Goa is like that pilgrimage trip that you take once every year to cleanse your soul and freshen your mind. With all good vibes, yummy food, good music, sea waves and cool breeze around, there is no other place that you'd want to be in after a hectic quarter of work. And if you're really looking for some "me time" without too many people to bother you and too many distractions to take away your solace, then there is no other place like South Goa!
This is my first time in South Goa, of course with my husband, although my Goa Darshan started way back in 2014 with him when we were dating. But we always opted for North Goa as it seemed more convenient, commercial, party-friendly. But as you age, you realize that there is nothing better and dearer than some time for yourself, away from the hustle and bustle of LIFE, amidst greenery, beaches, good drinks, food, books and your soulmate's arms around your shoulders.
Hence, we planned a short March sojourn on the beaches of South Goa this time with a 2 nights stay at Mahi Agonda (an Airbnb stay), Agonda beach, and another 2 nights stay at Coastal Suites, Benaulim. We took an AC Sleeper bus (Orange Travels) from Hyderabad (where we are stationed for our work) on 15th March evening around 8.30 pm but instead of reaching Ponda at 10 am, we reached at 12.30 pm after quite a tiring journey. From there we had to take a cab to reach our abode at Agonda. On reaching, we were welcomed by our lovely American host Tiffany, who happens to be an entrepreneur and also a travel enthusiast like us. The Bull Room, that she had prepared for our stay was absolutely gorgeous, and the A++ that it deserved was because of the beautiful patio that we had right outside our room! (Check out the photo!)
After freshening up, we walked to the Arabian Nights restaurant which was at a stone's throw from Mahi and had a sumptuous lunch there with the cool late afternoon breeze touching our skin and helping us unwind ourselves. We just sat there filling ourselves with the beach vibes and then came back to our room to freshen up and then left for Palolem.
Palolem is bigger than Agonda and has so many quirky cafes and bistros and shops that you're bound to take a stroll before you hit the beach. We did a little shopping and then while we were walking down the beach road, we thought of taking a pause at Little World - a truly beautiful and gorgeous vegan and vegetarian cafe. I recharged myself with a mixed fruit smoothie while Arnab had an English tea and then we started walking towards the beach. It was already 8.30 pm and we lazily kept walking for about half an hour before finding a place for dinner and good music. Ciarans, the beach shack offered us with really good grilled sea bass and I didn't hesitate to try the Pineapple Saison beer for the first time as per the Chef's suggestion. After a fulfilling dinner, we went back to our room at Agonda for a good night's sleep.
*Expenses for the day including travel by cab, autorickshaw, food and a little bit of shopping = INR 6220 (Does not include stay and travel from Hyderabad)