Fantastic Friday: A Day at Karon Beach

Beach is a place where I relax by looking at the beauty of mother nature. I go to the beach to get away from all the hustle bustle of city life & work tensions. To feel the grainy sand all under my feet. To sit there under the shade of a tree & feel the cool sea breezes. Not only to feel but to hear the waves is the ultimate relaxation.

 Karon beach at afternoon..

Hot Beach, Cold Beer & Crazy friends… What a combination…

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Home-made delicious donuts..

Old man selling Home made Donuts..

My feet stories: Happiness comes in Waves

After a visit to the beach, it’s hard to believe that we live in a material world.     

    How many of you like the Beaches??

 

A Journey with Rorz-Royce

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RoRs Royce followed his heart and it led him to the Beach..

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Rorz-Royce @Karon viewpoint, Phuket

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The Journey doesn’t start at the beginning, it begins at the end.

 

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RorzRoyce always chooses the adventure..

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I love the wheels, I mean steering wheel.

Dono Paulo: A Pristine beach with a Tragic Love story

The bay of Dona Paula in Goa lies at the meeting point of the Arabian Sea and the Goan rivers Mandovi and Zuari. Dona Paula is located in the suburbs of the capital Panjim. Originally a fishing village, Dona Paula attracts its fair share of visitors and tourists who come to marvel at its pristine beach, its natural beauty and the romantic legend associated with it.

The Dona Paula Beach is a pristine beach with a tragic love story to its name. It was named after the Portuguese Viceroy’s daughter Dona Paula de Menezes. This young, innocent girl fell in love with a local Goan fisherman. Of course, this match was unacceptable to the Viceroy who forbade his daughter Dona Paula to ever see her young lover again.DONO PAULO (1)

Distraught with love and sorrow, Dona Paula could not bear a life without her lover and threw herself off a cliff into the unforgiving Arabian Sea. Left with nothing but his daughter’s memory, the Portuguese Viceroy named the area Dona Paula, as an eternal tribute to his stubbornness and forbidden romance & love.

Today, there is a black stone statue of the young Dona Paula and her Goan lover on a rocky promontory jutting into the sea with a sweeping view of the Marmagoa Port in the background.

 

When you are in Dona Paula, you must visit the ruins of the Cabo Fort, erected in 1540. The Cabo Raj Niwas is one of the most elegant governor’s residences in the whole of Goa.There is also a 180 year old English cemetery, open to the public along with a chapel, which has a memorial tomb of Dona Paula de Menezes with her history engraved on the tombstone.

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According to a local myth, Dona Paula is entombed in the Cabo Chapel, the residence of the Governor of Goa and is supposed to be seen during a full moon emerging from the moonlit waves wearing only a pearl necklace.

In Dona Paula, you also have the National Oceanography Institute which was opened in 1960 to study the local Goan marine life alongwith the Marine Biology Museum. A little further (around 9 kms from Dona Paula) is the famous Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, in the island of Choro by the side of the Mandovi river and named after the famous Indian ornithologist. The Bird Sanctuary is spread over an area of 2 sq km and is a delight for bird lovers.

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The Dona Paula beach itself is one of Goa’s best beaches for water sports such as windsurfing, water skiing, para sailing, motor boat rides etc. There are also several organised water sports facilities on offer in Dona Paula. 

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Goa Wanderings..

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The fort was constructed in 1613 to guard against the Dutch and the Marathas. It was a reference point for the vessels coming from Europe at that time. This old Portuguese fort stands on the beach south of Candolim, at the shore of the Mandovi River

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Fort Aguada and its lighthouse is a well-preserved seventeenth-century Portuguese fort standing in Goa, India, on Sinquerim Beach, overlooking the Arabian Sea.

The Church of St. Francis of Assisi  (1)

The Church of St. Francis of Assisi was built in 1661 by the Portuguese in Old Goa.

Old Goa

View from the Main gate

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Dona Paula beach was named after the Portuguese Viceroy’s daughter Dona Paula de Menezes. This young, innocent girl fell in love with a local Goan fisherman. Of course, this match was unacceptable to the Viceroy who forbade his daughter Dona Paula to ever see her young lover again. Distraught with love and sorrow, Dona Paula could not bear a life without her young Goan lover and threw herself off a cliff into the unforgiving Arabian Sea. Left with nothing but his daughter’s memory, the Portuguese Viceroy named the area Dona Paula, as an eternal tribute to his stubbornness and forbidden romance & love. Today, there is a black stone statue of the young Dona Paula and her Goan lover on a rocky promontory jutting into the sea with a sweeping view of the Marmagoa Port in the background.

