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Exploring Goa – XXIV – The Palolem Beach Journey Continues

By Kartik Kannan

image011As you set out to walk further, The morning rays are just making its inroads into the sands, and the filtered light through the trees is just slowly neutralizing the morning haze and chill.

image012And if you thought you could head straight into the sea for a morning dunk, you’d have to brave a little chill in the Arabian Sea!

image013And you’d also realize that while the Sun is out, the Bikinis are yet to come on!

image014It takes a little more than a couple of hours of the sun, to inject life into Palolem, to get the Lifeguards at their position!

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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!

Exploring Goa – XXII – The Palolem Beach

By Kartik Kannan

image001When in Palolem, get your hand on a canoe, and check on Kayaking into the sunset. You would be the center of attraction for all the people on the beach trying to zoom into the golden waters.

image002Do  ear marked a couple of islands to visit the next morning early! That little island in the silhouette, by the way is the Canacona or Butterfly island, accessible by foot only during low tides or accessible by a boat. What that means is when the high tides come, your land becomes an island with no way to get to the mainland, until you swim your way against the tide!

image003If you feel, the sunset is better enjoyed by taking a dip in the waters, do remember to keep an eye out for the life guards who are posted all over Palolem beach.

image004While the sun’s golden rays make the water having a Midas touch, it doesn’t quite leave the beach huts! The beach huts too are illuminated. If you’ve checked into a resort a mile away from the beach, try to check out and book yourself a beach hut on the beach! That’s when sunsets are best served!

image005If you are staying on the beach, you’d soon realize that watching the waves weave patterns on the wet sands can be quite an interesting thing to bet on!

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 – XX – The Idyllic Palolem

From exploring the extreme North of Goa, Kartik Kannan takes us  right south to Palolem. Palolem is one of Goa’s popular beaches, for those who love sun, sand and sea. It’s a beautiful bay, surrounded by lofty headlands on either sides, resulting in a calm, idyllic sea with a gently sloping bed which allows you to walk up to 100 metres out from the beach. If Kartik were to represent Goan beaches on a Normal curve, and cut the outliers, he would cut them at Arambol in the North and Palolem in the South. Both these beaches to him, offer an instant connect to his search for doing nothing, chatting with fellow backpackers on long term travel, boating on a kayak into a picture perfect sunset, and quiet midnight ocean dips to experience bliss under the moonlight.

The easiest way to get to Palolem is to get to Chaudi Village from Madgoan in Goa, and from there take an auto/bus to Palolem. There are a few direct services to Palolem, directly from Madgoan. Alternatively, Canacona is Palolem’s nearest train station, approximately 5 minutes drive away, but for shorter journeys from other parts of India it is almost always better to arrive by bus due to the remoteness of the train station from Palolem beach. So you would do well to check out all train timings at Canacona(http://www.cleartrip.com/trains/stations/CNO) and then accordingly travel either from the South(Kerala/Mangalore) or from the North.

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One of the best ways to get to Cancona is through Konkan railways from Mangalore to Cancona! You pass through rugged mountains, lovely lagoons, spectacular views of the Arabian Sea and through many tunnels. The best seat in the house is the door and the window! Don’t make the mistake of falling for the fear of safe travel in 3A compartment, on this segment!

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Cancona station has very little civilization around it, so when you bid goodbye to the railway station, be sure you have an auto waiting below, or else you would need to walk your way to the highway and get an auto(1-2 kms).

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The Cancona railway station to Palolem beach is about 5 kilometres and about 80-100 Rs by auto. Images of Paradise are not far away!

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The Road to Hana and Haleakala – III

The third and last part of the Hana series by Kartik Kannan 

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I had time to drive by a beautiful ‘Greekish’ sunset by the beach, and now proceeded to drive to the best part of the journey after a short rest and dinner- The drive to Haleakala crater was a 150 mile distance again, and this started at 1 30 in the morning, driving on the mountain roads with no street lights. As you meander along the curves of the mountains overlooking the clouds, the chill in the air went up every curve until you reached the summit at 10,000 feet. It was beautiful looking at the how the clouds go orange from dark blue, as the sun comes up to take over from the moon, on its celestial duties! What started off as ‘Chala Jaata Hoon’ ended with a Bryan Adams number-‘ Those were the best days of my life’ as the morning sun rays became stronger!

11 The Meandering Roads to the Volcano Summit

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Pausing the sunset

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Yoohoo! “I survived the Road Trip to Hana”

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Those were the best days of my life, and This was the Best Drive of My Life! The complete pictureset can be viewed here.

Exploring Goa – XIX – Continuing the Tiracol Fort Trail

By Kartik Kannan

8An Overcast sunset just reinforces the Portuguese image.

9Never too late to send folks back home a digital postcard on where you are in Goa, if you happen stare at this.

10There’s a little Jesus statue there, and there is a legend that you ask this Jesus statue around moon rise, about Goa’s infamous moon light rave parties, the statues hand will show the direction of the party. This legend was made up by me a few minutes back to wake you up to the fact that such parties don’t exist anymore, due to the crackdown by media and Goa Tourism authorities.

12Moving aside to the other side of the fort, as we climb the steps, this brings us to the dining area.

13The dining area is what people come here for, to take a panoramic shot with the sea in the background. It’s one of the most stunning places to be enjoying a meal!

14The view across your tables of the Goan Mainland and Kerim Beach!

15A closer zoomed in view of Kerim Beach from Tiracol Fort.