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Playing The Guide in Goa

Day 2

Most of Day 2 was spent in the pool at the hotel. One of the things on my to-do list is to learn swimming someday – it is one of those annoying things I SIMPLY haven’t managed to succeed even after 2 short attempts. We traveled to Anjuna Beach that day. At this point, I must mention that I had only once before ridden a scooty in my life before – and that was in a fit of disheveled intoxication. Over the next few days, I did manage to learn to ride a scooty with a pillion rider and mastered it.

Anjuna Beach has recently become more popular amidst young Indian travelers, thanks to being the venue for Sunburn – the largest Electronic Dance Music festival India sees every year for the past 4-5 years. Much before Sunburn arrived, Anjuna was frequented more by hippies (in the traditional sense) you could often find plenty of them smoking pot openly along the beach. During this particular visit, the beach was deserted…and beautiful. We took a long walk on the beach for an hour or so before we headed to Curlies – easily one of the most famous tourist joints in Goa. Curlies is a pub-cum-shack. The shack downstairs is a peaceful, cosmopolitan place where you will find regulars from several nationalities and cultures. The pub upstairs is a crazy scene with genuine psychedelic decor (neon lights and all that) and thumping electronic music every night. My friends being the sober, Bollywood-ish kind, we settled down in the shack area to a nice evening of cocktails, food and the IPL final on big-screen.

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  1. Good writing, I could almost feel and smell the crowdiness. What a frustrating train journey, but you write with such humour.

  2. Damn about that train ride – sounds like a wonderful place to visit.

  3. Sounds like a very interesting train ride. Your beach pictures are amazing. Good job playing the tour guide.

  4. Ooh love the beach photos! Train rides are such a great way to see the country but there’s always ups and downs which seems you’ve discovered. Just another part of traveling!

  5. I will be visting goa for the 1st time with my friends for 4 days & your post was very helpful, got a brief idea about the places & now i am dam excited to visit them.

    • mm

      I’m very happy to hear that Aayushi! If you want to dodge the crowd, you might want to consider a short visit to South Goa, especially Palolem; though at this time of the year, Goa is unlikely to be as crowded as it might have been last month! Good luck and let me know how it turned out for you 🙂

  6. Very well writen, ery informative and helpful. Planning to be there in last week of December and hope the enjoy the place you have experienced it.
    Thanks a lot.

    Keep writing good stuff like this.

    • mm

      Thanks Rahul. I’m very glad to hear you enjoyed reading this. December might be a little crowded, but if you manage to beat the tourist traps, there’s a special charm to Goa around Christmas time. Good luck, and let me know if you run into any of my pet-places 🙂

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