5 Beach Destinations along the West Coast of India

Most of us are a fan of beaches and look forward to every opportunity to escape the city to the beautiful shores lined with palm trees. India is blessed with an amazing coastal region and provides good scope for us to plan these beach escapades by opting for anything from a weekend getaway to a week long vacation.

Following are some of the most sought after beach destinations within India that you can visit this winter.

Kovalam

Kovalam is a beach town located in Kerala and famous for its crescent shaped beaches lined with coconut trees. The most famous of them being the Lighthouse beach which has a striped lighthouse from where one can gaze at the spectacular view of the ocean. There are other beaches like Samudra Beach and Hawah Beach which are equally beautiful. Kovalam is an apt destination for beach lovers and also honeymoon couples, as this town is home to some luxurious beach resorts. One can club this visit with day tours to Thiruvananthapuram and Kanyakumari.

Number of days required : 3 to 5 days

Lighthouse Beach, Kovalam / Courtesy: Trans India Travels

Gokarna

Gokarna means “cow’s ear” and Lord Shiva is believed to have emerged here out of the cow’s ear. Based in Karnataka, this location is more of a temple town with Lord Shiva’s Mahabaleshwara temple and many others like Maha Ganapati, Bhadrakali, Uma Maheshwara and Venkataramana Temples. Over the years though, this town has grown into a  beach destination with its famous Om beach, Kudle Beach, Half Moon Beach and Paradise beach. These beaches are lined with palm trees and white sand.

Number of days required : 3 days

Om Beach, Gokarna / Courtesy – mouthshut

Dapoli

Dapoli is a town in Ratnagiri District  with a coastline of around 50 kms and is also called as the “Mini Mahabaleshwar” due to its cooler climate throughout the year. It is known for its ancient forts, pristine beaches, caves, temples, water activities and much more. One can also attend the Velas Turtle Festival between February and April to witness the hatching of the endangered Olive Ridley turtle eggs. An unexplored destination, this is one of the best options if you are looking for something non-touristy and less crowded. It is also a great destination for a weekend getaway.

Number of days required : 3 to 4 days

Scuba Diving / Courtesy : Google

Tarkarli

If you are looking for water sports like scuba diving, Tarkarli is one of the best destinations for the same. A village in Malvan Taluka of Sindhudurg District in Maharashtra, it is known for the white sand beaches, clear waters, Sindhudurg Fort, and extremely delicious seafood. One can also enjoy the backwaters of Karli river which are lined with palm trees and inhabited by dolphins. Tarkarli too makes for an easy weekend getaway.

Number of days required : 3 days

Luxury Stay in Goa / Courtesy : Hindustan Times

Goa

Goa is a well-known and most sought after tourist destinations by Indians and foreigners alike. Every visit to Goa can give you a different experience based on the region you explore. North Goa is home to the best pubs, shopping options, seafood and water activities and is generally visited by first time visitors to Goa. Those who look for a peaceful vibe, private beaches, non-touristy areas opt to explore the South of Goa. Goa is full of sights with the Dudhsagar waterfalls, Harvalem waterfalls, temples like Shantadurga or Mangeshi, Bom Jesus Basilica Church, Aguada Fort, Chapora Fort, Anjuna Beach, Agonda Beach in the South and so much more. Also, one is spoilt for choice with multiple stay options from beach shacks to luxury beachfront resorts.

Number of days required : 3 days to 1 week

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Sri Lanka Group Tour – Jan’20

Sri Lanka Group Tour Itinerary (8 Days / 7 Nights)

Introduction

 

Astral Trips is organizing a guided group tour to Sri Lanka in the 3rd week of January 2020. We will be exploring pristine beaches, ancient cave temples, world’s best train ride, tea plantations, wildlife safari, local food, shopping and more.

Come let’s explore our neighboring country together! 

Dates: 18th – 25th January 2020

Day 1

Arrive in Colombo International Airport. We will be straightaway proceeding to the city of Dambulla to explore the following places.

Dambulla Royal Cave temple – As the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage Site. It is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 m over the surrounding plains. There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area.

Day 2

After breakfast, we will be exploring the following sights near Dambulla.

Sigiriya Rock – An ancient rock fortress located near Dambulla. We will be climbing the 200 metres high massive column of rock. This site was selected by King Kashyapa for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colourful frescoes.

