Monday, February 27, 2017

Weekend Getaway - Agonda Beach, South Goa

Growing up, I remember that weekends were something we kids looked up to, as it meant picnics, a visit to the beach, a fishing trip, or a long drive followed by Lunch in some interesting fur flung corner of Goa. 

But as we grew up into adults with a family and a career and responsibilities, a weekend getaway becomes a luxury...not money wise but because "Time" is a Luxury. However, 2017's resolution is "Work Life balance" which to me means disconnecting from the rest of the world and taking some time off to spend time with the people that love and support you the most - FAMILY.

So armed with a new DSLR Camera, my husband's 2017 Resolution to take the time to stop and appreciate the beauty in life through the lens of a Camera, and capture these images for my blog....we took ourselves off to Agonda.

We took the highway route to Agonda, it was a fairly pleasant drive and in less than an hour (probably 40 mins) we were at our destination. 

Agonda is a large village located in Canacona in South Goa, India. Agonda is famous for its beach and It is one of the only four beaches designated as turtle nesting sites under the Coastal Regulation Zone 2011 notification.

Agonda Beach is a public beach located in Agonda village in Goa, India, about 9.2 kilometres (5.7 mi) north of Palolem Beach in South Goa, and about an hour from Margao.

During the month of September, the beach serves as a nesting groundfor olive ridley sea turtles.

In 2016 it was ranked on TripAdvisor's "Travelers Choice" as fourth in Asia by Tripadvisor 2016 and first in India. (Source:Wikipedia)

The Bay Agonda is a quiet resort at one end of the Agonda beach where the back water creek cuts across the white sand beach to meet the sea near the cliff side.

The resort website elaborates further : Twenty-one Goa cottages, 11 of them river view cottages and 10 of them beach cottages, all come with private balconies and soul-enriching views of Agonda Bay or the Indian Ocean. Each cottage is drenched in sunlight but blissfully chilled with A/C, and features its own private, open air bath and rainforest shower. These cottages make you feel like you are in a 5 star hotel, even though our package deals make this beach resort one of the most affordable places in Goa. So True!

The resort style is charmingly rustic. Little stone pathways lead to through green gardens to the River side Villas. 

Pathway leading to the Reception

River side Villas

The Verandah and the interesting Door Lock

The attached open air bathroom
The Treetop Tava restaurant with a birds eye view of the bay.
An organic welcome on arrival

View from the Treetop tava restaurant

The Beach Villas are across from the Creek, and they have this ingenious boat crossing system to get across, you hop on and are pulled to the other side.

The opposite side of the creek.

The Beach Villas

We chose to have Lunch at The Bay Agonda's beach side restaurant Grand Mariposa. Nothing too grand though, it's really small shack, located at the back of the Beach Villas with a view of the creek. Personally, we preferred the Treetop Tava, which certainly had more charm and character.

The Grand Mariposa

We spend the day a the beach side, where the waters are relatively calm and our son enjoyed collecting a variety of shells. There are options for choosing boat rides for dolphin watching or a trip to the next beach (Cola Beach)

One can also opt for a river boat ride through the back waters, where if you are lucky, you can spot a few birds like kingfishers.

We wound up the evening enjoying a lazy sunset on the beach.

Evening in Agonda have it's own charm, and the resort is tastefully lit up.

The following day, we enjoyed a light breakfast which is part of the package.

We ended our visit to Agonda with Lunch at a Shack further down the beach.

We returned to Margao via another route, a quieter coastal road that connects via Betul to the Cavolossim to Colva road.

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