khopoli will amaze you with the abundance of nature’s charm and various options of activities that you can indulge in.

Things to do: Hiking, barbecue, interactions with locals, campfire, nature walk, and photography

Key attraction: Zenith Waterfall

Estimated cost: INR 2000 – 3000 per day

Serene mountainscape of Panchgani - one of the best camping sites near Pune

Distance from Pune: 99 km (2 hours and 15 minutes)

One of the most popular camping places near Pune, Panchgani greets with misty cliffs and verdant rolling hills. During the summer months, this lush green region is enveloped in hues of red as strawberry farms are in full bloom. This is the time you can attend Strawberry Festival here. And because of its proximity to the city, it is also one of the popular picnic spots near Pune.

Things to do: Rock climbing, zip lining, waterfall rappelling, trekking, cycling, shopping, and photography

Key attractions: Sydney Point, Parsi Point, Table Land, and Lingmala Waterfall

Estimated cost: INR 2000 – 4000 per day

Camping resorts in Panchgani: Eco Camp, Krishna River Camp, and Terra Camp Resort

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 Colorful flowers in Kaas Plateau

Distance from Pune: 136 km (3 hours and 30 minutes)

Maharashtra’s very own Valley of Flowers, Kaas is nothing less than heaven on earth! An ideal place for camping near Pune, it is home to over 850 species of flowers, and plenty of moderately challenging trekking trails. Largely unexplored, Kaas is slowly becoming a preferred weekend getaway from Mumbai as well as Pune.

Many trekking groups in Pune make their way to this hideout between September & November and spend the night camping. You can pitch your own tent or check into a camp resort.

Things to do: Trekking, photography, and sightseeing

Key attractions: Kaas Plateau, Thoseghar Falls, Chalkewadi Windmills, and Sajjangarh Fort

Estimated cost: INR 1500 – 2500 per day

Camping resorts in Kaas: Kaas Holiday Resort

Lakeside camping in Bhandardara

Distance from Pune: 161 km (4 hours and 30 minutes)

When the sun shines on blue waters of Bhandardara reservoir and green hillocks gets kissed by clouds, you know you’ve found your paradise for camping around Pune. The campsite overlooks the lake, and when the water level is high, the campsite looks as though it’s on an island.

Things to do: Angling, photography, birdwatching, campfire and BBQ dinner

Key attractions: Bhandardara Dam, Umbrella Waterfall, Randhaa Waterfalls, Harishchandragad and Ratangad Fort

Estimated cost: INR 1000 – 2000 per day

Camping resorts in Bhandardara: Get Set Camp

Bandcamp in Uttan

Distance from Pune: 180 km (3 hours and 50 minutes)

A quaint little coastal town near Mumbai, Uttan has a picture-perfect dream-like vibe that makes it an ideal place for camping around Pune. It has some delightful properties that provide almost everything you need to escape the monotonous city life. Come here to enjoy the playful shoreline, savor delicious food, explore untouched culture, and engage in a lot more.

If you’re looking for camping resorts near Pune for one day trip Uttan will give you many brilliant options to choose from, that too in budget.

Things to do: Nature and heritage walks, sumo wrestling, zorbing, paintball, archery, valley crossing, barbecue night, attend band performances (specific days), board games and swimming.

Estimated cost: INR 2500 – 5000 per day

Camping resorts in Uttan: BandCamp

Camping in Murud

Distance from Pune: 207 km (5 hours and 10 minutes)

A tranquil fishing hamlet, Murud is yet another gem for camping with family and friends. Spending leisure time here works much like a therapy for the soul. The waves gambol and the bonfire flickers while you strum your guitar and sing along with the squad; no wonder that’s pure travel goal!

Things to do: Cycling, volleyball, trekking, barbecue, and swimming

Estimated cost: INR 2250 to 4000 per day

Camping resorts in Murud: Wanderlust Campground

A local taking a stroll on Bordi Beach

Distance from Pune: 281 km (5 hours and 20 minutes)

For those wanting to rejuvenate in a non-touristy place, Bordi Beach is perfect for night camping near Pune. Befriend friendly locals – mostly tribals – in the hamlet and spend the night away partying out loud, or gazing at the stars. The glistening sea waves and sapodilla orchards add on to an unforgettable experience.

Things to do: Village visit, learn to make Warli painting, market stroll, cycling, cheeko orchard visit, beach stroll, photography, bonfire, and picnic at Aswali Dam

Key attraction: Aswali Dam and Kalpataru Botanical Gardens

Estimated cost: INR 3000 – 4000 per day

We agree that these camping sites near Pune are filling you with wanderlust already. Which other camping resorts near Pune do you also want to be on the list?

 

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Nusa Islands: A Pocket Guide To Explore This Glorious Island In 2019

The Nusa islands off the bank of Bali in Indonesia are actually what you’re searching for on the off chance that you need the excellence of Balinese culture however wish it came without the masses. Found only 30 minutes by ferry from Bali’s Sanur, this is how individuals say Bali resembled 30 years back.

There are three Nusa islands: Ceningan, Lembongan, and Penida. ‘Nusa Lembongan’ is the nearest to Bali and the most famous, trailed by the littlest; Ceningan, and afterward the greatest and minimum well known; Nusa Penida Island.

The vast majority simply fly over to the Nusa islands, Indonesia for a couple of days and just tour Penida. We trust this guide persuades you to turn around that, investing more time in Penida and reconnoitering this wonderful, mysterious island, the just a single of the three that genuinely feels like a calmer Bali. We recommend you to plan your trip to the Nusa Islands not less than a week and here is a Nusa Islands guide to help you out.

Best Time To Visit Nusa Islands

You’re there to unwind, have a great time in the sun, and perhaps shake another tan when you get back. What could be more terrible than being stuck in your room throughout the day on the grounds that the climate is being uncooperative? Fuss not, we list the two noteworthy seasons you should look out for to benefit from your time on Nusa Lembongan, Ceningan, and Penida.

