We started our journey on saturday early morning to avoid long weekend rush. It was a XUV500 with my wife and 2 kids. Plan was to stay at Goa for 4 days and then cover coastal karnataka spending one day each at Gokarna , murdeshwar and Manipal, before coming back to Bangalore.
So we started at 4AM , with car serviced a week back, and lot of food packed. It was normal bangalore traffic with lot of trucks atleast till tumkur. Fasttrack was very helpful on all the tolls. It saved atleast 20-30 mins in the full trip to Goa. Road was good till chtradurga, but after that 6 lane work was going on so lot of diversions till hubli. We took our first break near hubli around 10AM to have our breakfast. Google map was still showing 5 hours for next 200 odd kms. There were lot of discussions online on the route we should take after monsoon to reach north goa. In the we decided to follow Google maps. We took a route through chorla Ghats. It was my first time through that route, but in the end it turns out to be a good route to reach north goa. There were lot of sceniric points throughout the Ghats. But the roads were bad as soon as you enter Goa.
In the end we reached our hotel 'Le meridien' at Calangute around 2:45PM. The hotel was on the main road near all the basic shops. Checkin was smooth and we were all tired so ordered lunch in the room.
At round 5PM, we all including kids decided to hit the pool. It was a nice decent pool in the hotel and kids enjoyed there for couple of hours. For dinner we decided to go out and try some local goan cuisine. We liked one place on Calangute- condolium road called fisherman cove. The restaurant was full with tourists and had live music. Overall nice food and ambiance to go with it. We end our first day in goa with the dinner with the hope to explore new things in coming 3 days.