Palolem Beach, Beaches of South Goa, Guide to south Goa

Guide To South Goa | How to go, where to go and where to eat in South Goa?

A travel guide to help you discover the best of South Goa. This Guide to South Goa is all you need to explore the best of this serene destination. 

South Goa is the best part of Goa. It’s like how North Goa was decades ago, secluded beaches and abundant nature. Some people say South Goa is ‘under-developed’. Well, that’s the beauty of it.

Are you looking to rejuvenate, gulp down beers and relish Goan cuisine? It’s South Goa you’re looking for!

Find out below places to be in South Goa, how to get there, where to shop, where to eat, how to travel around South Goa and much more in the guide below.

 

 How to get to South Goa?

Landed at Goa International Airport / Karmali Railway Station?

Goa Airport

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Here’s how to get to South Goa:

South Goa from Goa airport & Karmali Railway Station is about 1hr 30 minutes away.

To get to South Goa from here you can

– Hire a taxi from or around the Goa airport / Karmali Railway Station. It will cost you around INR 1500-2000.

– Board a bus from in front of the airport/railway station to Kadamba Bus Station. From Kadamba Bus Station, you need to hire another bus, which goes directly to Panjim. From Panjim you will get a bus to your South Goa destination easily. This entire journey will cost you around INR 300-500.

– Rent a bike in Vasco. You can hire the bike for your entire vacation and return it on your last day. In Vasco, the bike charges will be anywhere between INR 300-500. Bikes will help you travel around Goa much easily.

 

Got down at Madgaon Railway Station?

Here’s how to get to your destination:

Madgaon Railway Station will probably be very close to your destination in South Goa. Thus, you will have all the travel options easily available.

To get to South Goa from here you can

– Hire a taxi / rickshaw. They will charge you anywhere between INR 800-1200.

– Rent a bike for your entire vacation. Bike will cost you around INR 250-300 per day.

– Take a bus and then a rickshaw. Bus may not be able to drop you in front of your hotel, but it will take you closer to your destination. Then you can hire a rickshaw, which will be cheaper. This will cost you anywhere between INR 250-500.

 

Where can you stay in South Goa?

 

South Goa is huge and every place has something to offer. You can select your destination based on what you would like to do/see. Below is a short cheat plan to help you decide where to stay in South Goa.

Good food + Clean, lonely beaches + Away from the city = Canacona

Chic shacks + Clean beaches and lot of tourists + Romantic getaway = Cavelossim

Closer to the airport / railway station + City like atmosphere = Bogmalo

Wildlife + Abundant Nature = Sanguem

 

Below I’ve mentioned few stay options for all the above destinations:

 

Canacona:

Airbnb is your best bet for Canacona. We stayed in a Bungalow, which had a beach as its backyard. It was crazy good!

Stay will cost you INR 1500 and above per night in Canacona. Check out some of the below options:

 

Eco friendly AC hut Mars:

Click here to book. | INR 3600/night

 

Studio Apartment A w/River View near Talpona Beach:

Click here to book. | INR 2000/night

 

AC Riverfront 2 BD Apartment Talpona/Patnem beach:

Click here to book. | INR 3950/night

 

Cavelossim:

You will be spoilt for choice here. There are so many beautiful hotels, it’s going to be a task to settle down on one. Check out the few of them below:

 

Karma Royal Haathi Mahal:

Click here to book. | INR 5723/night

 

Holiday Inn Resort Goa:

Click here to book. | INR 8500/night

 

Jacks Place

Click here to book. | INR 2500/night

 

The Leela, Goa

Click here to book. | INR 18000/night

 

Bogmalo:

Hotels and destination is perfect for corporate visits. With little to see, you can finish that and then relax in your hotel swimming pool when in Bogmalo. Check out the below options:

 

Bogmallo Beach Resort:

Click here to book. | INR 6500/night

 

Beach Bay Cottages:

Click here to book. | INR 3500/night

 

Devasthali – The Valley Of Gods:

Click here to book. | INR 3200/night

 

Sanguem:

Who wouldn’t want to stay in hotels surrounded by nature? In Sanguem, you will find the calmest stays. Check few options below:

 

Dudhsagar Farmstay:

Click here to book. | INR 2400/night

 

Villa Romilla:

Click here to book. | INR 6000/night

 

Casa De Xanti:

Click here to book. | INR 5000/night

 

Mangal Homestay:

Click here to Inquire.

 

Must visit beaches in South Goa

Colva Beach:

The most celebrated beaches of South Goa has to be Colva beach. The coconut trees flank the scenery and are a delight to look at. The Menino Jesus statue has to be visited when at Colva beach; it’s a famous landmark sculpture. 

 

Where to eat?

– Sandpat Beach Shack

– Colva Beach Resort

– Leda Lounge and Restaurant

– Mickey’s Restaurant

 

Cavelossim Beach:

White sands, pretty shacks and super clean beach is what makes Cavelossim Beach a traveller’s favourite destination in South Goa.

Sunbathing, dolphin spotting, swimming, enjoying outdoor sports across the beach, and water sports are some fun activities you can indulge in at Cavelossim beach.  

 

Where to eat?

  • Dom’s Beach Shack
  • Mike’s Place
  • Hotel Kinara

(My go-to place to eat was Hotel Kinara. They served fresh seafood and paired it with good music and even better alcohol. All hail Cashew-Feni!)

 

Cola Beach:

The rock, lonely road to Cola Beach might make you reconsider your decision of visiting the beach, but it’s worth it. Cola beach is one of the rare and most cherished beach of Goa. It offers travellers the most soothing surroundings, as the location is hidden from the mainstream view.

Clean, quiet and dreamy, Cola beach hosts a hidden gem – the blue lagoon.

The lagoon is surrounded by tall, beautiful palm trees. One can’t help but get lost in the mesmerising beauty of this place. Tourists enjoy swimming and kayaking in this blue water lagoon as much as the sea.

 

Where to eat?

Krishna Paradise Beach Resort

 

Agonda Beach:

Oh, such a beautiful beach!

Clear blue water, small serene lagoon, coconut trees and majestic rocks makes this beach a nature lover’s paradise. If you’re looking to get away from the hustle-bustle of tourists and enjoy a quiet beach, this one is for you.

Agonda beach is extremely popular as the nesting ground of olive ridley sea turtles.

It’s advised to not go swimming and surfing at Agonda Beach as the water is too choppy during high tides. Nevertheless, you can enjoy this romantic beach during low tides to the fullest.

 

Where to eat?

  • White Sand Restaurant
  • Blue Planet Cafe
  • La Dolce Vita
  • Fatima’s Corner

 

Butterfly Beach:

Butterfly beach, also known as the honeymoon beach, is the most secluded beaches of Goa. Why? Because it’s difficult / impossible to reach this beach by foot. It’s surrounded by a thick dense forest on one side, and a vast sea on the other, making it a private spot for visitors.

