Goa in August

It was my first trip to Goa and first post; people to go on the trip were my wife, my mother and two kids and I.
I had expected to find lots of posts on Goa at Ghumakkar but strangely there were few and hardly any about South Goa.So I tried one. I had booked in Varca Beach resort, we have to reach Varca by 17 Aug and our check-out was on 20nd August (on my birthday).

16 Aug:
We planned to travel by Rajdhani from Nizammudin station (N. Delhi) to Madgaon. We left home at 7:30 am, train time is 11 am. Train came at time, we have co passenger, but they are mainly going on business trip towards Mumbai. Inside train is too cool and there is regular rain outside. The train route from Panvel to Madgaon is really beautiful.

The great water fall

The fallbridge

17 Aug:
Arrived at Madgaon 3:00 pm, the feeling of being in Goa starts before reaching to Station start itself because of different type of small-small houses, greenery, ocean Ships
We hired a pre-paid taxi to Varcha beach. Finally we reached the Resort at Varca around 4.30pm we have offered juice while check-in formalities. We were taken to our room in a golf cart. I went for an evening walk to have a view of the surroundings. The campus was really nice and well maintained and there are two large swimming pools.

Varcha

More of Varcha

18 Aug:
On my morning walk I walked towards Varcha beach which is 7-8 minute difference from our room. To go out for a walk on the beach one has to sign the security register. Its first time I’ve seen ocean from so close, previously it’s from flight on my Chennai official trip, on that trip I’ve not get time for roaming. Here its look waves coming from sky toward us, really a nice experience.

Varcha Beach

Varcha Beach

Around 10 am we hired a car for North Goa. Cars are easily available for hire. There are lots of farms, different type of Houses. In the way we have seen Gurudwara at Betim and we went there for worship. Our Driver also doesn’t know about gurudwara location previously.

Gurudwara

I’ve listened only die-hard Goa lovers come at goa at this time because of the monsoon rains. But its heavy rain for 10-15 minutes and then clear sky.

Then we visit Fort Aguada and other beaches

Fort Aguda

Having fun at beach

Other beaches

More of Beach

The Beach

Colva Beach

Colava Beach

We picked up some cashew nuts from the Margao market and natural coconut oil from road side. By the time we reached our hotel, it was already dark; there are no streetlights even on highway!! Later in the evening we went for a walk outside the resort towards Varca village. There were at least three restaurants within walking distance, with brightly lit decorative lights. We bought dinner from a restaurant and returned to our room for dinner.

The Bar

19 Aug:
Today we planned not to go outside and just enjoy hotel premises swimming pool, fun zone, children play area and Varcha Beach.

Our Resort

The Resort

Varcha beach

On the way to Varcha

Ship - The local connection

And the other great local connection - Coconut

20 Aug:
After celebrating my birthday with family members, we enjoyed the morning on beach.

Deep

The pool at Simur Resort

And back home

We boarded the train to Delhi around 11:30. The train route from Madgaon to Delhi is really beautiful. Thus my first trip to Goa ended. Hope fellow Ghumakkars like my account.

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8 Comments

  • Hai Jassi ,

    Warm Welcome to Ghumakkar……………………………..

    It is a very beautiful post with good narration . pictures are awesome……………………………….

    The resort and beach is also mind blowing. Seeing your pictures i feel that u also like to take pictures as I do. I always take pictures with at least someone in it rather than only scenes………………………………..

    Finally I would love to see your kids photographs in close ups which is missing in this post…………………..

    Anyways Keep Travelling Keep Posting………………………….

  • Mahesh Semwal says:

    I have been to Goa around three years back, thanks for refreshing the memories.

    Is Aug. is right time to visit Goa? heard that due to lot of rain no water sports during this time , but one can enjoy the natural beauty of Goa during monsoon time.

    Keep writing you travel experiences.

  • Sahil Sethi says:

    @ Jaswinder , Welcome to Ghumakkar :)

    A very nice post on Goa. Nice family pics. Do share your more travel experiences….

    Sahil

  • Onil Gandhi says:

    ????? ???? ??? ???…. good start….

    do tell us more about the resort….. costing, rooms etc

  • Nandan says:

    Welcome aboard Jassi and belated Happy Birthday.

    I looked for Goa stories and can find few of them – http://www.ghumakkar.com/category/statesofindia/goa/ and interestingly, if we leave road reviews , there are three stories during Monsoon :-) so seems like there is never an off-season in Goa :-)

    Great pics for sure. Look fwd to read more.

  • Animesh Chandra says:

    Nice post Jassi..keep travelling and keep updating us about more travelling places..

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  • Hi Jassi,
    Welcome to Ghumakkar!
    Your post brought back sweet memories of my monsoon trip exactly 2 years back to exactly the same place in Goa: http://www.ghumakkar.com/2010/01/01/a-goan-monsoon/
    The only difference is that you went by train and I took the road route from Pune.
    There are even more beaches to visit in South Goa (even more south of Varca Beach), like Cavelossim, Mobor, Agonda and Palolem, and a deserted fort by the name of Cabo-de-Rama.
    Thanks for the info about the Gurudwara at Betim, must visit on my next trip.
    Your pictures were excellent! Looking forward to some more.

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