"GOA"- Everyone's desire.

Tripoto
27th Sep 2018

Sea and Beaches!

Photo of "GOA"- Everyone's desire. by Souvik Saha

“GOA”: Two things that come to our mind whenever we hear this word. Party and Beaches. A lot of us somehow gather a lot of excitement and enthusiasm for this place as we grow up.

Photo of "GOA"- Everyone's desire. 1/2 by Souvik Saha
Photo of "GOA"- Everyone's desire. 2/2 by Souvik Saha

The setting we want

Photo of Agonda Beach, Agonda, Goa by Souvik Saha

But the sad part is Goa plans are made only to be canceled. It works something like this: When we are at the epitome of college life, we make a promise to hit GOA with the closest buddies once all of us get placed. As we gradually begin our career, we get occupied with our regular routines, friends get scattered throughout the country and it becomes really difficult for all to make “time” at the same point. However, a few optimistic ones are still planning a bachelor’s trip to GOA. But by then, the list of friends with whom we made the initial commitment, gets narrowed down significantly. This is Life. This is Time. This is how circumstances change with time and we constantly try to adapt ourselves to these changes.

Sunset at Vagator Beach

Photo of Vagator Beach, Goa by Souvik Saha

However, my Goa plan had two sides like many others. Somehow I managed to execute Goa but could not get it fulfilled with my best folks together. I appreciate those groups who could eventually accomplish GOA plans with their best pals.

Early morning strolls around Baga Beach

Photo of Baga Beach, Goa by Souvik Saha

Basilica of Bom Jesus

Photo of Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa Road, Bainguinim, Goa, India by Souvik Saha

With all the excitement, four of us started from Kolkata in the month of September. Just to remind you, Goa flights are very costly from Kolkata and there are only a few direct flights from Kolkata. We took a one-stop flight in the night with an almost 4-hour layover in Hyderabad. Thanks to those Credit Cards again which made the lounge access available with free food and beverage options at Hyderabad Airport.

Day 1

It was an early morning flight from Hyderabad which took a little more than an hour to land us safely at the Dabolim Airport, Goa. Here comes a tip, whenever you are taking cab/taxi from Airport to your hotel, try to use an app, "Goa Miles" which the state government has launched recently. This will make your ride way cheaper than the other available alternatives. And remember, Ola and Uber don’t work in Goa.

We reached our hotel, Sinq Edge that was pre-booked at Dona Paula. Dona Paula is almost at the middle of Goa and is very peaceful and calm. This day was kept a little easy given the overnight travel and halt. However, we enjoyed some Goan cuisine amidst the rain and some booze by the rooftop pool in the evening.

View from Dona Paula Viewpoint

Photo of Dona Paula View Point, Dona Paula Jetty, Road, Dona Paula, Goa, India by Souvik Saha

Roasted Pomfret Fish

Photo of Sinq Edge, Dona Paula, Goa, India by Souvik Saha
Day 2

The next morning, we started for our North Goa. On the way to Vagator, we visited Dona Paula viewpoint and the two iconic churches, The Basilica of Bom Jesus and Immaculate Conception Church (commonly known as the White Church and part of a numerous Bollywood movies) in Panjim.

Immaculate Conception Church commonly known as the White Church

Photo of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, Rua Emídio Garcia, Altinho, Panaji, Goa, India by Souvik Saha

Around noon we reached, "I Love Bell Bottoms". Yeah, that’s the name of the hotel for our stay at Vagator. Just google it and you will come to know, why many like me consider this as one of the most enjoyable stays to date. The symmetric colorful window facades, the vivid rooms, in-house gym, disco, and above all the huge violin-shaped pool boosted our excitement higher.

We visited the Chapora Fort the same day in the afternoon. Chapora Fort is just a walking distance from the hotel. The fort gives a breath-taking view of the Arabian Sea. We witnessed the sunset from one of those broken rocks trying to get the feel of "Dil Chahta Hai". In the night we visited Antares Beach Club and Restaurant just beside Orzan Beach.

