This was the second day of our crazy seven days long ride when we decided to ride from Bangalore to Delhi for Diwali. We tried to document our experiences, road conditions and challenges in the whole journey. You can also read about Day 1 of our journey here or click the picture below.
We started our day early and left the hotel at Marvanthe to witness sunrise over the river. Major construction work was going on this stretch of NH66, unlike stretch in Kerala, to widen the road which is a part of the initiative by Transport Ministry. I must say that in spite of few bad stretches and construction work, the ride from Marvanthe to Goa was real fun and very scenic.
There are two major places to visit enroute to Goa: Muradeshwara, popular for the iconic shiva statue and splendid Gokarna. A few months back, when we went to Goa in August, I deliberately included Muradeshwara in our trip to save time on this bike trip. As we had already visited Muradeshwara and Gokarna really deserves a separate trip, we skipped these and headed directly towards Goa.
“Welcome to Goa” signboard: there couldn’t be a better place to click our Day 2 selfie. We parked our bike and while I setup our Gopro, Anu made use of colored chalks on the slate. Road condition improved significantly once we crossed this board and entered into Goa. Riding from South Goa to North is real fun, all those curvy roads, small villages filled with crazy tourists and one alcohol shop after every 100 m.
Cabo De Rama
Our first destination, recommended by another biker friend, in Goa was Cabo De Rama, which is a very old fort in South Goa maintained by ASI. You don’t need a GPS to ride from South Goa to Panaji but have to carefully look for a diversion from the main road for the fort. The diversion leads to a nice scenic stretch of 2-3 kms with wide fields on both sides and finally fort at the end.
It was very small as compared to Agoda and Chapora fort in North Goa but offers an amazing view. As the place is little unknown, there were very less number of tourists around.
When you reach Goa, suddenly the urge for a tea break gets replaced by a beer. We reached Panaji around 2:30 pm and we were damn hungry. We stopped at a random restaurant on the highway. It was a nice descent family restaurant and I felt little awkward to order a beer. I asked a waiter, “Is it ok to have a beer here?” and his reply was amazing, “Sirji, Goa Hai … yahan nahi to kahan ?”. So, after having a lunch and BEER break, we managed to reach Arambol by 4:30 pm.
We booked a place very close to the beach as the plan was to do nothing. It was really hard to find the place as we were going on those narrow streets filled with tourists. I must say, we were skeptical about the place at the very first look of the narrow street which leads to the guesthouse (Claytopia). But the owner was very friendly and room was clean with awesome shower. Later we realized that the place is just behind the shack which means beach was 10 steps away from our room. This was the first time we stayed so close to a beach and we loved it.
First Time at Arambol
We had been to Goa at least 7 times and I accept that every single time, we stayed near Baga beach. We simply love the party ambience and craziness at Baga Beach. We decided to explore Arambol beach in this trip as firstly we couldn’t afford a party hangover in the trip and secondly we wanted to try a new place in Goa to make this trip different. We loved Arambol at first sight, it was very clean and the ambience was very different than Baga with very less Indian crowd. We went for a nice evening stroll followed by a dinner at a shack.
300 km of an amazing ride, an evening stroll on one of the greatest beach of Goa, great sunset, good music and beer concluded our Day 2.