Kelavarapalli Dam from Bangalore: Cycling Trip

Kelavarapalli dam is situated at a distance of around 45 Km towards the south. This dam is situated in the Hosur taluk of Krishnagiri district of Tamilnadu state of India on river Ponnaiyar. There are two routes to the Kelavarapalli dam from Bangalore.

  • Via Sarjapur and Bagalur

This route will be more convenient for the people who live in the eastern part of Bangalore such as Marathalli, Mahadevpura, KR Puram, Whitefield etc.

  • Chennai highway via silk board, electronic city, and Hosur

For the rest of the Bangalore, this route should be more convenient.

More about Kelavarapalli dam:

There is an entrance fee of Rupees 5 for the adults. However, there is no ticket for the children. There is also a child playing area nearer to the dam where you can see hawkers and vendors selling snacks. The dam has an entrance. On one side of the entrance, there is a big lake and on another side of the entrance, there is a park, water gate and children playing area. Sunset and sunrise, both of them, look magnificent around the dam.

Cycling to Kelavarapalli dam:

Cycling to Kelavarapalli dam passes through the spectacular countryside around Bangalore. The last 15 Km of the ride via either of the routes is very scenic as it passes through the village area.

Dam Pictures:

Best One Day Cycling trips from Bangalore

Bangalore is situated in between the Western Ghats and the Eastern Ghats makes an ideal place for traveling towards the Western Ghats or the Eastern Ghats. Here is a list of some of the best places around Bangalore for the cycling trips. These trips can also be completed within a day.

Ideally, these trips range from 70 to 150 Km which can be comfortably covered in a single day which is regularly into cycling. Places around Bangalore for the Cycling trips in one day:

  • Ghati Subramanya, MakliDurga & Sir M.Vishweshwaraiah Dam

Makalidurga trek railwa track

Distance from Bangalore: 60Km
Ghati Subramanya is located at a distance of around 60 Km towards the north of Bangalore ahead of Dodaballapura. Once you reach there, there are a few important places which can be covered around:

  • Sir M.Vishweshwaraiah Dam
  • Ghati Subramanya temple
  • Starting point of the Makalidurga trek

At the starting point of the Maklidurga trek, there is also a railway track. The view is awesome there.

  • Kaiwara National park

Distance from Bangalore: 75 Km
Kaiwara national park is situated at a distance of around 80 Km from Bangalore in the North-East towards Chintamani in Andhra Pradesh. There is a lot to see near Kaiwara. Some of the places of interest which can be covered on cycle nearby are:

  • Kaiwara lake
  • Temples around
  • Thathayya cave
  • Kaiwara zoo

Kaiwara is also famous for greenery and cool weather over there.

  • Nandi hills

On the way to Nandi Hills

Distance from Bangalore: 70Km
Nandi hills are already famous among the Bangaloreans for the short weekend outing. There are also cycling groups in Bangalore which organize regular cycling trips to Nandi hills.

  • Sri Kailasagiri

Distance from Bangalore: 80 Km
Kailasagiri is a small hillock just ahead of Kaiwara national park on which you can easily ride with your cycle. From the hill top, you get a nice view of the Chintamani town as well the Kaiwara national park hills.

  • Hoskote lake

Distance from Bangalore: 25 Km
Hoskote lake is located just before the town of Hoskote towards Kolar. It is famous among people who like bird watching, parasailing, photographers etc.

  • Antara Gange

Anthragange hill top

Distance from Bangalore: 70Km
Antara Gange is situated to the East of Bangalore just before the town of Kolar. However, if you are planning to cycle there, you won’t be able to go beyond the parking lot where people park their vehicles before going for the Antara gange trek.

I would rather suggest you going towards the Teerhalli and Paparajanahalli which are on the another side of the Antara Gange hills. You can also just explore around for the caves.

