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Exploring Goa – XII – Candolim (Coco Beach)

Kartik Kannan continues exploring the scenic beauty of Candolim.


The creek is about 5 minutes drive from Fort Aguada on a motored vehicle and about half hour by walk from the fort. This tourist attraction also helps you plan boat trips around the Mandovi.


A map of the location of the Coco Beach is shown below.


The next point of call is the lovely little beach that opens out, behind the Kingfisher Villa on Condolim Beach. Take the trouble of spotting on the main road, the Kingfisher Villa, and you will find a small path, a kilometer long to the beach. The beach opens out to great vistas, with palm trees in the background, and lovely breeze hitting you as sit back on the sand to enjoy the Arabian sea.


On the beach(at least till 2012), you will comes across the deserted ship, that’s rusting and lying in the Arabian sea since 2000. The ‘M V River Princess’ was a huge oil tanker ship, that came here to rest once in troubled weather, and has stayed since then, much to the curious onlooker. There was a plan being made to break the ship, as 12 years of the ship, lying on the sea resulted in huge sand erosion on the beautiful Condolim Beach. A few locals feel that taking the ship off the sea, could create a false current in the sea with a depression, that may lead to drowning. It’s better to check with the authorities on the beach, if ever you to plan to head out for swimming at Condolim beach.


The Arabian that looks calm behind the ship, also roars when the monsoon hits Goa between June and September. It can be a quite a sight to do just have sea gazing in your Goan agenda.

Exploring Goa: The Rail Trek to Dudhsagar – I

Kartik Kannan writes on his photographic journey – and this time it is to Dudhsagar!


Dudhsagar, translating to sea of milk, is a tiered waterfall located on the Mandovi River in the Indian state of Goa on Goa’s border with Karnataka state. It is four-tiered. It is 60 km from Panaji city by road and 46 km from Madgaon railway junction by train. It’s a wonderful journey on the South Western railway as you walk along the railway track, exploring pristine nature at its best.


The Rail trek begins, once you get inside the tunnels. It’s a chill world inside there, and in the darkness you need to carefully traverse the tracks. Some of your conversations stay longer than the time you took to speak them, with the echo inside the tunnel, creating re reruns of your conversation. The best part however is the point where you have light seeping into both ends of the tunnel, which illuminates the track as you go in/come out.


And if you happen to have an express train travelling with you, do pamper it by giving it space and a photo opportunity. This place inside the tunnels is the best place to have some long exposure shots if a train is passing by. The feeling of the breeze caused by the train’s motion is an exhilaration that needs to be experienced, even as you struggle to balance yourself on the rocks that lie on either side of the tracks.


You will pass an abandoned building, as you walk along the railway track before the first tunnel. You can use this place to change into something comfortable. This place presents some wonderful photo oppurtunities before you get started into the arduous trek.


Wave back to the passengers with a smile! You are about to embark on one of the best railway treks in India!