Our first stop in India was beautiful Goa, famous for its beautiful beaches and chilled out vibes compared to the north and it definitely didn't disappoint. We spent 6 days in sunny Goa and moved around every 2 days which is easy enough by taxi or by local buses. We did find that taxis in Goa were pretty expensive compared to everything else but it's the most convenient way of getting around and the price of food and drink evened everything out.
WHERE TO STAY
We arrived here straight from our flight and after missing our connecting flight we were so happy when we walked through the grand doors to find a pure heaven. Casa Da Graca means House Of Grace and it should be in the dictionary as the meaning of this. From its beautiful interior to its stunning pool it really did offer everything. The staff also make you feel so welcome and special. We had dinner here both nights and they customised our dinner to our tastes (I'm veggie and Ben's very fussy!). The first night we had continental and the second night we felt more brave and had an amazing curry which was unreal, the flavours could not be faulted. We hoped the food would be as good for the rest of the trip but we think this is wishful thinking! The rooms are all named Creation, Peace, Compassion & Devotion. We stayed in Compassion which is a poolside room with beautiful bohemian details. Tiled floor, four posted bed, rain shower and lots of little touches that make it such a tranquil haven. The first day at Casa Da Graca we chilled by the pool as it was too nice not to lay and enjoy it and the second day we went out in the morning to see the old Portuguese churches in Old Goa and to Mapusa Friday market which was lively and bustling, the staff made us an itinerary for the day including a lunch stop at Cafe Bodego which was beautiful and arranged our driver. We did not want to leave this place, from watching the sunset over the lake with Freshly made biscuits and Chai tea to our candlelight dinners by the pool we left feeling like we had no cares in the world thanks to Anara and the team at Casa Da Graca for the most perfect few days.
When planning our trip to India I didn't realise how big India is and how long it takes to get around. I would of loved to have had longer in Goa as we have been recommended Agonda, Arombal and the market at Anjuna so you really have to do your research before you go and know the areas you want to visit and how long it takes to get there. Currently writing this on our 15 hour train journey to Kerala which is our next stop before we head up north to Rajasthan. Goa was everything I expected and more, they say everyone comes to Goa in the south as it's so chilled and no hassle and it really was that. A perfect start to India with incredible beaches, friendly people and good food. We will definitely be back!