The pristine blue waves, the sunny hues, the sandcastles and the salty breeze are what keep me going back to Goa. Now, anybody who has been to Goa even once would have surely visited a few popular beaches here. Be it the shacks, cocktail starry nights, soulful music, seafood, the rocking nightlife or the tranquillity it offers – different people chase different things in Goa! There are many popular beaches like Baga Beach, Anjuna Beach, Calangute or Vagator, the list is pretty long. I am an absolute beach person and as a beach-craving soul, I went on to explore some unexplored beach spots in Goa during my last visit.
I am listing down my top 5 favourite unexplored beaches of Goa, check them out below!
1. COLA BEACH:
Cola Beach is in the Canacona region of South Goa, 31.1 kms from Margao and 9.6 kms from Agonda Beach. Cola Beach is an unexplored beach in South Goa that not many tourists are yet aware of. With its tall coconut trees and beautiful terrain, it almost feels like a private beach.
The beach is divided into two parts – North Cola, and South Cola, with a small hill separating the two.
North Cola Beach is 800 meters long, while South Cola at 145 meters is much smaller.
There is a small river (Khola) that creates a lagoon on the northern side, which is why Cola Beach is often referred to as Khola beach. The river and its lagoon give Cola Beach a unique landscape, different from most other beaches in Goa. There are a handful of hotels and accommodation options around, and only a few beach shacks, keeping Cola’s serenity intact.
The tranquillity of this beach is incomparable. If you’re someone who likes peace more than the party spots, then Cola Beach is the place for you!
– Exact Location: Cola Beach Road, Cola, Goa!
– How to Reach: From Margao, you can reach the Cola Beach by first taking the MDR41 and then the MDR49. You have to hire a car or a bike to reach this beautiful beach.
2. KAKOLEM BEACH:
Another tranquil beach that has made it to our list is Kakolem Beach. It is one of the raw beaches of South Goa. Also known as the Tiger Beach, Kakolem Beach is one of the most secluded and naturally beautiful beaches in Goa. You will hardly see any people around, and it is a haven for peace lovers! It is squeaky clean and can only be accessed from
Cola village or if you take a boat to reach here. There are a few eco-friendly resorts as you reach Cola village, in case you want to stay.
Would you like to know that why this beach is called Tiger Beach?
According to an urban legend, this used to be the spot to hunt tigers. But truth be told, no one has really spotted tigers here, recently.
– Exact Location: Kakolem Beach, South Goa, Located 31 kms away from the city of Margao, Kakolem Beach is about 7 kms to the South of the Cabo de Rama resort.
– How to Reach: One can reach this beach only by private transport, such as cabs, auto-rickshaws available from Margao. You can also reach the beach by boat or motorboat.
3. VELSAO BEACH:
Now let me tell you about one of the most beautiful beaches to visit in Goa, which is another hidden gem here. Velsao Beach is located in Vasco da Gama, quite close to the Dabolim Airport and is richly blessed with silver sands, coconut groves and lakes decked up with lilies.
Situated on the southern coast of Goa, Velsao Beach connects with the Bogmalo Beach lying to its north side and the Majorda & Colva Beach lying to its south. It’s a beautiful beach lined with thick coconut trees. It has a lovely long stretch of white sand which is a treat to the eyes and makes for a perfect place for relaxation, soothing walks and sunbathing. It’s such a peaceful beach which lets you be close to nature, you can hear the chirping of birds and peaceful sounds
of nature. The soothing air, cool breeze and water of the beach simply create a perfect picturesque view. It offers a mesmerising view of the sunrise and sunset, so make sure to be here at the time of dawn and dusk.
– Exact Location: 9V3M+QG9, Consua, Goa 403712. – How to Reach: There are direct buses services available from Panaji to Velsao.
4. BUTTERFLY BEACH:
Butterfly Beach is situated in the Canacona region of Goa. This beach is also known as the Honeymoon Beach which is in the form of a small cove surrounded by dense trees. One of the most secluded and lesser-known beaches of Goa, Butterfly Beach is mostly accessible by a boat (ferry) ride from the nearby beaches, which only adds to the overall charm of this beach.
