Discovering hidden gems in the country’s centrally – administered territories ( Union Territories)
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Night kayaking in Havelock Island:
Are you a water baby? If you love swimming and don’t fear the water , this is for you. But even if you are not and beginners swear to this, we can help you pick up some basic paddling experience with of of the other enchanting mangrove kayak tours first, and then you’ll be all set for night kayaking at Havelock. No ordinary experience it is. Every stroke of the paddle lights up the tranquil water with mesmerizing bioluminescence. There’ll be nothing like it if you can plan your trip around the new moon, when the nights are darkest. The tour starts just before sunsetand kayakers return after dark anout three hours later, the falling night setting up an extraordinary backdrop to an intensely sensory excursion (minimum two persons; Rs. 2,700 per person; )
Walking has to be one of the best ways to get a truer sense of a destination and Chandigarh’s organized layout and famous attractions lend themselves especially well to experiencing the city by foot.Walks, which is part of the larger ambit of India City walks, endeavours to offer curated and immersive packages that mix a range of experiences and preferences to your personal taste- monuments, architecture, history, gardens, scenic locations like the Sukhna Lake, culture, markets and food (from Rs. 1,500 per person).
Karaikal, Mahe, Yanam
Its easy to forget that Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam are part of the union territory of Pondicherry. Flung away in three different states, they are little known enclaves waiting to be visited for their charms, but with no tourist infrastructure worth its name. Karaikal is in Tamil Nadu, home to a major fort, the temple to Thirunallar (a famous part of the Navagraha temple circuit of the Thanjavur delta, this shrine dedicated to Shani or Saturn), the confluence where the Arasalar (a tributary of the Cauvery)meets the ocean, and a lighthouse set upon a nice beach promenade.
Take note, Neemrana’s beautifully restored Tranquebar property is just 15kms from here. Mahe (or Mayyazhi)is all of nine square kilometers and entirely surrounded by Kerala, an idyllic Malabar fishing harbor with a walkaway known for its plendid sunsets, less than a three kms from the airpprt at Calicut. Telugu speaking Yanam is larger and further away, 30square kms nestled in the verdant East Godavari district, site of Pondy’s pilot projects and therefore more developed, with a popular People’s Festival that’s held in January.Back in the day, folk from neighbouring states would come over to buy their fill of foreign goods at the mangalavaram santa or Tuesday market established while the French were still here. The Gowthami Godavari meanders over 12 kms to reach the Bay of Bengal at Yanam, and there are pretty views with swaying coconut trees everywhere.