A Solo Tryst with Enchanting Goa - Part II

By Saumitra Shinde

Continued from Part I

So after an eventful Day 1 I headed to Old Goa and Olalium on Day 2.

Goa is a land of vibrancy,  every few kilometre you will find something new,  so imagine the possibilities of experiencing contrasting things in a day. Well, the second day was one such day. Old Goa is where every history lover can spend hours admiring the beauty of the ancient structures. Also, it is a heaven for photographers & budding architects.   
Church of St. Cajetan, Old Goa 

Basilica Of Bom Jesus, Old Goa
The beautiful Se Cathedral, Old Goa

After spending some time roaming in Old Goa, I set off towards Olaulim for some adventure,which was the most elevating & memorable part of the entire solo trip. 

A road through the villages of Goa

Olaulim is a beautiful village in Bardez & an ideal location for a summer holiday. Looking at its beautiful landscape & the surrounding greenery one can truly imagine the lushness of Olaulim during monsoon. I headed to a place called “The Olaulim Backyard” which I found out about through my interactions with a travel blogger on Social Media. Olaulim Backyard was the perfect place for me to be, given the adventure I was seeking. One experiences the authentic rural Goa on his way to this beautiful farm house which is on the banks of a private lake.
So with a few handy tips from the owners I set out in my kayak. Believe me, it was the best workout I’ve ever had! Imagine yourself grueling it out in middle of a pond watching the sunset and admiring the nature. 

View from the kayak

Kayaking not only tested my physical abilities but also my mental strength. After kayaking in the lake for a while I stopped pedaling and kept floating across the lake with the water current. It was really peaceful to see the Sun go down & look back at the memories I had made in the last two days.

Day 3 – The day I did nothing
Well I don't regret saying that I did nothing on my last day because this was what I wanted to do before I left for Mumbai. I woke up late that morning, enjoyed the complimentary breakfast at my hotel & took an appointment for a soothing head massage. For adding some more adventure to my trip & not making the day boring I headed to Calangute beach for Para-Gliding and then headed to Baga beach to catch the sunset.

I watched the Sun till the very end & relived the moments that I had experienced in the last two days. That evening my journey didn’t end but gave birth to umpteen new possibilities & experiences.
The mesmerizing Sunset!


AUTHOR BIO -  Saumitra is a content writer by profession & an aspiring travel blogger. After reading inspiring stories of travel bloggers, he has developed a strong urge to travel & explore the world on his own & break free from the shackles of the mundane lifestyle.You can follow him on Twitter at SaumitraShinde and on Instagram at saumitra2211


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