South India Trip Day 7 – Destination Tarkarli beach
Our Goan adventures were coming to an end and it was time to head off to Tarkarli beach. It was never going to be easy to forget Goa, but it was time to move on.
10:30 am: We got up around 10 am getting ready and packing our stuff. We decided to call Rafiq, the same driver who we met at the Goa bus stand. He reached us after quite a while, as he had to come from Panjim. We started the journey around noon, we stopped for some snacks as we did not eat any food till then and we got some cash from an ATM nearby.
1:00 pm: After taking a few bumpy roads, we reached Mapusa where I wanted to buy a new sim card (Because my current service provider has very poor network connectivity in Malvan). I went to a mobile shop by the streets and asked the shopkeeper about sim cards, he refused to give me one without a passport photograph. As I blustered about how frustrating the situation was, I got talking with this Amelia, who was just standing by my side. She also had a really cool tattoo on her back.
We talked a bit about our travel plans; it was funny to know that she was kind of doing exactly what we were doing but probably a little more touristy version. She allowed me to take a picture of her tattoo on her back and I asked her to check out my blog for this piece (If you are reading this, Hi there!). I got back to the car to continue our journey. I realized that Rafiq had some crazy Electronic music playing in the car!
2.30 pm: The journey went on and I was starting to fall asleep, Brecht later told me that I had missed some beautiful views on the way.
We stopped by a road that almost looked like some unreal desert made of hay (Yeah! More pictures! :D).
As we got closer to Malvan, we saw some Langurs (Leaf monkey) climbing and jumping between trees.
We reached Tarkarli beach after taking a bit of a bumpy shortcut. We still had to find our way to the resort and a very helpful bunch of guys decided to show us the way.
4:00 pm: We reached the resort and it turns out that our reservation was not confirmed. Now we had only one choice of moving into their most expensive room.
We were too tired and we decided to take it. The room was nice with a big balcony and a huge bathroom.
We rested for a bit and I watched the sunset with the view of the swimming pool from the balcony, which was majestic.
7:00 pm: Jaya was staying at a place one kilometer away and we decided to walk there. The whole place was a huge contrast to Goa, this place looked like it sleeps around 9 pm, it was quiet but also really calm and soothing. It funny how all this (Goa and Tarkarli beach) is the same coast; just kilometers away, new people and boom! Everything changes.
We saw some really cool depictions of the last supper on the way; we met Jaya and her friends.
We all chatted for a while, while a guy sitting by said that the fish curry his mom cooked featured on NDTV India ‘s show (An Indian television channel). This was followed by some serious chilling by the beach.
10:00 pm: We wanted to get some booze but the shop was far away. While on the road, I met this stranger who gave me a ride on his scooter to the booze shop while ranting about his stories of smuggling alcohol from Goa to Malvan.
11:00 pm: We had a good time, I got to have a few conversations with Jaya and we ate at one of the roadside restaurants serving Indo-Chinese food. I was worried about Brecht, but his stomach was fine the next day.
I had been thinking about masala peanuts (Indian style of roasting peanuts with spices) for the past few days on the trip and I asked the guy at the restaurant if could make some for me, He said yes, but he gave me something else (Too bad!), I decided to continue my hunt for it the next day. Brecht walked back alone by the beach side to our resort, he told me that he had to shoo away a few dogs on the way. I waited back to say goodbye to Jaya as I wasn’t sure when I would meet her again.
On my way back, I came across a lot of aggressive street dogs too. Thanks to my rabies campaign in September, I knew how to not make them feel threatened and I was back in one piece.
Another eventful day passed by in India, we wanted to chill the coming days before starting our journey to the forests.
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