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Cool Goa

We were flying to Goa on Air India but departing from the International airport. Checking in in India is very slow and you really need to check in extra early. It starts outside the airport with armed security guards checking passports and boarding passes outside before you can enter the building. Then you have to put your luggage through a security scanner before being allowed to check it in. Fortunately we found out from Kerryn who has travelled to India several time that you have to tie luggage tags on to each piece of cabin luggage. They didn't tell us at check in and if you get to the final security point without tags on cabin bags you get sent all the way back to the beginning!!! This can take a mimimum of an hour to get to this point .

Then into a hugely long security line, pass through immigration check & the into a male & female lines. Luggage gets scanned. The tags on your cabin bags get stamped, you go through a machine & have a pat down in a privacy cubicle...wow !!.

It was only a1 hour flight to Goa so the sun had only just come up when we arrived at 6.30am

We organised a taxi for $1200 rupees to take us the 1 hour drive to Calungute where Leigh & Mitch are staying and then another 20 minutes on to Anjuna Beach for Kerryn & I.

Evershine Guest House


House No 854, Soranto Vaddo
Anjuna Bardez,
Goa
India

Phone: +91-9822120811

Email: evershine365@yahoo.com

Reference number: 34707-43885001 (Basic 4 Bed Mixed Dorm)

Room rate = 4658.96 Rupees (A non-refundable charge of USD 14.48 (INR 770.96) has been billed to your credit card. Upon arrival at your accommodation the balance of INR 3888.00 (USD

The countryside is lush and tropical with lots of palm trees. We drove over wide rivers past white Portuguese churches, colourful pretty Portuguese homes and past lots of cows wandering on the street. The streets are narrow and windy with crazy overtaking.

Drove past the city of Panjim, which is the capital of Goa and situated on the wide river.

Kerry and I love Anjuna Beach as it has a layback vibe of an old hippy hangout. Too early to go into our room so we dropped off the bags and we all headed out towards the beach. The end of our little lane was the start of the shack shops with tarp walls. I think we spent an hour in the first one and I bought lots of clothes for the boys. Most items were 200 rupees – about $3.50….so cheap!!!

We stopped off at a café for breakfast around 9am and finally made it to the beach which is only a 5 minute walk from our hostel.

Once we hit the beach there was lots of shops around the top of the cliffs & as well as guesthouses and motorbikes for hire. Also has lots of nice cafes right on the beach to hang out at. The sellers were very insistent & would even grab you and insist you must buy from me to make me happy!!!

Once we went to the other side of the headland there was a long beach with beach chair & food shacks.

Goa Beach

Goa Beach


Goa Beach

Goa Beach


Goa Beach

Goa Beach


Markets

Markets


Goa Beach

Goa Beach


Cool restaurant

Cool restaurant


Cool restaurant

Cool restaurant


Cool restaurant

Cool restaurant


Goa Beach

Goa Beach


Cows on Goa Beach

Cows on Goa Beach


Salesperson not letting me go!

Salesperson not letting me go!


They have the gift of the gab!

They have the gift of the gab!


Goa Beach

Goa Beach


Kervyn , Mitch and I

Kervyn , Mitch and I


Kerrin , Mitch and I

Kerrin , Mitch and I


Me chilling and Mitch helping

Me chilling and Mitch helping


Me chilling and Mitch helping

Me chilling and Mitch helping


Kerry

Kerry


Local medicine guy

Local medicine guy


Goa

Goa


Spices

Spices


Selling

Selling


Goa Beach

Goa Beach


Goa Beach

Goa Beach


Kerryn and Leigh at lunch

Kerryn and Leigh at lunch


Mitch by beach - red dirt!

Mitch by beach - red dirt!


More red dirt

More red dirt


Colourful markets and seller

Colourful markets and seller


Sunset

Sunset

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in India

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