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Location: Candolim

Day 1 - 20 Nov 2019

Goa International Airport

Candolim, Goa International Airport
Candolim, Goa International Airport

Content: Goa an ultimate spot for party lovers, with my friends we enjoyed great days there. It was a beautiful western state that attracts many tourists all over the world with its vibes. Apart from sandy beaches and party zones, Goa offered heaps of beautiful attractions. We took flight from Delhi to Goa International airport. It was located at Dabolim which served as a hub for multiple airlines. As an army airport photography was prohibited inside the complex. Entering into the state was not a subject of matter, it was well connected with other cities. We found the information centre both at international and domestic terminals. We searched for dining space unfortunately, we got disappointed. We hired a taxi to our accommodation. It was easy to found transportation outside the airport.

Maggie's Resort

Candolim, Maggie's Resort
Candolim, Maggie's Resort
Candolim, Maggie's Resort
Candolim, Maggie's Resort

Content: Basically, Goa is a tiny state but it was rich in biodiversity as well as culture. On the way to the hotel, we could see the road was highly packed with tourists. This tiny state was literally divided into two: North Goa and South Goa. North Goa was well-developed with resorts and hotels. We checked into Maggie’s Resort which is located at Candolim, North Goa. The location was amazing with beautiful beaches. The city was packed with mid-range hotels and resorts. We checked into the hotel, the rooms were spacious and comfortable. We freshen up and headed to explore the city.

Coffee House Candolim

Candolim, Coffee House Candolim

Content: We had breakfast from a cafe last distance away from the hotel. The ambience is really cool and pleasant. We had a healthy breakfast with fresh juice. Renting a motorbike or a car is the best way to explore the city. We went through the streets to find a car. We rented out a car for a reasonable rate.

Location: Goa Velha

Day 1 - 20 Nov 2019

Goa Velha

Goa Velha, Goa Velha
Goa Velha, Goa Velha
Goa Velha, Goa Velha
Goa Velha, Goa Velha

Content: We headed to Old Goa also known as Goa Velha. It was famous for the plethora of sites. Each and every corner admired us with its beauty. It can be easily explored in half a day. We parked in an open space and walked through the streets.

St Catherine’s Cathedral

Goa Velha, St Catherine’s Cathedral
Goa Velha, St Catherine’s Cathedral
Goa Velha, St Catherine’s Cathedral

Content: We stopped at St Catherine’s Cathedral that attracted our eyes with its unique construction. The entrance was beautifully carved with a golden outline. We clicked many pictures of the front view then proceeded into the church. The interior was beautifully decorated with wooden displays and paintings.

Viceroys Arch

Goa Velha, Viceroys Arch
Goa Velha, Viceroys Arch
Goa Velha, Viceroys Arch

Content: We walked towards the next spot, located at a short distance from the church. It was a most important historical landmark which was once served the main entrance to Goa. We could see an arch with a small statue of Vasco da Gama. It is a beautiful arch which offered great pictures.

Basilica of Bom Jesus

Goa Velha, Basilica of Bom Jesus
Goa Velha, Basilica of Bom Jesus
Goa Velha, Basilica of Bom Jesus

Content: The final destination in the Old Town was Basilica of Bom Jesus. Our Old Goa Heritage Walk was concluded with the most fascinating fact of Goa. It stood at a corner as an example for baroque architecture. The floor was beautifully constructed in marble embedded with pebbles. The elegance of the church was felt once we came to know the fact that the body of Saint Francis Xavier was kept there. His body was kept in a decorated casket which was placed in a platform. We could see a Bom Jesus Basilica Art Gallery which exhibits various paintings.

Gene’s - Restaurant by the Riverside

Goa Velha, Gene’s - Restaurant by the Riverside

Content: We were socked in the beauty of Old Goa which was filled with amazing buildings. We took our car and headed to have lunch. We had lunch from Gene’s - Restaurant by the Riverside. It offered amazing dining located next to the Mandovi. They offered many Chinese dishes. We ordered Schezwan fried rice with chicken Manchurian. Both were excellent in taste and presentation. We just enjoyed our lunch in a great location.

Location: Panjim

Day 1 - 20 Nov 2019

Miramar

Panjim, Miramar
Panjim, Miramar
Panjim, Miramar

Content: We headed to Panjim, stopped at Miramar beach. It is the most attractive spot in North Goa. The sea was very calm and waves crash one by one. We didn't experience anything special. We simply spend some lovely time enjoying the breeze and sand.

Dona Paula Beach

Panjim, Dona Paula Beach
Panjim, Dona Paula Beach
Panjim, Dona Paula Beach

Content: After a while, we drove to the next destination in our list which was famous to enjoy the nightlife. We felt a mix and match of adventurous water sports, romance, and sparkling nightlife on the beach. We enjoyed a spectacular view of the sunset. We wandered through the streets to explore the local market. Then we return to the city and had dinner.

