This is the day - 3 of my visit to Goa where we explored one of the pristine beaches of South Goa and savored authentic Goan cuisine. If you haven't read previous day post then do check it out as well.
Woke up at 9.30 in the morning and the only motivation to get up was the complimentary breakfast which closes by 10. After breakfast, we got ready and checked out at 11.30 am. We kept our luggage in the storeroom and decided to visit Betalbatim beach which is just half km from our stay.
|Best of the Beach: White sand and beautiful surroundings makes up for a perfect photo|
|All about last night|
Betalbatim Beach: If you just want to relax while in Goa, put up your feet in a sunbed, enjoy your continental and Konkani food, and drinks, then Betalbatim is the beach for you. Unlike most Goa beaches that are lined up with palm trees, this beach has numerous pine trees along the shoreline. Betalbatim is known for its clean golden sand and beautiful surroundings. Tourists who prefer quieter beaches often choose Betalbatim over its more crowded neighbor, Colva. The beach gently slopes down to the Arabian Sea so it's safe for swimming but we were not prepared to get into the water.
|One day I wish to backpack like this and explore the world|
|Clean golden sand beach with zero thrash.|
|The beach gently slopes down to the Arabian Sea making it a very safe beach to swim |
|Collecting seashells is the most interesting thing to do at beach.|
|Kids take group selfies but only legends put their DSLR on a tripod and take a group pic.|
We did spend some time doing a photoshoot until 1 pm. It was extremely sunny and hot. We had plans to visit a couple of places but because it was extremely hot we decided to visit a restaurant and go out only after 4 pm. At this point, we realized that the best thing to do in Goa in the afternoon time is to stay home and explore beaches either in the morning or in the evening. Dex had this amazing restaurant in mind called Martin's corner which is a great place to relish Goan cuisine and seafood.
|Nature is exhibiting its art through the clouds painted on the sky|
Martin's corner: This is a famous family-run restaurant which grew out of a small shop that was set up with four tables about 20 years ago. Pleasant retro music and the aroma of Goan cooking filled the air. We savored authentic Goan seafood which tickled our taste buds.
|A must visit place if you are visiting the South Goa.|
After a scrumptious lunch, we returned to the hotel to collect our luggage at 4 pm. Our flight was at 9.50 pm, we had around 5 hours left to explore the Goa. The best plan was to visit the attractions near the central Goa so that we would be roaming close to the airport.
|Tasting Goan food with lovely ambiance and live music |
Churches of Goa: There are a countless number of churches in Goa among them Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Panjim is one of the most famous church. The double flights of steps that zigzag across the hillside gives it a distinctive appearance. True to its name, the facade of this church is painted an immaculate, sparkling white. The church is so much photogenic that it has been featured in numerous movies and TV shows.
There are many casinos on the cruises just opposite to this church. Since none of us had any knowledge about gambling, we stayed away from it. After this, we decided to visit Dona Paula which became very famous after the movie Singam.
|Can you remember which all movies were shot at this location?|
Dona Paula: Dona Paula is frequented by the locals and tourists. It was extremely crowded and chaotic. It is a one-time visit kind of place and even if you miss it, it's ok.
After spending 10 minutes we headed back to the airport at 8 pm. Called up the bike rental guy who collected the bikes back and gave back the original documents which we had deposited for security. After killing some time outside the airport we boarded the flight and reached Bangalore at 11 pm. Everyone reached our respective home at 12.30 am.
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