A Fun Trip To Goa
The weekend was long and from a long time we didn’t had a fun trip, thus we planned a trip from Bangalore to Goa.
Our first halt was Chitradurga Fort or as the British called it Chitaldoorg, which means ‘picturesque fort’ in Kannada. Here Bhima defeated Hidimbasura in a duel and the boulders were part of the arsenal. Chitradurga was under the rule of royal dynasties like Mauryan Empire, Rashtrakutas, Chalukyas, Hoysalas, Vijayanagar Empire and Haider Ali & Tipu Sultan. It is a massive fortress on top of granite hills that rises dramatically from the ground. Archaeological remains found in the area, trace its history to the 3nd millennium B.C. Unfortunately we didn’t met Jyoti Raju who is also known as Monkey Man, a local villager who use to climb the wall of the fort without any support.
Than we left for Goa which is a former Portuguese province and was also known as Gomanta, Gomanchala, Gopakapattam, Gopakapuri, Govapuri, Govem, and Gomantak and several Sanskrit names meaning a cowherd(a person who tends grazing cattle). The beautiful Calangute beach, Baga beach, Anjuna beach, Sinquerim beach are one of the alluring beaches to visit. Aguada Fort, its lighthouse and jail is a well preserved 17th century Portuguese fort. It was constructed in 1613 to guard against the Dutch and the Marathas. It is also famous for one of the best shooting location for the movies. Some parts of “Dil Chahta Hai” were also shooted here.
While coming from Goa we decided to go to Dudhsagar Falls. We went to Kulem a small village near Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park and hired some bike riders who seriously were the real ‘Players of Dangers’. Specially my rider Mayur who was a crazy guy chanting prayers of ‘Ganpati Bappa’ and increasing the speed of the bike as he chants. The ride was hazardous, as riding in between the jungle on the mountain and that too in the rainy season, crossing so many water paths, but even though it was fun. But there was a tragic part with this trip. On the way to the falls we heard some local guy shouting and running towards the river Mandovi. My rider told me that one tourist girl who was trying to cross the river is flown away with the river. We also stopped the bike and ran towards the river. Some guys took her out of the river and tried to get water out of her lungs. I gave her CPR, but it was too late. She was totally unconscious and there was no heartbeat. I felt really sorry for her but I could only pray for peace to her soul.
Then we moved towards the falls. The last 3 km we trekked in the jungle crossing the dense forest and rivers and than on the railway track and tunnels. Finally we reached Dudhsagar. As the cascading waters appear white like milk, the waterfall is called Dudhsagar. The noice of the waterfall is nature’s best white noise for relaxation & sleep. Drizzling water from the waterfalls feels soothing. I felt like jumping into it, but the beauty of nature is exquisite yet deadly and risky. So on a nature’s trip always be on the safer side and don’t try to take risk if you are not used to it. After having tea and hot vadas near the falls we decided to leave. It was a perilous journey to Dudhsagar. With Vineet Mishra Nitish Kumar Syed Absar Ahmad Monis Javed Gaurav Gupta