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 the 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. The pool was not clean and the 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 the 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 the wind was a 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 the Arabian sea, Panjim City and port of Goa. You can also see Goa jail from this fort. 

Fort Aguada - Light house
Fort Aguada – Lighthouse

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.

Author: Rahul Bagal

Information Technology professional by career & a hobbyist photographer, trekker .

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