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The Dona Paula beach itself is one of Goa’s best beaches for water sports such as windsurfing, water skiing, para sailing, motor boat rides etc. There are also several organised water sports facilities on offer in Dona Paula. If you do happen to get serious hunger pangs with all the water sport action, there are quite a few seafood restaurants along the stretch from Dona Paula to Miramar…

The Basilica of Bom Jesus  (1)

The Basilica of Bom Jesus is located in Goa, India, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The basilica holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier.

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The mausoleum was designed by the 17th-century Florentine sculptor Giovanni Battista Foggini. It took ten years to complete.

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Interior view of Altar..

My beast and My Love..

My beast and My Love..

The mind of friends are like railway track. they never meet.. but has to go together to keep the friendship alive.....

The mind of friends are like railway track. they never meet.. but has to go together to keep the friendship alive…..

Studying the orientation & behavior of the birds during the sunset..& experiencing one of the best sunsets in India @ Chapora Fort

Studying the orientation & behavior of the birds during the sunset..& experiencing one of the best sunsets in India @ Chapora Fort

That’s my friend Vamshi on the wall of Chapora fort, Goa

Vamshi on the wall of Chapora fort, Goa

Rorboyz through My lens.. :P

Rorboyz through My lens.. 😛

We bagged some of the best memories in our Lives.....And that was our 1st camping, That too on the shore of the Arabian sea, Goa.

We bagged some of the best memories in our Lives…..And that was our 1st camping, That too on the shore of the Arabian sea, Goa.

Sunset at Southlake, Changchun

During my College days, I used to go to southlake along with my friends to kill our leisure time. Generally we go there to view sunsets and rarely sunrises which always help us to relax our minds. I think this is the only place where I’ve seen so many sunsets or sunrises than any other.  And I still remember in my first year of med school, my friends Zhaoxin & Vikky Yingsu who taught me basics in Chinese language at the time of sunsets. I cannot forget those beautiful days and this post is to show my gratitude towards them for making me to realize the importance of local language in very early days of my China journey.

“Sunset is a wonderful opportunity for us to appreciate all the great things the sun gives us!”  ― Mehmet Murat

“Sunset is a wonderful opportunity for us to appreciate all the great things the sun gives us!”       ―Mehmet Murat

When I admire the wonder of a sunset of the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in worship of the creator  -Mahatma Gandhi

When I admire the wonder of a sunset of the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in worship of the creator.    -Mahatma Gandhi

Two golden hours somewhere between sunrise and sunset. Both are set with 60 diamond minutes. No reward is offered. They are gone forever. -Horace Mann

Two golden hours somewhere between sunrise and sunset. Both are set with 60 diamond minutes. No reward is offered. They are gone forever. -Horace Mann

May every sunrise holds more promise and every sunset holds more peace..

May every sunrise holds more promise and every sunset holds more peace..Have a great week ahead friends.

Exotic Bali Day-01

Its 9:45 already, didn’t even realized that we have arrived Ngurai international airport, Bali. Since our Visa is on Arrival(25USD) basis it took 45 mins for us to finish the procedures. Our driver was already waiting for us to pick us up in Airport. By the time we reached our beautiful and elegant Langon Bali resort & spa hotel it was 12’o clock.

Beautiful pool of our resort. Just loved it..

Beautiful pool of our resort. Just loved it..

At the very first instance we were awestruck with the beauty in and around the resort, we took 1&half hours for refreshing. Then we started our tour..

ISUZU Elf - Our Vehicle

ISUZU Elf – Which was ours from the coming few days 😛

While we were on our way to Tanjung benoa, we have identified a restaurant ‘Queens’ which has a native Indian flavor in-fact it lured us to have a lavish lunch with “Indian” Cuisine.

Ok..Now its time to recite the place “Tanjung Benoa”: My actual plan was to play some water sports. According to few sources this place is one of the best beaches in Bali for water sports.

Tanjung benoa beach

Tanjung benoa beach

But it was a disappointment for us(I should better be saying for me) because I’m the only one who is interested in watersports.But due to some unknown reasons there were no water sports on that day.So we explored as much as we can.. It was a sunny day! But still we loved what we saw and experienced…

Balinese Culture is felt every where and anywhere in the islands..

Balinese Culture is felt every where and anywhere in the islands..

While walking we found a cliff, so we thought of hiking it up. While hiking we found few beautiful spots and had a small photoshoot session 😛

While heading to the end of the cliff ...

While walking to the end of the cliff …

Photoshoot time...

Photoshoot time with my elder bro and youngest cousin of the family Sajju… 😛

Then we had headed towards most scenic temple “Uluwatu temple” for an ecstatic  “Sunset”. Uluwatu Temple, located on the cliff of Jimbaran hills where we have visualized most blissful sunset.

