Goa – The Ultimate Beach Destination

26.12.2015:

@ 5.30 hrs – All three of us woke up and freshened up to start our day by watching a sunrise in Goa that day. We didn’t return our bikes the last night as we took them only in the evening. But where to go? To unveil the true essence of Goa ๐Ÿ™‚ .

The true essence of Goa unfolds in the shore gems along its northern coasts. An all-girls gateway, beaches are alluring, tugging at our heart to come just a little closer. To get a little closer, we chose our drive to the famous Anjuna Beach. Be at Goa and I bet that the beaches which will be heard about the most will be Baga and Anjuna, as the famous Sunburn festival of Goa takes place here. Come Wednesday and Anjuna comes alive with a flea market!20151226_073446

As it was early in the morning, the roads were nearly empty, probably ‘coz of the celebrations the last night and the drive was refreshing. Anjuna beach is some 10 kms from Calungate and we have to go through Anjuna village to reach this beach. Anjuna is full of resorts, cafes and restaurants. As we neared the beach, drama unfolded with rocky cliffs and a sheer drop. We parked our bikes on the cliff and started descending to get near to the beach.ย Though Anjuna is one of the busiest beaches in entire Goa, that morning, it was calm and serene as there were only 3 or 4 other persons who might also be mad like us ๐Ÿ˜‰20151226_074721

Anjuna is a red-stone beach and gives the sea a rustylook with those stones. The red stones in the background of blue greeted our eyes and the coconut groves along the shore added to its charm. ย Anjuna extremely bustles during Christmas and New Year season. We went around the rocks and walked along the stone path that was laid. As we sat down on the rocks waiting for the sun to rise and were watching as if we were into meditation, my meditative reverie used to be broken by the occasional lapping of the Anjuna waters.

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Another 4 kms from here, situated is the Vagator Beach, which is yet another beautiful beaches of North Goa. Offering exotic locales to sandy landscapes subdued by the incessant assault of waves, I couldn’t resist the fascinating charm of this beach. Beaches can make anyone fall hopelessly in love with them and I too fell in love with this Vagator beach. Shades of blue, from azure to cerulean, sapphire to a deep green, turquoise; rocky cliffs and huge stones laid into the sands of the beach; the list is endless and the view, simply breathtaking.

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The shore that stretched for miles, a warm, placid sea breeze and joyful mirth of the waves – this beach has everything to offer to everyone. But as it was around 8.00 hrs in the morning, the beach started filling up with people and their surf boards. We resumed our journey towards siolim and drove for quite sometime only to realize that we missed the right way and ended up somewhere. And it’s almost our time to return our bikes and pack our bags, we drove back to Calungate ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

 

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Goan Night Life..

25.12.2015:

@16.30 hrs – We reached Goa. But we don’t want to go to our rooms directly as we thought that we paid the cab driver a little more than usual and we have to justify that :). We are too wicked ๐Ÿ˜‰ We asked our cab driver to drive us to the Miramar beach. Miramar beach is that buzzing city beach, families flocking to the waterline.

Goa enjoys a unique image that “There is always something different to experience”. This image is truly justified as a lot of activity hubs like the Night Bazars, Cruise Casinos etc are coming into the picture, particularly along the coastal belt which provides entertainment and experiences to the tourists. Something for everyone, Goa is all of languid stupor, waiting to engulf the traveler’s core. One simply can’t get enough of this indulgence.

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How can we forget the fact that it’s Friday and we shouldn’t miss the Mapusa Market? We asked our cab driver to drop us at the Mapusa market. The small town of Mapusa lies in North Goa and is one of the main markets of the State. The market is much bigger than the one which I have imagined, though it’s not so different from any other regional markets, it has got a typical aura of Goa. There were different vendors like the inland farmers as well as the coastal fishermen.

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As it was the closing time, people were busy in grabbing the stuff. While the natives shop for all they want through out the week, the tourists can buy a variety of things like spices, clothes, antiques, souvenirs etc. We had a walk around the market and headed back to our room. We asked Sushmita and Phani to join us over the dinner and they readily agreed. We went back to our resort and relaxed for sometime. It was Christmas and though there was a high demand for the bikes, we managed to get the 3 required and headed to the Baga beach.

