2017 has started on a really good note and I might have some exciting news to share with you all. But before that I wanted to share some memories from our year end trip to Goa. I know it is a bit late but this year already looks crazy! Anyhow, It goes without saying that I am a sun, sand and sea girl. So when Shivam proposed the idea of going on a road trip from Bangalore to Goa for New Year 2017 celebration, I jumped onto it immediately! This was our second time visiting Goa in last year but one can never get enough of it right?!
Although crazy new year parties is what attracts people during year end but we had the most relaxed holiday despite that. We had planned our itinerary after plenty of research and the extra hours spent scratching our eyes off in front of the computer finally paid off! It was a whole new experience driving through endless roads, witnessing a myriad landscapes, staying in a beach facing cottage, going beach hopping on a boat, chasing dolphins in the ocean and of course waking up to sunrise every morning. And since many of you had asked me about my stay in Goa, I decided to pen down this detailed post with pictures. Hopefully it is useful to you for planning your next Goan holiday!
Our drive was quite long, covering around 650 kms and we took Bangalore -> Hubli -> Mkhubli -> Chola -> Goa route. However it was a pleasant one given the good condition of roads!
We left Bangalore around 4AM and reached Goa by 2PM taking about three stops in-between. You must try to leave early to avoid city traffic and also to reach Goa by day time. There are not many options to eat after Hubli so make sure you load the boot with plenty of snacks and water.
Where to Stay:
Our stay was pre booked via booking.com and we got pretty good deals despite it being the peak season. Panjim was our first stop as we entered Goa from north side and we stayed at this cozy b&b near Miramar beach called Pramila Court. Our room was spacious and clean but the best part was it’s location.
For next two days we had planned to explore South Goa and booked our stay on Agonda beach. There were no individual shacks on the beach like in Baga or calangute but only properties to stay making it a little less crowded. We stayed at this beautiful beach facing cottage at Omkar Beach Cottages which had the most amazing view. Though Palolem beach has the best waters to swim in but it looked very crowded for a private beach experience.
Where to Eat:
Panjim has some really nice cafes if you like but we were looking forward to experience something with a more local touch to it. So we took to Calangute-Baga road on new year eve and hopped in De Baga Deck restaurant. It is a perfect place to chill and is open open round the clock with a nice food & drinks menu. If you go to Agonda, you must check out Fatima’s corner restuarant. It serves the best food around town and is very economical. We went there thrice and were never disappointed. You will also find some interesting vegan food options in Agonda.
Find some more pictures from our vacation below:
In a nutshell, this trip was EPIC right from the road journey to our food and beach adventures. I am not exaggerating when I say that this vacation left me feeling so calm and fresh. Just what I yearned for before stepping into New Year!