The climate is consistent all year round hovering between 28 and 32 degrees celsius and is great for a Christmas and New Year break when European holiday destinations are cold. Goa has a multi-hued and distinctive lifestyle quite different from the rest of India having been a meeting point of many different races, religions and cultures of East and West over the centuries. Hindu and Catholic communities make up almost the entire population giving it a cosmopolitan outlook which fits well with holiday maker. Varca, Mabor and Cavelossim, are arguably the most beautiful beaches of Goa, close to Benaulim.
These beaches are much cleaner and quieter than most of the famous beaches of Goa.
There are numerous beach shacks cum restaurants offering a variety of Goan dishes and seafood at reasonable prices.
For a change the many rivers are available to be explored using a rice boat or traditonal Goan fishing boats
where you can have a 3 course meal on king prawns and sea bass and all the beer you can drink for less than £8. The cost of living in Goa is very low, just a fraction of a normal holiday in Europe and continental food is as widely available as is Asian and Chinese. Fruits and vegetables are very cheap and available all year round from markets close by. Silks, leather and craft goods are also very competively priced.
Some shops can duplicate items from UK and European catalogues, so bring your favourite catalogue and have all your clothes custom made in the finest linens and cottons or silks. If you prefer more alternative lifestyles, then
yoga and aruvedic medicines,
along with crystal healing and massages are widely available.
Alternatively you can visit the 5* spas available at the major hotels such as Radisson and Taj Exotica
very close by.
Goans celebrate Christian, Hindu and Muslim festivals so there is always a party or a parade to see.
Whether its a trip to the jungle, or the river back waters, or a visit to the spice farms with elephant transport or up to Anjuna for the live music or vast craft markets Goa has it all and many people come back year after year as a result.
Contact us for more information on our self-catering cottage and the area.
There are a few tours available on arrival to Goa,
Heres a few to think about (click on headers below):
Betty’s Boats at Cavalossim
Leaving daily for a 6-8hour boat trip on the backwaters, including all you can eat/drink (local beers/spirits) etc for the day.
It’s around 700 rupees per head but worth it – leaves early morning.
Approx 30km away is a good day trip and entry ticket includes lunch..just organize a taxi there (approx 1200rupees return).
North Goa to Anjuna night market
Check for details, usually on a Wednesday night. Its around 1200rupees in a taxi for the return trip.
North Goa are the beach resorts of Candolim and Baga and worth a trip although you will see why you
opted to be in South Goa, its much better!!
Tourist bus service operating from Colva…
…which for around three hundred rupees which is nothing,
will take you on a day tour of north Goa (to the forts and churches of Old Goa, Panjim).
The bus is a ramshackle old thing and tickets available from booking offices close to the bus station
are a bit hard to find…but if you can make it, its an interesting experience.
Breakfast at the Taj Exotica. There is a public restaurant just off the beach in this
super deluxe 5 star hotel.
Ayeurvedic massage can be arranged at home or at one of the many shops/beach shaks in Benaulim/Colva.
Water sports all available from beach in front of Taj Exotica, kite surfing, jetskis etc.
Hampi is a UNESO world heritage site within striking distance of Goa.
It’s a 6 hour plus bus journey (probably from Panjim), and actually outside the state,
but an extraordinary place for hiking, rock climbing if you are feeling very adventurous etc.
For all endeavors outside the quiet villages by the beach where we are located,
bear in mind that poor roads and chaotic traffic mean that even relatively short distances can
turn into hours of travel. Taxis are of course the easiest way to travel but are still limited
by speed of other traffic. Buses are by far the most interesting and wherever you go,
you will be the centre of attention to the locals.