We started the return journey around 10 in the morning. We decided to take the same route back And estimated that we will reach Bangalore by 11 in the night. Everything was as planned until we reached Shira.
Away from the big city, at night the sky fills itself with dozens of stars, letting you drift away as the soft ocean breeze takes you along the soft waves to a small mental paradise. Soft guitar notes in the distance might be the only thing to break the spell, but even those feel in the right place. Agonda is the right beach to be at peace
Agonda is a quiet beach, a few kilometers away from Palolem which is much more popular. The beach is clean and the sand feels so soft under your feet, you won't be able to stop playing with it. The sea here is not the calmest you can find, but the waves make it fun to swim and bob around in nevertheless. Goa beaches have lifeguards present, so make sure you are within their flagged area just in case of any problem.
We landed up paying Rs.200 for a rickshaw from Canacona station to Agonda, but I believe we might just have been overcharged. It was a nice ride though, and on reaching Agonda we found a comfortable place to stay in quite easily.
A road runs parallel to the beach, just half a minute away. On the other side of the road you will find houses which provide accommodation too, and probably at a cheaper rate. We stayed in a beach hut, but if i ever visit again I would like to stay in a house opposite the beach. These houses are owned by local Goans, and it will probably give you a chance to interact with the family and learn more about the place.
Beach shacks ranging from basic (Rs.700 a night) to extremely luxurious (Rs.10,000 a night) line the entire stretch of beach. A double room with attached bathroom will cost you around Rs.700 at the start of the season. Unlike Gokarna, here the shack owners are more bothered about making the beach 'tourist friendly' so you'll find sunbeds and umbrellas which can be used by patrons. At night some shacks put away the sunbeds and move tables right onto the beach so one can enjoy a beautiful candlelight dinner under the stars, next to the sea.
If you're looking for accommodation in Agonda, the best place to get off is at the Church. This is right in the middle of the beach and you can go either way, looking for a place to stay. Food at the beach shacks is all the same and very ordinary. Go to the places like 'Dosa & Thali House' or 'Fatimas Corner' to get a taste of the local food. It tastes good and is easy on the pocket too !
We hired a scooter to move around, and paid Rs.250 per day. Petrol at a petrol pump is much cheaper than buying from the place you hire the scooter, they grossly overcharge. We bought one litre from there (at Rs.80 per litre) and drove to a petrol pump to fill the rest (at Rs.55 per litre).
Agonda is quiet and clean. You can take a nap, read a book or just look at the ocean from under your umbrella. And drink cheap beer, ofcourse. It is Goa after all !