  • Chikka Tirupathi

Distance from Bangalore: 40 Km
Chikka Tirupathi is famous for regarded as next to the Tirumala Tirupathi because these both places have the same God. Know more here about Chikka Tirupathi

  • Kelavarapelli reservoir

Distance from Bangalore: 50 Km
Kelavarapelli reservoir is situated towards the south East of Bangalore near Hosur town in the Krishnagiri district of Tamilnadu. The dam is very scenic and offers an awesome view with birds, palm trees, water, and dam construction.

  • Muthayala Maduvu / Pearl valley

Distance from Bangalore: 40 KM
Muthayala Maduvu also known as the pearl valley is situated towards the south of Bangalore near Anekal. It is known for its small stream of waterfalls which falls like a pearl. That’s why this place is known as pearl valley.

  • Mahadeshwara lake/ Thattekere lake

Distance from Bangalore: 45 Km
Mahadeshwara lake also known as the Thattekere lake is also situated towards the south of Bangalore. I would say this is one of the most beautiful lakes around Bangalore which is not so polluted.

  • Muninagara dam

Muninagara dam Distance from Bangalore: 40 Km
Muninagara dam is situated just at the edge of Ragihalli state forest in Ramanagara district of Karnataka towards the south of Bangalore. Though this dam is not as big as Mahadeshwara lake still it is beautiful.

  • Manchanabele dam & Savana Durga forest

manchanbele dam and savanadurga in the background

Manchanbele dam Distance from Bangalore: 35 Km
Manchanbele dam is one of the most beautiful dams around Bangalore situated at the foothills of Savana Durga forest. The way from Savana Durga foothills to the Manchanabele dam is also beautiful because it passes through a reserve forest.

  • Thippagondanahalli Dam

Thippagondanahalli dam distance from Bangalore: 35 Km
Thippagondanahalli dam is situated to the west of Bangalore on the Magadi road. It is also situated towards the north of the Manchanabele dam. The bridge over the dam is the most attractive and spectacular part. This dam is bigger and more beautiful compared to Manchanbele dam.

  • Turahalli forest

Thurahalli forest cycling

Distance from Bangalore: 20 Km
Turahalli forest is just situated in the vicinity of Bangalore near to the Nice road. It is full of Eucalyptus trees and there are also a few viewpoints from where you can see the Bangalore. Read More here about Thurahalli forest

  • Nelligudde kere

Nelligudde Kere distance from Bangalore: 45 Km
Nelligudde Kere is situated towards the South West of Bangalore on the Bangalore Mysore roadnear Bidadi in Ramanagara district. This reservoir is famous for high bunds around the reservoir which form a long circular viewpoint and can also be easily accessible from anywhere.

  • Shivagange

shivgange-trek-hills-top

Shivgange distance from Bangalore: 55 Km
Shivgange is famous for the Shiva temple at the top and a small hike. There are many short treks around Bangalore. Also, know more about the Shivagange trek.

  • Avalahalli state forest

Avalahalli state forest distance from Bangalore: 25 Km
Avalahalli state forest is situated towards the north edge of Bangalore at the border of the Bangalore town after Yelahanka town. Within the city, it is a good place to take a breath.

  • Hasiru valley

Hasiru valley distance from Bangalore: 45 Km
Hasiru valley offers one of the most scenic valley view nearer to Bangalore. It is situated towards the south of Bangalore after Anekal. It also lies in the same direction and the road on which the pearl valley is situated. On the Google map, you might not see a road beyond Hasiru Valley Adventure park. But there is an offroad and that offers one of the best views of the valley.

Short Bike Trips from Bangalore Within 150 Kms

Bangalore is commonly known as the ‘Silicon Valley of India’. However, there are many places in and around the city, known for their natural beauty, which can be explored by the road that you may not be aware of. But not to worry! We’ve compiled a list of destinations that are perfect for a bike road trip and are within 150 km from Bangalore.

