Goa Trip – Day 3 – candolim

Day 3. Relatively a lazy day and the last day of the trip. That day when you realize you need buy souvenirs for the loved ones. Had lunch in Baga, not a great place, took a really long time to serve (even by Goa standards).

My main mission for the day was to go to this wonderful guest house / home stay that I stayed in some years back (from memory, as i did not recall the name of the place). Walked from the resort to the Aguada – siolim road junction and took a bus from there to Candolim (one of my favourite beaches, not so crowded). I got down at the Candolim Market stop and walked to the Candolim beach in search of a homestay I had stayed some years back. I’ve been wanting to recommend that place but couldn’t because of the above reason. So, from memory, I walked the streets and reached the place.

Dioros Guest House, Candolim

Location: here (200 mts from the beach)

dioros guest house, candolim, goa dioros guest house, candolim, goa

Do check it out if you go to Goa (north goa) next time. It’s a safe place and they serve breakfast as well. It is maintained by an elderly couple.

After that I walked to the Candolim beach, admiring the sunset. Walked till Sinquerium beach and back.

fishing at candolim

Bought some Bebinca (Goan Sweet) to give to friends. Try it out when you are there.

This ends the three part series of my November Goa Trip with the office team. I also did a trip in December 2016 with two of my friends by road (Duster 4×4) from Blore to Goa (mainly south goa). I will write about that later.

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Goa Trip – Day 2

Continuing from my previous post, Day 2 was little better organized and typical touristy day in Goa. My friend wanted to see the Basilica of Bom Jesus. We rode out on our two wheeler from Baga to Bom Jesus. That was a back-breaking 40 minutes ride, which neither of us will ever do again. It was a bad ride because the bikes for rent are not in the best of conditions.

TIP: if you plan to go on long rides, either ride solo or get a bike which is in a good condition.

So after a painful 40-minute ride we reached the Basilica.

The Basilica of Bom Jesus (location)

basilica of bom jesus
Relics of St. Francis Xavier

Relics of St. Francis Xavier

 

But for whatever reason, I liked more what I saw on the other side of the road.  The other side of the road, inside a well maintained campus are:

1. Archaeological museum – Entrance fee is Rs. 1o and no photography allowed.

2. Church of St. Francis of Assisi

church of st francis of assisi

 

3. The Sé Catedral de Santa Catarina AKA  Se Cathedral – this was the first time I visited this church and I loved this church. It was in a better condition than the other churches and had more ‘work of art’ to savour. It was built in 1619. You can read all about it in Wikipedia.

Sé Catedral de Santa Catarina AKA Se Cathedral

Sé Catedral de Santa Catarina AKA Se Cathedral

Se Cathedral - panorama

se cathedral central panel

se cathedral central panel

A photo posted by @joejayanthon

Some more pics of the beautifully crafted panels inside

Se cathedral

Be aware of the dress code in this place. Dress modestly.

se cathedral dress code

se cathedral dress code

After enjoying every bit of this church and then see my friend chased by dogs, we went for lunch in locality where I look forward to going for a long walk with my DSLR and take some wonderful photos of the old Goan architecture.

After that went to the resort and stayed out of the sun till 5 PM. At around 5 PM, we rode to the Anjuna beach.

anjuna beach

anjuna beach

After Anjuna we made our way to Vagator beach to enjoy the sunset from the cliffs by the beach. This was another best moment/discovery in this trip.

Vagotor beach – the place to be during to see the sunset.

Vagator beach sunset, goa

Vagator beach sunset, goa

Vagator beach sunset, goa

This was one of the best moments of the trip. Might be because I chanced upon it and had no expectations.

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Goa Trip – Day zero and Day one

I visited Goa last week. Goa remains one of my favourite vacation places. Maybe because I’ve gone there so many times and familiarity, for me, breeds comfort, when it comes to vacation spots. This Feb I was there, we stayed in South Goa. This time we stayed in the North. Here is the list of things I did.

Goa airport

Goa airport

DAY Zero: Reached there on Friday evening and checked-in to Nazri resort, Baga. Location

The rooms were clean, has a swimming pool, the service is good. Has a pool table (not the best of condition), 150 per hour. Our group had Breakfast and Dinner as complementary.

It is close to Baga beach (less than 500 meters). If you are a person who likes to walk-and-explorer a lot, then you can walk to Calangute beach from Baga beach.

DAY One: Friend and I got a bike for rent – 300 per day. He wanted to see Chapora fort (location), So we drove to Chapora fort (Dil chahta hai song (or a clip of it) was shot there). It’s a pretty steep climb, but the view from the fort is spectacular.

chapora fort, goa

view from chapora fort, goa

chapora fort, goa

view from chapora fort, goa

chapora fort, goa

remnants of chapora fort, goa

 

The fort in itself has nothing left of it. One can see the remnants of what it used to be. The fort shot from the center of the fort.

A video posted by Joseph Jayanth (@joejayanth) on

 

We spent close to 45 minutes in the fort and took in the wonderful view. The Sun got to us. It was very hot during the day and mildly cold during the nights. We climbed down and were done with this by 12:30. But we were starving already with all the walking and climbing.

