It was the year 2009 when I made an impromptu trip to Kerala. Traveled to few places including Alappuzha and Kumarakom. The following pictures were taken from Kumarakom. The owner of my guest house asked his children to take me to a secluded place, where I clicked these mesmerizing pictures. I was lucky to have witnessed such a dramatic sky. Beautiful memory!
It was my birthday and I wanted to explore a lesser-known beach of Goa. A tea-stall owner, who served me copious amount of tea in the morning, suggested me to visit Butterfly beach, which I instantly accepted. Some fisherman in Agonda offered to take me around that beach for a sum of Rs2,000, which I politely declined. My good Samaritan, the tea-stall owner, guided me to reach that place. It was May – a typical hot and humid Goan weather.
I rented a scooter and set off my journey towards the beach. After driving 1-2 kilometres on a deserted stretch with no one in sight except vast forests as company, I began to have fear of losing my way and exactly that happened. I lost my path. With no sign boards and people to assist in finding direction, this was bound to happen.
The roads were terrible. While randomly driving, I saw a jeep full of people. I told them about my destination and sought their help in finding my way. They happily asked me to follow them, as they too were heading towards the same beach.
After driving few kilometres I finally reached the beach. The turquoise water quickly erased my pain caused due to my tortuous drive to the beach. Other than me there were couple of travelers, who soon left the area. I was left all alone, lounging on the beach and soaking up the sun, which was nothing less than pure bliss. After spending around 1-1/2 hours, I left the place. While returning I took a wrong turn and again lost the path. However, somehow I managed to reach my hotel.
Fort Kochi is known for its enchanting beauty. I completely fell in love with the place during my short trip in September. You can either hire a bicycle or motorbike to explore the place but I covered most of the tourists spots by walking as the weather was pleasant. Due to off season the places were not swarmed with tourists and their large selfie-sticks, which helped me enjoy the place without any deviations.
In Fort Kochi, I stayed in Crystal Maze Homestay which I highly recommend to include in your itinerary. But for those who are planning to pick some local artifacts I suggest not to visit in September as most of the shops were closed due to off season.
A colorful school in the heart of Fort Kochi
The museum was closed on the occasion of Onam.
Spend some time at the fish market.
Make sure you visit both the temple and the museum. It is really worth it.
Kochi’s famous Chinese fishing nets.
Spotted this vibrant hotel in Fort Kochi.
You should include this in your itinerary. Highly recommended.
Jewish Synagogue in Mattancherry
I skipped many other tourist spots due to lack of time. Hopefully, next time I will be able to cover them all.
My trip to Fort Kochi was short and quick, but enough to completely blew my mind with beautiful surroundings, cute cafes, colorful buildings and vibrant street arts. It was Onam and most of the shops were closed. Yet, I had my share of fun. Every nook and corner you will spot quirky colorful paintings. The following images might give you an idea how vibrant the place is.
My Goa sojourn took me to another destination – the Cabo De Rama Fort, which has been held by various rulers in the past.
Situated at Canacona taluka in southern Goa, this place is a major attraction for tourists.
The fort is surrounded by a moat and gatehouse. One can notice big and rusty cannons lying there. This fort also has a small chapel, which is still visited by devotees. When I reached the place I did not find a single tourist. The best part of this place is one can enjoy spectacular views of the Arabian sea from the western side of the fortress.
One can easily reach this place by either hiring a car or taxi. I used a motorbike to reach this place from Agonda.
I had already published a photo-essay on the stunning mountains of Ladakh. Now another set of images of I would like to share with my beloved readers. They have been taken at various locations of Ladakh. The sheer beauty of mother nature will definitely blow your minds.
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South Goa is replete with stunning beaches. Notwithstanding scorching summer (April last week), I decided to explore it in order to avoid huge rush during tourist season. And the decision was worth taking. Let’s start with Agonda beach, which I made my base. From here, I traveled to nearby places.
Agonda beach is pure and pristine. Wake up in the morning, take a stroll and soak up the vibe. This beach has everything to impress you. Moreover, one can also enjoy water sports like surfing.
I used to wake up early morning to enjoy the sunrise. There were just a handful of people around me. So the whole beach was just for me. Listening to ocean waves early morning is an incredible experience that cannot be described in words. I used to sit in a secluded place and gaze endlessly at the sky and ocean.
From Agonda, I traveled towards Paloem beach, probably the most famous beach of South Goa. It is bit touristy and you will find a lot of people even during the off season. Still the beach left me breathless with impressive white sand dunes. I did not stay there for long as I had to explore another beach – Patnem.
Certainly, I found tranquility here. Walk along the beaches, take some photographs, grab a beer and enjoy the views.
All the above mentioned places are lined up with numerous bars, shacks and restaurants.
How did I reach Agonda ?
Airport →Margao →Kadamba →Agonda
From the airport, I took a bus for Margao. From Margao, I boarded a bus for Kadamba. And from Kadamba, I reached Agonda via bus. I used public transport extensively. I had a memorable experience as I spent quality time on the beaches without facing any major problem.
Goa’s Agonda beach has been favorite among locals as well as tourists since long. In fact it has been adjudged as one of the best beaches in Asia. But if you ask me, I would say Cola is more beautiful. That being said, I believe experiences are purely subjective.
Cola is not far away from Agonda and there are many ways to reach this magnificent beach. And the most simple way is – follow the signboards:)
I visited Cola during the off season, and no wonder I could see only a handful of people on the beach. It was hot and sunny, but that’s OK for me, I could still have a wonderful time. With nobody around me, I just lay down on the beach and let myself soak up the serene environment and gaze the endless bluish sky.
The magnificent beach can be divided into two parts – North Cola and South Cola. North mainly draws tourists because of its beautiful lagoon. Trees and hills make this beach more beautiful. I did not find any high-end hotel there, only few beach shacks. Small hotels and tented accommodation are also available for the tourists. Overall, I had a great time being there and aim to re-visit the place in future. And lastly, if I have to describe the beauty of Cola in two words, I would say – Pristine and Perfect!