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Goa – For the Beach Lovers

Blog, Destinations - GoroadTrip - November 26, 2016

A beach lover? Then head to Goa.There are so many of them that you will be spoilt for choice. It is a fact that Goa does not believe in small numbers as there are close to 54 beaches to visit when in the state. The plentiful beaches have names that begin with almost every alphabet right from A to V!

Beaches- The pulse of Goa

Beaches of Goa run along nearly 83% of the coastline of Goa. They captivate with the miles of silver sands, breezy palms and the mesmerizing sunsets. Some of the more popular ones are listed below:

Anjuna Beach: Located around 18 kilometres from Panaji, the Anjuna Beach is spread over 30 kilometres. They overlook the hills which adds to the scenic delight. A highlight of this beach is the Ozran region popularly called ‘Jewel of Anjuna’ where unusual rock formations encircle a small cove of black rock and white sand which goes on to join the sea.

Baga Beach: Named after the Baga River, the Baga Beach is about 15 kilometres from Panaji. This beach is a favourite with tourists who throb the place. They can relax under parasols and beach beds while sipping on their favourite mocktails. Beverage and food joints are so plentiful that tourists turn into foodies guiltlessly! Another indulgence for tourists are the many water sports at the beach; parasailing, windsurfing, Jet Ski rides are a few among them. The sight of the Baga River flowing into the Arabian Sea is undoubtedly a visual treat.

Calangute Beach: If Baga Beach is busy, then Calangunte Beach is bustling. Known as the Queen of Beaches, it is around 15 kilometres from Panaji and runs to about seven kilometres in length. In addition to sun bathing, travellers can spend time with water sports and shopping. A shopaholic’s delight, the beach has stores with products from all over India including jewellery from Tibet and handicrafts from Kashmir. Seafood stalls and beers are another attraction.

Talk on the beaches of Goa will fill up a book. But a hands-on experience is a must.

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Monitor No more – Goa Wildlife

Blog, Wild life & Conservation - GoroadTrip - March 16, 2016

Tourism can be interrupted in the warmer months of the monsoon, but during these months, Goa really comes to life.

His campaign is quieter than usual. The dew settles on new delicate leaves, moss dark velvet rage all sorts of manufacturing surfaces, rejuvenated coconut palms, is wild in the sea breeze, fisherman carry reedbaskets where to wind the catch of the day. This moving scene resonates throughout the state as glorious tropical rain lashes at this world-famous coastal city.

If we imagine Goa, the characterful landscapes, the narrow ghat streets and fragrant cashew plantations come to mind. However, its “cities” – including Panjim (Panaji), the capital – are not so urban and hectic and do not resemble those of Mumbai, Delhi and other major cities. This colorful little town fabric it seems to be preserving could be the reason why Goa’s wilderness is so easily accessible.

Some wild species such as mongooses and monitor lizards can still be seen in the cities of Goa, becoming part of their urban fauna.

These intelligent hunters spread in Africa and Asia; They are found in the forests of Goa.

For decades there have been many injustices against controllers. Shamelessly sold as exotic pets to be slaughtered for their meat, the list is long and the crimes abominable.

Many villagers in Goa have a very serious misunderstanding that only serves to allow poaching of lizards. It is generally accepted that eating lizards increases libido and increases muscle mass, which will also have a positive effect on bodybuilding.

The cultured taste of meat, a habit that was hard to break. Outrageous is the fact that the purchase has created a growing market every day.

The dishes like kebab lizard, lizard lizard or lizard 65 are, in many places, as many local specialties as the fish curry and rice coastal towns of Goa. Regularly prepared, they are offered to unpretentious tourists as a delicacy.

Lizard poaching is only a symptomatic side effect of the massive boom in Goa tourism, combined with widespread ignorance.

In Goa, as everywhere, a tourism boom affects endemic animals and birds, forests, backwaters, reptiles and indigenous communities of fishermen, tribal art and woodwork, kitchens; change everything that can not be repaired.

Instead of observing these animals from a distance and learning from them, easy access to Goa’s wild animals is a double-edged sword. As it is the main reason for the amazing survival of the lizards. Only one hundred thousand examples of Mother Nature generously offer its abundance, but the human condition were destined to destroy.

With the Monitor Wildlife Protection Act 1972, their immediate protection for their existence is crucial.

The Goa Forestry Department has done its best to create simple and in-depth communication to increase awareness of this issue. Many banners written in the local language have been introduced as part of this effort, pleading for a collective effort without which the future of the lizard monitor in Goa (or elsewhere) is dull.

It’s really very easy to forgive a cliché call but the truth is, “If buying stops can also be selling.”

(Are not clichés the result of a collective effort?)

