Historical trip in Old Goa & Adventurous Olaulim

Goa is a land of vibrancy, where every few kilometre you will find something new, so imagine the possibilities of experiencing contrasting things in a day. Well, the second day was the most adventurous & nostalgic day of my trip.

Old Goa is where every history lover can spend hours admiring the beauty of the ancient structure. Also, it is a heaven for photographers & budding architects.

Basilica Of Bom Jesus
Basilica Of Bom Jesus, Old Goa
The main entrance to Basilica of Bom Jesus
The main entrance to Basilica of Bom Jesus
The beautiful Se Cathedral, Old Goa
The beautiful Se Cathedral, Old Goa
Church of St. Cajetan, Old Goa 
Church of St. Cajetan, Old Goa

Roaming in Old Goa, during summer can be quite tiring. Well nature has its own way of giving solution to the problem it creates. Just besides the main entrance of Church of St. Cajetan, there is a small road that leads to a village. If you really feel like taking shelter below the coconut trees, this is a perfect place to go & relax. The place is absolutely soothing & if you keep following the road you will pass through a small village.

A nap beneath them is not a bad idea!
A nap beneath them is not a bad idea!
 The road through the quaint little village
The road through the quaint little village

After spending some time roaming in Old Goa, I set off towards Olaulim for some adventure, which was the most elevating & memorable journey of the entire solo trip.

Olaulim is a beautiful village in Bardez & an ideal location for a summer holiday. Looking at its beautiful landscape & the surrounding greenery one can truly imagine the lushness of Olaulim during monsoon.

The best part of being active on the Social Media is you can create experiences at your fingertips. Following famous travel blogger & actively conversing with them should be on the top of every amateur traveller’s list. I found about this place – ‘The Olaulim Backyard’ where they offer Kayaking, when a travel blogger suggested me about the place.

Olaulim Backyard was the perfect place for me to be, given the adventurous experience I was seeking. You will experience the authentic rural Goa on your way to this beautiful farm house which is on the bank of a private lake & also an equally warm welcome from the lovely couple who owns Olaulim Backyard.

So with all the gusto & tips from the owner I set out in my kayak. Believe me it’s the best workout I ever had! Imagine you gruelling out in middle of a pond watching the sunset and admiring the nature.

View from my Kayak
View from my Kayak

Kayaking not only tested my physical abilities but also my mental strength. Here is an interesting story of what happened in that lake. I made sure that I had an entire bottle of cold water with me when I go out, but fate had different plans as usual.

Accidentally I dropped my bottle in the middle of the lake just when I was about to drink some water from it. I dropped it at the rear which meant I had to turn my Kayak 360 degrees and pick up the bottle. I could have easily gone back to the base & asked for a bottle of water but I had different plans. I took up the challenge & started following the bottle which was floating all over the lake. I easily managed to reach near the bottle the first time but when I bent down to catch it; a strong current took it away from me. Again I took a turn & went straight towards it; this time I used the paddle to catch it.

After I picked it up I felt powerful not because I had applied immense strength to catch something needful but because I successfully completed the challenge thrown at me.

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After kayaking the entire lake I stopped in the middle & like an unanchored ship I kept floating across the lake. It was really peaceful to see the sun go down & recollecting the memories from the past 2 days.

Day 3 – The day I did nothing

Well I wouldn’t regret saying that I didn’t do anything on my last day because this was what I wanted to do once before I left for Mumbai. I woke up tad late that morning, enjoyed the complimentary breakfast & took an appointment for a soothing head massage. For adding some more adventure to my trip & not making the day boring I headed to Calangute beach for Para-Gliding.  After a great head massage I headed to Baga beach to catch the sunset.

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I watched the Sun till the very end & relived the moments that I experienced in the past 2 days. That evening my journey didn’t end but gave birth to umpteen numbers of possibilities & adventurous experience.

A solo tryst with enchanting Goa – Part 2

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