You can bag the best time of your vacation at Butterfly Beach which is north of Palolem Beach in Southern Goa. Enjoy your solitude, away from the rest of the world and also experience the wonderful aquatic life out in the open front of the beach.
It’s a haven for the newlyweds and lovebirds for a secluded vacation, and hence it’s also popularly called the Honeymoon Beach. It’s a fun picnic spot; you can spend quality time with your family, friends, BFF or your partner. You can also get to witness the wandering sea urchins, redfish, goldfish and sea cucumbers here. You would rarely get to see this sight anywhere else in Goa. Bookmark this one right away!
– Exact Location: This place is located at the end of Palolem Beach.
– How to Reach: You can opt for a ferry from Palolem or Agonda Beach or even a boat ride is available too.
5. SINQUERIM BEACH:
Sinquerim Beach is located just beside Aguada Fort, a major tourist attraction in Goa with immense historical significance.
Beach is located around 13 kms from Panaji and has a spectacular stretch of sand.
It is located in the south of famous beaches like Baga, Calangute and Candolim. An ideal place for swimming, this beach at Sinquerim lies adjacent to the Aguada Beach.
This beach stretches all the way north to Baga, making it great for casual walking, enjoying the spectacular sunset views & capturing them in your camera. Its beauty is enhanced several times during the sunset, and taking a walk on the beach then is an altogether different experience. There are a few tourist resorts, hotels and some amazing restaurants at this beach. You can catch a taxi, motorbike or a bus to go to Sinquerim.
Exact Location: Candolim Beach, Bardez Taluka, North Goa.
How to Reach: Sinquerim Beach is located just 14 kms from Panjim. You can hire a taxi or private vehicle to reach it.
Embark on a gastronomical journey and let the gourmand in you surrender to the delectable flavours. Our favourite patisserie is now open in Vasant Kunj, making hearts melt with its freshly baked breads & cakes..
With classy interiors and an impressive outdoor seating, Roasted by Roseate offers 15 varieties of breads accompanied with exotic marmalade jams and flavoured butters to go with! .Making it delightful with the moreish cakes & freshly brewed coffee!
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Just when the weather is perfect for a hot cup of coffee with the most beautiful view outside. Winters are the best time to indulge in delectable desserts, with a steaming hot cup of tea or coffee. Roasted by Roseate is an absolute cafe of delight! Pay a visit to experience the best hospitality in town! It’s located at Vasant Kunj
An architectural marvel of nature-inspired innovation, Jaipur Farm delivers some of the region’s most remarkable views where every inch is handcrafted with love. This beautiful farm is spread over whopping 72,000 sq ft of a highland which is 50 ft. above road level and with a fort-like entry..Let’s take you through this heavenly abode.
The Perfect Rejuvenation with your BFFs (Best Family Forever or Best Friends Forever). Whatever mood you’re in, this place has got the charm to bring you the much required peace and pleasure. From Swimming Pool to outdoor couches to Jodhpuri tents to bamboo lounges, Jaipur farm is enriched with all what it takes to be a destination of Life.
This is creativity at its best, this box has been created into a compact modern room for a couple or a single person to enjoy his/her stay in a cozy yet comfortable way. From beautifully done up decor to a queen’s bed, an attached bathroom, small sitting area to a classic mirror,this room will give you minimalist yet a comfortable stay. An outdoor swing and a beautiful sitting area under the sunlight, this corner is apt for a couple to spend some quality time with each other.
This is a villa room at the Jaipur Farm. The theme of this room is Rajasthani, each corner of this spacious room reflects authentic rajasthan beauty. It has been designed rather aesthetically . It can accommodate a group of four to five people..It has a separate dining area and a huge garden. With greenery all around and birds chirping, this is a heavenly abode for travelers. . Farming, book reading, movie watching under the stars, live music and BBQ..!!
