Goa! The party capital of India. Or at-least this is what we have heard from those who have been there & from other people talking about it. A friend of mine suggested me to accompany him to a totally different version of Goa, SOUTH GOA! Which as he was talking was totally opposite of what I had heard from other people who had been to Goa. Thou my interest in alcoholic fueled partying, raving & bass pumped DJ nights was almost getting diminished after I completed my graduation. I was becoming more of a mellow person & I was beginning to enjoy my own company. I had never been to Goa before or any other tourist place outside my state, but hearing things from him made me go there despite unfavorable schedules and I am totally grateful that I took the decision.
South Goa is a secluded paradise filled with lush greenery, golden sands, tall palm trees, serene sunbathed beaches, narrow curly roads with very little human construction. Beaches in south goa were less inhabited than their northern counterparts, which is why it attracts less tourists than north goa beaches. One will also find more foreign tourists in south goa due to less commercialization & more natural state. Palolem Beach is ideally a good option if you are planning to stay in south goa. There are other options such as Cola, Agonda, Patnem Etc. But I found Palolem a better option than others due to its good beach, affordable food & stay. We stayed at Presley's Beach resort which is to the right side from the main road entering the beach. The staff & stay were both good along with fantastic beach view restaurant.
Day 1: (Arrived at palolem in afternoon from margao)
Exploring Palolem Beach, Sunset, Evening bath at sea, Market Visit followed by dinner.
Dolphin ride in morning, Polem Beach, Galgibaga Beach, Sunset at Patnem Beach followed by dinner at Magic Italy,palolem.
Cabo De Rama Fort & beach, Cola Beach & lagoon, Sunset at Agonda beach.
Kayaking in morning, exploring palolem backwaters, lunch & then return to home.
Time: November 1st Week. 3N/4D
Est. Expenditure(Ex. Mumbai): 11k
Best Time to visit: October end - Mid April
Place of Stay: Presley De Resort,Palolem Beach, Canacona, South Goa
So, we began our journey from ahmedabad via Mumbai to Margao & then finally to Palolem Beach in Canacona. Our journey to goa was started by a overnight bus journey from mumbai to margao. So we had a day in mumbai to freshen up & chill. Which turned out to be more expensive than I thought because my Galaxy S7 which I had just brought 3 months ago was stolen in mumbai local while going to the place from where our bus was departing. It was a total disaster for me considering it was my first trip outside my monotonous life cycle & I lost that one damn thing that this generation's youth cannot live without. A SMARTPHONE! Can you imagine the suffering. Anyways after grieving about my loss & even a thought of canceling the trip & heading back we departed the overnight bus. My friend was trying to make up my mood before we reach goa. He told me that whatever happened was bad but, in mumbai locals stealing of mobile phones is a common thing, In-fact people also die sometimes in the kind of stampede that we had experienced. But trust me the next days in south goa almost made me forget this incident, Yes it was that wonderful except when I wanted to take a picture & I put my hand in the pocket!
Day 1: (Reaching Palolem)
We started our journey by taking an overnight bus from Nerul, Mumbai & reached the city of Madgao, Goa by 11 AM in the morning. Being exhausted by traveling overnight we made a stop at The Chocolate Room to freshen up ourself. Madgao KTC Bus Stand was just opposite to it, from where we took the bus to palolem beach. I would suggest to use public transport buses as they are cheap than taxi's. besides taxi's in goa are union operated, there is no Uber or Ola cab services in the state, hence the local taxi owners has the monopoly & will charge to their will. A public bus from margao KTC to palolem beach will cost you just 40 bucks while a private taxi will set you back by 800-1500 Rupees that do depending upon your bargaining. So do the Math.
We reached palolem beach in the afternoon & were lucky enough to get a sea facing beach room at Presley's resort, which cost us just 1400 bucks per night. There are cheaper options thou ranging between 500-1000 rupees but who doesn't want a good sea view cottage on their very first visit to goa. KTC is kadamba Transport Company in case if you are wondering. It is a state run bus services.