my last trip.
Where to stay in Goa, is the first question that I had to answer myself. There were plenty of choices such as Homestays, Lodges and Hostels. Hostels seemed to be relatively low in price compared to homestays and lodges, but I was not sure about the quality and cleanliness. My experiments as a solo traveller has started when I booked a hostel by name Bricks and Bamboo near Anjuna Beach for the first day of my trip.
How to reach Anjuna from Airport, is one more area for which I had to reach out to Quora and other websites. Most of the websites had mentioned about all the modes of transport but very few has mentioned about the timings of government road transport. There are buses from Dabolim airport to different parts of Goa with the last bus leaving from the airport at 6.30 PM. I landed in Goa at around 7.15 PM, instead of 6.15 PM, due to the delay in the flight departure in Hyderabad. There were many cab drivers who jumped onto me to offer a ride to North or South Goa. Excusing myself from the group of drivers, I stood aside and inquired a couple of drivers about the fare to North Goa for a single person on a shared basis. No one has quoted a price below Rs.800. I felt that to be a costly affair and started checking if there are any places where I could rent a bike, which is pretty common in Goa. I got to know that I have to reach one of the nearest cities Vasco or Panjim(Panaji) to hire a bike.
Reaching Panaji from airport at minimal cost was the challenge that I had then, one of the cab drivers helped me by telling me that I can just walk to the closest junction Chicalim and get a bus to Panjim from there. Chicalim junction is around 3 kilometers from the airport, I was offered a ride by a jeep driver to some distance and I walked the remaining. A bus had arrived in just 10 minutes and dropped me in Panjim city in 45 minutes. The fare for that bus is Rs.40, pretty low compared to the price quoted by the cab drives, right? I found a place very close to Panjim bus stand which provides bikes on rental basis. I hired an Activa for two days at Rs.325/day and thought I can decide what to do after those two days depending on my mood and my experience in those two days. Hiring a bike is a very simple procedure, you just have to provide a copy of your driving license and Rs.1000 as a deposit. Anjuna beach is a 40-minute drive from Panjim city. Had my dinner on the way and reach Bricks and Bamboo hostel around 10.30 PM.
|Bricks and Bamboo Hostel Goa|
|Road House Hostel Goa|
I started to Panjim city very early on the next day as I have to return the bike I hired, before 9 AM. After returning Activa, I hired a Bajaj Avenger as that would be convenient to drive 70 Kilometers to reach Palolem beach, located in South Goa. I booked Roadhouse hostel at Palolem beach the previous day. Palolem is like any typical Indian village with greenery and silence offering a warm welcome to the tourists. Roadhouse hostel is a cool place with trees outside the place and at a very close distance to the beach. As soon I saw the place, I booked it for the next day too. I don't think any degree of adjective can depict the joy and calmness that I experienced. Leaving the place was not easy as the greediness to