GOA : MY DAYS AT THE BEACH

The beaches and museums here might be busier than ever throughout the year; but the place knows how to leave its traces on hearts - just like our feet do on its sands. The marks in our hearts linger a little longer, though.

Do you remember your first trip to a beach? I had been itching to experience the cliché ‘walking on the wet sand’ feeling; and after years of wait, this year I finally had the opportunity to visit Goa.

I reached the Dabolim Airport on a Saturday morning and got a cab up to the place of my stay in Arpora. I booked my place of stay with the help of a travel agency Discovery Full Circle Tours, and was a little skeptical of how the place will turn out to be. But to my surprise, I really loved it. The monsoon had just set its foot in India hence water sports were inactive in Goa. However, it didn’t really bother me, as long as I was able to experience how a beach feels like.

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It was my first morning in Goa; it was drizzling and the sun was in no mood to show up. My friends and I rented a car (for three days), and took the opportunity to drive through the alleys of Arpora. The rain had just washed the palm trees along our way, and the fresh scent of wet mud made the drive more enjoyable. (You can also hire two-wheelers, but since it was the monsoon season, car seemed like a better option.)

Do it like the Goans do

Calangute Beach

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One of the highlights of Goa is the Calangute beach. Calangute is 5-7 kilometers from my place of stay and it was the first beach I visited in Goa. According to the locals, the tides were higher than usual that day and people walked and swam. I, then, entered a shack to have some snacks and a couple of beers. It was an amazing feeling to look at the sea whilst having a few pints.

Baga Beach

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Most famous and amongst the most crowded beaches of Goa is the Baga Beach. For people who would enjoy shopping and experience the night life whilst being on a beach, Baga is a great option with local markets and night clubs around. Tito’s, a famous nightclub is a major reason why many people visit this beach.

Aguada Fort

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Facing the Arabian Sea, this Portuguese Fort stands next to a lighthouse and is also one of the major tourist spots in Goa. A lot of movie scenes have been shot at this fort, most famous being a scene from the movie Dil chahta Hai. We too drove to the beach, wanting to recreate some picture frames from such movies.

Colva & Palolem Beach

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Located towards south Goa, a 5-6 km long road road leads to the beach. These are famous as one of the cleanest beaches in south Goa.

 

What to pack

  • Sunglasses
  • Flip flops
  • Sunscreen (preferably SPF 50)
  • Tanks Tops
  • Swimwear
  • Cotton Shorts/trousers
  • Hats
  • Jazzy Jewellery
  • Hair Conditioner & brush

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