Indian Exoticas

Explore, dream and discover some of the lesser known places that defy ‘popular’ greatness of the country.

Published: 04th April 2015 10:00 PM  |   Last Updated: 04th April 2015 12:35 PM   |  A+A-

Myth is the cousin of history, born in the turmoil of time. Often, it predicts the times to come, and the absurd turning into reality. Or vice versa. India is a country of myth and magic, the most mysterious land in the Orient. Much before children learned about the Wright brothers, they would have heard stories of flying machines and missiles from their grandmothers, taken from the epics, the Ramayan and the Mahabharata. Perhaps the ‘pushpak vimana’ anticipated the Boeing 747 or the Brahmastra was an ancestor of the cruise missile. Or they truly existed. Who knows? It was written that Krishna could kill thousands with his Sudarshan chakra or Hanuman could bring the mountain on which the miracle herb Sanjeevani flourished. Call these folktales or epics, but the stories bear some uncanny resemblance to the marvels that science is creating everyday. Frequent invasions and conversions by Islam and Christianity destroyed much of India’s heritage. As the invaders or rulers returned to their homeland, they took away some—or sometimes more of India—with them. However, all is not lost. There remain more unexplored secrets existing in lesser-known corners of the land that are obscured by tourism-hyped places, which add to the diversity of a country known for its unexplored realms.


A Playful God

A column that defies

gravity and peaks that

baffle geologists

Women Power

Ima Market,

the world’s only market

run by women

Foreign Heritages

A little bit of Denmark

in Tranquebar and

Portugal at Anjidiv Islands


India’s Hogwart

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Mayong, the land

of magic, wizards and

ancient temples

The Guardian

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Babia the crocodile

at Ananthapura

Lake Temple, Kerala

Water Wonder

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Tallest waterfall plunge

and the ‘disappearing’

act of Holy Rosary Church


Seeing Is Believing

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The holiest of holy places,

Lord Rama’s bow and

the merging of seas

History’s Mystery

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Earliest signs of

life at the Bhimbetka

and Edakkal caves

Dead and Serving

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The soldier’s shrine,

a ‘living’ martyr of the

Sino-Indian war


With inputs from George Poikayil,Suhas Yellapantula,Prasanta Mazumdar,Marx Tejaswi,Udaya Kumar & Sunita Raghu


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