Sun sand and the beaches

Trip Start Sep 24, 2010
Trip End Sep 26, 2010

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colmar beach resort

Flag of India  , Goa,
Friday, September 24, 2010

This is a crash trip,planned and executed only in few days, the trek to dudhsagar.the time was perfect ,just at the end of monsoons when water at falls would be the highest and trekking to the falls would be easier due to less rains.I wanted to take the route from dandeli to dudhsagar.this was 48 kms trek for 2 days. the trek would start from kumbharawada,a village near dandeli.we called forest officials in first week of september and they told us that it would be fine to trek in last week of september. So all plans made and up and down tickets booked.After umpteen cancellations of trip plans finally this plan was heading in right direction.
 On sep 20 I again called the forest officials there to know current situation and got a response that its difficult to do trek now as lot of streams on way had overflown due to heavy rains in the previous week.this was just 4 days before our scheduled date.I thought instead of cancelling the trip, we will make changes in our plan and thats how Goa came into picture.

New plan was to goto madgaon first spend one day there and start trekking to dudhsagar to next day . Ujwal was happy that dandeli plan was cancelled as he had heard lot about food we got there last time.barath and fiona were excited on hearing the name GOA.Next part was to get train tickets to madgoan which had huge waiting lists.Fortunately I was able to book tatkal tickets to madgaon on chennai vasco express on 24 sep from yeshwantpur.Now another big problem was facing us,the ayodhya verdict was supposed to come out on sep 24!!!.this had all the potential to cancel the trip.we were just keeping fingers crossed.

Barath was very tensed about this and was constantly asking us to cancel the trip and postpone it to next week.Fortunately we did not  cancel the train tickets and instead waited for friday .we got superb news on thursday evening that supreme court had ordered stay on verdict for 1 week!!!!. excitement was back .
Heavy rains lashed Bangalore on 24 September.fortunately we had train tickets and hence had a smooth way out of city. train left Yeshwantpur at around 10 30 P.M.Barath got slight headache and  In arsikere station I got coffee for him and finally slept in 2 in Morning.All of us except fiona were woken up by 4 in morning.A guy in our next compartment was shouting (according to him ,he was talking) on top of his voice to his co passengers. we felt someone was firing missiles at our ears .we had tough time sleeping after that as he continued "talking" all the way till morning. the guy was sitting in the berth exactly by side of fiona's berth and she was sleeping happily without even getting disturbed even once.I am very jealous of such people!!.I get disturbed even slightest noise and always have tough time sleeping in trains with such co passengers around.
Finally at hubli we got up from berths and started hunting for food as we would not get any decent food till madgaon . Finally we got some idly vada and flavoured milk and bread for fiona.
we saw the trek route we would be taking the next day i.e the rail route from castle rock to kulem and got mentally prepared for trek tomorrow.we reached madgaon by 12 and from there went to colmar beach resort in colva beach on advice of the auto driver .this was beach facing resort.they offered and very big double bedroom for Rs 700 for 4 people. the room had extra bed and was big enough for 4 people to sleep for night.The resort was clean and had a swimming pool.

 We took a room with TV for an extra charge of Rs 100 as barath and ujwal wanted to watch football match.The TV had only 20 channels and picture quality was very bad and we could hardly make out anything on TV.we complained to reception quite few times and no one turned up.We had another nightmare having the lunch.all of us were hungry and the restaurant took nearly 1 hour to serve us and that they served us only one dish of the 3 we ordered!!!. totally spoiled our mood.
After small nap in room we went to swimming pool and then to beach.the colva beach  had some program  "vasudhiva kutumbakam" .Ravishankar of art of living was expected to come there.So there was quite a lot of police force present.we just strolled around the beach.
there were lot of star fishes coming to shore with water.some of them were dead and some alive.We Spent time till evening just strolling on beach .
we went to restaurant called GOODMAN and had one of most tastiest dinners.the dingri masala and garlic naan were just too good.the service was also very quick.After some shopping of jerseys we went back to sleep as long and tiring day was ahead of us .

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