Travelogue

Let’s Go Goa

There’s always a desire of every millennial in our country to visit Goa, but what usually happens is as we all know ‘Abba nahi maanege!’ and alas! the plan is dropped even before the execution begins. Fortunately, me and my three buddies from college somehow managed to convince our families and save some money ourselves during our final year in college to have that once in a lifetime kinda trip in college to Goa. We were lucky enough to visit there during early March this year before the onset of Corona in our country.

The excitement was real and was evident from the fact that from our luggage to our playlist, everything was ready before a day or two. Trust me on the fact that if you’re a big group travelling there, Airbnb is the best go to option and we opted for the same as our stay was for about a week. But, if you’re a solo traveller, there are many hostels available throughout the year on the go. From the day one, we had our dream itinerary in place but as you know, things usually don’t work out as planned. Exhausted from all the jet lag and late night party from our maiden night in Goa, we couldn’t get up early so had to drop visiting Dudhsagar falls for the day one. We stayed in North Goa but had heard tales of the South ever since and there was some driving force calling us south. We planned accordingly as asked the local guy from our Airbnb for guidance. Man, we received the most awesome advice from him to visit one of the hidden gems of Goa.

‘The Butterfly Beach’ in South Goa is nothing less than a hidden paradise. It surely requires some research from your end to reach with a trek of about a mile before you set your feet on this jaw dropping beach. The visitors are usually foreigners and the beach is still in its pristine form. The adjoining hilltop blossoms during the season and you can do all kinds of cliff jumping here. After spending our entire afternoon swimming in the beautiful waters, we headed to our next destination.

Butterfly Beach

‘The Agonda Beach’ definitely offers the best sunset in entire goa with music tripping in your ears, the sea washing by the shore and lovely calm of the place. A walk by the beach is must as the sky changes colour from blue to orange to a hundred shades of pink. It seems as if God himself was trying to paint you. A beautiful drive by the night brought us back to North Goa. There are all kinds of party places open throughout the night but if you plan on partying by yourself, remember to get your booze before 10 because that’s when the shops close.

We decided to explore away from the mainstream places for the next day, so we ended up visiting ‘Chorao Islands’ that offer a beautiful ride along a bird sanctuary.

Chorao Island

You can reach there through a ferry by Old Goa. After exploring Arpora by night (that’s where we stayed, as it is in close proximity to all beaches of North Goa), we called it a day.

Our plan for the following day was to explore North Goa beaches. So, we started by the beautiful stretch of Morjim beach followed by a short drive by the sea to reach Arambol beach. Now, Arambol beach is famous for its fun activities like parasailing, paragliding but what most people miss out on is the hidden ‘Sweet Water Lake’ of Arambol beach. It isn’t that crowded and offers a beautiful swim which is rare to find in Goa as you always end up sipping some saline water when bathing in the sea. We spent the evening in nearby area and then went to the must-visit ‘Thalassa Greek Tavern’ for our dinner. It’s a deck by the sea and offers amazing views during night. We called it a night then as the next day involved some exploration to be done.

Sweet Water Lake

We planned to visit the mainstream places this day including the famous forts and all. We started by the Aguada fort and then planned to watch the sunset by the iconic ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ Chapora fort. Watching the sunset with my buddies listening the iconic song itself was a feeling out of this world and one which we will remember forever. It’s truly beyond words to explain how we all felt at that moment. The warm aura of friendship surrounded us as we made promises to visit the place, the same bunch of friends in some years to come.

Aguada Fort

For the next day, we bought a package for fun activities including parasailing, scuba diving and all but it turned out to be a huge disappointment. It’s not as much fun as it sounds as the activities are far off and consume your entire day. Goa isn’t really famous for all this, I mean it’s worth a try if you like but in my opinion, it’s not worth it. After a tiring day, we visited some party shacks in North Goa to wear off our fatigue. ‘Curlies’ and ‘Shiva Café’ are two famous late night party shacks offering a variety of menu. The ambience is really nice and it’s a fun place to be at by the night.

Parasailing

That was a wrap for our Goa trip. In my opinion, Goa has two sides to it. The North one being the party hub with music blasting all night and people high on energy, whereas, the South one is pretty laid back, chilled and spiritual for travellers like me. So, choose your side of Goa wisely while planning a trip and make sure to experience the fun Goa has to offer.

I hope my itinerary helps you out and make sure to check out my Instagram handle @travelwithshivam.