One of my friends hails from Delhi, and had never been to Goa. Most of us would know that Goa is one of the most happening tourist spots in India. It has a lot to offer- beautiful churches, pubs and of course, the beaches.
So, it was her birthday and she was quite dejected about being away from her family and spending time (doing nothing really), in Bangalore. We HAD to plan something. Something really special, that would cheer her up. And bam! Goa it was! We headed for an awesome weekend gate away to Goa.
Bangalore to Goa is a night’s journey if you take a bus. We left Bangalore around 8 in the night and reached Goa the next morning. There are ample of buses and probably even cabs, which can take you to Goa from Bangalore. So, travelling isn’t really a great worry.
Let me tell you about the stuff we explored in our 2-days’ Goa trip…
We visited Goa in the last week of January, which isn’t a peak tourism season. Hence, we were quite lucky with the expenses and got everything at quite reasonable rates. We had booked a guest house, which was located at a distance of approximately 3 km from the very popular Baga beach.
Baga beach is one happening place in Goa. It offers some fun water sports. Para sailing is one among many. There are some awesome shacks located on this beach. We had lunch at Britos. Apart from its delicious and irresistible food, this particular shack also has a tattoo parlor. For all those people who are foodie and funky, do not miss this shack. I cannot really suggest you a particular cuisine or a specialty to try out here. Because everything that we had ordered was superb. You should however try sea food. It would probably be one of the best meals you have ever had.
This beach has some fun water sports as well. They are safe and you get a dedicated instructor for every sport.
Saturday night market: This was our second stop. This market happens to be one of its kinds. This is open only Saturday nights, which is quite obvious from the name. The ladies would love this market since the shops here sell a variety of clothing and accessories at low rates.
Club Cabana: I have never been a party animal. So the pubs and clubs do not fascinate me. However, from what my friends say, this club happens to be totally alive and radiant, mostly because of the crowd and the music.
Apart from these places, we also visited the Dolphin Real Estate and Fort Aquada. In my opinion, both the places aren’t really great. The fort has totally nothing to offer, except the sea view. And Dolphin Real Estate is a long boat ride into the sea, where you can see the dolphins jumping. Well, let’s just call it a glimpse of dolphins. You could miss these places and visit the old churches and temples instead.
So, five places were covered by us in the two days. Goa has a lot more to offer. So make sure you stay here at least for four days. Hire a bike and go exploring!
You definitely wouldn’t want to miss on Goa, whenever you happen to come to India! J
Tip: Visiting Goa in November or December is the best idea. However, be ready to shell out a lot of money, since all the rates here are very high during these two months.