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10 Unexplored Beaches of South India

Blog, Destinations - GoroadTrip - March 5, 2016

South India, as many of us know, is a region of culture, heritage, pilgrimage and so on. But do we know that there are many hidden and unspoiled beaches? Here I list some of the unexplored beaches in South India that you should not miss on your next visit to the region. These beaches are still far from many eyes and you can find peace and quiet here on these secret beaches. The areas listed below are not ordered in order of priority.

10 Unexplored Beaches of South India

1. Ozran beach, Goa

Ozran Beach (Little Vagator Beach) is part of Vagator Beach, the northernmost beach in Bardez Taluk of Goa. It is a hotspot for foreign tourists and has one of the most picturesque spots on this coast.

2. Nadibagh beach, Karnataka

Nadibagh Beach is located in Ankola, a small well-known place in the district of Uttara Kannada. It is a picnic area with golden sand, billowing palm trees, clear skies and soothing sea. The spectacular sunsets of this beach should not be missed.

3. Sinquerim beach, Goa

The location is much quieter than most beaches in North Goa, but that does not change his charms. The beach of Sinquerim stretches to the beach of Candolim and joins Baga.

4. Kappil Beach, Kerala

This secluded and relatively unknown paradise is located near the fortress of Bekal, just 6 km away. It is a perfect destination if you want to enjoy a quiet holiday with sun, sand and sea for your companions.

5. Silver beach, Tamil Nadu

Silver Beach is a great place to escape from when in Cuddalore; It is just 2 km from the town of Cuddalore. The beach is located on the southeast coast of India, in Tamil Nadu, along the Coromandel Coast, in the Bay of Bengal. Silver Beach is the second longest beach on the Coromandel coast and is considered one of the longest beaches in Asia.

6. Marawanthe beach, Karnataka

Trasi Maravanthe Beach is a beach on the west coast, 12 km north of Kundapura Taluk in the Udupi district of Karnataka. On the west side of the Trasi Maravanthe beach is the Arabian Sea, while on the eastern shore the Sowparnika River runs; The beach has a backdrop of Kodachadri hills.

7. Siridao beach, Goa

The rocks that rise from the shore and point to the rippling blue water are an unforgettable sight. The area near the beach of Siridao is perfect for those who are explorers in the soul, because the caves in the area invite you to visit them!

8. Muttom beach, Tamil Nadu

The beach is lined with huge rocks, and when the waves fall on them, they form a hazy stream that is easy to spot. Muttom Beach is surrounded by hills and therefore an idyllic place. The turquoise waves of the sea in this place are pretty breathtaking.

9. Mararikulam beach, Kerala

Mararikulam beach is a pristine area with a cool breeze, coconut palms swaying with happiness, enchanting palm groves and emerald waters. This place is located about 60 kilometers from Kochi (Cochin). Almost 25 hectares of coconut trees lead you to the large Maramarikulam beach.

10. Mypad beach, Andhrapradesh

Mypad Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Andhra Pradesh. The nearest airport, Tirupati, is approximately 130 km from Mypad Beach. You can plan to get off at Nellore if you are traveling by train and drive to Mypad Beach, which is 25 km away.

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Beyond the Beaches of Goa

Blog, Destinations, Offbeat, Weekend Getaways - GoroadTrip - January 23, 2016

Our mind-map of Goa freezes on its beaches … a cliché committed by the Western yearning for sun and sand. However, there is a wonderful landscape in Goa’s interior, populated by interesting characters, a rich and vibrant culture and a gastronomic tradition that is a cuisine with many flavors and cooking techniques.

Let’s start with the oldest Latin quarter Fontainhas in Panjim or Panaji. It lies at the foot of the Altinho hills with springs on the west side, which give it the name Fontainhas. To the east is the ancient Ourem Creek, built on reclaimed land. In Fontainhas, fairy lights glitter at the bistro entrances on the roadside. As you float through the streets, you can hear the soothing sound of violins and accordions interrupted by rattling pelvis while someone beats a rhythm on the drums. The guest houses are old mansions full of carved wooden furniture, lace curtains and scents of wonderful food flowing through the open doors.

The chapel of San Sebastián in the area is a bright white with noise that crosses the street on which it is located. Built in 1818, it contains a crucifix that was in the palace of the Inquisition in Old Goa. In mid-November, the street mass in front of the chapel shows the love of life, laughter, food and Feni. He celebrates the feast of Our Lady of the Law of Livrament. Next to the chapel is a painted fountain, which should fulfill wishes!