Minneriya National Park Safari – A wildlife sanctuary popular for spotting wild elephants who are attracted to the grass fields on the edges of the reservoir. We will be going on a safari in the afternoon.

Day 3

After breakfast, we will be taking a short drive to the city of Kandy. Explore the following sights in Kandy:

  • Temple of the Tooth
  • Gadaladeniya Temple
  • Ambuluwawa Tower
  • Buddha Statue
  • Royal Palace of Kandy
  • Cultural Dance show

Stay overnight in Kandy.

Day 4

We will take the world’s most scenic train ride from Kandy to Ella. The train takes you through stunning landscapes of green and lush tea plantations, old lovely bridges, waterfalls, villages and mountain views.

Stay overnight in Ella.

Day 5

After breakfast, we will be exploring the sights located near Ella.

  • Nine Arch Bridge
  • Little Adam’s Peak
  • Lipton Seat
  • Diyaluma Waterfalls
  • Ravana Falls
  • Ella Rock

Stay overnight in Ella.

Day 6

After breakfast, we will drive to the town of Mirissa located in the South. Mirissa is a fishing port and one of Sri Lanka’s main whale and dolphin watching locations.

We will relax for the rest of the day at the beach.

Day 7

In the morning, we will go on a whale watching tour from Mirissa.

Post lunch, we will proceed to the city of Galle. We will explore the following sights near Galle:

  • Galle Dutch Fort
  • Galle Lighthouse
  • Hikkaduwa Beach
  • Unawatuna Beach

Day 8

Drive to Colombo & return flight to your destination.

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Our Travel Journey in India

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How to plan a perfect vacation?

Tourism is at an all-time high considering the exposure to unlimited information one has on the internet. Reading about all those places and knowing how beautiful our planet is, one cannot refrain from packing their bags and going for an adventure. Adding to this is the improvement in standard of living for many, which opens up opportunities on the travel front. But then, there is more to just conceiving a thought. Traveling domestic or international, it is always good to plan ahead. Detailed research on flights, other modes of commutation, accommodation, places to visit, activities to do, local cuisine, where and what to shop, weather, clothes to pack and so much more. This part deserves attention as one missing link can lead to disappointments. To do such detailed research, plan your international travel at least 8 months before and local travel at least 4 months before. If you lack time or will to do your homework, an experienced travel agent is your best bet. More on that later.

We have a few pointers for you to start planning a complete hassle-free vacation:

  • Mode of travel – Due to limited number of off-days from work, most people prefer traveling by flights. Short distances can easily be covered by train or bus. The most important thing is to have tentative dates in hand at least months before so that you can scroll through various flight options, deals on offer, intercity bus or train availability. There are websites like Skyscanner, Goibibo and local rail websites which help you compare rates and make a sound decision.

  • Accommodation – This is what can easily make or mar your trip. So take out time to do your hotel research well. Decide on what kind of stay you are looking at. Backpackers can opt for hostels, others can choose from hostels to budget accommodation and homestays to luxury resorts. It all boils down to how much time you devote to an elaborate search.

  • Places to visit – Yet another important aspect of your travel. Once you have decided on your destination, read about that place, various sights to visit, their timings, entry fees, clothes and shoes to wear, restaurants around those places. Also, check on various cheap and convenient ways to commute from one place to another. Read about offbeat places if you are an explorer. Many countries have an amazing public transport system so use them to save yourself from burning a hole in your pocket.

  • Food and Shopping – An integral part of your travel is food and of course who doesn’t want to bring back souvenirs. Start reading about cuisines, make a list of restaurants in all locations, check their reviews and how affordable it will be on your travel. Find shops where shopping is easy and where you are not caught in a tourist trap.
  • Travel Insurance – Travel Insurance is a must for international travel to protect yourself from expensive emergency medical care and loss of luggage. You never know when you will need it. So connect with insurance companies and see what kind of insurance they have to offer.

If all this seems like too much work or you do not have the time and will to devote to planning your most important vacation, hire a travel agent. Check their reviews, compare quotes, see what they have to offer and most importantly compare itineraries and see what value can they add to your trip. One can generally find major flaws in itineraries and accommodation. Not only will you find agents skipping major sites, you will either end up clicking pictures from a bus or you will be left to explore the location on your own. If your agent is as good as he says, trust me, he/she will make sure your tour is a memorable one and is value for your hard earned money.

