Goa for the luxury traveler- South Goa

DAY 1 

Cola Beach is one of Goa’s finest beaches, the sand is soft and the water clear. There are a few rocks in the sea here and there but otherwise it’s a calm little beach with plenty of good swimming depth and if you’re lucky, you might have an encounter with dolphins. The gorgeous freshwater lagoon is as inviting as a softy on a hot humid day. An absolute favourite of all the visitors here, the lagoon sees more swimmers in action than the sea itself at Cola. A perfect spot to laze around all day in an inflatable lounger! The Blue Lagoon is a lovely little shack with a panoramic view of the beach.

After sunset, head towards Palolem, and have a funky dinner at Chez Maman. Chef Phillipe has built the dining room with his own hands including a wall made of bottles and only a few tables. You get a choice of fish, pasta and a vegetarian option all prepared by Chef Phillipe based on what is fresh and locally available.

If it’s a party you’re looking for, head towards Neptune Point at Palolem and look for a Silent Noise Party. Deep down south away from the maddening crowds, this is a ‘silent’ movement which takes place every Saturday night. A unique concept event that counters the 10pm ban on amplified music through headphones, the scene here is sublime. Enter Neptune Point and what you see is a sea of people dancing away but you don’t hear the music. Little red, green and blue lights flash through the headphones, the DJs look like they’re busy spinning music but…not a sound! And that’s the beauty of it.

Day 2

There is simply no better way to enjoy Goa than by frolicking in the water. Enjoy exploring the fascinating Sal river, sometimes referred to as the Mississippi of Salcete Taluka. The Sal backwaters are one of Goa’s unseen parts. Navigating this river is a delightful experience. Only accessible by kayak, this ecosystem is something which is experienced by only the lucky few. Enjoy river fishing, angling, crabbing, riverside village life, backwater photography, bird watching or just cruising down the small tributaries. Birdwatchers can enjoy the opportunity to see over forty species of different birds including four types of kingfishers and a host of cormorants, drongos, herons, egrets and waterfowl. Even if you’re not interested in bird-watching, a lazy, up and down paddle on flat waters is something you must see and experience in Goa. Nothing beats the unbound serenity of an early morning paddle down the calm waters.

If this excursion has worked up an appetite for you, we have just the place you need to be at. Martin’s Corner holds a venerated place amongst eateries in Goa. Situated in the village of Betalbatim in South Goa, it is the place where you’ll surely get your xacuttis and vindaloos done to perfection. The restaurant, which has walls adorned by works of Mario Miranda, combines the distinctive laid back culture of Goa with simple soulful cuisine.

In case you are missing out on some buzz and activity, a few hours at Cavelossim can more than make up for it. A busy beach, Cavelossim is a long stretch with a lot of shacks, water sports and tourists from Europe and India. A favorite haunt of the British, the beach has a loyal fan following and many great resorts to choose from. A good shopping area, Cavelossim has the only big mall, Saga, in the south. For trinkets and souvenirs there are tiny little shops by the dozen all along the road, so if you’re one of those who has to shop on a holiday then this is the place to be. A must-do in Cavelossim is also water-sports.

With an enviable location at a marina next to the River Sal, service that’ll pamper your every need and award winning food, the Fisherman’s Wharf shines on Goa’s southern coast. As you walk in, you will be greeted by a display of the freshest seafood available (you may pick what you wish to eat!). The restaurant serves multiple cuisines including Continental, Chinese, North Indian and Goan, seafood being their specialty. The food is best complimented with their famed margarita, or a bottle from the 200 odd different types of wines they house. Music is always in the air at the Wharf with a different band performing each night.

Image Credits: The Unruly Traveler

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Author: Planet Goa Team
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