Short Bike Road Trips from Bangalore

Ramanagara Bike trip from Bangalore:

One of the closest, at around 50 km from the city, can be a strong competitor when planning for a one-day road trip from the Garden city. The place is renowned for its sericulture and is nicknamed Silk Town & Silk City.

Ramanagara

Iconic scenes of movie Sholay were shot in Ramanagara. Activities like rock climbing, caving and visiting the silk handlooms are offered here. Ramanagara is believed to be the place where Rama and Sita stayed during their exile and the place has a Rama temple called Ramadevara Betta which witnesses many pilgrims during the year. There is also a very famous lake in the Ramanagara where you can go for boating.

Bike trip to Savandurga from Bangalore

Savandurga is considered to be one of the largest monolith hills in Asia and is a frequent place for rock climbers, pilgrims, cave explorers, adventurers, and picnickers. And the good news is, it is not that far from the Bangalore, just 50kms from the city.

One could either take the Mysore Road or the Magadi Road to reach Savandurga. Going for the Savandurga trek is recommended for a great experience and watching the sunrise from the bird’s eye view will be a treat for your eyes for sure!

Nandi Hills cycle trip from Bangalore

Close to 65km away, Nandi Hills is one of the closest road trip destinations from Bangalore. The place is not just famous among bikers and car enthusiasts but also among cyclists.

On the way to Nandi Hills

Watching the sunrise from atop the hill, which is 1478m high is a very pleasant experience that is not to be missed. Nandi Hills or Nandi Betta provides a natural habitat for diverse species of wildlife. Know more about Nandi Hills

Anthargange

It literally means, “The Ganges from the deep”, in Kannada. Located 70 kilometers from Bangalore and close to the town of Kolar, around 2 miles from the Kolar gold fields; the place is an adventure haven due to its peculiar rock formations. The place is best suited for Caving & Mountaineering. Anthargange can be reached via road by taking the NH4 from Bangalore.

There is also a trekking option at Antharganage. Know more about Anthargange trek

Mekedatu falls bike trip from Bangalore

Mekedatu means goat’s leap in Kannada, is a perfect road trip destination and is at a distance of 90kms from Bangalore city. Since rivers Arkavathy and Cauvery join here, it is also called as the Sangam. The area is in close proximity to Chunchi Falls and upstream on the Cauvery is the famous Shivasamudra Falls.

mekedatu falls from Bangalore

At Mekedatu falls, one could see ravines of granite rocks which have been sculpted by the flowing water and River Cauvery gushing through the deep gorge. Here is a complete detail about Mekedatu from Bangalore.

Avalabetta

A small hillock, situated at just 90kms from Bangalore, is crowned with the presence of beauty and serenity. A perfect road trip destination, it is surrounded by rocks and lots of greenery. Avalabetta is also famous for the temples which are situated on top of the hill and is an alternate destination for Nandi Hills; if you’re looking for a place with solitude and serenity.

Bheemeshwari bike trip from Bangalore

There are actually quite a few things that you could do when you’re in Bheemeshwari, like

  • Kayaking
  • Elephant Walk
  • Zip-Lining
  • Burma Loops
  • Cat Walk
  • Rappelling.

River Cauvery, Bheemeshwari

A road trip to Bheemeshwari, which is on the banks of the Cauvery River about 105 km from the city, takes you through a breathtakingly scenic ride. The area is surrounded by great wildlife which includes Deer, Elephants, Snakes, Turtles and a must watch out for species is “The Masheer”; the largest tropical game fish. Here is our Bheemeshwari trek experience.

Mysore

Mysore or Mysuru is tagged as the Cultural Capital of South Karnataka due to the presence of palaces, which are of historical significance and magnificent buildings of cultural importance. It’s the third largest city in the state of Karnataka.

Few of the well-noted attractions of Mysore include but are not limited to Mysore Palace; a World heritage site, Brindavan Gardens; India’s most beautiful show garden, Chamundi Hills, St. Philomena’s Church and much more. The drive to Mysore is around 150kms, but the combination of NICE road and the state highway makes driving a pleasure.