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Goa is always best when the holidays we choose to spend are in one of the popular Goan beaches. The beaches of Goa are the perfect destination for a relaxing vacation. @ 19.30 hrs – We were at Baga, one of the most crowded beaches and as it was Christmas, it was literally filled with people in every nook and corner. We were into an open DJ and started dancing along with the others for few minutes and headed to another shack which is relatively less crowded and ordered our food. The food wasn’t that great as usual, somehow I didn’t like the vegan food in shacks of Goa ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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Once done with our dinner, we had a long walk along the beach and left a few sky lanterns wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and made our way to the Tito’s Mambo Cafe, a discothequeย which is a few mins walk from the beach. We danced to the hilt till 22.30 hrs and were too exhausted. We drove back to our room while Sushmita and Phani left for their hotel. It’s 23.00 hrs, yet Goa is full of life as if it was 19.00 hrs in the evening and that’s what I love about Goa. ๐Ÿ™‚

Good night!!

Calungate – The mini world of Parasailing..

24.12.2015:

@ 14.00 hrs – Guneet and I walked towards a stretch of the Calungate beach which is like a few feet away from our resort. The beach is full of sand and shacks where few foreigners were chilling out with few drinks and some good sea-food, while a few others were sun-bathing and young children playing on the shore. What I found here were boards.. Yeah, boards asking us “Want to go parasailing”, “Jet Ski, 15 mins, Rs. 200” etc..etc..

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The beach is serene, not much crowded and not like most happening sort. We returned back to our resort and got settled in the open restaurant for our food. While I opted Noodles, Mythri opted a plain meal and Guneet settled for a Goan meal, as she is the only Non-veganย among us ๐Ÿ™‚ . The food was served quite quick and tasted good. After a good meal, we rested for sometime. It was during this time I came to know that my friend (a senior in my college) was also there in Goa with her husband.

@17.00 hrs – We went to the beach again. But this time it was different. It was too crowded, full of people and activity. People playing in the waters, adventurers trying the most famous Goan water sport ‘Para Sailing’, hawkers selling flowery crowns, some LEDs, shorts etc. are all on the sands of the Calungate beach. The beach which we stood on right now is the mid-point of the Calungate and Baga stretch. Baga is yet another famous beach in Goa.

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The best part of Goa is the mode of transport. It’s a simple process, what all you need to own a vehicle for any number of days in Goa is an identity card and few bucks in your pockets. Usually in the off-season, one can hire a two wheeler for 150 or 200 rupees per day and a four wheeler for 500 or 600 rupees a day. And it will be too difficult to take a bike on rent during the season time like Christmas and New Year. We tried very hard to rent two Honda DIOs for a rent a 300 rupees per each, that too just till the night ๐Ÿ˜ฆ . But we decided that we should make the most of it ๐Ÿ˜€

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Calungate is a town in North Goa, which is quite famous for its beach and shopping options. One more important thing is that it is quite simple to move from one place to another in Goa, even if one doesn’t have a clue about the place. Calungate beach has got some coconut groves and brightly lit restaurants and tattoo shops in middle of them. There isn’t any provision of paying a parking fee here, it’s totally free, but few champs try to outsmart us and be careful with them ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Once there, Mythri and Guneet wanted to have some temporary tattoos on their hands. While Guneet chose some starts on her wrist, Mythri thought for quite sometime and I helped her by saying to have “Joie De Vivre”ย inked onto her hand ๐Ÿ™‚ . Isn’t it just apt for the moment? ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Once done, we moved towards the beach, by this time it was dark. While the shacks are filled with people boozing, eating and dancing on the floors, the sands were filled with chairs and tables dimly lit by the candles placed on them.

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The candle-lit tables resembled a patch of land filled with lots of fire-flies at a time ๐Ÿ˜€ . We chose a table at one of the shacks and ordered some food. The waves soothing our feet, a loud music turned out to be soft after travelling quite some distance towards us from the shacks, chirps among the people around us, the cool breeze comforting us.. It’s a moment which everyone should live through.. ๐Ÿ™‚