Alappuzha Beach

Alappuzha_beach

Alappuzha Beach is a beach in Alappuzha town and a tourist attraction in KeralaIndia. Beach has an old pier which extend to sea is over 150 years old. Known as the Venice of the East, Alappuzha has always basked a major place in the maritime history of Kerala. Alappuzha (Alleppey) is a landmark between a network of rivers flowing into it and the Arabian Sea. Alleppey Beach is located on the coastal side of Alleppey. Alleppey beach stands 5th best beach after Kovalam, Varkala, Cherai and Marari beaches in Kerala. One can enjoy the mesmerizing views of sunrise and sunset. With its fine white sand and freshwater lakes and few buildings in its vicinity, a beach is a perfect place for pleasurable beach holidays.

Alappuzha_Beach It has secured a unique spot for itself in the maritime history of Kerala. The rice bowl of Kerala in the Kuttanad region also comes within the Alappuzha District. Another name for the Alappuzha Beach is Alleppey Beach. One of the must-do things in Alleppey is to board one of the many magnificent houseboats and go on a cruise of utter pleasure and romance. One can try adventurous activities at the beach like boating, or enjoy at children’s park with toy bicycles or trains. Hallowed with nature’s green beauty and scenery, Alappuzha is a wonderland of Kerala state. Alleppey beach consists of a long stretch of stores densely populated with the swaying palm groves. The shores, the sea, and the surrounding landscape offer a fascination to the beach, not to be found elsewhere.

Nearby Attraction:

Karumadikkuttan:

Karumadikkuttan_at_karumadi,_Alappuzha Karumadikkuttan is the name of a granite statue of lord Buddha located in Karumadi near Alleppey.  The Statue is, unfortunately, missing its entire left half but has now been conserved by the Kerala State Government. It’s actually a huge, black granite statue of Lord Buddha dating back to 10th century AD. The statue was recovered by the Archeological Society of India and is now kept in a protected enclosure near the Karumadi Canal. It is believed that the statue has some powers of severe healing and it is really sought after by the locals there is Karumadi. 

Marari Beach: 

Marari_Beach_Sunset_01 The stunning Marari Beach is located about 11 kilometers from Alleppey in the quaint, little town of Maraikulam. Marari Beach is a perfect location for holidaying with family or friends. This beach in Kerala is eternal with coconut palm trees and golden sands are famous for its Ayurvedic centers and stylish beach resorts. Watching sunrise and sunset here is quite a romantic experience that couples would love to enjoy. It is just the perfect place for spending quality time with family or to enjoy the honeymoon with your partner.

Backwaters of Kuttanad:

Kuttanad_landscapes-WikiJalayatra-ViswaPrabha-08 Known as the rice bowl of Kerala, Kuttanad is the only area where farming is done below sea level. It’s known far and wide for its huge spreads of green paddy fields against the backdrop of placid backwaters. The region is surrounded by the sea and the hills and offers a beautiful scenic vista to its guests. The entire length of Kuttanad is 150 km which covers a distance from Kollam to Kochi. You can enjoy this water body with the help of rice barges or houseboats. Inland waterways which flow above land level are an amazing feature of this region. Here, farming is done below the sea level, usually 4 to 10 feet, which is interesting for travelers who seek to learn more about Kerala’s tourism.

Krishnapuram Palace:

Krishnapuram_palace2 The 18th century Krishnapuram Palace built during the reign of the Travancore monarch, Marthanda Varma, is a double storied structure which displays typical characteristics of Kerala architecture-gabled roofs, dormer windows, narrow corridors. Inside this palace, you’ll find a museum of paintings, bronzes, and antique carvings. The palace is a major tourist attraction and also contains a small museum maintained by the Archeological department of Kerala.  This palace is an archeological museum whose best attraction is a 49 square meter single mural painting which is titled as Gajendra Moksham which means the salvation of elephant king.

Best Time To Visit:

November to February winter is the best season to visit Alleppey as the weather is mild and pleasant. The average temperature during this time is between 17 degrees to 32 degrees Celsius with minimal fluctuations.

How To Reach:

By Air: The nearest airport is Kochi International Airport (78 km), which is well connected to all major cities of India.

By Rail: Alleppey is connected to the major cities of Kerala like Cochin, Kottayam, Changanassery, and Chengannur. 

By Road: Kerala State Run Transport Corporation (KSRTC ) buses connect Alleppey to most major cities in Kerala. Tourists can reach Alappuzha by bus or local transportation.

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Varkala Beach

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Varkala Beach, also known as Papanasham Beach is a beach in Varkala, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India, along with the Arabian Sea, part of the Indian Ocean. Popular for its natural fisheries and springs, and the samadhi of Kerala’s saint Sree Narayana Guru, Varkala is a coastal town with pristine beaches, hills, lakes, forts, lighthouses, altogether making it a subtle bit of paradise in Kerala. 

Varkala_Beach_Paragliding Varkala beach is the only place in southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea. Counted as one of the top ten seasonal beaches in the world by discovery channel, this beach has a stunning beauty of landscapes, brown sand, and sea.  These tertiary sedimentary formation cliffs are a unique geological feature on the otherwise flat Kerala coast are known among geologists as Varkala Formation and a geological monument as declared by the Geological Survey of India. It’s a perfect spot to relax with a laidback atmosphere. Popular for beach activities like swimming and sunbathing, this beach offers a striking sunset view. It can simply take your breath away with its long winding stretch of a cliff that expands over the Arabian Sea.

Varkala-beach-sunset Varkala Beach is also called Papanasam beach as it is believed that taking bath here wash away all sins. It is the ideal tourist spot surrounded by the greenery, beautiful meadows, deep puzzling valleys, and dales. The enchanting hill station dotted with tea gardens will soon be one of India’s foremost eco-tourism projects. It is considered to have medicinal and curative properties. A dip in the holy waters at this beach is believed to purge the body of impurities and the soul of all sins; hence the name ‘Papanasam beach’. Welcome to a land which would make you come back again and again.

Varkala beach offers many beach activities like sightseeing, sunbathing, windsurfing, parasailing, and soaking in the beauty of this calm beach resort. Varkala beach offers many beach activities like sightseeing, sunbathing, windsurfing, parasailing, and soaking in the beauty of this calm beach resort. Varkala has a lot of architecture too, to attract tourists such as the Janardhana Swamy Temple, Anjengo Fort, Vishnu temple and Sivagiri Mutt. 

Tourist Attraction:

Janardhana Swami Temple:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA This 2000-year old divine abode is one of the oldest temples in Kerala, situated just two kilometers away from Varkala railway station and a famous tourist spot. Its spectacular architecture attracts travelers from all over the world. It is so popular as it is the only shrine dedicated to Vishnu in the name of Janardhana in this part of the country, with the temples usually being dedicated to Krishna. There is an old banyan tree on the temple ground along with idols of Gods and Goddesses. Non-Hindus are not permitted to enter the inner sanctum but can hang around the temple. Janardhana Swamy temple is also famous for the festival known as “Arattu” which falls in the month of March or April.

Sivagiri Mutt:

Sivagiri Sivagiri Mutt is the headquarters of one of Kerala’s most important guru Shri Narayana Dharma.  Built on the top of Sivagiri Hill near Varkala, this ashram is only three kilometers away from Janardana Swami temple, well within walking distance. The Samadhi (the final resting place) of the Guru here attracts thousands of devotees every year during the Sivagiri Pilgrimage days – 30th December to 1st January.

Anjengo (Anchuthengu Fort)  Fort:

Anjango, Kerala, India Anjengo Fort also known as Anchuthengu Fort and the lighthouse are certainly worth a visit. Apart from the nature-lovers and the devout, the locality of Varkala has something to offer even to those fascinated with local history. Apart from the nature-lovers and the devout, the locality of Varkala has something to offer even to those fascinated with local history. Anjengo Fort is a National Heritage monument tagged with foreign connection-Dutch and Portugese; the fort shelters quite an old cemetary and burials inside.  The fort served an important purpose during the Anglo-Mysore war.  With its walls and ramparts still holding against the mighty Time, one can experience the magnetic pull of Kerala’s not so ancient history while taking a stroll across the expanse of this fort. 

Ponnumthuruthu island:

Varkala_beach_-_cliff_view Ponnumthuruthu, also known as Golden Island is located 20 km from Varkala. This island in the middle of a backwater lake is home to the Shiva-Parvati Hindu temple. According to legends, the Queens of Travancore Royal family used to hide their gold on the island to keep it safe, and hence the name. It’s also a major heritage center that has so many historical values. From the cliff, you can view the fresh water spring at the beach. Taking bath over here is very important as it is believed that it will clean away all your sins. 

Best Time To Visit:

Winter is the best time to travel to Varkala, From September to April. As Varkala is located to the south of Kerala it experiences a hot and humid climate most of the year while winters are pleasant and comparatively cooler. 

How To Reach:

By Air: The nearest airport is the Thiruvananthapuram Airport (50 km), Which is well connected to all major city of the India.

By Rail: Varkala has its own railway station and is well connected with major cities in South India and New Delhi.  

By Road: Buses are available from both Kochi and Trivandrum. KSRTC buses are frequent and the can be boarded from the respective main bus stands.

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Tithal Beach

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Tithal has beautiful natural scenes. It’s a peaceful place. You can experience nature over there. It’s really a recommendable place for nature lovers. It is beautified by the beach, swami narayan temple, sai baba temple,shantidham temple etc.

1280px-Shri_Swami_Narayan_Temple_Tithal Tithal Beach is a tourist attraction in the coastal region of valsad, overlooking the Arabian sea. It has many tourist attractions including some grand temples such as Shri Sai Baba and Shri Swami Narayan. The Indian government has funded in the development of the area, due to its popularity with local and foreign tourists alike. There are plenty of stalls and shops selling various wares, such as Bajiya, Dabeli, Bhel Chat Coconut water and a variety of souvenirs. You will also find places to eat both indoors and outdoors with plenty of choice from a full meal to traditionally prepared snacks. There is also a play area for children, public toilets and hotels. The road from Bulsar town to Tithal branches into two around a kilometer after crossing the Wanki river. The road to the left goes to the Sai Baba temple located along the coast of Sea to the gulf of Cambay and the road to the right goes to Tithal beach and further continues along the seashore up to Swaminarayan Temple located 1.6 km ahead along the sea coast. The temple is built in stone with exquisite hand carvings. Adjacent to the temple, there is a food outlet serving a variety of vegetarian snacks. The Shri Sai Baba Temple is adjacent to the shore of the Tithal Beach and the daily prayers are attended by many devotees from all over the world. The Shantidham Temple is also a popular religious destination being close to the sea shore, providing a good view of the Sea to the gulf of cambay.

