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Exploring Goa – XVII – The Photowalk in Kerim Continues

By Kartik Kannan

-3The ocean seems like an endless canvass over which you can paint your fantasies!

Kerimbeach1If you’d like to see how your food is prepared and engaged in some conversations with the locals, nothing like walking over to the shack’s kitchen, in between a couple of siestas! You may actually end up going there to find out why the beer ordered 20 minutes back has not yet come J. Goa is generally pretty relaxed and chilled, and the waiters are in no hurry to maximize revenue on your table by giving you a fixed time to eat. You can basically finish breakfast by lunch time! No problem!

Kerimbeach2Going for a dip, every now and then helps you appreciate the chillness of the water in the searing humid Goan heat. The locals inform me that this beach occasionally has a few skinny dippers, when there are not too many people around. As in every other beach in Goa, Top less sun bathing is visible in Kerim too, but it’s been a few years since Keri’s had the nude hippies romp about, ever since the exodus happened from Anjuna to beaches more north.

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When its Sussegad time, you just only do Sussegaad!

16One of the other things, one can do in quaint Keri is to drive through the forests overlooking the lakes that empty out into the Arabian sea, to catch the Free Ferry across to Tiracol

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Exploring Goa – XV – The Road to Keri!

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As you start the hill ascent, you leave behind beautiful memories of the Sweet Water Lake beach.

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As you trek along the edges of the mountains, you realise the Arabian sea is a a couple of wrong steps away!

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There’s always time for rest and taking time off to take in the breathtaking scenery during the trek! I’ve lost a lens cap and been stranded on a sunset trek once here.

 

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And if you are confused on which path to take, do check with fellow travellers and if you have no one for company, do follow the dogs. Nobody knows the paths better than them.

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And an hour of trek later, this vista of Paradise opens up-Keri has arrived!

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If you follow religion, it’s a good time to say thanks to the deity, who chaperoned you over the mountains!

Exploring Goa – XIV – Hippie Days Are Here Again

Kartik explores the northernmost stretch of Goa’s beaches, and brings to you the pleasure and joy of finding Keri, the last Goan beach, before Maharashtra tourism welcomes you!

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For all the beaches that I have explored in Goa, I have never come across a flat beach, that is protected by mountains on the left, and has the tallest trees chaperoning the curvy art forms of the waves all day. If you happen to see this sublime sight of the colours of twilight punctuated by art forms in wood above the soil, you’ve made it to Keri.

Keri can be reached down a mountain trek from the sweet water lake beach. If you happen to get lost in the path to take, keep your eyes on dogs that make the daily trek between the beaches in search of food. In exchange for a couple of biscuits, you could have yourself ‘chauffer navigated’ up the mountain. We invested our faith in the dog, and it helped when we reached the other end of paradise.

You could also chose the scenic 12 km ride from Arambol to Kerim, over undulating slopes as the roads curve into the forest, while the trees block radiowaves from mobile towers. You first encounter the Keri Ferry, and as your curve to the left you’d reach the Keri beach, overlooking the Ajooba temple. If you do manage to shake of the scare of a lonely night drive, you would do the bike ride well past midnight on a full moon night, and nothing can quite beat this experience.

If you recently watched the Bollywood flick ‘Go Goa Gone’, this beach features in a couple of places in the movie.

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Keep a lookout for the trek to Kerim in the next part.

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Exploring Goa – X – The Airport

Kartik Kannan offers the first visuals of Goa. As your flight crosses the wall across the land overlooking the Arabian sea, you see the beautiful town of Vasco. Whether it’s sunny or rainy, Goa can entertain you either way. The next series aims to understand a bit about the Goa airport and how you should get to Panjim from there.

Goa International Airport  more commonly known as Dabolim Airport, is an international airport located in the village of Dabolim in Goa, India. It is the only airport in the state and operates as a civil enclave in a military airbase named INS Hansa. It is 4 km from the nearest city Vasco da Gama, 23 km from the South Goa district headquarters Margao and 30 km from the capital city Panjim.

