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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 – 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 – 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 – 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.