Also known as Bardes, this is a region and taluka in the northern part of Goa and was initially discovered by Hindu immigrants who came and settled here from Magadha during Arya- Varta. This region is boundaried and locked by the north by the Chapora River. To the south of Bardez is the Mandovi river and to the east is the Mapusa River which originates over here. To the west of Bardez is of course the Arabian Sea. The word 'Bardez' simply means 'Bara Desh' or the big country. The legislative assembly of Goa is situated over here and the people of this place are known as Bardezcars. The local language is Konkani and the main attractions include the beaches of Baga, Calangute, Candolim, Sinquerium, Vagator village, Fort Aguada and a few more. This place is also the birth place of the famous Goan Saint Agnelo and thus a popular place for Christian visit too. The Goan and St. Xavier's Collegs and the College of Hotel Management are the main educational institutions over here. People come here in large number especially to explore the beaches and also to do shopping and gorge on some Goan influenced konkan delicacies.
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295 Kms from Bardez
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Before the tropical air hits you here, an uncanny sense of time travel does, as you scan the historic Vijayanagar's devastatingly beautiful ruins and temples spread across the boulder-strewn landscape. The ancient capital of the Vijayanagara Empire (1343-1565), which has now become a favourite hipster holiday destination, is best explored on foot or bicycle. It has a lot of famous attractions such as the Hemakuta Hill, home to the ancient scattered ruins and a monolithic sculpture of Hindu God Vishnu, along with Hampi Bazaar, once an ancient trading spot for horses, silk, cows, precious stones and now a hub of handicraft shops and little restaurants, with the 15th century Virupaksha temple at its western end and the 16th century Vittala temple at its eastern end. Sule Bazaar and the Achyutaraya temple is also a must visit. This historic expedition can get tiresome and overwhelming for many, and the village in contrast maintains a very laid back atmosphere, with innumerable guest houses spread around, some even with a fascinating spartan setting, costing no more than 300 rupees. Just like its ruins, an ancient festival called the Hampi Utsav has also been kept alive since the Vijayanagar reign and is celebrated annually in November, with light and sound shows, music and dance performances, all boasting of the Kannadigas' rich culture, set against the backdrop of Hampi's ruins. The Mango Tree restaurant is a quaint place reached via passing through a banana plantation. Other good places to eat include Prince Restaurant, Goan Corner Restaurant and Laughing Buddha, popular for South Indian, Chinese, Israeli, Tibetan, and usual vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, enjoyed by the riverside.
126 Kms from Bardez
Best time to visit - February,March,April,May,June,July
Kolhapur, in Maharashtra, is a land of temples and regal palaces. The most revered of them is the Mahalaxmi Temple, which has a simple yet fascinating structure. Other temples here are the Temlabai temple, Jyotiba temple and the Bimkhambi Ganesh temple. The Shri Chhatrapati Shahu Museum, which was once the residence of the first Maharaja of the Maratha Empire, is a vivid display of artefacts representing the ancient history of the city. Take a walk through history at the Panhala Fort, which is an imposing fortification believed to have housed Chhatrapati Shivaji himself. Kolhapur is known for its spicy array of Maharashtrian food. Try some of the local delicacies at Padma Guest House, Waman Guest House and Parakh. Being a bustling tourist destination, Kolhapur has a lot to offer when it comes to lodging for all types of budget travellers. Don't forget to take back the local Kolhapuri Chappals, that make for lovely traditional footwear.
162 Kms from Bardez
Best time to visit - January,February,June,July,August,September,November,December
A lovely city in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, Ratnagiri is a port city surrounded by the beautiful Sahyadri Hills. If this is your first time here, you'll be spoilt for choice. Ganapatipule Beach makes for a great visit and is perfect for a leisurely afternoon. There is a Ganesh temple right next to the beach that is also worth a visit. The Ratnadurg or Bhagwati Fort, which is a beautiful structure constructed in a horseshoe shape, surrounded by the Arabian Sea, is also a beautiful place to check out. Thebaw Palace is another lovely touristy spot where the Burma King Thebaw was imprisoned. The palace is built in Pagoda style and is a must see. Bhatyachi Khadi is where the river meets the sea; the village near this place is Bhatye known as Bhatyachi Khadi. If you're here from March to June, do pick up some juicy Alphonso mangoes that the city is famous for. There are a lot of other scenic cities around Ratnagiri and depending on your mood, you can choose any of the cities to spend your vacations.