Then how do we reach Butterfly beach? Well, you can hire a boat from Palolem Beach and Agonda beach to visit Butterfly beach.

This is a perfect spot for picnic, so plan your day accordingly. Visit this beach around sunset as it offers a magnificent sight of the same. Some wine and light romantic music is all you will need to make the most of butterfly beach. If you’re lucky, you will spot Dolphins too! 😉

 

Where to eat?

There are no shacks on Butterfly beach. You can enjoy delicious meals at Palolem beach.

 

Galgibaga Beach:

Yet another beach with yet another beautiful lagoon. Clear waters, silver sandy beach surrounded by coconut trees and beautiful rocks makes Galgibaga beach one of the most beautiful beach in Goa.

Olive Ridley turtles visit the Galgibaga beach to use it as a nesting ground. This is a rare sight and if you get to see it, consider yourself to be super lucky.

Looking for the most charming place to visit in old Goa? Then consider it to be found!

Galgibaga beach is at its natural best and is termed as one of the most cleanest beaches of India.

 

Where to eat?

  • Deepshika Restaurant

 

Palolem Beach:

The most happening beach of South Goa. You will find everything you need at this touristy beach. Palolem beach is a gateway to good food, best water sports and even better natural views.

On visiting the beach, you will spot rows of boats. You can hire these to go to Butterfly beach to enjoy Dolphin spotting.

Palolem beach gained popularity due to its white sand and serene views. This is by far the most touristy beach of South Goa. Don’t worry, it’s worth your visit!

 

Where to eat?

  • Magic Italy Authentic Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria
  • Dropadi Bar & Restaurant
  • Cafe Del Mar
  • Hi-Tide Coco Huts
  • Havana Cuba Bar & Restaurant

 

Mobor Beach:

As fancy as it can get, Mobor beach is equipped with bars, discos, casinos, fancy eateries and much more. Mobor beach is an extension of Cavelossim Beach and leads to Betul beach. The cool white sand and luxurious restaurants and guests, makes Mobor beach a favourite amongst all tourists.
Mobor beach also offers tourists the opportunity to engage in some of the more exclusive water activities like underwater fishing and oyster catching.

 

Where to eat?

  • Sam’s Beach Shack
  • Betty’s Place
  • The Fisherman’s Wharf

 

Betul Beach:

Located alongside Mobor beach, Betul beach has 2 entries. One that leads to this white sandy beach and other which leads to its small lagoon.

Betul beach is famous for fishing and you will often find tourists and locals fishing before sundown. Some locals claim the lagoon is the best spot for Dolphin Spotting and one can easily spot them during sunsets.

 

Where to eat?

  • Shalraya Bar and Restaurant
  • Super Bar and Restaurant
  • Centre Bar and Restaurant

 

Benaulim Beach:

Ideal destination for sun lovers, Benaulim beach is believed to be the most enchanting beaches in Goa.

One can indulge in adventure activities like boat rides, parasailing, jet skiing and windsurfing.

 

Where to eat?

– Rafaels Beach Shack

– Johncy Bar & Restaurant

– Royal Goan Beach Club

– Lotus Resort Benaulim.

 

Where to shop in South Goa?

There are not as many shops in South Goa as North Goa. But, Palolem, Panjim, and Margao Market are perfect to shop for souvenirs.

 

Palolem Beach Market:

With reasonably priced stuff, you should not think twice before letting the shopaholic in you lose. You will find a mix of home decor, clothing, accessories, souvenirs and much more in this market.

The market is arranged keeping in mind the tourists and the hippie culture. Thus, it will not leave you disappointed.

 

Panjim Market:

When in Panjim, do all your shopping at Panjim Market. It’s ‘the’ place for cheap alcohol, salted cashews and all things pretty. Be it souvenirs or local decor items, you will get the best items here. It’s priced a bit on the higher side but bargaining sure helps.

When in Panjim Market, do visit Our Lady Of Immaculate Conception Panjim.

 

Margao Municipal Market:

Are you a compulsive shopper? Then Margao Municipal Market is where you should be shopping. You will get the best experience of street shopping for handicrafts, artefacts and more.

The friendliness of the shopkeepers makes this place an instant hit amongst tourists.

 

 

 

Need more information? Then drop a comment and we will get right back at you! :)

 

Do let me know how did you like the blog. Hope it helps! :)

things to do in Nusa Penida

6 PLACES TO VISIT IN NUSA PENIDA

Nusa Penida, the largest of the three Nusa Islands is located just off from mainland Bali. We highly recommend you to visit one or all of these three islands, whenever you visit Bali. The other two islands, namely Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan, are closely located and can be visited in a day. All of them are gifted with uniquely picturesque landscapes. There are a lot of places to visit in Nusa Penida, but we’ll focus on a select few.

Nusa Penida being the largest of the three Nusa Islands has a lot to offer. There are so many impressive landscapes to visit in Nusa Penida, but before we get to places to visit in Nusa Penida, let’s get the planning sorted.

 

How to get to Nusa Penida from Bali?

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We’ve been to Nusa Penida twice, and both of these times we took a speed boat from Sanur to Nusa Penida. We paid around $40 to get there both the times. Our suggestion to you is to bargain and get the price down as much as you can, because these guys charge a bomb initially.

If you’re staying in Bali… you can book the tickets at the port nearest to you or ask your hotel / taxi guy to help you book it. There’s a tour guide in almost every market of Bali selling tickets to Nusa and Gili Islands, catch hold of them and get your job done. You can either take day trips to Nusa Penida or stay a night or two to explore the most of it. We suggest staying 3 days to make the most of the Island.

You can book your tickets online too, but then you can’t bargain. The top rated Nusa Penida day tour includes hotel pick-up and drop-off from Bali, lunch, travel and guide.

 

Navigating Nusa Penida

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You’ve two options here, you either rent a bike or hire a taxi. Which is cheaper is not a surprise. You will have to be practical when choosing between the two.

The roads when we first visited the Nusa Penida island were pretty rough which didn’t compliment the sharp turns. This is not the case now. Owing to the increase in the number of tourists in Nusa Penida, the roads are being maintained and some of them feel heavenly combined with the breathtaking view. There are still a few which are extremely rocky and unsafe for a bike. Thus, to be safe we would always recommend hiring a taxi, but if you’re an expert rider then you can try your luck with the bikes.

A taxi for 8 hrs comes for around 400000 IDR, whereas a bike comes for around 70000 IDR. You do the math, calculate the risks and take a call!

 

6 places to visit in Nusa Penida

1. Pura Goa Giri Putri Cave

The Pura Goa Giri Putri Cave sits in the middle of a mountain, accessible by a steep staircase. To be allowed in the temple, you’ll have to rent a sarong. We were greeted by a few rogue monkeys on our way up, so ensure you keep the food items away to avoid attacks. We were absolutely unsure of what to expect when we reached the top, to our surprise we were greeted with some holy water on the forehead. Post that a priest led us through a tiny crack in the ground. Again unsure of what was ahead, we were pleasantly surprised.

