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Old 29th June 2010, 14:26   #136
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I was thinking that, next time Lalu would stop over at your mom's place and consume another KG of prawns..
No problem, she is not finding a suitable prey since the time I moved to Bangalore (to stuff food till mouth....sometimes I run away telling enough enough thinking my stomache would break ) . Infact when my dad was planting Rambutan I told him about Lalu's fruit orchard in Bangalore .
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Laluks

Great write up and very good detailing ra.

Good pictures as well. Tell me something, did u write it on ur laptop as and when u stopped your car or wa sit written after you completed the trip?

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I was thinking that, next time Lalu would stop over at your mom's place and consume another KG of prawns..
Good idea!

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Oh ye, whole week I have been feasting on fishes !

Its not that I dont love the rains and the beaches. But a shining sun and the beach makes a perfect combination to me ! hey, will the shacks be still open, i thought they all break it down and bring it up during the next season ???
I presume the shacks will be there, Whenever I went, our favourite shacks were always functional.

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No problem, she is not finding a suitable prey since the time I moved to Bangalore (to stuff food till mouth....sometimes I run away telling enough enough thinking my stomache would break ) . Infact when my dad was planting Rambutan I told him about Lalu's fruit orchard in Bangalore .
jacs, your mom will love me, for I love food. And the way i'd be hogging it down, she'll just love feeding me more.

Rambutaan - I need to visit anyways now

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Great write up and very good detailing ra.
Good pictures as well. Tell me something, did u write it on ur laptop as and when u stopped your car or wa sit written after you completed the trip?
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Thanks Subs.
Came back home and relived the trip by logging it for you guys
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@ laluks: Just wanted to say a warm thank you to you for this travelogue, which formed a good reference for our own trip (Hawk-on-fours on a pan-India tour: Delhi-Mumbai-Goa-Manipal-Coorg-Kolkata-Delhi) which was done this month, partly covering this region. Your travelogue is tempting enough for us to plan to go back some day soon!
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@ laluks: Just wanted to say a warm thank you to you for this travelogue, which formed a good reference for our own trip (Hawk-on-fours on a pan-India tour: Delhi-Mumbai-Goa-Manipal-Coorg-Kolkata-Delhi) which was done this month, partly covering this region. Your travelogue is tempting enough for us to plan to go back some day soon!
Thanks SS. I am getting impatient day by day to drive out too.
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Life has been very hectic these days. So what happens when you burn yourself out - you crave to chill out. Where else than GOA?

Thus an impulsive trip to Goa happened on the last weekend. The trip was almost the third trip back to Goa in the last two years

We get connected to Goa just like that!

So here's the Trip 4 log, yes I know the other log is pending - that'll take some time :(

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Default Civved : GOA (Baga, Chapora and Morjim) and AMBOLI Ghats

Trip 4

Impulsive trip to our favourite BAGA beach, GOA (Civved : BAGA)


Bangalore - Belgaum - Ponda - BAGA - Mapusa - Sawantwadi - Amboli - Belgaum - Bangalore.

1375Kms, 4 Days (07/10/2010 - 10/10/2010)


We've been through the following routes to Goa previously.

1) Haveri - Sirsi - Devimane Ghats - Karwar -Goa
2) Mangalore - Karwar - Goa
3) Shimoga - Jog - Goa
4) Yellapur - Ankola - Goa
5) Amboli - Sawantwadi - Goa...

We wanted to try another one this time, so the Londa Ponda route was selected. We wanted to return to Amboli, so that got selected as the return route.

Destination - BAGA, and our favourite Chapora fort and Morjim Beach.

Itinery - Eat as much seafood as possible and be in the sea or swimming pool.

Civvy needs a holiday too. So the idea is to Park Civvy at the resort, and get back to her only on the fourth day for return.



Here's a route map of the circuit we took this time - Belgaum to Belgaum


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From Ponda instead of heading to Panjim, I went to Verna. Civvy had some issues with her brakes and had to be shown at the Honda Service. Coastal Honda was at Verna.

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Hi Lalu

How is the road condition between Belgaum-Khanapur-Londa-Ponda
and from Savantvadi-Amboli-Belgaum ?
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Day 01, 07 October 2010
Bangalore - Belgaum - Londa - Ponda - Verna - Panjim - BAGA

As all other trips, we started early in the morning from Bangalore. Plan was to leave by 02:00AM and catch breakfast by 10:00 at GOA. But some chores the previous day, made me to catch up some more sleep till 03:00, and off by 03:30AM we started rolling.

An uneventful drive for 6 hours on the NH saw us in Belgaum by 09:30AM. We stopped at Sankam for breakfast. At Rs 100 per person, the breakfast spread is good.

While parking near Sankam, I've noticed that there's a whining sound from the front left brake pads. It's already done 57K Kms, and it was almost worn out. Called up Honda One to One and got the information that the nearest service centres are in Hubli and Goa. Both are nearly a 100Kms away. The damages would be inevitable, so decided to head on straight to Goa. Honda by then already had arranged an appointment with Coastal Honda, Goa. They called back to check when we would reach. Pleasant co-ordination.

