The Beaches of Goa in India
The Beaches in Goa India are My Favorite Beach in this month's Beach Series.
A few of you might remember a movie that came out several years ago titled "Eat, Pray, Love". I had always wanted to visit India, but after watching that movie Julia Roberts convinced me that I needed to go more than ever. I was drawn into the romanticism of practicing yoga at a beach front ashram and drinking smoothies all day in the hot and humid weather. I knew from my research that it wasn't an expensive place to visit plus they don't eat cows and let them wander around the streets. How can you not like a country that is kind to cows? Fast forward a few years later and my husband and I were on a flight to Mumbai just like that.
We got there and stayed at the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai which was wonderful. It's the most American hotel you can pretty much stay at while you get adjusted to the culture in India. We stayed in Mumbai for a few days to get used to the time difference and then took a flight south to Goa. I had never heard of Goa and didn't know much about it. We got off the plane and went to our resort and it was breathtaking. I literally didn't feel like I was even in India. It felt as though you were on an island in the middle of the Pacific ocean. It was beautiful! We stayed in Goa for about 2 weeks and I could of spent the rest of my India trip there. I got to go to the Anjuna Market which is a HUGE market right on the beach. You can find everything and anything that is imported from Anthropologie and Pier One for pennies on the dollar. This is the market that the buyers from those companies go to and buy items for the season. It was an incredible experience!
We stayed on the beach in a beach front cabana the entire time we were in Goa. The beaches were so clean and beautiful, something out of a movie. It turns out the year that we went tourism was down so it wasn't really crowded with people like it usually was. Goa is the playground for primarily the Russian population we later found out who visit the area every year. Goa is filled with small fishing villages and it is India's richest country. I really got to enjoy Goa and everything it had to offer with the exception of the food. I am the pickiest eater known to man and to eat a cooked fish with the head still on looking at me, I just couldn't do it. I literally lived off of veg noodles for an entire month. Veg noodles are pretty much vegetable lo mein, a delicious Chinese food entree.
The beaches in Goa will always have a special place in my heart. It's definitely a place where I could retire and live out the rest of my life in my old age. I didn't get to do any yoga at the beach, but I did make a few friends with the cows that wandered around. They have the good life it seems. They just hang out on the beach enjoying the sea while they live out the rest of their lives and graze through town looking for scraps from the neighboring restaurants. If that doesn't sound like the perfect beach bum, I don't know what is!