There are two times in the year when you can visit Nusa Islands. During wet season it is recommended from October to April and in the dry season from May to September. During January and February, Nusa Islands receives heavy rainfall, so this time of the year is not at all recommended.

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Since both Lembongan and Ceningan are so little, it’s truly simple to drive around every and explore through the greater part of the sights in only a day. For simplicity, it may bode well to simply remain on Lembongan, lease a motorbike promptly from the port or your convenience, and ride around to see the following sights.

1. The Sand

The Sand

If you are wondering about things to do in Nusa Islands then The Sand is a must visit place. After crossing the yellow bridge and turning right, you’ll see beautiful, perfectly clear water and a few shoreline bars along the beach. This particular bar, the Sand, is incredible for lunch or a beverage finish with paper straws rather than plastic and the loungers over the water.

2. The Mangroves

The Mangroves

Heading to the highest point of the island, you’ll arrive at the stopping point where you’ll see signs for mangrove visits. There you will be offered boating across the mangroves and snorkeling for about 100k Rupiah. It is one of the best experiences to enjoy at Nusa Islands.

3. The Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon

Around a 10-minute drive, from the Sand, you’ll notice symbols for the Blue Lagoon to your left side. The water at this tidal pond is a shade of baby blue you would have never observed. It’s difficult to accept until the point that you see it with your very own eyes! And believe us it is spectacular!

4. Mahana Point Cliff Jump

Mahana Point Cliff Jump

Directly over the route from the Blue Lagoon,’ you’ll see signboards for the Mahana Point eatery and cliff jump. The eatery has two platforms for cliff jump: a lower one for 25k and an upper one for 50k. It’s likewise the passageway for outstanding amongst other surf spots on the island and perfect viewpoints of Bali’s Mt. Agung. If you love adventures, then you should definitely take the plunge.

5. Devils Tear And Tide Pools

Devils Tear And Tide Pools

The Devil’s tear got its name because of the shower when the waves crash up against the faces. It’s amazing at the golden hour if it’s high tide, however the tide pools to one side of it are ideal for dusk regardless of what the tide. This is one of the best places to visit in Nusa Islands. Simply be cautious around the precipice edges here. The waves are erratic and can sprinkle up whenever.

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6. Nusa Penida Island

Nusa Penida Island

You can reach Nusa Penida either by taking an open ship from the Yellow Bridge, which departs when full and expenses around 50,000 IDR per individual, or from the mangroves to sort out a private ferry for 400,000 IDR. The private ferry is decent in light of the fact that it’s easier to get dropped off at a zone of your decision and you don’t need to look out for the watercraft to top off.

Once on Penida, rent a motorbike for around 70,000 Rupiah/day. The streets on Nusa Penida can be dubious in a few spots. They are steep and rough and in the event that you’ve never driven a motorbike, you may discover them somewhat frightening. It’s likewise conceivable to contract a driver and a vehicle simply ask at your lodging house or at the port. While going through the island, it’s a smart thought to wear sneakers rather than beach sndals. Nusa Penida is significantly increasingly rough and less populated and has much more cliffs and abrupt stairways. It’s everything part of the adventure!

There may be various places around the island but knowing about some of them beforehand will help you plan your vacation in a hassle-free manner. Read on to know more!

1. Nusa Lembongan Island: Poh Manis

Nusa Lembongan Island

Poh Manis, with a stunning pool situated at a cliff edge, gives you perfect location you require to discover the sun setting between the slopes throwing the region around the manor in a warm brilliant gleam. It’s the place to catch your trendy personal pool shot. Enjoy your stay!

Location: Ancak Village, Lembongan Island

2. Nusa Ceningan Island: Le Pirate Beach Club

Nusa Ceningan Island

Especially appropriate for groups, the shoreline club additionally has a beautiful pool ideal adjacent to the ocean, where you can get probably the best perspectives in the zone. Have an amazing time staying at this property.

Location: Jl. Nusa Ceningan, Jembrana

3. Nusa Penida Island: Agung View Villa

Agung View Villa

The roomy and open idea gives you an incredible perspective of the sea from various parts of the estate; regardless of where you are, Penida’s excellence will encompass you. The villas are pretty comfortable and amazing to stay at.

Location: Nusa Penida, Bali

Nusa Lembongan is the first step for your Nusa islands trip. You can either arrive from Bali or Lombok. There is only one quick watercraft organization working out of Lombok’s Senggigi, ‘Scoot’, however, there are more alternatives from the Gili islands in which case the cost is progressively debatable. If you are planning to reach Nusa Islands from Bali’s Sanur, You have the accompanying choices:

1. A Local Unhurried Ferry

A Local Unhurried Ferry

This one leaves Sanur coast at around 8 am, however, open watercraft in Indonesia generally leave when full and costs from 60,000 to 100,000 Rupiah. The adventure takes around an hour to ninety minutes and is the minimum pleasant and safe choice. Enjoy while you sail.

2. Perama Local Ferry

Perama Local Ferry

Leaves the shores of Sanur at 10:30 and costs 150,000 Rupiah and furthermore takes around an hour, however, on a marginally bigger and progressively delightful boat. Have a great time on the ferry and enjoy the experience.

3. Quick Ferry

Quick Ferry

As the name suggests, it is a faster way of transport. A quick ferry with four every day leavings which incorporates pickup at your settlement, a more secure and quicker boat, and a faster voyage of around 30 minutes. The expense is a lot higher, in any case, at 250k-300k Rupiah. The alternatives are either Scoot or Rocky Fast Cruise.

So now you’re prepared to have a great time in Nusa Ceningan, Lembongan, and Penida! Which island would you need to investigate the most? You can also visit Nusa Dua Islands and make the most of your trip to Indonesia. Time to call up friends, book your tickets, and pack your bags!

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London Fashion Week 2019: Stay In Touch With Fashion Industry’s Trends!

