• Goa – always evergreen

    Goa is one of my favorite places in India to relax & enjoy holidays.  I try to visit Goa once a year.

    Goa is about 460 KMs from Pune – a direct drive via Nipani. We started from Pune on Friday evening & stayed in Sangli at night. Sangli is my native place so I took a diversion. But if anyone planning to take a break during travel to Goa , Kolhapur is a good pit stop. Next morning we drove from Sangli to Goa via Nipani , Amboli .

    Weather at Amboli Ghat was very hot, still we stopped for few minutes to view the glimpse of valley. Famous Amboli waterfall was dry.

    Valley view from Amboli Ghat

    Valley view from Amboli Ghat
    View of Sahyadri Mountain from Amboli Ghat showing layers in rocks.

    View of Sahyadri Mountain from Amboli Ghat showing layers in rocks.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This year we stayed near Anjuna beach. I had booked studio apartment at Laguna Anjuna resort. This resort is not that great .  It has a theme of old  Goan Portuguese house. All studio apartments are made up of red rock and old style. Pool was not clean and food was not so exciting. I think reviews on tripadvisor are very old.  But one plus point for this hotel is , it is very close to Anjuna beach, just about 15 minutes walk.

    A beautiful hanging created by planting in dry coconut.

    A beautiful hanging created by planting in dry coconut.

    betel nut tree at Laguna Anjuna

    Supari – betel nut tree at Laguna Anjuna

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    In this trip we spent most of the time on Anjuna beach. It was very hot weather in Goa . But it was windy on beach so heat was not a big problem.

    Sunset at Anjuna beach

    Sunset at Anjuna beach

    Sunset at Anjuna beach Sunset at Anjuna beach was beautiful & evenings were pleasant as wind was cooling day long heat.

    There are many shacks on this beach serving you good food & drinks.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Next day we visited Aguada fort . This is well maintained & well-preserved seventeenth-century Portuguese fort built on high rock.  There is a lighthouse on this fort.  We see a beautiful view of Arabian sea , Panjim City and port of Goa. You can also see Goa jail from this fort. 

    Fort Aguada - Light house

    Fort Aguada – Light house

    Boats

    Goa Jail view from Fort Aguada

    Goa Jail view from Fort Aguada

    Panjim view from Fort Aguada Fort Aguada

    Fort Aguada

    Fort Aguada

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Overall trip was very good & relaxing. While returning we drove from Anjuna , Goa to Pune in one day. It took me about 9 to 10 hours with decent breaks in Kolhapur and Satara.

    It was a well deserved short break for me & my family.

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