Few hours in Goa..

After finishing our Pulmokarn2018 conference in KLE university, Belgaum we headed towards goa. It was a sudden plan and we just boarded a 4.30bus at Belgaum central bus stand to Mapusa, Goa.

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

It was a different experience traveling in an RTC bus on a rainy day through the dense forest and narrow ghat roads with visibility being even less than 10 Meters at certain points! It was an adventurous journey which kept us at the edge of the seat as we didn’t know how the driver is managing to drive in such tough situation. There was a short tea break in the middle of the trip and also many dropping points. It became dark halfway through the journey and by the time we got down at Mapusa it was 9 15 pm, and we were filled with awe while bidding good bye to the bus driver who was very friendly and wondered how he manages to drive on those roads day & night every single day with unpredictable climate.

Soon after getting down we hired Bikes and headed to our prebooked hotel in Calangute. After check-in we soon left to a Sunday night party in Titos at Baga beach. It was a colourful party with many different performers and dj’s. We had a midnight walk at baga beach which was less crowded and peaceful.

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

This is a throwback picture of my previous trip to Goa in 2013. And this is my all time favorite picture @ Chapora Fort

Next morning we had breakfast at our favourite restaurant casa goana, Calangute road and started for Aguada fort.Since it was drizzling all the time we didn’t take many pics in Goa. We were almost drenched by the time we reached Aguada Fort. We spent some time at Aguada fort appreciating the beauty of the fort and sea waves meeting the walls of the fort.

Then we had lunch at Bom sucesso. And then we bid adieu to goa for now and started our journey back as we had 4 30 pm bus to Hyderabad. Though it was a short trip it was worthwhile to come all the way to Goa and enjoy its beauty in this monsoon. Hence, Goa will never disappoint you even if it’s for a short span.

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This is a 2013 throwback picture.. Sunset at Chapora, Fort

Tips from my perspective:

1. Take a Bus from belgaum to Panaji and get down at Mapusa if you are planning a trip to the happening places. Ticket price was 105rupees.

2. Dont take Unreliable Taxis to cut down the journey time as the road is not very safe.

3. Carry your raincoats & umbrella.

4. Must try apple pie with custard at Cafe Goan.

Yellowie Solo trip to Goa: With my favorite Solo Travel Quotes…

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“To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” — Danny Kaye, actor

 

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“The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.” — Henry David Thoreau, author and poet

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“As you move outside of your comfort zone, what was once the unknown and frightening becomes your new normal.” — Robin S. Sharma, author and inspirational speaker

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The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been before. – Alan Ashley-Pitt

Hope these quotes wilThis is not a sequel of  ‘Chronicles of Yellowie & Vader series’. Click here: To know more about the story…

2017: A year in review

2 0 1 7…. It is becoming difficult for me to remember when it has started and when it ended. At the hour of closure when I sit back and re-collect the best moments of it, then I realized What a year it’s been. Despite the underlying current of what the hell am I doing, I made some incredible memories in 2017… I have then decided to share few of the events and give a glimpse of the happiest things happened to me….

January: A trip to Goa

Highlights of the trip are:

1. Watching the Sunset at Chapora fort

2. Watching the sunset at Dono paulo

3. Saturday night market at Arpora market.

4. Sunrise at Aguada Fort:

February : A trip to Chennai

A 3 day trip to Chennai to attend a conference in SRM medical college. Highlights of the trip.

Highlights:

  1. Marina Beach &

  2. Kapaleeshwarar Temple

Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Mylapore, Chennai is a temple of Shiva located in Mylapore, Chennai in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The form of Shiva’s consort Parvati worshipped at this temple is called Karpagambal is from Tamil, (“Goddess of the Wish-Yielding Tree”). The temple was built around the 7th century CE in Dravidian architecture.

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Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Mylapore, Chennai

 

May: My Birthday Month

A Weekend get away to Alampur & Kurnool

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Alampur Navabrahma temples are located at alampur in Telangana. There are 9 temples & all of them are dedicated to Lord Shiva. These temples date back to 7th century A.D and were built by the Badami Chalukyas rulers who were great patrons of art and architecture. Even after a time span of several hundred years, these grand temples still stand firm reflecting the rich architectural heritage of the country.

