GOA – Heaven in India

Hi All,

I know this is the most awaited and requested post for many people. Sorry that I kept delaying it.

I keep getting DMs from people about my stay, places I recommend to visit and lot more. So here I decided to pen down everything!

Goa is our second home, which we at least visit three times a year. We are neither party people, nor fans of high end places or stays; we just love to do what is treat to our eyes and not to please anyone. Every recommendation in this post would be reflective of that.

Here is a breakdown of our visits-

Where to stay?

We have always stayed in North Goa, which included locations like- Candolim, Calungute, Baga, Anjuna, Morjim, Siolim. Since for no particular reason, we haven’t touched the other parts of this state, our next trip is definitely dedicated to them!

Over the time we have started liking apartments for our stays. Among the many reasons, the first would be kitchen – Yes! we actually use it for preparing tea (because Alok loves tea), boiled Eggs and Maggie. And who doesn’t like a lot of space to roam and a balcony for sheesha sessions!!  😛

Where to book hotel?

Airbnb and Booking.com are the preferred choices.

Sightseeing

If you are visiting Goa for the first time, choose Calungute, Arpora or Baga – These places are lively and you will get everything at a walking distance.

Candolim is nice and peaceful but you won’t get many shacks on Candolim beach. Also, I find it a little far from all the other beaches but it has nice markets where all the food joints are across the road.

Anjuna, Vagator – I have stayed in Anjuna twice and have so far loved it. I find it as a central location with a lot of new places around it. So far, I have explored a lot of cafes in this area. Will share all that soon too.

Siolim and Morjim is a little far from these places but they are peaceful. Limited options, limited people. It was rainy season when we were in Morjim and I couldn’t find anything to eat as everything was closed. My month of stay was October month.

Arambol – I have never stayed in Arambol but would love to someday.

Being big foodies, we prefer to live where a lot of eating joints are available. So Anjuna would be our preference for a place of stay. But if you have visited all these beaches and are planning a Goa trip, then I would definitely recommend Arambol for that.

My next stay will definitely be in South Goa especially in the main season so that all the places are open. I already have my list ready for that!

Next time I am planning a week’s stay in Goa where I can do 2-3 days WFH

How to commute?

For the first 2 times we took a bike, but we always prefer a scooty as it has space to keep few stuff. Since we have shifted to Pune, we are using our car, but two-wheelers are perfect to travel as they are easy to park, stop anywhere and easy to come out of traffic.

You can hire a scooty from anywhere. Price ranges from 300-400 per day.

Best season to travel?

Nov – Feb is the best time. Few main attractions were closed in October, but weather wise it was good too.

This time when we went in April end, most of the places were open but the weather was harsh. I heard that most places will be shut for monsoons so first timers should avoid this time of the season.

Good restaurants to try?

Would recommend what is must try and what we love-

  1. Eva cafe – Anjuna beach- Small place, limited and expensive food menu but view/interiors are very beautiful
  2. Artjuna cafe – This is must visit place in Anjuna. We always go to this place for breakfast
  3. Square sparrow – I love this place. it has good food, lovely ambience and is very lively in evening
  4. Elephant arts cafe – This is on Vagator beach nearby Liliput cafe. Omg! totally in love with this place. Food menu similar to Eva cafe because it is run by his boyfriend. We loved this place, it has a beautiful setup, even beds on beach. This time we couldn’t spend much time but definitely doing it next time.
  5. Baba au reham cafe – We went there twice but the items we wanted to order were not available. Menu was okay and expensive. It is very hyped so we will prefer to go to Artjuna.
  6. Natti’s natural – This cafe is situated at Anjuna to Calungute road. Love the menu, a little expensive but good to try who are into organic food.
  7.  Purple martini- Anjuna beach – Beautiful view, you won’t believe that it is in Goa. Couldn’t try their menu as we  went on first day of opening (october) and this month it was closed due to staff problems. Must visit place in North Goa.
  8. Fish tail – Vagator beach- We have been going there for the past 3-4 years. Nothing different, simple shack on the beach but love their food. You can lay here all day long. happy hours in evening.
  9. Babu’s hut – Morjim beach. shack is on the beach, good food, silent place(usually)
  10. LPK – We have been there once. Love it as we went  dancing with crazy people there!
  11. Club cabana – Beautiful property. We have been here thrice but I never enjoyed. People are always high on weed and lot of other shit happening.
  12. Laplage – Couldnt make it this time as it was shut but have heard a lot about this.
  13. Antares – Couldnt go here as it was closed but i have heard a lot about this too.

