“The Pearl of the Orient”-GOA
Mesmerizing scent of the sea, sun kissed beaches, lush greenery, century old forts and churches, tempting delicacies, flea markets, atmosphere filled with happiness best describes the warm and cheerful life of GOA.
Goa being known as the “THE PEARL OF THE ORIENT” resembles a large influence of Portuguese tradition which brings in a “East meets West culture” making Goa an attractive tourist destination attracting people from all over the world.
Recently, I got an opportunity to travel and explore this warm and jolly place, before the nation wide lock-down was imposed all the country due to Corona virus. HENCE, I AM NOT PROMOTING OR SUPPORTING ANY KIND OF TRAVEL IN THIS CRITICAL PHASE. My trip was planned for a week that mostly focused upon exploring NORTH GOA(hence all places, locations mentioned will be in North Goa). Therefore, I am sharing all my experiences, memories along with a pocket-friendly budget so that it can be a great help for those planning a trip to Goa after this Corona virus season.
A SMALL GLIMPSE OF MY JOURNEY…..HOPE YOU ENJOY IT!!
HOW TO REACH GOA AT A CHEAP RATE-
Goa is well connected with mainland India through air, train and bus facility. Since, we went in a group and had a tight budget in our hand, so we opted for train journey. Train/Bus journey is a lot more enjoyable and pocket-friendly. Flight tickets are on an expensive side but it has an advantage of saving ample amount of time.
As our journey started from Raipur so, I am listing down the route to reach Goa from Raipur. NOTE- PRICE LISTED IS FOR SLEEPER CLASS ALSO THERE MAY BE FLUCTUATION OF PRICE DEPENDING WHETHER YOU ARE CLOSE or FAR FROM GOA.
RAIPUR JN(Raipur)———————DADAR/LTT (Mumbai)- Rs. 572
LTT(MUMBAI)—————————-MADGOAN (Goa)- Rs.500
MADGOAN(Goa)————————-THIVIM (North Goa)- Rs 145
THIVIM(North Goa)——————–DADAR(Mumbai)- Rs. 270
LTT(Mumbai)—————————–RAIPUR JN.(Raipur)- Rs. 520
Transport cost came around Rs. 2000 including round way tickets.
LODGING ON A BUDGET-
The most important criteria that governs the overall budget of a trip is accommodation. Getting a place which is not only budget friendly but comfortable too is a headache. So, if you are on a budget like we were, then go for dormitory or hostel. Hostels are twice cheaper than any other hotels. A big advantage of opting hostel is that it provides fun memories from the people we meet out there. Sharing of thoughts and ideas can be a life changing experience and also helps in establishing new friendship.
Since, we were on a budget so we booked “The Coast Yard Hostel” located in Paliem, Arambol, Goa for 4N/5D that costed around Rs. 1000 for one.
THINGS YOU CANNOT MISS-
BEACHES- Beaches are a reason for which Goa is a popular hot-spot for tourist. Consisting of both white sand and yellow sand beaches, Goa is packed with tourist in and around the corner. Beaches like Arambol beach, Vagator beach, Sweat Lake beach offers an environment of serenity that enables you to enjoy the scenic beauty. Whereas, beaches of Baga, Candolim, Anjuna are jammed with people and people hence, the vibe of these beaches are worth enjoying after the sun sets down.
NIGHTLIFE- The craze of Goan nightlife has a complete different spirit. From trolling through the lanes of Baga- Candolim or hopping onto your favorite music in any of the party house to putting your luck in any of the casinos. Moreover, if you are not of a party-person, than chill down into any shacks, sip a refreshing drink and tune into the sounds of the waves kissing the shore.
CHURCHES- Being under the control of The Portuguese, Goa has a rich cultural heritage. The Basilica of Bom Jesus located in Old Goa is amongst the oldest churches in Goa and also serves as an UNESCO Heritage site, do give a visit during morning hours! From the most popular church is the Church of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception, being featured in many Bollywood movies.
GOAN CUISINE- Goan cuisine is largely influenced by Saraswat, Konkani, Portuguese, South Indian and British Cuisines. Dishes like Goan fish curry, Chicken Vindaloo or Chicken cafreal has a uniqueness in its own flavors. Even Goan thali or South Indian thali of Municipal Garden is a must try. Noe for all the sweet-lovers out here, Bebenica known as the queen of dessert in Goa from Martin’s Beach Corner is worth tasting along with Serradura of Spice Goa Restaurant near Kasarward Junction.
FORTS- Goa is famous for its forts and lighthouses. From all the forts in Goa, The Chapora fort and The Agonda fort attracts a lot of people. Best time to visit these forts is before sunset so that you can enjoy the scenic beauty of the fort along with the sunset.
ADVENTURE or WATER ACTIVITIES- Goa offers a place for adventure sports lover like paragliding, trekking etc and water activities like scuba diving, jet ski, parasailing etc. But, these activities are more on a expensive side. So its upon you whether you want to try or not.
FLEA-MARKETS- For those who are into street shopping then flea markets are a dream come true. Be it drinks, food, junk jewellery, artifacts, art pieces, tattoos, good music, handicrafts etc. You name it and the Goan flea markets has it all. Anjuna market, Saturday night market, Friday market are amongst the popular ones.
KINDLY NOTE THAT THE LISTED AMOUNT IS SUMMED FOR 4N/5D.
- TRANSPORT-Rs. 2000
- ACCOMMODATION-Rs. 1000
- FOOD- Rs. 2000
- HIRED SCOOTY – Rs. 1200
- SHOPPING- Rs.2000
We had a budget of Rs. 10,000 out of which we spent Rs. 8200 and saved an amount of Rs. 1800.