Tuesday, 29 September 2015

11 Secret Beaches in Goa

Goa has a very long coastline with almost unbroken sand cover. So, if you’ve come looking for sun, sand and sea without the crowds and the fuss you’ll be pleased to discover these beaches tucked away in quiet recesses where you can go to truly escape the world, or at least get away from prying eyes and annoying hawkers. Here is our list of secluded beaches to try during your Goa holiday. You might have to take your own food and water as there are no eateries or accommodation near some of them. And though some of them may seem out of their way, you’ll be glad for the peace and quiet when you get there.

1. Butterfly Beach
This exquisite gem not only has a pretty name but is a relatively unexplored stretch of sand because of its isolation. It’s located on Butterfly Island and is a great place if you’re looking for total privacy. The only way to reach Butterfly Island’s beautiful beach is by boat from Agonda or Palolem beach.

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2. Kakolem Beach
If you’re really up for an adventure try getting to this little-known beach, also known as Tiger beach. Located in a bay, its breathtaking beauty makes up for almost getting lost on the way there. The sands are clean and deserted. The only way by land is to take the NH66 highway towards Cola village. Turn north-east and drive on a broken old road which will lead you to a small platform. Take the narrow steep winding stone stairs leading down to the beach. A much easier way to get there is by renting a boat to transport you there and back.

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 3. Galjibag Beach
Just like the increasingly popular Morjim beach, Galjibag is also a seasonal nesting and hatching site for the endangered Olive Ridley turtle. But unlike Morjim, this beach is deserted except for a handful of shacks that sell cheap, delicious seafood. Galjibag is 18kms from Canacona, south of Talpona river estuary.

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4. Hollant Beach
This serene beach has a lovely bay with a long stretch of shallow water running into the sea that is perfect for non-swimmers and waders. The beach is rocky but the picturesque bay makes up for it. You’ll even see fishermen’s boats lining the narrow, curving shore to create a quaint picture.

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5. Betul Beach
The wide expanse of this compact sandy beach can be found about 18kms from Margao. The scenery will remind you of traditional coastal fishing villages. It even has a small lagoon and a 17th century fort nearby. Get to Mobor beach by land and then take the Cavelossim-Assolna ferry across the River Sal to the beach.

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 6. Arambol Beach
This beautiful place in Pernem is another quiet beach where you can have lively Barbeque evenings with friends and family, if you’re so inclined, while enjoying the views of the cliffs bordering the beach on both sides. The area is slowly gaining in popularity, attracting a more bohemian crowd to its shorelines. Cafes and restaurants have popped up close to the beach so you’ll be able to enjoy a chilled beer after a swim.

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7. Agonda Beach
This is a fabulous place for a beach picnic under a beach umbrella. The rocky crag on the southern tip of the beach against an azure sky lends a bit of drama to the serene landscape. Go looking for the bats nesting in trees that line the shore. You can’t miss their black capes and orange-brown faces. It’s located about 37kms from Margao.

Agonda Beach

8. Cola Beach
Even locals, who don’t live nearby, have never heard of this beach before. To get to this hidden treasure travel south to Canacona and then look around for the signs that will lead you to an immaculately spotless beach pictured against a flawless backdrop of coconut groves and blue skies. It’s only five minutes away from Agonda beach and has a unique lagoon surrounded by beach huts where you can stay overnight.

Cola Beach

9. Velsao Beach
Just north of the popular Majorda and Colva beaches in the southern part of Goa is this stunning beach with soft, silvery sand and nothing but a lifeguard and some birds to keep you company. You’ll spot a few swimmers here but like you they’re there to escape the crowds of more popular beaches nearby.

Velsao Beach

10. Sinquerim Beach
This is a pristine stretch of alluring white sand close to Fort Aguada. It’s relatively quiet despite the luxury resorts in the background. It’s a great spot to sit in peace while enjoying the colours of the setting sun light up the sky over the Arabian sea.

Sinquerim Beach

11. Siridao Beach
About 12kms south of Panjim near the Zuari river estuary is this beach with scattered blocks of rock in between smooth strips of sand giving the beachscape an unusually rugged appearance. Another unique quality about this beach is the fragments of oyster shells that wash up on the shore and brighten up the beach. The Chapel of Jesus of Nazareth is the nearest landmark. Siridao also has a few caves nearby that you can explore.

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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Visa on Arrival (VOA) to Indian passport holders

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There was a time when planning a holiday abroad meant first having to deal with the hassle of applying for a visa. Those dreadful queues, the never ending documents, the inquisitive questions and then that long wait for the much awaited piece of paper, a.k.a. the visa, your license to travel. Phew! But, not anymore.

With many countries now offering Visa on Arrival (VOA) to Indian passport holders, travelling abroad is no longer a daunting experience. Some of the countries that offer Visa on Arrival for Indians include:

South America
North America
British Virgin Islands
Cook Islands
El Salvador
St Lucia

Hong Kong


Saint Kitts and Nevis


St Vincent






Trinidad & Tobago

Sao Tome & Principe


Timor Leste



Turks & Caicos Islands

South Korea (Jeju)

Cape Verde

Comoros Islands

Please note: Visa requirements keep changing for every country. Please check with respective embassy in India before you depart.

