goa trip – day 15
agonda is so cool we decided to stay there again today . although cola beach was spectacular for a visit , and others have also had good points . agonda beach is the best all round for us . its become our ‘go to’ hang out and fav beach in the south for daytimes .
took a video and posted it from my smartphone …. live from the beach …. technology hey ….
we spent the day at a shack in south end that had a dozen free beds / brollys and got looked after with snax & drinks great by a guy called sanjay . there where often free beds thoughout day , quick churn of passers thru . its really nice this beach , especially south end agonda even more so prob . no sellers no hassle lots of beds , great sand and bay , palm trees and the odd boulder in the sea .
id no idea how to get there but it looked like a hilltop rd was nearest on my map , and it tied in with it being a hotel what i thought was in the hills . after riding the bike up we trekked for a bit in jungle path towards it and came accross a complete and rusted decades old fuel truck/tanker near a quary , like the hotel its abandoned in jungle with nyc subway style graffiti – a top photo op this was .
we could see it down a valley in the distance but it didnt look a good hike in the heat for 1/2 mile and jungle looked too dense , so we went to have a look if access from beach is easier . it seemed a lot closer from far south end of beach so we took this route to it instead . it was pretty easy this way and right choice thru some paths thru woods and over a stream , and it wasnt full on jungle just woodland . its a half built abandoned for near 25 years HUGE hotel thats been swallowed by the jungle . its like something from a movie
it halted when owner was murdered apparently , and was supposed to be a proper high end place . it is so big this hotel , and about 6 stories high and spread over a large area . the size in indian measurements is 3 , 58 , 814 sq mtrs . the registered office of sima resorts is in mumbai opposite the liberty cinema . a mention of dr singh duigal being deceased on the docs suggests he was the orig owner . things are happening with it tho still [or at least recovery actions against sima] , it isnt totally dormant . theres lots of legal perperwork attached to the walls . the possession notice dated 2006 and reinforced in 2011 indicates borrowed money owed was 27 , 62 , 99 , 258.50 rps [27 crore , 62 lakh , 99 thousand , 258.50] , i presume to the banks . additionally the amount owed to the mumbai debts recovery tribunal notice dated 3.10.12 is 6,04,77,858.50 .
the hotel is a great explore , you can use stairs to access all of the hotel levels and its grounds and exterior buildings . its a mad maze at times especially coming back down !
there is main hotel , outer buildings , various old rooms , the views are great the higher you go
theres lots of random stuff knocking about
there are obvious pitfalls of things like big holes in 3rd floor walls , holes in floor , loose drainpipes , no walls , no rails on stairs , collapsed walls – be carefull !
you could spend ages here exploring , and there was lots more that i didnt even see , many many rooms , even numerous blocks of dozens of appts and outshouses i didnt even see
large parts are slowly being eaten back up by the jungle
there are monkeys all around in trees ,
and a nepalise family has even taken up residency there in two rooms !!
and if you know what the hell this is , post a message below cos ive seen a few of these ‘nests’ now !??
if visiting id suggest to go when its cooler , and take moz protection if you do this – it was essential about 3pm onwards when we went . watch out for snakes , scorpions and the odd boar ! we chose to ignore the no entry signs … like the nepalise family ! things arent exactly safe if you dont act a little careful , so it might be an idea to tell a shack or someone your going just incase you have an accident & you dont make it back . imagine if the agonda bats moved in here , wow that would be incredible lol . the irony was it was supposed to be the end of the world today [21.12.12] , and honestly this was setting the scene perfectly – welcome to hotel doom 😉
we dont mind admitting we didnt dare go down to the lower basement levels – it was pitch black with just a smartphone torch . pah no chance didnt even think about it !!! if you do venture down post a message . i could imagine being in pitch black basement , taking a flash photo – and there being a massive ‘thing’ infront of you appear . brown moment ! or even just falling down a big hole …. too many movies . like i said at start – its a film setting 😉
we left , retracing our path towards beach , and past trailer park !
past lifeguard station
and finished the day with drinks and food at ‘dunhills’ agonda beach . spot on chlli chicken with potatoes rice and veg on a big skillet with the chicken . mmmmmmm .
mrs had a pot of lentil and spinach based dahl veggie goodness and we also got rice and a cheese and garlic naan which was perfect . such great quality beachfront eats . the weird thing is the menu seemed absolutely identical to wedesdays visit to ‘april 20’ in patnem . is it the same owner ? either way we had awesome meals at both places and the wine was good too . and see the previous days report about his designer “huts” [condo’s!] at dunhill on agonda beach , real high quality glass stuff with designer bathrooms etc . classiest we saw . theres 6 brand new dec 2012 .
heres a few pics later in day as sun is dropping across agonda beach
back in palolem we taked tonite and both of us are suprised we havent seen any trad indian dancers in a few weeks of being here , or snake charmers . maybe someone has killed all the cobra’s for their bones ? but we have seen loads of crows , never read about the crows on here they are everywhere – you hear them more often than beeping bikes and the canacona trains . pleased to see that the night after free drinks opening , ‘that bar’ in palolem was busy on second night . quite a decent happening new bar .
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