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Inside the cave

 

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Entrance of the cave

The roof opened up and we were inside a 300m long cave, the priest left us there and we explored the rest of the cave on our own. There were idols which we knew nothing about and pretty stairways. We took in the view but missed the history behind it. So we suggest you to hire a guide to take you through the cave. The end of the cave opened up to a lovely view of the mountain. There are stairs to take you down, but we didn’t take that risk as there was nobody to accompany us. Overall, the cave is cold, the eerie atmosphere is worth enjoying and this is for sure a different experience.

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View from the end of the cave

2. Atuh Beach

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Usually, the guides in Nusa Penida will skip adding Atuh beach to your places to visit in Nusa Penida list. Reason being that it’s too far and will require a day to visit. But we recommend you stay that extra day and visit Atuh beach.. here’s why

Atuh beach is far off from the rest of the Nusa Penida attractions, and you will almost need an entire day to explore it. The road that leads to Atuh beach was super rocky and unfit for bike rides. But the view… the view is spectacular.

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Atuh Beach is a white sand beach encircled by huge cliffs and remarkable rock formations. We had to climb a few flights down (about 10 mins) to get to the beach. The going down is easy, the coming up is challenging! God bless the unfit.

While climbing down the stairs of Atuh Beach, we spotted a baby shark swimming close to the shore. It was a matter of few seconds and we failed to capture the moment clearly. But, we’re super happy to have spotted it. We explored the shore and the ocean before enjoying fresh coconut and indulging in a fresh sea food meal.

3. Kelingking Beach

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Your places to visit in Nusa Penida list will be incomplete without the Kelingking Beach. This is A MUST VISIT!

Kelingking beach, famously known as ‘T-Rex’, is by far my favourite attraction in Nusa Penida. This coastal cliffs cape is super famous on Instagram and doesn’t disappoint. I remember the first time I saw the beach from the top, it was mesmerising. We watched the crystal clear water form into a wave before reaching the shore.

We couldn’t hike down to the beach as we were short on time, but we definitely recommend it to you. Wear your best sports shoes before you trek down to the beach.

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We enjoyed the view from the top and went half way down to click those Instagram worthy pictures 😉

 

 4. Crystal Bay Beach

places to visit in nusa penida

places to visit in nusa penida

Crystal bay is usually the last or second last attraction the guides will take you to on Nusa Penida. The crystal clear water takes all your tiredness away and offers you the rejuvenation you desire. The view from the beach is eye-pleasing but the boat ride to the middle of the beach is what will impress you the most. The guides on Nusa Penida island ensure that crystal beach is included in your places to visit in Nusa Penida list. This is due to the popular tourist reviews and the crystal clean water. Don’t think twice before diving in the crystal clear water of the Crystal Bay Beach.

5. Angel’s Billabong

places to visit in nusa penida

places to visit in nusa penida

Angel’s Billabong is the real infinity pool! As it is with all the tidal pools you need to arrive at the right time of day. If you visit Angel’s Billabong during high-tide you will experience an extremely different pool, you must visit it during the low-tide to enjoy it to the fullest. The uniqueness of this landscape makes it the highly photographed spot in Nusa Penida. The crystal clear water lets you see beneath the surface and is perfect for a little deep.

 

6. Broken Beach

places to visit in nusa penida

 

Broken Beach is an incredible coastal inlet on the Nusa Penida island. The reason why it is called Broken Beach is because of the archway that wraps around the bay, while the water flows in and out from the ocean. When thinking about places to visit in Nusa Penida, listing down Broken Beach is a must!

places to visit in nusa penida

places to visit in nusa penida

The arch at Broken Beach has been formed over many years and is now a beautiful spectacle. Sadly, there is no way to go down to the beach and take a refreshing dip. Thankfully, Angel’s Billabong blesses you with that. So, enjoy the view at the Broken beach and dip at the Angel’s Billabong.

 

To sum it all up, just enjoy the view, be safe and make the most of your time at Nusa Penida Island. Please note, that there’s a lot more to do and see on the island but these 6 are a must!

Do check out our other blogs & keep exploring!

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Bali’s 11 Incredible Beach Retreat!



Thinking beaches? Think Bali!

The salty air, the crystal clear water, the bewildering aura of the beaches in Bali is what makes it so peculiar. Sandy and I visited a lot of beaches in Bali and there ain’t one which failed to surprise us. From the moment we landed in Bali to the moment we visited Kelingking beach, we couldn’t help but fall in love. The best part about beaches in Bali is that it provides a safe haven for those looking for peace and tranquility to get away from their mundane life.

Let me take you guys through 11 of the best beaches in Bali that Sandy and I visited on our last trip.

Hopefully, these might help you too!

SANUR BEACH

 

Saner beach / Beaches in Bali

 

Sanur beach greets you with super gorgeous Jukung fishing boats! Sanur’s friendly and serene aura has been and continues to attract tourists from all over the world. We were extremely mesmerised by the sunset sky. It was the most magical moment we experienced in Bali. I can assure you, just being at Sanur beach is worth your time, but if you’re still looking for activities then you can hire bicycles to go around the beach. This beach in Bali is also know for its underwater activities.

 

PADANG PADANG BEACH

 

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You may remember Padang Padang from Julia Roberts movie – Eat, Pray, Love. Yep, it’s the same beach. Famously known as the Surfer’s Paradise, Padang Padang is abuzz with tourists taking their surfboards out on an adventure. Apart from surfing, travellers are also seen relaxing at this tiny beach indulging in local beach food and Bintang.

 

KELINGKING BEACH

 

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This exceptionally gorgeous beach is located on one of Bali’s prettiest Island – Nusa Penida. Famous after it’s exquisite shape and the view, KelingKing beach proudly sits on every travellers bucket list.

Getting down to the beach is one hell of a task and must be attempted only if you have a brave heart. Climbing off the Kelingking beach is definitely on my bucket-list.

 

KUTA BEACH

 

kuta beach

 

Famously known as the ‘Sunset Beach’, Kuta is one of the prettiest beaches of Bali.

Once you get past the huge shopping complex, you will be greeted by the big blue sea. Travellers find Kuta beach to be a perfect spot to indulge in shopping & watch the sunset. The variety of delicious cuisines to choose from will definitely leave you baffled.

 

BROKEN BEACH

 

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The Broken Beach is one of the most picturesque beaches of Bali in Nusa Penida. Although driving to the beach is a nerve-wrecking task, but the tranquility from atop is worth every skipped heart beat.

After all the adventure at the broken beach, if you’re lucky enough; you might get a pretty sight of the dolphins.

 

GREEN BOWL BEACH

 

green bowl beach

 

Tucked away into a cliff in the village of Ungasan, this beach works as the perfect relaxant from the daily hustle and bustle of mundane living. Famous for surfing, tourists also wallow into snorkeling during low tides. This beach has been blessed with two limestone caves that let you lounge after the fun activities.

