Being a traveler, I remember most of my vacations very well. Be it short, long, alone or with family or friends, all my travel had long-lasting memories. Further, when it comes to what I remember, its quality time spent with travel companions, special activities followed by local food and the people I met during the travel.
It was May 2019; I along with my wife and daughter was in the middle of South India trip, waiting for the train at Nileshwar station. We enjoyed a lot in Kerala so were not in the mood to leave the region but moving further meant new experiences, fun, adventure and so on, as our next destination was Madgaon. It was exciting that we arranged our visit to spend four days in the Salcete region of Goa popular for its beautiful beaches, silky sand and water sports. However, I was also interested in discovering its culinary delights and other nearby attractions. We arrived early morning at Madgaon station. The weather was clear with temperature around 28 degrees. Few minutes later we were in our tourist cab, going towards our accommodation point. On the way, we stopped near Margao wholesale fish market. The market seems to be one of the largest and busiest in the region. As per our driver, the locals as well as people from nearby region visit this market a lot. The atmosphere was terrific over there and it’s really amazing to see how as soon as fresh fish and seafood items hit the market, the action start. We continue and witness the crop fields, small shops, beautiful houses in vibrant colours along with mangoes and coconut trees. As the journey nears coastal area, the road becomes narrow. It took us around 25 minutes to reach our accommodation point.
After fresh and up we had breakfast followed by leisure walk inside the resort premises. It was gently spread with garden and natural landscape. Post lunch we enjoyed short nap and evening decided to hit the nearest Utorda beach, situated between Arossim and Majorda beach. In my opinion it’s most amazing and beautiful beach in the whole region. The sea coastline was quite long and sand there, was very soft and silky. The beach perfectly suits those tourists who are planning to escape from noisy urban life. There were plenty of fine eateries known as beach shack from which we selected one and enjoyed a most beautiful evening. We not only visited the beach but also stroll down and clicked some beautiful pictures of that evening. My daughter loved exploring the beach as much as we did! For her, beach was the ultimate playground! She was busy in activities like running, dancing with waves and drawing on the sand. Right before the dusk we settle down in the shack and ordered for Coffee, juice, seafood noodle and a beer. A sip of your choice of beverages with your feet in sand is all it takes for the holiday feeling to kick in. Imagine slowly setting of the sun across the blue waves with soothing view of the vast Arabian Sea. Imagine looking out onto the sea and feeling like you’re on the edge of the world, being here as day turns to night is an absolutely magical experience!
Thereafter we had candlelight dinner on the beach, probably one of the most enjoyable dining experiences on the trip. We tried Goan Fish Curry, the most famous dish in entire Goa along with Chicken Vindaloo, Rice, Butter Garlic Naan and Green Salad. The food was good and the atmosphere makes the entire moment long-lasting. That was the magical evening and soon we moved to our resort for a sound sleep.
Next morning after quick breakfast, we hired one gearless scooter, Activa Honda from nearby vehicle rental shop to explore the Old Goa monuments. Driving a two wheeler in Goa is a unique experience, this give the freedom to visit best places at your own pace along with glimpse of local lifestyle. We visited The Se’ Cathedral and The Basilica of Bom Jesus. There were other attractions as well like Church of St. Francis, St. Augustin Tower and Museum but due to heat we kept the sightseeing short. Later we head towards the capital city i.e. Panjim. It’s around 9 kms from Old Goa. We decided to have a lunch at famous Anandashram restaurant. It’s a mid style restaurant famous for its authentic fish thali and other Goan cuisines. We enjoyed our lunch and then visited the local Panjim market. Evening, we drive pass Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary and Mandovi River which is hub of offshore Casino market in Goa. There were Deltin Royale, Casino Pride, Big Daddy and more. Thereafter we continue and came back to our resort at South Goa. That was a long and tiring day, so we had light dinner and went to our bed quickly.
Third day, we woke up late in the morning. That was a leisure day, no plan to move outside for first half, so had our breakfast and relaxed in our room. We spend some time in the pool area and later engaged in colouring books along with our daughter. Evening, we went to the Colva beach, lying on the shores of a quaint coastal village, famous for stunning sunsets and remarkable blue waves. We enjoyed a cup of coffee overlooking the gorgeous sunset, it was priceless, a memorable moment. Later we came back and had our dinner at in-house garden restaurant. The restaurant offers fusion of Continental, Chinese, Indian and Goan delicacies. We enjoyed fresh fish along with a mocktail for the lady and famous Goan King’s beer for me. Brewed from maize, a clean and crisp drink, this beer has achieved legendary status as it brewed and sold only in Goa. It tastes good with seafood or fish. For main course we ordered Chicken dish, Rice, Russian salad and Ice-creams for dessert. After this we stroll back leisurely to our bed as next morning it’s time to say good bye but with a promise to visit Goa soon in near future.