Day 1: We landed in Goa on a beautiful morning amid rains which made already scenic drive to our property in Fatrade, South Goa more mesmerizing.
Tip: Transport:- Apparently, there are taxi mafias in Goa which doesn't allow any app based taxi services to operate in Goa. hence, the monopoly in prices charged by them. Don't worry, here is what you can do:-
From Airport :- best way to reach your hostel/hotel/resort is, hire a prepaid taxi (Govt. approved) from the airport which are reasonable to some extent plus no fuss. (mine was Rs. 1300-- 7 seater-- 32 kms). Alternatively, you can arrange your pickup via your hotel but negotiate hard.
There is also some bus services available very low on feasibility scale but try, may work for you.
For roaming around: 2 wheeler: easiest and cheapest way is to hire a scooter which costs aprx 350 for one vehicle excluding petrol, which can be arranged via your hotel and otherwise plenty of renting shops available. not sure about the bike pricing but also an option. still, scooter is best option.
Self- driven car:- Hiring a self- driven is bit tricky, no--no, "zoom car" or similar options are not present here.
My Tips: **Try and avoid online options. heard bizarre stories. rather, ask your property manager to help you out. It would be a reliable that ways.
** Negotiate hard,go for test drive-- make sure your are comfortable with the car conditions.
** clarify everything in advance-- security amount,notify him about the scratches on the car or the function/part not working. make a video & click pictures for ref and share it with them in advance.
** you have to return the car with the exact amount of petrol you got it with but at the same time the frequency of petrol pumps is less. plan smartly :)
We went for self- driven -- Ertiga with the help of our property's caretaker who made sure we didn't have to pay the security amount which costed us Rs. 4500 for 2 days including pickup/drop of the vehicle. Sometimes, service provider agrees to drop the vehicle at the airport which save your travelling money to airport, convince him for it. :) Alternatively, you can hire a car with driver should cost a bit less but Goa ka asli mazza drive mei hai!
Bus Services:- Goa tourism offer HoHo bus services as well, you can check their website for details.
Day 2: No rains today :). we started our day with beautiful morning walk to nearest beach, Fatrade. the calmness of the long stretches, greenness on both side and accumulated rainy water made our sleepy faces shine