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Beach Hopping: The Goa Experience – Part I

There is something about a beach. The sound of the waves crashing, the touch of sand and the chills of the cold seawater on bare feet is but a generalization of an experience one can have on a beach. Yet it is amazing how each of these experiences is unique.

Over the last four months I stepped foot on more than 20 different beaches across Maharashtra and Goa. It is not an achievement I brag about (Well maybe I do :P) but it is the experience that I treasure. Some of these visits seemed mundane while others were pure bliss. After all what is a visit to a beach if it does not enrich your soul, calm your mind and clear your head?

It all began with a trip to Kashid and Murud beaches which are ahead of Alibaug. Regarded as one of the prettiest beaches in all of Maharashtra, Kashid was one place I was eager to go. White sands and calm and cool waters was what I expected and it is what I got, or rather, experienced. A blog post about the trip to Kashid and Murud is up here.

But little did I know, that this little trip will set in motion a chain of events that would lead me to the point of penning down my experience of many more beaches, some of them pristine, untouched paradises!

My second beach trip was not very far apart. An overnight trip to Diveagar and Harihareshwar concluded in mid-October 2009.

Diveagar

The long-deserted stretch of the Diveagar beach won me over while the more famous Harihareshwar was only a small visit for the sake of proof through photographs for I was too eager to head back to my new found solitude at Diveagar. Harihareshwar though is an excellent beach with the waters calm all throughout the year!

Harihareshwar Beach

Then, after a lull, came Goa. This party destination is the destination of choice to spend my new years eve. Unless I find another beach destination with lesser people and same old Trance/Techno/House/Electro music, Goa will continue to remain my preferred destination to ring in the new year. But this is not the only reason why Goa is a preferred destination.

Anjuna Beach

Sunset at Calangute.

For one, I am in love with Goan beaches and can never get enough of them. Secondly, beaches have a calming effect and no where but in Goa am I at peace within.

Be it basking in the sun on Calangute, or having dinner at Souza Lobo at Baga, or light snacks at Bob Marley Shack at Candolim, Goan beaches offer a lot more than sun, sand and booze and apparently great sights too ;).

Chill on every beach and enjoy the unique beauty was my moto on this trip. Offcourse, like a dog, I left my imprint on each beach I visited. The massive early morning waves at Calangute are not to be missed while the serene waters of Colva and the unpolluted ocean at Palolem is as close to heaven as any living mortal can get.

The Calangute Waves

The long deserted stretch of Colva. It was the only beach that wore a deserted look in Goa!

Palolem is a very pretty beach!

Anjuna has its own charm as well. The erstwhile rave capital of Goa still thrives just like any other beach. Tall cliffs that overlook the ocean make for a perfect sunset point. Baga, on the other hand, is dotted with clubs and discs and shacks that go on all night, but it is Anjuna where the real parties happen. It is not just the parties, the coarse Anjuna sand and the strong water currents are an attraction of their own.

Anjuna Beach.

But really, the most fun is the long stretch starting from Baga and ending at Taj Aguada. Different sands and a different colour of the sea every few 100 meters is a sight that greets one. It is like a beach buffet – every delicacy is there – choose the one you want! Speaking of delicacies, one should try out the Bob Marley’s Shack at Candolim. They serve good Vindaloo and excellent Veg Pakodas. It is also located in one of the less crowded parts of Candolim, partly due to the anchored ship there, which apparently no one wants to take responsibility for. Then there is X-Bar Restaurant at Calangute which serves good biryani and good food in general. Another is Manik which serves good Hukka too and has excellent chicken tikka! It is located just ahead of X-Bar on the road that leads to Baga Beach.

Calangute again, the sands stretch right upto Fort Aguada.

Moving away from the more commercialized yet very pretty north Goa beaches, we checked out the long deserted stretch of Colva. The day we went, there was a strike by the locals forcing us to take the longer, prettier road to the beach. Once there, didn’t feel like leaving.

A beach with so few people on it – surely this cannot be Goa in December. But it turned out that the strike was in part responsible for the desolation that was Colva. Anglers’ beach primarily, this is where many locals come as do the tourists.