Well, these are some of the biking travel destinations within a radius of 150 km from Bangalore city, which can be great for a road trip. But, do make sure to ensure that your bike is in top shape and fully serviced, before hitting the road!

Kanva Dam Reservoir, Ramanagaram from Bangalore

Kanva reservoir is an artificial lake also known as Kanva dam, situated at a distance of around 70 Kms from Bangalore. It is famous for sunset, Bird watching, fishing, and a weekend road trip from Bangalore.

More about Kanva reservoir:

Kanva dam is situated at a distance of around 70 Kms from Bangalore. Recently, it has turned out into a weekend tourist attraction for people from Bangalore. Situated at a distance of 10 Kms North to Ramanagara town, Kanva reservoir offers a serene weekend.

List of attractions and things to do at the Kanva reservoir:

  • Watch the sunset (Look for the weather before you drive there)
  • Enjoy fishing with the local fishermen. Local fishermen do fishing in the dam on a coracle. They take out the fishing nets in the evening around the sunset. If requested, they can give you a coracle ride during the sunset. Fishing is also one of the primary sources of income for the fishermen over there. Those fishes are sold in the market in Ramanagara.
  • Bird watching: Kanva dam is also famous for bird watching. A lot of Nature photographers turn out from Bangalore on weekends to shoot the birds. If you also want to shoot birds, better drive in the morning. You can go for photography in the evening as well. There will a lot of birds.
  • Take a walk along the dam: After parking your vehicle, you can also take a walk along the banks of the dam. And you can walk for miles along the banks. The further you walk, the better you can take.

Kanva reservoir Parking

Kanva Reservoir Google Map and parking spots

There are many routes from Ramanagaram to reach Kanva dam. The road condition is not so good except the main route shown above in the image. There is also a parking spot (Kind of) where you can park your vehicle. It comes just before the Kanva Dam bridge. You can see the Kanva dam bridge in the top left corner.

If you are lucky, you can also see a few vehicles already parked over there. After you park the vehicle, you can walk to the dam easily. It is serene and safe. However, I would recommend you return just after the sunset just for the safety purpose.

Kanva Reservoir Pictures:

Kanva reservoir at sunset Kanva dam at the sunset fishermen in Kanva Reservoir

 

South Goa Traveling Guide: Serene Beaches & Goan Culture

Goa is the only place which is equally favorite to people from north as well as south of India. Based on my experience of traveling to South Goa, I have come up with my own theory. But before I preach about my own theory, here is something more important that I would like to introduce you to first.

Most of the plans to the places like Goa falls victim to the confused state of Dilemma. When we start for Goa, we are always filled with enthusiasm. We plan a lot. We dream of seeing Russian girls in Goa. In short, there is no limitation to the height of imagination. But the dilemma kicks in when we arrive in Goa. So Now? what to do? where to go?

There is a reason behind this traveling dilemma. First of all, Goa is not a small place to visit. Goa itself is a state and when you plan for Goa, you do not realize that you have a whole state in your travel diary than just a few places. Even though a small state, Goa is not so easy to cover.

You could either belong to a gang of bachelors who have come to Goa with different motives in mind or you could be a part of the family who has a completely different eye for Goa. So now the question arises, North Goa or South Goa? Let me list out the things in a more granular way to clarify what Goa is all about.

North Goa:

  • It has the famous beaches like Morjhim beach, Vagator beach, Anjuna Beach, Calangute beach etc. Most of these beaches would have a lot of life. People playing in the shallow sea shore; vendors selling local items, a lot of shacks and restaurants filled with people etc are a common sight.
  • On the beaches, you can also find a lot of shack parties in the night. You just go there and join in.
  • Besides shack’s parties, you can also join night clubs and bars. However, be mindful that some of the famous clubs might not allow stag entry. They only allow couple entry. And the same applies to some of the beaches. I have heard that some of the beaches do not allow Indians. I do not know how far this is true.
  • Another thing I did not want to mention but I think I should are that some of the beaches are really smelly and dirty because of the crowd and the waste.
  • Besides, most of the tourist places like forts, famous beaches, churches etc. are nearer to the North Goa.

