MESMERIZING GOA

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On 24 Feb 2017, we reached Goa at around 2.30 pm.   After taking  a brief rest  we decided to go to the nearby beach called Bogmala beach. For that we took a local bus upto Airport and from there took another bus and reached Bogmala beach. When we deboarded from the bus a cool breeze touched us gently and we  got excited to see the beautiful beach.

Next day, we proceeded to North Goa. Our first stop was at Panjim Church.  Milky white building located at the centre of the city.   After that, we went to Miramar beach.  Miramar is the beach area of the Goan capital of Panjim, also known as Panaji and is one of the most visited beaches of Goa.  Many people, mostly tourists, come to this beach. One hour boat ride was really thrilling .  We are  excited to see Dolphines here.  Passengers dance to the popular hindi songs played on the boat was  entertaining.

Next we visited Aguda fort. The fort was constructed in 1612 to guard against the Dutch and the Marathas . It was a landmark for the vessels coming from Europe at that time. This old Portuguese fort stands on the beach south of Candolim , at the shore of the Mandovi River . A freshwater spring within the fort provided water supply to the ships that used to stop by. This is how the fort got its name: Aguada, meaning Water.

We also visited the most popular beach in Goa Calangute beach.  Calangute is a town in North Goa, famous for its beach. The beach is the largest in North Goa and visited by thousands of domestic and international tourists alike. The peak tourist season is during Christmas and New Year, and during the summer in May. During the monsoon season, from June through September, the sea can be rough and swimming is prohibited. The beach offers water sport activities like parasailing and water skiing, among others.

We proceeded for South Goa next day. Our first stop was Archalogical Museum.  The museum was established in 1964 and reorganized in 1981–82. It displays the objects from the prehistoric and early historic period to the late mediaeval period. The importance of this museum lies in the display of the portrait paintings of governors and viceroys, wooden sculptures, pillars, capitals, postal stamps likewise many other objects which belong to the Portuguese period in Goa.  Just opposite fifteenth century old church .This is one of the oldest churches in Goa and in India. The floor is of marble laid with precious stones.  The church also holds paintings of scenes taken from the life of St. Francis Xavier.

Next we went to  Mangeshi temple .    The Shri Mangeshi Temple is a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is considered to be the most important temple in Goa, it belongs to the typical Goan Hindu temple style of architecture. It is very distinctive with its white towers, welcoming at the entrance even though it is small and exquisite. After this we visited Santosh Durga mandir.  The temple is dedicated to Shantadurga , the goddess who mediates between Vishnu and Shiva . The deity is also called ‘Santeri’ colloquially. Purana talks of a battle between Shiva and Vishnu The battle was so fierce that the God Brahma prayed to Goddess Parvati to intervene, which she did in the form of Shantadurga. Shantadurga placed Vishnu on her right hand and Shiva on her left hand and settled the fight.

After that we visited Colva beach.  It is one of the largest and striking beaches of South Goa that has fine powdered white sand and bounded by coconut palms alongside the coastline of south Goa. The Colva beach is very beautiful and has a stream flowing through it. Speckled with colonial style villas and broken-down fishing huts, the beach looks more stunning with a wide collection of concrete hotels, souvenir stalls and snack bars all around it. During day time, many tourists in colorful attires throng at this place and some are also seen sunbathing in the bright sun.  There are lots of shacks available for lunch and a cold beer or two. For adventure seekers,  various kinds of water activities are also available on the beach.

Once we ventured out our sightseeing, by using  Goa’s public transport. State run transport corporation named Kadamba runs mini buses throughout Goa. We took a mini bus from Airport to Margo. From margo we took another mini bus to  Colva beach. After spending about two hrs we went to Vasco to see the Goa Viva Carnival 2017.  It was  so colourful and entertaining.

On the penultimate day of departure,  we decided to go to Paloleum beach after we came to know that it is the number one beach in Goa. We took the Kadamba bus from Margo. It took almost two hours to reach the beach.  In the evening we went to Vasco da Gama just to see the city. Excited to see  Vasco Railway Station.  We also visited the muncipal market adjustant to the Railway station.  With this our trip to Goa has come to an end and we really enjoyed every moment we spent here.

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