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Garrisoned at Turtle Bay

Posted: September 23, 2011 by deepvenky in Chill Out, What's hot
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The last Sunday of January, bored out from pool and the movies, it was the perfect day to go to the beach and just relax. I know what you might say about the beaches around here: crowded, litter everywhere, dirty water, vendors eating your head, blah, blah… You thought you were going to the beach but you actually end up at the bazaar! But it is the truth for most beaches in India. I said ‘most’, well, fortunately enough, for us, there was Turtle Bay.

With the excitement for a picnic, the lust for a tan, the craving for seafood, a big bottle of spf-45 and a bag with an extra change of clothes, we set out on the journey. And for most of us here at Manipal, ‘journey’ translates to ‘bus ride’. Alright, so we spent almost two hours on the bus, chatting, singing and sleeping when finally the conductor shoved us off the bus and told us that we have to walk a kilometer and a half from here. Not minding him the least, we treaded on and finally someone shouted ‘BEACH!!’

The Turtle Bay Beach Resorts is located near Kundapura, Trasi. One of the cleanest beaches one can find in this part of the country, and also the most relaxing. It offers the perfect scenic amalgam of the Arabian Sea, the calm backwaters of the river Sowparnika and the lovely coastal plumage. The resort gets its name from the turtles which inhabit this beach during the mating season (around December and January).

    

Raging with excitement, the first thing I did was to run across the beach and jump into the water. Oh, did I forget to mention the water is perfect for swimming? We spent the day playing volleyball on the beach and only when we could hear our stomachs roar that we stopped. The menu the resort gave us made my jaw drop to the floor. Well, I maybe a sucker for sea food, but the menu offered fish of many sorts, squid, lobster, chicken and what not. There were also various vegetarian options, but I didn’t have place in my belly to try them, I heard they were quite decent too. After lunch, we all spread out the sheets and basked in the sun for a few hours. It was definitely very relaxing and I got a darker tan than I expected.

As the sun was setting, and we were taking a walk along the beach, feet immersed in the water. I couldn’t help but notice how the place grew tenfold more vibrant with the reddish-orange glow of the sun, the blue waters lashing against the sand and the palms swaying synchronous to the wind creating music for all the senses. And when I left that place, I took back with me some really splendid and beautiful moments, along with the awesome shells we collected.

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I used to play a lot of pool back home and when I was coming to Manipal, I wondered if I would get a chance to play pool here too. A friend told me about this pool point which had opened near CCD, and I just had to take a look at it. The place which I saw, was totally amazing and I became a regular customer. Whenever I have an evening off, that’s where I am most likely to be.

A favorite hangout for all pool lovers, CLOUD 9 is a unique pool point amongst all in Manipal. With just 4 tables, they are still in demand with wait-listing lasting for hours on some days. I know there are other places in the vicinity to play pool, but people still prefer to go here and this is because of :

  1. THE CUSHION SOFAS – This comes as a plus point for that one or two people in the group who don’t feel like playing or waiting their turn. And they are quite comfy!
  2. THE WAITING AREA – A small seating area near the counter(yes, with the same sofas!) where one can wait while they wait for a table to get free.
  3. HOOKAHS – Yes, you can order a hookah while you play your game. Also, those not interested in playing, might like this attraction.
  4. TABLE BOOKING SYSTEM – If the place is full, and you want to play, you can give them your number and they’ll call you as soon as your turn comes. You can also book tables in advance.
  5. MUSIC – CLOUD 9 has a good music system and their playlist include genres of club, pop, and house.

All these, a lot more, and well, the craving to play pool serves as a sure attraction for people who are addicted to the game. Also, many would be surprised to know that this pool point also is a place to party. Book all four tables for as long as you wish and you can party in the premises CLOUD 9 style. Bring on the hookahs and the party people and dance against the tables, a whole new meaning to the term ‘POOL PARTY’!

Charges per hour: Rs.80

Ambience: Dark, but with well lit tables, to attract all attention to the game. Also, helps one concentrate while playing.

Service: Good

So, bend over, and strike that ball,

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The Hanging Bridge

Posted: March 27, 2011 by deepvenky in Chill Out, What's hot
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For days on end I was wondering where I should take my girlfriend on a Valentine’s date and frankly, I was not in the mood for dining at some fancy place, everybody does that! I wished for some time alone, somewhere we could spend time and admire scenic beauty. Yes, i wanted a picnic. And after some research, I chanced upon a name: The Hanging Bridge. ‘Thats it!’, I exclaimed and with the zeal of light adventure tingling inside, we boarded the bus to Kemmannu from Udipi. It took us a bus ride and a 20 minute trek from where the bus dropped us off to get there, and there it was…

The Hanging Bridge, as you might have guessed it, is a suspension bridge which connects Padukudru to Thimmannakudru villages(near Kemmannu) over the meandering backwaters of the river Suarna and the Arabian Sea. It looks ever so elegant when one sees it from a distance against the beautiful backdrop of palm trees, forest cover and the traversing waters; but crossing it is really something different. It creaks and crackles when you get on it, not to mention it sways, yaws and heaves as you walk forward. But, that is the beauty of old suspension bridges. If it was your adventurous spirit that got you here, your fear should start to shed away as you gain confidence in the steel ropes which bear the weight of the bridge. Although, if you get a little too enthusiastic and try to test the limits of the bridge, its your risk.

Now, you might say: ‘Why should I travel so far just to cross a bridge and come back?’. The Hanging Bridge isn’t all about the bridge. When you go there and take a look around, I’m sure you shall be struck at awe with the beauty that surrounds you. The area around the bridge has many small islands(kudrus as they are locally called) and the water flowing around them, encircling them, creates a really amazing landscape. There are many interesting spots around there which you can discover and once you find a spot you like most, its funny how time flies by!

I suggest you go there early evening and notice the moods of nature as dusk settles in.

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