Bus would be a fun, multi hop way of doing it. To Panaji, then to Madgaon, then to Chaudi (Canacona). Last leg to Agonda by tuk tuk. Bus tickets less than Rs 100 per person for all the hops. Tuk tuk Rs 150 to 200. Factor in some waiting time at each bus stop.
One consideration is time, another is luggage. Buses are packed full and go very fast, though most buses stop randomly to pick up anyone standing by the road with an outstretched arm. Screeech...!!!
We are doing the same calangute to betul in march .The buses are easy to get around on and like said above candolim / panjim...margao / canacona/betul /via agonda . TRAVEL LIGHT ..steve
Taxi, all the time. Get a good driver and you could ask him to stop en route (or drive around) at, say, the old Portuguese area of Margao where there are some really fine buildings which are an important part of Goa's past. Or take the old road for the final leg which is really pretty, stopping off at one of the old churches up a hill for a fine view over the coastline. Those buses are undersized, over packed, often looking under maintained, whizzing along as fast as they can go on a hairpin bend laden road as you approach the Canacona area, no seatbelts either (if you get a seat!). But cheap....
London ..but don,t you think the buses are more part of the goa experience .on the move with the goan populance is all part of our holidays would,nt miss it . steve
Very happy to take buses in other parts of Goa, but never on that winding hairpin bend part of that road to Canacona. I witnessed the aftermath of a hideous road accident there at Easter about 3 years ago involving the death of a whole family on a scooter and some of the passengers on an interstate bus heading for Karnataka. It was an ecxeptionally high death toll, but fatalities are common on that stretch of road. There are plenty of opportunities to engage with people who live in Goa other than by piling into a bus on that stretch of road. I am very happy to miss the experience you describe on that stretch of road but appreciate that others may quite enjoy it.Edited: 28 October 2012, 10:55
Know what you mean about some of the roads been from polem to querim on the buses and think they,re all hectic for taxi,s buses and scooters not to mention the pedestrians .We,ve also saw accidents one of which i put a photo of in a sept 12 posting outside cavelossim between a lorry and car luckily we heard there was no major injuries .We have took taxis to places but do prefer the buses or trains and some of them havent been that over crowded ..steve
I second what Mogdaw has just said Been doing the north/ south bus trip for years now its so easy and enjoyable, ok it may take alittle longer but its is fun and the money i save giving the greedy taxi drivers pays for the first night stay .Think about it
We love getting the bus down to Agonda. We also get the bus up to Mandrem fromCandolim too started using the busies a couple of years ago when we were on a bit of a tight budget and found it so easy we now rarely use a taxi. Ok the journeys take a bit longer but most of the time we are travelling to lie on a beach so what's an extra hour or so.
Let the train take the strain! Very enjoyable trip and finish with a tuk tuk from Canacona station.