goa 2015: D13 – indian singer gokarna karnataka, leopard valley club jungle party & dropadi palolem goa

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awoke today at about 9am to the sound of an amazing voice somewhere in the distance . i thought it was the sound of someone playing a cd of indian music . the voice had such unique characteristics . as i awoke and the longer i listened it actually sounded like it was live not a cd . my ears pulled me off the bed and made me follow where the sound was coming from which appeared to be the hippie commune next door to our guest house . shades on , down the stairs and out the gate along the road , when i arrived an older barefooted woman was walking out the gate , i said ‘morning’ to which she replied in a slightly broken gravelly tone that sounded like the singer id heard , and kept on walking . i asked one of the guys staying there if it was her singing and he replied yes , she is a beggar trying to earn some money but unlike the usual beggars she is actually doing something .

i caught her up and told her she was amazing and to please wait while i went back to get her some money . the traveller hippie guy said its kind what you are doing , if you have no money give her this and gave me about 100rps out of his own pocket ! thankful and promising to give it back in a moment [he said he didnt want it] , i asked her if she could sing for me too and she sat down in the dust on the side of the road and this happened . blew my mind . out of the whole holiday [and there is some pretty amazing stuff i havent even got to on my blog yet] , i think this might be my favourite moment of them all . love this woman !!! i dont even know what the box instrument is called but its simplicity is very effective .

and off she went barefooted along the street

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went back to the hotel and got 200r and returned to the commune and gave it to the [scandinvaian?] guy . he said youve given me far too much , i replied you did something for me , now im returning the favour . he smiled and said “thankyou it will go towards helping someone else out along my travels” … can there ever be a better start to the day than this ? we where due to leave gokarna today so packed our bags and checked out followed by breakfast in town – from kudle beach it was over the hill and into goarna town to the “shree shakti hotel” .

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widescreen panoramic shot : car street , gokarna – the main street

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after a 2 hour bike journey we arrived at our next hotel in between palolem and patnem called castle house , a nice place with a large sunny pool , comfy beds , fridge wifi and a/c – everything our gokarna guest house didnt have ! even had some squirrels outside our room .

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that evening we ate at “dropadi” on palolem beach as the food was so nice last time .

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and then onto our big night out at “leopard valley” , a huge outdoor party in an old quarry in the jungle between palolem and agonda . this place is absolutely amazing , playing deep huose and tech house all night on a massive jbl sound system with 3D visual mapping , fire dancers and bikini clad women with angle grinders . what a night of music and partying till 4am in the jungle ! visually this is by far the best club night in goa and keeping the old quarry theme its kited out with with huge stone columns topped with fire coming out of each one , and a stone dj box with a waterfall projecting out the front , and a massive capacity venue . fantastic ! this is on friday nights , and along with the saturday night “silent noise” headphones party makes south goa an amazing weekend party trip without any north goa trance music to be heard !

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party on !

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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 a type of ‘thing’ on the floor and performed some sort of ceremony on it .maybe 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 furth south into karnataka . takes about 2 hours from gokarna , 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 250ft temples and the biggest shiva in the world reaching up 150ft !

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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]. check out this thali … nom nom !

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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

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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 !!!

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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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