A memorable trip to Goa
The 100-year-old Basilica of Bom Jesus.
We were eagerly waiting for our trip to Bangalore and Goa. After the quarterly exams, we met at the Chennai Central Railway Station to board the Bangalore Mail that night. Surprisingly, other trains had been cancelled due to the Cauvery dispute. We reached Bangalore in the early hours of the morning.
The Lal Bagh Botanical Garden was the first place we saw and there were colourful flowers, rare plants, tall conical trees, patches of green grass and beautiful gardens. Due to the chaos in the city, we left for Londa that night with a bit of fear after visiting the museum.
We reached Londa the next day. The buses did not reach the station because of the bandh. We walked on the track for about a kilometre and reached the main road. We enjoyed walking on the track, as there was much greenery that we cannot otherwise see.
Goa's beautiful beaches.
At last we took our buses and left for Goa. We went past the Western Ghats. The deep valleys of the ranges were covered with fog. Rivers and waterfalls cut the mountains. The mountains had many hairpin bends and it was breathtaking journey. At last we reached Goa.
We visited some beautiful beaches; some were sandy (Miramar Beach) and others rocky (Anjuna beach). We spent an evening in Calangute Beach and enjoyed a swim in the sea. Then we really enjoyed the folk dances of Goa. This century-old church (Basilica of Bom Jesus) is a monument where the relic of St. Francis Xavier's body, which is about 449 years old, is kept. Then we visited an old fort (Acquada/fort) and an old lighthouse inside. With its beautiful scenery and climate, Goa is still green in our minds.
Soon we left for Chennai. We experienced overwhelming joy throughout the tour. Different climate, language and food taught us adjustment even in the absence of our family members. These types of tours should be arranged in schools every year so that the students are exposed to the world. To put it in a nutshell this was a memorable educational tour.
Paul Lawrence G, XI
Chennai: Bishop Corrie Anglo-Indian H.S. School
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