Runways are set. Rehearsals are at a full swing. Outfits are fitting. Mark your September calendars for the most-awaited fashion week is all set for its next season and how! One of the hottest ‘Big Four’ events in the fashion industry, this London Fashion Week festival is going to be all about the upcoming hair trends, make-up looks, and dazzling clothes for the fall/winter 2020. Exhibiting the adventurous and most innovative work of both the renowned and emerging names of the industry, the second season of London Fashion Week 2019 has all the fashion enthusiasts waiting with bated breath.

The names as heritage as Burberry sharing the stage with the names as contemporary as Supriya Lele is something that consistently keeps the world’s eye spectating the fashion scene of London. More than 80 designers, over a hundred brands, thousands of audiences, and the extravagant after-parties have led this event to earn a top rank in the fashion world. Take the front row seats of the public shows and witness the famous models hitting the ramp up close to find answers to your ‘how-to’ and ‘what to buy’ questions. Glance through this London Fashion Week 2019 schedule and get ready to be a part of something extremely grand!

Details

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Here is a list of a few important details that one certainly needs to keep in mind when planning to head to London Fashion Week.

London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020

Find below the starting and ending London Fashion Week dates:
Start Date- 13th September, Friday
End Date- 17th September, Tuesday

Dates And Timings For The LFW Public Show

14th September, Saturday | 10 AM to 12 PM
14th September, Saturday | 1 PM to 3 PM
14th September, Saturday | 4 PM to 6 PM
15th September, Sunday | 10 AM to 12 PM
15th September, Sunday | 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
15th September, Sunday | 3 PM to 5 PM

Venue for London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020:
BFC Show Space, The Store X, 180 Strand, London, WC2R 1EA

London Fashion Week 2019 tickets have two options of the seat for the general public- Standard and Front Row

Standard
Cost: £135 or INR 11,300
Inclusions: Access to catwalk show | Access to BFC Positive Fashion Exhibition & Talk | Complimentary Drink & LFW tote bag

Front Row
Cost: £245 or INR 20, 500
Inclusions: Access to catwalk show- front row seat and VIP lounge | Access to BFC Positive Fashion Exhibition & Talk (reserved seat at the front of the room) | Complimentary Drink & LFW tote bag with goodies

London Fashion Week

Date Day Time
14th September Saturday 10 AM to 12 PM
14th September Saturday 1 PM to 3 PM
14th September Saturday 4 PM to 6 PM
15th September Sunday 10 AM to 12 PM
15th September Sunday 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
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Designers

Scan through this list of a few of the famous London Fashion Week designers that will showcase their artwork on the ramp and make this already grand fashion event of 2019 even more ultra!

Famous LFW 2019 Designers:


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Facts

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  • Organized by the British Fashion Council and the London Development Agency in association with The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the first-ever London Fashion Week event was held in October 1983.
  • Big brands like Mercedes, Nivea, Toni&Guy, The May Fair, and many more sponsors and fund this mega event of the fashion industry.
  • LFW earned its place on the list of hottest fashion weeks right next to Milan, New York, and Paris soon after Margret Thatcher attended the show in 1986.
  • In order to make sure that fashion enthusiasts get their hands on the original contemporary designs that walk through the ramp, the British Fashion Council now owns a fashion store that preserves the latest outfits and accessories.
  • The private event of the industry is attended by more than 5,000 press and buyers that will be followed by shows officially hosted for the general public on particular dates.

Where To Stay

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With the city getting ready for one of the mega fashion events, there is no dearth of accommodation for the travelers attending this event. From luxurious five star hotels offering an ample amount of facilities and services to the budget hotels catering to tourists traveling with light pockets, the venue of London Fashion Week is surrounded by an extensive number of comfortable and convenient stays. Bed and breakfasts, hostels, resorts, Airbnbs, and homestays are also a few options offered to the tourists. Since September is peak season with flocks of tourists traveling to London to soak in the summer sun, attendees of the Fashion Week are suggested to make their reservations at the preferred hotels beforehand.

How-To-Reach

Being one of the most appealing and popular destinations amongst the traveling crowds, the fashion capital of the United Kingdom is not at all difficult to reach. One can make it to the event without any hassles. The largest city of England, London is extremely well-connected with the rest of the major parts of the world. Housing an international airport namely London Heathrow Airport, airways are the fastest mode of travel to reach London.

By Air

London is home to 5 airports out of which three important ones include Heathrow, Gatwick, and Stansted. The most important airport that connects London city with the major cities worldwide is London Heathrow Airport. Over a hundred international flights fly to and from this airport to various corners of the world. London is directly connected with the major cities of India. Direct flights flying from India to London are Air India, Jet Airways, British Airways, and Virgin Atlantic.

By Train

If one is traveling from neighboring cities such as Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Berlin, and others in Europe, London offers train services that are linked well with the surrounding cities. London is a hub of the British Rail Network which makes traveling to London much easier and convenient. One can make use of private or public vehicles and cover the pending distance by road without any hassles.

By Road

Offering an excellent and extremely beautiful road network, London is linked to other cities of the country well enough. With paths passing through the villages, traveling by road to London allow travelers to witness the beauty of English countrysides. London also offers bus services that connect the city with domestic and international destinations both. For tourists traveling on a budget, opting for bus proves to be the best option.

Calling out to all the fashion enthusiasts for London Fashion Week, the capital city of England is ready to host the most significant event of the fashion industry. With renowned names in the industry being right in front, the paparazzi going crazy, buyers selecting their choice of clothing, and the upcoming fashion trends being displayed, this event is one of the must-try experiences at least once in a lifetime. So, without any further ado, spend some money on the LFW tickets without feeling guilty and plan your fashion escape to London now!

 

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Best Places To Visit On A Friends & Family Trip To Kerala

If I could sum up how I feel about traveling in three words, I would say ‘I love it’! For me, traveling doesn’t mean hopping from one place to another, it is rather a medium to experience the world, meet new people, and explore different culture and lifestyles. And this is exactly what I experienced with my wife Chitra on our recent trip to Kerala.

