Goa- A rain-drenched backpacking trip

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25th Jun 2012

Dona Paula

Photo of Dona Paula by Manish Menon

Faith, through the trees

Photo of Faith, through the trees by Manish Menon

Vasco Town - This corner smelt of fresh coffe

Photo of Vasco Town - This corner smelt of fresh coffe by Manish Menon

Murmugao Port, Goa

Photo of Murmugao Port, Goa by Manish Menon

Market, Vasco da Gama

Photo of Market, Vasco da Gama by Manish Menon
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A path less taken

Photo of A path less taken by Manish Menon

Bogmalo Beach

Photo of Bogmalo Beach by Manish Menon

Violent Waves at Benaulim Beach, Margao

Photo of Violent Waves at Benaulim Beach, Margao by Manish Menon

I care!

Photo of I care! by Manish Menon

On the way to Ponda

Photo of On the way to Ponda by Manish Menon

Mount Carmel Chapel, Ponda

Photo of Mount Carmel Chapel, Ponda by Manish Menon

Bridging lengths

Photo of Bridging lengths by Manish Menon

Miramar Beach, Panjim

Photo of Miramar Beach, Panjim by Manish Menon
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Distant view of Dona Paula

Photo of Distant view of Dona Paula by Manish Menon

The flea market

Photo of The flea market by Manish Menon
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The Masterpiece - Dona Paula

Photo of The Masterpiece - Dona Paula by Manish Menon

Why?

Photo of Why? by Manish Menon

Dona Paula - The Mystery

Photo of Dona Paula - The Mystery by Manish Menon

Flea Market

Photo of Flea Market by Manish Menon

And darkness seeped into the Earth...

Photo of And darkness seeped into the Earth... by Manish Menon

The pathway outside the art park

Photo of The pathway outside the art park by Manish Menon

GMC Building after a rain

Photo of GMC Building after a rain by Manish Menon

Art Park, Panjim

Photo of Art Park, Panjim by Manish Menon

Lighthouse, Panjim

Photo of Lighthouse, Panjim by Manish Menon

Remains of a bridge

Photo of Remains of a bridge by Manish Menon

St. Andrew's Chruch, Vasco da Gama

Photo of St. Andrew's Chruch, Vasco da Gama by Manish Menon

I'm crazy about two things - travelling and the monsoons. What do you get when you combine both? Four days of backpacking in Goa during the onset of the monsoons.

Even though it is supposed to be off season in Goa with the onset of the Monsoons, Goa is simply as beautiful (or maybe even more beautiful) as during the peak season. With little crowd and cheap deals, this is the best time to visit Goa.

I took the Yeshvantpur-Vasco Express from Bangalore on the 24th of June, 2012 and reached Vasco in the early hours of 25th. And it started raining heavily from the moment I set foot in Goa!

I set my base as Vasco since I had a colleague who was posted at Vasco at the time. I put up with him which meant I had to spend nothing on my stay! My plan was simple - keep Vasco as my base, take a shuttle from Vasco to the various cities/towns I wanted to visit, explore it on foot for a whole day, and return in a shuttle by the evening. 

Goa is any backpacker's true paradise because of the options it throws open at you. The shuttle service is the best example for it. They are the point-to-point bus services between towns and cities. And the best part is that they are frequent and not crowded at all. All you need to do is buy a ticket (believe me they are really cheap!), hop onto the bus, and enjoy the view until you reach the destination. 

Another thing about Goa is that it acted as a sponge towards the varied foreign cultures that flourished on its soil and still retain its goodness. The people are friendly, helpful, and caring. And you can travel around Goa with ease if you can manage English or Hindi!

If you're a true backpacker who isn't dazed by the flashy side of Goa, then it is your ultimate paradise. And it comes cheap too!

Vasco was my base for all the four days. I'd put up with a friend at his apartment in Vasco. From Vasc o, I took the shuttle to Margao, Ponda and Panjim in the morning, explored the city till evening, and took a shuttle back to Vasco.
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Krishna Vishwanath
Good job Mr Menon.
Tue 06 23 15, 23:30 · Reply · Edit · Delete ·