Not Your Typical Goa by Terrible Twos

Lifetsyle bloggers and influencers The Terrible TwosZoya and Zina Singh — share their Goan experience high on beach yoga, church hopping, cliff hiking and feasting on sumptuous Goan grub...  
Terrible Twos — Zoya and Zina — with their friends Costanza, Tania and Raghav

This pretty bridge connected South Goa and the village we stayed at
This was a reunion of friends from Regent’s University London. Costanza flew down from Italy, Tania joined in from Moscow, Raghav hopped in and Terrible Twos, Zina and Zoya completed the gang. We were five friends from different countries and diverse cultures getting together for four days of relaxed fun and trip down memory lane. Since it had to be more about spending time with each other and lots to catch up on, the choice of the destination Goa was a no-brainer.
We took a two hour flight of New Delhi, landed in Goa, drove down for another two hours and reached South Goa. Our stay for next two days was to be in South Goa at a friend’s villa close to The Lalit Golf and Spa Resort.

"Our drive from Goa airport to our villa offered charming views of the plantations and silent South Goa life dotted with churches and Portuguese architecture."

We checked in to our villa and after dropping our luggage decided to see around. To our happiness, we discovered our villa was on the beach. Terrible Twos and the beach — this vacation was already looking great!
We had a light meal at a dhaba close by and sampled Goan meal. After that we headed out for a hike. This hike close to the beach took us on a cliff that offered amazing view of the ocean on one side and lake on the other side. On our way we also came across a beautiful bridge connecting South Goa and the village our villa was in. On our way we fasted on prawn preparations and fish fries and treated ourselves to local ice cream. We reached back to our villa and had cool sea breeze, charming sound of waves and beautiful night awaiting friends on a reunion trip. This was turning out to be just the break we needed from the bustling city lives we lead.

Yoga on the Beach

Early morning yoga on the beach is an unmatched experience
We woke up early next morning and had light breakfast prepared by in-house chef. The breakfast had fruits, coconut water and homemade bread — exactly the kind of healthy start Terrible Twos prefer. We lazed around a bit and headed out to perform yoga on the beach. We got in the mood by listening to soulful beats and did rejuvenating asanas to feel recharged. The breeze and sound of waves added to our reviving regimen. It elevated our mood and prepped us up for the journey ahead. We followed this regimen with prawn curry and salad lunch.
Fully charmed by South Goa, we packed our bags and headed to North Goa for rest of our stay. The three hours’ drive was spent singing, bonding and reliving our Regent’s days.

"Cool sea breeze, charming sound of waves and beautiful nights awaiting friends — what else can friends on a reunion trip ask for."  

Mesmerising St Catejan Church, Old Goa

North Side Story

North Goa means party. We started our evening at Cantare in Saligao. Cantare means 'song' in Konkani and this lounge exuding old world charm lived up to its name. Our evening started giggling away to a live act by a comedian and was followed by enjoying jazz music. This brought back memories of our time at Jazz bars in London. We came back to our villa and sat till 5 am by the poolside. We loved our games night spent sipping wine and chatting.

Goa Grind

We went to Panjim for lunch where chanced upon Mum’s Kitchen and must add we are still proud of that discovery. That homely eatery serves the best Goan cuisine in Panjim. We went to Old Goa for sightseeing post lunch. Our guide for the day Jack took us to three churches — Se Cathedral, Basilica of Bom Jesus and Church of Our Lady of the Mount. After seeing this amazing side of Goa we returned to our villa and cooled our heels in the pool. 
Zoya, Zina and Raghav at Vivanta by Taj Holiday Village
At night we went out to Koi Asian Dining & Bar at Calagute. This was among our best Asian dining experiences. Karaoke singing, live music act, good food and company of friends made for a memorable night out.

Best For The Last

Time flew and we didn’t even realise it was time to head back. But we wanted to make every moment of our reunion a memorable affair. We had an evening flight to catch. Rather than get too occupied with packing and planning to leave we decided head out and explore some more. Our lunch was at Vivanta by Taj Holiday Village. The property needs no introduction. Lush green gardens, beautiful architecture and charming ocean in the backdrop provided the perfect setting for us to say sayonara to Goa.  In fact among all the activities we did in Goa, our time spent on swing at this resort remains among the fondest memories of the trip.
We rushed back to our Villa, enjoyed a quick swim, had tea by the pool and headed out for our late evening flight back to New Delhi. Goa with friends is an amazing experience that we loved and urge you as well to try it out… albeit in Terrible Two style. You’ll thank us for the memories.

Terrible Twos Tips

  • Don’t just stick to one part of Goa but try and club the North and South experience. You get to experience different facets of this state in one go.
  • We are people’s person and love experiencing different cultures, languages and cuisines. We would suggest you too let you inhibitions go and enjoy the variety Goa has to offer.

Terrible Twos — Zoya and Zina are twin lifestyle influencers and bloggers. They are passionate about fashion, travel, culture and health. Follow their work on instagram @terribletwos5 and their blog Terrible Two's
They shared their Goa tales with our hopper in chief Tuba Mirza

More such amazing experiences on our facebook group Hop On and Hop Off
Follow us on instagram: @hoponandhopoff
Twitter: @hoponandhopoff


Post a Comment