Coming to the South Goa:

Since I wanted to write this article exclusively for the South Goa, I thought that it would be nice to write an introduction about North Goa in the beginning so that people will have a reference point in their minds and can choose where they want to go.

So what’s there in the South Goa? Peace & Culture. If you feel like you are going to go to Goa with a “party on my mind” mood, at the first introspection itself, I would direct you to North Goa. However, there are some of the specific events, if matching from my list below, then you should prefer to go to South Goa:

  • Anniversary
  • Honeymoon
  • Nature Photography
  • Aesthetic exploration

South Goa through my eyes:

When you head towards South-West from Ponda triangle (even if you do not understand it, it’s fine), the south Goa starts. The moment you turn towards the south of Goa, you can see more Nature than the concrete Jungle. Green paddy fields, coconut & palm trees, Goan houses & huts, less crowded roads & streets are the typical marks that define the south Goan culture.

So what is there to see in the South Goa?

South Goa has a lot of more serene beaches than the North Goa and that’s for sure. May not be a lot of tourist places are there to see in the South Goa but the markings that I mentioned are sure to spellbound with the natural beauty. With the Natural beauty & a lot of Serene beaches come the peace and aesthetic sense of traveling.

In the new year eve this year, we were there in the South Goa. And here are some of my personal experiences that I think might come into your uses as well:

Some of the most famous beaches in South Goa are Colva beach, Benaulim beach, Varca Beach, Carmona beach etc. We first arrived on the Colva beach. Since we had started from Bangalore around 11 in the night, It took us around 10 hours to reach Goa. So, we reached Goa around 9 in the morning. Obviously, the journey was long and we were tired.

The first thing we did was pick a carton of Beers. With me, there were other people also who had been to Goa around 10 times. So I had a lot of things to learn from them. The first learning while purchasing the beer was Goa is known for the local beer also, just like Feni. But do not mistake the local Goan beer with the Feni.

Some people find Feni bitter and too alcoholic. I had a bad experience with Feni so I was skeptical about the kind of local beer that I was going to get in Goa. When tasting a beer, I also consider packaging one of the important factors. When we bought kings beer, the packaging looked nice. This is how a kings beer looks like.

kings-beer-in-goa

Kings Beer, Goa

The packaging reminded me of Germany. Germany is famous for beer and some of the dark used to be packaged like that.

Some of the other famous beers in Goa which I came to know from word of mouth was Bira. I searched for Bira image online and I looked more like a Russian beer to me. I think because a lot of Russian tourists come to Goa, Bira has its own market.

Now why we Chose to Stay in South Goa?

First of all, South Goa is cool and peaceful yet with a lot of life of its own. Some of the other advantages are that instead of booking a hotel, you can directly go for home stays. Just search on AirBnB for Homestays and you get a lot of cool places listed. Here is a description of where we stayed:

  • We had booked a 6-BHK house in South Goa called White Lotus. You can read about this house stay on the website and look at the pictures.
  • Some of the notable facilities were like Swimming pool, a very big living room, parking facilities, cook, washing machine and much more.
  • On top of that, most of the coolest beaches of South Goa were not more than 15 minutes by car. Or on scooty.

