Transport is too expensive in Goa. We thought of taking a cab from the airport to ITC hotel in Candolim where we booked our accommodation but the fare was too high.
After long hours of wait we board the bus and were seated in a comfortable place. That was our first time visit to Goa and we were enjoying the scenic beauty of the place.
Panaji (Panjim) is the state capital and Vasco (aka Vasco Da Gama) is the largest city of the state. The state was under Portuguese rule for nearly four and half centuries before it was annexed by India in 1961. There are number of ancient Portuguese establishments and old churches in the state that speak volumes about the history of the place.
Goa is divided into two districts - North Goa and South Goa. North Goa is famous for its beaches that include Candolim Beach, Calangute Beach, Anjuna Beach, Baga Beach, Sinquerim Beach and many more and tourist spots like Aguada Fort.
Being a traditional South Indian vegetarian, we couldn't enjoy the food in Goa. We had an afternoon nap after no so enjoyable lunch. In the evening we proceeded to the nearby Candolim Beach for watching the sunset in Arabian Sea.
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Candolim Beach lies at a distance of 15 Km from Panjim. The beach stretches from Aguada Fort and to Calangute Beach where it merges. The beach front relatively has less commercial activity. It has few restaurants that serve local foods.
The whole of next day we spent visiting the tourist attractions. At around 9 a.m in the morning we went to Sinquerim Beach - a pristine beach in North Goa.
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This is one of the beautiful and best beaches in Goa. It provides many water sports / activities like boat rides, water-skiing, scuba diving, wind-surfing, banana rides,
Just few clicks of the scenic beauty and then we went to Old Goa to see the Old Goa Church - a 16th century church which is one of its kind. This is one of the most visited places in Goa by both Christians and non-Christians.
Also read Basilica of Bom Jesus - the Old Goa Church.
After spending a day in Goa for sightseeing we were back to our hotel room in Candolim to pack-up for our night trip to Gokarna to visit Mahabaleshwar temple. Though it was a hectic day in Goa, yet the memories are still fresh in the mind.
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