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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: It is the scent of jasmine that first hits you at Thovalai, located at the southern tip of India. Sprawling carpets of colour spread across wide vistas greet you, as you enter here. The air is filled with the thick fragrance of myriad flowers, even as king-size garlands hanging on both sides welcome you. Though located in Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu, Thovalai has always been the ‘official’ flower market of Kerala. 

A pristine village located in Kanyakumari district which borders Kerala, Thovalai is the perfect getaway for those who are inclined towards nature. A short detour from the National Highway to Kanyakumari near Nagercoil takes you to this village made distinct with its vibrant dash of colours all along the way. To locals, Thovalai is synonymous with flowers of all shapes, sizes and hues.  

The market here begins as early as 4 am. Thovalai is the sole supplier of flowers to many parts of Kanyakumari district and some parts of Kerala. Come Onam, people from border villages flock to this unassuming market-place with its fresh produce on sale at really affordable prices. In addition to home-grown flowers like jasmine, lotus and roses, many varieties of roses and marigold from Salem and Hosur too can be bought from here. 

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As you enter the market, the sweet smell of flowers mingles with the background chorus of chirping birds, making you take an instant liking to the place. One cannot but help feel completely at home here, with its friendly banter and atmosphere of camaraderie. Business, however, is brisk with the market winding up by around 8 am. 

A short drive of 13 km from here will take you further to Avaraikulam, abundant with fields of jasmine, rose and a few varieties of marigold, in addition to scores of windmills along the way. Incessant rain last season turned out to be a spoilsport for farmers here, causing a supply shortage of jasmine that have a huge demand among buyers. 

“Though Onam is your festival, it is the farmers of Thovalai who eagerly wait for the festival. Most of us used to be engaged with floriculture. But with flowers no more profitable business, a lot of lands was given for setting up windmills,” says Madhavan, a local farmer. If you feel adventurous and are willing to spend some time, take a detour from Aralvoimozhi on your way back. An 86-km drive through what appears to be a ghat road -with a rough patch of around 20 km in between- will take you through a few historically significant and breathtakingly beautiful places like Kulasekharam, Thripparappu and Thaliyal, finally entering  Nedumangad in Thiruvananthapuram.

 Lush meadows, green ponds, abundant paddy fields and majestic mountainous views greet you all along the route. You also cannot miss the host of brick-kilns on either side of the road. Steep inclines leading to numerous small temples on hill-tops can also be seen as you drive along. The whole journey does not fail to charm you with its bucolic settings embued with rustic beauty, evoking in us a nostalgic longing for days of yore.

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The little sparrow chirps away merrily as it hops on and hops off from one mound of marigolds to the other. It is soon joined by another bird as they call out to each other, perhaps sing duets, as they discover another small hillock of flowers, heaped with jasmines.

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I follow them to see long garlands of dark pink roses huddled together, almost touching the ground. More heaps of roses – this time in shades of orange and red fill the eyes. I look around and it feels like an entire playground is filled with flowers here, giving out a heady fragrance.

I am in a little village called Thovalai near Nagercoil in Tamil Nadu, where flowers bring cheer to the locals here. In Thovalai flower market, every tiny shop greets you with a palette of colours filled with garlands of oranges and yellows, whites and pinks. I am in one of the biggest wholesale flower markets watching bargains strike early in the morning. The roses are getting packed, even as the morning dew has not left them, and the pretty white jasmines, referred to as “Pichchi Vellai”, looking fresh and innocent are selling like hot cakes here. Thovalai is a quintessential flower town, where several acres of gardens produce fresh flowers that are even exported today.

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Weaving garlands in Thovalai

I am however searching amidst these colourful flowers for a family who has been weaving garlands for the deity in the Padmanabhapuram temple every single day of their lives over the last four generations. I cut across heaps of chrysanthemums and marigolds, jasmines and roses to walk through narrow lanes until I reach the home of Muthamperumal. Sitting on a charpai, an elderly man in his sixties is surrounded by baskets filled with pink and white nerium oleanders as he is busy finishing the garland for the deity. His two year old grandson has just woken up, while his five year old granddaughter is all ready for school in her pretty uniform.

Muthamperumal’s wife soon joins him, bringing him a cup of coffee as she starts helping him with the garland. The flowers are fresh and his fingers work magic on them as they look like gemstones sparkling in the morning light. Five rows of the nerium oleander glow like rubies, giving this type of garland a unique name – “Manikkam Maalai.“ or the garland of rubies. “There is a special technique here, see, you can hardly see the petals or the thread; the flowers are folded in such a way that they look like precious stones,” explains Muthamperumal.

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“Manikkam Malai” or the garland of rubies

Muthamperumal was a six year old when he learnt the technique from his father who learnt it from his grandfather and the art has been passed on from generation to generation.  His young granddaughter quickly shows off her skill before running away to school, while her younger brother watches them with curiosity.

This garland is little more than a foot long, but he has woven garlands which are more than even twelve feet in length. Arranged in rows of five or seven or eleven, the design is first sketched on paper and then the flowers are counted and arranged precisely before the fingers start working on the thread. “ It’s an art and a science mixed together, “ says Muthamperumal, who is now ensuring that this technique does not die with his family. Along with the Crafts Council of Tamil Nadu, he has started teaching people on the art of “Manikkam Maalai.”  Recently he was even conferred an award by the Council for his skill as an artist and his contribution to the art.

As we talk, his fingers continue to work while the passion radiates in his eyes as he lovingly puts the finishing touches to the garlands.  Soon three garlands will leave for Trivandrum and we are on our way to Tirunelveli.   As we leave, I wonder how much is packed into a small garland of fragrant flowers as we often take simple arts and crafts like this for granted.

This article on Thovalai flower market was published in my column Inside Story in The Hindu .

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Thovalai Flower Market is the largest flower market in Asia where the air is filled with the fragrance of white jasmine, rose and marigold.

