goa 2015: D12 – gokarna to murudeshwara : temples, gateways, shiva village, life, beaches, menus food …

breakfast in gokarna . while eating had one of the giant wooden wheeled temples push/pulled along ‘for our entertainment’ ! there are numerous things like this in town , it has a great atmosphere here . this is the one of the main streets in gokarna , no chops , cheese or chips in sight ;-)))

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a local guy had some type of ‘thing’ on the floor and performed some sort of ceremony . im sure someone can tell me what it was and symbolises [and ill put that info on here] ?

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we hit the road destination murudeshwara . takes about 2 hours , fairly easy kinda one road straight there . you turn off at this gateway and follow the road in towards the temple

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then you see all of this – massive temples and the biggest shiva in the world

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there are lots of other things of interest too dotted about

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its set in between 2 huge bays , pretty much empty except for some visitors near shiva attractions

PANORAMIC WIDESCREEN PICTURE

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we ate at naveen on the beach , was very average food and the waiters had such bad attitudes , arguing loudly with us about how many gobi manchurian we ordered and trying [and failing] to force us to take extra food cos they made mistakes ! then chucking all their rubbish into the sea over the balconys ! needless to say they got told they where well out of order and the manager gave them a right roasting for it after we explained what had happened upstairs . just screams ‘tourist trap’ , we should have known by location . the food wasnt even that good !

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drove back to gokarna on the bike and arrived for sunset on the hill top towards kudle beach

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had food and more fun in gokarna town that night . shopping was great and so cheap compared to goa [which is cheap in itself].

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this picture basically sums it up …..

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leave you with 2 videos of the days events

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goa 2015: D11 – gokarna karnataka : temple, street market, kudle & om beach, food, roadtrip, festival, menu’s

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the journey from palolem to gokarna went well and was exactly as we had planned out . took about 2 hours i guess on the 125 moped . roads where excellent , not very busy with traffic . the new road in southern goa thru the forest was outstanding . it was much nicer than the drive from anjuna to palolem where there are a few major towns to navigate incl panjim . along the way we stopped for a freshly made juice and sat watching kingfishers with a view youd pay for .

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some of the scenery along the way is amazing

PANORAMIC WIDESCREEN SHOT

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we stopped on the way for some currys at a town just outside gokarna called ankola , and ate in a hotel next to a scrap yard !

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upon arrival in gokarna we found a hotel by kudle beach .

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they have a handfull of beach shacks on kudle beach like on goas beaches so we had some food and drinks – take a look at the prices for comparison to goa.

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after kudle we moved on to om beach

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PANORAMIC WIDESCREEN SHOT

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gokarna is way better than we expected . its busier with more western people than i imagined too . we love it here ! daytime has excellent beaches with some shacks , while at night it has a huge street market

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there is great indian food to be had here too and really low prices .

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a lot of people have basic english so its not even as hard to communicate things as it was in say maharashtra due to our total lack of indian language . its just got that feel good factor . things are noticeably cheaper here too ie thai sure and mirror shrts 300R well cheaper than the goa markets . they have huge temple chariots they sometimes pull along the streets that you might just catch , and the streets are a riot of colour , decorated with overhead canopies and chalked streets .

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finally a video of a few things like juice centre , beach moments , and the evening festival where they carry the burning torches and pull a small colourful temple thru the streets preceeded by drummers and flags . fantastic !

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goa 2015: D10 – southbound ROADTRIP – palolem, patnem, ourem ’88, dropadi, tantra, roundcube , silent noise

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road trip !

lets head southbound about 1hour 45 mins from anjuna , first stop palolem beach . jason bourne filmed scenes here running along the beach and being chased in his car with the girl . they eventually crashed off nerul bridge . palm fringed paradise although its a bit busier thesedays . this is right in the middle of palolem bay

widescreen panoramic shot

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dropadi restaurant is part of the dunhill agonda / april 21 patnem group . each place is particularly good . and clean .

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along the beach these are some of the many temporary shacks and huts along the bay that set up in november and dismantle completely in may [approx] .

TAPAS

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CAFE DEL MAR

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HAVANA

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CUBA

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BIG BAMBOO

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such hard work [!] , so it was drinks in round cube where we watched a ‘murder of crows’ [true saying] demolish a whole bag of grapes while the girls turned her back . nice work guys ;-)

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before carrying on along the beach

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CHINA TOWN

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JESSIA

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RESORT DE PALOLEM

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DOG STAR

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THE PLACE SEA VIEW

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YOU CAN DO STAND UP PADDLE FROM HERE

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ROCOCO

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MAGIC WORLD

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NEST

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TITANIC

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CAFE DEL SOL

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PAPILLON

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SHANTARAM

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right at the very southern end of palolem you have “silent noise” party , the saturday night weekly all night headphones party . its an excellent club night with 3 djs playing house/classics/r+b~funk~disco on 3 seperate channels . ive got pics from a previous visit on my blog if you use search box ‘silent disco’ . that and the amazing leopard valley are the 2 main party nights in south goa .

