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Las Velas: The village for the turtle tourists

Las Velas: The village for the turtle tourists

By Nupur Kale | October 22, 2015 | Uncategorized

Prologue: Velas in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra has become famous for its turtle festival or ‘kasav mahotsav’. The festival is a month long affair which usually falls in March but the village starts receiving tourists as soon as the first nest hatches. I began...
Life in Ganjam: The People Make the Place!

Life in Ganjam: The People Make the Place!

By Ridhi Chandarana | October 7, 2015 | Odisha

The best part about being in my line of work is the kind of travelling you get to do. You don’t just visit, you get to live in different places. Unlike tourists, or even seasoned travellers, who focus on the different sites and history of the place, here, you actually...
When a Million Turtles Land

When a Million Turtles Land

By Kalyan Varma | April 3, 2015 | Odisha

It was just past midnight. The narrow stretch of beach was deserted, empty. It was not supposed to be — we were there, at that time and in that place, to witness one of nature’s most extraordinary occurrences: the mass nesting of Olive Ridley turtles. The moon had...
Turtles Takeover

Turtles Takeover

By Divya Mudappa | April 2, 2015 | Odisha

It was just another night With a sunset And a moonrise not so far behind To give us just enough light To lay down underneath the stars Listen to all the translations Of the stories across the sky We drew our own oonstellationsmmun ~ Jack Johnson,...
Arribada!

Arribada!

By Mallika Sardeshpande | | Odisha

The coast appeared from under the clouds on the horizon rather abruptly. The waves were but thin white lines on the narrow shore. As the plane descended over the Bay of Bengal, the blue ocean began to get a texture. And just as it began landing in Vizag, I could see...