 

SEMINYAK BEACH

 

 

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Known for its happening nightlife, this beach is home to the most opulent brands and resorts. Although a bit heavy on your pocket, this is the ‘it place’ for the party animal in you.

The sunset & surfing makes this beach even more exciting for travelers. Overall, Seminyak Beach in Bali keeps you on your toes.

 

TANAH LOT BEACH

 

Tanah lot bali beach Sunset

 

Named after the well-known Hindu Tanah Lot Temple which is surrounded by sea water, this beach is famous for its serenity.

You might see a few travelers treat themselves of surfing but the Tanah Lot beach mostly attracts meditators due to its soothing and sacred ambience.

 

MELASTI BEACH

 

melasti beach

 

Melasti is one of the less populated beaches of Bali. It is a perfect destination to get away from the loud tourists. Melasti beach has clean blue waters that provide a beautiful swimming experience. Karma cafe will satiate your taste buds while the crystal blue water refreshes you. We indulged in delicious margarita pizza. It was one of the best evenings we spent in Bali.

 

SULUBAN BEACH

 

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It is amongst the most peculiar beaches of Bali. The Hidden Beach as the name suggests does not welcome you with a regular entrance. Visitors have to climb down a good amount of steps and then pass through a couple of caves to get to a view of the spectacular beach. Overshadowed by a hanging cliff, it might not serve well for sunbathers but these cliffs sure set you in the perfect mood for a bornfire party by the beach.

 

JIMBARAN BEACH

 

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Jimbaran beach stretches on the Southwestern coast of Bali. This new found beach is particularly famous amongst surfers and hippies as the tender the correct amount of privacy. Jimbaran beach is famous for dinner by the sunset.

 

Planning a trip to Bali? Don’t miss out on these gorgeous beaches in Bali.

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Make the best out of your Bali trip. Here’s how!

Most of us would want to hire a travel agent instead of taking the effort of planning a trip from the scratch. I would rather do the latter. It’s so much more fun. On my recent trip to Bali, Sandy and I planned the entire trip from the scratch. This might seem like a lot of effort, but trust us it’s not. A little planning will result into an exciting trip to your most favourite destination.

Read on to become a profession in planning a trip to Bali:

#1 Start 3 to 6 months in advance

Spontaneous plans are fun, but expensive. Planning a trip ensures you stick to your budget and don’t go bankrupt traveling to your most favourite destination – Bali. The first step towards planning a Bali trip is to ensure you start early. Chances are you might get your airline tickets cheaper than what it would be a month before your vacation!

 

#2 Zero down on your vacation dates

A lot depends on your vacation dates – your flight tickets, your hotel bookings, your application for leave. Consider these things when you’re deciding your Bali vacation dates – is there a family occasion, will there be any office work?, will there be any reason why you shouldn’t book these dates? If everything is clear, congratulations, you’ve decided your vacation dates!

 

#3 Book your return air tickets

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Book your return air tickets from Bali within a week of deciding your dates. Procrastination can turn out to be extremely expensive. Avoid it. Sandy and I decided our Bali dates almost 3 months in advance, but procrastinated buying the tickets. We booked the tickets almost a month before our dates, and we regretted immediately. We purchase unnecessarily expensive tickets to Bali. Nevertheless, we experienced a safe trip with Malindo Air. :)

 

#4 Decide where do you want to go within Bali

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There’s a lot to see in Bali. Deciding the places you want to visit in Bali can help you book your stay easily. A blueprint or day-wise plan can help you plan your trip better and enjoy the most of this beautiful island.

 

#5 Start looking for resorts, villas, hotels or AirBnBs

Once your dates, air tickets, day-wise Bali plan is ready, stay should be your next concern. Start looking out for hotels, villas, resorts or AirBnBs at least 3 months before your trip to Bali. This will help you select only the best stay and at a cheap price. We made all our bookings through booking.com.

 

#6 Zero down on your stay choices

Once you have a clear idea about the places to visit in Bali, it’s time to zero down on your stay choices. By now you will have a clear idea about where will you go in Bali and when. Thus, decide a place that matches your day-wise plan. Google the distance between your hotel and your destinations of the day to avoid booking a far-away hotel.

 

#7 How do you plan to travel – Car, Cab or Bike?

When in Bali, travel is a big concern. Decide beforehand how will you travel within Bali. Most tourists prefer renting a bike, but this might not be a good option considering you’ll be out in the sun at all times. Sandy and I switched between private cabs and bluebirds depending on our distance of travel. Both the transports were extremely comfortable and not very cheap. We recommend private cabs for daily hire and bluebirds for short distances or while shifting hotels.

 

#8 Where do you plan to eat?

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It’s absolutely okay to not know where to eat in Bali. We took it head on and Bali surprised us every now and then. We recommend you visit local markets and eat in whichever restaurant pleases your eye and your pocket. 😉 If you’re a vegetarian, Balinese food is not your best bet. Stick to what you like to avoid having an unpleasant experience in Bali.

 

#9 How much do you plan to spend?

A rough budget of how much are you planning to spend will help ease your spends. We had a basic figure in mind, and we managed to stick to it. A budget will help you decide what is worth spending on and what is not worth your penny. I kept a track of our expenses in Bali to avoid overspending and know where it all went. Moreover, when I look back at the spends sheet it brings back so many pleasant memories!

 

#10 What to pack?

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Do not overpack. When in Bali, comfort should be your sidekick. You will not wear those heels, so don’t pack them! After coming back from my trip, I realised, I didn’t use 70% of my clothes. Thus, understand your needs and pack accordingly. When in Bali, less is merrier! 😉

 

#11 Plan your activities

Your Bali trip will be incomplete without adventurous activities. So, plan them! Want to do snorkelling? Plan it. Where do you want to do? When do you want to do? How can you go about doing it? If you leave this unplanned, half your Bali vacation will go in booking tickets for your activities. To avoid that and enjoy the beauty of Bali, plan ahead.

 

#12 Make copies of your Passport / ID card!

Honestly, we didn’t need them. But, that does not mean you wouldn’t. As visiting Bali does not require any visa, keeping copies of your passport / ID card will help you stay safe. Just keep the copies for the sake of it.

 

Do this and we assure you, you will have the most fulfilling trip to Bali. For any more details about our trip or to get any more queries about Bali answered, comment below! :)

Have a safe trip!

places to travel in 2017

39 Places You Can Book A Flight To in 2017!

We wanted to make it easier for you to choose places to travel in 2017 and thus here are 39 alluring destinations for you to choose from.

(Wait. Did we just make the choice even more difficult? Oops!)

39. Cuba

 

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From the allure of colorful mosaics to the vintage car-filled streets, there is plenty to love about the destination–including its sun-drenched coastline. The warm weather and turquoise water welcomes visitors year-round, as average temperatures rarely seem to dip below 70 degrees Fahrenheit. No matter which part of the country you choose, you’re guaranteed to enjoy some relaxation time on the beach.