Being one of the senior people in my company, I keep traveling for business trips. But this time it was different as we decided to explore South India, and we were travelling along with three more couples. All we wanted was a carefree and relaxing holiday, and that’s exactly what we experienced. A little bit of browsing did help us in a great way!

I came across Travel Triangle on the internet and then contacted them for booking our trip to Kerala. Right from the planning of our holiday to the execution during the trip, everything was perfect! They helped me at every stage and got me in touch with Travelius, a local agent in Kerala. This made the whole booking process pretty easy and smooth.

Trip Type: 8 Days 7 Nights trip with family and friends.
Cost: INR 1,33,280
Inclusions: All the accommodation, breakfast at the hotel and lunch at the houseboat, transfers from and to the airport, sightseeing, and service and VAT charges. Also, a Hindi/English speaking Chauffeur Guide.
Exclusions: Airfare, lunch and dinner at the hotel, entree fee charges, any sort of personal expenses.
Weather in Kerala: The average temperature was around 28°C, and while it was hot in Cochin, the other places were quite pleasant.

  • Day 1 to Day 3: Cochin to Munnar Arrival & sightseeing
  • Day 4 and 5: Enroute Thekkady and Kumarakom
  • Day 6: Memorable Stay in the Houseboat
  • Day 7 and 8: Exploring Cochin Like The Locals

Day 1 to Day 3: Drive to Munnar from the Cochin Airport and Sightseeing

Places to stay kerala

On our first day, we had a long 3 hours and 30 minutes scenic drive from the Cochin airport to Munnar. After reaching our resort, The Leaf Munnar, we were elated. It was absolutely perfect! The arrangements were great and we could sense comfort right from the moment we stepped in. We relaxed for a while and then explored the beautiful property.

trip with friends munnar

Places to stay munnar

During the first three days of our trip, we visited the beautiful tea gardens, museums, and the nearby lakes. The weather was pleasant and perfect for us to relax in the lap of the nature.

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Day 4 and 5: Enroute Thekkady and Kumarakom

things to do thekkady

couple on elephant thekkady

cultural show thekkady

After exploring the beauty of Munnar, we headed to Thekkady on the fourth day of our trip. We stayed here only for a night at Hotel Spice Grove. A whole day here was enough for us to visit the medicinal garden, and coffee and cardamom plantations . Our visit here was quite insightful as we were nicely informed about the usefulness of these plants. Also, one of the most cherished memories of our trip was lived here as it was Valentine’s Day. My wife Chitra and I took an elephant ride and the keeper treated us like we were newlyweds. We were all red with happiness. But what made our day even better was the Kathakali dance show. The experience was mesmerizing!

places to stay kumarakom

Places To stay Kerala

The next morning, we headed to Kumarakom where we stayed at the Waterscapes KTDC Backwater Resort. Honestly, we travel every year, both abroad and within India, but I’ve never witnessed such a unique accommodation anywhere. The location of the resort was not only excellent, but breathtaking as the houses were built upon the canals. Staying here for just a day was too less, because this is undoubtedly one of the most unique places to stay in Kerala.

Day 6: A Memorable Stay in the Houseboat

Alleppey Sunset View

On the 6th day of our trip, we drove to Alleppey. This was the first time that we were going to stay in a moving houseboat and so the excitement was at its peak. The moment we reached there, we were more than satisfied. The houseboat seemed like a home away from home. It had four rooms, ACs, a TV, music system, and was beautifully decorated. It felt like it was made just for our group. If you’re also looking for great places to stay in Kerala, look no more. At stay here is worth experiencing!
We spent the day witnessing the beauty of the backwaters, listening to the chirping birds, and indulging in local food. There couldn’t have been a better way to get closer to the nature than this!

To top it all, we were surprised with a birthday cake for our daughter’s birthday. We wanted to celebrate it amongst ourselves on the boat, but had no idea that Sudeesh, our local agent from Travelius will make it so special. It was a wow moment for us!

Day 7 and 8: Exploring Cochin Like The Locals

Things to do cochin

While the weather was a bit warm in Cochin, we had enough energy mustered up to explore the city. We spent time at the beach, went for fishing and boating, explored the palaces, and tried out some local cuisines. It was a day well spent! At the night, we came back to our hotel, the Cochin Palace and called it a day. The next day, we were ready with our bags to leave for the airport.

Things to do cochin

All in all, it was an impeccable experience. All the resorts or hotels that we stayed at had amazing hospitality and were well-maintained. And believe me, there were no low points in our trip. If I had to recall the most amazing moment, it would be the time we spent at The Munnar Resort and the special treatment we received. They had prepared exclusive fasting meals for some of us, and it was heart touching.

  • Kerala is a beautiful place waiting for you to explore. Make sure you pay a visit with your family and stay at the most amazing resorts, to stay close to nature.
  • Waterscapes KTDC Backwater Resort is a beautiful place to stay in Kumarakom. Do plan your stay here for more than a day.

It was a flawless holiday experience and absolute value for money. Everything from the beginning till the end was very smooth, just what we had hoped for. I think because of the excellent experience that we have had with Travel Triangle, I would love to suggest it to future travelers, be it for booking a trip to Kerala or anywhere else!

 

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4 Cafes In Depot Road, Singapore For Chill Vibes & Good Food

Step outside and embrace the beauty that Singapore is surrounded with, there’s a lot to do and explore in the Lion City and you can’t just get enough of this beaut destination. The cafe culture in Singapore is rapidly booming as we give you a list of 4 best cafes in Depot Road to visit after a tiring day of sightseeing when you’re for some respite to unwind over a cup of coffee or delish snacks.

