Monday, 28 July 2014

Goa 2014

You are always motivated to come to Goa and if your stay in a 5 star property is paid for by the hotel then all further actions are ridiculously obvious - apply for leaves, book your tickets and show up on the reception desk with a gentle smile veiling the joyful scream in your mind.
Yes, our stay in Goa in 2014 was compliments of Taj for winning the Monsoon Getaway contest 2013. We were offered a fantastic sea facing room in the splendid Fort Aguada resort.

Goa as expected was cloudy but with surprisingly less rain, at least for the 4 days we were there. I have always held the position that Goa is a year round holiday destination. The number of tourists testified that there are many out there who think the same as we do. May be you would have to change the theme of your visit from sunbathing to that of sightseeing, relaxing in a resort/shack with a drink in hand and a curse for the obnoxious day job that is waiting for your after your vacations ;). Clubs are still open and the party loving homo sapiens would find the cravings satiated even during this time of the year.
Our trip started with a lazy sea gazing from our room for the whole evening. I must admit that the view from the room was better than expected and added so much more to our trip.
Determined to get out of the bed the next morning we took a local taxi to Old Goa. To Read more about this side of Goa click here.

A trip to Old goa, Miramar beach, snacking at CafĂ© Coffee Day  opposite Miramar beach and (sumptuous) Lunch in Panjim left us missing our cozy room. 

To Read more about our staycation at Vivanta here.

Next morning started with a relaxing swim. Our friend, who was in Goa with another set of friends, joined us. He did make himself quite welcome in the rented 4X4 Thar that  was now at our disposal for restaurant hopping in search for delicious breakfast. Did someone tell you that you feel like a hungry mindless zombie with a monster appetite after a good swim.
After our sampling, two places worth the visit are Brittos and Infantaria.Infantaria is a buzzing place, the restaurant is near Calangute beach and is buzzing with energy. It was full when we went there for breakfast, managed to find a decent table after a while. The ambiance is quite nice. We had a sandwich and pancakes here. They bake their breads too. The menu is quite extensive, a lot of options to choose from. The food is good.
The place  is busy so it may take a bit longer for the food to arrive.
Infantaria-well,this place has a well...

Baga beach
Brittos is on Baga beach and is famous  for its seafood. Since we had  gone in the morning, only breakfast was available. We ordered an omelette with toast, chicken sandwich, a breakfast meal and few juices. The food was good, and the hungry us, finished the food  in no time.
Its not by the beach,it is virtually on the beach

The view from the restaurant is awesome. You can sit near the beach side tables and just enjoy the breeze, food and the view. The place take only cash so don’t depend on plastic money if you are going to this place. Pricing is on a higher side.Our  breakfast cost us about 1000INR.

Tip for the monsoon: Hire a self-driven vehicle in Goa. The drives are especially beautiful during this time of the year. Do travel the across the stretch of north and south Goa for the sheer driving pleasure. And dare to get wet in the rain as you drive, swim or enjoy a beer. We did that and still stands out as one of the most fun memory of Goa.