Odisha is a beautiful destination to visit on your holidays or vacations. Whether you are looking for a short weekend trip or an extended week-long stay, Odisha has a lot to offer. From lakes and waterfalls and campsites amongst lush green forests to historical monuments and temples- Odisha has it all. So if you are planning a trip, here is a list of places to visit in Odisha, which can make your job easier.
Street markets are the best form of markets. They have a charm and enigma of their own. You can find a wide range of items for a wide range of prices which are relatively cheaper when compared.
Bali nicknamed as ‘The Island of Gods’ is not just famous for its heavenly and mesmerizing beaches, it also has to offer numerous street markets.
You can pick any of the local arts and crafts, jewellery, cheap fashion items and souvenirs as per your heart’s desire. The Balinese are known for their artistry, so don’t forget to check out the canvases and woodcarvings. Remember, bargaining is the key for shopping at Bali markets.
Even, if you don’t wish to shop for anything, going to these markets is still a good experience. As it offers you something that the sophisticated malls cannot. A trip to these street markets in Bali offers you a chance to get up close with the locals and find something truly unique to take back home.
Bargaining is the key for shopping at Bali markets.
Street markets in Bali
Sri Lanka, the island nation situated in the Indian Ocean is a great place to visit. Tour to Sri Lanka offers a diversity of rich rainforests, arid plains and highlands to sandy beaches. If you wish to visit Sri Lanka for four days then you can plan this short trip by visiting these two cities – Colombo and Kandy.
This city takes pleasure in being the capital. Or might I say, the ‘royal capital’ as the Burmese word ‘Naypyidaw’ translates to ‘abode of the king’. As one of the most visited cities of Myanmar, Naypyidaw boasts a lot of exciting places to visit:
Port Elizabeth, as it stands today, is one of South Africa’s dearly beloved beach-towns. It is home to the some of the cleanest beaches on the continent and boasts of a breezy, pleasant climate. Come and look up our all-round assortment of the best places to visit at this windy wonderland.
Port Elizabeth’s most popular water-sports destination, Hobie Beach lies on the Algoa Bay, just minutes from the city center. It offers perfectly-tuned waters for seaside adventures like body surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, jet-skiing, board-sailing and swimming. An ideal spot for families to sunbathe, dine and make some warm seaside memories. Also, one of the safest beaches for children thanks to its mellow tides and efficient life-guarding.
The lone pier on Nelson Mandela Bay, Shark Rock graces this sandy paradise, offering rare marine-life sighting opportunities. Landlocked tidal pools flank it harbouring starfish, sand-sharks, catfish, octopus and other sea wonders in shallow rock-ponds. It also happens to host the world-famous annual Splash Festival in the month of April. Sandcastle contests, Volleyball matches, board-sailing competitions and several other water-sport tournaments keep it buzzing with vibrant energy all day long!
A few minutes’ drive from Hobie Beach lies The Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World. It proudly claims to house the only licensed Casinos in Port Elizabeth, but that’s not where the charm ends. Luxurious, lively and warmly hospitable, this leisure destination is a classic one-stop-for-all offering. Shopaholics will be in for a treat walking past the many fashionable boutiques, quaint souvenir shops and fancy specialty stores. Foodies and party-goers can indulge themselves at opulent cafes, fine-dining restaurants and stylized pubs.
This is also the perfect getaway if you’re looking to cool those heels down for a while and just rejuvenate. Have a spa-day at one of the health resorts or pamper yourself at one of its world-class salons. Alternatively, catch a stunning light-show, watch a movie or enroll for a poker-tour at the glitzy entertainment arcades. The on-site Hotel holds over 140 premium accommodations, so there is always room should you decide to stay overnight.
Addo National Park
South Africa’s third largest, the Addo National Park is tucked safely an hour’s drive away from the city center. This cradle of wildlife is a whopping 444 acre sanctuary for over 600 majestic elephants today. But the show stealer here is definitely the fact that it holds the world’s second largest colony of African penguins. Cape Buffalos, Spotted Hyenas, Lions, Antelopes and the endangered Black Rhinos have also found safe haven here. And might we also add that it houses the world’s largest colony of Gannets and the rare Dung Beetles.
The park runs from the Sunday River on one end, traversing Bio-spots as well as Marine habitats. The stunning Woody Nature Reserve and the spectacular St Croix and Bird islands among them definitely deserve a special mention. There is also a sizable number of activities ranging from Game Drives, to Horse trails, Treks and breath-taking Marine Eco tours. You can also choose from a host of accommodation options such as Rest Camps, Bush Camps and even Luxury Lodges.
Established in 2011, Route 67 is a dedication to Nelson Mandela’s historic 67 years of struggle for South Africa’s Independence. 67 grand steps lead you through a walking montage of artworks made by 67 different Artists from the Eastern Cape. The walk begins at the heart of the city and extends from Campanile onward to the popular Donkin Reserve. This tour is organised by the Mandela Bay Development Agency itself, so be rest assured about an efficient guide!
A splash of color, art and history overwhelm the senses as you breathe in South Africa’s golden moments here. However, it is not simply another run-of-the-mill chapter on history that you find. Taking the guided tour is also a wise idea if you plan to go city-hopping but are short on time. The trail covers most town landmarks like the City Library, Chapel Street, St. Mary’s Terrace and the Vuyisile Mini Square.
Van Stadens Wildflower Reserve
A sprawling 500 hectare of verdant delight, the Van Stadens Wildflower Reserve doubtlessly deserves more than just an honorable mention. Unique indigenous fynbos vegetation populates the pristine glades of this vital Biome in brilliant floral bursts. Clearly marked paths lead the nature-lover in you through a dreamy landscape of heavily forested groves. These storybook woodlands are regularly intercepted by sunny, open meadows.
If forest walks, river trails, hiking and trekking not your strong suit, there is still plenty to do. Fully functional gravel roads make biking smooth and make it easy on the feet as well. The Protea fields at Van Stadens have also been well-known for the diversity of their bird-population. Doesn’t matter if you’re just a biker, or a hiker, birdwatcher, stroller, or else simply a nature worshipper. There is a little something for all of us here. And did we mention that there is no entry charge to look at this enchanting kingdom of flowers whatsoever?
Aptly nicknamed the Friendly City, Port Elizabeth has always won hearts, one and all. This coastal paradise is indubitably the divine and welcome mix of hospitality, nature and history. By all means, go ahead and dive head first in this sea-and-sand dreamland!