EXPLORE North & South GOA, its Beauty, Heritage, Beaches, Night Life and Endless Restaurants
How are you guys? Well we're down here at the Betim docks in Goa the main fishing wharf. This is where all the local fishermen return on their trawlers every morning with their night's catch. In fact after China, India is the world's second largest producer of fish. They sell such a huge variety of fish species which you can buy wholesale at the fish markets right here at the front of the wharf. Later in the show we'll show you some of the local fishing villages. How they make a living from their catch & some of the biggest jumbo prawns I've ever seen.
It's got a real fishy smell here and it's amazing i'm in heaven here. Serena's like about to puke. Na we're having a great time, out with our friends. We're ready to show you guys some of Goa's beautiful beaches & tourist sites.
But first of all we're off to Old Goa on the Mandobi River. It's the former capital of Portuguese India. & it's known for its beautiful Portuguese houses & it's quaint little streets Old Goa also is famous for its UNESCO World Heritage sites. Like the 16th century Basilica of Bom Jesus & St Catherine's Chapel.
They're considered to be one of the oldest chapels in all Asia. & it gives us a glimpse into Goa's colonial past. Well we're going to go & explore some of the fishing villages around Goa. We're going to head down to a place called Palolem in Southern Goa. Well Palolem Beach is well known as a tourist destination.
Many people come to enjoy the beautiful beach, the endless shopping, & the restaurant & bars. Well if you walk up the northern end of Palolem Beach you'll find some of the fishing villages. You can see the local fishermen here are about to launch their boat It's pretty awesome how they launch it off the beach by putting the big logs in front of the boat & they slide the boat along the top all the way down to the water. We can see already some of the nets have already been pulled in on the beach & there's still some other boats about to be launched & head out to set their nets & once the boat's been out & set its nets It will bring the end part of the net back to the beach to about 10 guys. They will use the rope to tie around to a pole & as you can see here they slowly walk back dragging the net to shore.
You can see in the catch there's a number of different bycatch. The majority of it is quite large prawns. or some of the biggest prawns I've ever seen are the jumbo prawns they get here in goa The whole fishing village come down & they all go through & start sorting out the catch.
Prawns & the size of the prawns all go into different baskets. Then from there sent off to market. Well I'm going to try & buy some big tiger prawns from the villagers here take them home prepare them all in some garlic butter & cook them on our Weber Q. Then we'll invite some friends over to come & enjoy a big Goan feast with us. So I've got some of the prawns...How goods that? Just cleaning them all up now.
All ready clean just need some garlic butter & about to put it straight on to the BBQ. Prawns ready to go. With Charles coming over for dinner & were going to munch on some of them prawns out on the BBQ.
There we go. How good does that look? Yaaaaay! & it's smoking away. Do they smell good? Yeah they look tasty!! Alright better turn them.
They look divine. Is it good? Thumbs up! Yummy!! I've done alright then, he's going back in for another bite. Oooh, but Hawa doesn't mind them, you don't mind them do ya? It's really good.
oh we have serena doing her first first motorbike lessons uh we nearly videoed the crash here she comes she's having practice on the scooter she keeps her legs she's got her confidence now she's riding around everywhere feet up oh apartment at the top sleeping faster pretty serious face concentration done let's go exploring gullah so goa has so many beaches to enjoy and explore but which one is the best well it all depends on the kind of experience that you're after there's luxury resorts with their own private beaches or makeshift beach huts there's crowded beaches with restaurants and bars which are relatively uncrowded they're quiet relaxing and tranquil the first beaches that we'll visit are close to home and ones we know well after living in goal for a while pandolum kalangut and buga they all really join as one long beach and no one really knows the border of each but these three beaches are the busiest and most commercial beaches in all goa it's filled with foreigners tanning themselves on the endless rows of side-by-side sun lounges and it offers tourists a wide range of water sports as well burger beach is also well known for its nightlife and is particularly popular with indian tourists so kalingu it's a bit cleaner and it's popular with foreign retirees candoland beach joined smaller sinclair beach to the south which is where a gorda fort is situated oh smile if you feel like indulging yourself with some fine food and wine then the whole long stretch from tandolum tobaga has endless choices but one of our favorite spots has to be palms and sands it's situated right on candoland beach and here you can try some of the best traditional go on food with amazing sunset views say hi to the owner venetia and give shadow the black labrador a pack north goa has many beautiful beaches and two very popular beaches is arjuna and vagator beach arjuna beach was once home to the hippies now it is an ideal area for backpackers and budget travelers it is very famous for its beach flea markets antares restaurant here in vegator beach was started by the australian master chef sarah todd it was made famous with the sbs tv series my restaurant in india but most famous is the greek restaurant thalassa thalassa is a waterfront property that lasts in the rays of its famous sunsets here you can enjoy greek hospitality with authentic greek mediterranean cuisine that will make you think you are on a greek island not anywhere in india a lot further north is aaronville beach once a small fishing beach now it is the most happening beach in all goa you get a lot of people from russia here a lot of the signage here is all in russian uh a lot of the um signs are also in hebrew because there's so many jews that come here but this beach is not too bad it's not as crowded at the moment but come here at sunset it will be packed which has become the new hippie heaven with endless shops stalls and jam sessions on the beach do all the narrow alleyway streets lead down to the beach but they're loaded with shops and they're all selling all sorts of clothes and then you've got a leather handbag stuff here it's pretty cool some good stuff around it's worth a look certainly heading to the beach you've got a lot of shopping to get through before you get there what someone playing a didgeridoo this is goa not australia we're at the la la golf course and spa resort in kanakana southern goa goa has a few golf courses but this one is my favorite it's hard to believe we're in india playing on a lynx golf course right on the arabian sea surrounded by lush manicured gardens and immaculate fast greens anyway who cares about your golf when you've got this year there's also many beautiful beaches in the south of goa in fact here is where you'll find the more relaxed tranquil idyllic beach less crowded quiet just to enjoy nature you'll find many honeymooners down on the southern beaches along with nature lovers enjoying dolphin spotting trips and scuba diving and some of the best photographic sunsets over the arabian seas beach as we showed you earlier in the show is a bit more touristy but our absolute favorite beach the one that we would come to to get away from the hustle and bustle of indian traffic and noise for a week has to be a gonda beach the serenity of this quaint beach guarantees a relaxing mood which enables you to unwind from a busy life or after a hectic travel expedition through india aganda is rated the best beach in all goa fire for our next episode we're returning to australia due to the crazy world pandemic that's happened we've had to return and cut our india trip short but it gives us a great opportunity to show you our backyard western australia has so much to offer and you're going to want so if you've enjoyed this episode and you'd like to see the next one please subscribe click the bell so that you get reminders we look forward to seeing you guys on our next