This week’s challenge is to write about a favorite place that I return to again and again and without much thinking, the first place that comes to my mind is my parents’ house.. 🙂 . Best place in the world… EVER !!!!!!
The second on the list would definitely be South Goa, India. I have been there twice now, first with a group of friends and the second time with my husband. South Goa is a very peaceful place with serene beaches and comparatively very less crowded than north Goa. I have lots of fond memories of this place. We have explored almost 10 beaches (Majorda, Utorda, Betalbatim, Benaulim, Varca, Cavelossim, Palolem, Colva, Arossim, Cansaulim) in this region and each beach has its own character. Though these beaches fall on the same stretch of western coastal belt and are nearby to one another, the sand, pattern of waves, sunset, everything seems different.
Walking on a beach, hearing the waves splashing the shore, watching the setting sun, makes me forget all the worries and takes me to a place of solitude which is pleasant. I can spend hours on the beach just watching the waves.
Due to less tourists in this part of Goa, the beaches are very clean and untouched and you can find beautiful star fishes and crabs along the shore.
There are variety of water activities as well available on the South Goan beaches. I had my first Parasailing experience on Arossim beach and I totally loved each minute of it! 😀
The best way to explore South Goa is on a bike. The roads are narrow and sometimes only one vehicle can pass through, but they are very scenic. The longest distance we travelled was from Cavelossim to Palolem beach (~31km one way) and the drive was totally worth it!
There are many good restaurants to explore in this region like Martin’s Corner in Betalbatim, Zeebop by the Sea in Utorda, Dropadi in Palolem & Mickey’s in Colva. Undoubtedly the sea food is amazing at these restaurants!!! Before coming to Goa, I never had any other seafood except fish, but I tasted prawns for the first time in Zeebop by the Sea and now a days, they are the first thing I order in any seafood restaurant 😀 . You should also try the local Chicken Xacuti (pronounced as Shacouti) dish which is a curry made up of complex spices, red chillies and roasted coconut.
Everything about South Goa makes me go back there again and again. The beaches, calmness, peace, food and prospects of making more unforgettable memories!!!! 🙂