Konda Reddy Burz, also known as Kurnool Fort, is a bastion that establishes the historical importance of Kurnool town in Andhra Pradesh. The rulers of the renowned Vijayanagar Empire built a strategic watch tower here. It is a unique monument due to its singular feature of an underground tunnel which connects the fort to Gadwal, a place 52 km away.  The most remarkable feature of this tunnel is that it passes under the River Tungabhadra, a feat unimaginable during the medieval times!

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Konda Reddy Burz is a proof of the architectural acumen and astute military strategies characteristic of the medieval rulers of India. This is one monument you would be truly excited to visit, to learn about its genesis the mystery behind its existence through hundreds of years and its eternal allure..

June: Glimpses of my June road trips…

A Long drive to Indur( Nizamabad) with my family to attend some family event.

A drive in Mahbubnagar:

Amazing 200kms ride with no destination in mind.. Far away from all the daily routine life.. Thats what I need for a weekend.

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A Short drive near Jadcherla:

A short drive near jadcherla which is hardly around 20kms from my college just for fun.

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Spontaneity is the best kind of adventure..

July:

A trip to Mysore to attend Pulmokarn conference in JSS medical college then a road trip to Wayanad. Highlights of the trip are:

Mysore: The city of palaces

Ambavilas Palace, otherwise famous as the Mysore Palace, is a historical palace and a royal residence at Mysore in Karnataka state. It is the official residence of the Wadiyar dynasty and the seat of the Kingdom of Mysore.

Chamundi hills:

The Temple is clean and was very crowded as it was an auspicious day and could not see inside due to crowd. From outside it is very nice looking Temple and am sure it will be same in inside.

Wayand: An exquisite Hill station

Highlights of the trip are:

Banasura Dam & View point:

Considered to be the largest earth dam in India and the second largest in Asia, Banasura Sagar dam is one of the prime attractions in Wayanad. Positioned at a distance of around 21 km away from Kalpetta, this dam is made up of boulders and huge stacks of stones. The dam is quite close to Lake Karalad, another tourist spot in Wayanad.

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There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more. -Lord Byron

 

Edakkal Caves:

Edakkal is the only known place in india with stone age carvings. These caves are located 1200m above sea level on ambukthi hills, wayanad

 

Lakkidi view point:

Lakkidi Viewpoint is a popular viewpoint which offers dazzling views of the surrounding cliffs and valleys.

August:

Chandragad fort: A hidden jewel in Telangana

A quick weekend getaway to Chandragad fort is best enjoyed when the sky is overcast, which makes the 80km journey from Mahbubnagar delightful. Driving through the countryside, dotted with paddy fields and hillocks.

I always love exploring new places and Chandragad fort stands tall among all the places I’ve been so far in Telangana. It is a Hidden jewel in Telangana, It has a fantabulous views from the top. The fort sits on a prominent position which command the views in all directions. It is a pleasant place to wander. After witnessing the sunset from here..we named this place as “CHAPORA FORT OF TELANGANA”.

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A weekend getaway to Jurala, Jetaprolu , gadval and ranganayaki temple:

Jetaprolu is a small village in Amanaganti Seema and it is a  Land of Temples in Telangana State. This place has a very beautiful sculptures with lots of heritage importance. Tourist attractions of Jetaprolu are mainly two temples which is called as Agasthyeswara Swamy Temple and Madanagopala Swamy Temple. Looking back to the history it states that the temples were built in 10th and 16th century A.D.

September:

My friend and his family conducted a free health camp in Chevella village, Telangana.

October :

I Started my peripheral posting in Hyderabad for 3months. During the postings, First few days are long, the work is grueling, and of course there was a lot for me to learn.

ROR BOYZ TRIP to Thailand and Cambodia:

Every thing in this trip is a highlight for me. Will be posting a video and blogs in detail.

