And South Goa became very special to me.. #southGoa #lessExploredPaths #goa #bffsbachelorette

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28th Sep 2018
Photo of And South Goa became very special to me.. #southGoa #lessExploredPaths #goa #bffsbachelorette by Sheetal Bilewar

Once in a while you need to pack bags, get your girls and go on a road trip. Yeah.. yeah.. nice saying but all these things are practically impossible when your friends are married, Living in a different cities, having kids, family, jobs and other stuff in their lives. So Goa plan was next to impossible for us. But when it our their best friend's bachelorette, everyone's answer was "Hell Yes".

We 7 girls decided to go to South Goa for my friends bachelorette. "South Goa" because we heard its so beautiful, uncommercialized and serene. Later we realized beautiful was just not the right word.

We preferred bus from Pune as it was matching our office timings. Ticket cost was around 1400 each and was worth it (for me being Anti-Bus person). It's about 10 hours journey from Pune but we reached late because of some accident and traffic jam in between. I'll suggest, plan to reach early so that you can utilize whole day.

Commute options for South Goa:

Nearest Bus stop: Madgaon

Nearest Railway station: Madgaon Junction

Nearest Airport: Dabolim Airport or Goa Airport (GOI)

By Road: Goa road trip is most recommended one via Mumbai Goa Highway.

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Views on the way were giving me good vibes about the trip
Day 1

Finally we reached Madgaon, we were exhausted by that time. It was all cloudy in Madgaon. We took auto for Cavalossim (charged us 400 Rs). We were not even done loading our luggage to the autos and it started raining. View was something like this.

Look at those clouds.. Roads were broad, clean and lots of greenery around

Photo of Madgaon, Goa, India by Sheetal Bilewar

This is how Goa welcomed us.. :)

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First Goa rain experience

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I was mesmerized as I was watching the trailer of whatever heard or imagined about this place, and was really excited to see rest of it. Empty and clean beaches, beautiful roads, lots of greenery, picturesque villas and bungalows and monsoon rain.

We finally reached at Villa "Luisa By The Sea" which we booked from airbnb for 6500 per day. It was a cozy 3BHK villa. The highlight of it was backwaters and garden behind it. We got refreshed because of rain we got on the way and all our tiredness was gone as we entered the villa.

Our

Photo of Cavelossim, Goa, India by Sheetal Bilewar

Backyard like this.. What else you want in life. <3

Photo of Cavelossim, Goa, India by Sheetal Bilewar

We got freshen up, had lunch which we ordered from the Kinara hotel suggested by our villa care taker. Had yummy Murg Musallam sitting in our backyard. Lunch costed us 1080 Rs including veg, non-veg lunch for 7 people which was worth the value.

By the time we had lunch it was already 4 pm so we ran to the beach.

Look what we got..

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And sun went down

Photo of And South Goa became very special to me.. #southGoa #lessExploredPaths #goa #bffsbachelorette by Sheetal Bilewar

Catching up after years..

Photo of And South Goa became very special to me.. #southGoa #lessExploredPaths #goa #bffsbachelorette by Sheetal Bilewar

Same night, we had bachelor's party to plan, You won't find any cake shop in Cavelossim. So there was Novotel we went there and begged them to bake a cake for us (As their chef was very busy). We didn't had much choice so I asked for chocolate cake which costed us 900 Rs for 1 KG cake (Which was one of most the yummiest cake we had till now and 7 of us finished in just half an hour). We also picked up some stuff for party from the only supermarket available nearby.

And we were ready to party

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We brought a robe for bride to be and added some creativity to it .. Looks awesome

Photo of And South Goa became very special to me.. #southGoa #lessExploredPaths #goa #bffsbachelorette by Sheetal Bilewar

Got dressed up and partied. A friend of mine had planned amazing games which made us connect to each other as some of us were meeting after years. We got to know some nicest, funniest and great things about each other (and specifically about the bride to be). The night was great fun.

Day 2

Day 2 was the lazy day as we partied till late yesterday night. After breakfast we had a photo session for the would be bride and her bridesmaids. We showed our photography skills, thankfully end result was satisfying for her.

Yay.. doesn't it look like professional photoshoot?

Photo of Luisa By The Sea Resort, Cavelossim, Goa, India by Sheetal Bilewar

By the time of lunch we hired a 8 sitter cab for sight seeing luckily we met the driver in Cavalossim and finalized the deal in just 2100 Rs. Today's lunch we did at The Fisherman's Wharf which was suggested by our driver. If you visit Cavalossim, I would recommend to visit this place it's specialty is sea food but overall we enjoyed everything (except soup).

Places we visited were as follows:

Holy cross chapel Baradi, Velim

The term chapel usually refers to a Christian place of prayer and worship that is attached to a larger, often nonreligious institution or that is considered an extension of a primary religious institution. View from Baradi chapel.

Photo of Holy Cross Chapel-Baradi, Velim, Goa, India by Sheetal Bilewar

Cabo de Rama Fort

Located in Canacona taluka Cabo da Rama - Cape Rama, takes its name from Rama, the hero of the Hindu epic Ramayana, who, along with his wife Sita holed up here during his exile from Ayodhya. The promontory was crowned by a fort centuries before the Portuguese cruised in and wrested it from the local Hindu rulers in 1763.

