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15 Best Things To Do in Goa

It’s been nearly a few months since my Sri Lanka Backpacking trip and I started feeling my wanderlust again. So this time I chose to backpack Goa and it turned out the craziest trip of the year. Back in 2012, I have been to Goa with my friends and guys trust me, it was just like a normal leisure Goa trip, but in backpacking I experienced Goa never like before, in crazier and wicked ways. Though Goa is the smallest state of India, but it has become the most popular destination among the tourists and bachelors. Interesting fact is that every bachelor in India at least once wants to go Goa and just to experience the nightlife. Goa defines the ultimate freedom and leisure. I love that feeling to sit next to the beach with a glass of red wine and do nothing but feel the passing time, see the people and wait for the sun to go down. So here we go, if you are looking for some adventure, then try Goa in backpacking …

Polonnaruwa & Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Itinerary Day 3 On day 3, we had a big day ahead since we planned to visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya rock fortress. After having a big English breakfast of bread-butter-jam, eggs and some fruits in the morning we met Manju. Manju owns a tourist car and he was our car driver cum guide for the next few days. When I first saw Manju, I was quite surprised by his look. He was so neat and clean. Manju was a big fan of Hindi movies and he told us once upon a time he was addicted of Hindi movies and he stopped watching TV to get rid of his addiction. He knew some Hindi movie dialogues as well. We decided to go Polonnaruwa first since it was a bit far and it needs more time explore. Polonnaruwa is an ancient archeological city and one of the UNESCO world heritage sites. On the way on our journey, at one point we saw few monitor lizards roaming on the road and that …

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Sri Lanka

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is an orphanage and nursery for Asian Elephants. It is one of the famous tourist attractions in Sri Lanka. The orphanage is established to feed, nurse and house baby elephants found abandoned by their mothers. On day 2 of our Sri Lanka trip,  we started early in the morning since we wanted to go Pinnawala village and visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. The distance from Colombo to Pinnawala is around 90 kilometers. At Bus stop, we made inquiry about travelling options to Pinnawala.  We met one Tuk Tuk driver, who was ready to take us to Pinnawala, but he was asking too much money.  After some discussion, we agreed on rate of 35 LKR for per kilometers. It was around 2 hours journey, so we decide to go by Tuk Tuk. Though, the buses are cheaper than Tuk Tuk. There was a beautiful lake nearby bus stop along with some local shops & restaurants. We went there and had breakfast.  I tried Sri Lankan breakfast of Noodles, Daal and coconut Sāmbhar. After …

Visiting Sri Lanka For The First Time

Sri Lanka, “The land of Lanka” is my first international travel destination. 🙂 I was extremely excited about my Sri Lanka trip since the first time ever my passport was getting stamped.  I was about to cross the boundaries of my country and travel into another county. The feeling and excitement was just like a dream come true.  I was along with my two friends all set for our backpacking trip. Everything was unplanned except our first day accommodation in Colombo. We had a rough plan of the places we had to visit in 9 days. Just a few days ago, I came back from my backpacking trip and I have almost traveled most of the Sri Lanka. And no doubt, I am in love with this country. I have captured Sri Lanka in my camera in my own ways. Now, I have 2000+ photos and I desperately want all it to share with you guys. I did city tours, village walks, climbed rocks , swam in the ocean, hiked through tea farms, stayed and experienced  local …

Kolkata To Sundarbans – A Journey Through Basanti Road

Back in March 2015, I have got a change to explore The Sundarbans, one of the most amazing places of India, so called “Amazon of East”. I traveled to Sundarbans from Kolkata through Basanti road and this rustic road journey turned out the most memorable journey I ever had. We traveled through many villages one by one on Kaccha/Dirt road. I still remembered, at the time, when we were started towards Sundarbans, one of the members from coordinating team us already told us “Abhi bahot majja aane wala hai aap logo ko” (Now, you guys are going to have a fun). Indeed, this journey was an unique experience (As good as equal to Bumper ride).  Most of the times, our coordinators were telling us real incidents, the villagers stories and how they spotted the Royal Bengal tigers and other wildlife in forest. For me , it was the most rustic route I have ever been to and the interesting part was I witnessed urban and rural life in a single day. As we were moving away from the …