 

38. Bermuda

 

Bermuda

Bermuda may be known for its pink sand beaches and colorful namesake shorts, but it will soon be synonymous with one of the world’s preeminent regattas, since the mid-Atlantic island will host the 35th America’s Cup in June 2017. Book your tickets y’all!

 

37. Athens

 

Athens

Travel to Athens is a must for history and archeology buffs, but the city’s hillsides and picturesque vistas will be equally appreciated by nature lovers. When you visit Athens, be sure to take in the city’s legendary historical sites – The Acropolis, The Parthenon, The Temple of Hephaestus, The National Archeological Museum, The Ancient Agora, and Mount Lycabettus.

 

36. Bali

 

Indonesia, Bali, Sidemen Valley, Iseh, Rice Fields and Gunung Agung Volcano

From active volcanoes to wild jungles, Bali truly has it all. But, most versatile are the many beaches that line the island’s shore. The picturesque view of the mountains complemented by blue skies is the view I’ve been dying to experience.

35. Angra dos Reis, Brazil

 

Angra dos Reis, Brazil

Angra dos Reis is a Brazilian municipality in southwest Rio de Janeiro state, and it’s oh-so-gorgeous! It’s made up of 365 islands and a small port surrounded by steep, forested coastline. The region is known for its many beaches and biodiverse Ilha Grande, the largest island. Vila do Abraão is the island’s main village, with amazing restaurants, bars and the St. Sebastian Church at its heart. Want to rejuvenate this 2017 in a beautiful location? Then Angra Dos Reis is your best bet!

 

34. Scotland

 

scotland

Scotland – a land of mountain wildernesses such as the Cairngorms and Northwest Highlands, interspersed with glacial glens (valleys) and lochs (lakes). Its major cities are Edinburgh, the capital, with its iconic hilltop castle, and Glasgow, famed for its vibrant cultural scene. This is a perfect location to live a fairy tale vacation with castles, mountainous views and scenic blue skies.

 

33. Portugal and the Azores

 

Portugal and the Azores

All the islands in Portugal and the Azores have volcanic origins, although some, such as Santa Maria, have had no recorded activity since the islands were settled. Mount Pico, on the island of Pico, is the highest point in Portugal, at 2,351 m (7,713 ft). The Azores are actually some of the tallest mountains on the planet, measured from their base at the bottom of the ocean to their peaks, which thrust high above the surface of the Atlantic.

 

32. Croatia’s Coast

 

Croatia's Coast

Croatia is an Eastern European country with a long coastline on the Adriatic Sea. Encompassing more than a thousand islands, it’s also crossed by the Dinaric Alps. Dubrovnik has these gorgeously massive 16th-century walls encircling an Old Town with Gothic and Renaissance buildings is a memory you would want to create in 2017. So go get yourself some white sand, salty blue water, and the amazing vibe of Croatia!

 

31. Jerusalem

 

Jerusalem

If you’ve had enough of beaches in 2016, Jerusalem promises to be a good change in 2017. Holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims, Jerusalem’s Old City is one of the world’s foremost pilgrimage destinations. Visit Jerusalem to walk in the footsteps of prophets, pray in buildings constructed by order of caliphs and kings, and overnight in hospices where Crusaders and cardinals have slumbered. With the soundtrack of church bells, the muezzin’s call and the shofar (ram’s horn), and the streets smelling of everything from church incense to the heady aromas of the spice souq (market), it’s a sensory and spiritual experience unlike any other.

 

30. New Zealand

 

New Zealand

As the planet heats up environmentally and politically, it’s good to know that New Zealand exists. Make this uncrowded, green, peaceful and accepting country the ultimate escape. Sometimes, it’s good to feel at peace in a world trying to rush into madness.

 

29.  Zimbabwe

 

Zimbabwe

It’s been my dream since forever to visit the majestic Victoria Falls. Get a slice of adventure, and adrenaline in a land known for its dramatic landscape and diverse wildlife.

 

28. Rwanda

 

Rwanda

Not many are aware of this beautiful location, neither was I until I started typing this list of destinations you could visit in 2017. Rwanda is a East African country with green, mountainous landscape. Fly down to Rwanda to get a taste of its renowned Volcanoes National Park, mountain gorillas and golden monkeys. Now, who wouldn’t want to mingle around with golden monkeys!

 

27. Buenos Aires

 

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Buenos Aires combines faded European grandeur with Latin passion. Sexy and alive, this beautiful city gets under your skin, and for all the right reason. Soak some sun in this colourful city for a happy 2017!

 

26. Chilean Patagonia

 

Chilean Patagonia

If you’re like me, you would rather go to someplace unknown than known. Chilean Patagonia is a mountainous region in the southern part of South America. It’s beautiful setting will be a fantastic backdrop to just ponder over life in general. Would’t it?

 

25. Uruguay

 

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Progressive, stable, safe and culturally sophisticated, Uruguay offers visitors opportunities to experience everyday ‘not made for tourists’ moments, whether caught in a cow-and-gaucho traffic jam on a dirt road to nowhere or strolling with mate-toting locals along Montevideo’s beachfront. Short-term visitors will find plenty to keep them busy in cosmopolitan Montevideo, picturesque Colonia and party-till-you-drop Punta del Este.

 

24. Belgrade, Serbia

 

Belgrade, Serbia

Warm, welcoming and a hell of a lot of fun – everything you never heard about Serbia seems to be true. Visit Serbia to know why it needs to be famous for the forts, churches, museums, and picturesque locations.

 

23. Cambodian Coast

 

Cambodian Coast

Fly down to Cambodian Coast to answer the call of the beach, the South Coast will not disappoint. While brash Sihanoukville isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, the islands offshore have something for everyone from die-hard partiers to those seeking sandy solitude. Pick your beach, sprawl on the sand, make friends with your hammock. There’s a reason many visitors decide to never leave.

 

22. Guayaquil, Ecuador

 

Guayaquil, Ecuador

Guayaquil is a port city in Ecuador, known as a gateway to Pacific beaches and the Galapagos Islands. Stretching along the Guayas River is the waterfront Simón Bolívar promenade, home to La Rotonda monument. In the north, Las Peñas is a neighbourhood full of colorful houses. Stairs lined with cafes and art galleries lead up Santa Ana Hill, site of Santa Ana chapel, a lighthouse and views of the city. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

 

21. Cincinnati, Ohio

 

Cincinnati, Ohio

Get a spoonful of wildlife, art museum, conservatory, casino, underground rail and more at Cincinnati, Ohio. Make this your summer vacation, and we promise you will never regret.

 

20. Helsinki, Finland

 

Helsinki Cathedral from the public square below on a December day.

