We remained seated on the walls of fort Chapora even after sunset. As it was getting dark, people started returning. We too returned to our room and started packing our baggages, since we had to leave next day. Tired much, we took dinner and slept. Next morning with heavy heart we bid adieu to Goa.
How to Reach:
Goa is well connected to the rest of the country by rail, road and air. The main railway stations are Madgaon and Vasco-da-gama. These railway stations are well linked with Mumbai and in turn, to other major parts of the country. Konkan Railways, from Mumbai to Goa is considered to be the most scenic railway route of the country.
National Highway 66 runs roughly north-south along the western coast of India, parallel to the Western Ghats. It connects Panvel in Mumbai to Kanyakumari, in Tamilnadu and passes through Goa.
Goa is connected to almost every major city of India by air. Dabolim is the airport of Goa, which is in south Goa, around 30 km from Panjim. It also receive international flights in tourist season.
When to go:
Although the best time to go to Goa is from November to February but one can plan a visit at any time of the year. The months of June to August, being monsoon season, experience heavy rainfall.
What to carry:
You must carry a sunscreen (spf 30+), hats/caps, lip balm, sunglasses, water bottle, crocs/floaters for beach, swim wear, comfy cotton wears. In addition to this, you must carry a raincoat, if you are visiting Goa between June to September.
What we enjoyed and what we missed:
We went to Goa in September. The rainy season had about to end but it did rain any time. The tourist season had yet not started. So hotels and bike/car hiring were available at a cheaper rates. Although now an app based cab service has also started in Goa. The markets, roads, beaches were less crowded. Entire state was neat, clean and lush green.
Being off season we missed water sports as the sea was still quite rough. Water sports and other related activities as Dolphin Show starts mid October. Excursion to Dudh Sagar water fall was not recommended as the route to that fabulous fall becomes unsafe during rains. We also couldn't visit the famous flea markets of Goa which exists during main tourist season only, like Anjuna flea market (on every Wednesday), Arpora, Saturday night market, Friday flea market at Mapusa.