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Exploring Goa – XIX – Tiracol Fort

Kartik Kannan, continues taking you on his Goa trail, and the next destination in the series as we go further north, is the magnificent fort-hotel by the Arabian Sea- Tiracol Fort.

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Once you have boarded at the Tiracol Side of the land, you need to find a way to get to Tiracol fort. There are 2 places that the boat can leave you, depending on whether it’s a public boat or a private boat. The private boat leaves you in a slippery part of the land, from which the fort is about 400 metres by walk, and it costs anywhere between 200-300 for 3 people in a boat. The public ferry is free if you’ve come vehicle-less. My suggestion is to bring your 2 wheeler on the ferry, and drive your way back to the fort. This is the best option to commute, else you can take a private taxi/auto and pay 200 Rs for a round trip. 2 kilometres and 10 minutes later a wonderful fort opens up.

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The Orange all over welcomes you, and the slender chairs in black against the Orange walls, subtly lets you know the classiness of the place.

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As you walk out of the entrance, you see the kitchen on your right and…

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….The rooms on your left. The rooms are curiously named after every day of the week. You can book your rooms if you like the place, through Stayzilla.com.

7The Fort has this area for a foyer where guests can meet up. It looks very Portuguese in its architecture.

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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-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!

Exploring Goa: The Rail Trek to Dudhsagar – I

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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