Situated on the coastline of Valsad, Daman(a union territory) is divided into two areas, Moti Daman, Split by the Damanganaga River.After the Portuguese successfully infiltrated Goa, they searched for a coastal territory in Gujarat to conduct trade. They landed in Daman, and 1531, the Guajrat Sultan agreed to hand the territory over to the Europeun power in exchange for a share in their customs revenue. The port thrived in trade and was more important than Diu for the Portuguese. Daman became part of the Indian Union in 1961.

The town is worth a day trip if you are interested in seeing the ligering influences of Portuguese colonialism,especially in moti daman.The beaches hoewer, are far from paradise and often packed with drunken local tourists who flock to this popular drinking destination. Of the two former Portuguese territories touching Gujarat, Diu is no doubt the more attractive destination.

The imposing Moti Daman Fort was built from 1559-93 over an area once occupied ny a small Muslim citadel.It spreads over three hectares in a polygonal layout.Just outside the fort is Church of our Lady of the Remedies,built at the begining of the 17th c. Although outwardly simple, the interior is stunning with golden cherubs, rose petals and excellent woodwork. The Badrapore District retains a Portuguese influence in its winding lanes ans small house.

In Nani Daman, the Fort of St jerome, completed in 1627, covers 12 ha with a striking gateway facing the river. A status of St jerome crowns the entrance with two imposing human figures standing guard.You can walk along the ramparts and get a view of the surrounding area. Another prominent building is the church of our Lady of the Sea. The local claim that an underground passage conects this fort to the one in Moti Daman.

This beach is famous for its black sand. It is a popular tourist destination in south Gujarat. The main beach has several shops selling Indian snacks like Bhajiya, Dabeli, Bhel chaat, sweet corn roasted on charcoal, and also freshly prepared sugar cane juice, coconut water and souvenirs.

How to get there

By road: Surat lies 234 km from Ahmedabad, 131km from Vadodara, and 297 km from Mumbai. Bus stations, both ST and private, are on the eastern edge of the city.

By rail: Train stations are also on the eastern edge of the city.

By air: Various domestic flights connecting metros and other major cities are operational from the Surat Airport.

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Puri Beach

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Puri Beach is a beach in the city of Puri in the state of OdishaIndia. It is on the shore of the Bay of Bengal. Puri situated on the eastern sea-bed of India, is the only most popular sea-side resort where the beauty of the sky in radiant colours, the roaring waves and the golden beach can be experienced. The long sandy beach draws large numbers of western travellers and Indians. It is known for being a tourist attraction and a Hindu sacred place.

According to Hindu belief, there are five great holy spots (Pancha Tirthas) at Puri out of which sea is the greatest and holiest for tourists and travellers. The beach has continued to be a sacred venue for an endless number of pilgrims coming to pay homage to Lord Jagannath. This District derives its name from the heritage city of Puri, one of the four pilgrimage centres of India. Covering an area of 3051 sq/kms, the District may be divided into two dissimilar.

Fine white sands, roar of the breakers rolling in from the Bay of Bengal and countless devotees flocking the place for a purification dip are the synonyms to the Puri Beach. The Puri beach is one of the finest beach in the world and watching the sunrise and sunset in a symphony of colours is a wonderful experience. The Puri beach is also one of the most popular sea-side resort which is visited by the tourists from all parts of the world. The other attraction of the beach are the excellent surf and shallow waters. The water is shallow enough to walk at a very long distance.

Sunset At Sea Beach
Sunset At Sea Beach
Puri Quite Beach
Puri Quite Beach
Golden Sea Beach
Golden Sea Beach

In Mumbai, Goa, Cochin and Chennai as well as other sea beaches, taking bath in sea is a risk due to tides, under current and deepness. But in Puri to take sea bath is a pleasure and enjoyable experience. The beach is very wide and exposed and there’s not a scrap of shade to be found. A comparatively clean and quite place for sunbathing and a relaxed swim can be found at the eastern end. Local fishermen easily distinguishable by their triangular straw hats and dhotis serve as lifeguards on the beach, and take visitors out to sea in their boats to watch the sunsets.

Thousands of people from different part of India and world spend their morning and evening at Puri sea beach each and everyday. Sea shells are collected here in large quantity. These are the main wealth of Puri sea beach. The annual Beach Festival taking place in November.

How To Reach :

The nearest aiport is located at Bhubaneshwar, about 62 kms from Puri. Puri is connected with Bhubaneshwar and Konark by very good roads. You can easily get regular trains to Puri from other major cities of the country.

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Agatti Island-Lakshadweep

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Agatti is located 459km off Cochin. It is six km long and about a kilometre wide. In Agatti, coral growths and multi-coloured coral fishes abound in its lagoons. Agatti is perhaps the only island besides Minicoy that gets surplus fish as fishing is the main occupation. Agatti is a part of the Lakshadweep Islands, which is the smallest union territory of India.

Agatti is one of the Lakshadweep islands open to tourism. Visitors, however, are allowed to the Island under certain restrictions. They are required to obtain Entry Permit from the Lakshadweep Administration for entering or visiting the island. Entry Permit is issued based on the visitor having a confirmed place to stay. There are only two hotels or resorts in Agatti:

1. Agatti Island Beach Resort (AIBER) and  2.  Sea Shells Beach Resort.

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 A road runs through the island, which can be best enjoyed by hiring a bicycle available at many places.  Agatti Islands are visited as a getaway for its remoteness and crystal clear waters & White sand beaches. Scuba diving enthusiasts and activity centric guests arrive here to unexplore coral sites around the area and experience the remoteness and beauty. Activities at Agatti comprise swimming in crystal clear waters, snorkelling and scuba diving Deep Sea Fishing, sailing, glass bottom boat rides, water skiing and kayaking are amazing.

Recently reviewed tourist attractions in Agatti, which are great places to visit, are Museum,Bangaram Island. Agatti can be visited in summer, monsoon or winter

Museum, Agatti :

The museum in Agatti Island is located 2 km from the beach near a village. It takes around INR250 in an autorickshaw from the jetty. Motor cycles can also be hired to travel the 2 km distance. The museum is a government run museum which contains various replicas and sculptures of marine life. Various corals, shells, fish and aquatic animals are found in aquarium like enclosures. Trinkets like ornaments, headgear, clothing, etc. belonging to the tribes from different parts of the Lakshadweep islands are found in this place. In the entrance to the museum is a large cannon.

Bangaram Island, Agatti :

Bangaram Island is one of the inhabited islands in Lakshadweep. Boat tours to Bangaram take around 2 hours. There is a Bangaram Resort in this island. During a visit to the Bangaram islands, snorkelling, diving and scuba diving can be done. Lunch can be had on the island, or packed food can be arranged from Agatti. The area of the shipwreck beyond the reefs is a place full of fish and corals, where diving can be done. The trip to Bangaram Island starts at around noon and the return to the Agatti Island is possible in the evening.

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Lunch can be had on the island, or packed food can be arranged from Agatti. The area of the shipwreck beyond the reefs is a place full of fish and corals, where diving can be done. The trip to Bangaram Island starts at around noon and the return to the Agatti Island is possible in the evening.

How to reach :

Lakshwadeep is connected to Cochin by sea route. Seven passenger ships operate between the two ports and it takes 14–20 hours for the passage. These ships have modern facilities that includes entertainment area, video shows, cafeteria and offer comfortable A/C accommodation.

Agatti airport is well known domestic airport situated in the southern end of Agatti island of Lakshadweep a union territory of India. This is the only airport in Lakshadweep that offers services to all island situated here.

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Karnataka Wilderness

Bangalore – Mysore – Bandipur – Coorg – Bangalore

Deep corridors of the tropical forests that invite wild wanderers. Everything in Karnataka is an intense experience. It is an enchanting land abounding in scenic beauty, rich in flora and fauna. Experience the highlights of Karnataka at a relaxed pace with a mixture of ethnicity, traditional richness, sightseeing, wildlife viewing and leisure time.

Bandipur Wildlife
Bandipur Wildlife
Day 1
Bangalore
Meals: No Meals
Today you arrive at Bangalore Airport and are greeted by our local representative. You are driven by an air conditioned car to the hotel. Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Later you are driven to visit The Vidhana Soudha, the seat of the state legislature of Karnataka. Then proceed towards Lal Bagh Botanical Garden and the famous Bull Temple, one of the oldest temples here. Rest of the day is at leisure.
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Day 2
Bangalore
Meals: Breakfast
In the morning after breakfast you are driven by car to visit Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace (approx 115.08 Kms / 2H 18M). After returning to the city you visit Cubbon Park, Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain, view the colorful swirling fountains dancing in tune to music. Also visit the Iskon Temple – the Krishna temple is a blend of modern technology and spiritual harmony.
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Day 3
Bangalore – Mysore
Meals: Breakfast
In the morning after breakfast you are driven to Mysore (approx 143.39kms / 3H 7M). Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Later you are driven to visit St. Philomena’s Church, one of the oldest churches in India over 200 years old. Also you are taken to visit Brindavan Gardens – embellished with vast expanses of well-laid out lawns, diverse kaleidoscopic rows of flowers and above all the amazing site of fountains encompassing a small beautiful lake holding the charm of musical fountain in its center. Later proceed to Chamundi Hills – A panoramic view of the city is seen from the top of the hills.
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Day 4
Mysore
Meals: Breakfast
Today morning after breakfast you are driven to Sri Ranganathaswamy temple. Later proceed to Jaganmohan Palace. It is more than 150 years old. It displays the paintings and artifacts that belonged to the Kings of Mysore. Today this art gallery is considered one of the best in South India. Also visit the Mysore Palace, which provides an aesthetic blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Evening is free for shopping. This city is regarded as the paradise for shopaholics from rich and traditional silk sari or material to various sandal and rose wood craft etc.
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Day 5

Mysore – Bandipur
Meals: Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
In the morning after breakfast you are driven by car to Bandipur (approx 73.03 kms / 2H 7M). Upon arrival check in at the lodge. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Bandipur
Meals: Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
In the mornin after breakfast you can indulge in jungle activities. Take a jeep safari or elephant safari in the park. Catch sights of elephant, sambar, partridges, peafowl, quail, giant squirrel, hornbill and barking deer.
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Day 6

Bandipur – Coorg

Meals: Breakfast
In the morning after breakfast you are driven by car to Coorg (approx 191.58 Kms / 6H 45M). Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Coorg
Meals: Breakfast
In the morning after breakfast you are driven to Talakaveri (the origin point of River Kaveri) and Bhagamandala (the point where Kaveri assumes the shape of a river). Also visit the ancient temples there. In the evening, you visit Madikeri town and enjoy shopping for honey, coffee and spices as souvenirs.
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Day 7

Coorg
Meals: Breakfast
In the morning after breakfast you are driven to visit the Raj’s Seat from where you can enjoy panoramic views of the misty Coorg valley. Proceed to the spectacular Abbi Falls that are a must visit in tours to Coorg. Also visit Omkareshwara Temple and later visit Madikeri Fort. In the evening you are free to enjoy your time at leisure.
Coorg – Bangalore
Meals: Breakfast
In the morning after breakfast you are driven by car to Bangalore (approx 248.19 Kms / 7H 26M). Upon arrival you board the flight back home with beautiful memories of your holiday.

