I have been away for more than a month, reasons are many, but to cite the important ones – my laptop busted and real bad, when finally it was up and running I had a new schedule in place (jogging in the morning and focus on Fitness) left me exhausted and I couldn’t really dedicate time to writing or anything to with blogging. And, I was also working on other ideas for my start-up. But, I missed my blog and sharing amazing experiences with readers and fellow travelers. And, so, I’m back!!
Goa, in India, is a place which never fails to surprise and excite, I have covered few of the beaches in earlier posts. This is a photo story of the Majorda Beach in South of Goa. We visited this place in the morning, so it wasn’t really bustling with crowd, there were decent number of people plus the Sun was ruthless. Here we were, enjoying the uninterrupted view under shade but not for long, cows soon caught our interest, and they were all over the beach, taking a morning walk probably, hope you enjoy the pictures 🙂
Hope you have a rocking weekend. For more interesting write-ups on Goa, feel free to explore –
Benaulim Beach – As radiant as it can get
The Betul Beach – Where Sal meets the Sea
Day 3 Exploring Colva Beach, the local Market and Margao
» Read Day 1 and Day 2
Colva Beach is one of those beaches in South Goa that get most swarmed. It’s comparatively closer to the Airport and quite happening too, since it gets so much of crowd all the time. So, if you’re in South Goa and wish to stay out late and enjoy the beach, Colva would be your first choice. All types of water sports facilities are available here. You just need to make a right pick. Here are some of the pictures 🙂 The sky literally turned so beautifully blue that I decided to use the caption – ‘The Blue Evening’!
Day 2 – Witnessing the fifth largest waterfall of India
Dudhsagar Falls translates to ‘The Sea of Milk’ in English, with a mighty fall of 1,020 feet; these falls are a sight to watch evoking awe and excitement alike. Dudhsagar is a 4-tiered waterfall located on the Mandovi River near Goa – Karnataka border. We covered Dudhsagar Falls on Day 2 of our recent Goa trip (Oct’17).
The falls are located inside a Wildlife Sanctuary and hence governed by the Forest Department, the access is a bit difficult but worth the effort. Dudhsagar has a mighty fall, and the arc sort of design as seen in pictures is actually a railway track, there’s a Bollywood movie shot here too (remember Chennai Express!) ; however the train has been discontinued lately.
Things to Know, before you go to Dudhsagar Falls
- Currently, the only way to reach the falls is by booking the ‘Jeep Safari’ which costs INR 400 +INR 30 for life jacket +INR 50 forest department fee, comes around INR 480. The Jeep will take you on a bumpy ride of 10 -12 km and finally once you reach the falls, you’ll have 1.30 hours to enjoy. Photography is allowed but carrying a camera and managing it (particularly DSLR) is a bit difficult.
- The way that leads to falls is beautiful, risky though, especially if you have a Kid / Backpack. It’s preferable to wear Floaters or Sandals.
- There is a place where one can enjoy light swimming at the foot of the falls. One has to be careful all the time as there are rocks beneath water.
- There was a train earlier which used to go till the Falls, but now it has been discontinued.
- You might encounter the local villagers claiming that they will take you on a trek till the top of the waterfall and charge only INR 1,000 but please do not fall prey to such claims; the area is not safe due to thick forest, presence of wild animals and steep water cliff. Moreover, if anything goes wrong, they will not take any responsibility.
- Since, we had our bike; we traveled the distance in 2 hours from South Goa to Dudhsagar Falls. However, for someone coming from North Goa this might take 3.30 – 4 hours of travel from one side, so plan accordingly.
- During monsoons and heavy rains, the falls are closed to avoid casualties.
The lower half of the falls where swimming is allowed –
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It may positively impact brain development!!
Who doesn’t like vacations? We all do!! But how many times we put it off because of other priorities? How many times the ‘quality time’ is substituted by the coolest toy available in the market?
Well, you might want to rethink your family vacations after considering Dr.Jaak Panksepp’s findings.
Go for a Road Trip!!
What is the best way of learning in life? Experience, right? Then why should we deny our kids to have that. I was intrigued by this research and found it interesting to share.
When you travel with your family or in simpler terms go on a Family Vacation, the time spent together is invaluable to kids as it lays down the base for positive affective memory process.
As a matter of fact, in most regions of the brain, no new neurons are formed after birth. Instead, brain development consists of an ongoing process of wiring and re-wiring the connections among neurons. New synapses between cells are constantly being formed, broken or pruned away. In early childhood the brain is genetically programmed to produce more synapses. For instance, a child’s brain (from 0 to 3 years of age)—produces 700 new neural connections every second
According to the Panksepp’s research, the PLAY system and the SEEKING system are areas of the brain that are exercised best when kids are exposed to new surroundings. Kids, have strong urges for physical play (running, chasing, pouncing and wrestling); these aggressive assertive actions rarely get triggered when kids are at home or left alone with their toys.
Now, this is called FUN 🙂
Few months back when we visited Mumbai we somehow made time to visit a not so crowded beach. We all were really excited more so as this was going to be our little love’s first encounter with the beach and so much water!!
Since his birth Aayan has manifested special fondness for water, he loves bathing time and adores the pool. We took him to the pool with us when he was 10 months old and he really enjoyed it. So, we anticipated he will be happy to visit a beach to beat Mumbai’s heat 🙂
Akshi & Nagaon – The Beach
We decided to head to Alibag (Alibaug). Alibag is touted as the perfect getaway to get respite from Mumbai’s crowd. Alibag is a coastal town in Raigad district of Maharashtra, India and has several beaches and spots to interest tourists. It is 120 kms away from Mumbai and approachable by road as well as ferry. It is connected by the NH-17 Mumbai-Goa highway but the road is terrible. We couldn’t maintain a good speed given the bad condition and took us almost 3 hours to cover such not a huge distance.
Well, the main beach being Alibag beach, the place boasts of quite a few beaches within 50-100 kms of distance from Alibag.
We decided to cover Nagaon and Akshi beach. Both the beaches are calm and reasonably clean. Akshi beach is around 6 kms from Alibag and Nagaon is around 9 kms. The wide view of Arabian Sea, sparkling air and the grove cover will make you feel fresh and rejuvenated!! Nagaon beach is quite popular for water sports too.
We just had a day so did not opt for stay but if you would like to experience the sunrise then you can choose to stay at cottages maintained by the villagers around the Nagaon as well as Akshi town. However there are more staying options at Alibag and you can opt for a hotel.
Check out these admired beach destinations !!!
1) Butler Bay, Little Andaman
Located at a distance of 14kms from the Hut Bay Jetty, Butler Bay is the most surreal beach on Little Andaman. Indulge yourself in surfing, snorkeling, diving, swimming, game fishing, coral watching, sunbathing and bird watching. If you are a surfing enthusiast preferably carry your own equipment. The place has limited stay options so plan your trip well.
2) Radhanagar, Havelock Island
Situated 12kms from Havelock’s ferry pier, Radhanagar Beach has won accolade for being the ‘Asia’s best beach’ by TIME Magazine. Pristine tranquil waters, fine white sand and peace adore the beach. It houses sorts of water sports and some of the best dive centers of Andaman Islands.