It’s fitting that harbourside Helsinki, capital of a country with such watery geography, entwines so spectacularly with the Baltic’s bays, inlets and islands. While Helsinki can seem a younger sibling to the Scandinavian capitals, it’s the one that went to art school, scorns pop music and works in a cutting-edge studio. The design scene here is one of the most electrifying in the world today, with boutiques, workshops and galleries proliferating in the Design District, Helsinki’s thoroughfares and intriguing backstreets. The city’s foodie scene is also flourishing, with hip eateries offering locally sourced tasting menus, craft-beer bars, coffee roasteries and microdistilleries popping up at dizzying speed.

 

19. Belfast, Northern Ireland

 

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Belfast, Northern Ireland is definitely where I would love love love to visit over and over again. From the beautiful botanical gardens to the majestic castles, Belfast has so much more to offer. Also, here’s to future husband, this would be one ideal honeymoon destination.

 

18. Honolulu, Hawaii

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

An all in one destination. It’s known for being a volcanic landmark with military history, and also for its uber fantastic snorkelling activities at the beach. Hawaii is the vacation you deserve!

 

17. Hamburg, Germany

 

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16. Noosa Heads, Australia

 

Noosa Heads, Australia

Noosa is one of Australia’s most fashionable resort towns, a salubrious hub backing onto crystalline waters and pristine subtropical rainforest. The town is located within the Noosa Biosphere Reserve, a Unesco-recognised area famous for its highly diverse ecosystem. While planning a trip to the land down under, don’t forget to visit the gorgeous Noosa!

 

15. Nashville, Tennessee

 

Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville, capital of Tennessee, lies almost in the center of the state on the Cumberland River. With its many universities and colleges, along with its superb reproduction of the Parthenon, it’s often called the “Athens of the South.”  The city serves as an excellent jumping-off point to explore the rest of Tennessee, and Nashville’s surroundings offer many historical and recreational attractions, including old plantations and Civil War sites.

 

14. Madagascar

 

Madagascar

Get moving in Madagascar already! Madagascar is unlike anywhere you will ever be – fantastically beautiful, amazingly diverse for its size (similar to France) and still so unspoiled. Vast tracts of the country are virtually uninhabited and seldom explored, and nothing comes easy. But that’s what makes it so unique and rewarding.

 

13. Hampi, India

 

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The magnificent ruins of Hampi dot an unearthly landscape that has captivated travellers for centuries. Heaps of giant boulders perch precariously over miles of undulating terrain, their rusty hues offset by jade-green palm groves, banana plantations and paddy fields. While it’s possible to see this World Heritage Site in a day or two, plan on lingering for a while. It will be worth every moment.

 

12. Norfolk, Virginia

 

City of Norfolk

Set on the shores of Chesapeake Bay and part of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area, Norfolk is a historical city with a long standing connection to the ocean and is known in particular for Naval Station Norfolk, the largest naval base in the world. In the vibrant downtown area, visitors can experience some of the history first-hand by visiting Nauticus and touring the Battleship Wisconsin, stopping by the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, taking a Naval Base Cruise, or hopping aboard a tall ship for a quick sail.

 

11. Panama City

 

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Panama city is famed for colonial-era landmarks like the neoclassical Palacio Presidencial and bougainvillea-filled plazas lined with cafes and bars.

 

10. Paros, Greece

 

Paros, Greece

Paros is a Greek island in the Aegean Sea best known for its beaches and traditional villages. Parikia, the bayside capital, is a boating and transportation hub for the Cyclades region. The north coast’s Kolimbithres is a beach where naturally sculpted rocks form swimming coves. For an over the top experience, book a flight to Paros soon.

 

9. Perth, Australia

 

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Perth, capital of Western Australia, sits where the Swan River meets the southwest coast. Sandy beaches line its suburbs, and the huge, riverside Kings Park and Botanic Garden on Mt. Eliza offer sweeping views of the city. The Perth Cultural Centre houses the state ballet and opera companies, and occupies its own central precinct, including a theatre, art galleries and the Western Australian Museum.

 

8. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

With giant NYC less than 100 miles north and Washington, DC, due south, Philadelphia often gets knocked down the must-visit list. In many ways, though, the City of Brotherly Love can be as rewarding as its bigger neighbors.

 

7. Salta, Argentina

 

Salta, Argentina

Salta is a provincial capital in mountainous northwestern Argentina, known for its Spanish colonial architecture and Andean heritage. Explore Salta for the outstanding architecture, and art!

 

6. Leh Ladakh, India

 

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Drive off to nowhere with a view like this? Yes please! Leh Ladakh will inspire you to an extent you would never imagine. It will inspire you to seek more in life, seek better, seek beautiful, seek peaceful. It will teach you to be calm outside, while being eccentric inside. Visit Leh Ladakh for a life altering experience.

 

5. Himalayas, India

 

Himalayas India

Waking up to the view of beautiful snow clad mountains is a dream I wish to soon tick off. Go to Himalayas to live off the edge every moment, to be with people who won’t ever judge you, to know what it feels like to be alive and kicking!

 

4. Seychelles

 

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When I think of the Seychelles all the colours in my mind go electric. The sun reflecting off the white sand, turquoise water, green jungles and fiery sunsets make everything surreal, a tropical dream-come-true. No matter how many times I heart about this bijou archipelago, its beauty still leaves me wanting to hear for more. I can’t wait to happily spend my days lazing on idyllic beaches at Seychelles!

 

3. Rome, Italy

 

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A heady mix of haunting sights, awe-inspiring art and vibrant street life, Italy’s Eternal City is one of the world’s most beautiful and inspiring capitals.

 

2. Paris

 

Paris

Why is Paris on this list? For the romance. You live once, if you don’t feel the romance now, then when? And trust Paris to make you feel head over heels romantic! Pack your bags now, as an outstanding concentration of 180 museums and monuments await you!

 

1. New York, New York

 

New York

Number 1 on this list. My most favourite destination. Epicenter of the arts. Dining and shopping capital. Trendsetter. New York City wears many crowns, and spreads an irresistible feast for all. While there are many reasons to fall for New York, I’ve always wanted to experience the energy in NYC. There’s so much creativity in the air, with wildly imaginative works filling the city’s galleries and concert halls – not to mention its restaurants, with ever more inventive mash-ups of global cuisines. I can’t wait to be there!

So, which of these destinations will make your 2017 memorable?

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It’s finally time to cross over – Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

“I think I deserve something beautiful.”

What an excellent quote by Elizabeth Gilbert from Eat, Pray, Love. One thought that inspired the author to travel 3 different countries in search of…everything. Eat, Pray, Love is a true story based on the novelist and journalist Elizabeth Gilbert. Her story will take you through some closely relatable situations. That is exactly what makes Eat, Pray, Love connect with so many souls world wide.

American writer Elizabeth Gilbert begins her memoir, Eat Pray Love with a vivid description of her crying alone on the bathroom floor. She is married to the wrong man, has found herself on the repressive suburban baby track and is living a seemingly perfect life that she sadly doesn’t want. This is not something I relate to, but the story moves on.

