First thing that comes to mind when we hear about Goa is that
“it’s a party destination and yes beaches!!!!”.
Well it’s true, you will find Beers and Beaches everywhere, with it nature too. I’m not a party person, at least not for now. Yet I enjoyed and explored Goa in a completely different way. I can recall; I was told not to travel Goa alone and in off-season, but I did traveled with a buddy of mine who was crazy enough to do this girls trip with me.
Lets go! its just 2 girls exploring Goa
I can say: Goa was one place; I had in my really long bucket list. Goa is covered up with so many mysteries about the parties, beers and the beaches. I and my friend were having a casual conversation on phone about travelling and with no itinerary or plan in hand; we just booked a train ticket to Goa.
It all started there!
I have made a vlog for Goa trip, do check it to have a clear idea about the locations, I will be sharing in this blog.
Exploration Goa: What no one tells you?
North Goa – 2 day exploration
We reached Margao railway station in the afternoon, then we booked a taxi to Candolim in the railway station itself. The Cost to Candolim was 1400/- INR, thats where we booked our hotel. First thing we did was renting a scooter.TIP Carry with you an ID card of yours, which will be required in most cases. Bike rental cost is 300/- INR per day(september, 2017).
We started our Goa exploration on same day. We always covered the place which requires more travel, the first.
We first headed to “Dona Paula Sunset View Point“, we dint watch the sunset there as it was little crowded. Dona Paula is not a beach, just a sunset view point. We then went to “Miramar Beach” from there, you will enjoy the drive from Dona Paula to Miramar. Miramar Beach has this small food corner where you can munch some indian snacks.
We then searched for a night market that never existed. Google map sometimes end you on a dead end road, but its worth an experience to be cherished.TIP Arpora night bazaar, it opens only during season time.
We then ended our day 1 visiting “Titos Lane, Baga Beach” to experience night life. Its known for great music and good crowd.
Day 2: Excitement unlimited
We woke up early morning and headed straight to “Arambol Beach“. If you are a person who enjoys nature and long rides, then try early morning drive; if not please dont wake up in Goa till 11 Am. We reached Arambol beach at 6:30 Am, travelling on spooky roads spotting ghosts. It was again worth the drive amid nature and mist. Arambol Beach will be a paradise for those looking for some tranquillity and solitude. If you are adventure lover, then this beach offers paragliding and dolphin watching boat trips.TIP Fill your scooter petrol tank, because you dont find petrol bunks that common in Goa. Arambol beach is best to visit during season time, so that you can do lot of activities like paragliding etc.
We then went to “Ashwem Beach” for breakfast where we had an amazing time time with the German surfers we met. We then headed to “Sweet Water Lake” where we had a good time in the beach. This sweet water lake is surrounded by hills of greenery and coconut groves. Its been said, the water is a mixture of fresh water and sea water. You will be walking a kilometer to reach the sweet water lake in the middle of shopping market. Shopaholics beware!
We then went to “Vagator Beach”, not much to do here. It has got one single restaurant and you can watch locals play foot ball and swimming. Its a good beach to relax and dip your feet in ocean. It was already evening by this time and we headed straight to “Chapora Fort”. This place is famously known as Dil chahte hai fort.TIP Chapora fort closing time is 6 PM
We ended our day 2 trip by shopping at Tibet Bazaar, Baga Beach.
Day 3: Say Hello to Palolem, South Goa
We traveled by bus to Palolem, We had to switch 3 buses to reach Palolem. (Bus from candolim -> panjim -> madgoa -> Palolem). By evening we reached Palolem, you will spend close to 200 Rs if you travel by bus; Taxi may cost 3000 Rs.
The moment we landed in Palolem, we made good friends at the hostel we stayed and planned for a long ride to “Netravali falls” the next day.
Day 4: Netravali waterfall
We had our breakfast and started to the Netravali waterfall by 11 Am. It is a great waterfall which is located deep in the Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary, Goa. You will drive amid lush greenery landscapes and mountains. I enjoyed this drive the most of all; i drove almost 400 KMs in Goa alone out of which Palolem is the best. Its close to 35 Km drive from Palolem one way, and i am sure you will love it.
What makes this trip special?
I have been travelling for quite some time within India, but this is the first trip, I decided to blog about it and share the itinerary as well.
Thank you for reading my blog, I honestly hope my itinerary helps you to plan your travel.
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