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An open-air market that is a real visual treat, flowers from Thovalai Flower Market are supplied to all the temples in Kanyakumari along with various domestic markets.

  • There is no entrance fee for the market.
  • The market is open from sunrise to 10:00 a.m.
  • Visitors can purchase flower buds at the market.

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If it's your first time visiting Moscow, it's normal to feel overwhelmed. The Russian capital has over 800 years of history and a population of nearly 13 million residents spread across a giant spider-web-shaped city, so finding your bearings takes some time. The sprawling metropolis includes major attractions you've probably heard of, like the Kremlin or St. Basil's Church, but there's so much more to be discovered in Moscow. From the era when tsars ruled to the post-Soviet capital of today, Moscow has always had an air of mystery to it. Pull back the veil and you're sure to be surprised at just how much is hiding beneath the surface.

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First-time visitors must tour the Moscow Kremlin.  The heart of the historic district of the city and the long-time seat of government, the Kremlin contains palaces, churches, museums, and even a larger-than-life cannon, all of which can be viewed while touring the grounds. There is a lot to see just within the Kremlin walls, but the most important attraction is the Armory Chamber, which houses royal regalia, gowns, golden carriages, and other items that date back to the days of the tsardom in Russia.

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Meet Stalin's Seven Sisters

Moscow's Seven Sisters of Stalinist Architecture remember the mid-century leader's need for Russia to illustrate its size and might. These skyscrapers are an integral part of Moscow's skyline and are placed throughout the city, easily recognizable by their domineering presence. The seven are buildings are the Hotel Ukraina, Kotelnicheskaya Embankment Apartments, the Kudrinskaya Square Building, the Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya Hotel, the main building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the main building of Moscow State University, and the Red Gates Administrative Building.

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Pay Your Respects to Lenin

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Marvel at St. Basil's Cathedral

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Improve Your Spirits

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Treat Yourself to Russian Tea

Russian tea culture differs from Western tea-drinking practices. For starters, the samovar takes center stage, a traditional kettle that originated in Russia and then spread through Eastern Europe and the Middle East. A strong pot of tea concentrate called zavarka is brewed on the samovar and each person serves themself as much as they want, controlling how strong their own tea is. First-rate hotels and fancy tea rooms often prepare the drink in a samovar, so definitely take the opportunity to enjoy it whenever you see one.

Dig into Traditional Cuisine at Cafe Pushkin

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Russian food is comforting and delightful, with hearty meats, light dill-seasoned salads, stick-to-your-ribs dumplings, and more. Authentic Russian cuisine is usually served with dense black bread and generous amounts of butter or sour cream to accompany every part of the meal. While you can enjoy traditional food at many places around the city, Cafe Pushkin is a landmark in itself. The ornate and historic cafe is like stepping inside a place where Tolstoy or Chekhov may have penned their works (in fact, it's named for another famous Russian writer). The restaurant is one of the highest-rated in the city, albeit a bit expensive. But if you feel like splurging on a meal, there's nowhere more iconic to do so.

Kiss Winter Goodbye During Maslenitsa

The Maslenitsa farewell-to-winter festival takes the pent-up energy from the long, cold winter and expends it in a thrilling festival of games, food, drink, and Russian traditions. It's the Orthodox version of Mardi Gras or Carnival, although since the calendar is different the dates can differ drastically. Stack your plate high with Russian pancakes called bliny and enjoy this pre-Lenten feast with traditional activities that include sleigh rides and burning the Maslenitsa effigy.

Go Ice Skating

Russians love ice sports, ice skating included. Ice rinks spring up around Moscow for the winter season, and they are regularly enjoyed by everyone. The most famous is the one erected in front of GUM every year, but Patriarch's Ponds also serves as a rink when the ice becomes thick enough. There are dozens across the city in the wintertime, although the biggest can be found at the central Gorky Park—a massive rink that takes about 15 minutes to skate around the entire perimeter!

​Weather the Cold at the Winter Festival

The Moscow Winter Festival is a celebration of the coldest season of the year, typically lasting from mid-December through mid-January and overlapping with Russian Christmas and Russian New Year. Ice sculptures, games, and other associated events make this festival an anticipated occasion for locals and visitors of all ages. Take a troika ride on a horse-drawn carriage, warm up with fresh-baked pastries, or learn all about Ded Moroz, the Russian version of Santa Claus.

Go Shopping at GUM

GUM was the state department store during the Soviet era, the place where residents could buy anything and everything. After the fall of the Soviet Union, the chain was privatized and the most famous GUM store—the one in Moscow—turned into a shopping mall of luxury goods. Facing the Red Square, GUM is still a Moscow institution for its high-end shopping and Italian-inspired architecture. Whether you want to make a purchase or just duck out of the cold weather, GUM is a place you can't miss on your trip.

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Izmailovo Market is where dozens of vendors sell traditional Russian items like matryoshka dolls, khokhloma art, fur hats, shot glasses, paintings, embroidery, and more. You can shop to your heart's content and snag souvenirs, gifts, and conversation pieces. This fun bazaar is located inside the Izmailovo Kremlin, which feels like a small enchanting Russian town of yesteryear nestled inside busy Moscow.

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By Alex Schultz · Last updated on May 4, 2024

The capital of Russia is an incredible place to explore. Visitors to Moscow come away spellbound at all the amazing sights, impressed at the sheer size and grandeur of the city. Lying at the heart of Moscow, the Red Square and the Kremlin are just two of the must-see tourist attractions; they are the historical, political and spiritual heart of the city – and indeed Russia itself.

A fascinating city to wander around, stunning cathedrals, churches, and palaces lie side-by-side with bleak grey monuments and remains from the Soviet state. In addition to its plethora of historical and cultural tourist attractions, Moscow is home to world-class museums, theaters and art galleries.

Renowned for its performing arts, fantastic ballets and amazing circus acts, catching a show while in Moscow is a must. The wealth of brilliant restaurants, trendy bars, and lively nightlife means there is something for everyone to enjoy.