Kerala Rejuvenation

Thiruvananthapuram – Kovalam – Thiruvananthapuram
Ayurveda is a perfect ancient science of life; the word Ayur literally means life and Veda the science or knowledge. Kerala’s equable climate, natural abundance of forests, are best suited for Ayurveda’s curative and restorative programs. Rejuvenate your body, mind and soul by taking Ayurveda treatment atleast once in your life time.
Kovalam
Kovalam

 Day 1

Thiruvananthapuram – Kovalam
Meals: No Meals
Today you arrive in the capital city of Kerala – God’s Own Country, Thiruvananthapuram. After you arrive at the airport you are greeted by our local representative. You are later driven by an air conditioned car to Kovalam Spa Resort. Upon arrival you check in at the resort and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. In the evening you will get into discussion with Ayurvedic physician consulting the kind of Ayurvedic Therapy you need.
Kovalam Beach
Kovalam Beach
Day 2
Kovalam
Meals: Breakfast
Today is day 01 of your Ayurvedic Therapy.
Kovalam Beach
Kovalam Beach
Day 3
Kovalam
Meals: Breakfast
Today is day 02 of your Ayurvedic Therapy.
Kovalam Beach
Kovalam Beach
Day 4
Kovalam
Meals: Breakfast
Today is day 03 of your Ayurvedic Therapy.

 

Rows Of Tall Palm
Rows Of Tall Palm
Day 5
Kovalam
Meals: Breakfast
Today is day 04 of your Ayurvedic Therapy.
Vembanad Lake
Vembanad Lake
Day 6
Kovalam
Meals: Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
Today is day 05 of your Ayurvedic Therapy.
Day 7
Kovalam – Thiruvananthapuram
Meals: Breakfast
Today morning after breakfast is your last day of therapy, you are driven back by car to Thiruvananthapuram Airport/Railway Station for your flight/train back home after being rejuvenated.

Luxurious Kerala

Kozhikode – Wayanad – Thekkady – Kumarakom – KozhikodeA long shoreline with serene beaches, Tranquil stretches of emerald backwaters, Lush hill stations, Exotic wildlife, Waterfalls, Sprawling plantations & Paddy fields, the scenes of Kerala are Captivating in every sense. The phrase ‘God’s own country’ is perhaps the most apt way of describing Kerala. You will realize and appreciate the fact that ‘life is beautiful’ after you holiday in this beautiful state.

Fort Kochi Beach
Fort Kochi Beach

Day 1

Kozhikode – Wayanad
Meals: No Meals
Today you arrive at Kerala – “God’s Own Country”. Upon arrival at Kozhikode you are transferred in an air conditioned car to Wayanad (approx 76 kms / 2H). This unexplored clean, pristine, enchanting and hypnotizing land is filled with history and culture. After you arrive check in at the hotel and refresh. Later you visit the Edakkal Caves. “Edakkal” literally means “a stone in between”. You can enjoy the indoor and outdoor games at the resort.
St Francis Church
St Francis Church

Day 2

Wayanad
Meals: Breakfast
Today after breakfast you are taken to Meenmutty Falls, the largest and most spectacular waterfall in the Wayanad District. It is Kerala’s second largest waterfall and the one most unspoiled in its natural setting. Each of its three tiers requires a separate hike through a moist, deciduous forest. The path is quiet dangerous and tiresome but the waterfalls is worth it.
Santa Cruz Basilica
Santa Cruz Basilica

Day 3

Wayanad – Kochi
Meals: Breakfast
Today after breakfast you are driven by car to Kochi (approx 276 kms / 6H). Upon arrival you check in at the hotel. Later proceed to Fort Kochi to see the Santa Cruz basilica – a Roman Catholic Cathedral, one of the finest and impressive churches in Kerala and St Francis Chruch which has the reputation of being the first church built by the Dutch in the year 1503AD. In the evening vist the Cherai Beach and also shop around the local markets. You can also enjoy the sea food delicacies at the local restaurant on your own which Kochi is famous for.
Kerela Vascodagama
Kerela Vascodagama

Day 4

Kochi – Thekkady
Meals: Breakfast
In the morning after breakfast you are driven by car to Thekkady (approx 146 kms / 3H 30M). Upon arrival you check in at the hotel. Rest and refresh. Thekkady is famous for its dense evergreen, semievergreen, moist deciduous forests and savannah grass lands. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure
Kerala Cherai Beach
Kerala Cherai Beach

Day 5

Thekkady
Meals: Breakfast
Today after breakfast in the morning you will enjoy a visit to the Spice Plantations and feel transported into a green paradise. Thekkady is considered a heaven for natural spices such as black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and clove. Later proceed for an elephant ride through the jungle. Rest of the evening is at leisure for shopping around the local markets for fresh Spices.
Kerala Cherai Beach
Kerala Cherai Beach

Day 6

Thekkady – Kumarakom
Meals: Breakfast
After breakfast you are driven by car to Kumarakom (approx 117 kms / 2H 30M). Upon arrival you check in at the hotel/resort. Kumarakom slumbers on the banks of the famous Vembanad Lake. In the afternoon you are taken to Bay Island Driftwood Museum. It will give you a rare chance to view exhibits made of driftwood. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Kerala Cherai Beach
Kerala Cherai Beach

Day 7

Kumarakom
Meals: Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
Today in the early morning after breakfast you are taken to the Bird Sanctuary, which is home to many rare varieties of migratory birds from different parts of the world. Later you proceed to the houseboat and check in upon arrival. Enjoy the sight of the green fringed palms rippling the blue waters and blend into the wavelets. The whole atmosphere spells peace, bliss and tranquility.
Kerala Cherai Beach
Kerala Cherai Beach

Day 8

Alleppey – Kozhikode
Meals:  Breakfast
Today after breakfast and enjoying your day relaxing on the houseboat on the beautiful backwaters you are dropped off at Alleppey. From Alleppey you are driven by car to Kozhikode (approx 264 kms / 5H 30M). Upon arrival you check in at the hotel. In the afternoon visit the Pazhassiraja Museum, known for its collection of the antiques and royal itinerates. In the evening you visit the Kappad beach, which finds mention in history as the Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama sailed and stepped into Kerala.
Kerala Cherai Beach
Kerala Cherai Beach

Day 9

Kozhikode Departure
Meals: Breakfast
Today after breakfast you are driven to the Airport/Raiway Station by car for your flight/train back home as you feel rejuvenated and refreshed by spending time in God’s Own Country – Kerala
Fort Kochi Beach
Fort Kochi Beach

Beaches in South Goa

About Goa Beaches

Goa is all about beaches. This is neither an exaggeration nor a restrictive statement.

People travel to Goa with mostly one thing in mind – to enjoy lazing around in the sandy beaches of Goa with swaying palms providing the perfect backdrop. Water sports activities or simply enjoying other leisurely activities also make the beaches of Goa extremely attractive proposition for tourists.

Here’s a quick guide to the famous beaches of Goa for all those who are planning to go for Goa beach tourism.

1) Cavelosim Beach : — This one of the lovely beaches of South Goa lies between Arabian sea and Sal river. The fine amalgamation of lush paddy fields, the shining Sal River and the soft sands of the beach creates an ambiance for an unforgettable beach holiday at Cavelossim. Alike other Goan beaches, Cavelossim beach offers endless arrays of beach activities like sunbathing at the beach, Dolphin spotting and sunset cruises on the river Sal.

Sleepy Cavelossim, straddling the coast road 11-km south of Colva, is the last major settlement in southwest Salcete: its only claim to fame. A short way beyond the village’s picturesque church square, a narrow lane veers left across an open expanse of paddy fields to the Cavelossim-Assolna ferry crossing near the mouth of the Sal River.

If one is heading south to Canacona, turn left off the ferry and carry on as far as Assolna Bazaar, clustered around a junction on the main road. A right turn at this crossroads puts you on track for Canacona.

MABOR
Carry straight on at the junction just past the square in Cavelossim and one’ll eventually arrive at Mobor, where Colva beach fades into a rounded sandy spur at the mouth of the Assolna River. This would be an exquisite spot if it weren’t the site of South Goa’s largest, and most obtrusive, package tourist enclave.

Crammed together on to a narrow spit of dunes between the surf and estuary, the holiday inns and beach resorts combine to create a holiday camp ambience that has as little to do with Goa as their architecture.

 

2) Colva Beach : — Colva beach acts as a loners paradise amongst the beaches in Goa. It is a haven for those travellers who want to spend their vacation away from the hustle and bustle. Most of the time, it remains uncrowded but with the onset of October, it comes alive as Christian pilgrims come here to worship infant Jesus at Colva Church. It is also an ideal destination to engage oneself in various kinds of exciting adventure sports.

A hot season retreat for Margao’s moneyed middle classes since long before Independence, Colva is the oldest and largest of South Goa’s resorts. Its leafy outlying ‘Vaddos’, or wards are pleasant enough, dotted with colonial style villas and ramshackle fishing huts. The beachfront is a collection of concrete hotels, souvenir stalls and fly blown snack bars strewn around a central roundabout.

Each afternoon, busloads of visitors from out of state mill around here after a paddle on the crowded foreshore, pestered by postcard wallahs and the little urchins whose families camp on the outskirts. If, however, one wants to steer clear of this central market area, and stick to the cleaner, greener outskirts, Colva can be a pleasant and convenient place to stay for a while. Swimming is relatively safe while the sand, at least away from the beachfront, is spotless and scattered with beautiful shells.
Leisure

Although never an established rave venue, Colva’s nightlife is livelier than anywhere else in south Goa, thanks to its ever-growing contingent of young package tourists. The two most happening nightspots are down in the dunes south of the beachfront area: splash boasts a big MTV satellite screen and music to match, and a late bar and disco that liven up around 10.00 pm.

