I've always been a sea person. Everything about the seaside - the gentle rumble of waves, the salt in the air, sand clinging on to your feet, horizons that decide the colour of the water and the sense of calm that prevails regardless of the flurry of human activity around - it feels like home to me. I always feel a distinct joy bubbling up in my chest the moment I spot a beach from afar. And hence, it is no surprise that Goa has been my go-to paradise in India.
This pint-sized coastal state boasts of the finest beaches in India. The beaches are divided into 2 main clusters - that of North Goa and South Goa. North Goa is the one most tend to associate Goa with - since it is where all the party people go. Also, since it's the more popular choice among tourists, you'll find a lot of vehicles packed with families and scooties zipping around here, out for sightseeing. South Goa, on the other hand, is the haunt of the more discerning crowd. It's a lot more subdued and tranquil. The beaches here remain almost empty, and many are truly some of the most secluded beaches in Goa. There's a lot of greenery here as well.
This time I chose to skip the partying circuit and have a quieter time here. So I did veer more towards South Goa. But, for this article, I am going to include beaches from both the parts. Disclaimer - I went during what's regarded as the off-season - hence the number of people were low in general. Monsoons are indeed an amazing time to go to Goa [or any sea beach]. The place just blossoms and the greens [especially if you're in South Goa] are nothing short of stunning.
So here goes - my top 5 picks from the recent Goa trip for those who'd rather not woo-hoo: