Goa! The party capital of India. Or at-least this is what we have heard from those who have been there & from other people talking about it. A friend of mine suggested me to accompany him to a totally different version of Goa, SOUTH GOA! Which as he was talking was totally opposite of what I had heard from other people who had been to Goa. Thou my interest in alcoholic fueled partying, raving & bass pumped DJ nights was almost getting diminished after I completed my graduation. I was becoming more of a mellow person & I was beginning to enjoy my own company. I had never been to Goa before or any other tourist place outside my state, but hearing things from him made me go there despite unfavorable schedules and I am totally grateful that I took the decision.
South Goa is a secluded paradise filled with lush greenery, golden sands, tall palm trees, serene sunbathed beaches, narrow curly roads with very little human construction. Beaches in south goa were less inhabited than their northern counterparts, which is why it attracts less tourists than north goa beaches. One will also find more foreign tourists in south goa due to less commercialization & more natural state. Palolem Beach is ideally a good option if you are planning to stay in south goa. There are other options such as Cola, Agonda, patnem Etc. But I found Palolem a better option than others due to its good beach, affordable food & stay. We stayed at Presley's Beach resort which is to the right side from the main road entering the beach. The staff & stay were both good along with fantastic beach view restaurant.
Day 1: (Arrived at palolem in afternoon from margao)
Exploring Palolem Beach, Sunset, Evening bath at sea, Market Visit followed by dinner.
Dolphin ride in morning, Polem Beach, Galgibaga Beach, Sunset at Patnem Beach followed by dinner at Magic Italy,palolem.
Cabo De Rama Fort & beach, Cola Beach & lagoon, Sunset at Agonda beach.
Kayaking in morning, exploring palolem backwaters, lunch & then return to home.
Time: November 1st Week. 3N/4D
Est. Expenditure(Ex. Mumbai): 11k
Best Time to visit: October end - Mid April
Place of Stay: Presley De Resort,Palolem Beach, Canacona, South Goa
So, we began our journey from ahmedabad via Mumbai to Margao & then finally to Palolem Beach in Canacona. Our journey to goa was started by a overnight bus journey from mumbai to margao. So we had a day in mumbai to freshen up & chill. Which turned out to be more expensive than I thought because my Galaxy S7 which I had just brought 3 months ago was stolen in mumbai local while going to the place from where our bus was departing. It was a total disaster for me considering it was my first trip outside my monotonous life cycle & I lost that one damn thing that this generation's youth cannot live without. A SMARTPHONE! Can you imagine the suffering. Anyways after grieving about my loss & even a thought of canceling the trip & heading back we departed the overnight bus. My friend was trying to make up my mood before we reach goa. He told me that whatever happened was bad but, in mumbai locals stealing of mobile phones is a common thing, In-fact people also die sometimes in the kind of stampede that we had experienced. But trust me the next days in south goa almost made me forget this incident, Yes it was that wonderful except when I wanted to take a picture & I put my hand in the pocket!
Day 1: (Reaching Palolem)
We started our journey by taking an overnight bus from Nerul, Mumbai & reached the city of Madgao, Goa by 11 AM in the morning. Being exhausted by traveling overnight we made a stop at The Chocolate Room to freshen up ourself. Madgao KTC Bus Stand was just opposite to it, from where we took the bus to palolem beach. I would suggest to use public transport buses as they are cheap than taxi's. besides taxi's in goa are union operated, there is no Uber or Ola cab services in the state, hence the local taxi owners has the monopoly & will charge to their will. A public bus from margao KTC to palolem beach will cost you just 40 bucks while a private taxi will set you back by 800-1500 Rupees that do depending upon your bargaining. So do the Math.
We reached palolem beach in the afternoon & were lucky enough to get a sea facing beach room at Presley's resort, which cost us just 1400 bucks per night. There are cheaper options thou ranging between 500-1000 rupees but who doesn't want a good sea view cottage on their very first visit to goa. KTC is kadamba Transport Company in case if you are wondering. It is a state run bus services.
Then after throwing our luggage on the bed. We directly hit the restaurant to have some food with a nice chilled budweiser. We didn't thought of renting a bike today & going out because it was already 5.30 in evening when we finished. so we just spend the evening by grabbing some more buds while starring at the panoramic view of palolem beach. Most shacks will have general variety of beers, so don't expect to get corona's & Stella's, some good options are Bira, Witlinger, Hoegaarden. Bira & Hoegaarden are a must tryouts. Then we headed for the market which looks so lively at the night. The market has all type of shops such as departmental store, grocery shop, even a Cafe Coffee Day, street vendors offering chats, vadapav, panipuri etc. Along with a music shop, tea shop, Tibetian shop, various cuisine restaurants & much more.
After dinner at presley's we took a beach walk covering the beach stretch to have a look at various shacks. The Draupadi Bar & Restaurant was the most Crowded one, we couldn't get a chance to visit it due to long waiting time over the weekend.
Day 2: ( Covering South Side Beaches of South Goa)
So finally after two days of pre-adventures we started the actual tour of south goa. Early morning we took a dolphin ride from palolem beach itself for 1300 ducks which covers dolphin seeing, Butterfly beach & honeymoon beach.
The butterfly beach was the most virgin beach of south goa. It is a small beach stretching hardly 100 ft. It is easily accessible by boat but very difficult to reach by land due to dense forest behind it while having rock mountains on each end. When we visited there a group of people had camped at beach. Upon asking they told us that they had trekked to the beach yesterday evening along with the help of a local. They had almost all required equipments to stay on that beach such as stable tents, Thermo-crate for water, & other necessary things.
Then after coming back from the dolphin ride we had a good set breakfast at presley's to begin our day. The restaurant serves many set breakfast's such as english, continental, american, Israeli etc. ranging between 170-220 buck.