A sandy plod just south of here, posier Ziggy’s boast Goa’s only air conditioned dance floor, a thumping Indian Ragga and Techno sound system, and a sociable terrace littered with wicker easy chairs. If one prefers to get plastered somewhere affordable and less pretentious, try Johnny Cool’s midway between the beach and Colva crossroads. Men Mar, on the Vasco Road, also serves beers, snacks and Lassis until around 10.30 pm.

 

3) Bogmolo Beach: — Goa Bogmalo beach is a perfect melting pot of nature’s beauty and urbanization. Prior to becoming a tourist spot, Bogmalo beach was a quaint fishing village which is bedecked with a tiny-whitewashed Chapel and clusters of beach shacks scattered under the coconut palms. Though popular, but less crowded like other Goa beaches, Bagmalo beach is an ideal for picnickers.

Immediately south of the airport, the Mormugao peninsula’s sun parched central plateau tumbles to a flat-bottomed valley lined with coconut trees and redbrick huts. The sandy beach at the end of the cove would be even more picturesque were it not for the monstrous multi-storey edifice perched above it. Until Oberoi erected a huge five star hotel here, Bogmalo was just another small fishing village, hemmed in by a pair of palm fringed headlands at the northern end of Colva bay.

A Former Fishing Village, Today’s Tourist Hangout
The village is still present at Bogmalo, complete with a tiny-whitewashed Chapel and gangs of hogs nosing through the rubbish, but its environs have been transformed. Pricey café-bars blaring Western music have crept up the beach, while the clearing below the hotel is prowled by assiduous Kashmiri handicraft vendors.

Even so, compared with Calangute Or Colva, Bogmalo is still a small-scale resort. As long as one hasn’t come to Goa to get away from it all or party all night, then one’ll find Bogmalo congenial enough. The beach is clean and not too crowded, the water reasonably safe for swimming, and there are plenty of places to eat, drink and shop. If, on the other hand, one is looking for somewhere not yet, on the package tourist map, one’ll be better off further south, at the far end of Colva Beach or beyond.

DIVING AT BOGMALO
A small dive school recently opened up in Bogmalo and is one of the few places in India where one can do PADI-approved Open water diving courses. Operating out of Joet’s guesthouse, at the far end of the beach, the British run outift also offers half day “Try Dives” for novices, guided dives to shipwreck sites and coral beds off the coast and tuition for more advanced qualifications.

For More Information: Contact – Goa Diving, House No. 145P, Chapel Bhat, Chicalim, Near Bogmalo.

 

4) Majorda Beach : — Located in the southern part of Bogmalo, Majorda beach is one of the most alluring beaches in Goa India. With the changing Indian tourism scenario, Majorda beach has started to beckon large number of visitors from all across the globe. It is a perfect testimony of scenic beauty of Mother Nature and Indian hisotry.

Apart from its magnificent beauty, Majorda beach is also known for its historic and mythological significance.

A Legend says that Majorda was the very beach where Lord Rama was kidnapped, during his childhood. This legend further goes that after few years, Lord Rama has once again visited the beach when he was in search of his wife Sita. During his visit, he came to Cabo-de-Rama, which lies at the southern end of the beach. This amalgamation of nature’s beauty and mythology has enhances the attrACTION of the Majorda.

 

5) Benaulim Beach  : —  Unlike other Goan beaches, Benaulim is amongst the less discovered beaches of Goa. This tranquil beach which mostly attracts solitude seekers is a famous fishing village. Every day with the descend of sun in the azure water of Arabian sea, Benaulim beach comes alive as the fishermen of nearby village returns to their sweet home.

According to Hindu mythology Goa was created when the sage Shri Parasurama, Lord Vishnu’s sixth incarnation, fired an arrow into the sea from the top of the Western Ghats and ordered the waters to recede. The spot where the shaft fell to earth, known in Sanskrit as “Banali” and later corrupted by the Portuguese to Benaulim, lies in the centre of Colva Beach, 7-km west of Margao.

A Sleepy Village
Only a decade ago, this fishing and rice-farming village, scattered around the coconut groves and paddy fields between the main Colva-Mobor Road and the dunes, had barely made it onto the backpackers map. Now, the shady lane leading through it is studded with guesthouses and souvenir stalls while the paddy fields on the outskirts are gradually disappearing under a rash of gigantic luxury resorts and time-share apartment blocks. For the time being, however, this remains a peaceful and welcoming place to unwind.

Either side of the sand blown beachfront, the gently shelving sands shimmer away almost to the horizon, litered with photogenic wooden fishing boats that provide welcome shade if the walk from the palm trees to the sea gets too much. Hawkers, itinerant masseurs and fruit wallahs appear from time to time, but one can easily escape them by heading south towards neighbouring Varca, where tourism has thus far made little impact.

Moreover, the sea is safe for swimming, being generally jellyfish-free, while the village itself boasts a few serviceable bars and restaurants, several telephone booths and a couple of stores.

6) Palolem Beach : —  Sobriquet as ‘Paradise beach’, Palolem beach in Canacona town is a treasure amongst the beaches in South Goa. It is a mile long beach which is adorned with shady palm trees and silvery sands. Palolem beach is one of the unspoilt and less explored beaches in Goa. It is mostly inhabited by fishermen community of the area. Every day with the onset of dusk, the beach is beautifully lit with earthen lamp. A stone sculpture known as ‘the Money stone’ having the quote “Give if you can – Take if you have to” is a must visit site at this beach.

The Tiny Bay
Palolem, 2-km west of Chaudi, pops up more often in glossy holiday brochures than any other beach in Goa; not because the village is a major package tour destination, but because its crescent shaped bay lined with a swaying curtain of coconut palms, is irresistibly photogenic. Hemmed in by a pair of wooded headlands, a perfect curve of white sand arcs north from a pile of hug boulders to the spur of Sahyadri Ghat, which here tapers into the sea.

Until recently foreign tourists were few and far between in Palolem. Over the past five or six years, however, increasing numbers of budget travellers have begun to find their way here, and the village is now far from the undiscovered idyll it used to be, with a string of cafes, Karnatakan hawkers and a tent camp crowding the beachfront.

Souvenir stalls have also sprung up, catering mainly for the mini-van and boat parties of charter tourists on day trips from resorts further north. In spite of these encroachments, Palolem remains a resolutely traditional village, where the easy pace of life is dictated more by the three daily rounds of Todi (also spelt as Toddy) tapping than the exigencies of tourism.

EATING OUT
With the beach now lined along its entire length with brightly lit shack cafes, finding somewhere to eat in Palolem is not a problem, although the locals have to buy in most of their fish from Margao and Karwar. The one outstanding place is the Classic Restaurant, where one can tuck into delicious, freshly baked Western wholefood and cakes.

More popular among budget travellers, though, is Sun ‘n’ Moon, behind the middle of the beach; when it closes, the die-hard drinkers head through the palm trees to nearby Dylan’s Bar, which stays open until the last customer has staggered home. For optimum sunset views of the bay, head for the obscurely named Found Things bar and restaurant, at the far southern end of Palolem beach, which faces west. Travellers on tight budgets should also note the row of tiny Bhaji stalls outside the Beach Resort, where one can order tasty and filling breakfasts of Pao Bhaji, fluffy bread rolls, Omlettes and Chai (tea) for next to nothing.

 

7)  Varca Beach : — Counted among one of the virgin beaches of Goa, Varca beach of South Goa is an ideal site for those seeking peace and tranquility. Mother Nature has spread her beauty throughout the Varca beach. The vast expanses of white softy sands and the cool breeze which flows throughout the beach will surely usher you to a different world. The palm thatched small houses which are available here enhance the beauty of the grassy dunes of the area. It is an amazing place to see Dolphins from a close point.

If one staying in Benaulim, one is bound at some point to visit Varca: the row of beached wooden fishing boats 2-km south of Benaulim belong to its community of Christian fisher folk, whose palm thatched long houses line the foot of the grassy dunes.

Beaches in North Goa

Goa is all about beaches. This is neither an exaggeration nor a restrictive statement.

People travel to Goa with mostly one thing in mind – to enjoy lazing around in the sandy beaches of Goa with swaying palms providing the perfect backdrop. Water sports activities or simply enjoying other leisurely activities also make the beaches of Goa extremely attractive proposition for tourists.

Here’s a quick guide to the famous beaches of Goa for all those who are planning to go for Goa beach tourism.

Anjuna Beach : — The wavy palms, the rolling and receding surf over the sand and overall beautiful surroundings of Anjuna beach undoubtedly promises a perfect gateway to dreamland. Popular as ‘freak capital of Goa’, this enthralling Goan beach occupies the top slot of every vacationers whosoever visit Goa for a fantastic beach holidays. With its endless arrays of adventure sport and delicious sea food options, Anjuna beach always wins the heart of its visitor at the very first glimpse.

With its fluorescent painted palm trees and infamous full moon parties, ANJUNA, 8-km west of Mapusa, is Goa at its most “alternative”. Designer leather and lycra may have superseded cotton Kaftans, but most people’s reasons for coming are the same as they were in the 1970s: dancing and lying on the beach slurping tropical fruit. While browsing in the area have a day trip to the famous flea market.

The Beach
One of the main sources of Anjuna’s enduring popularity as a hippy hang out is its superb beach. Fringed by groves of swaying coconut palms, the curve of soft white sand conforms more closely to the archetypal vision of paradise than any other beach on the north coast. Bathing is generally safer than at most of the nearby resorts, too, especially at the more peaceful southern end, where a rocky headland keeps the sea calm and the undertow to a minimum.

North of the market ground, the beach broadens, running in an uninterrupted kilometre long stretch of steeply shelving sand to a low red cliff. The village bus park lies on top of this high ground, near a crop of small cafes, bars and Kashmiri handicraft stalls. Every lunch hour, tour parties from Panjim pull in here for a beer, before heading home again, leaving the ragged army of sun weary westerners to enjoy the sunset.

 

Baga Beach : — Baga beach is one of the gorgeous Goa beaches which is adorned by the beauty of sun, sea and the sand. This beautiful piece of land is all about miles and miles of silvery sand dotted with sun decks. Baga beach is a visual treat for holidaymakers as it located amidst the lush green Baga-Anjuna Hill. Even the placid Baga river which flows through the north of the beach also enhances its beauty.

A Charming Combination Of Land And Sea
Baga, 10-km west of Mapusa, is basically an extension of Calangute; even the locals are unable to decide where ends and the other begin. Lying in the lee of a rocky, wooded headland, the only difference between this far northern end of the beach and its more congested centre is that the scenery here is marginally more varied and picturesque.

