Flavours of GOA

on December 17, 2014

Year 2014 has been a travel year for us. Now that its December, the Friday of the year and all the celebrations packed up in this month, we decided to have an add on and visit GOA. It’s surely a bliss to be there. The sun kissed beaches, water sports, churches, goan food, forts and the fun loving crowd makes for an ideal vacation package.

We took a flight to Dabolim International Airport, Goa. Thank god I was on the window seat, because what I saw and could capture through my mobile was amazing !

On The Way To Goa

On The Way To Goa

Our hotel was around 35 kms away from the Airport, so the only feasible option was to hire a taxi and drive down. We preferred to stay on the northern side of Goa which is the hub of water sports and closer to Old Goa. The southern side has more serene and quite beaches. After checking in hotel, we hired a bike and drove down to Anjuna Beach. Anjuna beach is a rocky beach. We climbed uneven rocks to get closer to the sea where waves washed our feet and cool breeze kissed our face. The perfect place to bid adieu to the glowing sun. Then we retired to the lazy shacks on the shores to taste some goan delicacy and stroll around the local market. After a while we moved towards Baga Beach which hosts some posh restaurants. After walking down the road we selected one which had live musical band. It is advisable to have prior reservation in these restaurants.

Next day was full of walking and trekking. We started with Aguada Fort –  an old Portuguese Fort near Sinquerim Beach overlooking the Arabian sea. The term ‘aguada’ in Portuguese means water reservoir. The view of Goan coastline from top of the fort are amazing. The fort has gained more popularity after shooting of Bollywood hits like Dil Chahta Hai, Rock On etc. So like others we also clicked photographs on those prime locations. After coming out of the fort we had the famous goan Kokum Soda drink and started for – Old Goa. On the way to Aguada Fort , there is a spot for boating and dolphin watching. We did not try that.

Old Goa is famous for World Heritage sites having churches and buildings which are more than 350 years old. The Se Cathedral Church and Bom Basilica Church situated on the either side of the main road showcases the best architectural genius of the time. There are old temples in Old Goa which are also worth visiting. Goa trip is not complete without visiting these churches.

The end of the day we decided to spent at Calangute Beach watching the sunset. There are many eateries and shops around. At night we went to famous Saturday Night Bazar near Arpora (organized between December – April) where local people sell goan tea, spices, cloths, souvinier etc. We bought some mint green tea and biryani masala. There are other night bazars as well organized on Friday and Wednesday near Baga Beach.

The last day of our trip was dedicated to water sports and sea beaches. The locals arrange the water sports package which consist of bumper ride, banana ride, water scooter and parasailing. I personally loved parasailing the most. In parasailing, they tie you with a parachute and you get to have a bird eye’s view of Goa. The view from above is simply amazing. Wish the day did not have come to an end and the fun would have continued.


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