We planned to leave from Dharwad. We were 4 in number, 2 boys and 2 girls. I was already staying in my Granny’s home. Other 3 arrived in the morning. We all freshened up and had breakfast at the famed Bombay Restaurant. And we embarked on our journey to Goa.
What seemed to be a simple and a stately journey, was later proved to be a rather convoluted one. We chose to drive to Goa via Dandeli for the sole purpose of its awesome on-road journey. We left from my home in Dharwad at around 10 am. It was my Grandfather’s old,yet well maintained Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 car that we took. It was checked to be alright just a day before. Nevertheless it broke down on the way. Front right tyre was punctured. We seeked the help of fellow travellers to fix the problem and put up the spare tyre. We resumed our journey then. It was either drizzling or raining all through the way, and even the lane was covered with fog at times. Roads are pretty deserted especially during the monsoon. Being an isolated area during these times, roads are smooth enough to drive on. The noon seemed like a morning. You just can’t miss out on such scenery. You got to make sure that your car is in a good condition before taking this route. And you won’t find any petrol bunks either till you reach Goa. So fill the tank to the fullest before leaving. I’ll be honest with you. It really was a tiresome journey. But it’s worth it. There’s a very little chance that you will witness such an awesome expedition again. Once we reached Goa, we rode to our villa which we had booked a month ago. “The Duchess Suite”, a 2 BHK flat, hosted by Lucky Rai Chand Malhotra. Thanks to Airbnb. When we reached there we gotta know that the Suite is one of the flats situated in an apartment called Aqua Grandiosa. We were greeted warmly. The suite is situated in Arpora village, North Goa.
By the time we reached it was around 4 in the evening. We bought few drinks and chips and few other eatables along the way. Irrespective of how tired we were, the smell of entering this much awaited land and the rainy welcome here and a warm welcome to rather unexpected “The Duchess Suite” and importantly the feeling of finally being in Goa.. all these just appeased our exhausted bodies and elated our souls.
Since we lost half the day and we were dead tired and due to the fact that it was raining, we decided to spend rest of the day in the house itself. And so we spent the time in planning the places to go in the next 3-4 days. For dinner we ordered from Domino’s.