Easter @ Cape Coast

It has been a month in Africa! Wow! This is the longest period I have lived outside India. It may not be too early to say that I am really liking my new city and the people around me. It may be a bit too early, but I am developing an opinion that one should travel, if possible live in different cities around the world to really experience the wonders of this beautiful world. You explore and learn new things every day and in the process discover a new you.  This quote just popped up in my head:

The World is a book and those who do not travel read only one page

Taking this quote quite seriously, we decided to escape to Cape Coast during the Easter weekend, a tranquil and serene coastal town 150 kms away from Accra. Cape Coast, the old capital of Ghana was a perfect getaway- beautiful and clean beaches, forts, national park and an opportunity to try local cuisine.

During the weekend, I learnt that Cape Coast was not just our favorite but also a favorite of the Portuguese, Swedish, Dutch, Danish and of course the British. Just that, the first foreign visitor- Portuguese came way too early around the 15th century. They all had initially come here for trading and we, Indians know what trading actually meant! Only in 1957, Ghana attained independence from the British, becoming the first independent African nation. Cape Coast brims with stories of history and culture, the most heart-breaking one being the story of slave-trade. It used to be the largest slave-trading center of West Africa. History deserves to be explained in a separate post.

For now, it is a picture post of our awesome trip.

 Drive to Cape Coast

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Stop-over for some breakfast
Setting the table for idlis with sambhar and coconut chutney
Setting the table for Idlis with sambhar and coconut chutney
Caught! Finger licking good
Caught! Finger licking good

Sun(glasses) + sand+ beer= perfect holiday

( Quoting my friend Navodit Ravi)

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Our resort. View from the room

Explore and learn
Elmina castle- Infamous for slave trade
Elmina castle- Infamous for slave trade

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Lets try some local cuisine
Here, it is pronounced Khebab. A common street food
Here, it is pronounced Khebab. A common street food

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Yam chips with spicy shito sauce. More popular than french fries here. (Shito sauce is made out of dried fish)
Yam chips with spicy shito sauce. More popular than french fries. (Shito sauce is made out of fish)
Jollof rice with grilled chicken . A famous dish in West Africa.
Jollof rice with grilled chicken . A famous dish in West Africa.
Our friends nick named it as
Our friends nick named it as “Love platter”. All the dishes can be identified except for batter-fried plantain (etha-payam in Kerala) .

Kakum National Park

Kakum is one of the few patches of rain-forest left in West Africa. To the wildlife that live in the forest, it is like an island of habitat surrounded by a sea of towns and farmland.

Hike up the hill
Hike up the hill
Some safety guidelines
Some safety guidelines

Spine-chilling Canopy walk. A major attraction of the national park.

Spine-chilling Canopy walk. A major attraction of the national park.

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Skull of a forest elephant

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Talk, explore and learn
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Fresh catch to take home. Crabs!
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Cocoa seller. Ghana is the second largest exporter of cocoa.
As a fruit, cocoa looks and tastes like sour custard apple. Soft flesh around seed.
As a fruit, cocoa looks and tastes like sour custard apple. Soft flesh around seed.

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All’s well that ends well- Lunch at the crocodile park

No! we didn’t eat crocodile meat. Crocodiles were just swimming right below our water shack! Don’t believe me? I got proof.

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We were sitting at this shack
We were sitting at that shack
Can you spot someone in the water. Yes.. right there at the bottom of the picture.
Can you spot someone in the water. Yes.. right there at the bottom of the picture.
We were waiting for lunch and they were also waiting for lunch.
We were waiting for lunch and they were also waiting for lunch.
Can you spot again?
Can you spot again?

That’s all folks! Cape Coast in a platter for you.

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6 thoughts on “Easter @ Cape Coast

  1. Hi Roshni

    Good blog…. I dont go through em a lot but as I got update on linkedin about you shifting to Ghana… I was eager to go through your experience. It was fun reading it.

    All the best for future.

    Liked by 1 person

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