"Goa is not a State. Its a State of mind."It is virtually impossible to define Goa in a single sentence. Goa is different for every traveller. Its like the clear water that takes on the color of your mood.
It is adventurous yet peaceful, religious yet romantic, festive yet tranquil, desi yet foreign. From the dense western ghats to the endless beaches dotting its coastline, from the thundering waterfalls to quiet churches, it has something for everyone. And that is the reason it has carved a niche for itself in Indian tourism.
So finally, this October I visited Goa with some friends.
Day 1: Aguada fort, the Lighthouse and Sinquerim Beach:Faced extreme weather on this day. Strong sun in the day and heavy rain in the evening. Aguada fort is quite spacious and provides nice view of the sea. Although, you might face some trouble trying to move over-zealous tourists from the view-points to get a decent snap.
|LightHouse at Aguada Fort|
|Trying to bring it home.. Good luck Anita|
|Aguada Fort Entry|
"Don’t grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the beach." -
|Water sports @ Sinquerim Beach|
Day 2 : Panjim (Panaji Church, Donna Paula, Miramar Beach) :"2 October ko hum Panaji gaye the"....par humne Swami Chinmayanand ji ka Satsang nhi suna. Who remembers Drishyam dialog.. :)
|Donna Paula Point|
|A Full Rainbow!!|
|Barahsingha found on the beach!! :)|
|Up in the air.... almost|
Day 3 : Water Sports at Candolim BeachAaj kuch Toofani karte hain...!!! Water sports are a must on a Goa trip. We got a package for Rs.1300 per head at Candolim Beach. The package included Bumper Ride, Jet Ski, Banana Ride and Parasailing.
|Green waters at Candolim Beach|
Jet Ski: This was a casual water-scooter ride.
|Google search reference for Banana Ride|
Day 4 : DudhSagar Falls, Old Goa (Basilica of Bom Jesus) & Baga BeachDudhsagar Falls are a beauty made famous by various movies like Chennai Express. These are among the tallest falls in India and in monsoon season are quite gigantic too. Our initial plan was to trek along the railway tracks to the falls. But due to lack of time and energy, we chose the comfortable jeep ride to the base of the falls through Mahavir Reserve. There is a morning local train from Madgaon to Kulem. At Kulem, one can hire jeep to the falls or embark on a rail trek of 12 km.
|Jeep trail crosses streams|
|Stream in the forest|
|Base of DudhSagar falls|
|A boat afraid to leave the harbour... :)|
|On the way to the falls|
|Basilica of Bom Jesus(Old Goa)|
|Front View of Basilica|
|Relics of St. Francis Xavier|
Day 5 : Anjuna Beach, Vagator Beach , Chapora FortThe last day was mainly spent on beaches. But the harsh sun made it a little less fun, and a lot more tan. We visited Anjuna and Vagator beach. From the Vagator beach, the nearby Chapora fort is a mere 1.3 km. Famous Goa scene of movie "Dil Chahta Hai" was shot here.
|Every dog has its day.. Vagator Beach|
|View of Chapora Fort from Vagator Beach|
|View from Chapora Fort|
Thus ended our first trip to Goa. We came back happily with lots of pics and a lot of tan. Now our web searches have changed from "Places to visit in Goa" to "How to remove tan quickly".
|Life sahi hai, tension nahi hai :)|
1. Sit back and relax. You are in Goa.
2. Carry light clothes. Temperature is usually warm.
3. A good sunscreen is a must. Don't forget to use it though.
4. Try hiring scooty/bikes on a weekday for your whole trip. Weekend charges are high.
5. Jeep trail to Dudhsagar falls is closed during monsoons. Water sports too. They both start from October.