A few days ago, I reluctantly bid adieu to Goa, and followed my heart to Kumaon. As I snuggle up in a cosy room in what was once a hippie town near Binsar, I reminisce about my time in the hinterlands of Goa. Whizzing around the lush green landscapes of Aldona, the cool breeze in my hair, a light drizzle splashing off my face, the salty aroma of the sea breeze, Goa made me feel a sense of liberation that I’ve tried to capture in this photo essay.
1. WHIZZING AROUND GOA ON MY BIKE
with the wind in my hair, and lush green fields swaying in the backdrop.
2. SOAKING IN THE SERENITY OF GOA’s BACKWATERS
watching men fish, smoke and socialize.
3. CRUISING THROUGH GOA’S RIVERINE BACKWATERS
on a speed boat; definitely Goa’s best kept secret!
4. CHILLIN’ LIKE A VILLAIN, MR CROC!
As our speed boat came closer, he gently got up and slipped into the water. I was too mesmerized to capture that moment.
5. CHASING THE MONSOONS IN GOA
with the ominous clouds pouring on the other side of the vast wilderness.
6. AN UNEXPECTED SUNSET IN THE GREY GOAN SKIES
Moments that make you want to stay here forever.
7. SOLITUDE BY THE ARABIAN SEA
in Panjim, Goa’s charming capital city, on a monsoon evening.
8. AND BY THE BACKWATERS OF ALDONA
where such is the pace of life on any given day.
9. EXPERIENCING LIFE IN THE HINTERLANDS
of North Goa, in the small town of Thivim, where families dwell by the backwaters.
10. TODAY ME, TOMORROW YOU
A captivating message on the cemetery of Aldona – in life, and perhaps in travel too?
Would you like to experience Goa in the monsoon, away from the beaches and the crowds?
Note: Part of my trip to Goa was sponsored by Goa Tourism. Lucky me!
Ready to go? Read my alternative travel guide to Goa.