I followed my heart, and it led me to this beach. This is my home, it’s sand will welcome me as my mother’s open arms. The breezes from the ocean stirs my heart, inspires my imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.
It is a great place to relieve the soul-crushing stress. I sit here quietly & escape the hustle bustle of city life. It instantly eases all the worries I have.
Letting my tyres sink in the sand and swinging my vipers over my front glass, I drive down the empty beach that I am very lucky to have all to myself and enjoy the breeze.
There are a lot of reasons why this beach is my favorite place to be..
1. Bright blue skies and blue water of the ocean,
2. The sound of the mighty waves crashing up against the shore
3. As it is a place less explored, the privacy it gives me is the biggest reason for me to love this place a lot.
I’m very clear in my mind that I’m not gonna share this beauty with anyone else on this planet. To protect its beauty and to save my privacy I never shared it with anyone till now.
But today, this is going to change. My boy car-friend my majestic blue ‘Vader’, my favorite car in the whole world, is on his way here to meet me. It’s been 1 month since I’ve met him. I kind of miss him and I can’t wait to make every moment we spend on this beach special..
Our relationship over the past couple of months has evolved into something so beautiful, something perfect. It’s still difficult sometimes for me to believe that we are perfect together.
A few minutes later, I see him driving toward me, honking cutely. I was circling the beach in joy to greet him.
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.
How many of you like the Beaches??
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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…
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 😛
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.
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.
The Hanuman helped Prince Rama fight the evil King Ravana. Kecak has roots in sanghyang, a trance-inducing exorcism dance.
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 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…
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 ..
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..