Romancing the Konkan Coast: Goa beaches

Hampi‘s ruins instilled an emptiness in my mind, never foretold. 9/11 with horrid visuals of twin towers crumbling to dust had been the only profound destruction I ever witnessed, with the panic stricken voices of United 73 airlines to jostle with the Islamic extremists to bring the aircraft down. I needed the sense of comfort to prevail again. Staying true to the ancient trade route  of Portuguese, I headed for Goa, right in the middle of Monsoon.  I had my people for company.

Before I tell you in more detail about the drenched holiday, I would like to give you a glimpse of Goan beaches. They adorn different colors with changing climate!

Baga Beach

  • Claim to fame: the longest stretch
  • Crowd: mostly local
  • Shacks: aplenty
  • Restaurants: If you can pull your soul out of the shacks, yes, a lot. Visit Suza Lobo and try their baked crab.
  • Water sports? yes yes
  • Accessible during monsoon: yes, selected parts
  • Look out for the night markets

 

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Calangute Beach

  • Claim to fame: the haunted beach at North Goa
  • Crowd: locals and international tourist crowd
  • Shacks: aplenty
  • Restaurants: many. Try a candle light dinner with lobster sometime!
  • Water sports? Nay
  • Accessible during monsoon: nay

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Colva Beach

  • Claim to fame: White sand beach at south Goa. Watch out for the D’mello House nearby!
  • Crowd: locals mostly
  • Shacks: No
  • Restaurants: many. Try thee crab at Babumoshai
  • Water sports? Nay
  • Accessible during monsoon: yes, till the tide comes in.

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Candolim Beach

  • Claim to fame: Tired at North Goa with crowd? This is awaits you in close vicinity
  • Crowd: Mostly international tourist during season.
  • Shacks: aplenty
  • Restaurants: many if you explore the main road. Supermarkets as well
  • Water sports? Nay
  • Accessible during monsoon: no
  • Visit Aguada fort and the prison behind

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Vagator Beach

  • Claim to fame: Crescent shape with hills for border
  • Crowd: mostly international tourist
  • Shacks: Few
  • Restaurants: many on top
  • Water sports? Yes
  • Accessible during monsoon: not at all, just visit for the Fort adjacent
  • Sunburn happened here!!!! Respect.

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Anjuna Beach

  • Claim to fame: Rocky beach, spectacular sunset view
  • Crowd: locals and international tourist crowd
  • Shacks: no
  • Restaurants: many.
  • Water sports? Nay
  • Accessible during monsoon: yes, but cant go down on the rocks

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My way to do Goa!

  • Beach: only Candolim
  • Sunbath: at Candolim
  • Visit: December/ January
  • Eat: Pomphrets
  • Water sports? Fly with them, fly high

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After all these, if you wanna see the small film I had made about my Goa travels, during monsoon, check this out.

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  5. Such a therapeutic read for a homemaker to see her friends travel and how !! You make me wanna be more than I can be !! High five to that !! Do well always so much more to you never give up I would say

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