Depot Road is the hipster’s paradise with many cafes that are slightly off the radar, offering lip-smacking cuisines to devour on. You can go on a lazy afternoon to spend your leisurely hours gorging on the delicious meal along with a cup of coffee to enjoy your views. Escape the scorching heat in one of these cafes in Depot Road and thanks us later 😉

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Check out this list of cafes in Depot Road, Singapore to visit on a lazy afternoon and spend your leisurely hours indulging in lip-smacking delicacies.

1. Depot Road Laksa

Depot Road Laksa shop

This shop is famous for serving its laksa in a claypot in order to retain the heat of its fragrant and tick laksa gravy.

Location: Depot Road Laksa, 122 Bukit Merah Lane 1, Singapore 150122 Bukit Merah Lane 1, Singapore 150122
Timings: 9 am – 3pm

2. Paddy Hills

Egg Fritata dish

This cafe is a must visit for people looking to grab a bite in a tranquil setting and have a laid back lunch. A posh breakfast and lunch spot offering European and Asian culinary delights in a quaint and serene setting, this cafe is highly recommended to find some respite.

Location: Paddy Hills, 38 South Buona Vista Rd, Singapore 118164
Timings: 10:30 am – 5 pm

3. PlayMade By

If you’re in Singapore, your trip is incomplete without trying the famous Bubble Tea of PlayMade By. A popular Taiwanese bubble tea shop, it is known for their unique creation and innovations such as Black Sesame Pearls, White Pearls, Burnt Caramel Pearls and more.

Location: PlayMade By, 108 Depot Road, Depot Heights Shopping Centre #01-03, Singapore 100108
Timings: 11 am – 8 pm

4. Lynns Cakes & Coffee

Lynns Cakes & Coffee

This cafe is popular among the Muslim crowds as it uses halal products to make some delicious cakes. This joint is open from Tuesday to Thursday, 11 am to 7 pm. Their coffees are freshly made with the finest quality ingredients and their cakes are baked on site. This establishment was started by Lynn back in 2009 and sold delectable cupcakes.

Specialties: Carrot Cake, Cheesecake, Rainbow Cake, Red Velvet Cake, Chocolate Cake
Address: 11 Eng Kong Terrace, Singapore 598983
Google rating: 4.2

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Depot Road is the hipster’s paradise that boasts ample of hidden gems that are waiting to be explored. Visit these cafes in Depot Road to take a break from your sightseeing tour on your holiday trip to Singapore and spend your leisurely hours basking in the sunlight while devouring on freshly brewed coffee and yummy delights.

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5 Temples In Padangtegal Bali That You Must Visit For Peace & Tranquility On Your Trip

Bali is an exotic island destination in Indonesia that houses more temples than homes combined. With over 10,000 temples in this small island, there’s a lot to explore on your vacation to Bali that will you stunned. These temples in Padangtegal, Bali are a visual treat to your eyes because of their stunning architecture

and the intricate sculptures intertwined to reflect the rich history and culture of Bali. These temples reflect the beauty and charm of Bali that will beguile you into coming back to this paradise that filled with warmth, generosity, positivity, serenity and tranquility in its every nook and cranny. Make a visit to the temples of Bali and make sure you add these to your itinerary.

With over 10,000 temples, which are each unique to its own, here’s a list of 5 such amazing temples in Padangtegal, Bali that will leave you stunned with its intrigue beauty and charm.

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1. Pura Damen Taman Kaja

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The Kecak Dance that takes place at this temple is a huge attraction that involves an intriguing dance performance based on the epic Ramayana hindu mythology. The Kecak is a classical monkey chant dance that is performed by talented and skilled dancers coming from Desa Pekraman Taman Kaja. This classical dance is a show of fire and trance that is performed regularly at the temple every Wednesday and Saturday. The performance takes place in the courtyard of the temple where you can witness the dance from the either side of the courtyard, the dance performance doesn’t include any musical instruments, only the vocals of 100 men chanting and entertaining. This one of a kind dance ritual will transcend you into a trance state of mind and leave you entertained for sure.

Location: Pura Damen Taman Kaja, Jl. Sri Wedari No.12, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

2. Taman Ayun Temple

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Located in the Mengwi district of Bali, Pura Taman Ayun is a compound of Balinese temple and garden with water features, a place of absolute serenity and calm, it is definitely amongst the top 10 temples of Bali. the temple was built in the year 1634, and extensively renovated around 1937. You can stroll around the expansive garden and take a break from all the touristy paces of Bali, relax yourself after a tiring day of sightseeing and evoke a sense of spirituality that will come so easily at this temple.

Location: Taman Ayun Temple, Jl. Ayodya No.10, Mengwi, Kec. Mengwi, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80351, Indonesia

3. Gunung Kawi Sebatu

Gunung

Just half-an-hour from Ubud, ‘Gunung Kawi Sebatu’ is a charming Hindu temple. The temple is worked out around a number of pools and ponds. It is a perfect place to relax because of its peaceful and tranquil environment. The way to enter the temple from the western side provides stunning views down on the temple complex. Most of the visitors just admire these views more than the temple. The Gunung Kawi Sebatu is devoted to the Hindu Lord Vishnu and is generally used by the native peoples for religious rituals.

Location: Sebatu, Tegallalang, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia

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4. Tirta Empul Temple

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If you want to spend some time in peace and tranquility during your Bali vacation then you should not miss Tirta Empul Temple which is considered to be one of the best places to visit in Ubud. Constructed around 960 AD, this temple with a mountain spring is located in the town of Manukaya. There are various destinations all through the area along with other archeological relics which can be visited.

Location: Jl. Tirta, Manukaya, Tampaksiring, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80552, Indonesia

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5. Pura Taman Saraswati Temple

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Among the top 10 places to visit in Ubud, Pura Taman Saraswati Temple is one which is a must visit if you are in Bali. Built in traditional Balinese architecture, this water temple is located in the centre of Ubud. You can also visit the temple post sunset to witness the famous Kecak Dance Performance that takes place inside the temple premise on every Tuesday and Thursday from 7.30 PM.

