Goa: Jan 3- Jan 8
Skipping all the north of Goa, which is supposed to be very busy and noisy, we shoot for Agonda Beach in the south, and arrive early am with welcoming dolphins jumping in the ocean in front of us. It's a wide sandy beach, the ocean is not Caribbean blue but pretty. There are very few locals here but a lot of dedicated visitors who run along the shore and show some random yoga move here and there, it almost seems that there's some sort of common disease that gives yoga attacks to people! Funny : )
Unfortunately the first meal in Goa kills my stomach and I don't have the chance to enjoy and explore much. We stay at the Rama Resort, $20 for a hut w/ bath and garden view.
There's a lot of yoga and ayurveda offered everywhere, the prices are higher, $7-8 per class, everything is more westernized and I'm not really inspired by this. We move to Palolem, the next beach, which is even more touristy but we stay at Bakti Kutir Resort, a nice quiet place full of plants on top of the hill next to the beach. $40 for a hut w bath. There's an ayurveda clinic and a swami teaching yoga 3 times a day, he's good n funny with his Indian accent. $4/ class. Once back in the hut and ready to go to bed we realize that the kerosene smell that was there before is not temporary or coming from outside but it's from the interior paint of the hut... It's so bad we have to move to another hut in the middle of the night, but the day after they give us the night for free and offer breakfast, after which we move again to the next beach, Patmen.This one is the best so far: wide but still cozy, less suitcases and less crowded. R find the perfect spot at the end of the beach, it's called Bridge n Tunnel, hut w bath n unobstructed sea view, no sun beds in the front or tourists grilling their skin. $20. In the pm we go for a walk to the next beach and crash into an Indian wedding on the beach next door, which was really cool: colors and beautiful fabrics, live traditional Indian music, tiny helicopters filming and throwing confetti on the crowd, funny moves and faces...and fireworks!
There's another swami teaching good yoga in Padmen, $7/class, very good, and there's also an ashtanga vinyasa shala with a YTT, $6/class. But it's time to move on: night sleeper bus to Hampi, $24.
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