As travellers, we often forget to explore our own backyard. Thankfully, I have learnt from my mistakes and try discover it all.

The first glance of the river while crossing the bridge
The first glance of the river while crossing the bridge

Less than a week after I moved to Goa, I took my scooter out and set on an unknown path. After a 30-minute aimless ride, I finally found myself in the beautiful neighbourhood of Talpona.

The beautiful road to the beach
The beautiful road to the beach

Talpona beach is located towards the southern end of the state and gets its name from the neighbouring Talpona River that flows across.

Riding parallel to the river
Riding parallel to the river

This river is placid and serves as a nesting ground for many birds. I saw a large number of White-throated Kingfishers, Green Bee-eaters, Brahminy Kites and Cattle Egret, amongst others.

Great for bird watching
Great for bird watching

The beach clones the river’s tranquility. It is quiet, empty and undisturbed. I’ve seen the cleanest golden sands and clearest white water here. I lost myself here while listening to the water and the breeze added company to my solitude.

The high contrast beach
The high contrast beach

On my way back, the tide appeared to be healthy for some fishing. I saw quite a few fisherman involved in their early evening fishing rituals.

I must confess, I still prefer the river
I must confess, I still prefer the river

I parked ahead of the bridge and stared at the river for some time. It was quiet and serene here. The meandering river and symmetrical bridge left me enchanted.

Crossing the bridge.
Crossing the bridge.

Amrita Das

Amrita is a freelance travel writer and professional travel blogger. She has been contributing to some of the top publications in India and internationally. She propagates female solo travel and shares her experiences from off-beat, culture and adventure travel through her writing.

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