My First Trip to Goa
This is the 7th post for #BlogchatterA2Z 2021 powered by Blogchatter. G for Goa.Strange but true. It was My First Trip to Goa in March. My First Trip to Goa lived up to its expectations. I do intend to visit again after the pandemic as it did restrict our movements & sojourns. I went with my girl gang and we had a riot of a time. Goa is India’s most beloved beach destination. I was travelling to Goa for the first time and found the blend of historic architecture, spiritual sanctuaries, unforgettable beaches and spectacular experiences. It is without any doubt a beach paradise. From the splendid sands of Anjuna beach to the hustle nightlife of Tito’s Road, to the flea markets and exotic food, there is much to revel in.
Tourist Season–My First Trip to Goa
Although we didn’t have a taste of the nightlife we did have our own private parties at the villa we stayed in. Goa is a tiny state but it is prosperous and has a high literacy rate. Generally, the tourist season in Goa extends from November to the end of March. We were there in the first week of March and it was quite warm already.
The first day we decided to venture and explore ancient Goa and our cabbie took us to Big Foot Loutolim. Ancestral Goa captures an old-fashioned village. It is situated in the sleepy settlement of Lotoulim, a village that was home to Mario Miranda and violin maestro Emiliano da Cruz. The place showcases the Creation of Goa, professions, forgotten rituals and beliefs, costumes and architecture. It was a very disappointing experience. We all trooped back and just lazed around.
Flea market; Souvenir Shopping
The next day we planned to go to the flea market. The place was crowded and we just breezed through the place and were back within the hour. The pandemic was playing spoil sport or I would have shopped till I dropped. They ha d a lot of interesting stuff. I just picked up a terracotta starfish and a sea horse for my garden.
The Black Sheep Bistro
On the third day, we stepped out to fine dine @The Black Seep Bistro 1st Floor, Villa Braganca, Dr Braganza Pereira Rd, above Fab India Store, Panaji, Goa 403001. The Black Sheep Bistro is a quaint dining restaurant serving Seafood, Continental, European, German preparations. A popular place in Panaji, it is acclaimed for its scrumptious food and is a nice place to dine in. The stuffed Bao starter was delicious and so was the rest of the food.
The next day was planned for a sundowner. We made reservations @ Titlie the Culinary Bar, Small Vagator, 592/5, Ozran Beach Rd, Coutinho Vaddo, Anjuna, Goa 403509. A premium table with the perfect view of the sunset at Vagator Beach was reserved for us. We ordered cocktails and mocktails and watched the sun go down in a ball of fire. The Nacho chat was scrumptious. The aubergine and the thin crust pizza disappeared in minutes.
W-The Spice Traders
Sunday afternoon was brunch at The Spice Traders W…@The JW Marriot. It gave a panoramic view of the Vagator Beach and Chapora Fort, with its dramatic red cliffs. The spectacular buffet outdoors had myriad dishes on display. Starters, soup, live counters and an array of drool-worthy desserts.
Goa is acclaimed as the beach capital of India. We wanted to skip the crowds and set out at 7 am to Morjim Beach. We had the beach to ourselves and it was so serene and peaceful. Morjim Beach is pristine with soft white sand. One of the best beaches to visit in Goa. We took a long walk, did some yoga and collected some shells. The picturesque beauty of changing colours of the sky with the sunrise is entrancing. Morjim beach is also well-known as the breeding place of Olive Ridley Sea Turtles. But not when we were visiting.
My First Trip to Goa
There is no scarcity of options in Goa. We just didn’t venture out much because of the pandemic. There are night long trance parties to casinos to nightclubs. Goa typically has pulsating events for the whole night! Goa is famous for Feni but my friends lugged Diya wines; white and red.
Goa has a lot to offer for everyone; a foodie, a history buff or just a beach bum. We enjoyed the beautiful shores of its beaches and remarkable green of its countryside to its spellbinding colonial history and its mouth-watering food; Goa is certainly a destination I would love to visit again.