5 reasons to visit the amazing Gokarn in India

5 reasons to visit the amazing Gokarn in India

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 pilgrims dressed in black are common there.

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.

 

 

Hill between Kudley and Gokarn beaches
Watching the sunset on the hill between Kudley and Gokarn beaches

 

People swimming during sunset in Gokarn Beach
People swimming during sunset in Gokarn Beach
Religious vehicle in the center of Gokarn
Religious vehicle in the center of Gokarn
Pilgrims in Gokarn dressed in black
Pilgrims in Gokarn dressed in black
Commercial wall paintings in Gokarn
Commercial wall paintings in Gokarn
Religious sight in Gokarn, India
Small religious sight in Gokarn

 

Sunset and sea in Gokarn, India
Sunset and sea in Gokarn, India

 

See also the previous post about Gokarn with videos!

 

 

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Mussoorie in India and 5 reasons to go there

Mussoorie in India and 5 reasons to go there
Roads high in Himalaya mountains, India
Roads high in Himalaya mountains, India
Edges of the mountain roads
Edges of the mountain roads
Houses by the Himalaya mountains
Houses by the Himalaya mountains
Altitude over 6000ft
Altitude over 6000ft takes your breath away
Sunset in Mussoorie, hillstation in North India
Sunset in Mussoorie, hillstation in North India
Foggy sunrise in Mussoorie, hillstation in North India
Foggy sunrise in Mussoorie, hillstation in North India

Narrow roads in India, high in the mountains, can make you feel dizzy, like in the video attached, but here’s 5 reasons to go to Mussoorie anyway –

1. If you want to experience the Himalayan mountains in India, then Mussoorie in Uttarakhand is the first hillstation to go, nearest to Delhi.

2. Narrow roads by the hillside will give you plenty of tension and excitement with real highs, no matter what is your vehicle.

3. In the spring and during the monsoon, a hillstation in India is a cool place to be, when the heat is next to unbearable elsewhere in India.

4. Sunset behind the mountains is really awesome.

5. Morning and sunrise behind the fog will leave you speachless.

Check also what else I´ve blogged about India and see the authentic videos, which will take you to a hillride in the Himalayas as well.

Indivues Travel Opus to India will tell you travel experiences from over past 13 years. You can read it also in Finnish here.

Sahakari Spice Farm in South Goa (video)

Sahakari Spice Farm in South Goa (video)

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.

Under coconut palm tree in Goa
Under coconut palm tree in Goa

Coconut palms do grow everywhere in Goa, but in spice plantation you can see them without hotels and houses.

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Sahakari Spice Farm and the elephant in a do-it-yourself-shower

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!

 

Path and stairs in the Sahakari Spice Farm
Path and stairs in the Sahakari Spice Farm

 

Check also the story about the restaurant in Sahakari Spice Farm

You can read this article in Finnish at Sahakarin mausteviljelmä Goassa

 

This article is part of Indivues Travel Opus to Goa which tells more about Goa for a tourist. Check it out!

An Indian lunch as far as the peppercorn grows!

An Indian lunch as far as the peppercorn grows!

If you wish to have an Indian lunch as far as the peppercorn grows, then I would recommend Sahakari Spicefarm in Goa, India.

Sahakari Spicefarm is located in Ponda in South-Goa and it is very suitable a sight for a traveller, who wants to get to know Indian nature and Indian plants and spices. Though it is a little bit difficult to reach, and easiest by a taxi. –

Sahakari Spice Farm Restaurant In Ponda taluka, Goa, India
Sahakari Spice Farm restaurant In Ponda taluka, Goa, India

The Sahakari Spicefarm restaurant was located in the middle of the forest, nearby the entrance of the Spicefarm.

Goan lunch: rice and dal and pao-bread
Goan lunch: rice and dal and pao-bread

Back in 2014 the lunch in Sahakari Spicefarm restaurant consisted of rice, lentil sauce and chickpea dal, and the roti was replaced by the traditional Goan pao-bread, baked with wheat and yeast. After the lunch there was also this red ayurvedic types of drink, usually served with Indian thali, and consumed after eating. It is supposed to ease the digestion.

Sahakari SpiceFarm restaurant under the palm trees in South Goa, India
Sahakari Spice Farm restaurant under the palm trees in South Goa, India

Food in the Sahakari Spicefarm restaurant was tasting fine. There were a few fans in the restaurant cooling the customers during the hot tropical days of February. Overall I would give four stars out of five for this restaurant, since the surroundings were so tropically charming.

You can listen here how the birds sing in Goa.

This article is part of my work Travel Opus to Goa, which has been written since 2005, both in Finnish and in English.

Subscribe Indivue and follow in social media, if you want to see and hear more about Sahakari Spicefarm and other Goan attractions!

Peppercorns growing in Goa, India
Peppercorns growing in Sahakari Spice Farm in Goa, India

 

Find this article about Sahakari Spicefarm restaurant in Finnish here.

Check also related article Indian spices in Finnish and in English and more restaurant reviews from the past twelve years in Finnish here!

And for the grand finale, find the showering elephant in Sahakari Spice Farm in this video attached:

Birds’ India (video)

Birds’ India (video)

Today’s video tells you about the Indian nature and birds.

All the photographs in this video are unstaged, portraying the real life of an Indian bird. The images are not from a zoo.

Indian crow pose
Indian crow pose

Photos were taken during ten years of travelling in India, by a Finnish gori traveller. Not that gender matters.

Enjoy the video and subscribe Indivue for more travel and art to come!

For photo print enquiries, contact indivuearts(a)gmail.com

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Bird’s life in Goa

See also blogpost Kissing crows from 2006

and read about Angry birds in India in 2012!

Pigeons in India (video)

Pigeons in India (video)

Today’s video is about pigeons in India and what happens in the backyard of a Goan guesthouse, where nobody was suppose to be watching –

 

 

After watching Pigeons in love do read and watch more gori travellers’ delights from India and elsewhere in the world –

in English at indivue.com and in Finnish at indivue.blogspot.com.

 

Indian birds in Goa
Two Goan pigeons in love

 

Check also videos under theme India Travel & Art

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Read this article in Finnish at Intialaiset pulut.

Bird photography in Seurasaari island, Helsinki, Finland

Bird photography in Seurasaari island, Helsinki, Finland

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.

Birds in Seurasaari, Helsinki, Finland
Birds in Seurasaari, Helsinki, Finland

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.

If you’d like to have one of these photographs on your wall, don’t hesitate to contact indivuearts(a)gmail.com. Also, remember to subscribe Indivue for more travel and art to come!

Find this articles about Helsinki birds in Finnish here!

 

Seagull in Seurasaari, Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki seagull

 

Hail in Seurasaari, Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki hail