Situated on the western side of India, in between Maharashtra and Karnataka, with Arabian Sea on its western side, Goa is famous for its beaches and relaxed surroundings.
After India gained independence from the British in 1947, Portugal refused to negotiate with India on the transfer of sovereignty of their Indian enclaves. On 19 December 1961, the Indian Army commenced with Operation Vijay resulting in the annexation of Goa, Daman and Diu into the Indian union.
From Bangalore, Goa is about 650 KMs. It takes about 14 hours by road as well as by rail.
The train from Yaswantpur (Bangalore) reached Madgaon at around 0530 AM.
Thanks to Mayank, We had got booking at Nanu Resort, Betalbatim Beach. As we alighted at Madgaon, Nagesh from Nanu Resorts was waiting for us with his Tavera.
In next 20 minutes we were at the resort. It is very beautiful, with very comfortable amenities.
I planned in following manner:
Day 1: South Goa
Day 2: North Goa
Day 3: Panjim City
We took some rest and then got ready for Goa.
We started for South Goa places through a taxi. The list included Dona Paula Beach, Miramar Beach, Old Goa (Church), Mangesh and Shanta Durga Temples and then Colva beach.
In between we halted at Panjim city for about an hour to take lunch at "Moti Mahal" at 18th June Road.
There are a lot of shops there selling from cloths to sea shells. Overall it is a very nice place to be and spend some quality time with family and friends.
Next stop was Miramar beach.
It is located close to Panjim.
From Miramar we headed to Panjim City. It was about 2 PM and we needed lunch.
After lunch, we roamed for some time through the streets of Panjim, trying to feel the pulse of Goa.
Now the time was for some spiritual things.
Old Goa Church
Construction work on this world famous "The Basilica of Bom Jesus" (Bom menas "Good" in Portughese.) church began in 1594 AD and was consecrated in May of 1605 by the archbishop, Dom Fr. Aleixo de Menezes.
Then we headed towards Mangesh (Mungeshi) temple.
The Maratha Peshwas donated the surrounding village to the temple in 1739 AD.
Since then this little village on the Panajim-Ponda road has become a place of pilgrimage for the followers of the Lord and an attraction for the tourists from all other places.
We spend some very peaceful moments in the aura of devotion and this powerful place. Let the mercy of Mahadev flow on everyone!!
Now we went to Shri Shanta Durga Shrine.
The original place of Shree Shantadurga devi was at Keloshi. From there devi was shifted to Kavlem during the rule of portuguese government.
Just being in temple of mother, one becomes free of all stress. Mother is so blissful and always showers blessings on her beloved children.
Here you can enjoy the view either by sitting on the benches at the cliff or can go down through stairs to the waters. I dont know why there is no fence at the cliff, it might be dangerous to go near.
Now we proceeded to Calangute.
Calangute is the most popular beach in north Goa with thousands were there thronging it. Water was very rough here due to ongoing monsoon season and the Life Guards were having tough times to keep away the enthusiastic people trying to jump into waters. The waves were rising high above suddenly forcing people to run a bit away.
I love forts as a student of history..and by no means have any doubt in my mind to skip it.
We took the route to fort Aguada from Calangute. On the way, we passed through the "Kingfisher Villa", a palace for Kingfisher Owner Vijaya Mallya.
Fort Aguada and its lighthouse is a well-preserved seventeenth-century Portuguese fort on Sinquerim Beach, overlooking the Arabian Sea.
A good dinner and relaxing in balconey with tea till late night completed the good day.