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Goa: Beaches & Beyond

It was a great time we had spent in exploring some places of Mumbai (Maharashtra) & Udupi (Karnataka) from the past three days. The journey through ‘Konkan Railway route’ was an amazing thing we had done. Thank God we opted for this route. We were not aware of beautiful experiences would come to our surprise in this whole journey across ‘3 States’ of incredible India. We just throw ourselves for an experience to remember. In our previous post, I had concluded our ‘Day 3’ experience of ‘Divine City-Udupi’. After enriching our souls with beautiful memories at ‘Malpe Beach’ we rushed to catch our next train at 6:00 PM from Udupi railway station towards our next destination- Madgaon Railway Station (Goa).

DAY 3: 12/08/2016

We reached Madgaon railway station at 9:30 PM. Goa city is at 36 km from Madgaon railway station. From the station, we hired a taxi to our pre-booked hotel ‘Amigo Plaza’ by ‘Goibibo’ in South Goa and reached at 10:30 PM to a hotel located at 400 meters distance from Colva beach.

DAY 4: 13/08/2016

Sight-Seeing: Local Bus Service

From the hotel reception, we enquired about the places to visit in South Goa. We got the best deal from a local bus service for one-day exploration around the Goa city. The bus took us from our hotel at 9:00 AM. We accompanied by fellow passengers. The bus conductor gave us a short intro about Goa city and the places we would be visiting.

  • Total cost for one-day sight-seeing in South Goa= Rs.200/- (per head)

River Cruises at Mandovi River

First, we reached Panaji also known as Panjim, the state capital, and Old Goa. Spanning over the grand Mandovi River, there are three parallel Mandovi Bridge.  During peak tourists’ season, Mandovi River is accompanied with cruises added charm to the river.

Mandovi Bridge, Panaji, Goa (India) @traxplorers.com
Mandovi Bridge, Panaji, Goa (India)

After crossing the bridge, we reached a river cruise spot. It is one of the top Goa places to visit. The river cruises start from Santa Monica Boat Jetty and Panaji Jetty. We got this cruise for Rs.150/- (per head) for one hour. The cruise trip accompanied by Goan cultural activities like music, dance etc. with some fun activities for kids and couples. The activities also included joining dance at the end of the program. It was an enjoyable ride. Must say, River cruise was memorable and must experience activity in Panaji.

River Cruises at Mandovi River, Panaji (Goa) @traxplorers.com
River Cruises at Mandovi River, Panaji (Goa)


  • River cruises are one of the top Goa places to visit.
  • The ideal time for a cruise trip is evening.
  • This is usually crowded on weekends.
  • Most of the cruise trips last for one hour with a ride across Mandovi River.
  • There is also a facility for a dinner cruise and full day cruise trip facility provided by Goa Tourist department from Santa Monica.

Panaji (Panjim), Goa (India) @traxplorers.com
Panaji (Panjim), Goa (India)


Beaches Excursion

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Rocky Beach, Goa

Rocky Beach

It was a picture-perfect beach. As the name suggested, the beach was the rocky one but the water was clear. One has to walk a little bit to reach it. There were many restaurants nearby and was more like to enjoy with family and friends.

Daddy & Daughter at Rocky Beach, Goa @traxplorers.com
Daddy & Daughter at Rocky Beach, Goa


  • A flea market is good, decent things to shop around and at reasonable prices.

Anjuna Beach

It was a busy beach and among the popular beaches of North Goa.  The Arabian Sea looked quite fierce, probably due to monsoon season. This beach is for party people as there were good resorts around it.

Anjuna Beach, Goa @traxplorers.com
Karen enjoying on Anjuna Beach, Goa


  • A flea market is very popular at this beach.
  • This is a commercial beach also known as Hippie beach.

Calangute Beach

This beach is a perfect beach for tourists. We found it crowded with lots of tourists. Though charm of this beach was multiplex like enriched with palm and coconut trees, exotic jewels hanging from storefronts, sea breezes, souvenir stalls, shacks, huge showrooms with exquisite handicrafts from different places like Jammu, Kashmir, Rajasthan, Tibet etc. This beach showcases distinctive Goan culture.

Calangute Beach, Goa @traxplorers.com
Calangute Beach, Goa


  • It is also known as ‘Queen of Beaches’ due to incredible beauty and serenity.
  • Beach with multiplex charm.

Busy Calangute Beach, Goa @traxplorers.com
Busy Calangute Beach, Goa

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Fort Aguada & Lighthouse

Aguada Fort, Goa @traxplorers.com
Aguada Fort, Goa

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Portuguese Fort Aguada, Goa

Fort Aguada and its lighthouse is 17th-century Portuguese fort on Sinquerim beach overlooking the Arabian Sea. This fort was built by Portuguese rulers and used for providing fresh water to the ships passing by in the Arabian Sea.