Here are some of the Pictures of our Home Stay:

white-lotus-colva white-lotus-home-stay-colva

Party, Romance, and beaches in South Goa:

If you are a party person and you do want to go into the party-specific pubs and bars, then you should go to the North Goa for a better Experience. However, if you just want to enjoy the beauty and do other stuff then here are a few pointers for you:

  • Drive further South towards Benaulim and beyond that for more serene, calm, and less crowded beaches. The drive would not be more than half an hour.
  • Even in the night, these beaches are accessible. I am not sure of the crowd in the night on the weekdays but on the longer weekends or holidays, there will be crowd on those beaches too. You can even walk on the beaches from one to another.
  • One some of the beaches, there would be shack parties going on. You can join them. It is even easier for the couples to get an instant entry.
  • Be reminded that most of the bars or restaurants or shacks close by 11 PM. so expect not to get beer or food beyond that. However, you can carry your own and drink at the midnight sitting on the beach
  • During the day, there would be a lot of activities going on these beaches like parasailing, banana ride etc. If you are interested, you can also go for the same.
  • You can even hire a bicycle and go for a ride along the beaches.
  • Also remember that most of the nice hotels like Taj, Leela Palace, Holiday Inn are located in the south Goa only. With that, you can imagine, why these hotels decided to come to the south Goa.
  • If you want to take the feel of the Goan culture, just keep on driving randomly and even towards the North, you will get to see the Goan houses influenced by the Portuguese culture.
  • There are some of the tourist places in the South Goa as well like Three Kings Church, Indian Naval Museum, Goan cultural heritage Museum. Those are a Good go.

Our Goa first time visiting Experience:

 Go Goa- A Biodiversity hotspot. Long coastline, Rice paddies, Backwater kayaking, Churches and Cottages, Fun and Nightlife. Sand, Sun, Surf and Seashore.

And Goa welcomes you!!!

Belonging to Nepal- A country of mountains and hills, Ever since I have come to Bangalore, I have been seeing too much of mountains or hills. It started with SavanaDurga trek then, Nishani Motte monsoon survival trek and followed up to Coorg. Theme need to be changed and for the next trip, straight to the beach.
India has several beaches along the coastline. However, one place in particular has practically became the epicenter of our thought process when we think of beaches in India. Yes! it is Goa……..ah!!

Our journey started in the morning full of energy , excitement and headed towards Goa by train.Travelling to Goa by train was an awesome experience. We headed via ghats section where the route was very scenic with great view of greenery, forest and the most important one- the Dudhsagar Waterfall. The next day before the sun hits the sky, we reached Goa. Decision became our greatest challenge for our further move. We headed towards beaches in North Goa.

On the way to Goa

North Goa is very much crowded but it doesn’t mean its not enjoyable. Two of of the most popular tourist spots in Goa are: Baga beach and Calangute beach known for its beach parties, nightlife and amazing seafood served at its beach shacks and restaurants. We stayed up at Calangute and visited the nearby places.

Day 1: Calangute Beach

On reaching a resort in Calangute, few minutes it took to rush towards the beach.
The first glimpse of the beach: superb. Blindly, we rushed into  the sea, the deeper sea. Tides push you away back to the shore. Ah! Spending much time inside the sea exhausted us. Retreat back to beaches.

Goa Beach

“The Land Lost in Water”: Islands of Goa, Charao islands and Divar islands

Before the sun could take a nap and set down, we chit chatting headed towards the island. About few miles from beach. The feel of  “The Land Lost in Water”: Believe me! its worth going to Calangute beach if one doesn’t visit that place. Crossing the river delta and heading towards the island. Slippery rocks and the path full of sea crabs.  We were the lucky ones to find three species of Sea Anemone and Corals which are mostly found in the deep sea. Our trek continues towards the more inner section of the island and reached a place where awesome sunset could be seen.

On the way to colongute island, GoaSpongy sea grasses, GoaSpongy Sea grasses

Day 2: Parasailing, deep sea swimming, Fort Agunda, Jimmy’s guest house

The second day was planned for motor sports.

It kicked off with para-sailing in the mid deep in the sea. The guide asked us to wear the harness. While listening to their do’s and don’ts , I stubbornly said to myself,
– “OK. OK. Enough with that. Let us fly.”

