Saturday, January 22, 2011

"River Princess" she is .......

How did I miss out the Princess on my blog. The whole of Goa is talking about her and gradually you ll find the whole world talking about her. She is a monument in the making and she will be one fine day cos its been 10 years that they have been trying to salvage her and the famous Candolim beach which houses some of the finest 5 star hotels namely Taj Aguada and The Taj holiday village but its not happening courtesy our Government. The presence of such a big vessel near the coast line has created such mighty ecological imbalance but no ones bothered. They must have issued contracts and currency worth millions of rupees but she stays. So fellow bloggers, visitors presenting to you the one and only ' River PRINCESS'. Next time you are in Goa, 20 years from now you could visit, walk over the River Princess. :)

Friday, January 21, 2011

View from CHAPORA FORT - Goa

The Chapora fort, 10 K.M from Mapusa was built by the Adil Shah of Bijapur on the southern headland of the Chapora River. The red-laterite bastion, crowning the rock bluff, was rebuilt by the Portuguese in 1617 on the same site. The Chapora Fort has another name - Shahpura, ('town of Shah'), was intended as a border watch post to see various Hindu raiders during the 17th century. It was finally deserted by the Portuguese in 1892, after the territory's frontiers had been forced further north. The Chapora Fort has a commanding view of the Vagator beach and is near to Anjuna beach.

It lies in ruins today, although the views up and down the coast from the weed-infested ramparts are still superb. One can still see the heads of the two tunnels that formerly provided supply routes for besieged defenders. Also can be seen a scattering of Muslim tomb stones on the smooth slopes of the hill. These tomb-stones are believed to be relics of the pre-colonial days. The main attractions here are the superb views from the bastion's ramparts, which look north to Morjim and Mandrem beaches, and south towards Anjuna.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Baga Beach - GOA

When you talk about Goa to any person keeping interest in Goa - you could be shot with a question - You live near Bagabeach ?? - Yes its almost so fast that it seems like one word. God knows why in the world this place is so famous and why do so many Foreign tourists even unwind here. Whats in this place. I have completely failed to understand this one aspect. I was at the Baga Beach yesterday after 7 or 8 years and that place has dramatically changed its face for worse. It seems like a commercial capital of Chaos (not like the Laos) and yea multi coloured beach umbrellas. But one thing has remained static absolutely pristine - the roads and the complete infrastructure which has remained the same as it was a decade or two. This place is known to generate more revenues for Goa in tourism industry but absolutely disregard for any improvement. It does not even have a well equipped wash room. I was there just for 4 minutes and 30 seconds. Thats all - I am sorry I am unable to write anything. But yes if you are looking for some crowd and chaos - you are right there.

Martins Corner -GOA

This is something I completely missed out posting on my blog. How could I do that?? Just talking about the place makes my gastronomy go haywire and it hurts. Well jokes apart this is one of the nicest places you will find in Goa to eat, drink and have fun. Good ambience, a favourite amongst many a celebrities and the tourists from across the world. This is not a discotheque although you might find some space to wriggle your belly on weekends, which is a lesser possiblilty considering the fact that the belly would be overfull to do such an act.

Now whats special and recommended. You will get a wide range of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages to start with. You could get crabs, Kalamaris, Prawns and fish cooked in red masala and I would call that lip smacking. If you got an appetite for CRABS order one king crab ( advisable that you check on rates before you order for one) and that will surely keep you busy for sometime. Well they also call it Sachins special ( not me) - its the Sachin of the cricket world. I believe Martins Corner is one of his world favourite restaurant.

There is a little bit of monotony to this place if you start frequenting it but if you manage to make it once a month affair ie. if you live in Goa its a hell of a nice eating place.
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