A small river flows into the sea at the top of the village, below a broad spur of soft white sand, from where a dirt track strikes across an expanse of paddy fields towards Anjuna. The old red tiled fishers houses behind the dunes have long been swamped by gaudily lit bars, Tandoori terrace restaurants and handicraft shops, but one doesn’t feel quite so hemmed in as at Calangute.

Leisure:– Thanks to the droves of predominantly British package tourists who stay here, Baga’s nightlife is the liveliest in the area. Most of the revellers end up at Tito’s, which has the only dance floor and hefty sound system outside a big hotel for miles. Women are allowed in for free; “unaccompanied” men and couples have to pay.

 

Calangute Beach : —  Condolim beach of Goa beaches in India is one of the most featured destination on the world tourism map. Positioned in the Bardez taluka of North Goa, Candolim beach is an awesome site for those vacationers who are in quest of some solitude and wants to stay away from the hustle and bustle.

A Topping On Tourist Pie
A mere 45 minute bus ride up the coast from the capital, Calangute is Goa’s busiest and most commercialized resort, and the flagship of the state government’s bid for a bigger slice of India’s package-tourist pie. In the 1970s and early 1980s, this once peaceful fishing Village epitomized Goa’s reputation as a haven for hedonistic hippies.

The Town And The Beach
The road from the town to the beach is lined with Kashmiri-run handicraft boutiques and Tibetan stalls selling Himalayan curios and jewellery. The quality of the goods – mainly Rajasthani, Gujarati and Karnatakan textiles – is generally high. Haggle hard and don’t be afraid to walk away from a heavy sales pitch – the same stuff crops up every Wednesday at Anjuna’s flea market.

The beach itself is nothing special, with steeply shelving sand, but is more than large enough to accommodate the huge numbers of high-season visitors.

To escape the hawkers, head fifteen minutes or so south of the main beachfront area, towards the rows of olf wooden boats moored below the dunes. In this virtually hawker-free zone, one’ll only come across teams of villagers hauling in hand nets at high tide or fishermen fixing their tack under bamboo sun shakes.

 

Chapora Beach : — As the name suggest, this beach of North Goa has attained its name from the beautiful Chapora river. Located just 10 km from the Mapusa town, Chapora beach is an ideal destination for those who have decided for a long term stay in Goa. The most popular attractionof Chapora beach is Chapora fort and palm thatched huts of fishing village.

A Leisure Paradise
Crouched in the shadow of a Portuguese fort on the opposite, northern side of the headland from Vagator, Chapora, 10-km from Mapusa, is a lat busier than most north coast villages. Dependent on fishing and boat building, it has, to a great extent, retained a life of its own independent of tourism. The workaday indifference to the annual invasion of Westerners is most evident on the main street, lined with as many regular stores as travellers cafes and restaurants.

It’s unlikely that Chapora will ever develop into a major resort, either. Tucked away under a dense canopy of trees on the muddy southern shore of a river estuary, it lacks both the space and the white sand that have pulled crowds to Calangute and Colva.

The Pit Stop
If one has one’s own transport however, Chapora is a good base from which to explore the region: Vagator is on the doorstep, Anjuna is a short ride to the south, and the ferry crossing at Siolim –gateway to the remote north of the state – is barely fifteen minutes away by road. The village is also well connected by bus to Mapusa, and there are plenty of sociable bars and cafes to hang out in. Apart from the guesthouses along the main road, most of the places to stay are long stay houses in the woods.

Chapora Old fort
Chapora’s chief landmark is its venerable Old Fort, most easily reached from the Vagator side of the hill. At low tide, one can also walk around the bottom of the headland, via the anchorage, and the secluded coves beyond it, to big Vagator, then head up the hill from there.

 

Condolim Beach : —   Condolim beach of Goa beaches in India is one of the most featured destination on the world tourism map. Positioned in the Bardez taluka of North Goa, Candolim beach is an awesome site for those vacationers who are in quest of some solitude and wants to stay away from the hustle and bustle.

What can easily be termed as one of Goa’s most serene beach, blessed by Mother Nature, Candolim beach in India is a loner’s paradise.

Hemmed by the crystal clear water of vast Arabian sea, a 7km sandy stretch of sun kissed sands, starts from Aguada and ends at Chapora beach, greets when one visits Candolim. This beach is a fave destination for those vacationers who are in quest of solitude. Generally, elite foreign vacationers who are wish to spend some leisure moments while simply lying on the beach, visits Candolim.

If you are not willing to engage yourself in sunbathing,than you can participate in someother unusual activities. Many tour operators provides options for expeditions to nearby islands, river cruises, trips for spotting dolphins, crocodiles and fishes. A boat ride to Mandovi river at the time of sunset is surely an enthralling experience for vacationers. Every day with the descend of sun, Candolim beach dressed up in completely different attire. It boasts some well stocked bars and pubs within its kitty, which are ideal place to lighten up your evening.

 

Vagator Beach : — Located in the northernmost point of Bardez Taluka of North Goa, Vagator beach is another beautiful stretch of sand in Goan beaches. Positioned opposite to the Chapora river from Morjim, Vagator beach is beautified with dramatic red cliffs which looks down to the shore. This beach also encompasses two fresh water springs within its territory. It is a haven for hardcore party animals as it offers excellent array glamorous party venues.

Barely a couple of kilometres of cliff tops and parched grassland separate Anjuna from the southern fringes of its nearest neighbour, Vagator. A desultory collection of ramshackle farmhouses and picturesque old Portuguese bungalows scattered around a network of leafy lanes, the village is entered at the east via a branch off the Mapusa Road, which passes a few small guesthouses and restaurants before running down to the sea.

Dominated by the red ramparts of Chapora Fort, Vagator’s broad white sandy beach – Big Vagator Beach also known, as “Little Vagator” is undeniably beautiful, just like a picture postcard.

For better, then, to head to the next cove south. Backed by a steep wall of crumbling palm-fringed laterite, Ozran Vagator beach is more secluded and much less accessible than either of its neighbours.To get there, walk ten minutes from Big Vagator, or drive to the end of the lane off the main Chapora-Anjuna Road, from where a footpath drops sharply down to a wide stretch of level white sand.

At this southern end of the beach, a row of makeshift cafes provides shade and sustenance for a predominantly Israeli crowd. Like Anjuna, Vagator is a relaxed, comparatively undeveloped resort that appeals, in the main, to budget travellers with time on their hands. Accommodation is limited, however, and visitors frequently find themselves travelling to and from Baga every day to find a suitable place to stay.

 

Miramar Beach : —  Often regraded as the ‘Marine Drive of Goa’, Miramar beach is very close to Panaji. Miramar beach is considered as the leisure zone of Panaji city as it provide good option for shedding tiredness of entire day. It is particularly crowded after sunset and on Sundays by both local residents and holidaymakers.

On the way to Dona Paula, 1-km ahead of the confluence of the Arabian Sea and Mandvi River, under the palm shade, is “Gasper Dias” or Miramar Beach and is just 3-km away from the capital city of Panjim.

In Portuguese language ‘Miramar’ stand for viewing the sea. Situated on a good location for evening walks, the coast is spread upto 2-km, having a fine silvery sand bed. From here one has an excellent view of the Aguada fort just across the Mandovi River.

 

Dona Paula Beach : —  Similar to Taj Mahal, Dona Paula beach of Goa is a perfect testimony of true love. Till date this beach is haunted by mysticism and divine beauty of Dona Paula de Menzes. Dona Paula, a Viceroy’s daughter of colonial era and her lover Gasper Dias, a fishermen son had jumped off the cliff to death as they were not permitted to get married. Since then, this beach is called as Lover’s Paradise. This secluded bay, located at the meeting point of Zuari and Mandov rivers is also very popular among adventure buffs as it offers options for thrilling water sports.

At the place where two of Goa’s famous rivers meet the Arabian Sea is the secluded bay of Dona Paula with a fine view of the Marmagao Harbour. 7-km from Panjim, nestled on the south side of the rocky, hammer-shaped headland that divides the Zuari and Mandovi estuaries, this former fishing village is nowadays a commercialized resort. This is an idyllic spot to relax and sunbathe. Water scootering facilities are also available over here.

The official residence of the Governor of Goa, Known as Cabo Raj Bhavan is situated on the westernmost tip of Dona Paula. Along the road leading to this place lies the ruins of the small military cemetery the British built at their brief occupation of the Cabo, to deter the French from invading Goa.

A Love Story
Named after Dona Paula de Menezes, this place is called the Lovers Paradise due to a myth that has been attached to this place. According one legend the Viceroy’s daughter after facing objections from her family about her love affair with a poor fisherman jumped of the cliff.

Another legend says that punished for captivating Francisco de Tavora, the Count of Alvor with her charm the Viceroy’s daughter was pushed off a cliff to drown in the waters below. Her irrepressible spirit still continues to haunt every visitor with legends of her lovers. She is even supposed to have been seen emerging from moonlit waves wearing only a pearl necklace.

Water Sports
Tranquil and blue, Dona Paula unravel the ultimate in aquatic sport and fun.Dona Paula Sports Club, Dona Paula offers some of the best water sports facilities to the sports enthusiasts including Water-scooter rides, Motor-boat rides, etc.

 

Panjim

Called Panjim by the Portuguese, Panaji, which means “the land that does not flood” is the state capital of Goa. Unlike many capital cities, Panaji has a distinct unhurried character. It is situated on the southern banks of the Mandovi River, which makes this town all the more charming.

Typical of a Goan town, Panaji is built around a church facing a prominent square. The town has some beautiful Portuguese Baroque style buildings and enchanting old villas. The riverside, speckled with brightly whitewashed houses with wrought iron balconies, offers a fine view.

There are some fine government buildings along the riverside boulevard, and the Passport Office is especially noteworthy. In the 16th century, the edifice was the palace of Adil Shah (the Sultan of Bijapur). The Portuguese took over the palace and constructed the Viceregal Lodge in 1615. In 1843, the structure became the Secretariat, and today it is the Passport Office.

1.  Church Of Our Lady Of Rosary:

Not far to the west of the Basilica of the Bom Jesus is the Holy Hill at the extremity of which is the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary. Built of laterite and plastered with lime mortar, it has a two-storeyed portico. The portico as well as the façade of the church has rounded towers on either side with the cross on top. The roof of the church is tiled, supported by wooden rafters.

The Chapels And Altars
There are two chapels and three altars. The main altar is dedicated to our Lady of the Rosary. The church, with windows near the roof and with rounded towers giving an impression of a fortress church, is Manuline in style though Gothic influence can be seen in the rib-vault at the portico.