Then off I go. The sound of the motor boats and people shouting and playing were suddenly replaced with the sound of strong wind , pure quietness, and my friends shouting loud on to the air.
Wow!! Amazing view of the coastline from all the surrounding was seen clearly. It was time to return. Alas! para-sailing didn’t gave that much of satisfaction of adventure as we had expected. So , it was time to try something new, we all jumped from the boat in deep sea about 10 km away from the beach. It was time for deep sea swimming.

Deep Sea Swimming GoaAfter getting done with deep sea swimming, it was time for exploration. But How & where? If goa has to be explored to the maximum, rented bikes are the best way to do so. We hired scooty and explored the nearby places.

Jimmy's guest house, Goa. A haunted placeJimmy Guest house in Goa- A haunted place

Taj fort, GoaTaj Fort, Goa

Goa beach around Taj fortBeach around Taj fort, Goa

Fort Agauda at night seems to be one of the haunted place. The path was full of silence , and the only on bungalow famously known as “Jimmy’s Guest House” reminded of typical horror  Bollywood movies. After reaching the destination , hilarious tree at the eyesight  gave a ghostly appearance. It took only few seconds to rush from that place. Ah! a breathe of escapism.

Fort Agunde in GoaFort agunde and jail underground

Day 3: Basilica of Bom Jesus, Three Kings church

Our Exploration continued and headed towards the famous church in Goa. We saw Basilica of Bom Jesus, a spectacular church built by the Portuguese in the 16th century. The basilica holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier.
We also saw the “Three Kings Church” known to be the most haunted place in Goa. According to some people this church is a haunted church . Legends says that”  long time ago there were three Portuguese kings living in Goa. They often used to fight to gain power in the land but they were tied by the Portuguese diplomacy between rulers policy. One of the kings (King Holger Alvunger) one day invited the other two kings in his place and poisoned them to death. He himself fell out with the public and committed suicide by consuming poison.

King Holger’s place is the current Three Kings Church in Goa, where there have been reports of sightings and general unrest.
However this is one of the most scenic spots in Goa. It is worth climbing the hill and getting here since one can get a breathtaking view of surrounding lush green regions and the Arabian Sea, and if you go there before sundown you will be able to enjoy a mind mumbling sunset. The Three Kings Church is one place to enjoy peace and wonderful natural beauty. The place isn’t established as a tourist spot but it is still visited by many tourist and nature loving people. It is a paradise for photographers as well.

Basilica of Bom jesus, GoaSt. Fransis Xavier Body preserved, GoaSt. Fransis Xavier Body preserved, Goa

Three Kings Church in Goa at sunsetThree Kings church at sunset in Goa

Sunset in Goa

Day 4: Palolem beach, Boating

After the fantastic time we had in North Goa, we headed for South Goa and it was even more majestic. We choose Palolem beach . The beach of Palolem was just beautiful. Its kind of different from the other beaches. The shape is a bit crescent, so perfect for breathtaking pictures .
The same routine followed here too.. The similar place to calangute , backwaters , the island etc. We did boating in the backwaters and saw Mangrove trees and water creatures. After boating, swimming in the back waters became the tough decision ever made. On one spot , the river was too deep , which doesn’t seems to look. A friend(referring to Praveen) got stuck and was about to get drowned. When try to hold his hand , the water pulled all over. I got too stuck in the deep section.

Another friend(referring to Vipul) of mine supported by rock hit  him hard with a great force and was escaped from the deep section. Now, it was my chance for escapism, but it wasn’t that much of force that could let me out!!  Help!!  Help!!  No one came… Gained all my energy , and started to swim, oops !! the leg twist…
No breathe, nor stamina, but will. “The mouthful of water will not harm , but panic will” . Again gained all energy and started to swim, and finally escaped ..!!  Praveen was almost dead and was unconscious.(from that day he never went to water).  I was not able to walk properly for almost a week because of the leg twist. It was a dreadful experience ever!! While boating…

Boating in Backwaters, GoaSunset in Goa, Beach, hill and cloudsAt island in Goa

Day 5: Kayaking, Night life
The last day in Goa.  The last day was left for the Kayaking purpose. 

