Total distance: 750 km (roughly)
Car: Honda City
# of passengers: 5 adults 3 kids
Time taken: 18 hours (roughly)
Do not take the Belgaum – Ponda road. The roads are almost non-existent.
Candolim which is close to where we were staying is a touristy place which means everythign is expensive. It is almost impossible to get the famous Goan fish curry and rice meal there. All the hotels almost exclusively cater to the European crowd and are prohibitively expensive. But Panjim is close by and so its not too much of a hassle.
Calangute beach is beautiful. The water is nice and cool. The sand soothing. It has a plethora of water sports to indugle in. The restaurants on the beach front are good and not too expensive. We ate at the Cheers Shack on both days and enjoyed the food there.
All in all a wonderful holiday.