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Travelogue - Goa

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Sun, Sea, and Sand are three things which are associated with Goa. Recent incident have given Goa a wrong name, but believe me, if you don’t indulge yourself in something which can land you in trouble then Goa is one of the safest place In India. The people are friendly, helpful and are very good host.


Goan Sunset


Goa is divided in two parts North Goa and South Goa. Both has its advantages and disadvantages. South Goa is wonderful place for shopping because it is less expensive than North Goa, where as North Goa is rich in Hotels and food joints.


I stayed in Goa from 11th of Jan 2010 till 20th of Jan 2010. From 11th till 16th Jan 2010; I stayed in Colmar beach resort, which has Colva beach on one side, and resort premises on the other side.  The location of the place is just awesome, but the service was very poor.  There was no telephone in the rooms, and bathroom was not up to the standard. The resort manager Mr. Rodricks is a very nice man, he made sure that the guests had minimum of worries.  You can hire cab to visit any place in Goa from numerous taxi stations. I hired Peter’s (+919822902169) cab to take me to other tourist destination. He is a very nice person, and also acted as our guide.



About the food on colva beach, you will not find many food joints in colva as compared to Calungute, but if you are on colva then try eating in Bob’s shack. The food is good, and very reasonable.


On 16th Jan 2010, I left with Peter to see Ancestral Goa, spice farm and Old Goa, and then he dropped me to Calangute for our next stage of Goan trip.


Ancestral Goa is based on history and culture of Goa which was ruled by Portuguese. The entry ticket cost me Rs 150/- , in that they gave me guide and welcome goan drink.


After the great trip of ancestral Goa, we headed towards the Spice farm, it is owned by Sakari brothers, and spread across 130 acres of land, and for tourist only one acre of land is open. There I learnt that how spices are grown and which spice is good for treating illness. One should visit the place to learn how much Mother Nature has to offer to us. We also learned how the famous goan alcohol (Fenny) is made from kashu nuts (Kaju). Per person ticket charge was Rs 400/- which included Guide charges, welcome drink and lunch.


After having my lunch in Spice farm, I left for Old Goa. Old Goa is situated in North Goa, and it is famous for the Church of St. Francis of Assisi and Se Cathedral. The Body of St. Francis of Assisi is still kept in the church.  The church complex at old Goa draws a large number of people from all over the world.


The sun was setting and dusk has broken through, I was heading towards my next guest house in Calungute, This Guest house is situated on Calungute near kamat holiday homes. This is a family run guest house, and it is very reasonable and clean. The calungute beach is just 3 minute away from this guest house. The rooms are very neat and clean. They are entertaining customer from last 30 years. The rooms have all the facilities which one looks for.


19th Jan 2010 was my last night in Goa, so I wanted to have a luxurious diner. I headed to one of the best food joints of Goa,“OVER THE FLAMES”. The menu of this place is simply great as it is self explanatory and has variety of continental and Indian cousins. They have huge range of cocktail and mocktials to choose from. The ambience is simply irresistible and music will take you to another world. The manager Mr. Gorge and his team made sure that having diner in this out of this world restaurant was worth the money.



Here are some of the pictures of my Goan adventure. I hope you will love them, and will visit Goa yourself to experience beauty of the place yourself.


Below:- (A evening on Calungute beach: Calungute:North Goa).


A evening in Goa


Below :- (Dusk is breaking through: Calungute Beach: Calungute:North Goa).


Goan Beach


Below :- (An Old Goan House (Portuguese Style) in Ancestral Goa:South Goa).


A utensil for birds to drink water


Below :- (Open River side Goan Casino: Panjim:North Goa).


A goan casino


Below :-  (A Goan Ferry : Panjim:North Goa).


A goan ferry


Below :- ( A Goan Fishing Board, Anchored in Sea: Colva beach:Colva:South Goa).


 A goan fishing boat


Below :- (An old Goan House with utensil for birds to drink water: Ancestral Goa:South Goa).


A goan House


Below :- (A Goan kite, complementing the Sky).


A goan kite


Below :- ( Goan Musical instruments).


Goan musical instruments


Below :- (Goan Shack in night : Colva beach:Colva:South Goa).


Goan shacks in night


Below :- (Colva beach:Colva:South Goa).


A goan beach


Below :- (Goan style of bathing on elephant : Spice farm:South Goa).


Goan style bathing


Below :- (Goan style of bathing on elephant : Spice farm:South Goa).


Goan style of bathing 1


Below :- (Calungute beach : Calungute:North Goa).


Goan sun beds


Below :- (Sunset on Calungute beach: Calungute:North Goa).


Goan sunset


Below :- (Sunset on Calungute beach: Calungute:North Goa).


Goan sunset1


Below :- (Water sports in Calungute : Calungute Beach:North Goa).


Goan water sports


Below :- (Water sports in Colva : Colva Beach:South Goa).


Goan water sports 1


Below :- (A church: Panjim:North Goa).


Panjim Church


Below :- (Inside St. Francis of Assisi Church: Old Goa:North Goa).


Inside a Goan church


Below :- (Old Goan Wash Basin (Portuguese Style): Ancestral Goa:South Goa).


Old goan wash basin


Below :- (Old Goan Bed (Portuguese Style): Ancestral Goa:South Goa).


Old goan bed


Below :- (Old Goan way of trasportation (Portuguese Style): Ancestral Goa:South Goa).


Old goan way of transportation


Below :- (Old Goan Lawyer office (Portuguese Style): Ancestral Goa:South Goa).


Old goan lawyer office


Below :- (Old Goan Burner for cooking food (Portuguese Style): Ancestral Goa:South Goa).


Old goan burner


Below :- (Old Goan Candle light (Portuguese Style): Ancestral Goa:South Goa).


Old goan candle


Below :- (Sunset in Colva: Colva Beach:South Goa).


Sunset in Goa 1


Below :- (Sunset in Colva: Colva Beach:South Goa).


Sunset in Goa 2


 

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9 Comments

khau.khan's picture
excellent post. and great pictures. looks like you guys really enjoyed a lot. Goa is indeed a great place - i have been there in 1996 and in 1999 Millenium eve. Calangute beach is a great area and i remember we stayed on the beach shacks - i just hope they keep it free from too much commercial influence
Anonymous's picture
Hi! Goa is a nice place indeed! But one suggestion, you could have posted the pictures with a caption that would help us know the places. I personally havent been to goa and for people like me that would have been a great help! :) Thanks.
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Hello, I have added the title, but it is not showing up, I will manually feed it for you. Thanks
Gareema AND Udai's picture
Really Nice
bigkhan's picture
the explorer has done great job giving a blue print about goa,its beauty,culture,beaches,and food. asos,i had been in goa once in 1976 feb.i stayed 3 days in panjim,but also visited the great shipyard of vasco-d-gama,at that time panjim was not connected with wasco because of black river but road bridge was under progress to link panjim withvasco. indeed the nature has blessed goa with open heart and given every thing that is essential today. every one must try to visit goa and to enjoy the blossom of nature,i am very fond of visiting goa with my all family member once again.
bigkhan's picture
previously it was not connected by railway but today goa is well conected with railway throughout india,hence it is agreat boost for goa development,the goan govt. should insured law-order strongly so that foreigners confidence should bring back.
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JackWitson's picture
I love to read travelogue and if it is of goa then how can I miss this, great efforts shown and got to know much about its lifestyle.