Sea Beaches in India: Time for Loads of Sun & Sand

by admin on October 21, 2013

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Goa BeachHave you tried the Beach Tours of India yet? The main thing the journey requires is a love for sand, sea and swimming and a hunger for seafood. The plus factor is, that you will be staying in five star luxuries all the way, and living as a true blue blooded with all the superlative services thrown in. The odyssey begins in Mumbai, wherein you visit the Victoria Terminus, the Prince of Wales Museum and Gateway of India. From the Gateway, look out to the Arabian Sea and move on to the Elephanta Caves by ferry. Most art historians date these Island caves between the 5th and 8th Century AD. In recent history, the colonial Portuguese vandalized some of the rock sculptures of tales from the Hindu pantheon. Salt water seepage damaged the carvings further, but still you probably will get to see your favourite deity and offer your prayers. From the holy triumvirate of Lords Bramha, Vishnu and Shiva, to the various forms of Lord Shiva and his progeny, you can see them all, sculpted by unknown artists. Some say that these were not carved by human hands.

Up next on the itinerary, is Goa with its scenic and serene Dona Paula Beach. The beach is named after the daughter of the wealthy Portuguese Viceroy of Jaffnapatnam, in Sri Lanka. A local myth says Dona Paula (entombed in the Cabo Chapel, located at the Goa Governor’s residence) can seen swimming in the moonlit waves, wearing just a pearl necklace!  Swim if you like or just watch the fishing boats meander by and enjoy the quietude. Tuck in to some awesome Goan vindaloo, calamari and mackerels; wash it down with your favourite cocktails at your hotel. Then head off to see the Basilica that houses the embalmed mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, the patron saint of Goa who died in 1552. The saint’s body remains fresh as the day he was embalmed.  His mausoleum is a supreme blend of Hindu craftsmanship and Italian art.sunset

Cochin comes gliding by after that. Stroll in to the Mattacherry Palace constructed by the Portuguese and then gifted to the Raja of Cochin in 1555. The Dutch made some extensions and thus it became known as the Dutch Palace. Sharing a common wall is the Jewish Synagogue– one of the oldest in the Commonwealth of Nations. Enjoy also, the Kumarakom bird sanctuary with main attractions like the waterfowls, moorhens, cormorants, parrots, teals and larks. It should provide some visual candy. From October onwards, the Kovalam Beach comes up with blissful, warm sunshine. Thus, you can enjoy swimming and waters sports at this beautiful golden sand beach. In Thiruvanthapuram, visit the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and watch the five headed snake Anantha on which he reclines. Check out Kerala’s famous sea food which includes prawn fries, crab curry, Netholi and a very special mutton dish called Pottu curry. Incidentally, this is also the best time to reap in the full benefits of Ayurvedic massages, so indulge and soak in this ancient form of therapy. It’s bound to relax you head to toe.

On the last part of the journey, is Christ Church with its stained glass windows portraying the Good Shepherd and is set amidst fabulous Gothic architecture from all angles. As you seek his blessings, this mesmeric sight of divinity will remain with you long after you return from this break on the beaches of India. So, if I were you, I’d be gone on the beach tours of India and enjoy some good times with family and friends.

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