Location: Chandor

Day 2 - 21 Nov 2019

Balloon Safari

Chandor, Balloon Safari
Chandor, Balloon Safari
Chandor, Balloon Safari

Content: We started our day early in the morning and headed to Chandor. Hot air balloon safari was the most prominent activity in the city. There was a big open ground located at the centre. It is the most thrilling activity that offered relax and spectacular view. We waited for a while to a received green light from our pilot. The fly was totally depended on the weather condition. We flew for about 40 minutes. We could see empty landscape and palm trees.

Flames

Chandor, Flames

Content: We had our breakfast at Flames restaurant. Open space dining was available. The food was average.

Ruins of Chandor

Chandor, Ruins of Chandor

Content: Then we headed to explore some ruins of Chandor. It was better to explore a tiny village Chandor on foot. We started to walk from Our Lady of Piety Chapel. The grand Portuguese mansions attracted our eyes.

Fernandes Heritage House

Chandor, Fernandes Heritage House
Chandor, Fernandes Heritage House
Chandor, Fernandes Heritage House

Content: The first place we visited was Fernandes Heritage House, a heritage house. The windows and crystal chandeliers made the place more beautiful. Once we stepped into the building, the ground floor a quiet dark room similar to rooms in horror movies. We could see many framed photographs on the wall which has its own stories. The bedroom of the house was uniquely furnished. The first floor was different from that of the ground floor in style. There was a small room near to the living room which occupied with closet in one corner and a stack of papers in the other corner. We saw some unique furniture including Mennom, Machil etc which were most attractive. There was a hidden passage that was used by the family members to escape or hide. Visiting this mansion once was worth to learn about interesting facts and history of the house.

Menezes Braganca House

Chandor, Menezes Braganca House
Chandor, Menezes Braganca House
Chandor, Menezes Braganca House
Chandor, Menezes Braganca House
Chandor, Menezes Braganca House

Content: We walked further to check another extremely old Heritage Portuguese House. A lady took us into the house to explain each and every part. The house was packed with many old paintings and vintage pieces of furniture. Typically it looks like a mini-museum, we were not allowed to touch any displays. The lady took us to the oldest part of the building which equipped with unique styled furniture. We saw a bedroom and dining room of the house both were amazing. There was a bright corner set up for reading books. The walls were decorated with old paintings and artefacts. Then he took us into a huge room known as their Ballroom, where Braganza’s marriage was done. Colourful stained windows and chandeliers were the highlights of the room. We explore the charming corners of the house. We were very tired with the mind full of history.

Pepper's Gourmet Cuisine

Chandor, Pepper's Gourmet Cuisine

Content: Afternoon we headed to have lunch. We chose Margao, South Goa's main city. It was famous for traditional Goan foods. We had chicken pulao and chicken Uproas. The rice was average but Uproas was excellent in taste. We could feel the taste of coconut gravy with some unique masala. It was highly recommended to try Goan dishes.

Location: Margoa

Day 2 - 21 Nov 2019

Goa Chitra Museum

Margoa, Goa Chitra Museum
Margoa, Goa Chitra Museum
Margoa, Goa Chitra Museum
Margoa, Goa Chitra Museum

Content: We headed to another most famous museum located in Benaulim. It was a top-rated spot in the city. The displays and artefacts are well arranged. We saw a beautiful art gallery once we entered the building. Next point of the building was equipped with some artefacts including old buggies, carriages, and toys. We saw many beautiful ceramic jars, in a uniform white and brown design. It was an good spot for history lovers.

Fatorda

Margoa, Fatorda
Margoa, Fatorda
Margoa, Fatorda

Content: We decided to spend some time to spot the most spiritual site in the city. We visit the twin temples of Hindu goddess Shantadurga which was located at the Fatorpa village. Basically, Fatorpa is known as the holy land of temples. The Sri Shantadurga Kunkalikarin temple contains an idol of the goddess.

Palolem Beach

Margoa, Palolem Beach
Margoa, Palolem Beach
Margoa, Palolem Beach

Content: By evening we settled down at Palolem Beach, one of the beautiful beaches. It was located southern end of the Goa. When we entered the locality deep blood red circle in the sky welcomed us. The beach shore was packed with shops, cafes and restaurants parallel to the beach. The beach was very calm with plenty of space to walk. We spotted many foreign tourists there. There isn’t a huge party scene in Palolem, we really got disappointed. We enjoyed a beautiful night walk and dinner from a restaurant.

Location: Candolim

Day 3 - 22 Nov 2019

Barrica Bistro

Candolim, Barrica Bistro

Content: We had breakfast from a small cafe. They provided outdoor as well as indoor seating. We ate some delicious eggs with soft pancakes.

Location: Arambol

Day 3 - 22 Nov 2019

Arambol Beach

Arambol, Arambol Beach
Arambol, Arambol Beach
Arambol, Arambol Beach

Content: It was considered one of the best beaches in North Goa. It was a long sandy beach with gentle waves lined with tall coconut trees. It was very sunny while we were there. We spend some time shopping and enjoy drinks and snacks.

