Sunday, July 24, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Spent a very short vacation at the Deshadan Cliff and Beach resort in Varkala. The Varkala beach itself is by far the best beach near Trivandrum, better than Kovalam or Shankumugham beaches. Varkala beach seems to be more frequented by foreigners rather than locals, at least by the folks that we ran into while we were there. There are a large number of resorts in Varkala, suiting wide variety of budgets, all the way from five star hotels to mom and pop establishments.
I chose Deshadan based on their TripAdvisor ratings and reviewer comments and for their swimming pool and found it to be an excellent choice. The only negative was the time taken for preparing food, order well in advance to have lunch or dinner on time (breakfast is a buffet).
Deshadan is around 1/2 mile walk from the beach, there are other places right next to the beach if you prefer that. Deshadan has a very nice pool, and a Dhathri ayurvedic spa within the resort. Both the resort as well as the spa is very reasonably priced and the service is also really good.
All photographs taken with a Canon EOS 400D and the Canon EF 70-200 F/4 L IS USM lens.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Just back from a wonderful team offsite at Ramoji Film City. Ramoji Film City is the largest integrated film studio complex in the world spread over 2000 acres situated around 25 km South-East of Hyderabad.
We stayed at the luxury hotel Sitara located inside the film city during the two day event, each day consisted of "official" activities during the day followed by buffet dinner and party in the night. The regular shows of Ramoji Film City had a really eerie impact when viewed in the night and all of us enjoyed it, even those who had seen it before in daytime on prior trips.
One of the highlights of the trip was hearing Mr Ramoji Rao talk about his life and experiences and how he came to launch Eenadu newspaper, E-TV television network and the film city.
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The Mughal architecture, gardens, lawn, fountains, waterways and colored lights blended perfectly to create a visual treat.
Manged to cover only a fraction of the film city in the time we were there, definitely a place worth spending more time to explore.
All photographs taken with a Panasonic Lumix FH20 and processed in Lightroom 3.0. While I did not take my D-SLR due to the pain of carrying it around and safeguarding it while participating in all the activities, the FH20 did quite a decent job and I fixed the noise due to the smaller sensor and the high-ISO night shots in Lightroom.