It took me four years and many canceled plans to get to my ‘laqshaya’ named Goa. I had been planning to tour Goa for quite long, but every time something came up and the plan was kept in abeyance. Finally two more friends, a last minute bookings, indirect route travel and determination to go, made this possible. Amol, Ram and me had an eventful and memorable three days tour of Goa.
As we decided to go one day in advance, we could not get the direct train or bus ticket. So an alternate route was suggested by amol through Kolhapur, Maharashtra. We had a comfortable overnight journey to Kolhapur and next morning boarded a bus from there to Goa which was supposed to take 6 hours thus making it a 18+ hours bus journey. We traveled across Phonda Ghat on the way to Goa and we could see the greenery all around with the clouds kissing the mountains. Everything was going well till it started raining heavily halfway. I and Ram were starting to feel disappointed as it would have ruined the tour if it continued to rain in Goa.
We reached Goa in afternoon and headed towards hotel near Calangute Beach in North Goa. An advanced booking made sure that no time was wasted in searching hotels. It was still raining outside but had been abated. We decided to go to beach in the rain as it would have been stupid to sit in hotel near a beach. I was not expecting much crowd on beach but when we reached there surprising there were hundreds of people enjoying on beach, overlooking the rains. This brought back the enthusiasm and we ran towards sea to meet the waves. This was a different experience all together on a sea beach in rain and now water was coming from both directions named sea and sky.
As it was getting dark we left the beach and headed towards the market. It was happening place too and everyone was moving in the rain like it’s not raining at all. We bought a few tshirts and that brought out the hidden shopping freakness out. We went to every shop in the market irrespective of what were they selling. Having bought few gifts for the family, we decided to take dinner in a nearby restaurent. We were lucky to get a pure vegeterian restaurent, as Goa is definitely a paradise for non vegeterians and those who enjoy alcohal . After dinner we returned to hotel and slept praying rain should stop tomorrow. Yes, I was selfish this time ( Refer previous post ).
Next day when we woke up it was raining very lightly. We were hoping to have some luck on our side and started for South Goa tour in a cab. We earlier decided to rent bikes but considering the weather, cab appeared to be a better option. After taking breakfast when we came out, the rain had stopped. It was a cheerful moment and we rushed as we wanted to cover as much as possible when rain had halted.
After crossing bridge on River Mandovi, we reached our first spot Bom Jejus Church. It’s an old church depicting Portugese architecture. After having a small tour of church and the museum we headed towards our next spot Shantadurga Temple. It was a nice temple with very nice facilities.
We were outside next spot named Mangesh Temple and it started raining heavily. We immediately decided to skip it and take lunch in the hope it will stop raining in that interval. God was with us that for sure and rain had again subdued when we reached our next destination Dona Paula. This was the place we were looking for in Goa. Beach, water sports and beautiful sights at the same place. Goa is full of feminine beauty and natural beauty n it becomes difficult to tell which one is better . I know guys, this confusion lasts for moment only
Driving a water scooter was one of the most exciting experience I ever had. You are in between sea with water all around you, the scooter moving a very fast speed and swaying due to the waves, all this was life time experience. The light rain at that moment made it more enjoyable with the rain drops falling on u from above while u r on ride of ur life. After this ride we went to Dona Paula point where the movie ‘ek duje ke liye’ was shot, stayed there for some time and moved towards next beach called Miramar beach.
Miramar beach was not suitable for swimming, a kind of risky one as the water drags u inside, so we didn’t spend much time there and proceeded towards Panjim Market. After having our lunch we proceeded towards the cruise. Cruise was of one hour duration and ship traveled in river Mandori. It had a Dj, some cultural performances and a great sight seeing. Also there were casinos moving along with us in other ships. The ships were looking beautiful in the dark. We returned to hotel after that thanking god for being kind as it did not rain heavily excpet 15-20 min. and we could enjoy the day.
Next day was the last day in Goa and we went to Baga beach in the morning. We wanted to cover as much as possible so we went early in the morning and saw sun rays for the first time in Goa. The last destination was Fort Aguada and became famous after movie Dil Chahta hai. After doing some photo session we were on our return journey to hyderabad. The fun, the joy, the memories we had in Goa were unforgettable and difficult to put into words ( though i came up with these many words ).Moral of the tour : If you are willing to take a bit of risk, you can enjoy Goa in rains equally, ofcourse with a little luck on your side.