My 4 days of travel experience in Goa during March 2015

Let me share my travel experience in Goa during March 2015. It covers the details about overall travelling plan, hotel stay at Renzos Inn, tourist spots like various beaches, churches and spice plantation.

Goa is one of the most attractive places to visit in India. This small state is famous for its beautiful beaches and has many other tourist attractions like forts, spice plantations and museums. Many Bollywood movies like Dil Chahta Hai, Hasina Maan Jayegi, Golmaal, Singham, Rangeela, Jalwa, Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa etc. were shot here. Goa's primary revenue comes from tourism industry and due to this fact, Goa is now one of the fastest developing states in terms of GDP.

See: Dudhsagar Waterfalls

My Goa trip - Planning

We started thinking about this trip sometime in February 2015. Any trip planning involves choosing the tour duration, dates of travel, hotel selection and method of travel. We finalized the trip dates - from 23 March to 27 March. One of the big tasks in any travel is to find ideal and affordable hotel with good facilities which gives value for your money. We chose 'Trivago' website though which we found that goibibo provides some good deals for hotels in Goa. After a lot of research, we choose Hotel "Renzos Inn", Calangute, Goa (North Goa).

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We booked the hotel through Goibibo Android application, which gave us hotel booking facility with "go cash", a virtual money given by Goibibo (= Rs 1000). This made our hotel cost pretty low. There are many ways to reach Goa, and we preferred to travel by train (To and Fro). As I live in Surat, we chose Train No: 19260 BVC KCVL EXP (Bhavnagar to Kochuveli). As the departure from the Surat was around 3.35 pm, majority of our journey times spent during the night time. We reached the Thivim station around 8.30 am (2.5 hours late). Our return journey was in Train No: 22907 MAO HAPA SUP EX (Madgaon to Hapa). Overall our journey was smooth and enjoyable.

Also check this article: Review of Trip38 - a mobile App for travel management

Hotel Stay at Goa

We stayed in "Renzos Inn" hotel, near to Calangute beach, North Goa. The hotel had very good room service. Hostel staff were very nice and supportive. They provided us local vehicle facility at affordable rates. We do not have any complaints regarding our stay at hotel. The hotel itself is very clean and well maintained.

Read: Review of Maizons Lakeview Resort, Goa

Our first day of vacation in Goa

On the very first day, we decided to visit an old church which is Basilica of Bom Jesus. We hired a guide who explained us the history behind church and old Goa city. He also gave some brief information about St. Francis Xavier related to Basilica of Bom Jesus. It was a really nice experience to be at this holy place.
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Guest Author: Sarang Kumar09 Jun 2016

Goa has now become a hub for partying and drugs. Anyways, nice to know genuine tourists finds this place interesting. Goa has many tourist places apart from beaches. We have hills, forts and waterfalls which attracts thousands of tourists. BtW, how was your view regarding the way the locals welcome tourists?

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