A quick 30-minute ride from Jaipur, This Farm is a weekend escape into nature. Jaipur Farm sits at the top of the scenic village, where a constant fresh breeze helps to distress and center yourself with nature throughout your stay.
If you are looking for a perfect family or friends staycation, Jaipur farm won’t disappoint you. Open gardens, rustic feel, tête-à-tête with nature, lively nights and warm hospitality, you’ll get it all over here. I spent an awesome time farming fresh cauliflower and radish in this beautiful farm.
A family where generations stay together has given a birth to this idea of living pure. Ravi and Akhilesh are brothers and friends carving this marvelous piece of land along with their better halves. Having roamed around the world and exploring the most beautiful places, this family has a lot to offer and this is why, JAIPUR FARM would always be WIP. Ravi, otherwise CEO of a tech company in Jaipur, he finds himself most of the time on a laptop but under a tree. Every inch of their work is to add nature and experience to your moments.
Jaipur’s Royal Family becomes Airbnb’s first Royal Hosts, listing their family home, the City Palace of Jaipur on Airbnb
The 300 year old City Palace of Jaipur, home to Jaipur’s Royal Family, has played host to numerous guests over the centuries. From November 23, 2019, the Gudliya Suite at the City Palace will become accessible to outside guests, and will be able to be booked for the first time ever on Airbnb, with His Highness Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh becoming the first Maharaja to offer a stay at his palace on Airbnb, in order to help support the women’s empowerment initiatives of the Princess Diya Kumari Foundation.
Steeped in history, and located in the heart of Jaipur, capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan, the City Palace is one of India’s most iconic buildings. Guests will be able to book and stay in the luxurious Gudliya Suite, located within one of the private sections of a royal palace that, until now, has been used for the royals and their special guests. The Suite includes its own lounge, kitchen, luxurious bathroom and private, indoor swimming pool.
Guests will truly get to experience what it’s like to live like royalty. A practical and down-to-earth modern Royal, the host is the dapper, polo-playing 21-year old Maharajah, Padmanabh Singh, who succeeded his grandfather in 2011 as the Maharaja of a land his ancestors have ruled for nearly a thousand years.
Built in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of the city of Jaipur, the City Palace exemplifies the best of 18th century Rajput architecture with and other architectural influences of later periods. The interiors contain ornate chambers, large and airy reception halls, crystal chandeliers, gilded wall decorations, intricate carvings and in addition to the royal residence, the sprawling palace complex houses a large, internationally recognised museum. Notable visiting dignitaries have included Bill Clinton, Prince Charles and Jackie Kennedy, among others.
Guests of the Gudliya Suite at the City Palace will be provided an inspiring journey into the rich history, cultural heritage and artistic traditions of Jaipur’s royal family. Guests will be looked after by a private butler and guide who will arrange curated city experiences including shopping tours, guided walks through local museums and other excursions. Authentic Rajasthani meals may be enjoyed on a terrace offering an amazing view of the surrounding Aravalli hills and forts overlooking the palace, and peaceful afternoon tea can be had in the company of the resident peacocks who live in the Palace’s lush gardens.
“I am thrilled that my family and I are partnering with Airbnb to bring the splendour of Rajasthan to life for travelers from around the world. My own travels with Airbnb have made me feel very welcome in new cities and cultures, and I am happy that the experience of quintessential Indian hospitality will be shared with others.” stated His Highness Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh.
The Palace has never been available to be booked by outside guests before. Proceeds from each booking will go to the Princess Diya Kumari Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting rural women and artisans in Rajasthan. For the remainder of 2019, the Gudliya Suite, priced at $8,000 per night, will be available to book on select nights at a special inaugural offer of $1,000 USD per night, with Airbnb paying the balance amount for each booking as a contribution to the Foundation. From January 1st onwards, the Suite will be available for guests to book at the full $8,000 USD rate.
The Gudliya Suite will be available for stays starting November 23. To make a booking, guests can visit airbnb.com/CityPalaceJaipur as of now.