Those bathroom-floor moments are a rite of passage for the thirtysomething brigade (mine, thankfully, never came).

With that image of a terribly private moment, the author captured the attention of a huge female book-buying audience in the United States and beyond. Gilbert, a journalist and author based in New York, is 34 at the time the book was set.

As her crisis plays out, she appeals to God, divorces her husband, has a doomed affair, and leaves for a year of self-discovery and healing. “I wanted to explore the art of pleasure in Italy, the art of devotion in India and, in Indonesia, the art of balancing the two,” she writes. Her year of traveling, right from Italy to the mystique farms of Bali is what I related to the most. This is exactly what I desire, exploring new cities, meeting new people, eating good food, learning about new cultures, and living life one experience after the other.

Eat, Pray, Love… these three words correspond to the book’s three sections. These in turn refer to a highly schematised year of Gilbert’s life, in which she lived consecutively in three different countries – Italy, India and Indonesia – to fulfil that title more or less on demand. In Italy she eats, in India she lives in an ashram, in Indonesia she finds physical passion.

Overall, this book can be read once for the joy of eating, praying, and loving! 😉

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3 trips that can still spark your Republic Day weekend!

The first long weekend of the year is here (not technically a long weekend), and you have to set it on fire to get 2017 rolling!

The 3 trips below will help you spark your Republic Day weekend with ease. Note: No matter where you go, don’t forget to celebrate our Republic Day, and be proud of our beautiful nation!

So, buckle up, some quick decisions are to be taken.

 

Mussoorie

 

Mussoorie

 

A hill station in Dehradun District of Uttarakhand, known for its beautiful cloudy weather. Ideally, 2 to 3 days are enough to get the most out of Mussoorie. Here’s everything you need to know about Mussoorie –

Mumbai to Dehradun flight duration: Approx 3hrs | Flight cost: Around INR 10K – Return

Where to stay: JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa | Room Charges: INR 14K starting (Available on 26th Jan)

What to do once in Mussoorie: Visit Kempti falls, Bhatta falls, and Camel’s Back Rock. Treat your adrenaline rush at Mussoorie Adventure Park. Take in the panoramic view from Gun hill, and The Mall.  

Plan of action: 26th Jan – Leave for Mussoorie. 26th Jan to 28th Jan – Take in the best Mussoorie has to offer. 29th Jan – Return back to reality!

 

Jaipur

 

Jaipur

 

Enthralling, historical Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital, is the gateway to India’s most flamboyant state. The city’s colourful, chaotic streets ebb and flow with a heady brew of old and new. Want to give a royal start to 2017? Jaipur is your answer!

Mumbai to Jaipur flight duration: Approx 2hrs | Flight cost: Around INR 9K – Return

Where to stay: The Lalit  Room Charges: INR 10K starting (Prices are subject to change)

What to do once in Jaipur: Visit City Palace, Amber fort, and Hawa Mahal to experience a sea of palace windows. Get an eyeful of Jaipur from Iswari Minar Swarga Sal, and Nahargarh.

Plan of action: 26th Jan – Catch a flight for Jaipur. 26th Jan to 28th Jan – Take in the beauty of the beautiful forts of Jaipur. 29th Jan – Back to the bay!

 

Gulmarg

 

Gulmarg

A hill station in Srinagar known as an alluring ski destination. Visit Gulmarg to find heaven on earth, and to experience magic f2f!

Mumbai to Srinagar flight duration: Approx 4hrs | Flight cost: Around INR 16K – Return

Where to stay: The Khyber  Room Charges: INR 20K starting (Limited rooms available)

What to do once in Gulmarg: Take in the beautiful view Gulmarg has to offer in cable car at Gulmarg Gondola, ski on the snow capped mountains , relax by the majestic Alpather lake, and trek on Khilanmarg.

Plan of action: 26th Jan – Catch a flight for Srinagar. 26th Jan to 28th Jan – Let the beauty of Gulmarg astonish you at every moment. 29th Jan – Come back with a bunch of stories to tell.

 

Did any of these places ignite the travel junkie bulb in you? Don’t think much, just go for it.

The final experience will be worth every penny spent, and the stories will last the entire year.

So, where are you going this Republic Day weekend?

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14 Indian Destinations on my to-explore list!

I love India! I’ve fallen in love with every Indian destination I’ve visited so far. Not many, but enough to make me fall in love with my country.

Like any other traveller, I also have an extremely vast to-explore list. It’s so vast, that I fear I won’t tick off every destination. Anyhow, along with the frenzy international destinations, my list also has amazing Indian places the traveller in my craves to visit. Because, I still remember the vast tea gardens in Darjeeling, the sunflower fields in Punjab, and the gorgeous snow in Kashmir. This assure me there’s more to what’s been shared about India, there’s more than what meets their eyes!

And thus, I’ve this exclusive list of destinations I want to visit in India. Read on to know why their significance on making to the list-

 

Lachen

 

Indian Destinations - Lachen, Sikkim

The simple, and serene beauty of this place is why I crave to visit Lachen the most. I have this intuition that I will either fall in love with Lachen, or fall in love with life on my visit to this heavenly place. You know what I mean?

 

Leh-Ladakh

 

Indian Destinations - Leh ladakh

I have to go here! I envy people who have been to Leh Ladakh. I listen to their Leh stories like a 2 year old excited about her first story! I’m damn sure the snow laden mountains, crystal clear water, and the fresh cold wind at Leh Ladakh will put all my life’s puzzle back together.

 

Kerala

 

Indian Destinations - Kerala

Because what is prettier than tall coconut trees, boats and backwaters? (Snow, but never mind :P) There is a reason why Kerala’s called ‘God’s own country’, and nothing speaks better than experience. Get it?

 

Madhya Pradesh

 

Indian Destinations - Madhya Pradesh

Safari. No other reason. I want to go on Kanha Safari so bad!

 

Himalayas

 

Indian Destinations - Himalayas

A girl loves mountains. A girl loves snow laden mountains more!

 

Dalhousie

 

Indian Destinations - Dalhousie

Dalhousie is pretty well known for its pleasant climate, and natural beauty. I don’t see any reason to not visit this beautiful indian destination. I could settle down here…for like a month. :)

 

Jaipur

 

Indian Destinations - Jaipur

For all the alluring forts, and to discover why is it called the pink city. Do you know why?

 

Shimla

 

Indian Destinations - Shimla

I wanna visit everywhere it snows, and I cannot imagine skipping Shimla. Plus, I really really want to travel in that train reading my favourite series – Harry Potter. Because, what is life if not a little bit filmy?

 

Darjeeling

 

Indian Destinations - Darjeeling

Oh my! I have been to Darjeeling before, and such pleasant memories this place has to offer. I could visit this indian destination every other year just to bring some love and freshness right back in my life. I absolutely, irrevocably love Darjeeling.