Cenotaph Of Dona Catarina
To the right of the main altar is a marble cenotaph commemorating Dona Catarina whose marriage with Viceroy Garcia De Sa was performed by St. Francis Xavier. The cenotaph slightly projecting from the wall is artistically decorated with carved miniature pillars and inscriptions in Portuguese and has a triangular pediment crowned by a shell moulding. The foliage and other decorations emanating from a vase closely resemble those on the tombs of Gujarat, thus suggesting influence of a regional art-style.

This votive chapel was built in fulfilment of a vow taken by Afonso de Albuquerque while reviewing the battle between his forces and those of the Bijapur sultan from the same spot, on which the church stands. The vow, however, could be fulfilled only after his death, since this church was built in 1544-49.

2.   Dona Paula:

At the place where two of Goa’s famous rivers meet the Arabian Sea is the secluded bay of Dona Paula with a fine view of the Marmagao Harbour. 7-km from Panjim, nestled on the south side of the rocky, hammer-shaped headland that divides the Zuari and Mandovi estuaries, this former fishing village is nowadays a commercialized resort. This is an idyllic spot to relax and sunbathe. Water scootering facilities are also available over here.

The official residence of the Governor of Goa, Known as Cabo Raj Bhavan is situated on the westernmost tip of Dona Paula. Along the road leading to this place lies the ruins of the small military cemetery the British built at their brief occupation of the Cabo, to deter the French from invading Goa.

A Love Story
Named after Dona Paula de Menezes, this place is called the Lovers Paradise due to a myth that has been attached to this place. According one legend the Viceroy’s daughter after facing objections from her family about her love affair with a poor fisherman jumped of the cliff.

Another legend says that punished for captivating Francisco de Tavora, the Count of Alvor with her charm the Viceroy’s daughter was pushed off a cliff to drown in the waters below. Her irrepressible spirit still continues to haunt every visitor with legends of her lovers. She is even supposed to have been seen emerging from moonlit waves wearing only a pearl necklace.

Water Sports
Tranquil and blue, Dona Paula unravel the ultimate in aquatic sport and fun.Dona Paula Sports Club, Dona Paula offers some of the best water sports facilities to the sports enthusiasts including Water-scooter rides, Motor-boat rides, etc.

3. Miramar Beach:

On the way to Dona Paula, 1-km ahead of the confluence of the Arabian Sea and Mandvi River, under the palm shade, is “Gasper Dias” or Miramar Beach and is just 3-km away from the capital city of Panjim.

In Portuguese language ‘Miramar’ stand for viewing the sea. Situated on a good location for evening walks, the coast is spread upto 2-km, having a fine silvery sand bed. From here one has an excellent view of the Aguada fort just across the Mandovi River.

Diu

For over 450 years, the coastal enclaves of Daman and Diu on the Arabian Sea coast were part of Portuguese India, along with Goa and Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Goa, Daman, and Diu were incorporated into the Republic of India on 19 December 1961, by military conquest; Portugal did not recognize the Indian annexation of these territories until 1974. Goa, Daman, and Diu were administered as part of a single union territory until 1987, when Goa was granted statehood, leaving Daman and Diu as a separate union territory; each enclave constitutes one of the union territory’s two districts.

 1. Diu Fort:

This fort was constructed by the Portuguese in 1535 A.D. and was one of their most important ones in Asia. Useful Information: Activities for older children.

2. St. Paul’s Church:

On the fort side of Diu town is the island’s last remaining fully-functional church, St Paul’s. Completed in 1610, the church has an excellent baroque facade and a very fine selection of wooden panelling and furniture inside, including an extravagantly carved 400 year old pulpit.

3. Nagoa Beach:

The best beach is Diu is Nagoa Beach, and is a cool place to visit.

PORT BLAIR

India has almost a 6000 km long coastline, which is home to some of the finest beaches in the world. Andaman & Nicobar Islands has many beautiful, crystal clear and fine eco-friendly beaches.

(1)  Cellular Jail:

The motive of the Islands and the result of the East India Company arriving in the region, Initially built to hold captive the supporters and allied members of the Revolt of 1857, especially of the Maughal Royal family was later extended to hold the Political Prisoners of the Indian Freedom Struggle. The most famous prisoner to be held at the Cellular Jail was “Veer Savarkar”. The Cellular jail was known for its infamous cruelty meted out to prisoners, made to toil under the extreme vagaries of nature without food and water alike, death for the prisoners was an easier option rather than a release or escape.

(2)  Corbyn’s Cove Beach:

The Islands only beach near by the city, corbyn’s cove gets its name due to its unique shape, being one of its kind in the country and is named after Corbyn Chaplain of Port Blair. The beach is flanked at the edges by Japanese Bunkers to remind visitors of the days of Japanese occupation of the island. The pristine sands and water make it an experience to remember for any visitor.

(3)  Chidiyatapu:

Chidiyatapu is a tiny fishing village situated at the southern most tip of South Andaman Island. It is about 25 km from Port Blair in Andaman District. The place is also famous for its 46 varieties of endemic birds, white spotted deer and seasonal orchids. This village has earned the name, Bird Island.

 

Visakhapatnam

Find a beach for every season… and for every reason. Sunny, golden, bright and breathtaking… that’s Visakhapatnam, popularly known as Vizag. Beautiful blue       ocean and sparkling beaches… this second largest city of Andhra Pradesh is gorgeous. But if you think Vizag is all about beaches… you are in for a surprise. Green picturesque hills greet you, wherever you go. Lush greenery, fascinating tribal dance, and historical Buddhist remains will enchant you. And just in case you need some man-made intervention… there are ample entertainment and shopping zones.

Vizag is truly a destination for every imagination. Set out to explore this charming city… set to redefine great holidays as you know it.

(1) Rishikonda:

Only 8 km from Vizag, Rishikonda has everything that the passionate traveller in you seeks – alluring beaches, hills and adventure water sports – skiing & wind surfing. The sea and hill cottages further enhance your holiday moments. Just right for your honeymoon or to rekindle those nostalgic moments.

(2)  Bheemunipatnam:

En route to Bheemunipatnam, the journey is as charming as the destination. The 25 km stretch from Vizag never once lets go of the beautiful coastline. Be sure you don’t miss out on ‘Erramattidibbalu’ – a very creative formation of red sand.
Stop by Bheemili, a sleepy little town with a rich colonial past. River Gosthani greets you as you enter Bheemili. While at Bheemili, visit the pilgrim centres, temples, old churches, clock tower, light house, and the port.

(3)  Ramakrishna Beach:

This offers you the usual joys of the beach – sea, sand and shore… plus a Submarine Museum, Visakha Museum, Aquarium, numerous parks, War Memorial and statues of eminent personalities.

(4)  Kanaka Maha Lakshmi Temple:

The Kanaka Maha Lakshmi Temple at Burujupeta is worshiped as the Goddess of the Visakha city. The idol of the deity is said to have been installed in the early 18th century. Festival celebrating Kanaka Maha Lakshmi takes place during Margasira masa (November and December) every year. Visakha district attracts tourists with its scenic natural beauty.

(5)  Kalingapatnam:

Srikakulam District has a sea coast of 193 km. A heritage town in Srikakulam district with the constructions of colonial rule is Kalingpatnam. It has a light house and from the top of it, visitors can enjoy the wonderful view of Sagar Sangamam of perennial river Vamsadhara.

(6)  Kailasagiri:

Picture this… a lush green park over a 130 m high hill overlooking the Bay of Bengal. Could your soul ask for more? The presence of giant statues of the celestial couple, Siva and Parvathi, make Kailasgiri a must visit on your list. The place also offers a breathtaking view at night – a million lights and the enchanting waves further away. Other highlights include: Ropeway to the hill, art gallery, air-conditioned conference hall, a capsule lift to the highest view point, food court, art gallery and souvenir shops.

 (7)  The Vuda Childrens Park: 

If you are holidaying with kids… don’t forget to visit this park. With dancing musical fountains, boating facility, skating ring and camel & horse rides – the kids are going to be thrilled.

(8)  Tenneti Park:

Located on the beach road, this is where you can enjoy your evenings with sea view and cool breeze. Also around are food courts and a big screen show where you can watch movies.

(9)  Gangavaram:

This is a paradise of every film marker and nature lover. Located near the steel plant, your most cherished beach fantasy comes true here. Gangavaram has a beautiful stretch of beach, lined with palm trees along the coast. One can laze on the hammock, while gentle waves play hide and seek with the coastline.

Pondicherry

The History of Puducherry can be traced back to the 2nd century. The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea, of the early 2nd century, mentions a marketplace named Poduke (ch. 60), which G.W.B. Huntingford identified as possibly being Arikamedu (now part of Ariyankuppam), about 2 miles from the modern Pondicherry. Huntingford further notes that Roman pottery was found at Arikamedu in 1937, and archeological excavations between 1944 and 1949 showed that it was “a trading station to which goods of Roman manufacture were imported during the first half of the 1st century AD”.

A remarkable degree of French influence in Puducherry exists to this date. Puducherry was designed based on the French (however originally Dutch) grid pattern and features neat sectors and perpendicular streets. The entire town is divided into 2 sections, the French Quarter (Ville Blanche or ‘White town’) and the Indian quarter (Ville Noire or ‘Black Town’). Many streets still retain their French names, and French style villas are a common sight in Puducherry. In the French quarter, the buildings are typically colonial style with long compounds and stately walls. The Indian quarter consists of houses lined with verandas and houses with large doors and grills. These French and Indian style houses are identified and their architecture preserved from destruction by an organization named INTACH. The use of French language can be still seen in Puducherry.


Pondicherry still has a large number of Indian and a small number of non-Indian descent residents with French passports. These are descendants of those who chose to remain French when the then ruling French Establishment presented the people of Puducherry with an option to either remain French or become Indians at the time of Puducherry’s transfer to India in 1954. Apart from the monuments pertaining to the French period, there is the French Consulate in Puducherry and several cultural organisations. Another important one is ‘Le Foyer du Soldat’. It is a legion hall for soldiers who served in the different French wars.

Day 01: Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry

In the morning after breakfast you are driven by car to Pondicherry (approx 96 Kms / 2-3 hrs). Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Rest and refresh. Later you visit the Aurbindo Ashram. This ashram promotes Aurbindo’s ideas in bringing about a synthesis of Yoga and modern science, so as to unite the material and soul. Later go on for a visit to Auroville – a unique experiment in international living and in creating a new environment where men and women of all nationalities live together in harmony.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 02: Pondicherry – Thanjavur

In the morning after breakfast you are driven by car to Thanjavur (approx 189 Kms / 3-4 hrs). Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Rest and refresh. Rest of the day is at leisure. Thanjavur was once the royal city of the Cholas and the Nayaks. It is still considered the centre of all the classical arts and music, and is also well known for its unique painting style called Tanjore Painting
Meals: Breakfast

Goan Odyssey

Goa is the ideal holiday destination with a perfect option filled with long walks, short naps, cosy picnics, hip-shaking music and bike rides through the green countryside. Enjoy a lazy laid back vacation at the balmy beaches of Goa and make the most of it. The Indian state of Goa beckons you for the time of your life.

