May 6, 2008
Recently Goa’s reputation as a tourist destination was tarnished due to the tragic death of the British teenager Scarlett and the role of the police and the administration in cover up operation. However, for those who want to unwind from the yearlong grind at their work and have a few days of fun and adventure, Goa is till the preferred destination.
With the aim of exploring the historical and rustic rural charm of Goa, eight youngsters from the Infant Jesus Parish, Dombivli under the leadership of Pravin Fernandes embarked on an enchanting Goan Odyssey from 1st to 4th May 2008. Having made arrangement for the stay and vehicle driven by one of our colleagues, we set on a journey of exploring the historical monuments including the Bom Jesus Church at Old Goa, the sublime beaches, the lush green paddy fields and coconut groves and the silent rivers with barges flowing by.
We also tried to put to test our adventurous spirit and took turns to hoist ourselves in the sky through parasailing and try our hands in riding jet-skiing and banana ride.
Though our schedule in Goa was quite hectic and strenuous, the change that we experienced rejuvenated us with new energy and a sense of fulfillment. The vast expanse of the sea, sandy beaches, green rural setting, the many churches and the colonial type of rural houses transported us to a world quite different from the concrete jungles of Mumbai.
On the fourth day we returned to Mumbai after completing our enchanting Goan odyssey of fun and adventure, the memory of which will linger for many months to come.