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Kingdom of Cambodia:

November:

A week trip to Kolkata, West Bengal to attend NAPCON, A national conference in science city.

 

Then in 3rd week a trip to Assam & Meghalaya

Kaziranga National Park tucked between Bangladesh and Bhutan, in the Indian state of Assam. It’s not only one of India’s national treasures but a World Heritage Site & is the home to the one horned rhino!!

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December:

A trip to Rajahmundry to attend NATCON(national tuberculosis conference) in Riverbay. Followed by a day trip to Papikondalu

Hope the New Year with it brings
happiness for you and not a single tear drop
Since everyone just loves you
May all your problems, never again bother you
This is my special New Year wish for you

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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The Saturday Night Market: An out of box experience

Arpora night market is a ‘must visit’ in Goa. It is a great place & is a fun way to pass several hours. It has many number of food stalls, live music, a cosmopolitan crowd and lots of stalls offering you a variety of stuff from fancy dresses and trinkets to articles for home decoration- the night market at Arpora seems to come out of the Arabian nights. The market has a lot of stalls selling similar goods, so shop around for the best prices; be prepared to haggle for a good deal. The place is worth revisiting.

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Every Artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. -Henry Ward Beecher

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It has the right mix of both local and international crowd, This market has something for everyone. A visit to this market will definitely make your trip to Goa complete..

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Saturday night market is every food lover’s paradise.

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Attar are non alcoholic, pure oriental perfumes extracted from exotic flowers..

If you go to Goa and miss this place, you might want to consider visiting Goa again. The place is also known for the parties which have very nice music. I absolutely loved this market and I can say it’s a MUST visit place.. Happy Sunday my dear bloggers..

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.

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

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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…

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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.

Thursday Throwback: Sunset at Chapora Fort

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. Sunset at Chapora fort is really an unforgettable experience for me. The Chapora fort is a hidden jewel in Goa, it has a beautiful view from the top. The fort sits on a prominent position which command the views in all directions. It also has steep slopes on all sides. The fort follows the outline of the higher slopes.  It is a pleasant place to wander that offers fantastic views north across the Chapora river to Pernem, south over Vagator and also far out to the Arabian Sea in the West.

View from Chapora fort, Goa

View from Chapora fort, Goa

It was built by the Portuguese in 1617 on the site of an earlier Muslim structure. Intended as a border watchpost, it fell to various Hindu raiders during the 17th century, before finally being deserted by the Portuguese in 1892. Lying in ruins now, the fort was an attempt by the Portuguese to reinforce their stronghold over the Goa territory and prevent further conflicts.

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

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

Inside the fort, the church, once dedicated to St. Anthony, has disappeared and only a few signs exist of the barracks and housing that once filled this vast area. The wide expanse of open space is only a tumble of stones. A natural valley to the beach protected by rocky promontories provides an excellent natural access to the sea.

This place has gained more popularity after it was featured in the bollywood movie, Dil Chahta Hai. Everyone who visits this place take photographs in Dil chahta hai pose. Since we don’t want to copy someone, So we didn’t tried that pose 😛

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

The surreal beauty of this ancient monument is always observed during two times in a day i.e., sunrise and sunset. Chapora Fort can leave one with a resounding sense of peace and calm. Given all this, the fort has become a major attraction for photographers for its sheer aesthetic beauty. For Tourists, India without Goa and Goa without sunset at Chapora Fort is unimaginable..

Sunset at Chaporafort, Goa

Sunset here is so beautiful that we almost seem like we are looking through the gates of heaven..

 More pictures of the sunset:

Tips from my perspective:

  1. Climb up for either sunrise or sunset.
  2. The approach to the fort the hill is steep and has small rocks and pebbles all the way due to which you can slip easily. Be careful while climbing.. However it is worth it to climb up the hill to the fort over the gravelly path as the view from top is amazing.
  3. Carry some snacks and drinks with you..
  4. This will be definitely a romantic getaway..So plan it well and surprise your spouse 😛