EXPLORING NORTH GOA

DAY 2 IN GOA-NORTH GOA

Travelling in Goa is very easy as Goa is a well connected place and travelling options like city bus, auto, taxi or two wheelers are easily available. After visiting the churches and convents of old Goa on Day 1, we decided to cover north Goa on Day 2. We took the most popular option of two wheeler , we had booked it the previous day as we could not get a two wheeler on Day 1, due to huge long weekend rush in Goa. For getting a two wheeler you should have a valid driving License and one more government ID which is kept by the vehicle owner till you use their vehicle.

When you travel by two wheeler you should be well informed about the places you want to visit as there are so many places and beaches to visit in Goa. We were supposed to visit Coco beach first for Dolphin spotting, which is best seen in the morning, but since we started late from our hotel in south Goa, we missed this spot. Dolphin spotting is done on boat and en route you also get to see Fort Aguada ,Goa central Jail, Aamir khan’s house, Jackie Shroff’s house, ”hassena man jayegi” movie shooting spot all from outside.

Since we missed Coco beach, our first destination in North Goa was Fort Aguada, which is a fort build Portuguese fort and now protected by the Archaeological Society of India. In Portuguese “Aguada” means “watering place” hence the fort served as a chamber for storing fresh water and also was a guard against the Dutch and the Maratha’s. A nice view of the Arabian Sea can be seen from the fort.

Fort Auada from outside
Fort Auada from outside

Our next destination was Sinquerim Beach which lies close to Fort Aguada. This beach is serene as compared to other beaches of North Goa. We also got to see some very small dolphins here . This beach is not much commercialised. Famous Taj Vivanta hotel is situated near this beach. Candolim beach is very near from here.

Taj Vivanta, behind palm trees
Taj Vivanta, behind palm trees

Next we went to the famous Baga Beach, as expected the beach was over crowded. There were a number of sea shacks and shops around, which were also crowded .We had to stand in a long queue to get tickets for paragliding. There are many water sports option at Baga beach. Paragliding was a wonderful experience, we didn’t try other sports though we wanted to, as there was already a huge rush here, probably due to long weekends. After doing some shopping at the beach we moved to Anjuna beach.

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Paragliding at Baga Beach
Paragliding at Baga Beach

Though these beaches are situated close to each other, but since this was our first visit to Goa, and also we were on two wheeler without a guide, we had to ask local people about spots. By the time we reached Anjuna beach, it was evening, we witnessed beautiful sunset here. This is a small rocky beach and different from other beaches with long stretch lines. This beach is near Chopara fort, but we couldn’t visit Chopara fort as it was late to visit the fort.

Sunset at the beach
Sunset at the beach

We also wanted to visit Vagator Beach but since we had to reach out hotel in south Goa we gave it a miss too. On the route we enjoyed vada pow and bought indigenously grown cashew nuts.

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