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Deepak Sharma

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12 reviewsPosted 11 months ago
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Goa River Marathon (2016) review!

Goa River marathon was held on 11 December 2016, I travelled from Pune to Goa by Car.
Not sure if anyone else has written review on Goa River marathon before. If not, let me be the first :)
I will try to write my review more as a traveller than a marathoner.
I know most of the people travel from across the county to participate in Goa river marathon and try to google and search the reviews and options to stay in Goa.
I have been to Goa many times before but this time I travelled only to attend Goa River marathon. This was in my to do list from a long time and I am glad that I completed it:)
Goa River Marathon is considered (by running community) as one of the top 5 marathons of India and it truly lives up to its mark. Below are the few highlights:
1. GRM 2016 route: Starting from chicalim sports complex, South goa--Vasco road (sea adjacent)--Zuari river bridge returning back to starting point is such a scenic and beautiful experience which must be experienced atleast once.
2. Superb management: There were water/aid stations at every one km and so many enthusiasts to support and encourage runners at every 500 meters. This made marathon more like a lively event.
Also, support from Goa police, traffic police and other Govt staff was superb and they left no stone unturned to make this event successful.
3. T shirt quality is good: Adidas t shirt provided along with the BIB is really good.
4. Breakfast is hot and tasty: Buffet breakfast served after run is a real treat. Breakfast was served hot with tea/coffee and BEER! Yes chilled beer was served (afterall it's Goa)
Travel:
I started from Pune on 10th December at 5:30 am by car and took route Pune- Kolhapur- Belgium-Khanapur road- Chorla Ghat- Vasco. I managed to reach Goa at 3:30 pm. The drive was pleasant with little zig zag curves after khanapur road till Goa ( but better that the Anmol Ghat route which is more curves and sharp turns). We stopped by Kamat hotel before Kolhapur for the breakfast and did not have lunch as we had few food stored in the car. The breakfast was good and Kamat hotel is more hygienic than other restaurants in the highway( little expensive though)
Hotel stay:
We stayed at Hotel Z square, Vasco as it is located about 3 kms from chicalim sports complex
Room type- deluxe rooms, paid 4300 for 2 rooms/ 2 nights (AC rooms with breakfast)
Hotel was okay for a short stay, no amenities, no toiletries such as toothpaste, brush etc. Towels, soap is provided.
Car parking is not guaranteed as there is a theatre in the hotel building due to which parking is always full. Parking possible only after 12 midnight.
Breakfast was nothing great, don't expect a buffet breakfast. We were served 2 idlis and tea/coffee on first day and bread omelette the next day.
Safety: hotel is safe and secure as there are cameras installed.
Other good hotel options near GRM venue/ Avisha Residency, Vasco. La plaza garden, Vasco
Let me conclude by saying that GRM is a great experience for those who love travelling and have fitness goals in mind. Cheers!

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Naushadali Makhani

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1 reviewPosted 2 years ago
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Mesmerisingly Beautiful is Goa

Goa should be a must visit travel destination for all the avid travellers. This is the only place in India that offers everything; from beautiful scenic white beaches, delicious sea food, picturesque sunsets and the most happening parties.

Places you should visit:

1. Candolim Beach, which offers most luxurious to an absolutely affordable places to stay, have multiple reasons to be the finest place in Goa. You can be yourself, wear almost anything you are comfortable with and go shopping, hang around in live music restaurants during lunch hours, witness the beautiful sunset while you walk around on the white sands of the beach and party throughout the night in awesome discos and bars.
2. Baga Beach: A beach which is not so commercial, yet not so lonely, offers multiple reasons to celebrate. It has all the water sports, exemplary beach and above all, the Titos lane, with pubs where the best night parties happen in North Goa.
3. Anjuna and Vagatore Beach: These are isolated but very beautiful and peaceful beaches filled with Russian and European citizens.
4. DudhSagar Falls: One of the finest waterfalls in India, located approximately 80 kms from North Goa is a place which should be visited by every traveller coming to Goa. A place where you can go alone or with your partner or with 10 members family and still come out smiling.

Food:

1. Souza Lobo is a renowned restaurant, located at Calangute beach of Goa. What a location and what a dining experience!
2. Open Hut Restaurnats on the beach from Calangute to Baga is cherry on the cake. You will get confused what to eat and where to eat, period. Make sure you go there at night for a candle light dinner, right in front of the beach.
3. Titos: A luxurious restaurant for tourists coming from Western countries and offers all cuisines and drinks.
4. Curlies at Anjuna Beach offers beautiful beach view, delicious food. And a very young crowd.

Goa has a lot more to offer than described above. Right from sunrise at Calangute, continental breakfast at Baga, lunch at 'Calamari Bathe and Binge' in Candolim, again water sports and shopping at Baga, sunset at Anjuna and Parties in Curlies. And this is just the beginning. Before I conclude, I'd like to suggest all travellers to ensure you have one full week on your Calender, reserved for Goa because few days aren't just enough!

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