Jude Dsouza

Jude Dsouza

Goa off the beaten path : 5 unusual things to do!

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Famous for its beaches, fabulous cuisine, alcohol and parties, this is the regular unfolding at Goa, isn’t it? Happiness lies in going off the beaten path and exploring the unexplored. Here are 5 unusual things you should try out –

Watch a Tiatr – Yeah, we’re all fond of movies, but there’s not much that can beat the local Goan Konkani Theater! From skits to singing to action songs, it’s a unique form of Goan art you’ll enjoy especially when accompanied by a local or Konkani speaking Goan!

Explore a shipwreck underwater – Goa is not all about beach shacks. We know they’re awesome, but exploring the jewels that lie beneath is even more awesome! The Mormugao harbor near Grande and Bat Island have plenty of shipwrecks to explore. So, are you ready to uncover these long lost treasures?

Ingo’s Saturday Night Market – Arpora’s Saturday Night Market started by Ingoa, a German man almost 10 years ago is famous for its local and international display of clothes, accessories, bags, handicrafts, shoes and other fascinating knick-knacks.

Jungle Guitars – Remo is Goa’s famed musical icon & the sound of the guitar, without doubt, is a soothing experience. However, the entire experience of building your own guitar is something unique! At jungle guitars, near Baga, you can take up a course that teaches you how to add strings, varnish, select the right type of wood and much more.

Tara Boat – This 40-foot catamaran at Morjim boasts of elegant interiors and air-conditioned rooms providing a splendid & memorable journey through Goa’s beaches. From long 8 hours cruises to the shorter 2-hour ones, this boat is up for it all!

5 Awesome Day Trips Around Mumbai!

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One day trips are fun a great way to break free from the stress & hectic pace of daily life. And what better way to unwind than a road-trip, right? To help you extract the most of your weekend, we’ve highlighted 5 top one-day drives from Mumbai

Karnala – Around 50kms from Mumbai, Karnala is a hill fort in the Raigad district around 10 km from Panvel offering refreshing & energizing views. People mostly head down here to catch a glimpse of the birds & wildlife as well as enjoy an awesome picnic with friends and family.

The protected ‘Karnala Bird Sanctuary’ is home to over 150 resident bird species and about 37 types of avian migrants. So if you’re an admirer of birds, try driving down during the monsoon and you might catch a glimpse of the Paradise Flycatcher, Magpie Robin or the Malabar Whistling Thrush.

Kamshet – 110 km from Mumbai city, Kamshet is surrounded by immense scenic beauty & is home to small villages that are built in the traditional style. With average temperatures ranging between 20 to 26 degrees Celsius, Kamshet is famous for paragliding.

Malshej Ghat – Around 154 km from Mumbai, Malshej Ghat is nestled in the lofty rugged hills of the Western Ghats & is home to hundreds of different kinds of flora & fauna especially the avian population such as quails, rails, cranes, flamingos and cuckoos. The highlight of your visit here, without doubt, are the ‘Malshej Falls’

Daman – 170 km from Mumbai, Daman’s peaceful blue sea, cool surroundings & idyllic beaches are exactly what you need to de-stress. The two well-known beaches of Daman are Devka beach and Jampore beach, which are in Nani-Daman and Moti-Daman respectively.

Bhandardara – Close to 170 km from Mumbai, Bhandardara is a blend of natural beauty, waterfalls, mountains, tranquility, greenery, invigorating air and pristine ambiance. Home to Mount Kalsubai, the highest peak in Maharashtra, Bhandardara provides plenty of opportunity for small treks and hikes. Perfect for the adventurous souls!

5 not to miss things in Malaysia

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Malaysia is an exciting blend of cultures with a variety of things to see and do. World famous islands, fabulous cuisine, and iconic structures quite rightly make it one of the most frequented tourist destinations in the world.

Here are 5 things you shouldn’t miss out on –

The Perhentian Islands

A popular travel destination for families and backpackers, the Perhentian Islands are famous for their palm-fringed white coral sand beaches & turquoise blue waters. Popular tourist activities like snorkeling and scuba diving are sought after here given that the waters are shallow with many rays, cuttlefish, and parrotfish.

Taman Negara

Regarded as the world’s oldest tropical rainforest, Taman Negara, which means “national park” in Malay, is estimated to be more than 130 million years old. It is famous for its rainforests, wildlife-spotting, treetop walkways and treks.

Cameron Highlands

The cooler temperatures & pleasant soothing breeze make the Cameron Highlands a perfect getaway for those who’d like to take a break from the unforgiving heat. The numerous jungle trails, strawberry fields & tea plantations around the area make it worth a visit.