See also: Where to Stay in Moscow

17. Tsaritsyno Palace

Tsaritsyno Palace

Once the summer residence of Catherine the Great, the stunning Tsaritsyno Palace is now a museum-reserve. The architecture is magnificent and there is a lovely park surrounding it for visitors to explore.

Located in the south of Moscow, the palace was commissioned in 1775 and recent renovations mean its lavish interior looks better than ever before with its elegant halls and beautiful staircases.

The exhibits on display look at the life of the empress as well as the history of Tsaritsyno itself. The huge palace grounds are also home to some other delightful buildings with the elegant opera house and wonderful brickwork of the Small Palace being particularly impressive to gaze upon.

VDNKh

Starting out in 1935 as the ‘All-Union Agricultural Exhibition’, VDNKh has slowly morphed over the years into the fascinating open-air museum of today. Remarkably, over 400 buildings can now be found within its confines.

The huge park complex has numerous pavilions representing former Soviet republics on show, such as those of Armenia and Turkmenistan and the distinctive architecture of each of the buildings is always interesting to gaze upon. In addition to this there is the fascinating Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics which is dedicated to space exploration and the fun Moskvarium aquarium even offers you the chance to swim with dolphins.

With lots of eateries scattered about and numerous entertainment options such as horse-riding and zip-lining, there is something for everyone to enjoy; the Friendship of Nations fountain truly is wonderful.

15. Kremlin Armoury

Kremlin Armoury

One of the oldest museums in the city, the Kremlin Armoury has a wealth of treasures; highlights include the ornate Grand Siberian Railway egg, the historic Cap of Monomakh and the stunning Imperial Crown of Russia which often has a crowd of tourists around it, jostling to take a photo.

Once the royal armory, there are loads of fascinating objects on display. Perusing the many sabers, jewelry, armor and more is as interesting as it is educational and entertaining and the swords are so finely crafted that you’ll almost wish you could pick up one and wield if yourself.

Established in 1851, the museum is situated in the Moscow Kremlin.

14. GUM Department Store

GUM Department Store

Standing for ‘Main Universal Store’ in Russian, GUM is stunning. Its wonderful skylights and beautiful facades mean it doesn’t look out of place alongside its illustrious neighbors on Red Square.

With over 200 shops, boutiques and upmarket eateries inside, it is a shopaholic’s heaven and concerned partners will be glad to find more affordable options alongside luxury brands such as Dior and Prada.

The main department store in the city, GUM was opened in 1893. The stunning architecture makes it well worth a visit even if shopping isn’t your thing.

13. Moscow Metro

Moscow Metro

It’s not often that public transport looks like a work of art. So many stops on the Moscow Metro will astound visitors with their beauty and elegance.

Decked in marble and with frescoes covering the walls, the stations are amazing to gaze upon and are part of one of the longest metro systems in the world, with the first stations opened in 1935.

Using the metro is the quickest and easiest way to get around Moscow and braving the crowds of commuters is well worth it for the beauty all around you.

12. Arbat Street

Arbat Street

An elegant yet lively street, Arbat is full of impressive architecture and was once a popular place to live for aristocrats, artists, and academics.

A historic place, it is down Arbat Street that Napoleon’s troops are said to have headed on their way to capture the Kremlin.

Nowadays, there are many cafes, restaurants, and shops, as well as various monuments and statues to former residents such as Alexander Pushkin who was reputed to be a lover of the Russian Empress due to his massive influence in court.

11. Novodevichy Convent

Novodevichy Convent

Drenched in history, the Novodevichy Convent is located in a striking building that was once a fortress. This captivating place is well worth visiting when in Moscow.

Founded in 1524, the convent houses four cathedrals; Smolensk Cathedral is the undoubted highlight due to its delightful 16th-century frescoes.

Wandering around the grounds is like stepping back in time. The Novodevichy Cemetery is where many famous leaders of the Soviet Union are buried, such as Yeltsin and Khrushchev.

10. Pushkin Museum

Pushkin Museum

Despite its name, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts actually has no connection at all to the famous poet other than that it was named in his honor after his death. A delight to visit, its extensive collection focuses on European art with masterpieces by Botticelli, Rembrandt, and van Gogh all featuring.

Sculptures, graphic art, paintings and more can be found in its beautiful galleries; various sections look at themes and epochs such as the Renaissance, the Dutch Golden Age, and Byzantine art.

Among the many highlights are the clownish characters which can be found in Cezanne’s Fastnacht (Mardi Gras) and the twirling ballerinas who look so elegant in Degas’ Blue Dancers. Picasso’s Young acrobat on a Ball is also well worth checking out for its interesting use of shapes and colors.

9. Christ The Savior Cathedral

Christ The Savior Cathedral

This gorgeous Russian Orthodox cathedral is located on the banks of the Moskva River, just a stone’s throw away from the Kremlin.

The church as it stands today was consecrated in 2000, as the original church that stood here was destroyed on the command of Josef Stalin in 1931 due to the anti-religious campaign.

With its delightful golden dome, spires and dazzling white facades, the Christ the Savior Cathedral is stunning. The interior is just as captivating to wander around, with its beautifully tiled floors and impressive altar.

8. Lenin Mausoleum

Lenin Mausoleum

Opened to the public in 1924, Lenin’s Mausoleum is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Moscow. The red granite structure is located at the heart of the city in Red Square.

Lenin’s embalmed body lies in a glass sarcophagus; it is a somewhat eerie experience walking past the former leader of the Soviet Union but is well worth doing as you understandably can’t do it anywhere else in the world.

After visiting the mausoleum, head to the Kremlin wall right next to it for more graves of important communist figures such as Stalin and Brezhnev.

7. Tretyakov Gallery

Tretyakov Gallery

Home to the most extensive and impressive collection of Russian fine art in the world, the State Tretyakov Gallery is definitely worth visiting when in Moscow for the wealth of amazing art pieces that it has on display.

