Goan Flavored Diwali

Goa lies on the western coast of the Indian peninsula. Its allure is the fact that it is a delightful mash up with a dash of its Portuguese past, Anglo-Indian heritage and its present role as a tourist haven in India. When all of India sparkles and glitters with lamps and lanterns. Goa,  adds its own flavor to the festival of Diwali with its Narkasur festivities.

Narkasur was a demon who was defeated by Lord Krishna in a battle. Goa celebrates the victory of good over evil by burning narkasur effigies. Narkasur effigies are made all over Goa with each year witnessing different themes and contests. The effigy is then taken in a procession and burnt at dawn to usher in the festival of Diwali.

The legend goes that Krishna washed away all the blood after the battle by bathing with scented oils giving rise to the Diwali ritual of bathing at dawn. Also the women who were held captive by Narkasur, when freed from captivity lit lamps to usher in good and to signify the defeat of evil. All across India there are many legends on the origins of Diwali with different ways of celebration in different parts of the country. Which is a true testament to the ‘unity in diversity’ stance of the country.

Goan beaches are famous but if you find yourself in Goa during diwali you are bound to get caught up with Narka Chaturdashi celebrations and the burning of Narkasur effigies. The year we spent Diwali in Goa, we saw effigies made on the common wealth games that India hosted that year and the many scandals it generated. The themes are usually current and popular themes of the year and the competitions and scale of the effigies grow every year.

Narkasur Effigy
Narkasur Effigy
CWG Narkasur
CWG Narkasur

All photographs copyright of Traveling Noodles and credited to Razor Rasu.

 

Kitesurfing in India: The new Adventure

Traveling Noodles is happy to publish this guest post by Stacy Eva. Stacy is a blogger who writes on travel and lifestyle. Her articles have been featured on eurotravel.com and karryon.com. Happy Reading!

Kite surfing, also known as kite boarding, is a water sport of riding on a surfboard while holding on a specially designed kite, using the wind as a means of propulsion. Once the kite is up, the surfer puts his or her surfing board on the water surface and the kite pulls them. This exciting extreme sport is for which the adventurous and courageous are crazy about. India is a good place to enjoy kite surfing. A few places in this country provide a good water surface for the sport as the weather favors these coastal regions. If you want to have a superb and unforgettable experience of kite surfing in India then these places are perfect for that

Morjim Beach, Goa

Aguada Fort Goa
Aguada Fort Goa

This is the best place for kite surfing in Goa alongside Ashwem and Arambol. It is a great spot and a cheap one too but you have to get your time right for the best and enjoyable experience in kite surfing. The best time for this sport is mostly in the afternoon and sometimes in the evening when the water currents are low. To make it even better, there are kite surfing lessons offered by various institutes such as the GUSTYKITE Goa Kitesurf School, which is suitable for people of all ages. The wind speed in this region is 15-20 knots on average which is ideal for learning kite surfing.

Gorai Beach, Mumbai

Beach @ Mumbai
Beach @ Mumbai

The Gorai beach in Mumbai is another ideal spot for kite surfing. The beach offers favourable wind conditions that are perfect for wind surfing. The Mandwa beach which is approximately 16 Km away from Mumbai is also a good place to enjoy this extreme sport. Another location 150 Km away from Mumbai is the Murud-Janjira Fort, in which the first kite surfing contest was held on 25th May 2013. The Fort is enclosed by the sea on all sides.

Panchgani

Panchgani, Maharashtra
Panchgani, Maharashtra

With an elegant hill station incorporated with hiking spots and amazing natural beauties,  Panchgani has definitely become an adventure hot spot. And if crazy for kite surfing, then Hotel Ravine is the place you would rather be. It has a very large open space, clear landing locations and also perfect wind speeds for surfing. The south-western winds give the appropriate wind strength for kite boarding. The surfing site is a 30 minute drive from the hotel and takes you through impressive routes. The ideal time for this sport is during the afternoon as the wind picks itself from them until sunset. The stations easy accessibility from Mumbai makes it a good site to enjoy surfing especially for the holiday goers.

Bangalore

Beach near Bangalore
Beach near Bangalore

Besides being a major tourist attraction and an important metro city in the south of India. Bangalore city has many beaches which offer kite surfing with various schools also offering lessons along with instructors. This is an ideal place to kite surf for people who plan to take a vacation in Bangalore.

Kovalam beach, Kerala

Kovalam, Kerala
Kovalam, Kerala

The Kovalam beach along with other beaches in Kerala, is one of the best places to experience and definitely enjoy kite surfing in India. The best time to visit the place is during September to May.

With these ideal sites, you are guaranteed to have a splendid Kite surfing experience in India. For those applying for Indian visas, don’t forget to checklist the passport, two identical recent passport sized photographs and an online filled application form.

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Stacy Eva

Author Bio: Stacy Eva lives in Birmingham, UK and is an avid reader and blogger. Since her early years she had a passion for writing. Her articles have been published in leading UK newspapers. Her areas of interest are Food, Reviews (Book/Movie), Travel, Fashion, and Lifestyle. As of now she is working as a freelance content manager for Indian visas.