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Sunday, January 20, 2013

'A Grand Adventure' to Goa

There is a well known saying by St. Augustine - "The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page". I firmly believe in this saying and hence travel at any given opportunity. Frequent travels means more money spent and so I always look out for places where I can make my money count and stretch a bit extra.

Moneysupermarket has launched a competition called "A Grand Adventure" and I am writing this post for the same. So, if I were to get £1,000 for travel, what would I do? I would head to Goa.


Why Goa? Because Goa has so much to offer inspite of its tiny size. Famous for its marvellous beaches, lovely architecture and culture, it is a tourist hotspot. There is so much to do in Goa and the best part is that £1000 will go a long way. I am not picky about staying in star hotels and would enjoy equally in the beach shacks in Goa. Would you believe if I say that you can hire a beach hut with a double bed and an attached bathroom for as little as INR 500. That works out to as little as £6 per day for accomodation. Isn't that cool?



With Palolem Beach in South Goa as my base, I would explore the other parts of Goa. Anjuna beach is  famous for its flea markers and Saturday night bazaars. Other beaches worth a visit are: Calangute beach, Vagator beach, Colva beach and Baga beach. All these are easily accessible from Palolem on a bike. Hiring a bike is the best way to get around in Goa and enjoy the place to its fullest. And again, the prices are pocket friendly. The price depends on the duration for which you plan to hire a bike, with prices ranging from INR 300 per day to INR 4000 for a month. That works out to around £4 for a day hire and around £50 for a months hire. Isn't that wonderful? So, with accomodation and transportation taken care of, what is left is food and sight seeing. Goa has a lot of options when it comes to food - you can choose to dine at a star restaurant or a beach shack. It has something to suit every kind of budget.


With a stunning 70km coastline, Goa is a beach lovers paradise. For as little as £1/hour you can hire a beachbed and relax at the beach. If you happen to be ordering food from any of the beach shacks, you can get a free beach bed. All it takes is a little bargaining skill.


Old Goa is full of history and a travellers delight. Places I would visit in Old Goa are the famous Basilica of Bom Jesus, Church and Convent of St. Francis of Assisi and the Archaeological Museum and Portrait Gallery. Many tourist places are free to visit and those that have a ticket are also priced reasonably. So, with £1000 I can enjoy a relaxed and laidback holiday in Goa. I can already imagine myself on the beach with a bottle of 'Fenny' in hand watching the sunset.

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