We had the good fortune to indulge in a collective dream recently when 5 of us (close friends from college who bonded over inane engineering subjects, thin wallets, night outs and failed one sided infatuations) went on a road trip from Cochin to Goa.
In spite of the many paths and cities life has taken us to, the 5 of us have stood the vagaries of time and chance. So after 12 years, all of us got together and we set off on a boys-only road trip, to relive past glories and follies and make new memories.
Cochin to Goa is 760 km by road and we made a few pit stops starting with Thrissur Engineering College(where it all began 12 years ago), Mallapuram, Kasargod, Bekal, Udupi and Murudeshwar.
Goa is a many-splendoured wonder, ridden with the touristy beach spots and little known isolated stretches in equal measure, culture rooted in a colonial past but breaking forth to live upto the tag line of ‘party town’ and an innate ability of the locals to welcome one and all into its fold. Its streets are peppered with boho chic boutiques, quirky eateries dishing out local or ethnic fare and the quintessential shops selling stuff from souvenirs to summery beach wear.
Fort Aguada with its lighthouse on Sinquerim beach is as much a historical landmark as it is site offering a plethora of photo ops for the keen photographic eye.
The Our lady of the Immaculate conception church with its colonial Baroque style Portuguese architecture looks spectacular from the inside.
Thalassa was hands down the crown jewel of all the eateries that we tried. It is an unabashedly Greek eatery perched on a hill overlooking Vagator beach serving authentic Greek food and an ambiance worthy of a Greek taverna in Santorini.
Thalassa also provides accommodation for those who can’t have enough of their restaurant. It also houses Flame, a boutique offering bohemian oomph and style owned by designer Martino Caramia.
Cream choc in Anjuna is Goa’s first gelataria offering cold stone gelatos and also giving you the freedom to make your own flavours-a must try!
Baba au Rhum (not featured in pictures below), also in the Anjuna belt, is another must-visit for their easy breakfast and lunches. Their wood fired pizzas and croissants baked in-house are well worth the visit.
There’s more to Goa than the ubiquitous and easily available cheap liquor or Sunburn or touristy vibes that emanate from all the hot spots. Indeed, if you know where to look, or are willing to get lost exploring, Goa is all heart and soul with something for everybody.
Where to eat
Thalassa – Small Vagator, Ozran, Goa – India
Baba Au Rhum – House No. 1054, Sim Vaddo, Anjuna, Bardez, Goa
Cream Choc – Near Our lady Of Health Chapel Complex, Mazal Waddo, Anjuna, Goa
Pictures shot on Canon 5D Mark II & iPhone
Processed on Aperture, Pixelmator, VSCO, Snapseed