Arabian Sea from Fort Aguada, Goa @traxplorers.com
The Arabian Sea from Fort Aguada, Goa


  • Aguada is a Portuguese word which means ‘Watering Place’.
  • Opens at 8:30 AM and closes at 5:30 PM

Lighthouse at Fort Aguada, Goa @traxplorers.com
Lighthouse at Fort Aguada, Goa

Abyss Marine Fish Aquarium

Karen pretty much happy to see Fish at Abyss Marine Fish Aquarium, Goa @traxplorers.com
Karen pretty much happy to see Fish at Abyss Marine Fish Aquarium, Goa

This aquarium is located in Verna on the highway from Panjim to Margao. This place has two options, Fish Aquarium and Haunted House. It is a small aquarium but the collection of aquatic animals and fishes are good. There are more than 50 varieties of aquatic animals some of them are interesting. A good place to keep kids occupied. The better part is the photography portion where you can have fun taking pictures.

Abyss Marine Fish Aquarium, South Goa @traxplorers.com
Abyss Marine Fish Aquarium, South Goa



  • Ticket price Rs.100/- (for Aquarium) and Rs.150/- for combo (Aquarium + Haunted House). Price is quite high.
  • Good for one time visit.
  • Time required is 30 minutes (sufficient).
  • Closes at 7 PM

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Back to Hotel

We had a day packed with a lot of expedition around South Goa. At the end of the day, we were exhausted and reached our hotel at 8 PM. It was like a totally utilized day at Goa. But still, we had an appetite for beach therapy. We couldn’t resist the temptation of beach nearby us. So, we planned our morning time for beach therapy at Colva beach before rushing to catch our train at 11 AM

Day 5: 14/08/2016

Colva Beach: Morning glory

In the morning, at 7 AM we were at Colva beach 400 meters from our hotel. It is located in the village of Salcete in South Goa. We had some quality time at this sprawling beach with open-air eateries. I called it beach therapy which is unwinding your mind with inhaling fresh morning air, watching a series of ridges across the sea, walking barefooted on wet sand. It was the perfect moments we had on a beach walk. And the best part is…it was totally free! 🙂

Colva Beach, South Goa @traxplorers.com

We spent 2 hours on the beach, collected some seashells as a souvenir of South Goa beach and left the place, had our breakfast and backpacked for a return to our hometown- Chandigarh. It took one train (From Madgaon railway station to Mumbai) and one flight (From Mumbai to Chandigarh) journey before we reached our hometown.

Colva Beach, South Goa @traxplorers.com

Further suggested readings:  3 States in 5 Days, 2548 Km: Part-1

3 States in 5 Days, 2548 Km: Part-2

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59 thoughts on “3 States in 5 Days, 2548 km: Mumbai-Goa-Udupi (Part-3)

  1. I never been to India but always is my bucket list even people told me don’t go there .. I think I will falling in love with India 🇮🇳 anyway good information and I like your picture is so lovely trip ever ☺️

  2. What a lovely detailed post! You see since the time I write blogs and reading others work i always felt India is calling for my visit. One day once I saved enough money India will never be out of my bucketlist and with so much area to visit this post as well as the others on this series is worth taking note of for my own travel.

  3. I’ve never been to India, but when I do, Goa will be the first place I visit. It looks so pretty, and I’ve read a lot about the beaches there too. Lovely photos too!

  4. I have happy to read this post of yours. In spite of living in Mumbai for a long time, I have never been to Goa. Can you believe it!!! This post has surely pumped up my Goan dreams. Thanks for sharing it.

  5. Goa 😍😍 This looks like an absolute DREAM! I’ve dreamt of visiting India for so long, I can’t wait to finally make it there. Goa looks absolutely magical.

  6. Looks as if you and your family had a great time in Goa. I haven’t been but looks like a great destination. My husband loves India and is so wanting to get back

  7. Thank you for sharing your trip with us. I did not realize one could take a train from Mumbai to Goa! This will come in handy for our upcoming trip. We have a week in Mumbai so might take a visit to experience these lovely beaches.

  8. This looks like a wonderful excursion – one that everyone can enjoy. I’ve heard that Goa is awesome and worth the visit. Thanks for sharing!

  9. I have never visited India and in this post you described a perfect way to see 3 states in 5 days! Thanks for sharing this post 🙂

  10. I love a good travel challenge like this! Looks like you did a great job of experiencing some of the highlights in each place while travelling through at speed. Must have been a great trip!

  11. I remember I had a friend who used to visit India frequently, and it sounded incredible. This blog post brought back all the memories of her stories! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  12. Good one. Love to see that there is so much in His beyond beaches and parties.i only went there once for a lavish corporate off-site where I stayed in the resort for whole day. Planning to go there for travel this time on our anniversary and this story will be useful

    1. Glad you liked this post. We also stayed for one day in Goa and tried to explore it as much as we can in the limited time period. Still, North Goa need to be explored. Would visit again for this. All the best for your visit and best wishes. <3

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