Serenity, good vibes and beach cows

South Goa is beautiful. Pristine beaches and an easy relaxed vibe, a welcome getaway from some of the busy cities of India.  Picture long stretches of beach dotted with multiple restaurants and bars serving delicious Indian food that you can enjoy with the sand between your toes, or up on rooftop offering prime views of gorgeous sunsets. Kayaking, yoga and massage studios and plenty of market-like shopping are easily accessible by hiring a scooter or taking an auto-rickshaw for a few rupee.

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The picturesque Anjuna beach

HOW WE GOT AROUND

We had some hilarious experiences whilst hiring a scooter here and learning how to ride it. I would love to share the details with you but Jai has sworn me to secrecy! It’s definitely worth it for a some fun and a cheap, easy way to get yourself around, just remember to be safe and wear a helmet. The roads in India are bumpy, not particularly signed and often have random cows loitering in the middle of them.

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Just some regular Indian road safety
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When ‘A/C’ or ‘Non A/C’ is something you regularly haggle over, a rusty old fan becomes your new best friend!

WHAT WE DID

We stayed at the amazing Bamboo Yoga which is situated right on Patnem beach, at the very end in a lovely secluded area which a rocky outcrop to one side and the golden sand and ocean directly in front.  Our accommodation was brilliant we stayed in cute little beach huts made from bamboo with outdoor showers which were super refreshing first thing in the morning!  We slept with the sound ocean waves crashing and woke to sunrise over the beach right in front of us. Each hut has its own hammock on the porch and fans/mosquito nets to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

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STOP! Hammock time 😉

Yoga – Bamboo Yoga have two yoga shalas, both overlooking the beach but one is situated for optimal viewing of the sunset. We enjoyed the option of twice daily yoga and mediation with chai tea and cookies in the afternoon when we weren’t off exploring and loved every minute of it. They had some great teachers from across the globe and we both learnt a lot about our practice and our flexibility!

Visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bambooyogaretreat/

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The view from our hut door
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Sunset beach yoga

 

Indian Cooking Class – our amazing cooking teacher Sam taught us some wonderful traditional dishes and the ins and outs of Indian cooking straight from her own tiny and sweltering kitchen in a hut on the beach. We easily organised this a few hours before attending and enjoyed eating our creations in the rooftop treehouse on the beach, learning about Sam and her own traveling adventures around the world.

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The amazing results of our cooking class. Peas have never tasted so damn good!
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Wont lie – these cool hats were the cherry on top of an awesome cooking class

Christmas Eve Festivities – the beaches were beautiful here and we spent many a day relaxing, indulging in the delicious food and escaping the hot Indian afternoon sun by reclining in our hammock. Hard life huh? Christmas Eve called for fireworks on the beach, cocktails and an amazing seafood buffet put on by our lovely hosts at Bamboo Yoga.

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Happy New Year!

Kayaking on Christmas Day – we were very lucky to spend our Christmas here, far away from the usual western world festivities! For me this meant a rare Christmas spent off work as I have worked every Christmas Day since becoming a midwife 5 years ago. It was brilliant! We had a lovely yoga session, delicious breakfast and then took our scooter out to beach and hiring a Kayak to explore the bay. It was stunning and so peaceful. We enjoyed Spanish tapas on the beach for a late Christmas lunch and spent the rest of the day exploring the nearby beaches and coves.

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T2 eat your heart out!

 

CAPTURED ON THE BEACH

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The common beach cow – cows are deeply respected in Hinduism and you will regularly find them on beaches, roads or at the shops as they are allowed to roam as they like
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Shade smart – dog, man, lifesaver
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This guy enjoys long walks on the beach and the ORIGINAL Arnott’s Pizza Shapes
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The perfect end to our Christmas Day, India style

नमस्ते ‘namaste’

PS. Are you thinking of going to South Goa? Have questions? Ask us in the comments section below.

Have you been to South Goa? We would love to hear your travel stories also!

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