On a Thursday afternoon, I suddenly remember the 60 something uncle me and my husband met in Aru Valley, a small village 19 km from Pahalgam. The uncle had visited to Aru to trek around, he was the CFO of a well known MNC based in Mumbai. We had spent 3 days together, chatting about travel and only travel. We were marveled at his enthusiasm even at 60. How he regretted being a CFO and not a full time traveler.
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About the Picture: A quite afternoon by the Tap Moriri in Ladakh after a long drive. We saw the changing colors of the lake. There were hues of blue all over right after the sunset, when the picture was captured. The water of Tso Moriri was absolutely still and the beauty mesmerized me.
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[Situated on a rock of oval shape near the port town of Murud, Janjira is one of the strongest marine forts of India. The forts is approached by sailboats from Rajapuri jetty (Murud Beach). The main gate of the fort faces Rajapuri on the shore and can be seen only when one is quite close to it. It has a small gate towards the open sea for escape. The fort has 19 rounded bastions, still intact. There are many canons of native and European make rusting on the bastions. Originally the fort was small wooden structure built by a Koli chief in the late 15th century. It was captured by Pir Khan, a general of Nizamshah of Ahmednagar. Later the fort was strengthened by Malik Ambar, the Abyssinian Siddi regent of Ahmednagar kings. From then onward Siddis became independent, owing allegiance to Adilshah and the Mughals as dictated by the times. Despite their repeated attempts, the Portuguese, the British and the Marathas failed to subdue the Siddi power. Shivaji’s all attempts to capture Janjira fort failed due to one reason or the other. When Sambhaji also failed, he built another island fort, known as Kansa or Padmadurg, just 9kms north of Janjira. The Janjira state came to an end after 1947. The palace of the Nawabs of Janjira at Murud is still in good shape.]
To travelers interested to visit Kashid: Go there if you wish to free your mind from all cluttered thoughts, walk by the beach on a moonlight night and Come Back REFRESHED & REJUVINITED.
Since our check in time was around noon, we went for a quick visit to the Kasargod Beach. Kasargod Beach at 7 am in the morning is pristine. You just sit and gaze at the relentless waves hitting the shores. After spending about an hour in Kasargod Beach we headed for Bekal.
|Inside the resort|
|Cottages at Nirvana|
The second best thing to do at Bekal is to have a walk along the Bekal Beach. Nirvana@Bekal has a short cut to Bekal Beach and it remains empty most of the time.
- Arm yourself with bottles of water, umbrellas and sunglasses, its too hot almost round the year.
- The best time to visit is the rainy season. Though off season, locals say Bekal is at its best during the rains.
- Don’t stay anywhere but at Nirvana@Bekal. Right opposite to the Fort, reasonable on pockets, standard services and great hospitality.
- If you are not habituated to Keralian cooking styles like me, please issue a disclaimer with every meal you order: 1: Not to put Curry Leaves in every other dish they prepare, 2: Avoid cooking in Coconut oil. (P.S: I have no intentions to hurt their cooking styles, just that this is something my taste buds strictly deny!!)
- If you wish to visit the nearby Backwater by an auto make sure you are connected to GPS, the auto drivers have a tendency to detour and charge for extra kilometers.
|There is no wrong turns.. only paths we had not known, we were meant to walk.|
|Our “Nest” from a distance.|
|The Ship that carried us to Neil|
|That’s how clear Andaman Sea Water is|
|Star Fish on our Boat|
|And some more|
|The Natural Bridge that worn out during Tsunami, at Sitapur Beach|
|The Stony Structures Fills the Sitapur Beach|
|The Jetty at Neil Island|
|Happy Feet 🙂|
|I look back only to smile|
|Spotted a Star Fish!|
|Rocks that stood test of time.|
|I pick the prettiest part of the sky and I melt into the wing and then into the air, till I’m just soul on a sunbeam|
|Cottages at The Tango|
|The Way to the Dining Area at Tango|
|The awesomeness of Radhanagar Beach|
|Radhanagar Beach: Captured minutes before it rained|
|I shall go back to the seas 🙂|
P.S: The following captures are in Kalapatthar Beach. Let the Pictures speak and not the captions 🙂
|The shadows of Joy or the joy of Shadows??|
|Sea Fish Clear Soup|
|Whole Cooked Pomfret|
|Our Cottages in the evening|
|Our Cottage at The Sea Shell|
I shall never be able to get enough of the Andaman Island and its inexplicable. Meanwhile, I remember one of my favourite poets quote as I draw the line: