arambol drummers and funky night [thurs] at coco loco
arambol drummers and funky night [thurs] at coco loco
little movie i done for little vagator beach
forgot to add it to the last post so i made one just for this video !
drone cam , gifs , videos , photos …. lets do a media session …… burials , dogs , cows , frisbee , football , bat n ball , cocktails …. bewhatchawannabe
spend 10 minutes on little vagator beach at sunset time …. some raw footage , maybe you can spot yourself ? the guy in the hat , sure our paths have crossed online ? if youre in germany this might be blocked youll have to use http://www.unblockyoutube.co.uk or similar
heres where i fire the drone up , awesome look over the top of the cliffs where chronicle and thalassa and many more are , soundtrack from dusky .
if you want to know what you are seeing here is a basic map [click to enlarge]
heres another youtube movie i just made all about little vagator beach
they say its the indian boys you love rocking the underpants look , but not exclusively . take a bow vladimir !
it wasnt as windy today as previous days , and enjoyed the sea back at little vagator . in keri it selves quite deep and you have to remain vigilant in some areas of keri beach . after a day on the beach i went to anjuna circle and got some beef croquetes at 10R each , and the bhel puri was still rocking it out . its ace to be back in goa from my road trip , the food really is fab . ie one day in badami i ordered breakfast …. black tea with seperate milk , fresh lime soda and a dosa . when it all came i got a cofee not tea , milk was powdered , fresh soda was a bottle of coke , and the dosa never arrived . gotta love india haha .
then it was go karting next to the main ingos saturday night bazaar . surprisingly good actually , decent enough track , but the locals dont half drive slow . felt like lewis hamilton at times . cheap as chips too . the quads in anjuna and the gokarts ehre are both worth doing .
that evening thought id make a trip to dragonfly villa in anjuna , but it was well and truly shut .
so went to laguna anjuna instead . the guy who runs ciao in patnem runs it . its called bellisima but it wasnt a patch on ciao down south . the pasta came with macaroni cheese , it just didnt work on any level . ace guy who runs it tho . for pasta in north goa it simply has to be ciao bella chapora . might try it again , maybe they had an off nite but the food just felt average and not as good as down south .
spent the day up on keri / querim beach far north of goa just before you hit maharashtra state line . on a good day you can get the whole north end of the beach to yourself , with just several shacks on the south end about half a mile back .
WIDESCREEN PANORAMIC SHOT >>> click
right down at the tiracol end you can see tiracol fort , the wall down to the sea , work being done on new roof , the cross in the sea for the fishermen , etc etc
heres a point of view video , spend 5 mins alone on keri beach ;-)
when leaving keri i followed some sort of25 car & 50 motorbike parade all the way from keri to arambol [where i was going to coincidently for the sunset] . it was for one of the guys in the jeep who i presume is an elected politician type . i was bang in the middle of it , the only tourist , and i had the whole thing on video but ive lost the file . was funny . they played music full blast the whole journey out the back of a van , and let off fireworks all the way too in each village . shame the file has gone , it was a brilliant one too . the only thing i have from this epic journey are these 2 pics . doh ! whoever is in the white shirt is ‘the man’ !
and so arrived at arambol which is actually the nest beach to keri tho its a long way round to get to it . indulged in pre sunset beers as the crowds gathered for the nightly drumming session and impromptu flea market and general goan crazys ;-) here are some of the shacks where the sunset action happens , full moon , pacha , negi , basha etc
one guy did a theatrical dance on stilts for the sunset . the beach dogs looked totally bewildered !! love it here for the sunset , such an entertaining beach like no other in goa .
if you look carefully , maybe click picture , you can just see the sunset !
this is where the hippies and travellers set up their mini flea market on a small throw on the sand . they sell things like jewllery , hand crafts , tea , cake , fashion accessories etc , making enough money to keep them in goa for the season . they come from every country pretty much , a bohemian vibrant end to each day . love arambol .
dont know what the track is in the background , gonna guess at johnny cash ??
after the sunset shenanigans it was late night biz at katzensuppe , techno debauchery and bass till late o’clock
by searching for arambol , keri , or katzensuppe on the box part way down on the right hand side you can find numerous more posts on this blog for those 3 places ie showing menus , shops , activities etc and tons more general info from previous visits …..
and just to put the old icing on the goan cake , have a bash on this aerial drone cam with a bit of old skool nostalgia that just seemed to fit the mood …. comments , shares … fire away guys ….
after the massive 8 hour journeys on the bike from india back into goa , today was all about chilling and tried to keep mileage into a few miles rather than a few hundred ! so good to be back to the beach from the hot stifling heat inland , maybe enjoy some alcohol and meat lol . hung out on little vagator beach with beers n food , did some boogie boarding , drank some cocktails , went to chronicle for sunset … chillllllll ….
chronicle , next to alcove hotel
next to chronicle is ‘one’ , it used to be called ‘terrace’ and was lame . not tried here yet .
later on went to roma who have really upped their game this year . was good previously but now its twice the wize and they have lots more dishes , not just pizza . opposite here is the immense sakana japanese [sushi and steaks rock here] , and the house club called bubble brunch which opens minight till 6am most nights , and is one of the few true house venues where most others are psy trance or tech house .
up today for the drive back to goa , came out my hotel and had a flat rear tyre DOH ;-( took a ride into town for breakfast and dropped the bike at a tyre guy who fixed it while I ate . no biggie , thankfully it was a standard puncture and the tyre wall was ok .
VIDEO heres a final look up here at the temples , an alternative perspective seeing things people might not have seen before like the roof , this is location aihole [click>]
grabbed a load of fruit , water , juiced up the bike , started the gps , loaded my luggage and twisted the throttle of my ‘chopper’ [Honda activa 125 haha] . 16 hours non stop maxxed out for long periods especially on the nh4A , never missed a beat .
petrol was low , not many places stand out as being a supply . one village which was a huge truck stop had no petrol at all even from bottles , but thankfully I made it to the next village 20 miles away and located some before crossing the ghats . that is remote up there wouldn’t want to run out of petrol up that way eek . just before you hit goa on the Karnataka side of the border the road is dreadful , then you hit the state boundary and the road is perfect again the moment you cross over the line . didn’t half feel good to be ‘back’ . the signs saying no dumping of rubbish had been shit on and rubbish defiantly chucked around it which was really sad , talk about making a first impression of the state of goa !
like departing , the border post was once again unmanned . you feel like your well on your way , in reality its probably about 2 hours to go , but its still a good indicator of not being killed yet . I knew if I made good time as I had so far I would get back for sunset cocktails in anjuna …. id not stopped as much as on the way , id bypassed hubli all together [no food/kfc stops lol] , no videos , trains , goats , sunflowers , no hanging out in peoples shops or exploring ruins like the journey there , so I took the journey down from about 8.45 hours there to what turned out to be about 6.45 back home which was pretty solid on a twist n go moped / scooter . ahhhhhh anjuna , dumped my bags walked straight back out of the guest house [owner was relieved Id made it back she was worried about me going that far!] , and went direct to anjuna beach and literally walked into the sea without breaking stride . washing 7 hours / 300klm of traffic/road filth and dust off me that was bonded on with suncream was incredible . beach bum forever yehhh . loved the journey but by god it felt good to be back to the beach , even if it was oily anjuna …… cocktail por favor
after chilling for a couple of hours the reward was a trip to my fav – sakana Japanese in vagator for their amazing steak with all the trimmings and miso soup . still think this is my number one in goa .
woke up in badami , if you have been following my blog for the last few entries youll have seen the epic 9 hour journey on a scooter from goa to get here , and have had an opportunity to see badami ruins lake caves and town . today we are going to do aihole .
Aihoḷe is a village having a historic temple complex in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka, India . It is known for Chalukyan architecture, with about 125 stone temples dating from 5th century , and is a popular tourist spot in north Karnataka. It lies to the east of Pattadakal, along the Malaprabha River, while Badami is to the west of both .
lets go … some things in india are too strange to think about , things like a third tap in my room …. hmm … imagine if draft kingfisher came out mmm
upon leaving the hotel [where all the hundreds of giant fruit bats are in the tree tops , the family of about 25 pigs and piglets pigs are rummaging in the pile of rubbish in the derelict corner] , this morning there where dozens of moneys of all ages charging round the hotel grounds . hilarious , could sit and watch them for hours . mischievous I guess youd describe them . theres also soooo many parrots and squirrels too . and in town its cleaned up 24 hours a day by pigs everywhere and loads of piglets . not many cows or dogs like goa , the pigs clean everything up rubbish , scraps of food , food market cast offs , and human waste all gets taken care of lol . place stinks , still a culture shock to see people just blatantly shitting on the side of the road in full view in badami , pattadakal and aihole and all over the roads in the tiny villages in between these towns . .
so went for breakfast in badami town where I’m staying, base camp . eating at hotel anand , located opposite the large modern almost out of place hotel rajsangam . indian breakfast – dosa , with some fresh fruit , with a cup of English tea . spot on
after breakfast I hit the road to aihole , passing pattadakal on the way . along the route they had built a new housing estate , hundreds of tiny new builds
widescreen panoramic shot [click] >>>>
you pass some great scenery on the way , remote landscapes , decaying ruins , various animals , and vast fields of sunflowers at times many miles long in every direction
one state , many worlds … karnataka
then you reach aihole . I didn’t know how many temples there would be , thought maybe a few and so spent a while looking round the first few , then I carried on and just found more and more around every corner I went to – it was almost never ending . other places like arvalem there is one rock cut cave , tambdi surla there is one temple . here it turns out there are 125 temples !!! this is the experimental site for the design of new temples , so every design is totally different . you can see the arvalem and tambdi surla templates here . amazing place that nobody ever comes to . for me it was a toss up of here or hampi , but everyone goes to hampi so thought id do something different . paid off big time !
check this out … on the way in i was met by a muzzled goat having a sh!t haha . lets see who bids me farewell in a moment ;-) this is the first place you come to , and behind it the next bigger complex
I thought that might be it , I had no map nor was any available , but no ! that is just the first two sites . you know I said the muzzled goat having a shit greeted me , heres the farewell
okayyyy , travelled a few hundred more metres and temples started appearing everywhere … heres another complex on the other side of the village , a rock cut cave with fantastic views to the hill top temples .
leaving here I passed one site being excavated / renovated / restored …
then it was stopping off for something to eat at the main junction in tow . nothing more than a series of a dozen or so street shops / cafes . I asked for a cold drink , but nothing was too cold as it turns out they don’t get any power till it gets dark at about 7pm tonite ! no fridges , no fans , no wifi or phones , no nada .
at this junction there is another site with the ambigera gudi temple
look how the light is used to great effect in the designs …
also at this junction is the entrance to the main central site for temples , a huge cluster of awesomeness . this is the only site you have to pay to get in – a staggering 100Rps = 1 whole English pound at todays rates ! I think Indians had to pay 10Rps = 10p ! so many temples , just WOW !
important : note sign says Friday holiday [closed] .
from here I went to the top of the hill id seen earlier from the rock cut cave . at the bottom a gang of kids where playing cricket with an old rag and a branch of a tree for a bat . 3 of them decided they would take me up the steps and show me around the jain temple . the oldest one was teaching the youngest one how to hustle . future hustlers for sure . infact future hustlers right now ! these guys are destined for goan shack jobs , or jobs at a Bangalore IT centre . First they befriended me , sticking to me like a hungry mosquito, then started asking opening qs like name, country, told me some facts about temple and india winning the cricket. at the end of the impromptu ‘tour’ the oldest one asked for some money “for school books and pens”! he really knew how to work it lol . his rates where far too high tho … 50 rups! It was hilarious a lemon soda just got given to me for 10rps. Had to advise he was asking too much for a short tour . But he said “it is for schoolbooks and pen”!!! took them all for a bottle of coke each and gave them 20Rps . they where made up with that . everyone was happy .