Day 01: Goa

Today you arrive at Goa – a holidaymaker’s paradise. At the Airport/Railway Station you are met with our local representative and later driven by an air conditioned car to the hotel/resort. Upon arrival check in and rest and refresh. The rest of the entire day is at leisure. You can spend time soaking in the sun and sand of the many famous beaches here.
Meals: None

Day 02: Goa

After breakfast you have the entire day at leisure. You can enjoy the various water sports at the beaches (on your own). Or you can spend time shopping around the small local markets for souveniers.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 03: Goa

Today after breakfast you are driven by car to visit Basilica of Bom Jesus one the world heritage monuments and of the seven heritage monuments in Goa. The sacred relics of the patron saint of Goa St. Francis Xavier are kept here. Later you visit Se Cathedral the largest cathedral in Asia. The Se cathedral has five bells out of which one is the famous Golden Bell which is one the largest in the world. After lunch you visit the Anjuna Flea Market (only on Wednesdays). You can get all types of clothes, Nepali goods, Tibetan goods, embroidered items, incense, a good selection of jewelry, semiprecious stones, crystals, fancy knives, handicrafts, hammocks, bedspreads, and other items at the flea market. In the evening you can visit the beach and then return to the hotel/resort.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 04: Goa

In the morning after breakfast you have the entire day at leisure. Spend some relaxing time soaking the sun and watching the calm blue sea.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 05: Goa – Mumbai

Today morning after delicious breakfast you are driven by car to the Airport for your flight to Mumbai. Upon arrival at Mumbai you are greeted by our local representative and are driven to the hotel. At the hotel check in and refresh. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 06: Mumbai

After breakfast you are driven by car to visit the Prince of Wales Museum where you reflect upon the rich history of India. Later visit Mumbai’s most famous landmark, The Gateway of India. Also visit one of most prominent and splendid churches here the Mount Mary Church. Later spend time shopping around the Bandra area which is a paradise for bargainers.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 07: Mumbai

Today morning after breakfast you are driven by car to the Airport/Railway Station for your flight/train back home with beautiful memories of your holiday.
Meals: Breakfast

Goa Beaches

Blessed with white powdery sands, Goa’s longest beach, Colva, is fringed with palms and drenched with the sun. A walk on the beach is full of small delights, where fishermen’s motor trawlers lie in a line offshore, and tourists in colourful dress throng the beach. Colva at night with its silvery grey sands glittering in the moonlight make moonlit evenings incredibly romantic.

Goa, an endearing abode of scenic charm is a paradise, squeezed between the seas and the lush forested hills. Offering glistening sands, swaying coconut palms, and ultra fresh seafood. Your Goa Tours will involve exploring sensuous beaches and historical forts that have kept the legacy of Portuguese alive. Travel to Goa, to explore the mystical charisma of the exotic abode. It is a promise that Goa will add some golden moments in your memorabilia.

Goa – The Coolest Place in India

Goa – The Coolest Place in India

Goa - The Coolest Place in India
Goa - The Coolest Place in India

‘Now our road takes us to the magnificent kingdom of Goa…The people of this kingdom are strong, prudent and very hardworking… The kingdom of Goa is the most important in India…It is civilized, having famous orchards and water. It is the coolest place in India and it is the most plentiful in foodstuffs.

‘The white people make a practice of going to the kingdom of Goa to enjoy the shade and the groves of trees and to savour the sweet betel.’

These revealing remarks on Goa come not from the hippies or ‘flower power’ generation of the sixties and early seventies who thronged the beaches of Anjuna, Vagator and Arambol in search of salvation and ‘peace’. These remarks were made over five centuries ago by the Portuguese Ambassador to China who visited Goa around the year 1511. They serve as a vivid precursor to the generations that followed in our times to the fabled land of Goa.

In those tumultuous and rebellious times in the sixties, it was then not the ‘sweet betel’ that was the prime attraction but a different kind of ‘weed’. But Goa, since those days of the angry generation, has moved on to attract a multitudinous, peaceful and cosmopolitan school of visitors from all around the globe.

Down the corridors of time Goa has been different things to different people. To the Portuguese conquerors it was ‘Golden Goa’, the El Dorado, the ‘Rome of the East’. Such was its beauty and grandeur, that a traveller was moved to remark: ‘Whoever has seen Goa, need not visit Lisboa’—Lisbon, which was then the grand epicenter of the Portuguese dominions.

Some decades later, the early 17th century French traveller Francois Pyrard wrote: ‘Whoever has been in Goa may say that he has seen the choicest rarities of India, for it is the most famous and celebrated city, on account of its commercial intercourse with people of all nationalities of the East who bring there the products of their respective countries, articles of merchandize, necessaries of life and other commodities in great abundance because every year more than a thousand ships touch there laden with cargo.’

Pyrard continued with near prophetic veracity: ‘…as for the multitude of people, it is a marvel to see the number which come and go every day by sea and land on business of every kind…One would say that a fair was being held every day for the sale of all sorts of merchandise.’

While the contemporary traveller may not come to modern, thriving Goa ‘for the sale of all sorts of merchandise’, the ‘fair’ is still very much on. The traveller is here to find something different: a balm on the busy mind, to enjoy days of freedom on Goa’s

magnificent beaches, to parasail or swim with the tide of fellow visitors from all around the globe, to savour its unique cuisine and imbibe its spirits, to take a long and invigorating trek in its unexplored interiors, to marvel at its majestic temples and churches, in short, to be at one with the most friendly people in the country.

In the sixties and seventies, it was, as we have remarked, a haven for the hippies. Since then Goa has moved on to fullfledged Statehood, its own Council of Ministers, a magnificent new Assembly complex, its citizens among the most literate in the country with a per capita income the highest in the land.. At the hub of this prosperity, is the Tourism industry. At the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC), we take a humble bow in acknowledgement, in some small measure, of putting Goa on the tourist map of our country.

But we also acknowledge that Goa does not require a massive sales drive.

Goa is a multifaceted jewel in the crown of India.

It is a frame of mind and body, spirit and soul.

Goa is an unfading memory.

Kovalam – Romantic Travel

Kovalam With natural beauty at its best, planning your honeymoon in Kovalam is no brainer. Rows of swaying coconut trees are lined along the sandy beaches of Kovalam. Chatting and relaxing under the palm trees with swishing sound of the waves and the breeze in the background will add a romantic touch.

Taking long walks with your dear one, relaxing beneath the swaying coconut palm, sunbathing and trying luscious seafood are some of the common activities that couples can join in.

A canopy of lush green vegetation to shade you, and the gentle swoosh of your boat sliding through Kovalam’s jewel-green backwaters is an idyllic, and perhaps an unusual way to explore the place with your spouse. A luxurious boat-ride gives you a fascinating glimpse of village life in the little town.

Adventurous couples can jointly participate in water sports like kayaking, swimming, surfing, waterskiing and kayaking.

With its expertise in ayurvedic techniques over centuries, Kovalam makes sure you pamper yourself and leave in the pink of health. While every hotel will offer at least a rejuvenation package, for more specialized treatment, you can head to any of the renowned ayurveda centres.

It is said that the best things in life are free. With Kovalam renowned for its cerulean colored water, silky sand, beautiful beaches, and lush green coconut trees, you’ll start believing in this adage. These natural and romantic surrounding add luster and vibrance and make your moment with your loved one captivating and delightful.

Kovalam Trvel Guide

Situated 16 kms from the Capital of Kerala is a city with four sandy bays called Kovalam. The meaning of Kovalam is ‘groove of coconut trees. It is a beach resort. The spectacular beach resort in 1930’s broke the shackles and emerged as the most magnificent tourist attraction in the south. In earlier days it was just a paradise and not a lot of tourists, but then it was developed as a great tourist spot and then there was no looking back. The four sandy beaches are just a sight of paradise; all the four bays are separated by rocks.

The Samudra Beach, Kovalam Beach, Hawa Beach and the light house beach are what gives Kovalam its beauty and attention of the tourists. Kovalam is the most famous place for Ayurvedic massage and many yoga resorts. Meditation and herbal body toning is also very famous and available easily and all around the beaches. A number of cultural programs are also organized in abundance and one of the main attractions is the catamaran cruise. Kovalam can be visited at anytime in the year.

You can go shopping in Kovalam and buy a number of items like handicrafts and spices. Rose wood and teak wood statues are popular at Kovalam beach. There are a number of shopping places lined across the beach.

Kovalam is a beautiful tourist spot and tourists flock all year long but would advise not to visit during the Monsoon which starts from June to October. The sea is high and the beaches will be found drowned in the high sea.

It is approachable by air, train and road routes. The nearest airport is at Trivandrum which is 16 kilometers away. The nearest rail junction is also at Trivandrum and is connected extremely well to all main roads in south India.

Diu – Beach of Gujarat

A Portuguese colony like Goa, Diu is an off – shore island on the western coast, off the Gulf of Cambay. The coast has limestone cliffs, rocky coves and sandy beaches, the best of which are at Nagoa. A massive fort built by the Portuguese dominates the skyline.

An island of breeze and beauty. The island of Diu, an erstwhile Portuguese colony, is situated off the Saurashtra coast of Gujarat bordering Junagadh district. It is an exquisitely beautiful getaway with golden sand beaches, dense palm-groves and historical monuments sans commercial exploitation and environmental degradation. Diu stands out, in marked contrast to other places, as a tiny island, where people have an excellent civic sense. With the magnificent serenity of its ambience, it is perhaps one of India’s last undiscovered jewels.

With a pleasant climate throughout the year, it affords unprecedented peace and tranquillity to tourists. The beautiful tiny island, is lying on the west coast of India, with a coastal length of 21 kms., is at a distance of about 930 kms. from Bombay. The word ‘Diu’ is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Dweep’. During the period from the 14th to 16th century Diu was one of the best Sea Ports and a Naval base. Merchants of various lands carried on trade here.

Places to visit in Diu

Nagoa Beach – A perfect semi circle beach where the gentle lapping waves beckon you to wade into them for a fun filled time of swimming, gamboling or just lolling around the soft sand shores or to find you napping under the palm trees filled with the soothing breeze. The Nagoa beach is the most famous in Diu. Gomptimata, Chakratirth and the beautiful Sunset Point are the other famous beaches. A 20 min. refreshing drive from the town through the open arid land and dense coconut groves brings you to the Nagoa Beach. It is located in the Nagoa hamlet of the village of Bucharwada.