The hotel pool at Night

Photo of I Love Bell Bottoms, Ozran Beach Road, Coutinho Vaddo, Vagator, Goa, India by Souvik Saha

Some lip-smacking prawns at the in-house restaurant

Photo of I Love Bell Bottoms, Ozran Beach Road, Coutinho Vaddo, Vagator, Goa, India by Souvik Saha

Chapora Fort

Photo of I Love Bell Bottoms, Ozran Beach Road, Coutinho Vaddo, Vagator, Goa, India by Souvik Saha

Breath Taking View from Chapora Fort

Photo of Chapora Fort, Goa by Souvik Saha

The serene Vagator Beach as seen from the top of Chapora Fort

Photo of Chapora Fort, Goa by Souvik Saha
Day 3

The subsequent morning we started for Arambol Beach. The beach was pretty secluded with a lot of beach shacks and some beach sports as well. We had our breakfast in one of such shacks with a few Russians who seemed to be staying for almost a month in Goa.

Breakfast at Arambol Beach

Photo of Arambol Beach, Arambol, Goa by Souvik Saha
Photo of Arambol Beach, Arambol, Goa by Souvik Saha

Arambol Beach Shacks

Photo of Arambol Beach, Arambol, Goa by Souvik Saha

The lunch was grand that day. With the help of Dineout and Google Maps, we landed at the W Resorts just on top of the Vagator Beach. I must say, this resort is itself a destination worth visiting. You can guess how big the resort is just from the fact that there are golf cars and shuttle services available if you want to visit the pool from your hotel room. After having a sumptuous lunch and some insta-worthy clicks, we sat in the rocks of the Vagator Beach till the sunset.

Lunch at W GOA

Photo of W Goa, Vagator, Goa, India by Souvik Saha

Lunch Room at W Goa.

Photo of W Goa, Vagator, Goa, India by Souvik Saha

Sunset at Vagator Beach

Photo of W Goa, Vagator, Goa, India by Souvik Saha
Day 4

It’s a new day, and time to visit the most popular place in Goa, The Baga Beach. Our hotel was just on the beachfront, Sinon Baga Retreat. The best part of the hotel was the beachfront pub cum restaurant Las Olas. Music goes on till 4 AM here and you even have the choice of setting up your candle-light table in the sand facing the sea. I am sure, if I visit Goa again, I will pay a visit to this place.

At Baga, we booked scooter rentals which are easily available for Rs 250-350 per day against submitting any Govt. Id. I took Vespa which is slightly on the higher side but the ride along the Goa roads makes it worthy. Post-lunch we drove to Aguada Fort and while returning we paid a quick visit to the Sinquerim Fort & Beach and the Candolim Beach.

Las Olas: Beachfront Restaurant cum Pub

Photo of Las Olas, Baga Goa, Titos Lane 2, Baga, Goa, India by Souvik Saha

Baga Beach

Photo of Las Olas, Baga Goa, Titos Lane 2, Baga, Goa, India by Souvik Saha

Las Olas

Photo of Las Olas, Baga Goa, Titos Lane 2, Baga, Goa, India by Souvik Saha

Cloudscape at Las Olas

Photo of Las Olas, Baga Goa, Titos Lane 2, Baga, Goa, India by Souvik Saha

Aguada Fort

Photo of Aguada Fort, Fort Aguada Road, Aguada Fort Area, Candolim, Goa, India by Souvik Saha

Sinquerim Beach as seen from Sinquerim Fort

Photo of Sinquerim Beach, Candolim, Goa, India by Souvik Saha

The evening was intended for party. The famous Tito’s Club on Tito’s lane was our destination. The party continued till late at night. Our hotel being very close to the place, we settled for some star gazing moments on the beach. It was night, less crowded, some select music, the sound of waves and a clear sky. A perfect backdrop to fall in love again and again.

Photo of Titos Lane, Saunta Vaddo, Baga, Goa, India by Souvik Saha

Tito's

Photo of Titos Lane, Saunta Vaddo, Baga, Goa, India by Souvik Saha
Photo of Titos Lane, Saunta Vaddo, Baga, Goa, India by Souvik Saha

Las Olas at Night

Photo of Titos Lane, Saunta Vaddo, Baga, Goa, India by Souvik Saha
Day 5

Another fresh morning, we visited Calangute Beach just adjacent to Baga Beach. We commenced with a speed boat ride to Anjuna Beach which hosts a flea market every week. This beach is hippie’s paradise. It was time for some water sports as well, the Banana Boat Ride and The Bumper Ride and the Jet Ski. Completely drenched in water by then, we decided to bath in the sea and play with waves. And we got some fellow foreign travelers to enjoy some water polo (it was water volleyball, to be honest).

