Travel Blogs from Mandrem
... potential time behind bars (they've toughened up their rules and this has happened a few times of late).
My time on the bike had filled my third and final month perfectly giving me what I hoped it would; a more local experience, away from the heavy movement of the western traveller. During my three months in India I'd covered both totally unchartered land ...
... in the sun for a coffee and chat, turns out that Raj had played cricket for India U21's but gave up to join the army as there was no money in cricket in the 80s!
I wasn't completely idle in my time there, I got up early one morning for a sunrise dolphin spotting boat ride. The Frenchies and I rented bikes for the day and headed to Old Goa (very little to see) and came back along some of the other Goan beaches which cemented the fact we'd picked the right beach - ...
... where you visit the incredible ruined city of Vijayanagara. This abandoned city covered a huge area, with many stone structures that once formed a great city. The sun was punishing as we walked around but there were some incredible sights. Our hut we stayed in faced some beautiful paddy fields, providing a pleasant place to swing in a hammock once we'd negotiated the somewhat overloaded boat used for the river crossing.
Goa came ...
... in India if at all possible avoid using Paulo travels. Both times I have used them now it has been an ordeal, the first being Tim and I's journey to Hampi which you have already heard about and then then this one. Firstly the bus was late which if im honest i've not got a big issue with as it is pretty common and you kind of have to accept it, but secondly when finally it did turn up it took over an hour for them to load us all on and then juggle us ...
... to Ruth with a smile and walked off before we had a chance to say thank you. Another instance of the bipolar experience that is India!
We arrived in Arambol without any further drama later that day and found a cosy hut, meters from the beach. Simple but comfortable, we named our palm-weaved hut 'The Stable’ and settled in for a few relaxing days, to generally unwind and for Ruth to get over her cold in time for her birthday.
Arambol was a ...
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Business Services