Own transport has to be arranged to reach the fort.

Find your peace.. I found mine

Photo of Cabo de Rama Fort, Canacona, Goa, India by Sheetal Bilewar

The western side of the fortress, where the cliffs drop sharply to the sea, provides a great view both to the north and south. There is practically no sign of life on the hilltop at all, apart from a few soaring sea eagles, and the occasional monkey scampering between clumps of vegetation.

Photo of Cabo de Rama Fort, Canacona, Goa, India by Sheetal Bilewar

My friends missed this view. But thank god I came here, this view gave me the reason to come back here again

Photo of Cabo de Rama Fort, Canacona, Goa, India by Sheetal Bilewar

Picking some wild flowers

Photo of Cabo de Rama Fort, Canacona, Goa, India by Sheetal Bilewar

Canacona Beach

The beach was empty but we left early as we had to see sunset at Palolem Beach

Photo of Canacona, Goa, India by Sheetal Bilewar

Palolem Beach

Palolem is one of the most beautiful beach I have ever been to. There were so many shades in sky. South Goa is just the right place for peace of mind and some relax time.

We were amazed by all these colors in sky.

Photo of Palolem Beach, Goa by Sheetal Bilewar

My favorite color that day, no filter added.

Photo of Palolem Beach, Goa by Sheetal Bilewar

Reflections

Photo of Palolem Beach, Goa by Sheetal Bilewar

end of perfect day

Photo of Palolem Beach, Goa by Sheetal Bilewar

Our house was so cozy that we didn't feel like going anywhere tonight as well. We had candle light dinner in backyard. We were chatting till late. I was surprised listening how much efforts and arrangements the girls had to make for coming to this trip, particularly the one with kid. Some of us who were singles received so much gyan from all committed and married ones.

Day 3

This was our last day in Goa, we woke up early to see sunset. Had green tea sitting along the backwaters. (Morning green tea together is kind of our tradition.)

Photo of Luisa By The Sea Resort, Cavelossim, Goa, India by Sheetal Bilewar

We went to beach for the last time, there was hardly anyone as it was early morning. We played with waves, built a house with sea shells, played with puppies we found on the beach.

It's strange to watch and hard to digest seeing your (anti-dog) friend becoming a dog lover :D :P

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We were starving when we came back. So Sadiya a friend of mine, a blogger and a really good cook made me yummy cheese omelet (Couldn't click photo as I was too desperate to eat), as we had fully functional kitchen and we did some shopping for breakfast. Watched horror movie in afternoon after lunch (Movie name was "Friend Request" ). Anyways horror movie with friends always becomes the comedy one.

By 4 pm in evening weather was so cloudy.

5 minutes before the rain started

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It rained so heavily there that we got scared as we were first time experiencing Goa rain. We clicked many photos in rain as well.

What a Timing !

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After rain I found these.

Photo of And South Goa became very special to me.. #southGoa #lessExploredPaths #goa #bffsbachelorette by Sheetal Bilewar

Due to bad weather our caretaker gave us permission to stay till 7. After rain sky was clear and we again sat outside for time pass and played games, sang, danced.

What a evening it was!

Photo of And South Goa became very special to me.. #southGoa #lessExploredPaths #goa #bffsbachelorette by Sheetal Bilewar

We were again meeting for our bride to be's wedding so we made many resolutions like loosing 5kg, 8kg weight (we rather we end up gaining weight)

By the time we leave our pockets were full of memories till the time we find out another reason to travel. After all Life is meant to great adventures and close friends.

Major expenses listed below, hope it will help :

Villa for 3 days 2 nights : 13000/-

Pune to Madgaon : 1400/- per head

Cab for sightseeing : 2100/-

Lunch at The Fishermans Wharf : 3549 /-

Madgaon to Pune : 1200/- per head

Cab for Cavalossim to Goa Airport: 1500/-

Cab for Cavalossim to Madgaon Bus Stand: 1000/-

Photo of Luisa By The Sea Resort, Cavelossim, Goa, India by Sheetal Bilewar

Please leave your comments. :)

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ohh I just relived the trip .. and you're welcome for the lightening pic
Sat 01 26 19, 10:34 · Reply · Report
I really appreciate the way u wroted ur journey and ur experience of ur south Goa trip....u mentioned pin to pin needy info... moreover...that lightening pic... depicts all...worth reading it...as I need to visit it too...Good Job Shital...☺
Fri 01 25 19, 00:19 · Reply · Report
intricate and to the point !
Fri 01 11 19, 21:05 · Reply · Report
BTW THE PICTURES SPEAK VOLUMES. you are a good photo shooter also.
Tue 01 08 19, 07:56 · Reply · Report
Is it first time to write a blog. Superb, exclusively covered all the details, displays your keen observation, your love and passion for Nature. Good choice of diction. Amazing coining of words. Specially liked the phrase hell yes. Keep on writing. You don't know how good you are at it. Thanks
Tue 01 08 19, 07:54 · Reply · Report