 

Pondicherry

 

Indian Destinations - Pondicherry

This indian destination is on my list for I can imagine me and my sisters fooling around the beaches, gossiping, and enjoying our love-hate relationship to its best. So, yeah for a quick getaway with my sisters!

 

Munnar

 

Indian Destinations - Munnar

I really want to take a solo trip in life, and I want to go nowhere but Munnar. I want to sit on top of a hill and just ponder over life, and being alive in general. No extraordinary dreams.

 

Nainital

 

Indian Destinations - Nainital

Because look at it. Doesn’t it look like the perfect place for a picnic. Told you, no extraordinary dreams. Just the regular human-y dreams.

 

Shillong

 

Indian Destinations - Shillong

See the 3 kids in the pic? Well, I would love for them to be me, my brother, and my sister! Just being our silly selfs in Shillong will be one hell of a memory to share with our respective kids later in our life. Okay, too much na?

 

Rishikesh

 

Indian Destinations - Rishikesh

I’ve high expectations from Rishikesh. I want it to show me who I am. Too much to ask? I’m sure I won’t be disappointed.

 

So, this is my to-explore list in India, hoping to cross off 1-2 destinations this year. There’s more to this list, but for now these Indian destinations are on priority.

What’s your travel plan for 2017, and the absolute silly reason behind it? Do keep us posted!

Love & happiness…always!

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3 Extraordinary Weekend Ideas to Spruce it up for you!

Is there anything as important as weekends? Not in my world!

For professionals like me, working 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, weekend turns out to be the closest I could get to heaven! With so much of importance given to the weekends how do you often enjoy them? Lazing on the couch, I assume?

We all have limited weekends granted to us in our lives, the challenge is how do we make these to be extraordinary weekends? Just like you, even I faced the challenge of how to turn my lame weekends in to extraordinary weekends?

What can I do?

While looking for answers, I came across an extremely effective program by my bank. It included privileges like none other. It included luxury travel, food, experiences, and much more.

The minute I came across this Axis Bank initiative – #AxisReserve, I had to apply!

You can now make your weekends memorable with exclusive benefits & handpicked experiences curated for a privileged few – with your Axis Bank Credit & Debit Card*.

Now that we have backing of such a great initiative, here are 4 extraordinary weekend ideas to spruce it up for you:

1. A Family Getaway

 

There’s nothing as refreshing as a family getaway, and Axis Bank understands just that! Axis bank along with #AxisReserve pledges to bring exquisite vacations for family getaways. Know more here.

 

2. An exquisite meal with a special someone

 

Be it a dinner date with someone special, or a celebration meal. Axis bank is deemed on making every experience luxurious. Experience the best there is to luxurious dining with Axis Bank here.

 

3. An unforgettable experience with your friends

 

From surfing, to sailing, playing Golf, or table tennis, #AxisReserve ensures you live unforgettable experiences with your friends. What more could we ask off a weekend, innit?

 

If you too want to be part of such exclusive events, you have to possess Axis Bank’s ultra-premium card – The Reserve. The Reserve is a by invite only card that has a sign-up fee of INR 30K and annual maintenance of INR 30K. You can check out the benefits here.

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11 arcane Indian beaches you’ve to explore once!

Indian beaches have always been a tempting tourist destination all over the world, owing to the 7517 km long coastline, and will continue to remain one.

Countless beaches of the Indian peninsula provide many opportunities for adventure lovers, travellers who just want to relax, or for tourists who want to explore. The peninsular India, surrounded by waters in three directions, stands to enrapture the imagination of nature enthusiasts. With many beaches extremely popular amongst tourists, and Indians alike, there are few that are snubbed.

Not every one loves to spend time at overcrowded beaches. So, if you, like me, love to spend some unperturbed time at the beach, then the below list is tailor-made for you.

Without further ramblings, lets take a look at these 11 arcane beaches in India:

1. Cherai Beach, Kerala

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Instead of visiting Varkala, and Kovalam in Kerala, you must head straight to Cherai. Cherai is located just off the main Ernakulam town. Most tourists are unaware of this 15-km beach, making it a serene destination for a quite evening at the beach.

 

2. Jallandhar Beach, Diu

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Jallandhar Beach – an unlikely name for a beach in Diu, isn’t it? This shoreline is named after a nearby shrine, which bears a carved face of Jallandhar, a mythical demon killed by Lord Krishna. Be rest assured to get your ‘me time’, as this beach is free from modern-day demons, a.k.a. loud tourists, and pesky kids.

 

3. Ezhimala beach, Kerala 

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Situated 55-km from Kannur, Ezhimala is an important historical site, featuring prominently in the Ramayana, and the Tamil Sangam period’s literature. With clear blue water as far as the eye can see, you’re likely to spot a few dolphins even from by the beach.

 

4. Devka Beach, Daman

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Devka beach is a perfect destination if you just wanna hang, and watch the sun go down off the rocky coastline. With beer and freshly fried fish freely available, it makes for a quintessential time at the beach. However, when the tide rises, navigating the waters could get a little tricky.

5. Rishikonda Beach, Andhra Pradesh

 

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Arguably one of the best beaches in the Vizag. Rishikonda beach is ideal for swimmers, and water skiers alike, thanks to its calm waters, and golden sands.

 

6. Mandvi Beach, Gujarat

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Powdery sands, and azure blue water makes Mandvi beach a winner in Gujarat. With the proximity to the palace of the erstwhile rulers of Kutch adds to the charm of Mandvi.

 

7. Mandarmani Beach, West Bengal

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Mandarmani beach is one of West Bengal’s newly developed tourist destinations, with 13-km of motorable beach, and a surprisingly squeaky clean shore. We suggest you to visit this beach before it turns out to be yet another tourist attraction!

 

8. Agatti Beach, Lakshwadeep

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The crystal clear water, and long stretches of lagoons, make Agatti beach a diving, and snorkelling paradise. This is an ideal destination for those looking to explore what lies beneath the water.

 

 

9. Devbagh beach, Karnataka

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Sitting pretty at the confluence of the Kali River, and Arabian Sea is Devbagh beach. The beauty, and serenity of this beach once served as inspiration to Rabindranath Tagore, when he penned Prakritir Pratishodh.

 

 

10. Beach No. 7, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

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Locals refer this beach as the Radha Nagar Beach. Beach No 7 boasts of some of the best diving schools in India, and is a great place to go snorkeling, or scuba diving.

11. Bangaram beach, Lakshadweep Islands

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Bangaram beach is the only beach in Lakshadweep islands where you can drink. This beach is not as famous as Agatti beach, as it’s difficult to reach, but is absolutely worth the efforts. This island also happens to have a lot of flora and fauna, along with a wide range of birds. An ideal destination for nature lovers.

 

Aren’t these worth a visit? Let us know which interested you the most in the comments below!

Don’t forget to share your experiences of #LifeAtTheBeach on our Facebook / Instagram page, ciao!

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