Life is short and the world is wide. When you travel you realize what a tiny place you occupy in this world which is far bigger than your problems. Every trip is special and the one which you take with your friends is even more special. This time my buddy and I went on a two day trip to Goa to celebrate some moments before her leaving the country.
Well, Goa is a beautiful state. People know this place for its serene beaches and a bohemian culture but the history of Goa is far wider than one can imagine.
We started our journey on Friday by train ‘Mandovi Express‘ from Dadar, Mumbai station. We boarded the train at 7:30 am and reached Thivim station around 9:00 pm since the train was usually 2-3 hours late. You can find a list of trains from Mumbai to Goa which you can board comfortably under affordable price. Flying to Goa is also an option if you want to save time, but this all depends upon the budget for your trip. Well, there are various stations in Goa where you can land, but the station where you should end your journey should be according to which part of Goa you are planning to explore. The state is divided into two districts: North Goa and South Goa.
The below stations are the nearest one depending upon the district you want to explore.
Thivim: For North Goa
Madgaon: For South Goa
How to plan your itinerary in Goa for 2 days?
Breakfast at Artjuna
In the heart of Anjuna, Goa there is a special place called ‘Artjuna‘ which is a garden cafe and a lifestyle shop. You can enjoy fresh food with a great choice of salads, sandwiches and popular Mediterranean dishes and also shop at the same time. Artjuna is open for all-day breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A beautiful range of products for the Artjuna lifestyle shop is inspired by the spirit of India and is translated into global fusion design.
Address: H.NO 972, MONTEIRO VADDO, ANJUNA BARDEZ GOA- 403509, INDIA
Ph: 0832 2274794
Timing: 8:00 AM – 10:30 PM (Season), 8:00 AM – 7:30 PM (off-season)
Go to Panjim
Well, Panjim is the capital city of Goa and there is a list of things which you can explore in and around the city. It is a 21 KM drive from Anjuna to Panjim on your scooter. The roads are quite comfortable to drive with very less traffic but you can expect a slight amount of traffic when you enter Panjim, as it is the major city in Goa. You can read the complete blog on the various things to see in and around Panjim but with the limited 2-day duration you can only explore the few places in Panjim like
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, Fontainhas, Dona Paula View Point, Miramar Beach, etc.
Saturday Night Market
An amazing place for shopping, eating and enjoying live music. This place is full with so many food stalls and a variety of items to buy like bohemian clothes, handicrafts items, indo-western jewelry, accessories, books, paintings, caricature, hammocks, home decor items, psychedelic murals, precious gems, etc the list is never-ending.
You will fall in love with this place as soon as you enter, the vibe of the place is so different and energetic that even if you are dead tired this place will make you dance on your feet. People from all over the world put up the stalls and you can find various handcrafted items which are worth buying, but never forget to bargain since they will quote you a high price. Well, the food stalls have a variety of eateries comprising from drinks to everything. If you are a budget traveler you will find the price of the food on a higher side, but trying it once cannot affect much of your expenses. Very often you will find various music bands and performers entertaining the crowd here. Please note this market is closed during monsoon season in Goa.
Address: Arpora, Goa 403519
Timing: 7:00 PM evening till 3:00 AM morning
After the hectic day, you can go back to your hostel and sleep tight till late morning.
Exploring Old Goa
Drive back to Anjuna beach to enjoy the sunset
Address: Curlies Beach Shack
Near Flea Market, Monteiro Vaddo, Anjuna, Goa 403509
Timing: Open till 3:00 AM night
Well, with this we come to an end with this trip but Goa is such a place which you cannot cover completely in 2 days. But due to time crunches trust me this blog is your best itinerary for Goa where you can explore maximum places in such a short time with some pre-planning, for which we are here to help you.
Till then keep traveling and keep learning.