The distance from Mumbai to Goa is actually not that far. Nevertheless, it should take 8 or 9 hours by train. It became with delays say and write 13h from it and in the end it was unbearably boring even in second class without lack of space.
I was compensated by a perfect pick-up service from the train and a really picturesque accommodation in North Goa, whose owner even had a German origin. Everything was clean and well organized and I was at the sea and a wide, almost deserted beach in two minutes. It was still pre-season and the tourist hustle and bustle was kept within limits. So I could leave all the hustle and bustle and the exhausting city tourism behind me wonderfully and quickly, as planned.
I wanted to stay longer in Goa and so I drove in the coming days the beaches with the scooter. First in the north and later in the south. I spent single days here and there on the beach and three nights in Palolem Beach, with daily ravishing sunsets and freshly grilled fish. Agonda Beach is where I ended up staying the longest. In contrast to Palolem, the large bay was wonderfully empty and quiet. Here I really came to rest and just enjoyed the sun and the sea.