After a heavy breakfast / brunch we rolled by 11:00AM. A pleasant beautiful road all the way till Ponda. Green and cool. Occassional rough patches here there, and the curves and narrow roads slows down you a bit. But the drive was good, and the route has lot of photographic opportunities.

Since the brake pad issues were in mind, did not stop by for pictures enroute and reached the Service station at Verna by 13:30.

We were welcomed, and Civvy taken directly for the replacements. Very nice set of people. The Service station is big, some multilevel infrastructure. We were shown the customer lounge. It was an amazing place and kids directly jumped to the play area, wifey picked up some coffee and started reading, and me caught up with the world after a long time through their free wifi.

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By 15:30 Civvy was ready and we said good bye to the wonderful set of Honda guys and moved on to Panjim. Stopped by to see the traffic and crowd before taking on the bridge and proceeding to BAGA.

Eventually we reached BAGA by 18:00PM. We had taken a no frills Captain Lobo Beach Hide out for our stay. Has a pool, Baga beach is just 5 minutes walk, and has got a decent car park. Civvy comfortably parked, secured, we walked into our cottage/room.

Our Cottage for the stay
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Other cottages
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Small pray area
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Immediate freshening up, we were in BAGA beach for the evening. Spent almost 2 hours there before we returned for dinner at Colonia Santa Maria. Ambience was good, food was average. They do accept credit cards for a change.

Enjoyed a nice dinner till 23:30 and retired to bed.



@Star - The road conditions are OK. Belgaum to Ponda is patchy mostly and some potholes here there. The tree shadows make it little distracting. The other route is mostly good, except the curves on the ghats have some huge potholes.

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Old 20th October 2010, 09:42   #145
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Day 02, 08 October 2010
BAGA - Chapora - BAGA

A very lazy day. Woke up by 10:00. Decided to give breakfast a miss due to the heavy dinner. Walked upto the beach.

Huge crowd
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The lifeguard
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We want tattoos, at 20Rs its fun. They start from 200Rs
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Parasailing - I want to do that
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Waterscooter - I want to drive this
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Agreement done. Waterscooter being lowered into the sea for me
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Me watching with excitement
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Warming up the scooter
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That's me on the waterscooter
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The basic lessons being taught
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Had a funtime riding it. Since this is offseason, got to ride it myself and for a longer duration than the customary 2 minutes ride by them.
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Senior Power Puff Girl want to try now.
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A Fort being made in the sand
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Parasailing - That's me up there in that parachute
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After all the watersports and adrenaline rush we came back to the pool in the resort. The pool had only us and it helped us have some great family time together. We spend almost two hours in the pool.



By 15:00 we went to Colonia Santa Maria for lunch.

A small friendship over a cartoon
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After lunch we decided to take two scooters and ride around. I got two scooters immediately, and off we went.

Our Honda Dios
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ANJUNA BEACH

Our first destination was Anjuna, enroute Chapora / Vagator. Anjuna beach is a rocky beach, and not much there except for the flee market on certain days.


Who says Goa don't have an Ohm beach? Anjuna from an angle looks like one.
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Power Puff Girls at Anjuna
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Its very windy at Anjuna.
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Took some pictures and moved on to Chapora fort for the sunset views.

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Nice one Laluks. You need to start earning "miles and more" for ur frequent trips!

1 comment : I find all the snaps a bit low on brightness.
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As usual, nice write up and pics Laluks, waiting for the Chapora / Vagathor sunset pics now ! Goa never seizes to amaze !
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Nice one Laluks. You need to start earning "miles and more" for ur frequent trips!

1 comment : I find all the snaps a bit low on brightness.
. I wish I get some.
My RGB LED Screen is not yet calibrated properly. I am still using the default colour profiles. I need to do that soon. Probably that may be the reason for the brightness issue.

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As usual, nice write up and pics Laluks, waiting for the Chapora / Vagathor sunset pics now ! Goa never seizes to amaze !
You are absolutely right. Goa never seizes to amaze.
But yesterday only I returned from Poovar. Poovar is simply out of this world! and for us now there seems to be tug of war. Poovar is small, Goa is incredibly vast. But both are places to chill out.
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Lalu, again Goa? Oh! Man, Goa government should allow you subsidised accomodation being a frequesnt visitor. 20 bucks for tattoo is very reasonable, we haven't checked it thinking it would be costly!
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Lalu, again Goa? Oh! Man, Goa government should allow you subsidised accomodation being a frequesnt visitor. 20 bucks for tattoo is very reasonable, we haven't checked it thinking it would be costly!
. I wish!

They started with 200 and came down to 20 Some guys are arrogant, just ignore them. Some designs which are complex, might need some more payment. We took simple designs - dolphins and anchors!!

These are some fabric colours which stays for a few days. As long as it stays for our stay duration its fine for us.
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