When you want to unwind, the beaches are the best places, trust me, try them and you won’t regret. The sound of the waves lashing onto the shores are soothing to the ears. So as holidays were fast approaching we contemplated on Goa which was a long due trip. Driving down from Kochi to Goa would be an exciting trip or so we thought and we did. No regrets as it was the most beautiful trip we ever undertook. Having decided on the place and the mode of transportation, it was now time to decide on a place to stay. Since Calangute is famous for its friendly nature, we were hell bent on staying on the beach side and visit other places of interest. I browsed through the internet for all kinds of stay on the beach and finally arrived at a place by the beach aptly named Casa Cubo by the beach and without any hesitation I booked it online for it looked cozy and within our budget. Reviews online proved me right. It was the perfect stay we desired and Mr. Dominic, the owner was the perfect host. If at all we plan another trip to Goa, this is the only place we’ll stay in. We began our journey with a last minute booking and jump onboard friends Rani and Shaji towards Goa with Google Maps as our trusted companion.
A brief stop over at Vadagara for breakfast and a nostalgic lunch at our longtime friend’s place and a good dinner at Royal Dine, night halt at Bekal Palace hotel in Kasaragod saw us resting ourselves before the next leg of the journey.
As we set out we looked online for breakfast places we chanced upon Karthik on the highway side and decided to go in by the ord of a person standing right in front of the hotel, it was just a two day old hotel and oh boy we haven’t eaten such soft idlis or such a yummy kesari bath, and going by the recommendations of Rocky and Mayur of the show Highway on my Plate, we decided on Amrut Restaurant at Karwar for lunch and oh boy! What a good stop over for lunch, really tasty food. Happy and tummy full, we continued on our journey to a Goa, reaching Goa by sunset. Since we reached a day earlier we checked into Chalston for a night, enjoyed the beach, visited the Saturday Nite Bazaar, had dinner from Souza Lobo and headed back to hit the bed.
The next morning saw us check into Casa Cubo by the beach, had breakfast and set out to Bom Jesus Basilica. Lunch was at Ritz Classic, a famous place in Panjim, and retired for a short and comfortable nap. Evening, it was back to the sun, sand and sea..dinner was enjoyed at Infantaria, close to where we stayed.
The second day in Goa saw us visiting Anjuna Beach, Dona Paula, enjoying its beauty, had lunch and got back to rest a while before we headed to the beach. Dinner was enjoyed with live music by Lui at Brittos restaurant on Baga Beach side. Perfect dining place and an evening out.
The third day saw us have breakfast at Infantaria, head towards Morjim beach which is famous for its nesting site of Olive Ridley turtles. As we reached there we realized that foreigners visited this beach and that’s why we didn’t see any of them at calangute or Anjuna. Took in the beauty of this beach and on our way back had lunch at Anand Seafood restaurant in Anjuna and came back to rest and while and then head back to the beach in the evening. Dinner had to be at Brittos restaurant for we liked the food the previous night and also the live music.
The following morning we headed back towards Calicut for a nights stay over at our relatives place, enjoyed their hospitality, dinner from Athaminte chayakada, ice cream from Ibaco and hit the bed as we had been on the road for 16 hours straight with a brief stop over at Udupi cafe in Karwar for breakfast and at Karthik in Udupi for lunch. Both the eat outs are worth it. Driving back to Kochi we stopped over at Tonico Cafe for a coffee each and reached back home truly satisfied from a trip worth remembering. A trip of a lifetime. Kudos to my husband who drove us up and down without a complaint. Our good friends for their excellent and entertaining company and our host Mr. Dominic for a safe and conformable stay in Goa.
Goa, we are coming back again.
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