A father of two, Sameer Johar took a break from his busy schedule to spend some fun family time in Goa. He booked a package with TravelTriangle which included his breakfast, dinner, hotel stay and local tours, all for Rs.11,500. Back from the break, this is what he has to say about his experience.
Traveling is the perfect stress buster and an apt excuse to enjoy time with family. That’s why I make it a point to travel twice a year with my wife and two sons. This time when my wife expressed her wish to go to Shirdi, the perfect opportunity of visiting Goa presented itself. The next thing to do was search for a suitable travel package to ensure a smooth vacation, which TravelTriangle took care of pretty well.
Day 1 – Good to go to Goa!
After the much-anticipated visit to Shirdi, it was time for some real fun. From Shirdi we left for Goa in train and faced frequent halts on the way. But the frustration of getting delayed got covered up when our train coincidently halted right at the serene Dudhsagar Falls. Luckily, not only did we get a close view of the falls but got to feel its faint showers falling on our train’s compartment.
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After a tiring three-hour train delay, we reached Goa and straightaway checked in at the hotel provided to us. The hotel, Colva Kianra, is one of the best hotels around the Colva Beach, with a swimming pool facility and a very hospitable staff. Since our hotel was at a mere 5-minute walking distance from the Colva beach, we spent much of our time on the beach (the kids just could not get enough of swimming). Another thing that the kids enjoyed the most, was jet skiing on the waters of Arabian Sea.
Day 2 – A Bus, a Boat and a lot of Beach-ing
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The next day we went on a bus tour to North Goa which covers all the major attractions of the city. It first took us for Dolphin spotting at Sinquerim beach, alongside Fort Aguada. On the way, we passed the beautiful seascapes and saw Jimmy Kardeka’s (diamond merchant) famous Bungalow where Haseena Maan Jayegi was shot. Further on the way, we got to see the famous Central Jail of Goa where we caught a glimpse of the inside of the prison through its barred windows. After reaching Sinquerim beach, our boat stopped and the guide pointed out a few dolphins frolicking about in the water.
Back to our starting point of the boat tour, we resumed our journey in the bus which took us around all the major beaches. From Cocoa beach to Anjuna beach to Vagator beach— the difference in the flow of the waves was noticeable since each beach had its own unique appeal. After a lunch break, we visited the Calangute and Baga beach. Since there were too many beaches to visit and too less time, we dedicated 20-30 minutes to each beach. After a day full of energy, we went on a night cruise at the Mandovi River, where we all reveled in the dance and DJ night.
Day 3- A Spicy treat
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After spending a day at various beaches, we explored the rest of the city, the next day. We started off by visiting the Aguada Fort, followed by Spice Plantation. Though there was nothing much to explore at the fort, Spice Plantation turned out to be a surprise. At Rs.400/- per person, we availed a fully guided tour of the place along with lunch.
The scent of spices was in the air and the beauty of the place provided the perfect food for pictures. The Mandovi river running parallel to the site was enhancing its picturesque quality. The whole tour took around 4 hours and we left the place with the scent of spices fresh in the senses. We ended the day with a guided tour to old Goa church, where the famous mummy is laid to rest.
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Day 4 – Rise and Shine!
The next morning was supposed to be the last day of the trip. In order to experience the sunrise at the beach, we all woke up early and took to the beach. Jogging along with the sun rising on one side and the coconut trees swaying on the other will be a memory to cherish. After a refreshing breakfast, we concluded our stay at the hotel with a rejuvenating spa at the Phulwari Spa and were then transferred to the airport in the afternoon.
High Point: Spice Plantation offered a perfect blend of the informative and the fun, making it suitable for the kids.
Low Point: The Aguada Fort occupied unnecessary time
Tips for future travelers: While the North side of Goa is more happening, South Goa is a preferable place to be for families.
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