Parasailing

Photo of Calangute Beach, Goa by Souvik Saha

Early Morning strolls around Calangute Beach

Photo of Calangute Beach, Goa by Souvik Saha

Feel the sea.

Photo of Calangute Beach, Goa by Souvik Saha

Breakfast

Photo of Calangute Beach, Goa by Souvik Saha

Ride to Anjuna Beach

Photo of Calangute Beach, Goa by Souvik Saha

Enjoying the water

Photo of Calangute Beach, Goa by Souvik Saha

Britto’s was our eatery for the evening. The perfect ambience with amazing quality food in the shack with some live music. Britto’s happen to be the end of Baga, also known as the Last Baga. The beach is so happening out here with fireplaces set up on the sands with guitars and some good music amidst the sea breeze during the night. We were a bit depressed as this happened to be our last day in North Goa.

Some Goan Cuisine at Britto's

Photo of Britto's, Calangute - Baga Road, Saunta Vaddo, Baga, Goa, India by Souvik Saha
Photo of Britto's, Calangute - Baga Road, Saunta Vaddo, Baga, Goa, India by Souvik Saha
Photo of Britto's, Calangute - Baga Road, Saunta Vaddo, Baga, Goa, India by Souvik Saha
Day 6

The following day, early morning we started for Colva Beach which was our stay for the night. On the way, we enjoyed some light moments at Betalbatim Beach, the Bogmallo Beach. South Goa is so different. It’s more rural and very calm. The independent houses are such a pleasant sight along the roads and most importantly the coconut trees all along the way and the split sunlight through the shades, just like the "Dear Zindagi" setting. After checking in at our hotel in Colva, we enjoyed ourselves in the pool and some good food, again.

Colva Beach

Photo of Colva Beach, Goa by Souvik Saha

Relaxing by the pool

Photo of Colva Beach, Goa by Souvik Saha
Photo of Colva Beach, Goa by Souvik Saha
Photo of Colva Beach, Goa by Souvik Saha

Goan Style Prawns

Photo of Colva Beach, Goa by Souvik Saha
Photo of Colva Beach, Goa by Souvik Saha

Without wasting further time, we started off for Palolem which is further south from Colva. Palolem is one of the best beaches I have ever visited in my life. Vast stretches of sand, coconut trees lined up all through the beach, the blue sky, the clear water, what more can you ask for in a beach! At Palolem Beach, there are speed boat rides available which take to the Butterfly Island famous for Hrithik Roshan’s debut "Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai". Everything is so good here.

Palolem Beach

Photo of Palolem Beach, Goa by Souvik Saha

Butterfly Island

Photo of Palolem Beach, Goa by Souvik Saha
Photo of Palolem Beach, Goa by Souvik Saha

Boat ride from Palolem

Photo of Palolem Beach, Goa by Souvik Saha

Sunset amidst the sea

Photo of Palolem Beach, Goa by Souvik Saha

Butterfly Island

Photo of Palolem Beach, Goa by Souvik Saha

This happened to be our last night at Goa and we tried to make the most of it at a poolside restaurant with some music followed by some lone walks along the Colva Beach.

Photo of Hotel Colva Kinara, William's Beach Retreat, Fatona, Colva, Goa, India by Souvik Saha

Candle light dinner

Photo of Hotel Colva Kinara, William's Beach Retreat, Fatona, Colva, Goa, India by Souvik Saha
Photo of Hotel Colva Kinara, William's Beach Retreat, Fatona, Colva, Goa, India by Souvik Saha

Can you spot the bar?

Photo of Hotel Colva Kinara, William's Beach Retreat, Fatona, Colva, Goa, India by Souvik Saha

Subsequent Morning, we headed for the airport with a lighter heart and a head full of memories. To conclude, Goa is not only about parties and nightlife. It has some of the best beaches in India added with some cliffs and forts. Goa is also famous for dry fruits and spices. I personally liked the semi-urban semi-rural life at Goa and those empty road drives amidst the lush of coconut trees. Just as a tip, we missed Dudhsagar falls since it was closed for monsoon during the time we visited. I feel you should add that too in your itinerary if you are looking for the complete Goa trip. Goa never gets old and it’s never late to plan GOA. (again and again). So hurry up! GOA is always on!

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