255 Kms from Bardez
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,October,November,December
Of panoramic views, perennial waterfalls and picturesque landscapes, Mahabaleshwar stands out as the largest and most popular hill station in the Western Ghats. Owing to comfortable temperatures, Mahabaleshwar is thronged by tourists throughout the year, except during the four months of heavy monsoons from June to September. Being the erstwhile summer capital of the Bombay presidency during the British Raj, this place has a lot to offer — spectacular sunrise and sunset viewpoints, popular one-day treks to go on, and boating at the Venna Lake. Additionally, tourists can retrospect history at the centuries-old Pratapgad Fort and savour some toothsome jams and marmalades at the Mapro Garden. One must not miss out on the famous corn patties and strawberry cream when in Mahabaleshwar. Should you visit in March, you will be lucky to witness the gastronomically delightful Strawberry Festival that takes place every year. Plan a weekend getaway to this hill station and you will be impressed.
229 Kms from Bardez
Best time to visit - January,February,October,November,December
The seven hills surrounding Satara give this picturesque district its name. Home to the popular Panchgani and Mahableshwar, Satara in Maharashtra is perfect for a rejuvenation holiday. If you are here for a holiday, do visit the scenic Kaas Plateau overlooking the Kaas Lake. Though it is a popular spot, you may be disappointed with the lack of good eating places. It's best to head here after breakfast. Another wonderful tourist spot is the Thoseghar Waterfalls. Located about 25 km from Satara, these lovely waterfalls offer the most stunning views during monsoon. Also the highest waterfall in Maharashtra, Thoseghar should definitely be on your itinerary. If you have more time, then head to the village of Bamnoli, located 50 km away, where you can enjoy boating in the Shivsagar Lake. There are tons of places to visit in Satara district so do choose your destinations in accordance to the kind of holiday you'd like to take.
76 Kms from Bardez
For every teetotaller and loner, Vagator is completely the wrong option. Instead, disappear from the madness and crowd to the southern side for serenity at Canacona Beach. A perfect place to spend some time in solitude!
276 Kms from Bardez
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,June,July,August,September,October,November,December
Located along the coast of Karnataka, Udupi is a beautiful town famous for its delicately carved temples and calm beaches. Each temple here is a unique architectural marvel. Sculpted with exquisitely detailed carvings, the Sri Krishna Temple, Anegudde Vinayaka temple and the Chandramoulishwar temple will dazzle you with their elaborate rituals and festivals. In contrast, the Kaup and Malpe beaches of the region are a unique experience in tranquility. Nestled in the lap of mother nature, some time on these beaches will leave your mind, body and soul relaxed. It would be unfair to talk of Udupi and not mention its very famous vegetarian cuisine. Traditional meals start with kosambari (a dal salad) and end with a chilled glass of majjige or buttermilk, that has a cooling effect on the body. In between comes dishes flavoured with tamarind and mustard seeds and vegetables that are strictly Indian. Udupi has its own railway station that makes it easily accessible. Its location on the NH-66 also makes it accessible by car and bus. For an authentic, unadulterated experience of Karnataka, Udupi is most certainly the place to be!
64 Kms from Bardez
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,October,November,December
If you love mangoes, you will love Malvan! Now before you get confused, Malvan, in Maharashtra is home to India's favourite food, the Alphonso variety of mangoes. It also has stunning beaches, a variety of water sports and places of historical importance. The stunning Tarkarli Beach is one of the most popular and the most visited, though surprisingly the rush of people will not bother you and you will end up having a great time anyway. To make things better, scuba diving is offered here and it is one of the better places in India to try this much loved activity. There is also a fantastic resort in Tarkarli and a small wildlife sanctuary close by. If adventure sports is on your mind, head to Tsunami Island. All kinds of water sports, from banana boat rides to parasailing take place here. Do also head to the gorgeous Malvan Marine Sanctuary. It is an unforgettable experience and you may get a glimpse of some sea creatures, such as anemones, mollusks, oysters, corals and seaweed. Tarkarli is home to a number of resorts and if you are coming from Pune, driving down would be the best option. Not only is it the quickest way to reach, it's also the most gorgeous. The resorts here range from luxurious to budget, so pick one that suits you.