After the incident, no one was ready to go for kayaking . Life jackets supported the adventure to continue on!!   We started kayaking from the back water, and headed towards the island. The tides on the sides of the beach was not that much high, but the normal ones. The routes towards the back  side headed up from the rocky section.   The tides grew higher and stronger at the back side of the island. The French peoples on the way stopped us to go towards that side as the path towards the other side of the island was dangerous. They quoted us as” you all are enough “Big Heartened “ for crossing these high tides”. In the mid, the tides grew more higher and stronger. If there couldn’t be balance the kayak’s would get upside down. Paddle!! Paddle!!!  There comes the higher one…believe me the tide was so much stronger that it could throw us to the more inner part. The continuous paddle and the continuous tides hitting the rocks..

It was the hardest journey of all as we were totally exhausted. On our way, we saw Seagull nest which was as big as bed where one can comfortably sleep.. After 3-4 hours of long kayaking, we reached the sea shores in the evening. The last night in Goa… something needed to be done!!  As it was the time of Dushera..we all danced during the “visarjana” . Many foreigners also joined . On the next morning , we boarded the train and towards the busy schedule i.e Bangalore…!!

Kayaking in Goa to an islandFried crab in GoaThree kings church, GoaThe siland in Goavivid sunset in Goa

Information over Goa:

Goa is divided mainly into two parts north Goa and south Goa.

Best time to visit: October to March

Getting Around: Bus/Bike/Car services
Geared and un-geared motorbikes and scooters can be rented. If you are going to stay for long better buy one.

Rentals: around 300 INR/ day & 200INR in non-peak season for a Honda Activa scooter and a little more if one is looking for a geared motorcycle
Petrol: 75INR at local shops (a little more expensive than petrol pumps)

Car renting:
Daily package of 8 hours or 80km at around 1,000 – 1,500 INR depending on the vehicle’s model and whether it is a/c or not. Extra charges are usually around 100 INR per extra hour, or 10 INR per extra km. This is usually the most effective option to explore the region, as there is no taxi you can hail off the street.

Places of interest in North Goa:
Calangute beach, Baga beach, Morjim beach (sometimes referred as Russian beach as well)

Chorao island and Divar island
Agunda fort and Taj fort
Basilica of Bom jesus, Three kings church

Places of interest in south Goa:
Jimmy’s collection, Vasco da gama, Three kings church, Veslao

Where to stay?
Huts/Shacks are an economical. These can be found in small/little Vagator which is up the road from Anjuna beach , prices range from 400-600 rupees and you get a whole hut with a double bed, lock , towels and an attached bathroom with toilet. These shacks are closed during the monsoon. The last week of the year, between Christmas and New Year the place is usually completely packed. Try to avoid that overhyped week and you will get a better deal without the added pressures.

What to do there?
– Relax at beaches
– Scuba diving: Not possible during monsoon around Grande island off vasco da gama coast, it costs around 4000 per dive which lasts for an hour underwater marine life. PADI is a renowned organization in underwater activities.
– Jet-ski, Banana ride & Paragliding: Head to Anjuna or Baga beach during daytime and you will find vendors offering these. Bargain to around Rs 800-1,000 (off season) for a 10 min jet-ski ride, 15 min banana ride and a 15 min paragliding session, for each person. These activities are also available on less popular beaches and you could get a bargain there as compared to popular beaches where demand exceeds supply.
– Explore islands on kayaks
– Visit churches and local markets

Drink: Fenni
local liquors (basically cashew and coconut feni). Prices of domestic products range from Rs 40 to Rs 350 per bottle, depending on product and brand. There are two local brews long made and drunk in Goa — cashew feni and coconut feni. One comes from the cashew apple, and the other from the sap of the coconut tree.