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I came back a week ago from a trip to Goa. Unfortunately the 3-day trip got converted into a 2-day trip because of our extra-cautious bus driver. The journey from Mumbai to Goa was of 12 hours by bus but the driver was able to make it in 21 hours. We had our accommodations done in the beach Shacks at Palolem Beachhuts of Palolem Beach in South Goa. Finally when we reached our destination at 4 in the morning, the sight of the moon with the roaring ocean and the mountains was so amazing that I forgot all my tiredness due to the bus travel. This beach is really a hidden paradise as my friend Ujj says on his post here. Theres everything here for a beach bum – a huge beach, shacks with sea view, cheap beer, delicious cuisines and live music performances in the night and if you are lucky like us you could also see dolphins early morning. We were so spellbound by the beauty of the place that even we had only 2 days to see Goa, we decided to be on the Palolem Beach for the whole day except going to nearby places in South Goa only. It was really a nice sight with people swimming, kayaking, rafting, sunbathing, children playing with balls and enjoying the large ocean waves with a soft music in the background.

In the evening we visited Colva Church at Margaonbeach in Margaon, where we enjoyed seafood and some of my friends also enjoyed cheap Kingfisher beer in one of the restaurants around the beach. We had the delicious crab, prawns, shrimps, pomfret fish. My friends made me taste the beer but the taste was so terrible that made me think how can anyone enjoy drinking it. Another beach in Margaon is Benaulim Beach but instead of visiting it we visited a church where mass prayers were going on in Konkani language so we couldn’t understand a word. After a short visit to Margaon we enjoyed local bus ride on our way back to Palolem. The buses were quite crowdy as people were returning from their work. We hurried to the beach and lay down there enjoying the music performance by a famous Rock band of Goa, dancing tourists , the sound of the ocean waves, sea by moonlight and Fenny for the whole night. Fenny is a local drink of Goa which comes in 2 flavors – cashew and coconut. If you enjoy alcoholic drinks do give it a try as it is a very strong and superior drink as told by my friends.

Early next morning we had to leave for North Goa. We bid adieu to the roaring waves of thAguada Forte ocean and the serene beauty of Palolem and headed towards Old Goa. In Old Goa there are world heritage architectures like Basilica of Bom Jesus, Church of St. Francis of Assissi. Basilica of Bom Jesus holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier and gilded altars. The imprints of the Portuguese culture was visible in the lifestyle of the people here and the architecture of the churches and buildings. After the visit to churches we saw the Fort Aguada on the Sinquerim Beach. There is also a lighthoBom of Basilica Jesususe near the fort. The sight of the ocean with boats, motor-boats and ships from the top of the fort is amazing. After the historic tour we enjoyed the Goan food – rice with fish cooked in Goan style and seashells on the peaceful Vagator beach with tall Palm trees and white sand.

After seeing the peaceful beaches, we visited the most popular and crowded beach hangouts – Calangute Beach and Baga Beach. You can see why it is so crowded – the markets with stalls from all over India from Kashmiri shawls to Silk Sarees from South and all types of water sports- water scooter, paragliding, parasailing, water-skiing etc. on the beach. I tried the water scooter ride which was for 200Rs/person but they would come to 100Rs/person aftWater Scooterer bargaining. But the ride lasted for only 30 seconds. The moment you start enjoying it, you realize that its over. I enjoyed the small but thrilling ride on the large ocean waves with waves hitting on my face and me holding the life-jacket of my ride partner very strongly as the scooter zoomed through the waves with great speed.

Viewing the sunset over the Arabian Sea was quite breathtaking. The shades of yellow, orange and blue made the sky colourful.

After the sunset, we all loitered in the market admiring the Goan handicrafts and buying little souvenirs. Heard by many ppl including our beach hut owner, Ingo’s Saturday night market and Anjuna Wednesday flea market is a must see but unfortunately we missed it because of lack of time.Sunset at Calangute Beach

We were tempted to stay longer but had to get back to college so finally we reluctantly left Goa where we had a fantastic time. If you are a peace lover you can go to Palolem Beach else if u like partying then you would enjoy the night life at Baga and Calangute beach.

Written by Priyanka Varma

March 23, 2007 at 5:41 pm

Posted in Goa, India, travel