North Goa to South Goa in 5 days!
Updated: Nov 27, 2020
Ever stayed in 3 different hotels in Goa in 5 days?
Goa Beach hopping?
Covered North Goa to South Goa in a single trip?
NO? You must try it. It's fun!
Starting from Dona Paula for over night stay, then 2 days to north Goa then 2 days to South Goa. Try it sometime. Its fun especially if you have your own car. Even if not, you can rent at one place and drop it off another.
There are 2 ways to enjoy Goa. Monsoon ( June-November) and Rest of the year (November-June). Both have their pros and cons.
Monsoon side of Goa is also beautiful. If you are OK with most of the shacks closed and no water rides, less crowd, then Monsoon season is for you. Oh! And premium hotels at cheaper price.
This is how we did it:
We boarded a train from Mumbai to Karmali, Karmali Express. Mumbai to Goa is a beautiful train journey. Green land all around. Train travels through Konkan jungle and Konkan costal line. Best part is it, overnight journey so you reach Karmali by noon. From there take a cab to Dona Paula which is very close to Panjim.
We booked Sandalwood hotel and retreat as Dona Paula view point is very close by, The most famous “Singham” Point. We spent our evening there.
We booked a car as it was monsoon and left from Dona Paula, went to famous Church in Panjim “Immaculate Conception Church”
and then to Baga where we stayed for next 2 days at BetelNut Inn. Opposite to Hard Rock Hotel. It takes approximately 2 hours from Dona Paula to Baga. After settling in, we went all the way to north to Ashwem beach for lunch and quite time. As it was June ending, it was cloudy and pleasant. So even at 12 pm we enjoyed walking on the beach.
Next we came down to Morjim beach. This place is also famous for being a nestling place of Olive Ridley Turtles. Lately, Morjim Beach has earned the label as 'Little Russia' due to the large population of Russians here. Its funny to see Russians sun-bathing naked to get tanned and We, Indians, carrying umbrella, hats not to get tanned.
After spending some time on Morjim beach, we went further down to visit one of the must-visit-place – Chapora (Dil Chahta Hai) fort.
Chapora fort closes early in monsoon at 6pm. (Timing keeps changing. The board outside the fort mentions 7 pm but that's not the case. Luckily we reached just before closing.
Then night spent at Baga Beach having dinner at one shack which was open and enjoying sound of waves crashing on the shore.
From Baga to Aguada Fort and Aguada Rocky beach.
On the way, we stopped at this beautiful restaurant “Sunny Side Up” for breakfast. It’s a sea facing restaurant with amazing menu.
From there, we left for Aguada Fort.
After the fort, for fun we went back to Panjim for lunch. In Panjim, you feel like you are in a city but it still has Portuguese look with few modern structures.
Evening well spent walking on the beach all the way from Baga to Calangute and then seaside dinner.
Left from Baga to South, to Betalbatim. On the way we realized South Goa is so green, quite, uncrowded and being their in Monsoon was a blessing. The journey was straight road with line of tress running along each side.
We stayed at Nanu Beach Resort & Spa. Amazing resort,50 meters from the beach. We reached there by Noon and spent evening at Betalbatim beach and the resort.
We went further down south to Benaulim beach. Barren beach stretching from Sernabatim beach to the north and Trinity beach to the south. Only Clear white sand, stretched up coastline and sound of crashing waves.
Evening was spent at popular beach of South Goa – Colva Beach. Just a mini version of Baga beach with Multiple restaurants, Street shopping and dinner.
Next day back to reality ending it with return train Journey to Mumbai.
That’s how we concluded it. There is much more in Goa other than these beaches. And You must experience Goa Monsoon and Winter.
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