The beach provided us with many photographic moments. Colva is a pretty beach to visit and with minimal crowds is an excellent place to relax, let go and just enjoy the beach.

But not satisfied with only one, we ventured on the roads once again to go to Palolem. So much I had heard of this beach that it was only a matter of time until I made it here.

The prettiest beach in all of Goa and by far the prettiest I have stepped foot on, Palolem was as enchanting as they come. A round cape, rocks and boulders mark the edges on either side. While the beach is pretty, it is the southern tip, which caught my attention. A natural pool by the sea, it was a pretty sight.

So much so that I chose to spend time sitting on the rocks there gazing out to the endless sea as if there was no tomorrow. A quick lunch at Chascaa was preceded by a long walk.

Amazed by the beauty, I felt sorry for the beach wondering how much pollution the resulting commercialization must be causing. But it was a clean beach suggesting that shack owners could be responsible for preserving its beauty.

Goa has so much more besides beaches. There is Fort Aguada with its majestic Lighthouse and the panoramic view of the Arabian Sea.

The Fort

The Lighthouse

The View

Then there is the Anjuna Flea Market which is probably the biggest I have seen so far. Excellent place to buy gifts and everyday items at throw away prices. Offcourse, one would need to bargain hard to get those throw away prices in the first place!

The Tibetan Market inside the Flea Market. This is one of the two major Tibetan Markets there.

Would you like to  buy some pipes?

Palolem was my last beach visit in Goa. However, beach hopping did not end there. It continued with frequent visits to beaches across Mumbai and Maharashtra. I have penned down my subsequent travelogues in the following posts:

Beach Hopping Part II: Alibaug Expedition

Beach Hopping: The Mumbai Excursion – Part III

Another one of those beach trips: Kelwa Beach

The pretty Gorai Beach and the imposing Pagoda

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  1. March 23, 2010 at 8:22 am

    beautifully documented and illustrated!

    • Nishant Singh
      March 23, 2010 at 11:26 am

      Thank you. 😀 Do read up on other travelogues as well 😀

  2. March 31, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Beautiful pictures and mouthwatering blog!!!!!! Im lovin it!

    • Nishant Singh
      March 31, 2010 at 10:53 pm

      Hey! Thanks for visiting :). Keep checking. Will have more posts coming soon!

  3. April 1, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Goa is awesome! And you’re right about the Palolem Beach! I’d say its a must visit! People generally prefer partying at Calangute and Baga but I feel nature lovers and people who truly want to chill out and gaze at the beautiful nature should definitely hit to palolem…. Nice post buddy!

    • Nishant Singh
      April 1, 2010 at 10:38 am

      Thanks for your comment. Appreciate it. Most of the South Goa Beaches are like that. If you are in Goa to chill then one should visit these South Goan Beaches. They are pretty and one can just chill here!

  4. April 5, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    great Pictures and Nice post.

    • Nishant Singh
      April 6, 2010 at 10:44 am

      Thanks so much. Like reading your Blog as well 😀

  5. April 5, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Awwesome pics. Brilliant. I feel like going to Goa again. NOW!

    – Deepak Karamungikar

    • Nishant Singh
      April 6, 2010 at 10:44 am

      Hehe then you should NOW! :P. Can never get enough of Goa though :).

      • April 6, 2010 at 11:17 am

        Yeah man, Goa is Goa.

  6. Nishant Singh
    April 6, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    🙂

  7. April 20, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    beautiful beach…….i have only been to beach once…..just cause i was living in Delhi till last year….i have seen hill stations and snow…but sea….only once….i was amazed by the vastness of the sea………

  8. Nishant Singh
    April 20, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Hmm and I haven’t been to hill stations as much hehehe. Probably should start visiting them sooner than later :).. hehe.

    Some of the beaches down are are just plain beautiful. You should try visiting the ones in Maharashtra, which has a good 52 of them, if I am not mistaken!

  9. May 13, 2011 at 12:31 am

    Great photographs! I love this kind of things. If you have photos that become damaged they can be repaired by photo shop experts such as those at 4ever photo search able on the the web fantastic stuff

  1. March 23, 2010 at 6:07 pm

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