Planning a Holiday? One place on your list would most likely be GOA if you are looking for a little bit of party. Being one of the union territories of India, Goa is known for its tax-free alcohol which itself a great spot to go to if you want to spend a little bit less( that doesn’t mean that nothing else is!). I have been to Goa quite a few times, but I would like to talk about the time I went to Goa during the monsoons, a bike ride and solo!
I will be honest riding during the monsoon is not a great idea. It has its positives and negatives, and if you think that is a crazy thing to do well I would agree with you! But I nevertheless went ahead with the plan to ride and solo. My starting point would be Bangalore at about 3.30am. I decided to take the Bangalore – Pune highway since that seemed to be the fastest route, but what I didn’t know was that most of the road after Tumakuru was under construction with sharp speed breaks in between which didn’t have any warnings. This can be particularly dangerous and made the trip painfully slow.
The best part of the ride and the more difficult were the western ghats(I call it the “ghats section”). Long rides through forests, fog-covered roads at one in the afternoon! The time I realized how scary the route was when a boulder had fallen By the side of the road. But through all the terrain the RE Himalayan pulled through! Needed a bit of maintenance and cleaning after reaching Goa.
I booked a hostel at Calangute, quite close to the beach and since it was GOA had a pleasant lunch and then took to the beach! where I spent the evening with a friend and then spent the night drinking. It was regularly raining there and then pausing for a little while which meant going out was a difficult task. Something unique was that I went to the beach in a raincoat on!
During the two days stay in Goa we visited Calangute Beach, Baga Beach, Anjuna, Morjim and Ashwem Beach. The second day was just beach hopping in the rain! Rough weather made it dangerous to enter the water on the beach, but Morjim was relatively calm. Just be careful, even if I didn’t dip my phone in the water it got socked and didn’t turn on the next day. This was bad for me since I needed to ride back, due to which I bought a basic phone just in case of an emergency.
My return took me trough some senenic routes but took much longer since it was about a 100Km more and since I had started late. This route took me through Kanwar, Gokarna, Jog Falls, Shivamogga, Tumakuru Bangalore. But since I didn’t have enough time on hand I didn’t stop to take pictures. Since it had rained the day before the route was surrounded with thick greenery, especially during the ghats just before Jog falls. Jog falls is the second-highest falls in India, even if I didn’t stop to see the falls I could see the mist of the spray of water created by the falls. I reached home at about midnight satisfied and with a sense of accomplishment.