Having started out as the private art collection of the Tretyakov brothers, there are now over 130,000 exhibits. Highlights include the iconic Theotokos of Vladimir which you will almost certainly recognise despite probably not knowing the name and Rublev’s Trinity which is considered to be one of highest achievements in Russian art.

An absolute must for art lovers, the State Tretyakov Gallery will delight visitors with all that is has to offer.

6. Kolomenskoye

Kolomenskoye

Once a royal estate, Kolomenskoye is now a museum-reserve and lies a few kilometers outside of the city center. A captivating place to visit, there is a plethora of history on show and the site overlooks the Moskva River.

Consisting of four historical sites, there are extensive gardens for visitors to explore, as well as loads of interesting old buildings, the former village of Kolomenskoye itself and the impressive Palace of the Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich – once considered the Eighth Wonder of the World by contemporaries.

Among the many stunning sights, it is the brilliantly white Ascension Church that is the undoubted highlight – dating back to 1532.

5. Gorky Park

Gorky Park

Lying alongside the Moskva River, the huge Gorky Park is a lovely place to visit. Its extensive gardens are home to numerous cultural institutions and visitors should definitely check out the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and while the eclectic exhibits may not always feature such incredible sights as a balloon-covered rider on a zebra; they certainly always succeed in pushing back the boundaries of art.

Pop-up exhibitions and festivals can be found from time to time in the park itself and there is an open-air theatre and numerous eateries alongside a plethora of leisure activities.

Whether it’s cycling, table tennis or yoga that you are after or beach volleyball and rowing, Gorky Park certainly has it. In winter, there is a huge ice rink for visitors to enjoy.

4. Bolshoi Theatre

Bolshoi Theatre

The Bolshoi Theatre is the main theater in the country. The amazing opera and ballet performances it has put on over the centuries go a long way in explaining Russia’s rich history of performing arts.

While the Bolshoi Ballet Company was established in 1776, the theater itself was opened in 1825. The glittering, six-tier auditorium is lavishly and decadently decorated; it is a fitting setting for the world-class performances that take place on its stage.

Spending a night watching a performance of such classics as The Nutcracker or Swan Lake at the Bolshoi Theatre is sure to be a memorable experience and the beauty all around you only adds to the sense of occasion.

3. Moscow Kremlin

Moscow Kremlin

This famously fortified complex is remarkably home to five palaces and four cathedrals and is the historic, political and spiritual center of the city. The Kremlin serves as the residence for the country’s president. It has been used as a fort, and this fact is made clear by its sheer size. The Kremlin’s outer walls were built in the late 1400s.

Under Ivan III, better known as Ivan the Great, the Kremlin became the center of a unified Russian state, and was extensively remodeled. Three of the Kremlin’s cathedrals date to his reign that lasted from 1462-1505. The Deposition Church and the Palace of Facets were also constructed during this time. The Ivan the Great Bell Tower was built in 1508. It is the tallest tower at the Kremlin with a height of 266 feet (81 meters).

Joseph Stalin removed many of the relics from the tsarist regimes. However, the Tsar Bell, the world’s largest bell, and the Tsar Cannon, the largest bombard by caliber in the world, are among the remaining items from that era. The Kremlin Armory is one of Moscow’s oldest museums as it was established more than 200 years ago. Its diamond collection is impressive.

The Kremlin’s gardens – Taynitsky, Grand Kremlin Public and Alexander – are beautiful. The Kremlin has also served as the religious center of the country, and there is a tremendous number of preserved churches and cathedrals here. The collections contained within the museums include more than 60,000 historical, cultural and artistic monuments. Those who enjoy the performing arts will want to consider attending a ballet or concert at the State Kremlin Palace. Completed in 1961, it is the only modern building in the Kremlin.

2. Red Square

Red Square

Lying at the heart of Moscow, Red Square is the most important and impressive square in the city. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions due to its wealth of historical sights and cultural landmarks.

Drenched in history, the huge square is home to incredible sights such as the Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral and Lenin’s Mausoleum, among others. Consequently, it is not to be missed when in Moscow as it really is home to the city’s most stunning monuments.

It is here that many important moments in Russian history took place; the former marketplace has hosted everything from Tsar’s coronations and public ceremonies to rock concerts and Soviet military parades. Wandering around the massive square is a humbling experience and undoubtedly one of the highlights the city has to offer.

1. Saint Basil’s Cathedral

Saint Basil's Cathedral

Located in the impressive Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral is gorgeous; its delightful spires appear as if out of a fairytale. The most recognizable building in the country, the cathedral is very much a symbol of Russia. No visit to Moscow is complete without having taken in its unique and distinctive features.

Ivan the Terrible ordered the cathedral’s construction in the mid-16th century, and legend holds that Ivan put out the architect’s eyes so that he would be unable to build another cathedral more glorious than St. Basil’s. Designed to resemble the shape of a bonfire in full flame, the architecture is not only unique to the period in which it was built but to any subsequent period. For various reasons, both Napoleon and Stalin wanted to destroy the cathedral but fortunately did not succeed.

Known for its various colors, shapes and geometric patterns, St. Basil’s Cathedral houses nine different chapels that are all connected by a winding labyrinth of corridors and stairways. On the lower floor, St. Basil’s Chapel contains a silver casket bearing the body of St. Basil the Blessed.

Throughout the cathedral are many beautiful murals, frescoes, wooden icons and other art works and artifacts. Outside the cathedral is a lovely garden with the bronze Monument to Minin and Pozharsky, who rallied an all-volunteer Russian army against Polish invaders during a period of the late 16th century known as the Times of Troubles.

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On our way home, we’ll swing through Banff, in Alberta, then Glacier National Park , in Montana—two bucket-list areas I’ve been dying to check out. The best part? My husband is the king of finding last-minute camping reservations , so I barely had to lift a finger to map it all out. — Patty Hodapp , Outside Online interim digital director

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I’m heading to Paris for the Summer Games! I’ve been a huge fan of the Olympics for as long as I can remember, and about a year ago I haphazardly put my name on an email list for the ticket lottery. I didn’t put much thought into the idea of actually attending, until I beat out thousands of other eager fans (a process that saw me awake at 3 A.M., repeatedly refreshing my browser) to secure two tickets to men’s rowing in late July.