Chapora Fort

Arambol, Chapora Fort
Arambol, Chapora Fort
Arambol, Chapora Fort

Content: Then, we moved to Chapora Fort located high above the Chapora River overlooking the Vagator beach. The views across the river Chapora from the fort was awesome. The place was surrounded by old walls. It was good to walk around the fort to view from different angles. It was famous with another name, ‘dil chahta hai'. We took photos on the backdrop of beautiful mountains. The worn-out walls of Chapora are adorned with weeds.

Vagator Beach

Arambol, Vagator Beach
Arambol, Vagator Beach
Arambol, Vagator Beach
Arambol, Vagator Beach

Content: By evening we settled down at Vagator Beach. It was an excellent choice to spend a peaceful evening and to relax. We could see rocky outcrops and palm grooves around the beach. Moreover, the red cliffs surrounded were the best view of the beach. It is a laid back and relaxed beach with fewer crowds. Actually, it was well-known for the rave parties and open-air clubs.

Night Market

Arambol, Night Market
Arambol, Night Market
Arambol, Night Market

Content: Shopping was another most interesting as well as trilling activity to do in the state. The markets of Goa can get constant but not this one. We stepped into a colourful market which sells the handicrafts and artefacts sold by dealers at reasonable prices. The atmosphere was very vibrant with live music and street stalls. Some other famous shopping areas were Anjuna flea market, Baga street market, Mapusa street market, etc. We found many authentic Indian wares from every corner of India, from Rajasthani crafts to Karnataka mirrored bags.

Over the Flames

Arambol, Over the Flames

Content: After enjoying the party zone, we headed to a restaurant for dinner. The food was delicious and the ambience was excellent with live music.

Location: South Goa

Day 4 - 23 Nov 2019

Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary

South Goa, Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary
South Goa, Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary
South Goa, Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary
South Goa, Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary

Content: This day was very thrilling and adventurous on our trip. After breakfast, we headed to explore the hidden gem of the country which was located on the Goa-Karnataka border. The Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary is the gateway to the falls. It is located in the Mollem district of South Goa. One cannot reach the waterfalls directly by road, which means we cannot drive car to the Dudhsagar waterfalls. By travele via car the only option is to reach Kulem from there either trek to the Dudhsagar waterfalls or take a jeep safari via the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. We reached Mollem around 6am and entered into a long queue to collect our tickets. The jeep safari meant designed by Forest Department of Goa. The Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary was plastic-free zone so that our jeep driver directed us to report on the counter if we have any plastic items. Soon he started the jeep and crossed the gate.

Jeep Safari

South Goa, Jeep Safari
South Goa, Jeep Safari
South Goa, Jeep Safari

Content: We were very excited as our jeep move further into the dense forest. An arc of Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary welcomed us into the forest. On the way, the driver gave all instructions about the journey. A dirty track continued and we were moving through the stillness of the forest. We passed through the canopy of trees and streams. We encountered some animals on the way. He dropped us at an end of the motor-able road from where we trek for a while to reach the base of the falls. He asked us to return back to the same jeep for onward journey. The jeep parking place was full of jeeps and travellers. There was watchtower from where we got an amazing view of the falls. There were two temples towards and tribal settlements full of huts. The one temple dedicates to Dudhsagar Baba and another one dedicated to Satteri- the goddess.

Trek towards falls

South Goa, Trek towards falls
South Goa, Trek towards falls
South Goa, Trek towards falls

Content: From the jeep parking place, we started to walk towards the falls. On the way, we met some steep up and down then passed through a narrow stream. We spotted many playful monkeys. We made our way through rocks and stepped into the water. The curiosity to meet the falls made our trek easy. Soon the falls appeared, we could see from top to bottom in a frame. The water was so clear and cool. The force of the water was a little massive but delighted. Dudhsagar Railway Bridge and Dudhsagar Falls Base are the most outstanding viewpoints around. Walking on the railway tracks is banned by the Railway Police. It was officially not allowed to access the Dudhsagar waterfalls through the railway tracks. We enjoyed the majestic waterfall view with white waters gushing through the steep. We then moved towards Castle Rock, a town. We didn't get enough time to explore so soon we left-back. The jeep dropped us back to the gate.

Jungle cafe

South Goa, Jungle cafe
South Goa, Jungle cafe

Content: After lunch, we headed to the final destination of our trip. The lunch was very classy with traditional Goan dishes.

Spice Plantation

South Goa, Spice Plantation
South Goa, Spice Plantation
South Goa, Spice Plantation

Content: We visited spice plantation which located near to Dudhsagar waterfalls. This was an amazing activity where we learnt more about the various spices. We were dropped at the parking area where we collected tickets. Then we entered the farm through a rustic gate, soon a bridge over the lake led us into the dense estate. We relaxed at the food court with some herbal tea. We joined with some other travellers for a guided tour. We got great opportunity to taste or smelled different Goa spices in the form of berries, leaves or even bark. The guide took us to various spots to show different spices then explained more about it. Overall we felt like an educational trip. We return to the hotel by late evening. Next morning we board a flight back to our home town with heart full of memories.