An eastern sun sets on a world of magic...One of the Most stunning sunset I've witnessed..

An eastern sun sets on a world of magic…One of the Most stunning sunset I’ve witnessed..

This pic resembles me of Machupichu, Peru :P

This pic resembles me of Machupichu, Peru 😛

Thats me while capturing the stunning view ..

Thats me while capturing the stunning view ..

After the sunset in uluwatu, we went to Kecak & Fire dance performance show at 6:00 pm. Kecak &fire dance is also known as ‘Ramayana Monkey Chant’. This is a Balinese drama based on the epic Ramayana. This is performed primarily by men.This show is performed by a circle of 50-100 or more performers wearing checked cloth around their waists, percussively chanting “cak” and throwing up their arms, depicts a battle from the Ramayana.

This was the best show I've seen in Bali.. Don't miss this if you are planning a trip to Bali.

This was the best show I’ve seen in Bali.. Don’t miss this if you are planning a trip to Bali.

The Hanuman helped Prince Rama fight the evil King Ravana. Kecak has roots in sanghyang, a trance-inducing exorcism dance.

Hanuman burning lanka.. An episode in Kecak dance performance

Hanuman burning lanka.. An episode in Kecak dance performance

Hanuman most entertaining character in the show..

Hanuman most entertaining character in the show..

Show was completed at 7:00 pm. It took 40-50 mins for us to start from there. Our next stop was at Jimbaran bay to have dinner. This place is renowned for a delicious sea food with local bali touch.

It was not only scenic, but also terrifying especially for kids. My nephew was crying hear to those loud noises made by the waves..

It was not only scenic, but also terrifying especially for kids.My nephew started crying after hearing those loud noises made by the waves ..

It was 8:30 PM by the time we reached the place, we all were exciting seeing the place as we had to sit on the shore of the sea with hundreds of people all around the sea coast with only candle lights across the tables made the evening a splendid one indeed…

The best part of Jimbaran bay food is you get to select what you want to eat..

The best part of Jimbaran bay food is you get to select what you want to eat..

 

We ended our day with this picture..

We ended our day with a complete family picture..

Every one were happy and excited because this is our first family vacation outside of India…With this meal we successfully ended day one, With few pleasant memories.

Tips if you are planning a trip to Bali:

1. If you plan for Water sports, then Tanjung benoa beach is the best place for it but go there in the early morning.

2. Don’t miss Sunset at Uluwatu, Try to spend more time at this place..

3. You won’t regret seeing ‘Kecak and fire dance show’.

4. Dinner at Jimbaran bay will be memorable. So dont miss it ..

Sunset at Siloso beach, Sentosa

Siloso beach is on the island of sentosa, Singapore. It is a very pleasant and beautiful beach. Though it was not in our list. We got this added in our plan accidentally 😛 as we have got some spare time at sentosa. This place really helped us to relax ourselves. This beach is a pleasant place to swim and view ships plying the Straits. There is beach volleyball and some really nice bars which turned the climate around the beach an electrifying one…!!!

As a passionate traveller, I love to explore many sunsets across the world and capture those Sunset pictures through my camera lens, as they always evoke good memories. I have seen many sunsets but this was the most pleasant sunset I’ve witnessed because the crowd in the beach were nice and it was not very packed like the other beaches. And this sunset was warm and golden too. I really enjoyed taking pictures here..

Siloso Beach sentosa was a pleasant beach and not packed like the other beaches in Singapore..

Siloso Beach sentosa was a pleasant beach and not packed like the other beaches in Singapore..

The beauty of child’s innocence is expressed only through their smiles..

The beauty of child’s innocence is expressed only through their smiles..

On a sunny day, At siloso beach, Cute little children riding their fathers shoulders Clapping their hands and singing for joy.while feeling coolness of water. It was pretty good watching them..

On a sunny day, At siloso beach, Cute little children riding their fathers shoulders Clapping their hands and singing for joy.while feeling coolness of water. It was pretty good watching them..

I loved watching these kids playing in the water…

I loved watching these kids playing in the water…

Friends While watching Sunset at Siloso beach,Sentosa

Friends While watching Sunset at Siloso beach,Sentosa

Beautiful Sunset turning everything into Gold..

Beautiful Sunset turning everything into Gold..

Dad's love.. Father always makes their children feel like they are on of the world..

Dad’s love.. Father always makes their children feel like they are on top of the world..

 That was a Pleasant and beautiful evening at Siloso Beach

That was a Pleasant and beautiful evening at Siloso Beach

Siloso beach sentosa..

Siloso beach sentosa..