Day 1: I reached Kudal, its 40 Km (approx) from tarkarli (1.5 hour by an auto). You will readily get autos outside the station. Our auto driver was quite friendly, providing us tips on places to visit and where to have meals. He showed us the backwater on the way to our resort, trying to familiarize us with the surrounding area. We reached our resort “blue sea resort” and were welcomed with their local snack “poha and Kokam sharbat”. The sharbat is to die for, tangy and refreshing (much needed post a long train journey). As our room was getting ready, we decided to take a walk around the area and found a home stay “Madekar”. I would recommend everyone to visit this place for its hospitality and warmth. We had our lunch there, I was served with “pomphert fry” in malvani style. Later in the day we headed to the Tarkarli beach, the water was perfect to calm oneself and get some tan. This is not the best season as it gets a little hot in the noons (best time is from October to March) while the morning and evenings are pleasant. The beach is not commercial and is devoid of shacks and other sources of entertainment. However the locals offers camel rides for the tourist, though they don’t press you hard with their selling.In tarkarli there is largely a concept of home stay where the owner will prepare the food of your choice, for which you need to let them know in advance. Everywhere you will get similar food and hospitality (with a lot of warmth among people).The most peculiar thing about the locals is they are not in a race of competing with each other, everyone praising their neighborhood, a rare thing for me coming from a city always busy in their own survival.Later in the evening we had dinner at the “Medekar” (to be honest, I had all my meals there). The family of mother and son and both are lovely cooks. I had some mouth watering “prawn curry” androti. They also helped us to make our day 2 plan.
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282 Kms from Kudal
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Called the Oxford of the East, Pune is a bubbling cosmopolitan city. A large student hub, this city loves art, culture and theatre. The Sahyadri hill range of the Western Ghats makes this destination ideal for hiking and wildlife spotting. A shower of rain brings the city alive. The Agha Khan Palace of Pune is a sprawling complex with emerald green gardens and sprawling lawns, perfect for a casual stroll. The Shaniwarwada is an ancient structure built by the Peshwas and the ruins of this marvellous architecture can still be seen in the city. Dedicated to the brave hearts of the Indian Army, the National War Museum is a popular tourist destination and houses militia paraphernalia. Those interested in meditation can get day passes from the Osho International Meditation Resort, which is very popular with tourists. Handcrafted beer, baked goodies at the Kayani Bakery on East Street and eateries such as Touche the Sizzler, Malaka Spice and Dario's will complete your trip here.
178 Kms from Kudal
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,September,October,November,December
A small town in the state of Karnataka, Gokarna is about 5 hours away from Goa. The town is considered holy for Hindus as there are some very revered temples here, especially those dedicated to Lord Shiva. The main temples are the Mahabaleshwar and the Ganpati Temple. A mini-Goa or rather Goa's hipster counterpart, Gokarna is a blessing for travellers. Its four main beaches, Om Beach, Kudle Beach, Half Moon Beach and Paradise Beach are all you need after the chaos of the cities. Spend time relaxing on the beach, indulging in one of their luxurious Ayurvedic messages or join a yoga course – everything here is an experience to remember. The shacks near the beach offer delicious continental and Indian food, and have a very relaxed environment. Though there are many wonderful places to visit around Gokarna, space out your days to enjoy the pristine sunsets and radiant sunrises the beach town offers!
60 Kms from Kudal
This is the capital of the state of Goa and is probably the smallest state capital. Panaji is also the headquarters of the North Goa District and is situated on the banks of the Mandovi River Estuary is the Tiswada Region. The more popular name is Panaji but Panjim is also a commonly used term. This was the name by which the Portuguese used to address this city. When the whole of India got independence, Goa was still under the colonial rule of the Portuguese who freed it a number of years later. The Portuguese effect is what you will get in each and every thing of Goa and Panjim too. The attractions here are the lovely white church, the food that you will get here and of course the different types of building lined on the sides of the narrow streets. These houses are the remains of the various clans who have ruled here including the Latins and the Portuguese. The houses look beautiful and brightly coloured and many of them have simple yet pretty wrought iron balconies too. Many of these are now either resorts for budget concious travellers or restaurants for the ones who love to taste Portuguese and Goan cuisine.
53 Kms from Kudal
We reached the bus stop at around 8 am, took a bus to Calangute beach and in between saw the lanes of Old Goa with Portuguese houses all around us. We reached our hotel and the rest of the people joined us in the afternoon. Directly we headed to Baga beach, some of us saw the beach for first time and they were captivated by its beauty. The tossing waves of Baga and people jumping into it for a good amount of time really held us.
56 Kms from Kudal
Best time to visit - October- March
This is a village in the northern part of Goa and is on the southern side of the very popular Calangute Beach here. This is an extremely popular tourist attraction and witnesses a large number of tourists throughout the year. There are a number of restaurants and shopping options around. This is however a little more expensive for the backpackers but is an ideal location for those who love to eat out and shop. Apart from eating and shopping, the main attraction here is the pristine Candolim Beach. This beach is a little narrow at some parts which is because of continuous erosion. Also on the Sinquerin side you will find options for several water activities such as para sailing, dolphin boating and others. There are also a number of shacks here which sell authentic Goan cuisine which includes seafood mostly. The tiger prawns here are absolutely delicious. There are stalls which sell cheap clothes as well.
Vasco da Gama
72 Kms from Kudal
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,June,July,August,September,October,November,December
On the western tip of Goa and Mormugao peninsula lies the lively port city of Vasco Da Gama. Even though the city itself is busy and dusty, a few places justify halting here for a day before getting your Goa trip started. Just behind Dabolim airport is the Bogmalo beach, small and quaint, but pretty nevertheless. If you want a little privacy, pay a visit to the Velsao Beach. It is not touristy and you may even spot a dolphin or two here. For a spectacular view of the sea, climb up a few stairs to visit the Japanese Garden on a hillock on a breezy evening. The Naval Aviation Museum behind the airport is a great way to pass time if you are interested in the history of Indian Naval Aviation. Vintage air crafts, helicopters and vessels preserved here will give you a taste of the heritage of the port city. Another must-see is the ancient St. Andrews Church in Vasco da Gama. The walls are adorned with beautiful azulejos and the cemetery is maintained well. If nothing else, a relaxing walk on the beach will make Vasco Da Gama absolutely worth it.
90 Kms from Kudal
Only thing we did different today was 40km ride to Benaulim Beach. Road was in very good condition and we took around 40 mins to reach there from Agonda. The beaches in the south Goa are clean, beautiful and less crowded. You can make out the difference if you visit Panaji or Calangute at this time of the year.
120 Kms from Kudal
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!