The quieter side of Goa explored - Vagator

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29th Aug 2014
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Alcove Hotel
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The cottages
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The beach facing restaurant
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The breezy beach-facing porch
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Night scenes
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The rocky Ozran beach in the monsoons
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The yummylicious English breakfast
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Steaming hot coffee, the monsoons and the bre
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Pretty lights at Waters
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Purple lights and lanterns-prettiness all aro
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Strawberry daiquiri
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The heavy rains and sky gazing
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Wood-fired pizza, one of the best here
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The day-time view of the lounge
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The lounge in the evening
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On the way to Waters

This trip came along as the much-needed leisurely break from the monotony and mayhem of life. A spontaneous but well-planned trip had me and the special someone heading off to celebrate the beauty of the monsoons in the lap of the beautiful rocky Ozran Beach, also known as the Little Vagator.

This beach, further north from Anjuna, is an epitome of serenity and beauty and lush green roads. We had our trip planned in such a way that we stuck around to explore the beauty of this secluded beach, without having to go far, heavy rains being a major hindrance to travelling around on bikes. We stayed at the Alcove Resort, which i found to be a great place for the amount we paid. Waters Beach Lounge and Grill proved to live upto my expectations with its ambience and the music.

A beautiful hotel,monsoon walks, wood-fired pizzas, cocktails, pretty lights and soft music in the background mingling with the sound of the rain drops outside- it was just a perfect blend of romance and relaxation.

Vagator gives you a glimpse of serenity, far away from the crazy nightlife and the pandemonium and fast-paced life you would usually come across in North Goa. If you want to unwind and relax instead of travelling around in a rush, this is just the place to be.

This chance discovery counts as my best Goa trip ever, and if you do go here in the peak season, you might have more crowd than usual. Make sure you hire bikes and go around exploring the beauty of this place and going to innumerable beach-side shacks and restaurants- notably Thalassa and Chronicle.

This hotel was a beautiful blend of leisure and fun, with a swimming pool right in the center and the cottages all around it. The aesthetically designed restaurant, with its cane chairs and candle lights, was strategically located right next to the swimming pool area and served decent food and amazing steaming hot coffee. What added to its appeal was a beach-facing porch where you could sit and sip on a steaming cup of coffee and enjoy some alone time, as the cool breeze from the sea ruffled your hair and caressed your face. Then there is the section of the dine-in restaurant facing the beach and surrounded by glass doors all around. The evenings looked magnificent with tiny lights and pitter-patter of rain drops creating a magical effect. A perfect place for a relaxing weekend if you are ready to spend a grand and a half during the off-season for an amazing holiday.

Photo of Thalassa, Vagator, Goa, India by Abhingya Patra
Photo of Thalassa, Vagator, Goa, India by Abhingya Patra
Photo of Thalassa, Vagator, Goa, India by Abhingya Patra

Hidden away in the corner of Ozran, this is one of the most happening party places in Vagator, steadily climbing up on the rungs of popularity. Right on the beach, with an amazing view and a breathtakingly beautiful ambience, with a lounge lit up with pretty purple lights and lanterns and beautiful ceiling lights, this place is perfect for a relaxing dinner. Another section offers a roof-top sitting area overlooking the beach, with glass roofs to protect you during the monsoons. Then there is the disc with amazing music and crazy parties, especially on Fridays and Saturdays. The wood-fired pizzas are a specialty here and the cocktails and the liquor good, though a bit on the expensive side. The ambience is so amazing that you cannot help but want to come back to this place again and again.

Photo of The quieter side of Goa explored - Vagator by Abhingya Patra
Photo of The quieter side of Goa explored - Vagator by Abhingya Patra
Photo of The quieter side of Goa explored - Vagator by Abhingya Patra
Photo of The quieter side of Goa explored - Vagator by Abhingya Patra
Photo of The quieter side of Goa explored - Vagator by Abhingya Patra
Photo of The quieter side of Goa explored - Vagator by Abhingya Patra
Photo of The quieter side of Goa explored - Vagator by Abhingya Patra
Photo of The quieter side of Goa explored - Vagator by Abhingya Patra
Photo of The quieter side of Goa explored - Vagator by Abhingya Patra
Photo of The quieter side of Goa explored - Vagator by Abhingya Patra
Photo of The quieter side of Goa explored - Vagator by Abhingya Patra
Photo of The quieter side of Goa explored - Vagator by Abhingya Patra

Vagator is a quiet little place in the district of Bardez, hidden away in the lush greenery of the glorious monsoons, serene and enchantingly beautiful. Ozran Beach, also called the Little Vagator, at a walkable distance from the hotel, provided an amazing landscape. A rocky beach, with coconut trees swaying in the wind, and the clear foamy waters, the rippling waves breaking at the shore and retreating only to rush forth again with unparalleled vigour.

Be it the cool breeze or the mighty winds, you cannot help but sit on the rocks for hours together, staring far ahead into the sea, losing yourself in a chain of thoughts, taking in the view, enjoying the calm surroundings; the rush you feel when you see something so beautiful and magnificent, the joys that the simplicity of nature brings that one usually overlooks when you're so engrossed with a busy life all come rushing to you with a suddenly unleashed force. A beautiful place to soothe your tired nerves and rejuvenate yourself, Vagator is just the place to be in North Goa.

Photo of Ozran Beach, Bardez, Goa, India by Abhingya Patra
Photo of Ozran Beach, Bardez, Goa, India by Abhingya Patra
Photo of Ozran Beach, Bardez, Goa, India by Abhingya Patra
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