A long awaited trip with friends finally happened last Feb 2017. We always just end up planning trips when we get together and those just get passed as plans that never come into action. Somehow the Goa plan passed the planning stage to get real.
It all started with just a funny message in the WhatsApp group, and to my surprise, guys started to respond positively this time. without wasting time my roomie and I got to act in booking the tickets. That was the first step, with tickets being booked things began to fall in place for an epic travel adventure.
With each trip we learn a lot about the people and the new place, we get to learn our travel partners closer. A party of 6 en route to Goa. We took a train from Chennai to Bangalore and flew to Goa from there. It was our first travel adventure outside our state, so we were excited and happy that a plan finally came true. It was a long night travel with so much excitement and conversations and very little sleep. Finally, we landed in Goa.
We have already booked our stay, so when we got down we proceeded to the place to get refreshed to start our adventure. Being the first time outside the state I understood that knowledge of other language does matter 😉 Luckily my friends spoke the local language so I was not in much trouble. We got to the apartment we had already booked, the owner was kind enough to accommodate us a couple of hours early than the check in time. It was a spacious apartment, the whole apartment building stood on a cliff facing a water body below. The view was spectacular, the swimming pool of the apartment was build in such a way on the tip of the cliff. Though we did not get the cliff side view of the apartment, it did not matter much as we hardly had time to stay in the apartment. The owner was kind and concerning. He helped us get the rental bike to roam around Goa. He also gave as information about the Goa election during our stay and Goa will be a dry state during the elections which meant no alcohol will be served during the election days. Goa being the Las Vegas of India, without alcohol will not be the usual self. On the upside, we will get to enjoy the less crowded Goa. Goa the party capital of India has cancelled a lot of its party due to the government’s alcohol restrictions on the days of our stay.
He also gave as information about the Goa election during our stay and Goa will be a dry state during the elections which meant no alcohol will be served during the election days. Goa being the Las Vegas of India, without alcohol will not be the usual self. On the upside, we will get to enjoy the less crowded Goa. Goa the party capital of India has cancelled a lot of its party due to the government’s alcohol restrictions on the days of our stay. so we got to enjoy a different Goa than what we expected.
The first day of our adventure started with us getting our rental bikes and starting to ride around the city. To be honest we were clueless as of where to start from. We decided on to visit old Goa. It was a long 25 km bike ride from our place. On the way, we were admiring some shore and got attracted by the dolphin’s boat ride, where they take you inside the ocean to watch dolphins. We decided to explore some dolphins and got into the boat, it was a pretty ride and we even got to see few dolphins. Then we rode to Old Goa, got to see an old church and we were tired because of the long bike rides. When we rode back to the apartment we were exhausted. That’s when we decided we got to find a better way to roam in Goa, the bikes were really making us tired. We had a minor issue that we have paid in full for the bikes for 4 days and one of my friends was against in wasting that money, anyway, the majority of the folks supported to find a better transportation and we ended up renting a self-driven car.
So we were supposed to get our car delivered to us around 11 am in the morning and when we got the car it was almost noon. We set for our adventure the next day only by noon and we had plans to explore the south Goa for the second day. It was a pretty long drive around 35km from our apartment. It was almost 3 pm when we reached the Palolem beach. We took a boat ride to an island there and we had some fun in the water. We did kayaking in the sea. It was a fun evening on the beach. On the way back we stopped at the Agonda Beach to see a beautiful sun set. We drove back to the apartment and stopped to have a taste of local Goa Cusine, which was nice.
The next day we started a little early and we picked up my cousin who was working in Goa. He was our tour guide for the day. We spotted the beautiful back waters of Goa on the drive and lucky enough to stop and admire its beauty.
It was a fun day, we drove to Arambol beach and it was a lovely beach. we had some fun in the sea and then we went to take a dip in the fresh water lake in the beach. We did paragliding and that was so much to experience Goa in a birds eyes view. Flying over the beach and the sea was a thrilling new experience for us. We had so much fun. We walked along the shore to the Keri beach on the other side of the cliff rocks. It was a fun and kind of dangerous walk. We walked on the rocks along the shore, it was kind of slippery and the waves were hitting the rocks that made it a little scary too. When we think now it was a fun memory.
Then we checked in to a local Goan Cusine for dinner and we got to taste the actual Goan food. Trying different cuisine is one thing that I always enjoy. Later that night we went to see the Goa night market, where we were told we get a different kind of goods, but what we learnt by ourselves is that the goods sold on the market were priced so high targeting the foreign customers of Goa. We got back to the apartment later that night after dropping off my cousin at his place. It was well into the early morning of 3 am we got home.
The next day was packed with fun. We already had our water sports package booked, so we started to our water adventure at Calangute beach. It was a complete water fun package with Jet skiing, speed boat ride, banana boat ride, bumper boat ride and parasailing. We were so excited for it. But we did not end up having so much fun as expected. The water sports package was more than disappointing. There was no proper response from the organisers and the boaters were asking for money. It was pathetic, Jet Skiing we were not allowed to drive, the banana and the bumper rides were so little distance that we did not even get to enjoy and the speed boat was not going to speed because they had kids on board. The only thing that was enjoyable was the para sailing and that too was not much. We paid a little extra for a longer time to be on the air. We managed to put aside this and tried to have fun with what we got. Later that evening we were supposed to get packed so we got to the apartment and went on to enjoy the pool on the cliff.
We got to enjoy a different Goa when most of the friends talk about Goa their stories mostly have clubbing and gambling at the casinos. Their stories definitely consist of alcohol and getting wasted in it. As we got to go during the dry days we enjoyed the nature of Goa to the fullest. Goa Still has a lot to offer and with a limited time, we only got to see a very few of what Goa has to offer. Waiting to get the beautiful beaches of Goa once again to witness it splendidness again.
From what I experienced in Goa, it is not just the land of partying and clubbing. Goa has a beautiful nature and awesome sun set beaches. It has beautiful backwaters. It is a not only a place where party goers can enjoy, it is definitely a place where nature lovers can get lost in nature.