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

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)
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)
River Cruises at Mandovi River, Panaji (Goa)

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  • 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)
Panaji (Panjim), Goa (India)


Beaches Excursion

Rocky Beach, Goa
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
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
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
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
Busy Calangute Beach, Goa
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Fort Aguada & Lighthouse

Aguada Fort, Goa
Aguada Fort, Goa
Portuguese Fort Aguada, Goa
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
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
Lighthouse at Fort Aguada, Goa

Abyss Marine Fish Aquarium

Karen pretty much happy to see Fish at Abyss Marine Fish Aquarium, Goa
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
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

South Goa 

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

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

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

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

Note: Mostly people plan their visit to Goa near the end of year in Christmas week and that makes this place quite jam packed but one can also enjoy the beauty of Goa in monsoon.

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

  1. Lor

    I love the idea of getting around as much as possible but it seems an awful lot of travel for just a few days

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      I understand this. But sometimes you need to travel a lot to get what you have in your must-visit list. Once you fulfill that then all traveling with pushing your limits taste worthful 🙂 And especially when you had a work trip, there were time constraints and you had to squeeze out time for visiting places. I hope it makes you understand well. Thanks for drop-in. 🙂

  2. Cristin Delima

    thanks for sharing this information have shared this link with others keep posting such information..

  3. Jess

    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 ☺️

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      I bet you would surely love your visit to India and you would definitely get wonderful experience across different states of India. Thanks! 🙂

  4. Jonathan Morales

    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.

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      I hope, you would manage to visit India soon. There are so many places that you would definitely love to explore.

  5. nicole

    I love all the photos and also love that you included the cost of the excursions. Such a helpful post!! I am saving it to refer back to later.

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      I am glad you find it helpful. Thanks! 🙂

  6. Saniya puri

    I have been to most of the places you mentioned above. It was an amazing experience. Thanks for sharing, lovely post!

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Thanks, Saniya 🙂

  7. Nina Nichols

    My former co-teacher in Indonesia is actually from Goa. It looks like an amazing place with lots of activities to do!

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Great to know this. 🙂 That must be exciting for you.

  8. Lisa

    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!

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Sure, must visit Goa when in India. Thanks! 🙂

  9. David

    India looks a very interesting place to visit, the nearest I got was a half day stopover in Sri Lanka a number of years ago

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Hmm… You must plan a trip to India then. 🙂

  10. Meagan

    What a lovely post! And your pictures with your family are beautiful. It looks like you had a wonderful time!

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Thanks, Meagen. Of course, we had a wonderful time spent there. 🙂

  11. Soumya

    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.

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Oh! That is really hard to believe. 😀 But glad this post inspired you to visit Goa. Must share your Goan experience. 🙂

  12. Erica

    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.

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      I hope you would manage to visit India soon. Do share your experience with us. 🙂

  13. alison

    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

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      You must visit Goa when in India. There is so much to explore for everyone.

  14. Mohana and Aninda

    That’s a wonderful itinerary there, and I agree, Goa is so much more than just the beaches. It is a treasure trove of history and culture that most of us tend to overlook. Great post 🙂

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Yes, history and culture of Goa are worth exploring beyond beaches. Thanks! 🙂

  15. Louis

    Cool post good insights and content 🙂 thank you

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Thanks! Glad you liked it.

  16. suvarna

    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.

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Yes, Konkan railway route is a very fascinating one and one could enjoy all the scenic beauty while traveling. Although it is a long journey from Mumbai to Goa but a worthful experience to have.

  17. Nkem

    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!

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Goa is indeed a must visit place when you are in India. There is so much to explore beyond beaches here.

  18. Manon van Os - Flip Flop Wanderers

    Ohh it looks so beautiful there! I especially loved the lighthouse and the beaches! Would love to go here 🙂

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Lighthouse from the Portuguese era is indeed a beautiful sight. Beaches are the fascinating one. Hope, you would manage to go there soon.

  19. Alicia

    Beautiful beaches and beautiful sea creatures! The aquarium looked like it was fun!

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Thanks Alicia! 🙂

  20. Ee Sing

    Your family must have had a good time. Never knew so much about Goa! Now i know. thanks for sharing ! 🙂

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Yes, it was a good family trip which was challenging also with a toddler. 🙂

  21. Alexander

    Well done, that’s a lot of things to see in 5 days. Sounds kinda rushy trip, but that is what I do when I visit a country for the first time.

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Thanks for the appreciation, Alexander 🙂 Yes, it was rushy one but an amazing experience and worth sharing.

  22. Alicia

    The things that look the most fun to me are the river cruise and the aquarium! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      River cruises are a good experience to have in Panjim, Goa. Must try when in Goa.

  23. Rio

    Great post and blog. Looks like a fab itinerary! Still haven’t managed to visit India yet.

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Thanks, Rio. Wish you soon visit India.

  24. dalibro

    Wow, such long distances! But it seems to have paid off! Thanks for sharing your trip!

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      It was an amazing rush trip. Thanks! 🙂

  25. Katerina

    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 🙂

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      I am glad you liked it. Hope, you would visit this beautiful country. 🙂

  26. Kylee

    We went to Goa back in 2011, and really enjoyed it. Beautiful beaches and not very busy, which was great.

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Great! It is good to know that you had been to Goa. Truly, the beaches are beautiful.

  27. Alex

    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!

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Yeah, Alex. it was a good experience. It was truly like a challenge to explore some of the highlights across the states in very less time that we had. But it was an amazing trip. 🙂

  28. Chris

    We would love to visit India, Goa looks like something to put on our list! Also the photos you got at the aquarium are great 🙂 Sounds like a wonderful holiday!

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      I am sure you would love visiting India. Truly, Goa is the must place to visit.

  29. Nadine

    Lovely blog, I felt like I was there with you and your family and got a sense of real Goa. Thank you for sharing your trip

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Thanks for your appreciation. It is good to know that you could feel the real Goa now.

  30. Li Vinall

    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 🙂

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      I am glad it refreshed your memories. Hope, you would also visit India some day.

  31. Sinjana

    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. Supriya Bhardwaj

      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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