i did the jain temple on the hill last cos of climb/heat . its a great view down on what you have been seeing all day . i thought id go for an hour but i was there for about 5 . I’m sure they where many more things id like to see but didn’t . its about 30 mins to get to pattadakal from badami and pretty simple and quiet farm roads , then about 30 more to aihole . i didnt even use my sat nav it was signed and easy to reach these towns from badami .
what a trip its been up here , this place has been ace … aihole , its got the lot . theres 50 temples in the durga complex and over 50 more around it . you only pay for durga complex . its also got a museum for 5 rps more but i read it wasnt worth seeing . in durga there are tons of extra artifacts ‘hero stones’ mounted all around the temples . there is still a lot of restoration work being done In the main complex and sites around it , incl one big temple being improved and totally overhauled by traditional stone masons . its spetacular . durga is obvously the jewel in the crown , the level of detailing inside is immense . however i thought the cave was equally impressive with the life sized figures that’s located on the outskirts of the town and found only by chance really on my moped . the only downside is all the temples outside the complex are just anywhere so you have to seek them out but when you do encounter them but they do have dual indian/english information signs , and typically theres no map anywhere and a large map sign as you enter aihole would be really helpfull , or if you could even buy one im sure everyone would buy one . there are about 20 small shops selling drinks and snacks etc , plus another dozen fruit stalls and a great salt lemon soda guy for 10rps which is way cheaper than anywhere else ive had one . note : i made him rinse the glass out with my own fresh waster rather than his dirty week old bowl of water which looked totally rotten and brown eeeh ;)
here is the video of the monkeys at breakfast
this is the video for some of the aihole temple complex
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last episode was travelling here from goa . at the bottom of the page you will find an hours worth of video footage showing temples , roads , town , wildlife , lakes etc along with overlaid descriptive captions on the video .
firstly some of the local wildlife next to my hotel , including giant fruit bats in the trees . then a few scenes from badami town . there are pretty much zero western tourists here , i only saw 2 german guys in a few days of being here , nobody else . what a great getaway and adventure it is . theres no meat , no partys , and you can barely even get a beer .
but this is what i travelled all that way for , fantastic temples , lakes and caves . the scale of it is huge . words cannot do it justice . Badami formerly known as Vatapi, is a town and headquarters of a taluk by the same name, in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka, India. It was the regal capital of the Badami Chalukyas from 540 to 757 AD. It is famous for its rock cut structural temples. It is located in a ravine at the foot of a rugged, red sandstone outcrop that surrounds Agastya lake. Badami has been selected as one of the heritage cities for HRIDAY – Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana scheme of Government of India. check out the pictures and videos below .
so i left badami and travelled about 15 miles and 30 minutes drive to pattadakal , its not far and a fairly easy farm road most of the way there to the next town .
this is pattadakal , more temples and a tiny town much smaller than badami . Pattadakal also spelled Paṭṭadakallu is a World Heritage site, a village and an important tourist centre in the state of Karnataka and is located on the left bank of the Malaprabha River in Bagalkot district and is 22 km from Badami and 514 km from Bangalore. It is 22 km from Badami and about 10 km from Aihole, both of which are well known for Chalukya monuments. Pattadakal, site where Badami Chalukya kings were coronated, was the capital of the Chalukya dynasty of Karnataka in Southern India between the 6th and 8th centuries. Pattadakal is a great centre of Chalukya art and architecture, noted for its temples and inscriptions. According to inscriptions, the place was known by the names Kisuvolal (Red Town – mostly mountains near pattadakal gave this name).
and arrived back to badami just as an unusual sunset was taking place
well worth the long drive to get here . i will do some more places in the next episode !