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Resorts World Genting and Producers Vividthree reveal how the experience was created
The Train To Busan Horror House experience at Resorts World Genting is about to open its doors to fans of the movie and fans of scare experiences in Malaysia and the region. The first-of-its-kind in the world, the Horror House launches on 31st October 2019, bringing the world of the blockbuster Korean movie to life in a unique and thrilling way.
“This isn’t the first Halloween spectacular that we’ve created at Resorts World Genting, but I believe it is certainly the best,” says Roger Ong, Assistant Vice President of Entertainment and Events for Resorts World Genting. “As the leader of entertainment experiences in Malaysia and the region, we have always tried to push the boundaries of what we can offer our customers. Which is why we have chosen Train To Busan, since something familiar and recognisable for our audience, and which is why we have chosen to work with Vividthree, a market-leading producer to bring the blockbuster movie to life. We are thankful that Vividthree immediately signed on to this project to realize this fantastic frightening Horror House.”
A collaboration with Vividthree, a digital content production powerhouse from Singapore, the Train to Busan Horror House experience is a superlative result of what location-based entertainment technology can achieve. Drawing from Vividthree’s feature film experience – which include the Singaporean box-office hit trilogy Ah Boys To Men and the Hollywood animated movie Robotropolis – Vividthree has managed to create a compelling horror experience that it considers its crown jewel. How was it made? The production team from Vividthree takes us behind the scenes and show how the magic of the Horror House is created.
Behind the Scenes: Partnering with the Train to Busan IP owner, South Korea’s Content Panda, the Horror House experience utilizes the latest in digital and virtual reality technology to create a scary experience that has to be experienced to be believed. No expense was spared in the creation of the Horror House, which is faithful to the movie and also expands on its plotline.
The team at Vividthree first began by watching
the movie – which is one of the highest-grossing South Korean movies ever –
over and over, identifying areas and scenes that were suitable to expanded and
translated into a physical experience. This, according to Vividthree, was a
huge challenge as the team wanted to be faithful to the motivations of the
characters but also allow for the new possibilities.
“We asked ourselves: what we would do if we
were one of those ordinary, everyday Koreans that somehow got caught up in a
zombie apocalypse? What would have happened if we made a different choice in
those scenarios, compared to what was done by the movie’s characters,” says Jed
Mok, Chief Executive Officer for Vividthree. “It was really fun to brainstorm
over what could be done and how we could expand the universe. But it was also a
huge challenge, as working with a successful IP like Train to Busan is a
daunting task, not least because there are so many fans around the world that
love the movie.”
The team settled on setting the Horror House in the 48 hours that ensue after the finale of the movie, asking the questions: what else was happening in Seoul, Daejeong and Busan, and what could have happened to the remaining survivors? Using hints left by the director in the movie, over 50 concepts were refined into the final product, brought to life through a mixture of live actors, digital technology, brand new videos and immersive soundscapes. Through close consultation with Content Panda, the universe of the movie has been dramatically and faithfully expanded; fans of the movie can expect to spot many Train To Busan original movie experience, while still offering a frightful time for those unfamiliar with the film.
“The Train to Busan Horror House experience is broken up into several parts, each with a unique offering inspired by the movie,” explained Roger. “When visitors first set foot into the experience, they will teleported to a busy, neon-lit street in Seoul, where some of the best Korean street food will be available. After buying a train ticket, they will then enter into a ravaged train station, centred on a wrecked train that crashes through the second level of the station, pining innocent passengers and hungry zombies under the rubble. The visitors will then get to walk through two Horror Houses. The first is made up of retail shops in the ruined Daejeong Train Station, and the second is in the abandoned train itself. But beware, you won’t be alone! After the Horror Houses, visitors can then move to the Base Camp area to engage in action-packed activities either as a survivor or zombie. Every different zone offers a different level of fun and scares, and each one will be fantastic in its own way.”
