Do you need a quick break from work? Are you planning to visit Goa for a few days? Does the smell or mere conversation about sea food trigger an irresistible sensation in your nerves? Do you really want to be in a Beach-Beer-Chill mode?
Well, if the answers to all the above questions is YES, then this travelogue about Goa, will just be a perfect guide for you.
Goa, as is rightly called Thailand of India, by many, is a famous spot for bachelors/bachelorettes or honeymoons, in India. That said, one of my college friends also planned her bachelorette in Goa, this January. I had my tickets booked from Delhi, on a Friday morning (4th January 2019). The flight to Goa takes approximately 2hrs 45mins, Air Asia being the cheapest flight to Goa from Delhi. Luckily, there was absolutely no delay in my flight and I reached Goa around 9AM.
Landing in Goa, straight from the freezing temperatures in Delhi is a joy in itself. Goa is one place that never fails to entice me with its surreal landscapes, laced with craggy hills, lustrous paddy fields, coconut groves and colonial architecture. While the southern part of the city is known for its tranquil and calm beaches, North Goa is a haven for Party Animals. This place is popular for its lively and vibrant shacks, thronged with Indians and foreigners of all age groups, almost all round the year.
We had our stay booked at a villa in Saligaon which is situated almost in the center of Calungute Beach and Baga Beach in South Goa. Though the villa can be a little heavy on the pockets, but the location coupled with the amenities provided were just too overwhelming. The residential area also houses villas of some of the famous Bollywood stars like Priyanka Chopra, Rohit Shetty, Meghna Gulzar etc. The owner, Mr.Prithesh and caretakers of the villa were also extremely kind and pleasant.
Now, once you are sorted with a place to stay, the next thing that comes to mind, is a list of places to visit. Generally, people in India visit Goa for the sole purpose to - Party. So, they plan their trips around some of the most happening spots in the city like Baga Beach, Chapora Fort, Club Cabana, Casinos etc. But I’m sure there are a few, who are more inclined towards breathing in the beach vibe, enjoying the cuisine and exploring the glory and serenity of a deserted beach, covering their feet with the shimmering grains of sand and feel the cool breeze on their face.
For such people, here are some of the must visit places in North Goa where you will find absolute peace and super delicious food. You can plan out your days in such a way to incorporate most of these places, but this will largely depend on where you are staying and how feasible is the mode of transportation from there. Note that, Goa doesn’t have Ola or Uber services, hence the only mode of transportation is either you hire a two-wheeler or four wheeler (self driven one’s are cheaper) or book a private taxi. If you book a private taxi, make sure you have someone who can haggle the prices down with the cab drivers, since the prices they quote are sky-rocketed.