Mount Kinabalu

The highest mountain in the Malay Archipelago, Mount Kinabalu, and its surroundings are among the most important biological sites in the world. It houses between 5000 and 6000 species of plants, 326 species of birds, and more than 100 mammalian species.

#ezeeTip – To the adventurous ones; you can take to climbing to get that adrenaline pumping, action packed holiday. However, make sure you’re accompanied by accredited guides at all times due to national park regulations.

The Petronas Towers

Malaysia’s most famous twin skyscrapers, the Petronas Towers are a landmark not just in Malaysia, but all across the globe. A must visit the site during your trip to Malaysia. They were the tallest buildings in the world for six years until Taipei 101 was completed in 2004.

Singapore – 5 Offbeat Experiences that make it worth a Visit!

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You’ve heard of Sentosa, Jurong & the other popular places in Singapore. However, there’s a lot of fun & excitement beyond the Zoos and the malls. Here’s a pick of the country’s top offbeat experiences –

Lazarus Island – Yeah, we know Sentosa’s sand and waters are tempting, but at the end of it all, the natural sand and waters of Lazarus have a charm of its own. At present, there are no direct ferries to Lazarus Island so getting there either involves chartering a private yacht or catching a ferry to St. John’s Island and walking over to Lazarus via the link bridge.

Consume Tea and Coffee at the same time! – Prefer tea or coffee? It gets even better if you prefer both! The Tiong Bahru market area serves an unusual mix of half tea and half coffee, known as ‘Yin and Yang’. Although it sounds weird, it tastes pretty awesome as you first get hit with the taste of tea, followed by that typical coffee flavor or after-taste!

You Cook what you catch! – Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime! At Big Splash, it’s not too different – go rent out a fishing line, catch your feed and immediately cook it on a barbeque that’s right beside the prawn pond. Ohh fish, now isn’t that cool!

A Semi-Amazon Kayaking Experience – Situated in the Singapore mainland, Singapore’s northern tip has a stretch of mangrove forests that create an authentic jungle-like experience. Kayaking through its rivers is an ideal way of experiencing this rainforest.

Go Scuba Diving – Wait! What? We’re not in Thailand, are we? Certainly not, but Pulau Hantu is Singapore’s most popular diving site. It houses over 250 species as well as a shipwreck that dates back to World War II. What more could you ask for?

Kerala uncovered: 5 beaches you probably never knew existed!

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Famous for its diverse beauty & tourist places, Kerala is one hot tourist destination. As a matter of fact, everyone who has visited or is planning a holiday in Kerala is aware of the world famous ‘Kerala Backwaters’. However, one of the most overlooked tourist places in Kerala, without any doubt, are the beaches!

Tourism in Kerala is much more than its backwaters; there are countless beaches to explore. Some of these beaches offer you picturesque views and are a must visit place while you’re sightseeing in Kerala. While there are plenty of them that exist, we’ve dug deep to present you with 5 of the best beaches in Kerala –

Varkala Beach

Golden sand, awesome water conditions, seclusion, Varkala beach should top your list while visiting places in Kerala. The beach is pretty large and lively at both ends with priests and poojas at one and swimming, yoga & restaurants at the other. Head anywhere & Varkala beach is always full of life.

Kovalam Beach

Serenity and calmness will touch your heart the moment you visit Kovalam Beach. Although crowded, Kovalam beach is one of the most famous tourist places in Kerala & houses some pretty cool restaurants that dish out yummy seafood dishes like Calamari & Crabs. Lastly, the beautiful sight of fishermen with their nets and boats is something you’ll long remember.

Cherai Beach

One of Kerala’s isolated and unspoiled beaches, Cherai beach can be classified as a hybrid, the reason behind that being, it has the beach on one side and the backwaters on the other. So those heading to Cherai can get a taste of both!

Dharmadam Beach

The concept of ‘Small is Beautiful’ applies to Dharmadam Beach. Nestled in Kannur, Dharmadam is blessed with brilliant scenery, to say the least. And that’s not all, during low tide, there’s an island that’s accessible by foot. Even better, there are boats ferrying tourists across to the island.

Kappil Beach

An awesome picnic site, Kappil Beach at Kasargod District is famous for its clean, white sands. Again not so crowded and you can enjoy quality time with either your family or partner.

Top up the experience by heading down to Taj resort that’s nearby to relax and enjoy some chillers as the sun goes down!

Now that brings us to a close. We hope you have a wonderful time visiting places in Kerala and do include one of the beaches mentioned above as part of your sightseeing plans. Be it for honeymoon, family or for solo traveling, we have some of the best packages for Kerala on our site.