Creating the Horror House: The Horror House will be heightened with a cast of 50 actors and scare point operators, who were meticulously selected for necessary physical attributes and acting skills. Working in shifts, the acting cast – who are all Malaysian – will play the role of zombies and survivors in shifts, bringing the storyline crafted by Vividthree to life. The attention to detail going into the cast and costuming is immense; lead by an award-winning Malaysian artiste, the makeup for individual actor takes up to 2 hours to complete, while the costumes have been styled specifically to be recognisable to fans of the movie.
The preparation for the Train to Busan Horror
House took months to complete, covering art direction, set design, prop theming
and technical considerations that bring the world to life. Each aspect of the
experience came with its own challenges, and the team at Vividthree has been
careful to accurately capture the atmosphere of the movie, using custom audio
soundscapes and video assets to heighten realism. The haunting mirror maze, for
example, draws inspiration from the 2008 movie Mirrors and the final fight
sequence of Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon, creating a disorienting room full of
broken reflective surfaces and creepy mannequins. The VR zombie shooting game –
available at the Base Camp area – takes things further by allowing guests to
take on the role of Korean army soldiers, defending the Busan quarantine zone
from an army of ravenous zombies as seen in the finale of the movie.
“I’m astounded by the amount of detail and attention that has been poured into the Train to Busan Horror House. This is the result when Resorts World Genting works with the best and brightest in the industry,” says Roger Ong. “It’s been a fascinating journey, seeing how this experience has evolved from inspiration to concept to storyboard to the actual Horror House. We are incredibly pleased to open our doors and invite you inside to become part of the movie. The Train to Busan Horror House checks all the boxes of what we strive to achieve at Resorts World Genting – it is unique, it is cutting-edge, and it showcases how we are using Virtual Reality to push the envelope of entertainment. We also see this as an opportunity to promote South Korea itself, by working with brands to bring the true soul of Seoul into the experience. I am confident that we have achieved our goal of scaring the pants off our guests. And I promise that this is the beginning of great things as we aim to create even more dynamic experiences in the years to come.”
The Train To Busan Horror House experience will be accepting passengers from 31 October 2019 to 1 January 2020, running from 12 noon to 10pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 1 November to 1 December 2019, and daily from 2 December 2019 to 1 January 2020. The Streets of Seoul runs from 10 am to 10 pm over the same time period. Tickets to the Horror House are priced at RM90 for regular admission (RM80 for Genting Rewards Club members). A combo Horror House single admission and Skytropolis Preview Pass is available at RM128, and guests looking at skip the queue can opt for an additional Express Pass at RM30. For more information, visit www.rwgenting.com or call +603 2718 1118. For AirAsia BIG members, please visit airasia.com to purchase tickets.
Google, Dolby, Netflix, MediaTek and Flipkart to offer superior lifestyle experience to consumers
Attractive introductory festive offer pricing on products
Japanese Consumer Electronics giant, Sansui, has launched a new range of technologically powered consumer durable and electronic products in the India market today.
The diverse product portfolio includes smart Televisions, Washing Machines, Audio Devices, Air Conditioners, Refrigerators, Small Kitchen Appliances etc. and is available in the market from September’19 across offline and online platforms. Sansui has collaborated with major players including leading global internet entertainment service providers Netflix and Dolby as well as technology partners Google and MediaTek, to ensure a smart and enhanced TV viewing experience in its latest range.
Through its renowned Japanese technology, Sansui brings the perfect combination of features and aesthetics with its new range of consumer durables and electronics. The new range comes loaded with smart features and the latest technology at an honest price and is targeted at millennials, who are brand conscious and have a preference for the latest and innovative lifestyle products.
Smart TVs –Transcend into another realm with the breathtakingly immersive and seamless LED TVs pre-installed with Netflix 5.1 and YouTube with dedicated keys on remote, IPS display and wide viewing angle. Experience immersion ranging from HD, FHD, UHD/4K to QLED in regular and Smart TVs designed with innovative Japanese technology, producing Incredible sound and stunning details, and life-like colours. Sansui’s latest range of Smart TV’s will be available at an introductory price of INR 12,490 to INR 60,490.