TIP: Keep yourself hydrated. Take a bottle of water along with you and a Cap to protect your head from the sun.

The place we chose to eat would be the biggest disappointment of the trip.

Mango Tree Restaurant – a big NO NO. (location)

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I have had a wonderful dinner (one of the best fruit bowls) at a restaurant with the same name in HAMPI. So when we crossed this restaurant in Goa, I thought perhaps this was part of the same chain. Expectantly my friend and I ordered for some dish and were absolutely disappointed. The service bad and the food worse.  Fruit custard was hot and Fruit bowl with curd was sour.

After the disappointing lunch, we rode back to the resort and took a nap for a couple of hours.

Evening came, did my usual when I travel, go for a walk. A long walk it turned out, by the end of the day I had walked 16,000 steps.

I walked to Baga beach which is closer to the resort and then to the Calangute beach from Baga along the coast. As always it was really good to see everyone in a joyous vacation mode. Here are some of the pics from the beaches.

sunset at goa
Calangute Beach

In Calangute is one of my favourite restaurants in Goa – Souza Lobo.  (location)

souza lobo, calangute, goa

souza lobo, calangute, goa

 

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Try the King fish fry or King fish curry with rice. The service is really good and staff is helpful in suggesting the best dish for you.

That was pretty much what I did on the first day of the trip. Also keep in mind, that I have gone to Goa 6 times before this. So I was taking it really easy this time and didn’t cram in too many places to visit.

Some of my other friends did water sports at Anjuna/Calangute/Baga (any of those beaches). They charge around Rs.2000 for a package of 5 sports. You can negotiate.

Next post for day 2 adventures.

Goa Sunsets

Sunset from Anjuna beach

sunset at Anjuna beach, goa

 

Sunset from Vagator beach

sunset from Vagator beach, goa

 

Sunset from Candolim Beach

sunset from Candolim beach, goa sunset from Candolim beach, goa

 

Sunset from Calangute beach

sunset from calangute beach, goa

 

Sunset pics from my Goa visit in Nov 2017. Best place to sunset of all the beaches I have gone is the one from Vagator beach. Don’t miss it if you go to Goa.

Map coordinates for vagator view point

Vivenda Kafe – The story behind it!

This post is about the recent December Goa-trip. I wrote about my most memorable time in Goa in the “walk in Goa” post, a month ago. One of the reasons for that walk to be as memorable as it were, was the visit to Vivenda Kafe in Candolim, Goa. I almost walked past it when I saw the interiors – it was cozily lit and interiors were well done. I was thirsty and a little hungry, I decided to give it a try.

 

vivenda kafe

 

I stepped inside and surprised to see that it was run by an Italian couple. Very polite and friendly people.  I ordered for a strawberry shake and a cheese cake. There was a Russian couple sitting there and the owners were having a friendly conversation with them. My order was served and it was yummy. I took my sweet time eating the cheese cake and taking in the serenity of the place. It also has free wi-fi, in case you want to sit there and update your facebook status or tweet! 😛

 

vivenda  kafe

 

The Story of the name and the place!

As I was about to leave and asked for the check, Kurt (one of the owners) saw my camera and asked if I am a pro-photographer or was it my hobby, we started chatting and I asked him the story behind this cafe and weird name “Vivenda Kafe”. Here it is…

Since Goa has a prominent Portugal influence, the owners wanted to get a word in Portuguese that would mean “home” and that is what “Vivenda” means, it means “Villa”.

So, the next question was “why call it Kafe and not Cafe?”.

It was started by Italians (they have the map of Italia on the wall, see the first pic), Valerie and Kurt (VK), they are originally from Italy but now settled in Goa. They wanted the name of the cafe to have the same initials “V&K”, hence the name “Vivenda Kafe”.

Kurt even told me that all the chairs in the cafe had “VK” inscription on them.

The food, ambiance and the story was enough for me to make that most memorable cafe I’ve ever been to!

 

How do you find it?

It is on the fort Aguada road, Candolim area. From outside it looks like this

Vivenda Kafe, Candolim, goa

 

 

cheers

 

A walk in Goa

Got out of my home-stay I was staying in and walked to Candolim beach, 500 mtrs away, and started walking south. The sea to my right and the shacks on my left. I had a camera in my hand, the sea breeze on me, sound of the waves in my ears, water lapping at my feet and the beautiful sight of the setting sun. It was the best walk ever. The walk in Goa.

The sight was beautiful, kids playing with their dad and mom watching them, an old couple holding hands and walking in silence, comfortably; young couple chatting, perhaps about their wonderful future; man, around 45ish kite-surfing; dogs playfully chasing the waves. I wonder if that is paradise.

This is what differentiates Goa – tourists leave their burdens and worries at the state border. And the coastline is purely tourist turf (Esp Candolim and southwards it is not very crowded), we do not get to see a lot of local folks except for shopkeepers and hawkers. It is beautiful just to be there. This is my third time to Goa in three years and it always fascinates me, every-time there is more to receive from this beautiful place and so much to surrender to it. It is in silence that we know ourselves more!

When you go to Goa, go there to be there, nothing else!

It was a walk to remember…

cheers
joe

another blog on travel and whole trip coming up in a while.

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