This will be my third time to the French capital, so after the event concludes and I’ve gotten my fill of Olympic pride, I plan to head southeast to Annecy, a town on the French-Swiss border, for a long weekend in the fresh Alpine air. I’ll brave the frigid temperatures of Lake Annecy, stroll Jardins de ’Europe, and of course do some hiking. Routes to the Citadel of Lake Annecy and the Parmelan Plateau have already caught my eye, but like most things, there’s something to be said for going in with half a plan and figuring out the rest later. — Jamie Aranoff , Ski digital editor

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Ever since writer Scott Yorko pitched me this story on the deadly history of Canada’s West Coast Trail (see Gaia GPS map below) a number of years ago, I’ve wanted to see the area’s storied shipwrecks, beaches, and wildlife for myself. Yorko wrote not only of the dramatic rescue attempts that led to this 48-mile path’s construction along British Columbia’s rugged coast but also of sandy campsites, verdant rainforest walks, tide pools brimming with sea life, and a floating crab shack that caters to hungry hikers.

In June, I’ll finally experience the trail for myself. I’m prepared for slow miles through boot-sucking mud, rickety wooden ladders, cable cars, and changing tides. With any luck, my partner and I will spot sea lions, whales, and otters; bears, cougars, and wolves are also known to wander the shore. The salty air and marine views should be a welcome departure from the alpine hikes I usually gravitate toward in the summer, and I couldn’t be more excited. — Zoe Gates , Backpacker senior editor

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In 2013, I spent five months living in southern Chile. But that was before I was a skier. In the intervening decade, I’ve spent 100 days on snow almost every year. I rarely travel away from my home in the eastern Sierra to ski these days, but my ultimate dream trip is a ski trip to Chile and Argentina. This is the year that becomes a reality. In August, when the austral winter is in full swing, my fiancée and I will fly from Los Angeles to Santiago and enjoy the change of scenery while sipping pisco sours, sightseeing at the Pablo Neruda museum, and checking out the mountaintop zoo. The following day we’ll take a bus to Portillo , a resort nestled among the Andes that’s famous for runs that empty out at Laguna del Inca, for three days on the slopes, and after that , we’ll travel southeast to Las Leñas, in Argentina, for a final two days of skiing above wine country. I never much cared for summer anyway. —Jake Stern, Outside Online digital editor

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The Browns have some great cross-division matchups in the 2024 season between the NFC East and the AFC West. This 2024 schedule has some of the most historic franchises on it with games that the Browns rarely see.

The 2024 road schedule will feature the three AFC North visits to Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Baltimore which are all great trips if you haven't made them. Outside of those, here are my top three destinations on the 2024 schedule.

1. Cleveland @ Philadelphia, October 13th, 2024

For football junkies, seeing a game at Lincoln Financial is a must and it has been a long time since Cleveland visited Eastern Pennsylvania. The last time the Browns and Eagles played each other in a regular season game in Philly, the starting quarterback for Cleveland was one Robert Griffin III. It was a Week One game that Philadelphia controlled from start to finish. Get yourself a cheesesteak, do the Rocky Steps and catch the Browns in Philadelphia.

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2. Cleveland @ Denver, December 2nd, 2024

Pack your skis and snowboard and head to the Rocky Mountains to catch the Browns' Week 13 matchup between the Broncos and Browns. It will be Jerry Jeudy's return to his old home and outside of the fact that the Broncos will be down this year, that stadium and scenery are an absolute must-see. Empower Field at Mile High is number two on my list.

3. Cleveland @ Las Vegas, September 29, 2024

Viva! Cleveland heads to the desert at the end of September to roll the dice against the Las Vegas Raiders. Again, the Browns should be favorites in this ball game against a Raiders team that is going to have a down season. You will get perfect fall weather and a chance to see the spectacle that is Allegiant Stadium.

There is no wrong answer for any away game that you decide to go to, but any of these three should be at the top of the list.

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Aralvaimozhi (also spelt Aralvoimozhi) is a small settlement in Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu. Panagudi is situated in the north-east. Located north of Kanyakumari, Aralvaimozhi possess the largest wind farms in the world. These wind farms generates about 450 MW of electricity. Aralvaimozhi Pass, the entrance to the Kanyakumari District, is situated here.

The place is also famous for Our Lady of Sorrows Church, which attracts thousands of devotees from far and near. Jayamatha Engineering College is the major landmark. Kanyakumari, the southern most tip of India, is around 17 km from Aralvaimozhi. Thovalai, Vattakottai and Suchindram are nearby.

Trivandrum International Airport (90 km) is the nearest airport. Local trains stop at Aralvaymozhi Railway Station. Nagercoil Junction Railway Station is around 15 km from Aralvaimozhi. Aralvaimozhi can be approached from Nagercoil, Madurai and Tirunelveli by road.

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There’s one road going east from Honolulu to popular Oahu beaches like Makapuu and Waimanalo, and on a sunny Saturday morning between Christmas and New Year’s, it was jam-packed. 

One particular slowdown happens right before Hanauma Bay. The entrance to the popular snorkeling spot is blocked with a sign that says the parking lot is full. Workers turn the cars of hopeful snorkelers around and people are walking up the hill in the hot sun with their beach chairs strapped to their backs after parking in the nearby neighborhood. 

Although the holiday week drew more crowds than typical, it’s not an unusual sight for the well-known tourist attraction. 

Hanauma Bay continues to top Hawaii travel activity lists for its calm waters and easily spotted marine life, like sea turtles and tropical fish. But for some travelers, it can seem like a headache to wake up early before the parking lot is full, often by 9 a.m. 

Even past the bay, the scenic road’s multiple lookout points are overflowing with rental cars and people snapping photos. 

