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GoanTimes April, 13th 2018 issue

10 It's Goa! Friday,

10 It's Goa! Friday, April 13, 2018 | | 12 Pages Beat the summer heat: Try adventure sports at India's best beaches! When looking for exotic beach destinations, you don't need to look further away from your city as India 7,500 km coastline offers many options. While beaches of Goa, Kerala and the virgin beaches of Andaman & Nicobar Islands remain popular choices, many off beat options ruling the roost. Besides beaches in the Indian sub continent offer variety; you’ll find black, golden and white sand beaches across the southern stretch of our nation. You can also book a stay at one of many resorts along the East or West coast for a rejuvenating outing. Those residing in the northern states can take a quick flight to the beaches of their choice and rejoice at the waves touching their feet in an attempt to beat the heat wave. ENJOY A LIVE-ABOARD ADVENTURE Region: Andaman & Nicobar The untouched environment and sunny skies, golden beaches, turquoise waters… Andaman and Nicobar Islands offer a pristine piece of nature. Comprising an archipelago of 572 islands, it is an ideal getaway that promises great adventure amidst nature. If haven’t tried your hand at snorkelling yet, this is your big ticket. Get your scuba gear on to view the exquisite marine life and the rarest corals at North Bay Island or Elephant Beach at Havelock Island. When it comes to scuba and snorkelling, Havelock is a hit as the water here is much clearer as compared to the North Bay. Further, if you are looking to add a touch of romance to your holiday, opt for a stay onboard a yacht and go scuba diving. Try a live-aboard adventure in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Much of the underwater ecosystem near land is often destroyed by fishing and tourism. In order to experience a pristine sea bed, a Live-aboard dive trips not only allows you a hard-core diving experience but also a taste of luxury. DOLPHIN WATCHING AND WATER SPORTS Region: Maharashtra India’s spectacular Konkan Coast starts south of Mumbai and extends for more than 700 kilometers to Goa’s border. While Alibaug and Kashid are popular, there are many delightful options, which are completely off the tourist trail. Devoid of commercial development, some of these beaches are practically deserted making for a relaxing outing. IT’S TIME FOR ACTION: Enjoy the numerous action-packed offerings at the beaches of Murud-Harnai Murud-Harnai: Murud, nestled at a separation of 10 km from Dapoli, is often mistaken for the Murud-Janjira beach. It is hence distinguished as Murud-Harnai. Harnai along with Karde forms the longest stretch of beach on the Konkan Coast. At the beach, a number of water sports such as jet skis, banana boat rides, parasailing, etc lure visitors. The star attraction is the dolphin watching trips hosted early in the morning. The numerous beach front hotels and home stays are perfect if you are looking to just relax by the sea front. Tarkarli: Tarkarli, a village in Malvan taluka, has garnered interest due to its white sand coast and the popular sea fort Singhudurg. Besides, it has a faint vibe of an ancient Goa before development changed its landscape. The feeling of silky sand, clean water and air works as a perfect recipe to revive the senses. This feature is not just popular with humans; the beach is also the trusted zone by the female turtles who visit during the nesting season. Hence, Turtles lazing or hatching and protecting its eggs are a common sight. Tarkali’s famed coral bed needs no mention. A scuba diving exploration allows you an opportunity to experience the myriad colourful fishes. A boat ride from Tarkarli, a tiny and quaint island, called Tsunami Island, sits on the deltaic region of the Tarkarli River, an island proves to be a wonderful place for beach lovers. The picturesque island showcases a playful sandy stretch with an expanse of turquoise water. TAKE UP A LESSON IN YOUR FAVOURITE WATERSPORT Region: Tamil Nadu Manapad has a unique coastline that is formed by multiple layers of lava accumulated over hundreds of years. This allows Manapad to witness the best wave formation throughout the year. These favourable conditions make the coastal hamlet of Manapad one of the best natural surfing sites in India. Manapad plays host to an annual National-level Sail & Surf Festival, titled -Manapad Classic. The threeday event sees the participation of hundreds of water sports enthusiasts from across the country. The festival doesn't just stop at sailing and surfing; it rolls in kite boarding, kayaking and stand-up saddle too. This event has made Manapad a favourite year-round destination for surfing, attracting both inbound and outbound tourism alike. Apart from this competition, workshops and training sessions on surfing, kayaking, slack lining and skate boarding have attract many. Apart from Manapad, Covelong Point, Mamallapuram and Thoothukudi along the coast of Tamil Nadu offer an ideal recipe for adventure sports. TREAD THE OFF-BEATEN PATH Region: Goa Goa is synonymous to beach hopping, lazing at the shacks and partying. In addition to all this, if you are looking to feel the beating pulse of Goa, then you have to dig further. Opt for a dolphin watching cruise that usually starts from Fort Aguada, Sinquerim or Panaji Jetty. Organisers even arrange for a swim with these adorable creatures. Apart from this, you can up the romance quotient by booking yourself a sunset or moonlight cruise on the Mandovi River. The Goa Tourism Development Corporation offers various options that you can choose from. If you wish to take a day cruise, you can head to the Panaji Jetty down the Mandovi into the Zuari bay or to the Mandovi to Aldona. You can also visit the Cabo De Rama Fort which was conquered by the Mughals and the Portuguese in the past. The fort, which now wears a Casa Tito- by Ricardo is the story of an intrepid business traveller and designer. The brand deals with luxury goods with an international feel that have been carefully curated, and in most cases manufactured under Ricardos personal supervision. Ricardo- who is also Director of Titos Resorts and Hospitalities Pvt Ltd. now brings to you a beautiful Portuguese era Goan heritage house with contemporary world street cuisine and a cosy romantic Bar replete with Titos own Sparkling Wines and Spirits as well as some of the world s finest Alcohol. Also indulge in some sensual head and foot massage whilst sunbathing on our very private pool side Cabanas. Book our venue for Wedding/ Birthday/ Anniversary/ Corporate or private party Xim Vaddo Arpora, Near Hilton Double Tree. Mobile: 99235 86659 Email : distressed look, had a chapel and barracks added later by the Portuguese. The fort can be enjoyed from afar too; the splendid view of the fort along a backdrop of the sea makes for a picturesque location. If you are still falling short on adventure, go kayaking in the backwaters. Rowing across the labyrinth of charming creeks, with the villages of northern Goa in the backdrop, make for a fun expedition. A COMPLETE MEAL: When in Goa make sure to try a typical Goan Saraswat thali. [ ]

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