Took a night bus from Bangalore and reached Goa at around 11 a.m. but just to get from the state border to Panjim (the capital) took about an hour, thanks to traffic! Weather was great. No rain, clear blue skies and brilliant sunshine....and this was August. Cramped limbs and starved stomachs notwithstanding, we got off and immediately made our way to North Goa to find ourselves a place to stay.
It wasn't yet 'season-time'....as the locals call their tourist season and it took us all of 15 minutes to find a nice decent home-stay a short walk from the Calangute beach. Impressed by the size and cleanliness of our room, we took quick showers to wash off the fatigue of the journey. Then it was time for lunch and to hire a bike for the duration of our stay.
Compared to other tourist destinations in India, I found Goa much more expensive, both in terms of stay and food. Each meal would easily set us back by 700-1000 INR and on off-season the home-stay was charging us 1200 INR per night. But hey! This was Goa! So we weren't complaining.
The best way to explore Goa and its myriad beaches is to hire a bike and drive through. Armed with a road map we were forever whizzing through the green countryside from one beach to the next.