As you drive through the winding streets of Goa, you will be amazed by the ceramic facades of the houses. It seems like the walls of the bathroom have been uncovered, but other pretty bungalows with Spanish villa designs redeem the cityscape. The Goanic architecture of churches and ancient buildings reflects the remnants of Portuguese civilization. The bungalows with loft verandas and atypical wrought iron balconies, the patios often with a ringing fountain and tiled courtyards have old world charm. The famous buildings include the famous Basilica of Bom Jesus, the Church of St. Francis, the Se Cathedral, the Church of St. Augustine, the Church of St. Anne and Mary Immaculate Conception.

Shri Mangesh Temple in the village of Mangeshi in Priol, Ponda Taluk, (near Mardol near Nagueshi) is 21 km from Panaji. This temple is one of the largest and most visited temples in Goa. The most famous and most revered singer in India, Lata Manghkar and his family, got their name from this temple. The story of this temple is part of the virulent history of Goa!

The streets of the village are populated by the seller of Vadapav, the coconuts piled in the citadels and the sellers of bananas in the light saris. When it’s the right time of the day, you see women walking on the basket with the basket swinging a tune that only they can hear. The vegetable cart rolls like an impressionistic painting in magnificent colors, with the red tomato as a highlight. Bougainvilleas of all colors climb and crawl along doors, walls and doors, and palms waft in the breeze reminiscent of the sea.

Located near the border between Goa and Karnataka, the Dudhsagar waterfalls are a wonderful sight and can easily be reached by bus and taxi.

The Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is located near Panaji on the Mandovi River. It is a mangrove grove where amazing bird species live. Covering an area of ​​1.78 square meters, you can take a ferry and a pleasant ride early in the morning to reach the shrine.

The Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary in Mollem is Goa’s largest conservation area. Therein is the National Park of Molem. The Sanctuary has many animals including Gaur, Sambar, Leopards, Spotted Deer, Thin Tori, Jungle Cats, Malaysian Giant Squirrels, Pythons and Cobras. Plan to stay a few days to see the wildlife.

Take a wonderful walk to Surla Falls and discover the deeply satisfying atmosphere of Tambdi Surla Village and Shiva Temple in the thick jungle of Bhagwan Mahavir National Park. This classic 12th century temple with its intricate structure is carved in basalt. Its timeless beauty has survived severe weather conditions, attacks from Portuguese attacks and others. Paved paths and avenue

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10 Charming Islands of India

Blog, Destinations - GoroadTrip - August 16, 2014

Surrounded by water on three sides, India has no dearth of islands. Most of the islands are charming and awe with their natural beauty. Planning a trip exclusively to visit these spectacular islands in India is definitely a must. Ten of the charming islands of India are:

10 Charming Islands of India

Majuli Island, Assam:

Majuli Island is the biggest island in the world that is on a river. The island belongs to the river waters of Brahmaputra in Assam. The island is not your conventional one. It has moss on its coast instead of sand. Instead of sea food as in other islands, you get to taste the delectable local cuisine. The best part of a visit to this island is the stunning sunrise and sunset.

Divar Island, Goa:

Situated around ten kilometres from Panjim, Goa, Divar Island lies across the river Mandovi. It is one of the less explored islands of India.

Diu Island, Daman and Diu:

Often called as a twin of the Loures City in Portugal, the Diu Island has strong traces of Portuguese structures as well as culture. Additionally you get to be treated to Gujarati cuisine. The serene island with its many attractions like the Diu Fort and seashell museum has some lovely beaches and amazing sunsets.

St Mary’s Islands, Karnataka:

Similar to the Giant Causeway’s islands of Ireland, St Mary’s Islands in coastal Karnataka are formed by basaltic rocks. This group of four islands exhibit a unique hexagonal shape and have attractive rocky beaches and clear blue waters.

Lakshadweep Islands:

These are a group of 36 coral islands. The lovely palm trees, the calm shores and the extraordinary natural beauty of the islands make it a must visit destination.

Little Andaman Island, Andaman:

The fourth largest of the Andaman Islands, Little Andaman Island is a good choice for a peaceful vacation. It is a lesser known island and hence never too crowded. You get to see unblemished beauty of the beaches and the natural surroundings.

Grand Island, Goa:

If you want a holiday with lots of water sports, then Grand Island should be your choice. It is very popular for its scuba diving sites like Suzy’s Wreck dive, Sail Rock dive and Bounty Bay dive and also for other water activities like snorkelling and fishing.

Great Nicobar Island:

The largest of the Nicobar Islands, this island has an amazing stretch of flora and fauna. The crystal clear waters are tempting enough to make you want to spend all day in the sea.

Elephanta Island, Maharashtra:

Known for its cave temples, Elephanta Island is a UNESCO world heritage site. The island is an interesting way to spend a day when on a visit to Mumbai.

Chorao, Goa:

The largest among the islands of Goa, this island on Mandovi River was in the Portuguese possession and has their stamps all over. The natural thick mangrove covering parts of the island is an alluring sight.

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