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Goa tour by Jayne Middlemiss

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Jayne MiddlemissJayne Middlemiss experienced the beaches, culture and local wildlife of Goa in India. 

India isn’t hard to do on a budget and you can spoil yourself with an indulgent beach holiday in Goa without breaking the bank. The visa (which costs about £30), the jabs, and the 11-hour flight may be off putting for some… but this is a beautiful part of coastal India and well worth the pre-holiday preparations. The cultural influence of the Portuguese when they colonised the state centuries ago, plus the hippie invasion of the 1960s softens any potential culture shock for a first-time visitor to India.

Plenty of Beaches 

There are over 112.6km (70 miles) of beach in Goa – some are more crowded than others. Jayne’s local beach, Baga Beach, is popular with tourists and popular with anyone who has got something to sell. But you can have your own beach if you want to be alone. There are plenty, like Vagator, just five minutes from the hotel.

Hotel Lago Azul, Jayne’s accommodation, has two pools set amongst the rice fields and is very quiet. It exudes a strictly ‘positive’ energy zone, mainly thanks to the Reiki master there. For about £7 he’ll clean your aura and rid your space of nasty negative vibes.

Easy to get arround 

Transport in India is very cheap – it costs around £2 in a taxi from the hotel into Goa’s capital, Panjim, which takes about 40 minutes. For only around 2p, you can go by bus, which takes longer, or in a rickshaw for about 60p. In fact, you could get taxis every day, eat out for every meal and generally live like an extravagant holidaymaker for very little. Expect a budget of around £10 a day. Apart from on Wednesdays, that is, when it’s market day at Anjuna, a 15-minute drive from Baga. Take plenty of small change with you and brace yourself for lots of attention and bartering from stallholders.

Anjuna Beach is very popular, with a scene reminiscent of that in Ibiza. Raves were banned there in 2000 though, which officially means there’s no loud music after 10pm. But hanging out on the beach there after the sun goes down is still considered a major activity.

Alternative Accomodation 

After checking out the beach, Jayne headed off into the jungle. It takes 2½ hours on a coach (without air-conditioning) to get to one of the national parks east of Goa. The park’s set up for tourists who want to get to stay overnight in a jungle. Chalet accommodation, food and drink are all provided, but don’t expect many animal sightings. The food’s all prepared on site, so it’s very clean. Twice a day, you get the opportunity to clean the resident elephant!. The chalet, with its mud walls and earth floor, offers a comfortable bed, a bathroom with flushing toilet and a shower, plus a ceiling fan. The campsite has a 13th-century temple on its doorstep, where you can participate in some early morning yoga.

To round off her trip, Jayne took a romantic ride in a bamboo rice boat on Goa’s Mandovi River. The boat resembles a floating hotel with two storeys and four double rooms and you can stay on board for around £75 per person per night, with all meals included.

(courtesy: BBC.co.uk)

One Comment

  1. Hello,

    I’m trying to find somewhere to watch or download the documentary where Jayne went to India to talk with Yogis. I believe it was on channel 4.

    Please email me if someone knows where I can download or stream it!

    mark.mackay@hotmail.com

    Mark

    1. Mark Mackay on April 17th, 2012 at 6:58 pm

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