Birding From The Balcony

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I know they are very common here, yet I wanted to capture them in their natural habitat.

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Hostel Review – Tubotel

During a short getaway to Langalawi, I stayed at a beautiful hostel Tubotel, which was highly recommended by various travel forums. Located on Sungai Chenang (Chenang River), Tubotel provides breathtaking views of sunrise and sunset.

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Their barrel-like rooms, made of huge drainage pipes, are vibrant and colorful. As it was off season, I was lucky to get an entire room for myself. Staff there are very courteous and helpful. Tubotel has a full-fledged bar and there is also provision for private rooms. I must say till now, one of the best hostels I have ever stayed.

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Langkawi’s Lesser Known Beach – Pasir Tengkorak

Who does not need sun, sand and water during vacation? Well, during a short trip to Langkawi, I was heavily recommended to visit Pasir Tengkorak Beach by cab drivers as well hostel staff. And I was glad that I listened to their advice.

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When I reached the place, there were only three people on the beach. Just imagine. Crystal clear water and white sand beach welcomed me. I embraced the nature with a broad smile. It was pure and pristine.

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Surrounded by a forested area, this beach is definitely suitable for swimming. To reach this place you have to use your own vehicle.

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I used Grab app (Quite popular in South-East Asia) to reach the place. While leaving the beach I faced much problem while booking a cab as this beach . However, after few minutes of struggle, one cab driver came to pick me up. Also, keep in mind this place has no facilities.

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How did you find the place ?

Device used – Mi A3

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Jewels Of South Goa

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Certainly, I found tranquility here. Walk along the beaches, take some photographs, grab a beer and enjoy the views.

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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.

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