SEA AND SAND

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Gan­patip­ule

From a his­toric tem­ple for be­liev­ers to fresh fish for food lovers and a pris­tine coastline for beach bums, Gan­patip­ule of­fers myr­iad ex­pe­ri­ences for ev­ery­one. A stun­ning view of a beach with al­most white sands in­vites you to the tiny coastal town, bet­ter known as a place of pil­grim­age with an an­cient Ganesh tem­ple stand­ing bang on the beach. It’s a far cry from the bustling beaches of Goa and while you won’t find any shacks serv­ing fresh catch, they have nu­mer­ous small eater­ies that serve au­then­tic lo­cal prepa­ra­tions in seafood or veg­eta­bles. There are ho­tels to cater to ev­ery bud­get but among the best re­sorts here is the Blue Ocean Re­sort and Spa

tucked away in a quiet cor­ner away from the main mar­ket or tem­ple area. A drive on a nar­row road takes you to this beach­side re­treat with gar­den vil­las, an ex­ec­u­tive wing with rooms, lux­ury suites and sea-fac­ing vil­las. The sprawl­ing prop­erty has a dense green cover with gar­dens and lawns dot­ting the land­scape, a spa, restau­rant, swim­ming pool and in­door recre­ational games. But the high­light is the al­most pri­vate beach at­tached to the ho­tel where tiny ca­banas done up in aqua­ma­rine blue of­fer the per­fect spot to curl up and hear the sounds of the washes wash­ing up on the shore. Go here dur­ing the non va­ca­tion times if you want to ex­pe­ri­ence a pri­vate beach. If you want a quiet ro­man­tic get­away, ask for their sea-fac­ing vil­las.

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