Adventures in Goa

Author: Katie Walsh
Published: 9th January 2017

So for Christmas this year, my adventures started on 18th Dec in Goa. My carriage awaited at Goa airport - my boyfriend on a Royal Enfield! I jumped on the back and we headed south to a beautiful beach called Palolem.

The beach is featured as the Goan residence of Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) in the film The Bourne Supremacy (2004). A tropical paradise coastline, encrusted with brightly coloured bungalows, swaying palm trees, dolphins, boat trips, banyan trees, breathtaking sunsets and a chilled-out vibe.

All across Goa you’ll come across roaming wild cows. The cow is a sacred animal in the Hindu religion and are considered companions of Hindu God Krishna. They are left free to roam at their own free will on the roads, beaches, even the bars, and if you try to move them or hurt one, chances are you’d get locked up.

The fun police

Weirdly they have a music curfew from 10.30 every night - but if you hit the right bar on the right night they may well have paid off the local police so they could play their music. A definite air of corruption was apparent here.

The police ethos tends to be bribes, fines and protection rackets, which is a real shame for the locals as they have no one to turn to for help. We went to an open air night club one night and only an hour into us arriving, just as the dance floor was booming, the police drove onto the dance floor and shut the music down. South Goan police - AKA the fun police!

New Year in the north

So after a week of chilling right out we ventured up to North Goa to Anjuna Beach - party central with a hippy twist. Anjuna is world-famous for its trance parties held on the beach during the tourist season. Not as pretty as the South but just as interesting and exciting in it’s own right.

We made more use of the motorbike here visiting old crumbling Portuguese forts with amazing views of the coastline, and travelled to different beaches and flea markets. The night market is worth a visit - it comes alive around 11pm, with its vibrant stalls, street food, live music and bars until the early hours.

The build-up up to the new year is the most celebrated period in Goa. With locals travelling from Delhi and Mumbai, the place certainly took on a whole different vibe! What once were relatively quiet beaches and roads turned into party central with every beach bar boasting as many genres of dance music you can imagine, and crazy busy busy busy roads that resembled organised chaos in a wacky races style. Surprisingly not a lot of accidents happen, the chaos kind of works if you roll with it. The Goan motto..... Go-an, just roll with it :)

All in all an amazing experience. Happy New Year!

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