As I was touring Uttara Kannada, I decided to take a boat ride on the mighty Sharavati River in Honnavar, a port town in Coastal Karnataka. I took a bus from Kumata (where I was staying) and reached Honnavara after approximately 40 minutes. After getting down, I immediately approached an auto driver, who agreed to take me to the River, where boating takes place. He charged Rs100 for one and half km distance. Once I reached the river, I met a guy, who quickly arranged a boat for me. After mild negotiations, I agreed to give Rs1,100 for one hour journey. The first time I saw the river, I felt like I was in heaven. The sky was crystal clear and there were hundreds of coconut trees welcoming me on the banks of river Sharavati. It was a hot and humid day but I was prepared for it because it is expected to be so during summer in Karnataka. Slowly and slowly, I started to enjoy the ride. The whole one hour journey took me to many beautiful spots of the River. It is a must-do activity if you are planning to visit Honnavar.
Points to be noted
1) One can find accommodation in Honnavar as the auto driver told me. I also spotted a couple of small hotels in the town. So no need to stay in Kumta.
2) Winter season is the best for a boat ride. However, one should keep in mind that the prices will go up significantly.
3) Summer could be harsh but one can get an excellent deal.
Recently, I was reading an article on how photographers and Instagrammers are ruining Panjim’s famous Fontainhas, ignoring locals’ requests not to disturb them. This reminded me of my own trip to Panjim, where I saw hundreds of photographers armed with their mobiles and DSLRs creating a nuisance for local residents in the beautiful Fontainhas area. In our fun moment, we conveniently ignore that our actions might go against the culture and way of life of the locals. What kind of pleasure do people get by ignoring local people’s requests? Even a “no photography” request sign fails to deter the tourists. I myself have witnessed it. We should always respect the local people and their culture while on our trips.
Lots of people suggested me to visit Panjim’s Joseph Bar. It was early morning and the staff was not interested in me. They might have figured out this guy won’t spend much here. And I too realized this is not my kind of place. So I ordered a beer, finished it quickly and left the place after clicking few images. The interior part of the bar was very impressive. Soon I reached a hole-in-the-mole bar (since 1976). Ordered a beer and started conversation with the owner of the bar. When I asked him why people recommended Joseph Bar ? He just smiled. He told me It is crazy. All most all the tourists spend money there. Don’t we have a right to survive, he asked me ? My answer was – of course, yes, that’s why I am here. Ordered another beer with some snack. After spending around one hour I left for my room.
The year-end contest is only for Indian residents.
1) Camp Near a Tiger Reserve Surrounded by Prehistoric Boulders. 2) Experience Off-Roading, Gyptian Rides & Camping Under the Stars in Rajasthan’s Sand Dunes. 3) Bond with Indigenous Marwari Horses and Live like Royalty in a 17th Century Fort.
Ladakh is no more a hidden gem. Millions of images are all over the Internet. When I was there I had no option but to approach a local travel agency to arrange a trip for Ladakh sightseeing. Why an agency? The reason is pretty simple. I do not know how to drive a bike, which is necessary if you want to explore this paradise by yourself. A guy gave me his number and told me that he can take me to a number of places at a discounted price. I trusted his words. Yes, not only he took me to a number of captivating places, but also briefed me about those places as a guide. One of those places is Sangam, which is the confluence of Indus and Zanskar Rivers. Located 35km from Leh in Nimmu, this confluence provides a fabulous view. Zanskar river, which comes from Zanskar valley of Ladakh, meets the Indus river at Nimmu. Enjoy a few snaps which I have clicked with my Canon 750D. Isn’t this place spectacular?