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after this went for sunset strawberry daquiri’s on patnem beach 5 mins moped ride from palolem beach . wanted to try tantras this time . was nice fresh fruit but too heavy on the lime and too light on the rum to be ‘the’ daq champion . still enjoyable however .

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and hung out on patnem for the rest of the day till sunset

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for our evening meal we where gagging to revisit a personal favourite of ours , ourem ’88 in palolem . superb quality food every time , advance booking is essential they dont have many tables and turn away 3 times the amount of people every evening . the couple from england who run it are great hosts too . bloody lovely ! search ourem in the box on this page for more entries for here . the music is always on point here too , a random selection of coolness ie disco , 70’s , synth pop , 90s , the jam might be played back to back with a motown track then into blondie folowed by andy weatherall then james brown , anything goes but always an enjoyable eclectic selection . bravo !

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these are the specials and part of menu

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the fresh homecooked food NOM NOM

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a waiter lol

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and a very reasonable bill

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if you are down south you really should pay a visit to ourem ’88 , definitely one of our favourites in all of goa .

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goa 2015: D9 – anjuna cliffs , beach st mandrem , timelapse video

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WIDESCREEN PANORAMIC SHOT ABOVE OF ASHVEM BEACH

banana tree

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had breakfast in anjuna watching the parasailing

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then went up to mandrem beach to spend the day at beach st / lazy dog , very clean place with tasty food . lots of asian . youll find numerous other entries on my blog for here with menu etc if you use the search box and type ‘beach st’ . lassi , vietmanese wraps , crispy noodle chow mein etc …

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from next entry on this blog we are starting a road trip south to palolem , patnem , gokarna , murudeshwara . in the meantime heres a funky timelapse video , having a beer on mandrem with the sun setting over the kitesurfers .

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goa 2015: D8 – indian midnight celebreations and music , dum biryani indian restaurant anjuna

flyers on the beach

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this is the new hotel next to oltre marino

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sunset drinks anjuna

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dum biryani for amazing indian . been superb every time we visited this year .

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random stuff around every corner in india , you never know what will happen next . love that .

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goa 2015: D7 – valantines day little vagator beach , oltre marino menu, saturday night bazaar market menu’s and clubs

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valentines day on the beach in little vagator @ oltre marino . whats not to love ?!

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goa is great for wildlife – check out this cow loving the beach !!!

VIDEO >

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that evening it was saturday night bazaar night market for all this :

live music

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great food

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HERES A LOOK AT THE FOOD STALLS AND WHAT THEY SERVE , PLUS MENUS AND PRICES . examples of dishes at places like janet johns , genacvale , petit paris , sakana , thalassa , bean me up , coffee heaven ETC ETC . check out my blog for tons of video menus food pics etc …

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tons of shopping

then the finale … party people get on down in the free clubs with deep house dj’s till 2am . a great people meeting place for sure .

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goa 2015: D6 – bollywood movie on ashvem beach , waters club , oxford store

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revisited sunset ashram today and its the same dirty rotten pool, no pump , no bar , no music , gates to beach locked . and they want 200Rps for a beer in this place ! when asked why we where leaving we asked what would be the reason to stay – the dirty pool ? wobble . so we returned to la cabanas where the staff actually care about things like being open , cleaning , and having a bar lol .

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took a walk further along ashvem beach

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on ashvem beach they where making a bollywood movie [theyd actually been shooting a few days back in sunset ashram] . dozens of production crew , trailer homes , and camera, cut , camera , cut camera take after take . maybe someone knows the actor / movie [see video] ? most of the guys working just wanted to takes pictures with blondie who was with me , and once youve said yes to one it opens the floodgates for 20 more lol

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preview trailer !

oxford store anjuna has had a facelift , same excellent range of products its the main supermarket in the area . the derelict buildings opposite are still empty . i think i read they had building flaws so have all been built but are unused .

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that night we went to waters club in little vagator . love this place and have been many times , looks awesome , good house music , right people , but the one thing is their drinks are so pricey so people go elsewhere to drink and hardly any person is getting drunk let alone has a drink in their hand or on their table . groups of 6 or 8 people with no drinks cos its 400R for a shot of brandy or vodka , or 200R for a kingfisher ! as an example you can go next door and pay 35R for brandy or vodka and 70R for a beer . for a 400R vodka shot you can buy the whole 750ml or 1 litre big bottle for 160R in oxford supermarket or 31R for a beer , yet these guys want 400R for shot . thats bonkers . if they had decent prices people would come and party and stay . some of these people in baxters [bardo] , sunset ashram , teso , waters , chronicle etc should ask themselves why they have lovely places but cant ever fill them except for a one off party night if they are lucky a few times a season . rarely have any of these places been sold out or even more than half full , thats why there arent even pictures of massive events on their facebooks …. they are empty ! yet curlies for example or numerous other places can have it rammed till 7am in the morning . yet these places quite often might be lucky to have 20 people day and night .

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