Sunday, February 3, 2008

Goa

It was a fantastic trip to Goa. I loved the entire trip and pen'd down a few moments.

25th Jan:

Myself, San, Vij, Ragu & Dams arrived at KR Puram station by 7 15pm. For me it was a unique experience sitting at the dark station after some directions from Sangeetha. Even the station attendent was reacting strange with sign language.

We boarded the train to Madgoan by 7:45. Sethu & Gops were travelling in the same train from Chennai. The train did not have a pantry. Both Sethu & Gopal who were waiting for thier chicken biryani & Suk Sagar Veg fried rice was missing. We got settled down in our train and finished our dinner in the train. After some confusions to change the seating without any help (Our Navigator getting furious) and we slept of for the night without much hassle.

26th Jan:

We reached Hubli Jn and finished of our breakfast and we were heading towards Madgoan and we were all busy playing UNO cards which kept our time ticking. After few snaps in the tunnel en route to Madgoan and pics of Dhoop Sagar falls was refreshing train journey.

We reached Madgoan Jn by 1 pm and boarded a 7 seater auto towards baga beach (this was after lots of confusion between Sri and san). The loaded auto took us to a resort like hotel “Sea View” few meters away from Baga beach and just beside Tito’s Club.

We check in to the hotel by 3:30pm meanwhile navigator was on my kinectic that he hired for Rs.150 to pick up DK from Panaji who had arrived from Hyd in train.

They both reached the hotel by 4:30 and refreshed and made our late lunch by 5. We were then back to beach to have a refreshing bath.

Baga beach was a more commercial place for tourists with all the pubs, beach shacks etc..

By 7 we returned back to hotel after some bath and we were planning to hit one of resorts there but without any luck. We checked out in T-*-s’s :-) but it was a worst experience for all stags including us waiting outside the resort for almost 2 hrs without any luck.

So we then decided to hit some beach shacks on the baga beach to spent our nite time there. It was indeed some amazing time at the beach shack with nice breakfast and some music to keep us going for the nite. Also Sri making all the fun with his "Arabian Sea" game and Kung Fu gestures to imitate Dk. :-)

The Arabian Sea at the nite was more than amazing.

27th Jan:

Woke up with some tiredness and we had planned to leave the hotel early. By 9 30 we dropped into a hotel and finished our breakfast with sandwiches and coffee.

We check out by 11 (with some words being exchanged with the resort guy for his bad behaviour) and again hit the baga beach for another dip in the ocean. Dams did some adventure sports like Para Sailing and Water Scooter. I guess he had some great fun doing it.

Then by 1pm we left the baga beach with some good memories and we had to go to Panaji to reach to South Goa(Palolem). Took 2 cabs and we were in Panaji bus stop. In a giffy and finished of our lunch by 2:30 in Kamat Hotel in the bus stand, disappointing Dams for his Chicken.

We then took a Fast express Kadamba bus towards Margoa and reached there in an hour or so. We had planned to hire a bike from Margoa towards but without much luck we took a mini bus towards Palolem via Concona town.

We weren’t lucky to see of the sun set, all help to the bus conductor. But all our anger just blew after we entered Dream Catcher. This place really need a mention for the hospitality and as usual Sri had to try his luck with manager who was a malayalee. So he was back to his Malayalam slang and the talked went on and on.

The place was beautiful, well maintained and so calm that we guys have never been being in bengaluruu..

Then after some pics in the restaurant there and some talking we started our beach towards to beach road for some shopping etc..

Reached the hotel back by 10 to start our session 2. We ordered a whole lot of things starters Manchurian ,Paneer, Chicken, Tuna from the restaurant which was maintained by name called Bombay Bob. He was great with nice reception and suggestions on what to have for dinner.

Sri mentions, "This is was my best night." No wonder he would say that :-).

I enjoyed through the night and went late to bed. But some how decided that I should get up for sunrise. I knew that we were on the west coast and sunrise would not be much of a spectaluar. But still marked my alarm for 6am.

By next morning I somehow struggled meself to pull my shiviring body outside in the chilness. I could hear the regular Sri's Moto reminder breaking the silence of the morning. Despite the Dog's that disturb your walk in the beach, I got one of my best Photo shoots with my new Canon. The yellow sunlight was at its best.

Then an unforgatable train journey back to the Benguluru. Got introduced to TTR who did not accect the ticket for not carrying the right ID proof. A checking inspector who directly came to us asking the ticket. (P.S: Before the journey started, I googled for blogs that talk about travelling with ID proof. Finally I ended up reading my next cubicle mate's blog. World is small!)

Cheers all,
Srihari / Vijesh

7 comments:

Venkatesh Varalu said...

Nice...

You should have taken few more days off.. :) so that you could have visited few more places. Ya.. i know.. with offices and other commitments taking off is not that easy.

And you should also rented bikes to go to places...

Raga said...

You guys also missed out on the various forts! Esp Aquada Fort! Its really amazing... and yeah like varalu said bikes are simply an amazing exp in Goa!

But am sure that just one trip to goa wont be sufficient... next time dont miss out the forts, old goa(we missed that!) and the bikes!

Vijesh said...

Two reasons for not taking a bike,
1. Bored to drive, since we recently took a long drive.
2. Time Constraint.

True that theres lot more in Goa, hopefully we will plan next year. If at all there are enough bachelors for making a trip :)

just another guy said...

hey nice trip dude... the pics are amazing...send me the album link..which camera...gud piece of writing.

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Abirami R said...

Awesome pics!

Params said...

Seems u had gr8 fun n a perfect holiday time :)
But, M not sure if you managed to visit all the famous beaches @ Goa. And the highlight of any trip to Goa - "Taking a ride alongst the Panjim River, from Dona-Paula to Panaji Bridge at the night, which is a stretch of 8-10 kms when the road is as open as a playground to rocket through, IS JUST AMAZING!!". If ever you make a second trip, do give it a thought.