Posts tagged ‘road trip’

December 29, 2015

Glimpses of Goa

We had the good fortune to indulge in a collective dream recently when 5 of us (close friends from college who bonded over inane engineering subjects, thin wallets, night outs and failed one sided infatuations) went on a road trip from Cochin to Goa.
In spite of the many paths and cities life has taken us to, the 5 of us have stood the vagaries of time and chance. So after 12 years, all of us got together and we set off on a boys-only road trip, to relive past glories and follies and make new memories.
Cochin to Goa is 760 km by road and we made a few pit stops starting with Thrissur Engineering College(where it all began 12 years ago), Mallapuram, Kasargod, Bekal, Udupi and Murudeshwar.
Goa is a many-splendoured wonder, ridden with the touristy beach spots and little known isolated stretches in equal measure, culture rooted in a colonial past but breaking forth to live upto the tag line of ‘party town’ and an innate ability of the locals to welcome one and all into its fold. Its streets are peppered with boho chic boutiques, quirky eateries dishing out local or ethnic fare and the quintessential shops selling stuff from souvenirs to summery beach wear.
Fort Aguada with its lighthouse on Sinquerim beach is as much a historical landmark as it is site offering a plethora of photo ops for the keen photographic eye.
The Our lady of the Immaculate conception church with its colonial Baroque style Portuguese architecture looks spectacular from the inside.
Thalassa was hands down the crown jewel of all the eateries that we tried. It is an unabashedly Greek eatery perched on a hill overlooking Vagator beach serving authentic Greek food and an ambiance worthy of a Greek taverna in Santorini.
Thalassa also provides accommodation for those who can’t have enough of their restaurant. It also houses Flame, a boutique offering bohemian oomph and style owned by designer Martino Caramia.
Cream choc in Anjuna is Goa’s first gelataria offering cold stone gelatos and also giving you the freedom to make your own flavours-a must try!
Baba au Rhum (not featured in pictures below), also in the Anjuna belt, is another must-visit for their easy breakfast and lunches. Their wood fired pizzas and croissants baked in-house are well worth the visit.
There’s more to Goa than the ubiquitous and easily available cheap liquor or Sunburn or touristy vibes that emanate from all the hot spots. Indeed, if you know where to look, or are willing to get lost exploring, Goa is all heart and soul with something for everybody.

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Where to eat

Thalassa – Small Vagator, Ozran, Goa – India

Baba Au Rhum – House No. 1054, Sim Vaddo, Anjuna, Bardez, Goa

Cream Choc – Near Our lady Of Health Chapel Complex, Mazal Waddo, Anjuna, Goa


Text courtesy –Sweetooth Cravings

Pictures shot on Canon 5D Mark II & iPhone

Processed on Aperture, Pixelmator, VSCO, Snapseed 

 

February 9, 2012

Death Valley

Last saturday, 5 guys on a Jeep Wrangler headed out to Death Valley.

From hanging out with the locals in the bar, to having mock gun fights, to getting lost, this was one amazing road trip.

IF you are staying in Beatty, check out the Sourdough Saloon. As soon as you walk in, look up at the ceiling and you will see a dollar bill autographed ‘V R MALAYALIS’..that was us!!
Death Valley collage

November 30, 2011

Canyonlands National Park

Day 2 started with the sunrise shoot of the Mesa Arch. The Mesa arch is a very popular destination for sunrise shoots and you really have be to be early to get a spot. One of the pictures shows you how busy it can get. You will see hundreds of the same Mesa Arch sunrise photos..but what the heck..I am proud to have one of my own :).

After Mesa Arch we decided to shoot from the False Kiva. Now this was quite an adventure. The False Kiva located in Canyonlands National Park is a Class II archaeological site. Because of its semi-protected status, you will not find directions to this Kiva in public maps. But if you ask a park ranger, they have to provide you the directions. If you Google or Bing (whatever makes you happy), there are websites where people are willing to email you the coordinates. Some of the websites have pretty vague directions too. Armed with a bunch of coordinates, and with a vague direction, with no clue of how long and dangerous the trek is going to be, we started a journey…Did we make it? Oh yes we did!!!! 🙂

Here is the slideshow version.
canyonlands

November 28, 2011

Arches National Park – Thanksgiving’ 11 Day 1

Completely oblivious of Thanksgiving and black Friday deals, we decided to spend time in Utah (primarily Moab). We were kind of spending time with the native Indians…:)
We flew out of LAX to reach Salt Lake City at 10:00am. I loved the airport for its free WiFi. After a quick breakfast we hurried out to the Arches National Park. The intent was to photograph the Delicate Arch during sunset. Did we make it – not really. We just got the residual sunlight.
If you ever visit the Arches National Park, don’t miss the long, strenuous hike to the Delicate Arch. What you see around the bend at the last corner is simply amazing. It’s totally worth it!!
with a change of landscape

Day1

November 5, 2011

Mono Lake

Mono Lake

November 3, 2011

Lost America – Bodie Ghost Town

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Bodie
Slideshow version here.

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