Identified for its sandy yet unspoiled beaches, Visakhapatnam is contemporarily nicknamed as Vizag. The penchant towards the newly derived name was one of the motivations of planning for a holiday in Vizag. Soon I found my hotel or say the beach resort at Beach Road. I was all alone for the first time so I chose staying at The Park Visakhapatnam to minimize the risk. You would love to know that the hotel is nestled lavishly at the beachside and all of its rooms are facing the waterfront. How enthralled was I knowing this? The immense Bay of Bengal was close to my eyesight. I couldn’t stop myself from being the part of hotels’ fine dining to have my first major meal, my lunch.
Life keeps on giving us the surprises, but it is we, who fail to grab them or get delayed for the same. But this time delay and failure were at bay. I was full on open handed. I gobbled the food and relished it completely. Checking in was a short term and I was gushed in my allotted Deluxe room in no time. I sighed deeply as what did I see? It is the living room with a bedroom overlooking the sea and the lawns. The complimentary fruit silo on my desk was dazzling to capture my attention. Seating arrangement in the attached balcony was nailing me to the place to savor the rich aroma of The Park’s brisk coffee. Sometimes no matter how solitary you are but you enjoy every bit and piece of it. And indeed it is required at times when you get lost yourself in the worldly commitments. I was fortunate enough to get this priceless opening. Thank God!
I was entirely in a mood of drifting the hotel and its premises. So I had a few minutes of power-nap to reenergize myself. It was late evening and I headed to visit the star hotel. I was amazed on the hotel's hospitality that its staffs are so well serving. God bless them. It was an overnight stay at the Park Visakhapatnam with the sweet dreams of the upcoming recreational.
The Meenakshi Temple continued to instill in me a sense of reverence and I felt lucky that I was able to have the ‘darshan’ of the deity in this lifetime. The heat of the afternoon sun was getting to me and I was hungry too. What better cuisine to have while in South India than the South Indian food. The appams, dosas and idlis were calling and I made way to the Murugan Idli Shop, quite popular in Madurai, for eating the yummiest food ever. The cuisine is very light and nutritious and it is always better to have it from a shop that serves it best. Hence, the outlet has been the favorite for all the locals and the tourists alike.
The interiors of the shop was a picture of humility much like the cuisine it served but the true essence was in the variety they offered and in the taste of the food. I had a long look at the menu card; there were so many dishes that I wished to sample but I obviously could not have had any more than my usual fill. Yet, I may have ordered more than what I could have because by the time all the food came, my table was full. It was a tad embarrassing but who cared, I was on vacation! I ate well, tucking in all the different varieties and loved the chutneys and the sambhar that they provided with the main course. It was by far the best meal that I have ever had while on a journey.
The Murugan Idli Shop, Madurai had evolved from a very small shop and now the firm has a chain of successful restaurants in many areas of Southern India. Much of their success is because of the consistency they provide in the food, the quality control and the taste which has been the same since years now. Very quickly then, I exited from the shop and hired a taxi to go to the American College, Madurai. I hoped that I would be on time to visit one of the oldest colleges in India.
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