Goa & the surprises beyond!!!: here's a travel blog on our Summer trip to Goa...

Goa is the coastal state located in the western ghats facing the Arabian Sea. But it houses within, many beautiful & exciting surprises a human being has ever seen or felt.

It's the land of sandy beaches, foamy salty water touching your feet, ultra-modern villages but traditional by soul, impeccable natural beauty, lavish hotels, low population, "Sangam" of various religions, hospitality, respect, cleanliness everywhere and the soil & people who love Late Manohar Parrikar.

Goa has the highest GDP in India as compared to any other state. It's capital Panaji or Panjim gives a feel of any foreign city. Goa's exotic locations are also hot-favourite for the directors to capture the beauty in their cameras.

So here we start our trip to the land of wonders...

We departed for "Thivim", the gateway of Goa at midnight on 7th May by train and reached there by 12 noon.

The train passed through the Konkan Railway line which's famous for the lands portraying beautiful paintings of nature. Take here a look at some chilling clicks by us...

Our arrival destination also has strategic importance for many years. Thivim is the major gateway to the North Goa District. 

From Thivim we drove to the beach village named "Candolim" by road. Candolim on the first sight seemed like a fully developed city but we were surprised to see the Gram Panchayat boards there.

Candolim is very privileged to house some of the best-serving hotels which a tourist hunts for wherever he goes. We chose "Hotel Alor Grande" which was at a walking distance from Candolim Beach.

We spent the remaining day at the beach. I felt privileged to be at the seashore after a very long time interval in my life. I kept clicking the beauty of the Arabian Sea and the saffron sun diving in it. At late evening we visited the Panjim market.

We hired a tourist guide for the next two days. On the 8th of May, we had a tour of South Goa. And firstly on that day I entered the city Panjim and was left awestruck. Miramar beach was our stop.

We had a very good time in the dolphin ride from Miramar. We sailed deeper in the Arabian Sea and saw the central jail, old-new lighthouses, Jimmy's palace, Governer's bungalow from the seaside.

But unfortunately, we could not capture dolphins in our camera. But forwardly I felt very privileged to visit the UNESCO world heritage site "Basilica of Bom Jesus" in Old Goa.

Nextly we toured a church opposite to it named "Church of Cross Miracles" and clicked some interesting pics there.

Then our next destinations were "Shantadurga temple" as well as "Shri Mangesh Mandir" and were transferred into divinity.

The evening was again in the smart city Goa but this time in a cruise ride!!! in between some of the prestigious sailing casinos in the Arabian Sea, we enjoyed like never before.

After completion of all the above sight scenes, we returned Candolim & prepared for the next day trip to North Goa.

On the next day of 8th May, our first spot was the Aguada Fort which was built by Portugals hundreds of years ago but presently its a jail as well as houses a lighthouse.

And for the rest of the day, we visited over four beaches on the coast of North Goa namely Anjuna beach, Baga Beach, etc. 

And the next day of 10th May we departed from the Thivim station by train at 12-noon taking very memorable moments with us as well as some beautiful sticky notes of nature with us.

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