Dona Alcina Resort
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Hampi pulled on my heart strings! So....the final section on the South India Unplugged tour took me to the UNESCO world heritage site of Hampi and Candolim beach in Goa. Ever since I had decided to visit India, Hampi had stood out as somewhere I really wanted to see and I couldn't quite put my finger on why. We arrived in Hampi by tuk tuk, so the immense scenery unfolded around us as we got deeper and deeper into what I call bolder country. There are literally huge stone ...
... rather a shock to discover, when we came to a stop, that the rickshaw wasn't in fact the 'The Flintmobile' and that the fellow in front asking for his fare was not Mr. F. Off-season had thoroughly settled on the tiny town of Hampi- a place so relaxed it appeared to be going backwards- but the quietness only added to its charm. Our hostel was cheap, cheery and had a cracking rooftop restaurant that seemed to be the main hub for the few stranglers still 'mad enough' to be in south ...
... day there soaking up the sun and playing in the sea. Our bike ride back was very interesting as we some how managed to get lost, we asked a few people for directions and managed to get back eventually but a completely different way. Later in the evening we met back up with Ryan and Ami and went to the burger factory and for drinks, before saying our goodbyes again as we are leaving tomorrow for ...
... left. Now in all honesty, we were expecting nice things from the Goan beaches, even in the monsoons. Apparently though, the beaches get cleaned in season and the Indian government are even investing in some cleaning machines, so maybe there is hope for them. It has been fun zipping along the coast on a scooter, yes being battered by rains, but it makes the tea/coffee stops all the nicer. We even bought chains for our first overnight train journey to Mumbai tomorrow... wish us luck!
... owned by a friendly and helpful Jeffrey who allowed us to knock money off if we didn't want the complimentary breakfast along with more money off if we stayed more than one night. So we got a good deal on a nice room - the nearest room to a hotel room we've had in a while and definitely the comfiest bed we've had in India, plus the first time we've indulged in air conditioning since it's got hot enough to need it. The rest of the afternoon and evening was ...