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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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Our Travel Journey in India

A short video on the places visited by us in the past 6 years in India. These trips together were full of discovery, experiences and adventure. They fuelled the fire of exploration within us and inspired us to work passionately in the field of tourism. Hope it sows the seed of travelling in you too. There is no time to be bored in a country as beautiful as our India.

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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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Spiti Valley

 Spiti Valley – Himachal Pradesh (9 Days / 8 Nights)

Introduction

Spiti Valley is a cold desert mountain located high in the Himalaya mountains in Himachal Pradesh. Located at 200 kms from Manali.

This is a backpacking budget trip. I’ll be your trip leader to guide and give information about all the places which we will visit.

Highlights

Chandrataal Lake Camping | Gue Mummy | Homestay in remote location | Photographer’s Paradise | Visit beautiful Monasteries | Explore Spitian Culture

Itinerary

Day 1:

Arrive in Chandigarh by Flight / Train. Take overnight bus from Chandigarh to Reckong Peo.

Day 2:

Arrive early morning at Reckong Peo and proceed to Tabo after breakfast.

Day 3:

Explore Tabo village & visit Gue mummy village.

Day 4:

Visit Dhangkar Monastery & hike to Dhangkar Lake. Proceed to Kaza.

Day 5:

Visit Kaza Monastery, Ki & Kibber, Tashigang village

Day 6:

Day trip to Hikkim, Komic & Langza

Day 7:

Drive to Chandrataal Lake via Losar & Kunzum La Pass (4590m). Camping at lakeside.

Day 8:

Drive from Chandrataal to Manali. Take night bus to Chandigarh.

Day 9:

Depart from Chandigarh

Inclusions:

  • Hotel / Homestay with Breakfast
  • Bus from Chandigarh to Reckong Peo to Tabo
  • Bus from Manali to Chandigarh
  • Taxi to visit places within Spiti & Chandrataal
  • Entry fees, if any

Exclusions:

  • Airfare to & from Chandigarh
  • Lunch / Dinner
  • Any other expenses outside the itinerary like tips, laundry etc

Tour Start Date:

11-August-2018 (Saturday)

Tour End Date:

19-August-2018 (Sunday)

Tour Cost:

₹ 23,000 per person on twin / triple sharing basis.

Limited travelers only.

Payment Method:

Upfront Booking Fee – ₹ 10,000

Balance within 30 days – ₹ 13,000

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Glimpse of Spiti

Kunzum La Pass

Losar Village

View of Spiti river

Langza Village