We hope to share our love of India and particularly Goa with you. Inside you will find information, maps and insights relating to our own travels in Goa and across India. We haven't been everywhere in India (who has?), but are gradually working our way round
This site is intended to showcase GOA and in particular the beautiful beaches of North GOA, but with a country as big as India around it, we hope we can lure you off the beach and help you to plan your holiday, and arrange excursions to suit you.
We will list Rental accommodation in Goa and particularly Candolim to help you in finding comfortable places to stay.
Colin & Shaila
Located on the West Coast of
India in Konkan, Goa is bounded by Maharashtra in the north, by
Karnataka in the east and the south, while the Arabian Sea forms its
western coast. Panaji (Panjim) is the state's capital and Vasco da Gama
(Vasco) is its largest city.
Goa formed part of the Mauryan
Empire in the 3rd century BC. This was followed by the rule of the
Satvahanas of Kolhapur and the Bhojas who made Chandor their capital.
From 580 – 750 AD the Chalukyas of Badami held sway over Goa until the
Silharas took control in 1086 AD.
heart of the city is the Church Square or Municipal Garden with the
Portuguese Baroque Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church,
originally built in 1541. But as anybody will tell you, Panjim is a
walker’s paradise. There
are tree-lined avenues and promenades and the best possible walking
areas are any of the quiet winding lanes on Altinho.
By far the most interesting
establishments are the posros, or the
small grocers that sell
everything, from fresh pao to ingots of golden palm jaggery, petals of
dried kokum, sheets of aromatic tamarind and bottles of home-made toddy
vinegar and coconut feni.
There are numerous spice plantations in Goa, offering guided tours which are informative and friendly. Learn about the various spices, leaves and their uses and sample the food. In season you can see the Cashew Nut apple and watch as Feni is distilled. Mainly located in the hills bordering Goa and Karnataka and on the road to Belgaum it is easy to combine a trip here with Old Goa and the Shri Mangesh Temple for a great day out. Any taxi driver should be able to take you on this trip, expect a cost of approx Rs1500
great day out is to the Dudhsagar Waterfalls. On the border of Goa and
Karnataka, here the Mandovi river falls 600m in a spectacular
waterfall, with a refreshing plunge pool at the foot. The pools are
only accessible via private jeep, keeping the numbers of tourists down
and giving a peaceful day out. Swim in the cool waters, watch the
friendly monkeys, have a picnic. The more adventurous can climb the
falls, but this is not for the feint hearted.
Allow a full day for this trip at a taxi fare
of about Rs1500. There are additional fees (about Rs350pp) to pay when
you get there.
there is something you want then Mapusa is the place to get it. A major
shopping and trading centre, with hundreds of small shops bursting to
the seams with goods for sale. If you are looking for the essence of
Goa, then Mapusa Friday Market is the perfect place for you. The town
of Mapusa has now become synonymous with its Friday Market, which is
located outside the Mapusa Municipal Market. Every Friday, the small
town of Mapusa burst into a riot of colour and noise. The farmers and
small entrepreneurs from all over Goa come to the market to sell their
locally grown or manufactured wares
and will even repair shoes on the
spot. Goan women dressed in their colourful attire also come in from
nearby villages to sell their self-made items including spices of
different types. You can shop for a wide range of items, right from
spices and T-Shirt to fresh fruit, trinkets, sausages, straw hats,
fresh and dried fish, incense, vegetables, souvenirs and furniture. You
should keep in mind that bargaining in Mapusa is an integral part of
shopping and therefore you should never pay the first price asked for.
Located in South Goa, Margao is the second biggest city in Goa, and possibly the
biggest city of Goa. It is certainly the busiest city, lively and full of crowds,
having one of the largest markets in Goa, with a huge variety of goods.
Margao is famous for beautiful churches, inviting parks, lovely houses,
beautifully built temples and especially for its huge closed market.
Even before the Portuguese entered Goa, Margao city was known for its
University having a library with
over 10,000 books.
This town square boasts of two
gardens - Municipal Garden and the Aga Khan Market. The other
attractions in the square are the statue of Luis de Menezes Braganca
and the Public library. The library is housed in the Municipal Building
and has books in various languages - Hindi, Marathi, Konkani, English
and Portuguese. You can just sit in and read a book of your choice with
no one to disturb you. The reading hall itself is open from 8 am to 8
Margao is the probably the most
important railway station in the state of Goa. The Konkan trains, which
connect Goa to Mumbai and Mangalore, stop at Pernim, Thivim, Karmali
Anjuna is huge. So huge there’s a
South, Middle and North Anjuna beach. Much of the action, and many
hotels, bars and restaurants are clustered off North Anjuna Beach in
DeMello, Soronto and St Anthony vaddos. The road from Mapusa comes past
Mazil and Temb vaddos to end in DeMello Vaddo, where there’s a parking
area to the right. Lanes lead left from here to St Anthony’s Church,
beyond which stretches Gaunkar Vaddo and Middle Anjuna Beach, which has
its own share of beachfront shacks.
Arpora village, spread across a hillock near Baga, is the place to be
on Saturday nights. Ingo’s night market is far more organised than
Anjuna’s flea market and can be much more fun. There are stalls
offering all kinds of goods and services, including clothes, trinkets,
spices, exotic haircuts, body-piercing, tarot-reading, palmistry, sculpture,
wood-carvings, and lots of food. With live bands playing, the place has
a carnival atmosphere.
Other Areas & States
Delhi Area (Golden Triangle)