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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

7 reasons to visit Kullu-Manali

From the snowy delights of Rohtang Pass to the soothing warmth of the surrounding thermal springs, there are several places to visit in Kullu Manali for nature lovers and thrill seekers. With its picturesque views of snow-clad mountains, river valleys, charming cafes and laidback vibe, this hill station in Himachal Pradesh is an immensely popular vacation spot with both domestic and foreign tourists. Its widespread appeal draws everyone from adventure sport enthusiasts and vacationing families and honeymoon couples and hippie backpackers. Here are seven places you must visit during your holiday.

Hadimba Temple:
Hadimba Temple:
This wood and stone temple is dedicated to Hadimba, the wife of Bhima, one of the Pandava brothers from the Mahabharata. It was constructed in 1553, and is located in the middle of the Dhungri Park. The structure has a four-tiered pagoda-shaped roof, and a carved doorway that is embellished with figures of Hindu gods and symbols. Ghatotkach, the son of Bhima and Hidimba, is also worshipped as a sacred tree.

Gadhan Thekchokling Gompa
Gadhan Thekchokling Gompa:
Manali houses a small Tibetan community, and has a couple of peaceful Buddhist monasteries.
Another beautiful place to visit is the Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa, which was built by Tibetan refugees in the 1960s. The monastery is embellished in bright coloured frescoes and has a mid-sized Buddhist statute. It also has a list of Tibetan martyrs killed in the Tibetan occupation of 1987-89.
The monastery is located at the bottom of the Mall dominating the Tibetan area.

Rohtang Pass
Rohtang Pass:This snow-covered pass is located on the highway to Leh, and is only open from June to October every year. It lies at a height of 3979 metres, and offers spectacular views of glaciers, mountain peaks and the Chandra River. The pass is a gateway to Lahaul, Spiti, Pangi and Leh. Due to its increasingly popularity, the route to Rohtang is often clogged with traffic during the peak tourist season. However, once you reach, there are facilities for skiing and sledging near the pass, and plenty of photo opportunities for snap-happy tourists.

Solang ValleySolang Valley:
The former capital of Kullu, this town lies on the left bank of River Beas, 21 kilometres from Manali. It was founded by Raja Visudhpal and remained the political centre until the capital was shifted to Sultanpur in 1460 AD. Its major attraction is a beautiful castle, which has now been converted into a heritage hotel operated by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation. The building was once the residence of the rulers of Kullu, and is an excellent example of western Himalayan architecture. It is made of wood and stone, and has carved doors and windows. There is a small museum, a temple and a nice restaurant within the premises. Naggar was also the home of Russian painter Nicholas Roerich, who lived here from 1929 till his death in 1947. His house has been converted into an art gallery, which exhibits his colourful paintings of the surrounding Himalayan ranges.

This village is located on the bank of river Beas, 3 kilometres away from Manali, and is famous for its hot sulphur springs. It is believed that they were created by Laxman shooting an arrow into the ground. There bathing facilities available for men and women. There are also two temples dedicated to Ram and the sage Vashisht nearby.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Five places that make Onam a hit

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Onam is a festival of Kerala, during which a lot of Keralites make pookalam (Rangoli made up of fine chopped or whole flowers). The food and places add to the sweet memoir of Kerala’s culture & beauty.
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The enigma or the flavour of Onam lies in the following five places that rock Keral’s tourism sector.
1. Thripunithura, a neighbour of Ernakulum in Kochi hosts a street parade that includes floats, decorated elephants, music, art and more on the first day of the celebrations. This day is known as Athachamayan which reminds of the Maharaja Kochi who, when alive used to travel from Thripunithura to Vamanamoorthy, Thrikkakara.

2. Trichur also hosts a colourful parade that magnets a lot of people. A group of elephants , well decorated walk through the crowds and fireworks.
Swaraj Round of Trichur is popular for the Pulikalli also known as Tiger Play. The artists/ performers are dressed and painted like a tiger.

3. Kovalam, the dance centre of the city is acknowledged for its contribution to the dance education, art fairs. It hosts a Kathakali dance performance for which the performers usually get dressed as mythological characters.

4. River Pumpa in Kuttanad region hosts the Snake-boat Race aka vallamkalli.  100 oarsmen get into each boat competing with the other group.

5. Trivandrum, being the state capital, has 20 venues to host a variety of different events, like Pookalam, handicrafts, dance competitions, fairs etc.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Get your back ready for a backpack

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Are you ready for a trip?

Zip up your backpack and get into the car. Wait. Have you checked whether your backpack is properly packed or not?

It can be lot simpler to pack a bag than just stuffing in the objects.

Here are few easy ways that will ease your backpacking problem.

  • Keep it light: Don’t carry too much or too little. Ensure that those extras or additional things are deleted. This will not only give your back rest but also help you save on some money with the airlines for not being over-weighted. Tour operators in Delhi NCR, Chennai, Mumbai and other metro cities with high travel frequency and in fact, those in other countries always advise the travellers to keep their baggage less yet complete and light.
  • Don’t even think of carrying any valuable assets: The idea of carrying a backpack is to carry your world that you can’t do without when travelling, just the bare minimum not something that may get lost or provoke stealing.
  • They are skilful in snatching, stealing and scam-ming. Beware!
  • Keep one photocopy of the flight tickets inside it. A lot of tour operators in Delhi NCR advise their clients to keep a chit of their address and contact no. inside the backpack that can actually come up as a great help in case lost.
  • Carry light snacks and glucose powder to help you during the time between meals.
  • Keep someone informed about your trip and the movements, including the stay.
  • Keep a bottle of water or a sipper
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