More on Goa trip: This post is a sequel to Amchem Goa

After a ride in the boat for about nearly 2 hours we proceeded to visit the Aguada fort. This fort was constructed by the Portuguese in 1612 to guard themselves against Dutch and the Marathas. This also served as a reference point for the vessels coming from Europe. A spring with in the fort provided water supply to the ships giving it the name Aguada. (means water in Portuguese ) . There is a light house inside the fort.

After that  we decided to visit the very famous attractions of Goa – the beaches. First we went to see the beach at Sinquerium , which is near to Aguada fort and then to  Calangute  which is  known as  the queen of beaches and finally the beach at Baga. One can enjoy water sport at these beaches. Most of the beaches also are naturally blessed with shade providing palm trees which is really a relief  to the wary tourist if he wants to stretch for a while.

All these  beaches were crowded  with tourists, and there, we were just silent spectators . There are some people who get pleasure in watching others enjoy and we belong to that category, except my son who was adventurous wanted to try para gliding and water scooter. We just derived the pleasure when he glided freely in the sky like a bird.The happiness on his face made us happy too.

The third day of the the trip we decided to go to an ancient  Siva’s temple in Gokarna which is  170 Kms. from Goa. We  travelled along  the Konkan coast. The road was beautiful and the ride was like a smooth melody.

We reached  Gokarna, the famous  Mahabaleshwar temple and we could worship God . This temple allows the devotees to offer Puja to the   Sivalingam directly which does not usually happen in other  South Indian temples. While offering the worship one can only feel the Lingam by one’s hand which remains concealed under ground most of the days except on special occasions.

Cows are worshiped here and I was also fascinated by the costume of the ladies selling flowers  – they belong to the local tribe. They  wore the versatile  sari in a unique style. I think many of the beauty pageants are imitating this style of wearing the five yard cloth. In local parlance it is  known as Ghetti.

The beach here is in the shape of a crescent and is a wonderful sight and it  is only about 100 mts. from the temple.

After the temple visit, we visited the warship museum at Karwar . A decommissioned ship

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is converted as a museum here at Rabidranath Tagore beach  and I would say that, this is the best beach I saw . No crowd, No dirt. Though it was a holiday , we could take photographs inside .The palm laced beaches, silvery shining sand,calm and the gentle waves of the beach captivated our hearts.

Then we were back to Goa and could visit Kamakshi and Damodar temples on our return journey.  We spent more time inside the vehicle than in temples or beaches as the distance to traverse was more. Altogether it was a beautiful experience. Spiritually refreshing and relaxing.(For posts on temples in Goa read my blog on My Pilgrimage.Click the title on the right hand side under blog roll)

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