Washing Machines – For hassle-free laundry, the new range combines hygienic washing and pre-set options. The smart-cleansing programmes and a swarm of innovative features leading to convenience and efficient performance are developed exclusively for the Indian households. The Washing Machines cater to every requirement with models such as semi-automatic, top loaded fully automatic and front-load fully automatic and will be available between INR 8790 to INR 24990.
Refrigerators –Prioritising utility and comfort, stylish and powerful refrigerators to keep your food fresh.
Sansui Blast Speakers – Designed specifically for party lovers, the speakers focus equally on trendy design and technological innovation. With good quality bass, Bluetooth, USB & AUX ports, the speakers are portable with wireless microphones.
ACs – Specifically designed for the Indian geography and consumers, this chic range perfectly complements your modern lifestyle by keeping the house cool and fresh.
Home Appliances – Coffee Maker / Toaster – Adding to the elegance and luxury of your abode, enhance your lifestyle with pioneering home appliances produced with utmost care using advanced technology.
In-line with the Government’s thrust on ‘Make in India’, Sansui also announced setting up of a state-of-the-art manufacturing unit for TVs, washing machines, refrigerators and air-conditioners spread over 30 acres in Gurugram by June 2020. The new facility will serve as a key manufacturing hub for Sansuiin South East Asia besides generating around 3000 new employment opportunities in the country.
Sansuirecently announced a strategic partnership in India with Delhi-based business conglomerate Jaina Group to consolidate its presence in the India & South East Asian markets. The Group plans to invest INR 1000 crores in Indian operations in the next three years and is eyeing a turnover of INR 3500 crore for the Sansui brand in India by FY 2022. Building on its expertise of handling Global Brands in India, Jaina Group will make Sansuiproducts available through 6000+ retail partners and a robust after sales service network of over 400 service centres, 2250 + certified field engineers and pin code coverage of 96%. The products will also be available through online partners like Flipkart. With a focus on honest and fair pricing and keeping in mind the forthcoming festive season, Sansui’s latest range is priced attractively across product categories.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Pradeep Jain, Managing Director, Jaina Group said, “Jaina Group has been representing global digital brands in India for 25 years through localised solutions. With the Indian appliance and consumer electronics market expected to increase at a 9 per cent CAGR to reach Rs 3.15 trillion (US$ 48.37 billion) in 2022, we are confident of growing Sansui’smarket share in India and are eyeing double digit market share by FY 22. Encouraged by the Hon’ble Finance Minister’s recent announcements aimed at boosting investments and supporting the Make in India initiative, we look forward to making India a global manufacturing hub for Sansui. Our extensive distribution network is our key strength and we will work towards strengthening the channel base further to ensure easy availability and after sales servicing of products across all corners of the country.”
Visiting Sansui Executive Lim Jew Tim, Head – Global Licensing said, “Sansui is a globally recognized brand name with more than 8 decades of operations in consumer electronics. It is one of the world leaders with a firmly entrenched brand awareness and reach in the value for money consumer segment looking for quality products at affordable prices. India is a key growth market for Sansuiand our partnership with the reputed Jaina group reiterates our intention to market our products across the country. We have a long-term commitment towards providing premium products at value for money prices to the end customer in the country and to ensure this we will soon be setting up our manufacturing unit in India in lines with the incentives provided by the Government under the Make In India initiative. We will also focus on localised R&D solutions based on in-depth consumer research in the country.”
According to Dr Abhishek Garg, Executive Director, Jaina Group and Brand Head, Sansui India, “With digitalisation seeing strong growth and the government investing heavily in rural electrification, the demand for large appliances will grow rapidly. The video entertainment devices market will especially see a rapid growth and we hope to establish our niche in this segment through our focus on a series of technologically-driven, India specific products in association with leading technology players like Google, Dolby, Netflix, MediaTek and others.”