THIS IS BADAMI , AND THE JOURNEY TO PATTADAKAL
THIS IS A DRONE CAMERA WITH SOME UNIQUE FOOTAGE OVER BADAMI
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epic road trip : anjuna, goa > badami, karnataka via ghats mountains
this is gonna be some big ass ride , google said 6.45 hours solid in a car , but on a moped i knew it would be longer with stopping and videos etc lol . lets do this …
after travelling almost out of goa i needed a break so stopped off at the cafe near dudhsagar waterfalls , its called dudhsagar spa . lovely landscaped area with ducks roming round etc
you see some great signs along the way
and then you enter the ghats , i wont put too many pics up , best watch the video . some of the views from the moutain tops are incredible . its hard trying to video and drive one handed up the mountains death roads with kamikazee truckers and monkeys everywhere lol
VIDEO DRIVING OVER THE GHATS :
and up the top you leave the state of goa and enter karnataka . the checkpoint was unmanned today
once down the other side the first main town was about 30klm onwards called gharli [i think!] . even just this far people where looking at you quizzically [is that a word?] . 9 hours later it was to be a fascinated stare . i stopped for some streetfood and water , a guy dragged me into his time warped shop and sat me down . i took whatever he offered , potato and chilly fried things mostly . delish . at this point a toll road starts , but bikes dont pay . in the centre of town looked like some sort of victorious monument . and a steam roller . check out the video for an insight .
all along the route NH34 – NH4 [road of death for about 10 miles] – NH218 – there where so many htings to see , it was forever stop start . this was goiong to take much longer than said on google maps !
along with the scary NH4 road of death for 10 miles , i had to endure 10 security guards all legging me with truncheons for parking in a ‘no parking zone’ outside KFC hubli for 5 mins , they wanted 7500 Rps charge hahaahaa . i thought he asked for 75p first and i was about to pay and he said no £75 ?!! told em to F off so it was gloves off at that point ! ended up in a battle with 10 vs 1 tooled up security guards chasing me round a mall and down the road , and eventually legged the last pussy with his own truncheon all the way back to his hut where i lashed his bat at him while he squeeled like a piglet . proper going off . i mean he didnt even have any teeth the last one haha , fuck off gums ! worse was after id eaten my kentucky i realised theyd stolen my helmet so had to go back and do it all again battling in their hut with them 30 mins later . i left 1 on the floor and grabbed my helmet while the 2nd just froze , and before the rest came running with their bats again i was gone with the sound of walkie talkies in meltdown . mental half hour . funny now but also pretty crazy on reflection . welcome to hubli . i knew it would be last chance of some meat for a few days and boy i had to work hard for that chicken i tell you ;-)
1 mile down the road i filled up with petrol and ended up rowing with another guy trying the old petrol scam . wrong timing mate …. seen it 50 times over from mexico to thailand – you pay for the previous customers fuel too cos they dont zero the meter . honestly i couldnt wait to leave hubli , plus it was a real shit hole . thankfully that was the only trouble for the rest of the trip apart from a flat tyre in badami 3 days later .
after the NH4 link and hubli it was all pretty much farm roads from here , really nice drive . infact prior to hubli and NH4 it was good too . i seemed to criss cross the railway every 20 minutes , and at times the roads where taken over by farmers who dry their crops on the hot black tarmac . makes sense i guess … but dangerous at times on 2 wheels driving over grain .
passed graveyards , mules , bison , smiling faces , mines , millions upon millions of sunflowers , huge rocks aka a mountain i guess with wind turbines , such a great experience .
one of the fields had lots of dead sunflowers , the rest where living
and eventually about 8.45 hours later arrived in badami . phew epic journey . i grabbed some food , watched a bit of tv , and went to bed shattered from the drive . its probably like driving from liverpool to paris on a moped haha !!! and look at this , one of the best hotels in badami , most other people here i kid you not shit in the gutter and heres me with 3 taps on the wall , a toilet … and a pepsi tarpaulin advert on the back window .. i felt like royalty ;-)
heres the rest of the journey on video
gharli – hubli – badami