That 80’s Goa


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It was a complete impromptu decision for my family to go on a Goa vacation while we were vacationing at Bangalore (Bengaluru). The year was 1988 and those were the days with no internet, no cable television and very limited telephone connectivity. The plan was impromptu but with the lack of proper information meant that it was heavily dependent on information from friends about the various options. We planned to travel by train but the main problem was that there was no direct connectivity from Bangalore to Goa and we had to change train somewhere in between.

A prospect of bathing in the sea was always a good idea to me and I was looking forward to it. We boarded a train in the evening and were supposed to reach our first halt from where we would catch another train. By the time the train reached this place it was past midnight and we hurriedly got down from the train. Surprisingly our co-passengers who were also travelling to Goa did not even bother to get up just peeped from their bunk to see us scramble all our luggage’s to get down.

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Mandarmani

Mandarmani


Mandarmani (1)

This is the only beach in the country which has the potential to become a truly international go-to beach destination just like Goa and Kovalam. People from Kolkata have been a regular visitor to the bay side in places like Digha and Puri but this is now the go-to place for a quick weekend break. Mandarmani is a new considerable new baby in the beach scenes in India and it’s quite unique also.

I have heard many people compare Mandarmani with Daytona Beach since just like Daytona you can drive the car on the beach when the tides are right. If developed more than what it is today it will be one the most beautiful bayside locations in India.

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