Location: Jalan Kajeng, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Timings: 7 AM to 5 PM

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The ancient side of Bali is quite intriguing and beguiling, one can explore the magnificent century old architectural marvels that are also one of the most iconic historic landmarks of Bali. You can unravel the culture of Bali and get to know about its rich past by visiting these intricate temples in Padangbai, Bali and make your vacation in Bali the most fascinating one by making sure you visit them.

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Celebrate A Magical And Adventurous Christmas In Sweden In 2019!

Every country has its own set of historic glory that defines each of their festivals in ways that are true to country-specific traditions. Although Christmas is considered a popular festival, its roots lay deep in the foundation of a country’s history and culture. If you are in Sweden during the holidays, you are in for a surprise. Not only is it celebrated as a profound cultural extravaganza, but the strands of Biblical significance make it even richer.

Christmas in Sweden is bestowed upon on 13th December or famously known as St Lucia’s Day as an ode to the upcoming celebrations of the festival. There are stories that go back into heartfelt fables of life and human existence. To this day, the Sweden Christmas traditions are followed which eventually gives way to the week of Christmas gala in Sweden.

Christmas in Sweden is a mix of cultural propagation and celebration of life. From activities to the fascinating Swedish Christmas decorations, shopping to tourism, Sweden decks up in a glorious attire during this time of the year. If you are planning to drop in a visit to Sweden, Christmas is the best and for reasons more than one.

Christmas in Sweden

No festival is complete without a grand platter of scrumptious food. The biggest and most celebrated feast is usually held on Christmas Eve. Although traditionally it is a family affair, nowadays these feasts have grown bigger and taken the shape of open food markets and stalls for everyone to feel an equal part of the festivities. Talk of Swedish Christmas food and they consist of cold fish, gravlax, smoked salmon and many more. The Swedish know their food too well and categorize savory and sweet as per their palettes. Christmas Eve comes with its own charm where loved ones break bread together and cheer for the good times. Christmas Eve also comes with another fascinating nation-wide obsession of watching Donald Duck on TV! In fact, this has been telecasted every year since 1959 with a majority of the population stopping and watching their yearly guilty pleasure.

As night descends and dawn breaks, the country welcomes the best day of the year with open arms. Exchanging gifts are a significant part of a traditional Christmas day. A typical Swedish house will have straw goats outside their homes during this time as a gesture to respect the pure, unadulterated resources during Jesus’s birth. Christmas tree in Sweden is sometimes made out of straw as well as a tribute to Jesus’s righteousness. Once you are Sweden, you will be lost in the prolonged festive month that only makes the history of the country more resourceful. From small nothing to huge traditional set-ups, Christmas in Sweden in its entirety is something that will astonish you over and over again.

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8 reasons to visit Sweden during Christmas

As said earlier, the reasons to visit Sweden during Christmas are more than one.

  • Sweden has one of the most profound and long celebrations dedicated to Christmas. 13th January marks the end of Christmas holidays in Sweden after 20 days of gala events and merry-making. With weather that is best suited for travel and Christmas as a bonus, Sweden might just rank as one of the most popular places to visit during this time of the year.
  • The food. The buffet during the Christmas Eve feast or ‘julbord’ is a food lover’s ultimate table. From sweet to savory, the spread is an unending explosion of flavors. From varieties of cheese to cold cuts, fresh bread and spreads, sausages, ribs, all are cooked traditionally into delectable delicacies, especially for that evening.
  • Homemade mulled wine is another attraction in Sweden as its rustic spice entices your senses better than anything else.
  • It is the spirit of Christmas that makes the time so much more precious. From beautiful decorations to people having the happiest time of the year, the overall experience will make you a better person altogether.
  • The culture and history that comes with Christmas traditions in Sweden are sure to click the explorer in you. The stories dating back to your of makes us wonder in astonishment as to how far we have come as a global race.
  • The Swedish Christmas desserts are sorted out quite well. The simple and articulate recipe of ‘risgrynsgrot’ might sound easy, but one needs years of practice to pro this art. Rice porridge served with a generous helping of fresh raspberry jam, often sprinkled with fine cinnamon powder gives a rush that takes us back to our grandmother’s courtyards.
  • Every country looks the most beautiful when its people are happy and content. With Christmas being the most joyous time of the year will only come with more laughter, good experiences, and beautiful memories.

Here are the best places to visit in Sweden during Christmas to indulge in a vibrant celebration mood and experience the local traditions of the festival along with snowfall.

1. Gothenburg

Gothenburg

This city popularly known as the Christmas city of Sweden is a bustling center of fun activities, markets, food, and merry lights. From art galleries to its city center, all of it decks up in beautiful and breathtaking decorations just before Christmas.

Must Experiences

The city center – Avenyn, looks particularly beautiful during this time of the year. You can also visit the main art gallery and go to the Christmas market located in Liseberg.

Temperature in December
The average is 4°C.

How to Reach

By Air
Landvetter Airport is an international airport that is only 16 miles from the main city. It is connected to most regions of Europe.

By Road
Gothenburg is connected to Stockholm via the E4 highway and to Malmö and Helsingborg via the E6 highway.

By Rail
You can take hourly trains from any major cities of Sweden. The central station is at Drottningtorget.

2. Gallivare

Gallivare

This small locality is not your regular hip and happening center of culture, but its yearly Santa Winter Games tells it apart from its contemporary areas. From parades to Santa himself, contests and food, the festivities gather up into a celebration for everyone present there.

Must Experiences

The Winter Games parade is a must-see, along with the international competitor to find the best Santa. People from all across the world participate and in recent years, even people from Hong Kong have made it to the leaderboards.

Temperature in December
The average is -7°C.

How to Reach

By Air
Gällivare Airport is just a few minutes ride from the main city. You can also fly to other near By Airports, such as the Kiruna Airport or Pajala Airport.

By Road
The E4 highway connects Gällivare to Stockholm.