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Chernobyl – Ukraine

Have you seen the recent TV series on HBO/Hotstar named “Chernobyl”? We all read about the Chernobyl Disaster during our school days. It was one of the worst nuclear disasters to happen in Ukraine (then a part of Soviet Russia), in the history of mankind. Thousands died and millions got affected by the radiation spread in the air. With time, Ukraine 🇺🇦 got converted into a beautiful travel destination and Chernobyl one of it’s famous sights.

One can take day tours to the nuclear power plant which is safe and within regulatory standards. Also, visit the ancient Cathedrals, cave monasteries, magnificent architecture, lush hills of the Carpathinian mountains, sandy beaches of the Black Sea, ski resorts, hiking trails and much more.

Best time to visit is from April to October.

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Kedarnath

The Kedarnath temple is one among the Char Dhams of India and also the highest among the 12 Jyotirlingas. One can visit the Char Dhams of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri between April and November. Much known as the place visited on a Tirtha Yatra, it has started gaining popularity with the other age groups as a travel destination for the challenging treks, adventures and the mesmerizing landscapes it offers.

One can also combine the beautiful Rishikesh, Joshimath, Auli (Ski Resort in Winter), Ranikhet, Almora, Valley of Flowers (Trek), Hemkund Sahib and other beautiful locations with the above.

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Khajuraho Temples

 

The Khajuraho group of temples represent the rich cultural history of Hindus and Jains in India. Built by the rulers of the Chandela Dynasty over a period of 100 years, these temples are rich in historical myths and stories. Carved from hard river sandstone, the main attraction is the intricately embellished erotic art. This UNESCO World Heritage, an embodiment of heritage, love and passion should be on every traveler’s list.

Plan your visit between September and March by combining it with Agra, Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park, Panna National Park.

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Dharamshala – McLeodganj

 

You are looking at the Dharamshala Cricket Stadium, one of the highest cricket arenas in the world. Situated amidst the Dhauladhar mountain range in Kangra Valley, it has hosted many national and international matches. Dharamshala also acts as the residence of the Dalai Lama, is home to many monasteries and the nearby Mcleodganj is well known for numerous treks like the Triund Trek.

Also, closer is the best paragliding point in India, Bir Billing. So trek, para-glide, camp or just enjoy the lush greenery, snow clad mountains and beautiful cafés here. You can also combine these places with a trip to Amritsar & Dalhousie.

Best time to visit here is from September to June. Connect with us for a customized itinerary.

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Ancient Siam – Thailand

Mueang Boran, Ancient Siam or the Ancient city is a museum park in Samut Prakan Province of Thailand and constructed by Lek Viriyaphant, a millionaire, over 200 acres of land. It is in the shape of the country and houses 116 life size or miniature replicas of all the monuments in the country.

From shrines and museums to palaces and floating markets, they are constructed at precise locations geographically.

Visit this museum on your trip to Thailand.

Combine it with a getaway to the exotic places like Phuket, Krabi, Phi Phi Islands, Pattaya and beaches within the country.

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Kashmir – Paradise of the North

Kashmir is not just a state in India but it is an emotion for us. You can feel it all the more when you travel through the region, meet the locals, enjoy the local cuisine with them and visit the unbelievably beautiful lakes, glaciers, snow clad mountains, green valleys and tulip gardens 🌷.

Every person who has visited this place can assure you of one thing as to how humble and simple the people of Kashmir are. I cannot say enough about that. With the struggles and tribulations that Kashmir faces day in and day out, it is still the one place you should visit. Because it is Kashmir….. our own paradise.

Travelling to Kashmir is pretty safe for tourists. The places visited by the tourists are not affected by any violence.

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Meghalaya – Hidden Treasures

You have no idea of the treasures hidden in your own country until you travel and explore. This is the Mawphlang Sacred Forest in Meghalaya. Why sacred? Because this forest is full of trees and ayurvedic plants that are almost 1000 years old. This is like that of the Rudraksha which is so important in Hindu culture or ayurvedic plants that cure diseases like no other. The forest is protected by the local Khasi tribes. There are guided tours that take you deep into the forest and you come out with only wonder in your eyes because literally, you are not allowed to bring even a leaf out of that forest.

Visit Meghalaya through our customized itinerary and explore the beautiful hill station of Shillong, Mawphlang Sacred Forest, Jowai village, Cherrapunjee (Double Root Bridge), Dawki River & lot more!

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