Mysore Palace, Karnataka

Mysore is considered as one of the historical places of India. In earlier days, Mysore was a kingdom of the southern India which was ruled by the Wodeyer family. It also described as “City of Palaces” because it has a number of the historical palaces. Unfortunately when I reached Mysore late in the evening, the Mysore Palace was already closed.  I did not get a chance to see the palace completely, but somehow I managed to get few photos from outside. Mysore Palace is the one of the main attractions of Mysore city. It is also called as “Palace of Mysore” or “Amba Vilas”. The Mysore Palace is the home of the Wodyers who ruled Mysore for more than 500 years.   The Palace is indeed worth a visit, for its spacious halls, 3D wall paintings and architectural beauty. The palace should not to be missed seeing when it is illuminated on Sundays and other festival occasions specially during the Dasara festival. Palace Timing – The palace is open throughout the week from 10 am to 5.30 pm. Just to mention, Photography inside the main palace …

Ooty – Queen of Hill Stations, Tamil Nadu

Do you know how wonderful it feels when you finally travel to one of the destinations from your bucket list? Ooty, I have seen in many movies, romantic songs and in fact in some of the horror movies as well.  I still remember from my childhood, how fascinated I was about this place. It was a cold freezing night; when we reached Ooty after almost of 7 hours of long driving from Bangalore. In my previous post, I had shared the story how I ended up road tripping in Ooty. I was really excited; finally I was in the one of the places in India that I always wanted to visit. See Unplanned Road Trip to Ooty Udhagamandalam, popularly known as” Ooty”, “Queen of Hill Stations” is a one of the highest hill stations of India. It is a capital of the Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu State. Nilgiri mountain is a part of Western Ghats. The place is visited by many worldwide tourists. Nilgiri Mountain Train or Toy Train is a stream engine train is one of …

Bangalore -> Mysore -> Ooty -> Bangalore –   A Perfectly Unplanned Road Trip

Unplanned things can bring real excitements in your travels. Have you ever got chance to go on any unplanned road trip? Sometimes, Journey is far better than the destination and if it is unplanned then we get to know how well we can manage all unexpected things. Recently, I was in Bangalore for my Wildcraft Alpha League Race event. Wildcraft Alpha League Race event was an adventure race in which we contestants had run 5 kms of muddy track along with crossing 20 different obstacles. Unexpectedly, there was a huge crowd of around 5000 people. It was the one of the best adventure experiences I had after Waterfall Rappelling. But at the end of the race my friends and I were totally tired and our bodies were aching badly. It was our reunion time, we four friends decided to go on a road trip and explore the Bangalore city and nearby places.  With some basic trip planning of a few hours we came up with the plan and we hired a car for one day .We thought …

Kolkata, City of Joy

I will not forget that magnificent feeling, when my flight was over the Kolkata city in the midnight. It was a dark all over and what I could see is the gleams of the lights and bright illuminations Kolkata city.Early in the morning we reached the Kolkata airport/Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport. I was on my trip to Sundarban along with other 6 members.   Short Info of Kolkata  Kolkata is a capital of the West Bengal State and one of the metropolitan cities on India . It is best known for the Howrah Bridge, Durga Puja, Bengali sweets like Roshogolla & Sandesh, Machher jhol (Bengali fish curry), Victoria Memorial  etc. It is the only city in India where the tram train still runs. Kolkata is also called as “City of joy’ ’or “Citi of palaces”. Indeed, one of the colorful cities I have seen ever.   It was so joyous moment for me; the sun had just risen and we were passing through the streets of Kolkata. The trams, city buses were running on …

Sundarbans National Park

I was laying on the edge of the Elmar and watching the open blue sky. The Elmar – our small boat was cruising through the infinite backwaters of the Bay of Bengal. I was surrounded by the largest mangrove forest and the largest delta of the Ganges. The pleasant wind was blowing against my face and I was effortlessly going with the flow of nature, passing through the various channels and creeks of the Sundarban delta. I was exploring the least explored destination of the India. I spent two days on the small boat with the curiosity of witnessing The Royal Bengal Tiger and capturing the unseen beauty of Sundarban with my naked eyes. It was all about the serenity of forest, wandering in the wild, appreciating the power of nature and living the life of native people on the some remote island. Was it all real or just a dream?  Now, I am back in Mumbai with the beautiful memories of Sundarban. I am completely in love with it. The Sundarban is the land of Bengal tigers …