Goa, November 2003

Paradise is Goa and everything that we'd heard, read and seen about it was far surpassed, when we spent a two week fully inclusive holiday at the Cidade-de-Goa Holiday Resort in Central Goa during November 2003.

Click here to take a look at my pictures from several days spent on the Konkan Railway. 

 

Anjuna Beach.....Flea Market

The Anjuna Flea Market is held each Wednesday adjacent the glorious beach some twenty miles north of our holiday resort and is an excellent place to find holiday souvenirs.

Glorious Beach
Flea Market viewed from the beach
     
Cidade-de-Goa Holiday Resort

Cidade-de-Goa is probably the finest holiday resort in Central Goa and is situated on the Vainguinim Beach overlooking the Arabian Sea. Take a look at the exotic facilities offered by the Cidade-de-Goa Holiday resort by clicking here. Three of their lovely mermaids feature on the image to the left as they prepare for sunset over the Arabian Sea.

Here are a selection of images taken from inside the resort.  

 
Sunset through the palms Dona Paula through the palms Boat on the beach Sunset over Dona Paula
       
The pool What a Menu! Layout of the resort Beach in front of the resort
       

...And not forgetting the Hospitality Staff.

       
Ashwini Augustine and Alison who kept me suitably refreshed at the poolside bar with "Augustine Special Palm Fenni - Firewater" Lareina James the Bellboy
 
Dona Paula

Dona Paula is situated two miles along the Vainguinim Beach towards the Arabian Sea and is visible from the Cidade-De-Goa Holiday Resort. Excellent sunset pictures can be taken from the tower at the end of the head.  

 
Sunset over the Arabian sea without the mermaids Overlooking Vainguinim Beach Dona Paula Sunset over the Arabian Sea
 
Dudhsagar Waterfalls

Fantastic Waterfall some 600m high with the Konkan Railway passing across. The Waterfall can only be accessed by road using a 4x4 for the last 12km. There's plenty of monkeys about so bring plenty of Bananas.  

 
Monkey 12km to Dudhsagar by 4x4 600m high Beautiful
 
Goan People

Here's a selection of pictures of Goan people and in most cases a small payment of 40Rb was made for the privalege.  

 
A couple of elephant trainers

 

A lovely lady with her three children awaiting a train at Margao station
       
These women were taking a short cut along the track to the market and were tough negotiators before they allowed me to take the pictures

 

Spent twenty minutes haggling with this lady for a couple of bags at the Anjuna Market and she threw in the pictures for the price.
       
Uuh. Indian punk rocker or should I say a Rajistan lady This lady was making tea at Anjuna Market and asked for double the price to take the pictures This tramp was loitering around Margao station and gladly accepted some money for the picture These guys didn't want to miss out either
 
Jungle Book

Spent a night sleeping in a pretty basic mudhut with lethal electrics in the jungle and enjoyed a one and one half hour gruelling jungle walk to the magnificent and relatively unknown Surla Waterfall some 400m high. At the camp there were four elephants and some bullocks giving rides. Great fun eh.  

 
Mudhut reception Julia having an elephant ride Elephants bathing and giving free showers to the punters
       
The infamous mudhuts - never again!
 
Kola Beach

Kola Beach in South Goa was the setting for a romantic castaway night sleeping on the beach in a superior tent. The beach was deserted except for several fishing boats that returned the following morning with their catches. From the beach one could view dolphins and other fish leaping out the water and eagles hovering overhead. The sunset was stunning.

       
Our Tent Dining area View from the beach Sunset
       
Horizontal palm Tremendous undercurrent Fishermans boat Cove
       
Bringing the boat in Crab Lobster Pulling the nets
 
Mandovi River

Iron Ore is Goa's biggest money spinner followed by tourism.  Iron Ore is mined in the mountains and conveyed by road, barge and railway to the large ships waiting at Vasco-de-Gama docks and anchored off the Arabian Sea for export to Japan.

       
Loaded Iron Ore Empty iron Ore Loaded iron Ore Sunset
 
Surla Waterfall

The magnificent Surla Waterfall accessed by a gruelling one and one half hour walk from Jungle Book.

       
 
400m Fall  
 

Taxi Service

Gerald Ferandes - This mans a must for all your jaunts out the holiday resort. Not the fastest driver in the world but he'll recommend and take you to all the sights and shopping outlets in Goa for a mere  £12.50 per day. Send him a message by contacting him at gf4685@ladiffmail.com or give him a ring on his mobile at 942 263 9004.

 

 
Transportation

Well there's plenty to see in all shapes and sizes. Air conditioned coaches means mini fans fitted above the seat. Don't even think about hiring a car, its bloody dangerous out there and the Goan papers are riddled with death crashes.

       
Heaps with a very throaty roar Local taxi....
       
Good paint jobs, look colourful Like the axle paint job Three wheeled goods vehicle