After years of waiting and trying, I finally had a chance to visit Goa – a dream destination. I wanted to share the few pictures I clicked during the trip ( I was too busy being lazy to click photos on this perfect vacation) but I also wanted to remember all of it in detail. So I am sharing my day by day trip details. ( You can skip reading and just click the pictures to enlarge them if you want) 😉
We began our journey from Hyderabad via road. Unfortunately, we choose to travel by the Mumbai highway. Our route was Hyderabad-Zaheerabad-Gurbalga-Bijapur-Bagalkot-Belgaum-Goa. Most of the Mumbai highway was potholes with a foot of ROAD here and there, so our average speed was 10Km/hrs. But once we got off that road, the rest was a breeze. The route was mostly a single road, but the road condition was good. However there were a lot of speedbreakers, so you couldn’t go too fast for too long.
We took a break at Bijapur and did a little bit of site seeing before starting for Goa the next day. We started with the GOL GUMBAZ. Probably Gol Gumbaz is the second largest tomb in the world. It has a diameter of 40 meter and huge halls. One of the characteristic features of the tomb is that its dome stands without any support from a pillar. Another attraction of the monument is the “Whispering Gallery”, where even a single whisper is increased 10 times and is echoed innumerable times on the other side of the mausoleum due to the acoustics of the space.
Next was Shivagiri. Lord Shiva Statue is an 85 feet tall Shiva Statue that has been installed by the T.K. Patil Banakatti Charitable Trust in Bijapur at Shivapur on Sindagi Road. It is slowly making as a pilgrimage location. 1,500 tonnes statue of Lord Shiva is considered as the second largest statue of Lord Shiva in India.
I was surprised that Belgaum doesn’t have any KFC, PizzaHut, Mc Donald. But the Biryani at Hotel Charminar (or any of its outlets) is a good bet. We took the Ghat road to Goa from Belgaum which was a delight. The inpronto waterfalls created by the slight rain added to the scenic beauty. Towards the end of this road, the road was not that great but we got to Goa and I was delighted.
We were staying at Calangute. We checked in and slept like a log! We spent the next day at the beach and needless to say got sunburnt. We were happy nevertheless and the kids enjoyed the water. We even got to see a real WILD CRAB on the beach. It was a little shy so I couldn’t get any pictures to share.
We had dinner at Capricorn Bar and Restaurant Calangute. The food was good and the ambience too…
The next day we had lunch at Chef Soumyen’s Kitchen. The experience was great and the food was lovely too.
We then headed to Panjim only to miss a turn and reach Fort Aguada. Fort Aguada and its lighthouse is a well-preserved seventeenth-century Portuguese fort standing in Goa, India, on Sinquerim Beach, overlooking the Arabian Sea. We also visited the Aguada jail which has a lovely view of the sea.
We finally reached Panjim and visited the Se Cathedral Complex.
We enjoyed light snacks in the evening at Nescafe next to the Panaji Residency before heading towards the statue of Abbe.
We visited the Mahalakshmi temple and headed back for Calangute. On our way we visited the Shree Rudresh Temple and the Mae De Deus Church. We had a great time at Under the stars and the kids pestered us to go there again the next day. I have never been huge on experimenting but out there I did not mind. I trusted the chef and just asked him to surprise me. We got fish and a dessert made of coconut. I dislike both these items but when I tasted them, I could not even taste the coconut or the fish. It was just so TASTY. The kids got a bonus of crispy chicken with homestyle fries. Needless to say, they loved it!
The next morning saw us at the beach again. We woke up at 6AM and enjoyed the beach till 7:30 before heading to the hotel for a much needed breakfast. Nia collected shells and after taking a bath and some breakfast we dozed off again. In the evening we headed out to the Arambol beach which has very soft but dark sand. I got a foot massage at the beach where the local ladies try to sell junk jewelry and wrap around skirts to all tourists. After it got dark we came back to freshen up and headed to the Calangute towers for dinner.
Our last night in Goa was at Hyaat, Bambolin beach. We visited Dona Paula before checking into the hotel.
We loved the property. The pool was amazing with a separate kids area. We swam, and lazed around the pool ordering snacks instead of a proper lunch just so we could stay at the pool a little longer. We then headed to the beach. To Nia’s delight it was full of sea shells and she collected a lot of them. We headed back when it started raining.
The kids enjoyed themselves at the Camp Kids area while I got ready for dinner. After dinner we strolled in the hotel lawn and enjoyed the roar of the sea.
We had a bay view room with a fantastic view that tempted us to sit in the veranda for longer than what I had planned. The next morning we woke up early to stroll on the beach and slept off again. We woke up for breakfast and then checked out of the hotel to head back home.
A 12 hour drive got us back to Hyderabad. We took the Goa-Belgaum-Bijapur-Gulbarga-Sedam-Pargi-ORR-Hyd route and the road was is good condition. Goa- a dream come true but it is good to be back home!