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Beautiful place Goa
Goa is a beautiful place with lots of beaches, coconut trees, old churches, forts etc.
Goa is a beautiful place in the west of India. There are a lot of beaches, coconut trees, old churches, forts that attracts not only Indians but foreigners too. The beaches provide relaxing atmosphere and one feels rejuvinated after spending a couple of days there.
Cottages on rent
In Goa there is a trend of renting out rooms in cottages on very reasonable prices. We also got a chance few months ago to visit Goa and we stayed in one such cottage in Sali Gao, near Mapusa, North Goa. It was a beautiful cottage with very well maintained garden. The owner of the cottage was a humble old man Mr. Edwin. The room that was offered was a big ventilated one with attached washroom @ 500/day. They also provide breakfast, lunch and dinner but for that we need to inform them well in advance as they have to make the necessary arrangements. The food prepared was very tasty and moreover home-like. We tried out fried prawns, fish curry, potato parathas with curd....all tasted awesome.
All the beaches are well connected by good city buses from Panaji Main Bus Stand. The buses are red coloured and tariff is very reasonable. The city buses give you the real feel of the place. But the only drawback is that no buses run after 7 p.m. that means if you go somewhere by bus in morning or afternoon then you are bound to come back as per the bus schedule in the evening.
Bikes and Kinetics on rent
One can take the bikes and Kinetic Activa for a day @ Rs. 250 for 24 hours. It is mostly written outside the shops those who rent out bikes and Activas. Petrol is also provided by them in bottles but they charge extra for that. One thing to mention here that everywhere you'll find the same price; people don't try to cheat by quoting different prices. Bike, no doubt increases the mobility and its fun to ride on smooth roads of Goa.
There are a lot of beaches in Goa, but we got a chance to visit the following beaches – Calangute; Condolim; Baga; Anjuna; Vegator; Miramar; Sinquerim. Anjuna beach had porous rocks and the strong waves hitting with full force on the porous rocks was a sight to behold. Sinquerim beach offers lots of water sports. There were some black rocks in the Vagator beach. Water in the small holes of these rockes contained lots of molluscs with shell; crabs; tadpoles and small fishes. It was very exciting to see it. My son saw molluscs moving with the shell itself. One Korean family was also there…one 9 yr old boy was catching and holding live crabs…..amazing!!! May be he was collecting it for their breakfast.
1. Basilica of Bom Jesus Old Goa is a world famous church in Goa. It was built in 1605 and is present 9 kms from Panaji.
2. Church of St. Francis of Assisi is a beautiful church of 1600. There is a blackstone gate at the entrance that is finely carved.
3. Church of Mae De Deus, circa 1873. It was very near to our cottage and we could hear the voice of the bell both in the morning and evening.
Goan food and drinks
There are mouthwatering choices available in Goa especially in seafood. Prawns, Fish curry with rice etc. Delicacies are prepared using coconut oil as there are plenty of coconut trees there. Kajju fenni is a famous alcoholic drink of Goa.
Best Season for Visit
Goa is very hot in summers. It is advisable to go in winters. And, you require at least 3-4 days for visiting both the North Goa as well as South Goa.
Church of Mae De Deus, circa 1873
Decorated corner of the garden of the cottage owner
The Basilica of Bom Jesus church
Porous rocks in Anjuna beach
Garden of the cottage owner - picture taken from terrace
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