Gangeshwar Temple – is situated 3km away from Diu town in Fudam village. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, there are five lingas here that are located in the midst of the rocks on the seashore, and are washed by the waves of the sea. It is believed that these lingas were established here by the five Pandava brothers of the Mahabharata during their exile. The gentle sea waves offering their obeisance to the “Shiva Lingas” in stone have a mystic aura around them in the cave temple of Gangeshwar where the Lord makes his presence felt.
 

Ghoghla Beach – Ghoghla Beach is among the six beautiful beaches in Diu District. It also has facilities for water sports like parasailing, water scooters etc. The Golden sand beach undulates into the horizon while the Arabian Sea laps away at the edge as though imploring the sands to let it find its own peach. You can do swimming, sunbathing, parasailing, surfing etc.

St. Thomas Church – Museum – St. Thomas’s Church that has now been taken over by the authorities and converted into the Diu Museum. A huge edifice in gothic architecture was built in 1598. A part of it has been converted into a museum – an archaeological treasure house. It houses wooden carvings, statues, idols, shadow clocks and other important artifacts collected from various sites.
 

Diu Fort – Diu Fort is an expansive and imposing structure, situated on the coast of the island. It was constructed between 1535 and 1541 AD after the defence alliance concluded between the Sultan of Gujarat and the Portuguese. The fort commands a magnificent view of sea. Rugged yet gentle, fierce yet loving. The majestic structure stands on the coast of DIU as a sentinel. Once inside, you are overwhelmed by the gaunt majesty of the ancient stone work which transports you to a bygone era of gallant soldiers where time stands still.
 

St. Paul’s Church – St. Paul’s Church is the only active church till date. The church adorned with curiously treated volutes and shell – like motifs and the magnificent wood carving is considered to be the most elaborate of all the Portugese churches in India. St. Paul Church, built in 1691 is consecrated to our Lady of Immaculate Conception. In architectural style it resembles Bom Jesus Church at Goa. The dominant features are, no doubt, Gothic. The wood – panelling of the church is rated one of the best in church craftmanship.
 


 

Gomtimata Beach – is one of the best beaches of the region. Secluded and spread with natural white sand, it is located at the western corner of the island
 


 

Panikotha-Fortim Do Mar – Legend has it that this ship shape structure was one connected with land by an under sea tunnel. You can see this monument in famous bollywood movie “KAYAMAT”. it is a magnificent stone structure in the sea, built right at the mouth of the creek. It can be reached only by a canoe or a motor launch. Approximately one nautical mile from the Diu jetty, it also has a light house and small chapel dedicated to Our Lady of the Sea. The fortress makes for a beautiful view whether seen from the jetty, from the Fort, from the village of Ghoghla or from Diu proper.
 

Jallandhar Shrine – Jallandhar Shrine is located on a hillock close to the beach. This small shrine crowned with a dome, contains a niche wherein a stone carved face of Jallandhar is seen. Near by there is also a temple of Goddess Chandrika. The beach is at a distance of 1 km from Diu Town. This small shrine crowned with a dome, contains a niche wherein a stone carved face of the demon Jallandhar is seen. Nearby, is the temple of Goddess Chandrika.

Kerala : National Geographic Traveler selects Kerala as ‘one of the 50 must see destinations of a lifetime’

House Boat in Kerala
House Boat in Kerala

Kerala : National Geographic Traveler selects Kerala as ‘one of the 50 must see destinations of a lifetime’

Kerala has some of the pristine hill stations in India, with the entire Western Ghats dotted with evergreens, rolling grasslands, sholas and stretches of rejuvenating fragrance of tea and coffee plantations. The wilder side of Kerala has in store some of the best wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in the country with a variety of plant and animal life unique to Kerala.

Glistening brooks and cascades that interstice the hills finally roll down to the coastal plains of Kerala where they laze through verdant stretches of paddy fields, coconut trees and feeds some of the splendorous expanse of backwaters and lakes.

Let yourselves cast away amidst the serene environs of a backwater islet, treat your body and soul to ‘Ayurveda’ – the sacred knowledge of life. Take a backwater cruise on a country boat with palm fringed land on either side and experience the many faces of the backwater life of Kerala.

Crave for Sun & Sand! .. come and embrace the golden sands of its immaculate beaches, pep up your spirits under the tropical sun and feel the pulse of its coastal life. You can also enhance your gastronomy skills or give a break to your taste buds and savor some of the ethnic dishes of the land.

The cultural mosaic of Kerala is studded with landmark monuments, palaces, forts, memorials, and places of worship portraying the socio-cultural and historical evolution of the land with indelible marks left by travelers from far-flung lands. Be part of its many festivals and celebrations to understand its significance, emotions and traditional practices of Kerla.

Extend your tryst with this spectacular geographical wonder called Kerala and experience its rich cultural heritage and enterprising denizens who are epitomes of hospitality, which adds vibrancy to its diverse and bountiful natural wealth. Visitors are given fullest value of money and time they spend in Kerala, which offers some of the best getaways when it comes to diversity.

Kerala – One of the 50 must see destinations of a lifetime – ” National Geographic Travel ”

Kerela – One of the 10 paradises of the World – ” National Geographic Travel ”

Kerala – One of the 100 great trips for the 21st century – ” Travel and Leisure ”

Kerala – One of the ten hot spots for the millennium – ” Emirates In-flight Magazine ”

Kerala – One of the ten love nests in India – ” Cosmopolitan ”

Kerela – One of the six destinations of the millennium – ” Khaleej Times ”
Kerala Tourism – Prestigious International Award for Leisure Tourism for the year 2000-2001, by Pacific Area Travel Writer’s Association ( PATWA )

Kerala Tourism – the best State that promoted tourism in India in the year 2001 – ” Outlook Traveller ” and TAAI

Kerela Tourism – Best Performing State Award for the year 1999 – 2000 – ” Government of India”

‘State of Enlightenment’ status accorded to Kerala Tourism by the ” NGT ” in its April issue

Kerala is the fastest growing Tourist destination in Asia
The world’s most feted travel hot spot

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Goa : Forever Hottest Tourist Place of India

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The history of Goa is dominated by Portuguese colonization. Long before the British gained their first foothold in India, the Portuguese had arrived in India in search of spices and other lucrative products. They were among the first Europeans to colonize some parts of India. Before the Portuguese, Goa had been ruled by various Hindu and Muslim dynasties. Amalgamation of so many social and cultural influences has had a strong bearing on the everyday life, arts, and culture of Goa.

Early History of Goa :
The early history of Goa is quite obscure. References to a place called ‘Gomantak’ in the Mahabharata have been considered by some scholars to relate to Goa. Even earlier references have been claimed. The known history takes us back to the Mauryan times when Goa was a part of the vast Mauryan Empire. The region subsequently came under the Satavahanas, the Chalukyas, Kadambas, Yadavas, and the Vijayanagar Kingdom.

Goa under Islamic rule :
Goa came under the Delhi Sultanate in the 14th century. However, the Vijayanagar Kingdom gained control shortly after this. Goa came under strong Islamic rule when the Bahmani sultanate of Gulbarga took over the region. After the disintegration of the Bahmani kingdom, the Adil Shahi dynasty of Bijapur started ruling Goa.

Portuguese in Goa :
The Portuguese set foot in India in 1498. Vasco da Gama is said to have arrived in Old Goa after his famous landing in Calicut. In 1510, Admiral Afonso de Albuquerque defeated the Adil Shahi king and gained firm control on Goa. Soon, the missionaries followed and started conversions among the local populace. Saint Francis Xavier arrived in Goa at this time. The period called inquisition (1560-1812), is an important part in the history of Goa. Forced conversions and temple destructions by the Portuguese were rampant during this period in Goa.

Goa under the Marathas :
In the 17th century, the resurgent Marathas, under Chatrapati Shivaji started making inroads in Goa, capturing forts and towns. However, they could not hold on to their victories, and the Portuguese prevailed.

Goan Independence :
The Portuguese remained in Goa even after India attained Independence in 1947. After a turbulent period marked by political negotiations, freedom movements, and finally, Indian military campaign, Goa became part of India in 1961.

Goa was governed as a union territory along with Daman and Diu till 1987, when Goa was granted statehood.

Goa travel guide

The search for the perfect beach destination in India leads to Goa. The small state located on the west coast of India is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the world. Goa offers you everything from golden beaches and serene rivers to medieval forts and churches. A great kaleidoscope of different cultures, Goa caters to the interests of tourists with different outlooks and expectations. Before you set foot in Goa, this online Goa travel guide will help you to have an idea of what to expect once you are there. Refer to the Goa travel guide from time to time for updated information about Goa.

Fast Facts about Goa :
Area : 3660 sq km (1430sq mi)
Capital city : Panaji (Panjim)
Language : Konkani, Marathi, English and Portuguese
Major religions : Hinduism, Islam and Christianity
Temperature : 20°C – 34°C.
Altitude : Sea Level – 1022 meters.

Major Tourist attractions in Goa :

Churches : Chapel of St. Francis Xavier The Church and Convent of St. Monica Se Cathedral The Convent and Church Of St. Francis of Assisi The Professed House and The Basilica of Bom Jesus

Beaches :Anjuna, Vagator, Calangute, Baga, Dona Paula, Varca, Colva, Bogmalo, Cavelossim.

Forts :Aguada, Chapora, Mormugao, Tiracol, Cabo da Rama

Major cities :Panaji, Vasco da Gama, Mapusa, Margao, Old Goa, Bicholim, Mormugao

Accommodation :
Being a tourism hotspot of India, Goa has numerous hotels that offer a wide variety of accommodation. These include five star resorts, budget hotels, as well as the cottages and beach side villas rented by the locals.

Climate of Goa :
Goa has a moderate climate that remains almost constant throughout the year. The temperature varies between 20 °C to 34 °C. Relative humidity stays around 60 %. The region receives considerable rainfall in the monsoon months of June – September. The best time to visit is between November and March.

Clothing and accessories :
Light colored cotton clothes, T-shirts, bandanas, shorts, three-quarters and Bermudas can be said to be the dress code for Goa! However, a few things are a must like sun-screen, hats, and sunglasses.

Transportation in Goa :
Goa can be reached by air, rail and the roadways. The infrastructure for all three modes is very good and there are numerous options of flights, trains and buses. Transportation within the state comprises tourist coaches, buses, taxis, auto-rickshaws, motor cycle taxis and ferries. Water transport is an important part of the transportation network.