Manoeuvring Your Way Through Goa
Goa is a small state and one can cover the whole length within a reasonable time (two to three hours) via the NH14 (National Highway). Distance is measured in Kilometres. Popular modes of transportation bus, car, motorbike.
High-resolution maps are not available for Goa – so the use of Google maps to reach a destination should aid you real well but not as detailed when you would want to zoom into a property. Also parts of Goa, do not have enough of signages that would have allowed convenience in manoeuvrability. The best option in such a case would be to use the age-old trick When in doubt just ask – usually people are friendly and helpful.
An ideal way to manoeuvring yourself around Goa is by a tourist taxi, for one the driver will be adept in the local language and will also have good knowledge of shortcuts and trick which make your movement hassle free especially when it comes to the difficult narrow roads and ugly city traffic. All resorts, major towns and cities will have a taxi stand.
One of the least used mode of transport when it comes to moving within Goa, the trains are mostly used for travelling interstate. What is rarely known though is that the train traverses through the most scenic parts of Goa which could be a feast for the eyes as you pass by beautiful landscapes and uninhabited routes, For example, the Dudhsagar Falls is right in the midst of the railway tracks.
PILOTS IN GOA
Licensed motorcycle taxis are referred to as ‘pilots’ and these pilots can be found in almost all towns, villages, and cities. As most of the transport system in small towns and cities come to a standstill after 8 pm and it is difficult to have public transport in the interiors corners, that can pick and drop you on demand at your doorstep – in such a scenario the service of a pilot is invaluable.
The freedom and convenience a motorbike can offer especially to a tourist in Goa are unexplainable. By far the best option if you do not mind soaking yourself under the tropical sun with only a bonus of the chilled Goan breeze hitting you that’s it! you have a top-class holiday in hand.
Most widely used mode of transport for covering long distances mainly because of the economy and comfort it offers especially when you need a roof in hot climatic conditions. This service is provided by private bus owners, government-runned buses (Kadamba Transport Corporation), and those operated by hotels and resorts mainly for tour guides and sightseeing.