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Go Goa & Celebrate your freedom..!!!
Feb 05, 2012 04:30 PM 51978 Views
(Updated Feb 05, 2012 04:27 PM)


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Hi guys, my friends recently planned a Goa trip & asked me places to visit there & all. As I have already been to Goa twice, I could guide them well. Then I thought, why not write a review & help many others too. Had this in my drafts since a long time, completing it today.

Goa, when one hears this name, things that come to mind are beaches, beer, babes, water-sports, bikes, party & complete fun. Well these thing are so true. Goa means fun. Forget all your worries & restriction & enjoy. Well at least I do that (being in my limits obviously).

Best Time to go:

Anytime between Nov to March is a good time to go. However Dec end to jan start is the peak time & the rates are sky-high. The best time I would suggest is Jan end. Rates are reasonable & so is the climate. Neither is it too cold nor too hot. Perfect time to visit.

How to go:

Mumbai to Goa is around 650 Kms & takes approx 12 hours by road & 8-14 hours by Train. You can opt for the Neeta buses which are quite frequent & good mode to travel. We took a bus at 10:30 from Thane & reached Goa next morning at around 9. So that's a good option. The ticket prices when we went were Rs.650. Trains are much cheaper & take more or less the same time but then you will have to match your availability with the train's & plan your trip accordingly.

Some trains that go towards Goa (from Mumbai) are Konkankanya express,Matsyagandha Express,Netravati Express,Mandovi Express & many more. You will get the detailed ifno on all trains schedules at Train journey takes around 8-14 hours depending on the train. It's a nice route with many tunnels & some good valley views.

By bus it takes roughly 10-12 hours & it's also a good option for those who like road trip & most imp can tolerate it. Road trip doesn't suit many people & hence such people should avoid it. I liked the bus journey too.

Where to Go:

If you are going by train, get down at Thivin & take a cab to Baga beach. It costs around 300 bucks.

Bus drops you much closer to Baga & it costs 100 bucks by a cab.

Baga is the best place to stay in entire goa. Reason 1 - very close to the beach with lots of hotel available. Reason 2 - the most happening place in entire goa. The night-life here is the best & this place doesn't sleep. It's ON 24 X 7.

Calangaute beach is adjacent to Baga with much cheaper hotels & other stuffs but I profer Baga any day. In fact if you walk for 10 mins on Baga beach, you will reach calangaute. Anyways, hotel at baga cost from 1000-5000 per day for 2. This varies as per season & during peak cost 2-3 times the normal rate. We stayed at Hotel Julma which is opposite Dominos.It has good rooms & economic too. Since it was not that hot when we went, we took a non-ac room at 1500/day.

Other reason we opted for the hotel was that we just come to our rooms for bath & for changing clothes. We hardly use to sleep for 2-3 hours each day. So we thought economic rooms would serve our purpose. The Rooms are decent enough. There are multiple options available for hotels. One can choose as per requirement.

Next destination - Anjuna Beach, Vagator Beach & Agauda Fort. - Around 15 Kms from Baga Beach. Anjuna & Vagator beaches are also very nice. Not as crowded as Baga-Calangaute & neither are these beached as big as those. But worth visiting to have a relax evening without much crowd. A few shacks are available to hang-out & have snacks & refreshments.

Agauda Fort - A nice place to watch & hang-out. It's one of the oldest places of Goa. The historic DCH fort (Dil Chahta Hai :-P). Nice place for photo-session & majority of the people go there to do that only :-P. Well, jokes apart, it's a nice place to go.

9 Bar: I missed going here the first time I was in Goa & on my next visit when I went to this place I realised I had missed something very good. 9 Bar is near Anjuna beach. The way to this place is a little tricky & you will need to ask the local people at each turn to reach the place without troubles. It has an open air disc as well as an enclosed one. The open air one starts 7 pm & ends at 9 pm. These two hours are just too good. Your body will give up dancing but you wont. The music played is simply awesome. We were at the place from 730 till 1.

A nominal entry fees of Rs.100 can be redeemed for a Energy drink. Don't miss this place if you wanna grove to some nice music. Don't expect bollywood numbers here, you will hear only trance here. Just go there & dance your Heart out.

Other Clubbing options include TIto's, Kamaki, Club Envy - all are at Baga Lane.

Panjim City- Approximately 20 Kms from Baga, the capital of Goa is nice & no less than metro cities. You might get traffic on a bad day at peak time in the city. It's a nice place to visit for shopping. There is this big market in panjim where you will get everything you need. Varieties of famour Goa Kaju is available here. There are many wine shops as well where imported liquor is available at cheap price. Some nice restaurants are also available. We went to Rajadhani's thali in Panjim. The food quality being equally good. There is this ferry ride in Panjim. Just a 1 time worth of ride but U can miss it.

Then there is Dona Paula in Panjim which is a good place to visit. It has some story behind it's name. Miramar beach is also near by & is one of the widest beach. A nice place for a walk.

South Goa has some of the cleanest & beautiful beaches. A few beaches woth visiting here are Candolim Beach, Clova Beach, Palolem Beach. These beaches are amazing located at around 50 Kms from Panjim. Dudhsagar waterfall is also one of the famous tourist points. Haven't been there but heard about it. Another thing I missed to visit is the Spice Plantation. Have heard that's it's worth the traveling required to reach there. Probably my next visit will cover these two.

Water Sports:

One of the best things to do in Goa. You will find too many options for water-sports on baga beach. Water sports include Para-sailing, Banana-ride, Bumpy ride & jet-ski ride. The complete package will cost you around 400-700 based on the season. We paid 600/person for all 4 rides.

Eating options:

Just like the number of hotels, there are too many restaurants to choose from. Shacks on baga-calangaute beach are nice option too. The food on shacks is good. Shacks are open 24X7 & you can get food anytime you want. Outside beach there are many veg & non-veg restaurants. Can't comment on non-veg food as I am a complete veggie.


There is shopping market at Calanguate beach & on the way between baga & calangaute too. You will get all items there. Right from funky Goan accessories to Clothing, Kajus, Fenny, & many other things. Lots of tattoo shops & eating joints are also here. Panjim is another shopping destination with a big market. Mapusa is also a shopping option for people who plan to stay near it.

Temples & Churches:

There are lots of temples & churches to visit too. On the way towards Vasco-da-gama, there are many temples & Churches. There is this famous church in Goa; Basilica of Bom Jesus which has the tomb and remains of St. Francis Xavier. Old Goa is a place to visit for these temples & churches. Ponda has some famous temple (cntd in comment)

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