Discovering more of Goa

Trip Start May 03, 2011
Trip End Jan 31, 2013

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Flag of India  , Goa,
Thursday, January 3, 2013

Panaji or Panjim is the capital of Goa and as the whole province a nice place to stay for a few days. From here I rented a motorbike for a day and made a real road trip of about 120 km! What a nice feeling to ride on your motorbike through the green lush and hilly landscape of Goa. Palm trees and winding roads up and down make you enjoy the scenery like never before.

Starting with some shifting practice since this was a different motorbike than the one before I made my way to Old Goa. This place was called the 'Rome of the East' and its population in the 16th to 18th century exceeded that of Lisbon or even London. The Portuguese concurred this piece of land since 1510 and built some impressive churches and other buildings, see pics. The Sť Cathedral is the largest in Asia and definitely worth seeing.

Almost 2 hours later I continued my trip because I saw something interesting in the Lonely Planet which I wanted to check out, a 600 m waterfall which is about 60 km further passing Ponda and close to Molem. Enjoying the scenery I passed by some Spice gardens where a lot of (Russian) tourists also stopped. Bought a ticket, got some lunch and a spice tour through the fields. I didn’t expect much and still it was disappointing but yeah…worth the shot. 3 km’s down the road was a crazy touristy explosion of shops and restaurants all with people who want to visit the waterfall. I expected that this place was a bit ‘undiscovered’ and didn’t feel like sitting in a jeep for a 40 min ride to this waterfall so jumped back on my Indian Harley and shifted gear towards Margao.

From there a small road took me to Benaulim beach which was another popular beach spot due to the amount of shops, guesthouses and people I saw on the way. Parked my bike at the beach and jumped in the sea with my boxer short. The waves almost got my shorts but luckily I managed to stay dressed. Then it was time to drive the approximately 40 km’s back to Panjim. I brought the motorbike back and enjoyed the sunset by sitting on some rocks close to the river with a 650 ml cold Kingfisher.

Practical stuff

-                  For booking train tickets go to the office on the 1st floor in the Panjim bus station. You buy a token for 10 rupee and when your number is up you can book your ticket for the normal price. It took me a bit over one hour.

-                  Rent a motorbike (mine was 200 rupees for a day) and discover Old Goa and some other beautiful sites in the area.

-                  Orav’s Guesthouse on 31 January Road is where I stayed for 400 rupees a night and it is a decent place.

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