3 day short trip to Goa from Mumbai
Tired of your hectic schedule and planning a road trip from Mumbai to Goa with friends? Read ahead about my three day getaway to Goa and get ideas for your own.
Mumbai, my city, is my first love for sure. Correctly called the ‘City of Dreams’, it indeed never sleeps. There is a special charm to this place that no one can escape the clutches of. However, due to my busy schedule, I often miss out on the scenic drives at Marine Drive, the marvelous Elephanta Caves and the Gateway of India that itself is a wonder. While most tourists drop in to enjoy the delicious vada pavs, click candid photographs at the Dharavi Slums or visit Film City where most Bollywood stars shoot for their upcoming films, I decided to head for a three-day getaway to Goa. My mini vacation to Goa from Mumbai was made worthwhile because of my stay at Holiday Inn Goa that was coupled with bright, sunny days at the beach and mouth-watering local dishes. Want to know what’s the cherry on the cake? I got my reservation at Holiday Inn Resort Goa within my budget and I could spend more on other points of my interest!
As I had just three days in hand and wanted to make the most of my getaway to Goa from Mumbai, I took a flight which reached my destination in around 1 hour and 10 minutes. It was quite thrilling for me to finally step foot in the city which is marked by numerous upbeat beaches and beautiful churches that attract holidaymakers from all over the world. Here itself I would like all readers to know that they must, without fail, pack their essentials carefully and definitely not forget beach slippers, shorts or beachwear, sunscreen, iPod or earphones, camera, portable charger and an identity proof.
Baga Beach in Goa is the perfect place for all those who want to relax and forget their worries for a while. This is one of the best beaches to visit in Goa and warmly welcomes nature lovers and those who seek adventure. Topping my list of places in visit in Goa, it took me around 2 hours to reach the beach from my accommodation and 3-4 hours to enjoy the sun and waves here. My journey in car was also exciting as we had rent a car and drove ourselves. The sunset is breathtaking and once the nightlife is in full swing, I bet you will not feel like coming back. Well, at least I didn’t! What fascinated me most was the range of water sports such as jet ski, water scooter rides, paragliding and single and double kayaking, to name a few, that one has the chance to indulge in. In fact, there were back to back tattoo parlors, tarot card reading stops, spas, hair braiding stalls, palmistry tables and eateries. Café Mambos was where I headed to after my day at the beach and it was one of the best nightlife experiences in Goa that I’ve ever had. They played disc and house music and the ambience was outstanding. The drinks and food were totally worth every penny!
Another favorite on by bucket list was the Chapora Fort, the one that was featured in Dil Chahta Hai. Around 25 minutes away from the Baga Beach, it was an excellent experience. Officially, the Chapora Fort is open to visitors from 10AM to 5:30PM. The view of the city from the fort was stunning and we also captured a few images which we’re going to preserve for life.
The Cavelossim Beach, around five minutes from Hotel Inn Resort Goa was another boon of a beach which, unlike other beaches, is not too crowded and one can peacefully stroll for miles. It gave me an opportunity to re-connect with inner myself and actually changed my perception to a great extent about how I was viewing certain life situations. It was the perfect way to end my getaway to Goa!
Though I couldn’t visit too many churches, I made time to go to the Velim Church which was around 15 minutes away from my accommodation and the serenity is just what I’m going to be taking back hoe to the city of constant hustle and bustle.