Me being a travel freak wanted to spend my birthday somewhere anywhere but not in Gurgaon….
After a lot of discussion we decided to re-visit Goa, revisit because this was going to be my 4th trip to Goa but in Goa monsoons ??????
“It’s ok we can perhaps chill in the resort and go out when it won’t rain. You anyways love rains don’t you?” said my bestie :*
Perplexed with our decision we proceeded to book the tickets and resort (I am always eager to make reservations since that gives me a surety of the trip 😉 )
To our amusement flight tickets were so cheap and the resorts that you would think twice before booking in peak seasons were available at such cheap prices. We booked Living Room by Seasons hotel at 1716 rs. per night per room which if you search for around Dec- Feb will be available at 3500 rs.
This was the first good thing about Goa in monsoons which kind of ruined me for life because till then I was a person who would book a room with basic amenities, “ Visit a place to explore that city and not to waste money on a luxurious room” use to shout my inner voice. “What is the harm in living in a luxurious resort, I can still explore right???” murmurs the cheat traveler spirit in me now 😉
Finally we reached the destination I never get bored of…GOA ❤
There is something about this place that makes you fall in love with it and in my case you can say I’m head over heels in love with it.
Sometimes I wonder, what is it that makes me come back here again and again, is it coastal breeze, the historic locations, the unexplored stretches or is it the lifestyle and the culture of this city. I still don’t know, all I know is I am at peace when I am here.
We were four friends and so we decided to rent a car instead of a two wheeler since this way we all could travel together. If it’s your first trip I would strongly recommend you to rent a two wheeler (scooty), believe me you won’t regret it. Two wheeler (scooty ) was available at 150 rs. and car rental for 900 rs. per day which was almost half of what we had paid last year.Although you would still need to bargain ( girls you need to make full use of your sarojini skills here 😉).
We reached our resort and the lady at the reception was kind enough to upgrade our rooms. She said she liked us which really flattered us but in our hearts we knew that it is because there aren’t many people in the resort 😉 so you pay for less and get more. Thankyou monsoons and all those who think goa in rains is a bad idea, it hadn’t rained till then by the way.
Since this trip was so offbeat and I was dying to go to Curlies (my fav place) we went their for lunch instead of Dinner. Curlies is one of the first beach shacks located on Anjuna Beach. Chilled beer , oceanic view, yummy food with the sound of waves is what Curlies has to offer you. Last time when we went there it was so crowded that we could hardly get our order in time and this time we could sit and relax and actually enjoy our beer. While we were still relaxing on Anjuna beach it started drizzling , “Should we return to the resort” asked my friend however by the time we could answer his question it stopped. Wow! my prayers were never answered this quick. Was it the magic of my Birthday special deal with god? The good thing about Goa rains is that there won’t be a heavy downpour and it won’t last for long. If you are someone who enjoys little drops of rain splashing across your face, you are going to love it.
P.S. If you want to go to Curlies do not ever park your vehicle at the start of Anjuna beach always take the parking behind curlies).
Since this was not the first time we were here we really wanted to ditch the conventional beaches and visit the one’s less explored. We went to Morjim which is one of the quieter beaches but at that time, it was even more pretty and peaceful with minimum people. Were we really in North Goa? It felt like it was our private beach, we were able to take pictures , dance, and literally run around and make a fool of ourselves, the inexorable problem of Goa was solved 😉. Icing on the cake was when it started drizzling. The place was illuminated by the little drops from the sky which left us mesmerized. Was I feeling cold in July in goa???? I had never spent a day more beautiful than this in Goa before, a different experience all together.
There are few places that I never want to miss out on when I Visit GOA and Britto’s at Baga beach is one such place. We went there for lunch and to our surprise we got a beach facing table at once which trust me had never happened before.
If you are a shopaholic like me and love cool funky colorful stuff then this is your place. Even though saturday Night market is really famous and considered to be the best I feel it’s overpriced. You get the same stuff outside at much lesser prices. During off seasons because the crowd is less you can actually get your hands on some really cool stuff at much lesser prices but of course you need to bargain. The shop keepers realize that the probability of people visiting a shop after you is much less therefore they end up selling stuff at reasonable prices so yayyeeee!!!!
There are many forts in Goa but the picture-postcard view of Chapora fort and Vagator Beach really attracts me. This time we could stay longer here because instead of the heat ball on our head it was all cloudy and pleasant.
For all the party people out there, not all clubs are closed. The happening TITO’s lane is as open as it is during peak seasons. In fact this time we decided to not go to my all time favourite club ‘Love Passion Karma’ and try this club called SINQ Beach Club. The cover charge for couple entry was for 2000 rs. which includes unlimited alcohol (specific ones). The Music there was so good, if you enjoy Bollywood tracks, this place has all the possible remixes and is a MUST visit.
This offseason trip totally changed my outlook on this place, it made me realize that there is much more to Goa than just beaches and parties and visiting during monsoons is the perfect time to relax and experience a more local side to the city and enjoy it’s lavish country side. Another attraction at this time is it’s culturally rich festivals like- Sao Joao (June 24), Bonderam (August) and Ganesh Chaturthi (September).
So if you have been to goa before during peak seasons, please do visit goa in monsoons and you will experience a totally different side of Goa. For all those who have never been there, you should first visit during peak seasons only then all this would make sense.
All I would like to say is Thankyou Goa for making my birthday so special ❤