By Rail
You can directly take trains to Gällivare train station

3. Stockholm

Stockholm

Stockholm during Christmas in Sweden is a paradise because of its quaint and cozy feel. Christmas might be significant in Stockholm, but the real essence of this city lies in its quintessential calmness that makes you explore yourself into the depths of conscience.

Must Experiences
The Christmas opening ceremony in Stockholm is particularly beautiful. You can join the Stockholm Santa Run where people dressed as Santa go on a fun and non-competitive run. You can also enjoy dinner in one of the vintage boats, called Strömmas.

Temperature in December
The average is 2°C.

How to Reach

By Air
Stockholm is quite easy to reach By Air, thanks to the Arlanda International Airport. It has four terminals and located about 40 kilometers away from the city.

By Road
Stockholm is flanked on the north and east by the E4 and the E3 expressway. Almost all buses go to Stockholm.

By Rail
You can take any train operated by the StatensJärnvägar – the state railway company to get there.

4. Swedish Lapland

Swedish Lapland

Heading far north will allow you to experience the most magical parts of the country. You have small villages surrounded by snowy mountains. You can see herds of reindeers and photograph the northern lights. Moreover, you can also go skiing or ride a snowmobile across a frozen lake.

Must Experiences

Abisko is the place to be if you want to experience the northern lights. It is one of the best places on Earth for seeing the auroras. Moreover, you will also get some decent places to stay over there. Jukkasjärvi is a little village that celebrates Christmas in its own way. It has the famous Icehotel that is worth the visit even if you do not stay there overnight.

Temperature in December
The average is -6°C.

5. Salen

Salen

If you’re planning to witness the white bed of snow closely and don’t have the urge of traveling to Swedish Lapland, then Salen can be a good alternative. A perfect getaway for a family vacation, this relaxing six resort is something one can enjoy and experience a laidback vacation. This place has a fine mix of various runs and also some cosy cabins which can be rented by the travelers. And one can also indulge in some fascinating skiing experience.

Must Experiences

To enjoy the guarantee skiing experience on the white bed of snow, Salen is one of the two best ski resorts in Sweden. This place welcomes the beginners and young families to try out their hands-on skiing alongside offering the perfect space to relax and enjoy the festive vibes.

Temperature In December

The temperature in December remains between 2-degree celsius and can drop to -4 degree celsius.

6. Sagolandet Tomteland

Tomteland

Located across the Lake Siljan which is situated around 300 Kms northwest of Stockholm. This place is quite a kick for the little kids. As the Christmas arrives, the park is turned into a complete winter wonderland which is decorated by snowy red cabins and surrounded by forests and frozen streams.

Must Experience: There are many fascinating events which take place for the kids and while all these keep them occupied, there is also a chance that one can get a chance to meet the Santa in real.

By Air
There are numerous domestic airports. Depending on where you want to go, you can pick any one of the airports from Kiruna Airport, Pajala Airport, Luleå airport, Gällivare Airport, Arvidsjaur Airport or Skellefteå Airport.

By Road
The entire Lapland region is well connected via the E4 and the E10 expressways with multiple buses operating between each town.

By Rail
There is an extensive railway network connecting Björkliden, Abisko, Kiruna, Gällivare, Murjek, Boden and Luleå.

Sweden has been in the spotlight as a country who celebrated Christmas oh so fondly and dearly. Sweden does not believe in overdone extravaganza but makes the festival more like a family gathering. Make your holidays in Europe even more memorable with a visit to a county that ushers in Christmas more cordially than anywhere else in the world!

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Here’s Your First Time Guide To Seychelles By Sandesh Kumar

Truly a paradise on earth, Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, off East Africa. Home to several pristine beaches, rainforests, a stunning coastal line that will encapsulate you and treat you to crystal clear blue waters for a blissful holiday experience. Here’s how Sandesh and his wife lived their days off the island shore where the turquoise waters and the white sand were the only views they would wake up to. Let’s have a look at Sandesh’s first time guide to Seychelles and how his experience was as a first timer to the islands.

Seychelles was my wife’s first choice as this was the first time she was traveling out of country so I let her decide. My wife did research online on the destination for 15 days and decided this was the place that she wanted us to go to.

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Trip Type: Honeymoon

Cost: INR 1,95,350

Duration: 6 days

No. of People: 2

Inclusions: Airfare, Accommodation, Breakfast, Airport Transfer

Exclusions: Lunch, dinner, personal expenses, water activities

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Day 1: Anse Georgette Beach
Day 2: Cycling and glass-bottom rafting in La Digue
Day 3: Visit to Fond Ferdinand National Park
Day 4: Mahe city tour
Day 5: Sightseeing in Mahe
Day 6: Departure

Here are all our special memories from the trip. See what all we did and plan your getaway accordingly.

Day 1: Leisure Time At Anse Georgette Beach

Airport View

Anse Georgette Beach

On day 1, we arrived at the Mahe International Airport and were met by a representative of the team who took us to the inter island Quay, and checked into our hotel called Oasis hotel restaurant & Spa after a 45 minute ferry ride to reach Praslin. Oasis was wonderful and our favourite part was the vegetarian indian food. It was important for us because we both are vegetarians. The hotel was just 30 seconds away from the beach. They had a wonderful swimming pool. All in All a great experience.

After the check-in at the hotel we had the rest of the day to ourselves so we chose to explore the island on our own. We went to the beaches in Praslin and the highlight of the trip had to be the Anse Georgette beach. The Anse Georgette beach is regarded as one of the most stunning beaches in Seychelles with powder soft white sand and crystal clear blue waters.

Day 2: La Digue Cycling and Glass Bottom Rafting

Cycling at Island

Glass Bottom Rafting

Awesome Experience

The second day we were taken off to La Digue island after a 15 minute jetty ride. The island offers spectacular beaches, an abundance of Creole architecture, a Nature Reserve and the famous L’Union estate. We enjoyed the island at our own pace exploring the island on cycles. There is this group of people called Crystal waters who took us on glass bottom rafting and some island adventures, it truly was one hell of an experience. They usually charge 80 euros per person and it’s totally worth it.