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For most, a Hawaiian vacation itinerary feels incomplete without a few must-dos: Witness the islands’ natural beauty; go to a luau; snorkel with marine life; and, obviously, soak up the sun at the beach as much as possible. 

Unfortunately, there’s a big chance travelers won’t even experience the real Hawaii on their trip if they do this. 

“People love Hawaii, but they just don’t know Hawaii,” Evan Mokuahi Hayes, a Native Hawaiian who owns Hoomau Oahu Tours, which seeks to give visitors deeper and more history-driven tours of Oahu, told USA TODAY. “They love this place, but they don’t know our history.”

In Spring 2023, 67% of 1,960 Hawaii residents agreed an “authentic presentation of Hawaiian language and culture is important.” Although the industry is heading in that direction, it’s still challenging for visitors to distinguish what's overrated and just seeking out tourist dollars, and what’s actually going to teach them more about Hawaiian history and culture. 

While travelers can research what to do, sometimes inside knowledge is the right guide. USA TODAY spoke with Native Hawaiians who work in the tourism industry on whether or not the most popular tourist attractions in the island chain are worth the hype and how to get the most out of their Hawaiian visit. 

1. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park 

Definitely go for its sacred history and cultural significance.

As one of the most popular national parks in the U.S., Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is worth facing crowds for – and not just for marveling at the dramatic, ever-changing landscape (or the chance to see fiery lava.) 

“It’s a sacred treasure trove of history, culture and adventure, and it’s the place I go to pay homage to Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire and volcanoes,” Kaiulani Blankenfeld, Director of Hawaiian Culture at Hawaii Island’s Fairmont Orchid, told USA TODAY.

For Hawaiians, the over 355,000-acre park is home to Pele, making it an incredibly sacred place, from the lava fields themselves to high-elevation forests. 

The Oahu-born and raised kumu hula (hula master teacher) has danced and chanted at Halemaumau, located inside Kilauea’s caldera, and “felt my thoughts, spirit and body shift into another realm.” Travelers shouldn’t rush their visit; they should take it all in and be respectful of any signage. 

2. Diamond Head State Monument

Go for the sacred history, but there are other hikes with great views too. 

Diamond Head, or Leahi as it is known in Hawaiian, is arguably the most iconic Honolulu tourist attraction. The 0.8-mile-long hike up to the top of the crater is well-maintained, and the top offers a panoramic view of the southern shoreline. Before the park’s reservation system in May 2022 ($5 per person over 5 years old to enter and $10 per car), it wasn’t unusual to be hiking the popular trail in a slow, single-file line. 

Even now, it’s not exactly the most tranquil hike on the island.

Travelers who do go, shouldn’t just admire the views but research how sacred the 300,000-year-old crater is to Hawaiians, Hayes said, which Hoomau focuses on during its tours. Before its use as a military bunk, it was a place of worship to Native Hawaiians, and where Maui – who people may know from Disney’s “Moana” – caught the sun. 

For fewer crowds, Blankenfeld recommends the Makapuu Point Lighthouse Trail on the island's eastern side. “It offers stunning views of Oahu's southeastern coastline, including Koko Head and Koko Crater.” It’s free and also a great place to spot humpback whales during winter.

3. Hanauma Bay

Worth making a reservation for a safe snorkeling experience.

Tucked into a volcanic cove on Oahu so the waters are always calm, Hanauma Bay has been the island’s most popular snorkeling destination for decades. During the pandemic, the bay closed so marine life could rest from human traffic and restore itself. After a few months, the water was clearer, and more fish and coral growth was recorded. 

Although nonresidents have to book and pay for a timeslot ($25 per person plus service fees and $3 per car) to enter, Hayes said it’s still the best place for tourists to snorkel safely, especially for those with kids (who, if 12 and under are free to enter.)

“I think Hanauma Bay is perfectly set up for tourists,” he said. “They have people there who close the parking lot down, and there’s restrooms and trash cans.” 

He added that tourists who aren’t familiar with the ocean can often be reckless and jump in the water anywhere without realizing the almighty power of tides, swells and currents, which can end dangerously . 

To avoid the hectic parking situation, there’s a shuttle service to and from Waikiki for $49 per person, which covers snorkel gear but not the entrance fee. 

4. Polynesian Cultural Center

Entertaining and informative, but expensive and far from Honolulu . 

Located in the laidback Laie town on Oahu’s North Shore, the Polynesian Cultural Center is considered a Polynesian Disneyland for its six immersive villages representing the island cultures of Hawaii, Fiji, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Samoa, Tahiti and Tonga. 

While Hayes attests to PCC’s ability to show people about Polynesia, it’s a long drive from Honolulu and will cost at least $89.95 and up to $289.95 per person , depending on whether you want to experience the two shows. 

A much cheaper and closer alternative is Bishop Museum ($28.95 per adult, cheaper for seniors and kids), which has “the largest collection of Hawaiian and Pacific cultural artifacts and natural history specimens in the world.” There’s also a Planetarium for people to learn more about the ancient navigational practice of wayfinding.

5. Iolani Palace

Definitely go, and keep exploring downtown Honolulu.

As the only official royal residence in the nation, ‘Iolani Palace is a must-do for immersing visitors in the late 1800s. “‘Iolani Palace is a great place to visit and learn the history of the Hawaiian Monarch and especially about King Kalakaua, who was really a monarch ahead of his time,” Blankenfeld said. They’ll also be educated on the tragic overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom, a necessity when learning about Hawaiian history. 

Hayes recommends people go beyond the palace and visit other parts of downtown Honolulu with historical significance, all within walking distance of each other.

A few minutes away is Kawaiaha’o Church, the oldest church on Oahu, built in 1820 where many ali’i , or Hawaiian royalty spent their time. The church has a free self-guided audio tour that people can follow by scanning QR codes. View the royal pews, Princess Kai‘iulani’s bench and plantings and King Lunalilo’s tomb. 

