It’s been almost 2 years since I last visited Goa and a trip has been long overdue. However, this pushed me over the edge and I planned a quick trip with my friend.
Apr 4, 19:04
Enjoyable traffic jam and the bus which I was supposed to board 14 min ago isn’t here yet.
Apr 4, 20:59
“Is hafte mein chauthi baar is bus mein jaa raha hoon. Ye log do hi movie dikhate hain yaar”
Apr 4, 21:55
Dinner is kolhapur style mutton thali. I’ve had better.
Apr 5, 8:00
Bus is running 2 hours late. I’ve just crossed into Goa. Another half hour to Panjim. On the plus side, nothing really opens before 10 anyway.
Apr 5, 8:46
Correction. Rupesh wine store in Mapusa is already open for business.
Apr 5, 10:31
Goan breakfast of bhaji puri to whet the appetite. Feels weird riding an Activa after riding a MCWG for so long. I keep trying to up shift and keep searching for the foot brake pedal.
Apr 5, 11.37
Amazing ride through Cortalim. Finally managed to find Esparança vaz bar and restaurant. Best prawns. Lots of fish. Ladyfish and something called kaalo (‘black’ in konkani). Not drowned in masala. Seafood that has its own flavour. Fresh. And chilled beer.
Apr 5, 14:16
Left Esparança about 15 minutes ago and am already at Fernando’s Nostalgia in Raia. Best salted ox tongue. Garlic squid is so so. Washed down with beer.
Apr 5, 15:02
The humid sticky heat is actually comforting. Having some baked stuffed crab while deciding where to go next. Tried country liquor called dudhshery.
Apr 5, 16:45
Came to a taverna named Durigo on the Colva Road. Unfortunately it is closed at this hour and will not open until 7. Supposed to serve the best sorpotel. Now we face the decision of waiting here for dinner or moving on to Andron. Short stopover at Majorda or Benaulim beach being planned to let the food digest a little
Apr 5, 17:20
Short stopover at Majorda beach. Didn’t find any interesting shacks.
Apr 5, 18:00
Benaulim beach. Nice leisurely stroll for a couple of kilometres. Watching the sun set.
Apr 5, 18:20
Hair raising ride through some of the smallest villages of Goa made even more tiring because the headlamp on the activa has either high beam or nothing and high beam is worse than a regular low beam.
Apr 5, 19:50
Waiting at Ribandar for the ferry to Chorao. Couple of anglers trying their luck. One chap managed to catch a huge fish while we were watching. The catch doesn’t get fresher than that.
Apr 5, 20:08
On the ferry to Chorao. The lights of Panjim and Porvorim glisten in the distance. The smell of the diesel of the ferry mingles with the smell of peanuts the locals chomp on to pass time.
Apr 5, 20:22
The ride from Chorao to Bicholim begins. All in the search for the most amazing food in Goa – at Andron in faraway Nachinola.
Apr 5, 22:22
Andron. We rode for 3 straight hours to reach this little gem of a place and it has been worth every bit. In fact my entire Goa trip was planned with the intention of eating here once more. Succulent pork chops which melt in the mouth, beef chilly with the most tender beef in Goa, prawns fry and beef tongue. OK actually, everything here melts in the mouth. Even the salad that came with the food is really tasty.
Apr 5, 22:55
Got a chance to ride a friend’s Yamaha R15 from Nachinola to Panjim. Met a foreign tourist who wanted to go to Canacona. Apparently, an autorickshaw driver dropped him off at Panjim and charged him 3000 bucks. He was coming from Palolem. Friend agreed to drop him off at Miramar. He just wanted to get to the nearest beach to spend the night there.
Apr 6, 10:23
Searching for Laxmi tavern in Verem. I tell my friend to look out for it. He says “the kind of places you want to go to won’t be on the main road. They require lot of research”
Apr 6, 11:48
Reis Magos is impressive. Beautifully restored recently and the view of Miramar Bay is stunning. It is really hot but there is a nice breeze coming in from the sea. Two entire galleries dedicated to Mario Miranda’s work makes for good reading
Apr 6, 12:13
We have been planning to leave for quite some time now but this fort is just throwing up more and more surprises. Several old photographs of Goa in the Portuguese days
Apr 6, 12:42
Actually managed to find Laxmi tavern. Unfortunately, the owner was just closing shop.
Apr 6, 13:05
Lunch at Gene in Ribandar. Old haunt on the banks of the Mandovi. Rava fried prawns and mackerel.
Apr 6, 16:48
Waiting for the ferry back to Ribandar. It is named the Dudhsagar
Apr 6, 16:54
There are two kinds of people in Goa. People who reverse into a ferry so they can drive off when they disembark and those who drive bonnet first onto it who have to struggle to get it off the boat in reverse when they land
Apr 6, 19:29
Checked out of our room at 7. Had planned to have dinner at Venite, but it was closed. Trudged back to Viva Panjim and now waiting for some Chonak rava fry.
Apr 6, 21:08
Waiting for my bus on top of the Mandovi Bridge and trying not to melt entirely before it arrives.
Apr 6, 21:47
Boarded my bus and I’m on the way back. So long Goa, and thanks for all the fish. I will be back