Adventure In Goa

Goa is only a 45 minute flight from Mumbai but it really feels like it’s a world away. After the stress of travelling to Goa once my friend Lindsay and I arrived we felt relaxed almost immediately.  It helped that our hotel (Casa Severina) is amazing.  It’s a Portuguese style two storey hacienda that is beautifully decorated with plenty of wood and Goan and Portuguese antiques. The rooms are large with a balcony that even has its’ own overhead fan.  Within minutes of our arrival we had changed into shorts and t-shirts and headed to Calanguta Beach, about a 5 minute walk away.  It was pretty crowded with lounge chairs, palm frond umbrellas and beach-side bars… but not too many people. We wandered along the beach until we found the perfect location to plant ourselves, have a drink and watch the world go by.  It was hot and humid and what could be better than a Tequila Sunrise as we watched the sun set on the Arabian Sea.  We felt calm and relaxed and already settling in to the beach vibe.  The beach bar was playing a blend of jazz and house music that put us in the Goa groove.  After the sun went down we headed back to the hotel, showered and changed and headed out for dinner at an amazing 5 star lounge and restaurant, A Reverie.  Dinner was spectacular, a gourmet meal in a restaurant decorated in a modern Portuguese style, and believe me I drooled over my filet of beef with a pepper sauce…  the first beef I have eaten in months! After our feast and a couple of drinks we started to head back to the hotel when the lights went out.  You have to be prepared for blackouts in India and in fact in much of Asia… they happen regularly… unfortunately I wasn’t prepared this time and had left my flashlights back at the hotel.  We carefully started to make our way to the hotel when the power suddenly returned… that’s just it, you never know if it’s going to be a short 5 minute blackout or a power outage that will last several hours.  Aside from the pure relaxation, sun, sand, and sea, one of the highlights of our visit to Goa was a trip to one of the Spice Plantations.  If you like to cook or just want to learn more about some of the spices you are eating in all that delicious Indian food, you should take the tour.  We had a very informative guide who showed us the plants and trees that produce the spices, but very few were in season so it was a show and tell with spices already picked.  After the tour we had a heavily spiced lunch before we could wander through the onsite shop where you can purchase your favourites or go for one of the blends that promise everything from weight loss to anti-depression.  You can even ride one of the elephants for a few minutes or hop on one as it goes into the pond for a bath… just be prepared to get very wet. Later we opted for a lazy afternoon by the hotel pool followed by a shopping trip along Calanguta’s main streets followed by a beach BBQ at the same beachside bar/restaurant where we had watched the sunset the day before… making the most of our short visit to Goa.  It’s definitely one of the my favourite stops in India and I can’t wait to come back.

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3 Responses to “Adventure In Goa”

  1. Ron
    April 13 at 4:16 pm #

    I’ve been waiting for a new post. Looking forward to more. What a fascinating adventure!

    • Darren
      April 13 at 8:30 pm #

      Thanks Ron… lots more still to come! stay tuned…

  2. Linny
    April 13 at 4:27 pm #

    I miss Goa 🙁

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