Hayes also suggests visitors stop by the nearby Hawaiian Mission Houses ($20 per person for a guided tour, $10 for a self-guided tour) to learn more about the massive impact Christian missionaries had on Hawaii and see Hawaii’s oldest Western-style house. 

6. Road to Hana

Overhyped and there are better ways to experience Hawaii’s natural beauty.

The 52-mile-long Road to Hana drive is Maui’s most iconic activity for its stunning natural wonders. Think rainforests, waterfalls and sea cliffs. If travelers don’t leave first thing in the morning, they’ll face traffic jams and crowded waterfalls, taking away from the natural escape they were looking for. Many tourists also park their cars illegally and residents trying to commute have complained of the chaos. 

A better way for people to immerse themselves in Hawaii’s natural environments that's also more unique is by volunteering with a nonprofit like Hawaii Land Trust (they also offer beach cleanups and other types of volunteer days) and Maui Cultural Lands to help care for the land by replanting native trees. Technically, you could do this on any island, and you’ll get a deeper understanding of Hawaii’s forests. 

Usually a tourist trap, but you should still try to experience hula. 

A quintessential Hawaiian vacation experience is going to a luau. With countless luaus across the state, it’s tough for people to know they’re not wasting their money on something made just for tourists.

Unfortunately, this can be a tricky one to navigate. “It’s harder to define authenticity in a luau today because it’s been so touristy it’s essentially like every show is almost the same everywhere,” Hayes said. “Some things you look out for are really shiny, shimmery skirts, really bright colors, all those things are a dead giveaway.” 

Hayes said the Ali‘i Lu‘au ‘Onipa‘a , which shares the last Hawaiian monarch Queen Lili‘uokalani’s story, and the following “HA: Breath of Life” show at PCC are solid choices. “Hands down, that’s the best dinner show; the storyline is absolutely amazing and you’re still getting all of the cultures,” he said. “You’re sitting in an amphitheater, so the seats are better and the people are actually from Tahiti or Tonga or Samoa.”

If your hotel hosts a luau experience, which tends to be pricey, try to meet with the cultural director beforehand and learn more about what’s behind their specific show. 

To experience the most authentic hula, seek out a hula competition . Contestants practice a song or two for months on end, striving to represent the art form in their highest regard. This is where dancers, musicians and halau (hula schools) are putting their best foot forward, literally. 

Kathleen Wong is a travel reporter for USA TODAY based in Hawaii. You can reach her at [email protected] .

Hello summer: 80+ routes, seamless travel and endless Delta adventures

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As summer approaches, Delta is primed for a bustling start with nearly 3 million customers set to take flight during the Memorial Day period, May 23-27 – a 5% increase from last year.  

And with its largest international schedule to date in operation, Delta’s latest travel enhancements will ensure a top-notch experience while whisking customers to their favorite travel destinations worldwide. 

Elevating the travel experience 

Delta, frequently recognized for operational excellence, reliability, and innovation, has recently rolled out several enhancements to ensure every journey is as smooth as a summer breeze. 

New this season, customers departing from Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, LaGuardia and New York-JFK can opt in for  Delta Digital ID within their SkyMiles profile to expedite the security process. And passengers can look forward to a seamless boarding experience with Delta's new numbered boarding system aimed at providing more clarity to the boarding sequence. 

Delta also recently debuted the most comprehensive update since 2019 to its Fly Delta app with Fly Delta 6.0 , introducing a suite of improvements aimed at enhancing efficiency and empowering travelers to manage their trips with ease. This includes an all-new Help Center view, always-available access to boarding information and connectivity to our Virtual Assistant. And quickly following in early summer, customers will also soon be able to utilize their Delta SkyMiles credentials from their Fly Delta App to seamlessly connect to Delta Sync Wi-Fi onboard. 

And customers looking to live their best life this summer will enjoy the Miami and LaGuardia (May 15) Delta Sky Club expansions and the much-anticipated Delta One Lounge in New York-JFK , making its debut in June 2024. 

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Memorable trips await with new and resuming routes  

This summer, travelers have more opportunities to travel wherever their itineraries take them with over 1,770 weekly flights to 80 international destinations — a ~6% capacity increase in both domestic and international seats versus 2023.  

Delta has launched and restarted more than 80 routes across the globe this year, making it easier than ever to explore sought-after destinations this summer, including routes to popular places like  London , Rome  and Dublin — which all topped Delta’s annual list of most-searched international destinations.

Atlanta: Delta operates 900+ flights to over 200 destinations

+4% summer capacity.

Delta’s daily Tulum service launched in March, offering year-round access to the stunning beaches and ancient ruins of Tulum, Mexico.  

Tulum Beach, Quintana Roo, Mexico

For those enchanted by the allure of Switzerland, Delta will launch nonstop flights from Atlanta to Zurich four times a week, starting May 31. Travelers can also get to Switzerland from New York-JFK with Delta’s year-round service to Zurich and seasonal flights to Geneva. 

Plus, on Jun. 7, customers can enjoy new daily service to Santa Barbara and Fresno with convenient access to the sun-kissed shores of Southern California and the breathtaking scenery of Yosemite National Park. Travelers can also celebrate the return of daily service to Oakland, Reno, and Burbank, commencing on the same date.  

New York-JFK: Delta operates largest summer lineup since 2014

+5% summer capacity  .

Travelers are urged to explore Athens with Delta's route from JFK, which complements existing routes from Atlanta and Boston. As the largest U.S. carrier to Greece, Delta responds to growing demand , shown by a notable 248% increase in searches for Athens on Delta.com compared to last year.    Furthermore, travelers have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the picturesque countryside of Bavaria with a new route to Munich , enhancing Delta's additional service offerings from Atlanta and Detroit. 

A tourist's hand holds a German pretzel against the backdrop of the city of Munich.

As the leading U.S. carrier to Italy, the airline is connecting travelers to culinary treasures with the launch of a new route to Naples , on May 23, along with Delta's existing JFK services to Milan, Venice, and Rome.  

