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Exploring Goa – XXIII – It’s About the Palolem Beach-lings Now!

By Kartik Kannan

image006It’s tough to  not notice the colorful cottages along the beach stretch. While you catch a beer with the folks who run the shacks,  they will tell you that it costs them about 100,000 INR to set up 4 shacks. Since Goa has a rule of no permanent structures on the beach, these shacks are built every year in October, and are pulled out and stored in a nearby warehouse in April-before the monsoons. So the shacks that have a median price of 300-1000 normally, peaks upto 2500-4000 closer to the Christmas/New Year season.

image007When you sleep over, and wake up the next morning, you would realize that mornings make for some nice peaceful walks to explore Palolem, in all the colour and splendour of the Goan boats, when the rest of the beach is yet to wake up!

image010The Goan shack owners obviously care for their higher revenue segment customers from the west, so they adequately instruct early birds, to not disturb ‘the sleepy people’.

image008While you wander early in the morning, there are no cafes open to serve breakfast. Once I’ve had my bath, I usually start feeling ravenously hungry, and I realize I have very few options. The best option is to get into town on your 2 wheeler, and get some Misaal Paav’s for breakfast!

image009Sometimes, when a café is open, you’d have to just set your gaze on the Salt and Pepper bottles on the table, or the sea that’s out of focus in the background, since your Omlette or Tea is being prepared in the Sussegaad Goan way. But one of the special mentions I’d have is for ‘Ma-Rita’ café, whose French Toast and Potato Cheese Soup are brilliant!

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Exploring Goa – XXI – The Palolem Photowalk Continues

By Kartik Kannan

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You can almost smell the sand as you wait to put your beach slippers on the waves!

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Or if you don’t have any, does it matter?

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You seem discover LOVE all over again?

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…….Over jaw dropping golden sunsets!

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……..And to leave back to the hotel room, after the jaw has fully dropped 🙂

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

Exploring Goa – XIII – Baga Creek

Kartik Kannan, continues his series on Goa, moving Northward from Condolim to Baga Beach- The beach where all of India lands up in search of a party in the night, and banana boat rides during the day! This write up however will steer clear away from the beach, and focus on the path around the Baga Creek.

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If you’ve seen enough scenery on the road, then it’s a good time to get into a restaurant and connect with all the sporting action happening around the world. This was taken at a restaurant opposite, the famous Cavala restaurant on the road to Baga beach.

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If you look deeper through the Green, you are bound to see some fancy designs craving for your attention. I saw a Flintstones type resort as I ambled across the creek for a lazy morning walk in search of a brunch.

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Baga has a lovely creek adjoining its beach that empties out into the Arabian Sea. The greenery around the creek gets amplified during the monsoon season. This is the quieter part of Baga, away from the loud noise and market vibe that otherwise dominates an experience at Baga.

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It’s always a good time for siesta, or as the Goans call it – ‘Sussegaad’. The idyllic surroundings with the creek below, and the laid back trees in the background, is just the kind of surrounding, you would want to stop, rest and admire the Goan greenery on offer.

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The Baga Creek is home to quite a few pricey resorts, which cuts out the noise and mayhem that one associates with the road leading to the beach. It’s a good place, if you need your space in Goa for a relaxing vacation, while you are a quick 5 minute Scooty ride away from the chaos of Baga Beach.

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The Baga creek’s ending features in the bollywood movie ‘Dum Maro Dum’ (in a scene where Pratik Babbar meets Anaitha Nair, when he learns of her admission to a foreign university). While one end empties into the Arabian sea, the other end takes you on the road to Anjuna and Arpora.

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.