Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Goa Unplugged..........




Goa Unplugged……..

A time to experience apna Goa a little differently, ever wondered what Goa is beyond the beaches, seafood, water sports and night parties. “Goa goes through a beauty treatment during the monsoons”. With the beaches to risky to venture into all you can do is eat, drink party and sleep. Actually not a very bad thing to do, but we are sure you have done it many times in the past and will keep doing it every time a public holiday comes on either Friday or Monday. If you dare to look beyond and experience the other side of Goa here are a few options that you might want to try.

The islands of Chorao & Divar
Green, fertile, in the middle of Mandovi River: with areca nut plantations, coconut trees, paddy fields and many temples and churches. What Goa must have looked like when the Portuguese chanced upon it, it is here for you to discover. Surrounded by ferry’s which take you along with your bikes and cars to the island on all sides, here is where you can enjoy the real pleasure of cycling, driving and biking with great roads, paddy fields, churches, temples, Konkan rail all to be explored and photographed.

Netravali
Located in eastern Goa, Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary is a major attraction for nature-enthusiasts and wildlife lovers as well. Just few years back Netravali was declared a wildlife sanctuary by the government of Goa to protect its Western Ghat range. Here, you can spot wildlife like Black Panthers, Great Pied Hornbills, King Cobras, Giant Squirrels, and Slender Loris. Apart from these wildlife species, you can also see a number of other animals also.

Chorla Ghats
Located exactly on the north-eastern side of the Goa-Karnataka-Maharashtra boundaries, Chorla ghat is in fact a virtual paradise in the monsoon. Being a part of the Western Ghats and the Sahyadris, Chorla ghat boasts of a lush green deciduous forest spread all over its region. You will find not one, not two, but many waterfalls of different heights here and there. During monsoon roads tend to make a heavenly-looking passage, covered with thick fog all the time which keeps on swaying with the wind. Sometimes disappearing, sometimes showing up, the dusky route could keep you in ambiguity.

Restaurants which should not be missed  
Brittos Baga - Right on Baga Beach famous for fresh seafood and European selection 
Souza Lobo - Right on Calangute beach one of the oldest restaurants in Goa famous for the seafood and Goan food. 
Infantria - Right on Calangute - Baga road. An all day dining restaurant famous for its pastries, salads and European food 
Florentine - Right in Saligao on the Panjim Calangute route a restaurant famous among the Goans. The restaurant is particularly famous for its Chicken Cafreal and Caramel Custrad.
ALua - Right in Sangolda on the Panjim Calangute route. The ambience is of an old Portuguese house and the food is extremely delicious.
Dandeys – A restaurant with an unique menu for stakes, sizzlers and continental fusion food.