Day 3 : Goa
On 6th August 2013, we started at 10.00 am after the breakfast. We thought that we would spend the day at beaches. First we were proceeding to Dona Paula which is 20 kms away from the resort. We reached there at 10.00 am.
There is view point at a hill top, connected with small bridge over the sea and one can see an excellent view of sea from top. Dona Paula Beach
This exquisite seashore delight located to the south of Miramar is a small atoll knoll. The long stretches of silver white sand on Dona Paula, promises its visitors a gala time.
Dona Paula de Menzes was the daughter of a Portuguese Governor of Goa who fell head over heels for a local fisherman hunk Gasper Dias. However, fate had decided otherwise and the lovers had to seek solace in death through the vast stretch of engulfing sea. The beach has many legends attached to it and one has it that Dona Paula still emerges out on full moon nights wearing only a pearl necklace.
Around 11.00 am we left the place for Miramar Beach which is only a few kms away. Miramar Beach
The River Mandovi traverses the lands of Goa and finally descends into the great Arabian Sea forming a marvelous spectacle. The Miramar beach is a silent spectator to this beautiful union and provides an opportunity to its visitor to enjoy the same.
Situated in Panjim, Miramar offers pristine white sandy beaches, beaming sunshine lined with a canopy of palm and coconut trees. A stroll down the beach is sure to set tingle your taste buds with the aroma of food, drinks and an amazing blend of crowd! The view of the setting sun from Miramar beach is stunning and is not to be missed.
A word of caution however, it is safe to be on the beach than waters due to the strong undercurrents.
The beach was not crowded much because of the noon time. Around 12.15 pm we wound up from here and next on the list was Vagator Beach that’s 40 kms away. We reached there around 1.30 pm. Vagator Beach
The Vagator beach has something, which very few beaches can boast of - its beautiful silver sandy stretch has huge red cliffs overlooking it. These imposing stalwarts also ooze out two fresh bubbling springs just near the shore making for a spectacular sight.
Further, the magnificent Chapora Fort situated at the northern end makes it picturesque. Dotted with black lava rocks, golden sands & blue waters make
Vagator - a beach to look out for.
The weather was very pleasant there and breezy too. There are lot of shops around the parking area.
Around 1.45 pm we left the place for Anjuna beach which was only a couple kms away. On the way we had our lunch at a restaurant. We reached Anjuna Beach around 2.30 pm. Anjuna Beach
Jagged laterite boulders welcome you to the land of Goan rave. Enchanting red cliffs kiss the golden sandy shoreline with waves hitting relentlessly. The coconut plantation roof and plethora of restaurants and food joints offering sumptuous lip smacking sea food delicacies are some of the simple pleasures here.
The famous full moon parties which provide an amazing opportunity for the visitors to get a taste Goan entertainment are a big draw here. The laid back attitude of the locals and the excitement in the air makes a trip to Anjuna beach memorable.
The beach is located around 16 km from Bardez and its white sand and the red laterite rocks are simply amazing to see. Tourists can visit this beach during Christmas and New Year time, which are celebrated in grandeur at the beach. Besides, the beach also offers activities such as parasailing, yachting and windsurfing for visitors to enjoy
There were lots of shops around the parking area too. After spending some time there we left for Baga Beach which was little crowded. Baga Beach
The Baga beach is sandwiched between the two bigger cousins, the Candolim beach and the Calangute beach. The beach is somewhat smaller in size but is definitely cleaner and more relaxed and recluse than the other beaches in Goa.
Apart from the usual beach activities and tasty food Baga beach also offers an opportunity to enjoy Wind Surfing between January and March. There are operators who are eager to conduct short training modules and provide the required gear to undertake the same. The National Wind Surfing Championship is also conducted every year around September - November at the Baga beach.
From here we went to Coco beach
where there was no crowd at all. And the beach was also looking isolated.
The last visit of the day was Calangute Beach, one of the crowded beaches in Goa. Calangute Beach
The Calangute Beach, located around 17 km from Bardez, is famous for being the first beach to inculcate the hippie culture in the 60's and 70's. The hippies were edged out slowly as the mainstream tourists started to flock Goa in search of peace and enjoyments of a tourist place.
Though the beach is very popular and crowded, the long stretch available to tourists ensures that everybody gets a place of his own in the crowd. Apart from the regular beach activities, Calangute is also famous for its rave parties which go on for hours, and days sometimes, while the party gang hops from one party to the next. Ideal time to visit this beach is from November to February.
During our visit it was raining there intermittently there. However we had a good time by eating and small shopping. Though the beach was crowded, the life guards there were always alert and equipped to face any eventuality.
Around 5.30 pm we wound up from here. to be continued .....