Palolem, Patnem and more.
30.12.2016 - 04.01.2017 35 °C
Tuesday 2nd January 2017
As I sit eating my poached eggs on toast (that's right - its not just curry for breakfast, lunch and dinner) overlooking the unspoilt sea,I think over what the last few days have been like. Here's a summary of our trip so far.
The beaches are beautiful! They swirl along the coast in one long stretch of golden sand. This meant the fireworks on New Years Eve were spectacular. At midnight all the locals and tourists crowd the beach and let off fireworks all along the coast. Fire lanterns fly through the air while everyone dances and sings the night away.
During the day people leisurely make their way along the beach and we can choose from the busier Palolem or the quieter Patnem, the next beach over. The sea makes a beautiful ripcurl each time it laps the shore. This slow paced way of life is a perfect start to our trip after a busy Christmas period and the chaos that planning for a long trip creates.
This morning we bagged ourselves an early morning ride on a boat to see the dolphins. Our boat consisted of just us and two drivers. We watched a mother and her calf jump around a mere 10 feet from the boat. It was an incredible sight to see! We stopped off at Butterfly Beach where we had the beach to ourselves. Although it's high season here it's still quiet in comparison to usual beach holidays.
Another highlight was Rahul's Cookery Course where we were introduced to the fantastic Indian cuisine. It was great fun and the food was divine, creating chappati bread on an open flame was the highlight.
In such a short amount of time we've learnt lots about what to do and what not to do. The people here are so welcoming and friendly, happy to chat and pleased to invite you into their way of life.
Tomorrow we're planning a trip to Goas formal capital or 'old Goa' and the spice market. The day after we plan to haggle our way around Anjuna market (we've discovered we really enjoy haggling) and that will finish our time here.
Looking onwards, and having spoken to a local over breakfast, we have decided to change our trip. Next stop for us is Hampi (as per our route) followed by Mysuru. After that we've now gone off piste- Kerala is where we'll be, it sounds too good to miss.
First impressions are amazing and it still hasn't settled in. Expect a blog from Hampi. Happy New Year everyone!
Love Sus and Rob xxx