Sernabatim beach is calm and serene one apart from being clean and less crowded; a beach full of nature to witness.
Tremendous rains and mounting worries; this time our journey to Goa was unlikely to commence on a good note.
Mumbai was experiencing heavy rains since Friday, 26th July’19 while we had our train, Tejas Express, next day early morning at around 6:30 AM from Thane, Mumbai to Karmali, Goa. The current situation in Mumbai worsened by Friday evening when most parts of the city were experiencing water logging due to which delay and cancellation of trains was no exception.
Our trip was planned long back and we had to rethink on our plan because of heavy rainfall in Mumbai. However, that little courage to travel was gathered upon looking at current situation of rains in Goa which was less to moderate. Weather forecast for the coming days in Goa too seemed to be in our favor.
Thrill part starts :
It was 5:00 AM on Saturday when me, my husband(Nirav) and 3-year old daughter(Navya) started off from home. To our surprise, no cabs were available from our residence at Ghatkopar to Thane station when checked online.
Also, barely few rickshaws were visible on road, nonetheless none were ready to drop us to the station (neither Ghatkopar nor Thane station) as rainfalls did not deem to stop yet.
On the contrary, Nirav’s friend(Manoo) and his wife(Ruchi) who were going to accompany us to our trip to Goa too were experiencing the same. Reaching Thane station for boarding Tejas Express now seemed to be clueless and worrisome.
Luckily, one BEST bus passed by and gave us lift to Ghatkopar station from where we could reach Thane station by local train. On the other hand, Manoo and Ruchi too were able to find one cab to drop them from Jogeshwari to CST station for boarding Tejas from CST which was its starting point. We could finally heave a sigh of relief upon boarding Tejas Express.
Mumbai to Goa Tejas Express experince:
It was altogether a new experience for all of us to travel via Tejas Express which was recently launched in mid 2017. The train currently runs at a frequency of five days a week in non-monsoon season and three days a week in monsoons.
This train hosts chair cars(there is no sleeper coach) with large windows, LED lights and TV screen at the back of every seat and has a centralized AC system. Apart from this, the catering service provided in the train was simply commendable. Experience of a new train combined with comfortable travel made us forget about all the worries which we had before boarding this train. The journey soon came to an end which was spent mostly in eating and playing cards while on board.
Proud Moment, at Karmali Station. Finally reached Goa, all thanks to Tejas Express
Upon reaching station, we opted for a pre-booked car at Rs.1200 to reach Baywatch Resort, booked for our stay at Goa. In around half an hour we reached this resort from Karmali.
Read about Baywatch Resort Stay Blog Review here : https://selftravelitinerary.co.in/asia/india/goa/south-goa-hotel-baywatch-resort-review-blog/
Since it was already evening by the time we reached the resort, we chose to roam in the nearby vicinity and went to Sernabatim beach which was at a walkable distance from Baywatch Resort.
This beach is calm and serene one apart from being clean and less crowded; a beach full of nature to witness. Later, we enjoyed dinner at the resort and rested for the day.