About me

Am a contradiction of sorts. i love going out and having a good time with friends, and i can also stay home chill out over a book or a movie..

Am very passionate about writing, so give me a topic and watch me float away into wonderland... Love reading books- sometimes i read 3books simultaneously, crazy about music- need it all around me, all the time and ofcourse, i totally am ga ga goo goo over my 7yr old naughty brat- Floppy!! errr, Prince Floppy!! :)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Ambur - Leather and biryani!!

It was my great uncle [gramma's bro] 60th bday- shashtiabdapoorthi on 21st Sep, and we all decided to drive down, just 3hours from Chennai, and the roads are beautiful!! Where did i go? Ambur~~ Almost halfway betwen Chennai and Bangalore, it is about 190kms away..

Though it is not a hot shot town or has some major tourist spots, the drive down long empty roads, lush greenery on either side, mountains welcoming the clouds as they floated above.

Now that is how awesome the NH46 is!!!  Plus i had my google maps on in my phone and was enjoying the keeping track of where we are, how much further chat with my uncle and gramma!! :) A whole new experience, let me tell you..

Thanks to the recent bouts of rains, the roads within the town were quite bad, and the one that led to my uncle's house, well, it was missing! yep, the last time we came here, there was a rickety one, this time we had to get off 100yards away, and walk across stone and rubble... They had laid a sewer system bang across.. and were apparently gonna lay a road over it.. Wonder when that will happen!!


The Town of Ambur, part of Vellore district, is filled with people working in the Leather industry... Most of whom are Muslims! infact, that is how my uncle moved there, he joined a famous leather company...Hence, it the name "Leather City". Some of the big names that have manufacturing units here are Farida Shoes, Bonaventure, NMZ, and so on...

The one thing we were all looking fwd to was digging into a Kala jamun.. It is almost like a gulab jamun, except not floating in sugar syrup.. It is black in color as the name suggests and has a bit of khoya or dry fruit hidden inside.. Quite big in size too, it is delicious...

 The function went off well.. Since it was just close family, we had a ball.. Pulling each others legs, generally kidding around!! Oh, w3e also got to stay at a new hotel- Hotel Anand, on the main road, about 5mins from my uncle's place.. Quite a large place, and rooms were very nice.. I think we were among the 1st few customers..:) Sheets were brand new, they even gave us mini soaps and toothpastes... The beds were still in their plastic cover..

Corridors and floors filled with rooms.. Not cheap, altho that took us by surprise, since Ambur is a fairly small town.. The room rent per day was Rs1100, and for an extra bed we had to shell out Rs200..They dont have a restaurant, but the guy gets coffee from nearby store..!! Not too good, but what the heck!!

Anyways, we were there just for a day, next time i want to look around town, explore some of the history hidden in the walls of the town...

For now, adios!!


  1. wud love to learn the history...the pics of the windmill are great!!

  2. Ambur's association with leather is new to me. Are they still functional like before?

  3. Ah looks like i missed the fun...

  4. @rush - Thank u..clicked it thru car's windshield...

    @Anil - yep, infact my uncle moved there to work with Farida leathers.. tho he isnt with them, leather industry is still active in ambur!!

  5. Rs 1100 per night?, hmmmmm that is how much our rural areas are gone up in prices.

    Where is the story on Briyani?, this is the specialty of Ambur, just like the Leathers it is known for world wide, Ambur Briyani is pretty delicious and top of the line food in India. I thought to read something about it, bit disappointing, well another day or someone else will write about it. It's been almost two decades since I had Briyani of Ambur/Vaniyambid quality, when you leave India, these are something you will never get in other parts of India or other parts of the world!.

  6. ambur is also known for manufacturing leather shoes and various leather products

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