An Interesting quip, was that the airport was built by the Portugese goverment in 1950, which had only one  local airline TAIP (Transportes Aéreos da Índia Portuguesa), connecting it to destinations as diverse as Daman & Diu, Karachi, Mozambique, and Timor.

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The Goa airport, located at Dabolim is quite a basic and small airport, with a few shops inside the airport. As you come out of the Dabolim airport, you find cabs avaialble for service. If you fancy a drive, my advice to you is to call up Just dial before your trip, and schedule a car rental operator someone to drop in a car for your, where you rent a self driven vehicle. The going rate is around 900-1200 INR for a compact car, usually with a deposit of close to 5000 INR.

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Once, you’ve got the rented car, soak in the lovely views that the Goan monsoon has for you. The Monsoon generally begins by June and extends until September.

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Do keep a lookout for this house, close to the airport. A path opens down right to the beach amidst plantations around the house. I’d love to take a break in such a setting. Not sure if it’s a commercial property, but a little fantasizing never hurts, doesn’t it?

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Some of the better monsoon drives in Goa, are along the two bridges that connect Dabolim to Panjim. Do pause a bit to stare at the trains running on the parallel bridge across a river.

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If it rains heavy while you are on the drive, make sure you keep your windows clear. If nothing helps, it’s a good time to get cozy in the car, if you are a couple!

Exploring Goa – IX – The Beaches And The Helipad

Kartik Kannan continues to unravel Goa in the ninth part of Exploring Goa series. 

Chaporafort12Never Ending Views of the Beach!

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That little patch of Morjim by the Chapora River!

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Found some Interesting patterns on the mountains to capture! So there is a walking path, for a trek!

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This place is called the Helipad, which lies right at the end of Vagator Beach. Quite a beeline this place is for lovers! and of course the guys with the “Its Better in Goa” package tourist!

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Always keep some time for a splash in the lakes nearby. Best places are Arambol Sweet Water Lake, Aswem Lake.

Exploring Goa-VIII- Moving From Aswem To Morjim

Kartik Kannan continues his photoblog exploration of Goa. This certainly is one of the most detailed description of the dream destination. More to come soon. 

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One could ride a vehicle on Aswem beach during the low tides. Suprising that this is the same beach that has surfs coming, in the deeper confines of the sea. This place has a surfing school called ‘Banana School of Surfing’, in case you are interested and land up at Aswem Beach.

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On a Hot day, local kulfi ice creams are your default dessert options!

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From Awem, you pass a beach called Morjim, which is also home to a turtle hatchery farm. Half a kilometer aling the coast, and about 10 miles by road is a scenic village called Chapora. From the village is an interesting mountain trek up Chapora Fort. In the image you see wonderful view of the Chapora river being intersected by the Mountains over Vagator, and stretches of Morjim Beach in the distance.

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Lots of ‘friends’s come along in groups, sit at the fort and renew their vows ‘Dil Chahta Hain’ style. ‘Hum Dost They, Hain Aur Rahenge’ was shot here. A lot of people mistake this scene to be shot at Fort Aguada, which is not true.

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-View of the side of the fort, where you park your vehicles and climb up.

Exploring Goa-VII- The Aswem Beach Cure

Kartik Kannan offers some interesting glimpses of a beach thats extremely quiet, personal and just the getaway you needed to cut yourself off from work. Aswem is a fishing village that has some very scenic palm trees swaying to a little lake(formed during the tides), across a beach that is flat for quite some distance, before the surfs lap up all the latent energy in the sea. Its also home to Goa’s only surfing school along the coast. Kartik’s discovered his little patch of sand, and has made vows to the sea, that he will be back.

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Observing the Ocean Waves against the rocks on a long camera exposure!

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A little Tree House like hut, right next to our hotel. We ate our lunch and ‘Sussegadoed’ our afternoon here! One had to climb the steps to get upstairs on the lounge.

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A little Tree House like hut, right next to our hotel. We ate our lunch and ‘Sussegadoed’ our afternoon here! One had to climb the steps to get upstairs on the lounge.

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View from the lunch-house!

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No one these days, can be at a beach without their mobiles or cameras! Can They? It’s a lot of fun and less tension when there are no gadgets around!