Going around Goa

Going around Goa

By Somali K Chakrabarti

After it rained throughout the night, the sun showed up the next morning. As we had ventured to the South of Goa on the earlier day, we decide to head straight to the forts and beaches of North Goa.

The remnants of the forts that once guarded the coastline still attract many visitors.

Though the Portuguese forts were mostly functional forts, without the architectural finesse or ornate carvings found in the Mughal forts, yet one can’t help marvelling at their construction. The sturdy bastions have withstood the lashing of the sea waves for over 4 centuries and still continue to do so.

Fort Aguada

Fort Aguada (meaning Watering Palace in Portuguese) was constructed in 1612 to defend the Portuguese from any attack via the sea route, and offer a safe berth to the Portuguese ships.

Fort Aguada, Goa

The fort had an underground water storage chamber, a lighthouse, room for storing gunpowder and bastions.

The unobstructed view of the sea from the top of the fort is amazing.

Sea view from Fort Aguada, Goa

 

North Goa Beaches

With a host of beaches, Goa is a beach lovers’ paradise.

Near the Fort Aguada, is the Sinquerim Beach, one of the first tourist beaches of North Goa. The pleasant weather makes it possible for us to explore the coastline of North Goa.

Sinquerim Beach
Sinquerim Beach

Calangute Beach, a favourite among the beachgoers in Goa is a sandy beach. After a brief spell of the shower as the sun shone on the sand, we stepped into a spacious open restaurant on the Calangute beach.

Calangute Beach, Goa

The restaurant, known as Destination One, has a nice seating arrangement facing the beach. The food served is delicious and we enjoy a leisurely lunch by the beach.

Calangute Beach
View of Calangute Beach from Destination One

 

Anjuna and Vagatore are rocky beaches, where the waves come crashing against the rocks making a delightful view.

Anjuna Beach, Goa

 

Baga beach is a sandy beach where river Baga meets the sea. As the beach is close to the hotel where we had put up, we go up to the waves coming on the shore to get the feel of splashing waves and the ticklish sensation as the sand shifts under the feet with the receding waves.

Baga Beach

On the last day of our trip, we head South again before leaving for Mumbai

Marine Fish Aquarium

Located on the National Highway, 18 km from Panjim is the Marine Fish Aquarium. We find statues of Goan fisherwoman and men in front of the aquarium.

Marine Fish Aquarium, Goa
Statue of a Goan Fisherwoman

 

The aquarium houses an impressive variety of fishes that are found in the Arabian Sea, Lakshadweep islands, Indonesia, Australia, Japan and China. A lady explains us the characteristics of the fishes including the starfish, puffer fish, clown fish, the playful kissing fish that responds to human gestures, the deadly Piranha, poisonous eel fish, and many others. She holds a lobster in her hand and asks us if we would be interested to hold it. I prefer to click instead.

 

Three Kings Church

Three Kings Church

One of the most intriguing places that we visited was the Three Kings Church in a village called Cansaulim in South Goa. The place bore a deserted look, with a huge banyan tree lying uprooted next to the locked church. Anil Bhai who drove us around tells us that the church (known as Bhootachi church among the locals)  is considered as one of the most haunted places in Goa. The church is opened only on a few days in January and a banquet is planned on the 6th of January every year. Not a soul resides there after sunset.

Goa Coastline

 

However, it is also one of the most scenic spots from where the entire stretch of the coastline of south Goa can be seen, with a green cover of palm groves bordering the coast and villages in the valley below the hill.

The other highlights of the trip were the O Coqueiro restaurant where Charles Shobraj was nabbed by the police. The statue of the tourist killer sits in front of the restaurant, whose management had informed the police of his presence.

We caught a glimpse of the famous (?) Kingfisher villa on the way and picked up stuff from Pastry Cottage, a small but well-known bakery in Panaji, famous for its cakes, pastries, macaroons, and snack food.

And how could I not mention the cat who came and sat on the floor next to my chair in a shack? All the while I was having some snacks, she continuously tried to endear herself in the hope that I would give her some grub, thus leaving me with no other option but to oblige. Here she is.

By the evening we were heading back to Mumbai, recharged after going around Goa on the short trip.

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    By: Somali K Chakrabarti

    Hi there! Welcome to Scribble and Scrawl! Here, I delve into themes related to positive lifestyle – from making smart-living choices, savvy financial decisions to nurturing the mind, body and soul. I share my travel experiences, explore facets of art and culture and highlight inspiring stories. Hope you enjoy reading my posts.

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Somali K Chakrabarti

Hi there! Welcome to Scribble and Scrawl! Here, I delve into themes related to positive lifestyle - from making smart-living choices, savvy financial decisions to nurturing the mind, body and soul. I share my travel experiences, explore facets of art and culture and highlight inspiring stories. Hope you enjoy reading my posts.

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  • Been there at all places. It refreshed the memories, thank you.. :-) and photographs have come so lively.. :-)

  • Reminded me of my Goa trips!
    Yet to write a post :)

    Nice pics, Somali!

  • Goa is so much more than the crowded beaches. Wonderful post Somali.

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