Goa – My Escapade

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Though it may be the smallest state in India, Goa has surely a lot to offer.  From relaxation on  secluded beaches to rockin’ your socks off with fellow backpackers or simply exploring the ruins of old Portuguese forts and the charming city of Panaji,  Goa has something to suit everyone’s palate. For me,  I love to do a bit of everything and mix it all up a little.

In this article, I will give you a shortlist of each of the places I visited during my holiday in Goa, trying to give you a few handy tips along the way

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After getting off a 14 hour overnight bus from Cochin, Kerala, my first stop was Palolem. Located in Canacona, South Goa, Palolem is known to be inhabited by many foreigners.  Beautiful stretches of golden sand with a stunning turquoise beach, Palolem is very small, with enough amenities to satisfy your basic needs. Accommodation here is reasonably priced as there are plenty of chilled out beach huts/resorts all along the main beach, haggle your heart out for the price though as bargaining is really the way to go about for everything.


agonda-beachAgonda Beach

To the north of Palolem is an even more relaxing and quiet Agonda beach. There really isn’t a lot to do here except to chill and soak up the sun. Something I would strongly recommend to do whilst you are here is to hire mopeds and ride to Cabo de Rama fort. It’s just a few hours drive and the route is simply breathtaking which makes for a great half day excursion.

panaji, north goa hotels, goa north hotelsPanaji

Further up north, overlooking the Mandovi river is Panaji, Goa’s capital city. Walking down the bylanes, you can get a glimpse of colourful villas, paved streets and old architectural buildings that represent the old Portuguese era. Many famous restaurants and international clothing brands are ideally situated here.

Stay and Accommodation near beaches

There are many accommodation choices available in Goa starting from cheap resorts to expensive. From budget hostels near Calangute Beach to Hard Rock (one of  the 5 star hotels in north Goa), North Goa has a place to stay for all kind of travelers. While south Goa too has options, they are not as comfortable as the ones in north Goa.

Glam, Glitterati and Grandeur of Goa

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Goa is a melting pot of activities when it comes to entertainment at weddings. While the main ceremony along-with the rituals are celebrated with great pomp and grandeur, it’s the entertainment and performing acts that steal the show. From popular DJs, star performers, celebrities and peppy bands to ribbon dancers, belly dancers, fire dancers and illusionists, there are a lot of options to keep the wedding group engaged and entertained.

Weddings in Goa are occasions that people look forward to. Relatives and friends are flown in from different parts of the globe to be a part of the celebrations. The bride and groom ensure that their requirements right from travel to accommodation is taken care of till the last detail. Special dinners and themed parties are organized, along with city tours for the guests. Illuminated ‘wish’ lanterns are set off followed by a dazzling display of fireworks as a tribute to the couple.

Poolside brunches, relaxing spa treatments and other exciting group activities are some of the other offerings atop the wedding planners list. This is followed by a fun-filled evening with fire acts, snake charmers, folk dances and live music setting the right mood for the occasion. The wedding night comes alive with song, dance and merriment as the bride and groom celebrate their day in the company of friends and family.

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San Joao Festival of Goa

We planned our trip to Goa around the festival of Sao-Jao. San Jao is celebrated on 24th June and during this time the newly wed son in laws are invited at their mother-in-laws home to celebrate with floral crowns, dance and feni. One of my friend was invited and we took the liberty to plan our trip to coincide with his visit.

During monsoon and if you like rain, Goa is a heaven and you can get a chance to capture the beauty of the lush green countryside.

We have visited Goa before and a lot of times, during Christmas and during off season as well. Trust me it is too crowded to enjoy with family or too sunny to enjoy on the beach. Goa can definitely promise you a sunburn. We enjoyed most in our trip during last week of June till mid July.

The best advantages are – you can travel cheap, very cheap during this season. We took a bus trip from Mumbai and stayed at Hard Rock Hotel in Calangute. Water sport and other adventure games that cost sky high would come cheaper, more than 50% during monsoon.