Alternatively, adventurers can set their sights on Ireland's picturesque west coast with the resumption of service to Shannon, Ireland, a route not operated since 2019.  

Minneapolis: Delta to fly 24 international routes, second busiest hub

+6% summer capacity.

One of this summer's standout route additions is Delta's new daily service to Dublin , offering travelers an enticing journey to a land brimming with rich history, vibrant pubs, and breathtaking landscapes. Seasonal routes to Dublin are also available from Atlanta, Boston, and New York-JFK, providing even more options to explore this captivating destination.  

A scenic photo of Howth Beacon in Dublin, Ireland

But the fun doesn’t stop there – Travelers can rejoice as service to Reykjavík also returns on May 23, offering seasonal access to Iceland’s otherworldly landscapes, including glaciers, waterfalls, and geothermal hot springs. As the top U.S. carrier to Iceland, Delta also provides nonstop service to this destination from DTW and JFK.

Detroit: Delta operates 330 flights to 100+ destinations

+5% summer capacity.

Delta is returning daily flights to Rome from Detroit on May 23, inviting travelers to explore the ancient ruins, art-filled streets, and delectable cuisine of the Eternal City. 

Additionally, Delta’s upcoming additions of daily service to Anchorage, Alaska, on Jun. 7, and Sacramento, California , on Jul. 8, will provide access to both states’ stunning wilderness and outdoor adventures. 

Eagle River and surrounding mountains in Anchorage, Alaska

Seattle: Delta offers more choice this summer than ever

+3% summer capacity.

This summer lineup includes two new routes, both renowned for leisure and business opportunities.  

Up first, service to Taipei , launching Jun. 7, will provide travelers with convenient access to its bustling night markets, ancient temples, and scenic landscapes.  

Raohe St. Night Market in Taipei, Taiwan

Following that launch, customers can look forward to new service to Dallas-Fort Worth on Jul. 8, where customers can enjoy world-class dining, shopping, and cultural attractions. 

Ways to plan a hassle-free vacation

Customers ready to book their summer adventure can do so through Delta Vacations – with flights, and expert recommended hotels, rides and activities booked all in one place. Only with Delta Vacations, SkyMiles Members can earn toward Medallion Status on the flight, hotel, car rental, and activity components of their vacation, earn bonus miles in addition to flight miles, and use miles to pay for all or part of their trip.  

Additionally, SkyMiles Members who already booked a Delta flight but need a vehicle or place to stay can earn 2x miles per $1 (excluding taxes and fees, additional terms apply) by booking hotels, vacation rental properties and cars with Delta Stays and Car Rentals.   

Below is the comprehensive list of routes from Delta’s key hubs:  

In total, between Feb. 2024 and Jul. 2024, Delta will have launched and reinstated over 80 routes, perfect for summer getaways, whether exploring distant destinations or simply reconnecting with loved ones back at home.  

February 

Atlanta to Dublin 

Atlanta to Madrid 

Boston to Dublin 

Boston to Rome  

March  

Atlanta to Milan 

Atlanta to Tulum 

Atlanta to Athens 

Atlanta to Stuttgart 

Atlanta to Venice 

New York (JFK) to Venice 

New York (JFK) to Athens 

New York (JFK) to Edinburgh  

New York (JFK) to Reykjavik 

New York (JFK) to Nice 

Salt Lake City to Indianapolis  

April  

Atlanta to Hilton Head (HHH) 

Boston to Athens  

Detroit to Burlington (BTV) 

Detroit to Munich 

Detroit to Savannah  

LaGuardia to Arkansas (XNA) 

LaGuardia to Hilton Head  

Minneapolis to Myrtle Beach  

Minneapolis to Richmond (RIC) 

Minneapolis to Savannah (SAV) 

New York (JFK) to Munich 

New York (JFK) to Stockholm 

New York (JFK) to Geneva  

New York (JFK to Copenhagen 

New York (JFK) to London Gatwick 

Atlanta to Anchorage  

Atlanta to Edinburgh 

Atlanta to Nice 

Atlanta to Zurich 

Boston to Edinburgh 

Boston to Wilmington (ILM) 

Boston to Myrtle Beach  

Detroit to Reykjavik 

Detroit to Rome 

LaGuardia to Nantucket 

LaGuardia to Martha’s Vinyard 

LaGuardia to Traverse City (TVC) 

Minneapolis to Dublin  

Minneapolis to Syracuse 

Minneapolis to Reykjavik 

Minneapolis to Wilmington  

New York (JFK) to Nantucket  

New York (JFK) to Martha’s Vineyard  

New York (JFK) to Berlin  

New York (JFK) to Prague 

New York (JFK) to Naples 

New York (JFK) to Shannon 

Salt Lake City to Anchorage  

Salt Lake City to Yellowstone    

Atlanta to Burbank 

Atlanta to Fresno 

Atlanta to Oakland 

Atlanta to Reno 

Atlanta to Santa Barbara  

Atlanta to Traverse City (TVC) 

Boston to Norfolk (ORF) 

Boston to Traverse City  

Detroit to Fort Wayne 

Detroit to Anchorage  

LaGuardia to Halifax   

Salt Lake City to Columbus 

Salt Lake City to Santa Barbara 

Minneapolis to Colorado Springs  

Minneapolis to Buffalo  

Minneapolis to Burlington  

Minneapolis to Norfolk  

Minneapolis to Fairbanks (FAI) 

Minneapolis to Knoxville (TYS) 

Minneapolis to Portland  

Minneapolis to Providence (PVD) 

Minneapolis to Reno 

Minneapolis to Traverse City  

New York (JFK) to Tel Aviv 

Seattle to Taipei  

Seattle to Juneau (JNU) 

Seattle to Ketchikan (KTN) 

Seattle to Stika (SIT) 

Detroit and Sacramento  

Seattle and Dallas (DFW) 

For more information about Delta’s global network and to book your flights, please visit our website:  delta.com . 

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