Currently I don’t remember every place, but will definitely add more when I do. Also, there can be a  lot of places which I might not know but these are the ones which we have explored a lot of times and always look forward to visit again.

This time we have stayed at this beautiful property at Siolim beach which was like a dream house. It is a 2bhk apartment which is managed by lovely Host Antima, who greeted Alok with a  bouquet for his birthday. Very well managed property, a little far from shops and beach so you will need a scooter for sure. Also,great for family trips 🙂

I have not visited Goa during Jun-Aug , but would definitely  like to go there in rainy season to just relax by the hotel. Hopefully i can leave this hustle bustle and move to a quieter place.

Please enjoy the pictures and feel free to comment or mail for any queries related to my travel

Love

Neha

 

 

Short trip to Alibag and Mumbai

Hello,

We are Goa person and whenever we plan for some other beach, we always end up going to Goa. This time on Alok’s birthday we decided to go to Alibaug. Everybody told us that Alibaug is not good, it is very dirty but we made up our mind that this time we will explore new beach no matter what.

We booked our hotel in advance because we were relying that if place will not be good at least we will have good hotel to relax.

We started our journey little late around 10am because we have to setup drip system for our plants. It took us approx 3 hours to reach our hotel. After taking left from Mumbai Pune expressway, roads were very narrow. We have to drive very slow as it was very difficult to overtake the trucks.

We finally reached Alibaug at 1:30. The one thing that struck me during the journey was the lack of good place with a food court, clean restrooms etc. We were too tired to go out and eat, so decided to order in our hotel. Food was too good. We relaxed in our hotel and at 5ck we decided to go to a restaurant called Flamboyant -boardwalk at mundwa beach. It was on the other end of Alibag(30mins from our hotel) but since it’s a must visit place so we thought paying a visit.


When we reach that place, our jaw dropped, it was so beautiful. Sunset from that place was mesmerizing. Food was not at all good. I ordered Pizza and some drink. We sat there for an hour and thought of going to kiki’s cafe which was also famous. Our tummy was full so we didn’t have anything.

 

Food : 3/5

value for money : 2/5

Ambience 5/5

Then we went onto the bridge where we get ferries to Mumbai. It was so beautiful. I wanted to go to Mumbai by Ferry but that was not possible as we have car.

We went back to hotel, had hukkah, green tea and enjoyed an old hindi movie.

We decided that we will go to beach early morning but sadly that didn’t happen.I guess we are the most laziest being on earth as we can never wake up early on our trips, and so we ended up having breakfast in our hotel. But to our surprise there were lot of food options and everything was so good. After an hour we went for swimming and spent our afternoon in the hotel.

In the evening we decided to go to Versoli beach which was around 5kms from our hotel. It was very clean and wasn’t crowded either. You can literally drive right up to the beach. There is no commercial activity near the beach, except few guys who sells some sherbet/soda, maggie.  Perfect for a laid back sunset 🙂

We didn’t go to any other beach as all would have been same. Then we started hunting for good local food, our colleagues suggested a place named Sanman(सन्मान) which was located in center of the city. The restaurant wasn’t much appealing but the food they served was authentic.

Food : 5/5

Value for money : 5/5

Ambience 3/5

We came back to hotel and ended our day with Hookah, marigold green tea and good music.

Next day we had our breakfast, did some outfit shoots and left for Mumbai around 12noon. On the way back, we just followed the map directions to Mumbai.  The roads were mostly good, the drive was scenic.

This trip was without the exploration agenda, more of just go there and chill. If weather is good then we can explore beaches in afternoon as well. Kihim, Kashid, Alibag, versoli are some near by beaches.

We straight away went to Grandma’s cafe but mistakenly went to lower parel branch. Ambience and food was good. After that we went to Juhu, parked our car there and went to linking road for some shopping; ate at Theobroma. We met our friends in true tram trunk located at Juhu, had good time at this place. It was a lovely day with some shopping, restaurant hoping and chilling at rooftop. That night we stayed in Mumbai at friend’s place.

Next day we again went to linking road with friends, did some shopping had lunch at Papa pancho(veg was Ok) and headed back to Pune. So our 3 night and 4days trip ended at happy note.

Hotel in Alibag – Maple IVY.

Ambience : 5/5

Cleanliness : 5/5

Food : 5/5

Parking was the only problem as the hotel did not have a separate parking lot. We have to park our car outside, though the guards were there but still a separate parking space would have helped.

Hope you enjoy the pictures.

 

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