The aim was to see all the beaches in Goa, India, and photograph them to blog them. It took altogether some 14 years, since I was actually living in Europe and there is some 100km of beaches in Goa only. But here they are now – all the beaches in Goa, from North to South.
The namelinks below each photo will lead you to the introductions of each beach. And if there is an existing travelguide for the beach in question, you will find it in the guidelink. –
Shore Temple is located by the sea in the East Coast of India and it is said to have been built in 700 – 728 AD. Here’s 5 reasons why you should go and see this Hindu temple by the Bay of Bengal. It has survived over 2500 years by the sea and even a tsunami –
5 reasons to see the Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram
Shore Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Monument.
It is one of the oldest structural stone temples of South India.
Shore Temple is beautiful and impressive to look and experience at.
Shore Temple is located by the Bay of Bengal, so you get to see the East Coast of India at the same time.
Mahabalipuram Dance Festival is held by this site, to celebrate traditional Indian dance.
The photographs from Mahabalipuram show you the clear blue sky on a typical hot and sunny day in Tamil Nadu. There’s a green nature surrounding the Shore Temples.
In addition to lions and Nandi, many Gods and Goddesses were also carved in the temple stones. See the images attached –
See also this Indivue short video about this over 2500 year old Indian temple and its surroundings.
After watching the Indivue shortvideo about the Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram, see the nearby city Chennai in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Other famous places in Tamil Nadu, in addition to Chennai and Mahabalipuram, are Puducherry and Auroville, for example.
Read also about the other places in India which Indivue visited and photographed. And subscribe for the new updates to come!
More details of the Shore temple can be found from the Incredible India website link attached.
Do you fancy drinking tea in a terrace in Helsinki during summertime? Maybe with a random book or magazine? Oodi is making that possible, since the new three-story library building is opening this week in the centre of Helsinki, and it will be having a very big and fancy cafeteria with a terrace on its third floor.
Shelves in Oodi library, empty in November, a few days before the opening
First floor of Oodi, facing the Finnish Parliament House
Shelves in Oodi library, empty in November, a few days before the opening
Oodi library Helsinki Finland
Nationalsbalcony in Oodi, Helsinki Finland
Cafeteria in Oodi, Helsinki Finland
Stairs in Oodi library Helsinki Finland
Stairs in Oodi library, Helsinki Finland
Oodi and view towards Töölönlahti, Helsinki Finland
Oodi library is the 100th year birthday gift from Finland and its capital Helsinki to its citizens. It took 3 years to build it. This week Oodi will open its doors for the audience and from then on it will be one of the most important sights of Helsinki and the whole of Finland. The view from the 3rd floor of Oodi will most certainly charm you, whether you’re inside or outside the library. In addition there is a lot one can do in this three-story library building.
Not knowing anything more about those 100000 books and magazines Oodi will be having, here’s still 5 more reasons to see and experience Oodi. It will be open seven days a week starting 5.12.2018 –
5 reasons to visit Oodi in Helsinki
1. Oodi will give anyone a free chance to experience clean and beautiful design. The impact will surely be healthy and uplifting for the mind.
2. From the balcony on the third floor one can admire sunsets during summertime. There will be no skyscrapers blocking the sun all though it is in the centre of Helsinki.
3. Oodi is not only a library but a cultural centre. In addition to traditional libraryservices you will also find a cafeteria, restaurant, movie theatre, a playpark for kids, etc. Movie theatre Kino Regina will open in January 2019.
4. On the second floor of Oodi there will be workspaces of various kind in handicrafts as well as digital works. There will also be soundproof rooms for study or work, and for playing music. This second floor will be fully open in 2019.
5. Oodi promotes lifelong learning, active citizenship, democracy and freedom of expression.
In addition to this, the third-floor ball chairs offer a great opportunity to read blogs in your own privacy with your own smartphone!
Gokarn, also written as Gokarna, is a small village in the West coast of India, in the state of Karnataka, which is a neighboring state to Goa. Gokarn is located some 145km towards South from Goa, and it is a religiously significant place for Hindus, which is why it is very common to see there pilgrims dressed in black.
You can reach Gokarn easily by train, bus or car, from Goa, but of all these 3 the busride will most likely consume most of your energy, though nothing beats the warm wind blowing through the bus windows during sunset time.
Here’s 5 reasons to visit Gokarn –
1. If you are hippy minded missing the good old days of Goa, you can get some of those hippy vibes back from Kudley Beach, Om-beach and especially Paradise Beach in Gokarn. Paradise Beach you can reach by boat and sleep overnight there in some very simple huts by the sea. Sunbathing also allowed.
2. Sunsets by the sea in Gokarn have been a way more beautiful than in many other places in India. One of the best places to enjoy sunset in Gokarn is on top of the hill between Kudley Beach and Gokarn Beach. The wind is very smooth. Just remember to return to the village before it gets too dark.
3. Gokarn will show you the real beautiful India, which is not too modern. It will also show you some incredible things as well, like a man and a woman walking on the same street without a shirt and without any problem from other people. See the attached photo if you don’t believe it.
4. The small streets of Gokarn will give you an idea of the real life of dedicated Hindus.
5. Restaurants in Gokarn are often very spicy for the Western tongue, but one small cafe there used to make really fabulous uttapams. That taste could make the customer come back all the way from Finland. Don’t know if that place exists anymore, but at least in Om Beach there’s one very nice restaurant, namely Namaste Cafe.
The latest update for Indivue’s Travel Opus to Europe is the video Best of 10 from Copenhagen. It tells about the best sights for a traveller to see in Copenhagen, like Rosenborgs castle, Christiansborgs Palace, Nyhavn and the statue of the Little Mermaid. The video consists of beautiful images many of which you’ve never seen before.
The charm of Goa is very much based on its beautiful nature.
Unfortunately roaming around in Indian forests is not safe for a blogging photographer, but luckily they have developed a solution in India for that, which is those tourist friendly spice plantations. In Goa there are several spice plantations, and I went to visit Sahakari Spice Farm in South Goa four years back –
Sahakari Spice Farm is located in Ponda in South of Goa, far from the traditional Goan tourist attractions. You can get there the best and safest by an A/C-taxi, although it is a very expensive way to travel in Goa.
In Sahakari Spice Farm you can see growing, among others, green nature, flowers, pineapples, cashew nuts, pepper corns and other spices , coconuts and bananas in a tree – you can see those in this video attached as well. Bananas and pineapples growing are indeed a very exotic thing to see for a North European traveler, believe it or not. In addition you might also get to see an elephant and buy organic spices for yourself!
If you are wondering what on earth they are pouring with a ladle to a small childs neck in this video, I must reveal that it is water, which cools you nicely when it runs down your back, as the weather in Goa is otherwise tropically sweaty and hot even in February.
Coconut palms do grow everywhere in Goa, but in spice plantation you can see them without hotels and houses.
Elephants are another luxury you don’t get to see every time you visit India.
Here in this video you can see an elephant taking a do-it-yourself-shower in Sahakari Spice Farm!
The roads in Sahakari Spice farm were well maintained in 2014. They had even made good stairs in the jungle!
Helsinki is well-known as a clean uncrowded city with a close distance to sea and nature.
Seurasaari is one of its islands offering lots of natural beauty especially during summertime. For a birdwatcher and a naturelover it is a pearl, within a short bus trip from the Helsinki centre. Seurasaari is a free experience except during Midsummer festivals in June.
Here’s an Indivue video of the birds in Seurasaari – enjoy the video attached.
This video from Seurasaari is part of Indivue’s Travel Opus to Europe. Read more about Helsinki here.
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