How I Spent My Much-Awaited Weekend Break In Goa
The summer break was here and I was looking for an escape from the mundane. So, I decided to head to Goa, the favourite holiday destination of the nation, with my friends for a weekend trip. Before we knew it, we were already on the way to this beautiful landscape! While the journey left us a bit exhausted, it did not play a spoilt sport in our vacation plans. After sipping a refreshing glass of Feni– distilled cashew flavoured liquor, in our hotel accommodation in Goa, we decided to head for some sightseeing.
The first thing that came to our mind was Goa’s pristine topography, which consists of numerous spectacular beaches and the azure waters of Arabian Sea. So, we headed straight to the Calangute Beach. Tagged as the ‘Queen of Beaches’, this is a popular tourist retreat indeed! Mesmerizing sunsets, souvenir kiosks, shacks selling beer, trinkets and Konkani delicacies – this beach had so much in store for us! But that’s not the only thing that kept us going, we also had our share of fun with water skiing and paragliding.
As the night grew young, we decided to hibernate in one of the pubs located around the beach. Grooving to the foot tapping music played by the DJ, competing unrelentingly with each other in fun-filled bottoms up challenges, countless shenanigans and binging on delicious snacks – there was hardly any dull moment. When the day’s exhaustion began to take a toll on us, we decided to call it a night in our hotel accommodation in Goa.
The next morning, we kick-started the day with a refreshing breakfast buffet, which was served in the multi-cuisine bistro of our hotel accommodation in Goa. Freshly baked croissants, warm egg benedict, a hot cup of cappuccino and a slice of chocolate tart – it was Christmas in our mouth! After this culinary treat, we decided to explore old Goa. The best place for this was Divar, an exotic little island surrounded by River Mandovi. Vintage houses replete with hallmarks of Goa’s encounter with the Portuguese in the 16th century fill the streets of this place. The vibrant colors and textures that adorn the walls of these houses are very inviting to the eye and something that shutterbugs must definitely capture in their lens. The lush green mangroves accentuate the charm of this place. After exploring these houses that line the boulevards of Divar, we decided to head to one of the chic cafes for a quick coffee break and some candid pictures. We then made a move to the pretty Divar Church. The high canopies of the interior of the Church are bathed in hues of ivory and dull gold. The tranquility of this ambience made it a pleasant sojourn for us.
The last thing to explore on our bucket list was Chapora Fort, where the iconic ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ song was filmed. Situated atop a hill, this quaint fort adjoins the Vagator Beach and Arabian Sea. It was a great place for photography and some heart-warming conversations.
As the twilight was setting in, we returned to our hotel and packed for our early morning flight the next day.