Day 3: Fond Ferdinand National Park

Fond Ferdinand National Park

Enjoy the cool sea breeze

breathtaking view

The Fond Ferdinand National Park is one of the best offbeat places in Seychelles. We wandered around the park, which is not known to a lot of people that makes it a hidden gem. Enjoy the cool sea breeze, a breathtaking panoramic view of the island of Praslin and the neighbouring islands, it is the best alternative to Vallee De Mai and includes a tour of the local flora and fauna.

Day 4 & 5: Mahe City Tour

Couple spending romantic time

sunset view

stunning view of the beach

Coral Strand resort

On the fourth day after a delicious meal of breakfast at the hotel, we took a ferry to leave for Mahe and checked-in to our resort called Coral Strand. At Coral Strand we had a honeymoon suite with a stunning view of the beach that looked straight out of a film set. We enjoyed an entire city’s tour for two whole days and it was an exhilarating experience. Mahe, the main island, is home to the international airport and Victoria, the world’s tiniest capital and is the cultural and economic hub of the nation. We indulged in water sport activities on the second day in Mahe like snorkeling, kayaking and scuba.

Day 6: Bidding Adieu To The Island

stunning view

tea for relaxation at airport

On the final day we checked out of the hotel and bid adieu to the island followed by departure to the airport.

The weather was surprisingly pleasant. We did not expect Rainy season in May. The best months to visit Seychelles are April, May, October and November. These Months represent the transition times between the hot and humid northwest trade winds (from November through March) and the cooler southeast trade winds that define April through October.

Take a direct flight from Mumbai to SEZ Airport in Seychelles near Victoria. Air Seychelles is the most popular airline to fly to Seychelles.

You must pack the following items (or similar) for your trip to Seychelles:

  • Raincoat and umbrella
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Flip flops or sandals
  • Sturdy trekking / sports shoes
  • Sarongs
  • A light jacket (or two)
  • A small backpack
  • Bathing suit and quick dry towel
  • Flashlight
  • Photo ID
  • Scarves
  • The culture is similar to europe/america. Indian travelers need to be aware that the water is not free. Carry your water bottle with you and fill it up wherever you get free drinking water.
  • Carry Seychelles rupees as you wont lose out of currency exchange as compared to dollars and euros.
  • Do not expect a 24 hour service unless you are staying in a 5 star property. Hotel staff here just leave by 9pm and you don’t get any service after that.
  • If you have US Dollars, they do not accept notes which are 2012 and older. So only 2013 onwards currency notes are accepted.

DO’s

  • Interact with the locals
  • Try the authentic and delicious local food of Seychelles

DON’Ts

  • Exchange currency at an unauthorized center
  • Bargain in local markets for handicrafts

We had a fabulous trip experience, all thanks to TravelTriangle. We look forward to booking another trip with them in the future.

A trip to Seychelles sure seems like a dream come true, it surely did for Sandesh and his wife. If you’re also planning a trip to the Seychelles, make sure to follow this first time guide to Seychelles and enjoy a holiday in Seychelles that will feel like living life in heaven! What are you waiting for?

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6 Exciting Casinos In Colombo To Try Your Luck At

Casinos are another attraction in Colombo which are very popular. This is a really exciting and addictive thing that you can get into. Casinos are not a new thing but the experience of casinos in Colombo is altogether different. They also have really good restaurants surrounding the casinos where you can have a great meal.

Here is a list of top 6 casinos in Colombo. Some days you may also find live music playing here as you play various games with your friends and have a great time.

1. Continental Club

major attraction of Colombo

This is one of the most popular casinos in Colombo and is very well respected and has been in this business for a long time. They have been in this business for about 18 years. The major attraction of this place is that many foreign tourists visit this place and enjoy a good game. You might hardly find locals here as this place is swamped with tourists. This hotel-cum-casino has been taking care of its customers for a long time.

Location: Galle Road

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2. Ballys Casino

Ballys Casino

This is among the most popular casinos in Colombo and is included in every tourists nightlife list. It is one of the respected names in this business. This casino has been running for a while and provides protection to all its guests and secures their data. This is the biggest casino in Colombo. They serve amazing snacks and drinks to their customers.

Location: Colombo fort station

3. The Ritz Club

Roulette

Another known casino in Colombo which is also really big and has many customers bustling around. This casino is known to be the largest casino in Sri Lanka. They have a healthy mix of local and tourists customers that flow around this casino. They games and the customer service that is provided here is fantastic and loved by all their regular customers. This place is filled with people during the evening.

Location: Galle Face Terrace

4. Stardust Casino

Night view of Casino

Stardust casino in Colombo, Sri Lanka provides its services to the upmarket and gives international services to the guests. The guests love the restaurant and the bar here. They have great quality of food and drinks here. If you love a good casino with great service, food and drink then this is the place for you. The guests are given high quality service and their data is secured with great care.

Location: Carlwill Palace
Timings: 7 PM – 1 AM

5. MGM Colombo

Cool games

This casino is known for its amazing games and is a game joint in this city. This place is smaller to most of the casinos but is very popular amongst the guests for its hospitality and services. The staff is very courteous and takes great care of them. They have two floors where the first floor is for the customers who need a little privacy and the ground floor is occupied by most of the regular customers.

Location: Outskirts of Colombo

6. Bellagio Casino

Awesome place

This casino is popular amongst the tourists as well as the locals. You can always notice some tourists playing around or some locals gambling their way through. This is one of the casinos that cater to middle class visitors. This place is really popular for its nightlife and is known for its amazing ambience and wonderful vibe. They have many events and dances here.

Location: Duplicate Road

These are some of the most well known and loved casino in Colombo and you must visit them on your trip to Sri Lanka as they might make your sober life more eventful.

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