It was summer holidays for the kids and a vacation was impending. After much deliberation and discussions the consensus was a drive along holiday from Bangalore to Goa. The trip was a fantastic experience. We stayed in a banana plantation in Yellapur, a wooden seaside cottage on the Benaulim beach, a 200 year old Portuguese heritage house in Curtorim and atvDevbagh Island in Karwar. We chased dolphins, explored a war ship in Karwar, lazed on the beaches of Benaulim in South Goa and in the magnificent Devbagh island. The most amazing discovery of this Bangalore Goa trip was how cunningly foxes hunted crabs by using their tail as a bait on Devbagh island!
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A House Boat in Kerala can be counted as one of the best ways to spend 24 hours of your life. As you float over the serene backwaters of the Arabian Sea, you step back in time and enter a World of fishing nets, water lilies, lush paddy fields, coconut groves, floating villages and temples. The House Boat in Kerala is a journey from Kumarakom to Allepey with a night halt in the backwaters, is one of the must do things before you die!
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Vandanmedu is a quaint village in Idduki district of Kerala. It is famous for being the largest Cardamom producer in the World. Blessed with natural beauty, Vandanmedu is a perfect weekend getaway. A Plantation Stay is the best way to experience this region. Just 27 kms from Vandanmedu is Thekkady and the famed Periyar wildlife Reserve. Vandanmedu and its surrounding areas like Murikkady, Pandikuzhi, Gavi and Chellarkoil are shining examples of sustainable eco-tourism.
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Mangalore is one of the biggest ports of India and a great holiday destination. Mangalore boasts of some of the best beaches like Malpe, Kaup, Penambur and Someshwar. Even Dolphins love the waters around Mangalore. For pilgrims, Mangalore and the surrounding areas abound with ancient and famous temples. Mangalore is where one can experience the unique Dakshin Kannada culture. For a taste of high octane sports, witness Kadri Kambala where Buffaloes are raced by well muscled ryots across paddy fields!
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Sikkim is a small State with a Big impact! Home to Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world at 8586 meters, Sikkim is a great destination for a quite holiday. It's the home of over 250 monasteries of mostly the Nyingma-pa sect. Sikkim is also rich in flora and fauna. About 450 varieties of orchids, over 600 species of butterflies, 500 species of birds along with red pandas, snow leopards and other animals are found here. The cuisine is also unique and read on for a recipe for the tantalizing Momos!
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