5 spectacular places to go trekking in Goa

Goa has earned the reputation as one of the most happening tourist destinations not only in India but across the world. It is famous for the beaches, nightlife, seafood and the flea markets. Goa has a vibrant culture and a vibe which attracts every kind of traveller. It has a coastline of about a hundred kilometres and quite a few number of beaches which offer numerous adventure activities. One of the many things to do…

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Guide to Dudhsagar waterfall

Goa is a haven for beach lovers. But there are many other places to visit in Goa that make for a great day trip. Now, how about a little effort to behold the cascading beauty of a gushing waterfall? The Dudhsagar waterfall is an absolute delight, and you simply cannot afford to miss it! Located about 60 kilometres from Panaji and 80 kilometres to the south of Belagavi, between the states of Goa and Karnataka…

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Offbeat Goa: Reis Magos Fort restored to charm

It’s unlikely to find Reis Magos Fort on a tourist’s wish-list of things to do in Goa. This partially works because you have the beautifully restored fort to yourself. Originally built in 1497 by Adil Shah of Bijapur, the Reis Magos Fort was later captured by the Portuguese in 1543. By the 1900s the fort was no more used as a defensive structure but a prison. It remained in a state of abandon for over a…

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Eating Feni Ice Cream in Goa

I was in Goa for an extended weekend in September 2015 when I got a tip-off from a friend about a restaurant that serves Goa’s local brew, Feni in an ice cream flavour. The next day, I was here! Niko Homemade Ice cream and Restaurant Tucked away on the Siolim-Vagator road in Assagao, North Goa and hidden behind a big banyan tree is a standalone eatery – Niko. A typical Goan house has been converted…

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Safa Masjid is Goa’s Oldest Mosque

“This is also a monument. Do you want to check, Edwina?” On the way back to the hotel from a wonderful trip to the Sahakari Spice Plantation in Ponda, my colleague casually pointed towards the Safa Masjid. A rather unknown-unheard of structure, the Safa Masjid stood lone and proud among plentiful greenery, accompanied by a masonry tank with turquoise waters. How could I have not got off to check the place? I told my colleague,…

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Goa San Joao festival – A Tradition to Jump into Wells and Lakes

Sao Joao festival Goa - Siolim

[Last updated: 1 July 2019] I visited Goa thrice last year. This year, I visited Goa twice in a month. I keep getting asked ‘Why do you always go to Goa?’ The simplest answer would be because I’m a Goan. But honestly there are many reasons. Goa’s laid-back lifestyle, delicious non-vegetarian food, friendly locals and vibrant festivals keep bringing me back. I love their festivals. Almost all of them have a carnival like feel. The…

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9 reasons why you must visit the Goa Carnival

Have you ever visited Goa during the Carnival? Trust me! There’s no other place you’d rather be. The annual 4 day Goa carnival is organized in the first quarter of the year and it is one of the most exciting times to be in Goa. Larger than life floats, colorful costumes, music, dance and sprightly performances are witnessed by millions of tourists that throng this place to be a part of this public celebration. And if…

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Visit Naval Aviation Museum Goa

naval aviation museum goa

Once again, I landed in Goa for a week long sojourn during the auspicious festival of lights. The trip was special, for I was behind the wheel as we drove down 600km, all the way to this coastal state. Every time I claim to have seen enough of Goa, it surprises me. I’ve already shared posts on Palolem Beach, Reis Magos Fort, Big Foot and Goa State Museum. But, obviously there is a lot more…

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Goa State Museum – Rich Collection And Honest Exhibit Intentions

I am going to admit, I am a museum person. Getting to know culture, history, civilizations by strolling through exhibits, listening to audio guides and leafing brochures fascinates me. I also believe museums say a lot about a city or state; and hence it is imperative to have city and state museums. Considerable efforts should be drawn by every state or central government to preserve and/or restore artifacts, relics, galleries, cultural anthropology, et al. and…

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Ancestral Goa museum and Big Foot– Victim of its own concept

If you are bored of visiting Goa’s infinite beaches or if you are the type of person who enjoys visiting museums then Ancestral Goa Museum is a place you can check out. The Place Ancestral Goa is meant to give you a cultural glimpse of Goa – Olden style homes, what their occupations were like? how did they dress? what did they eat? et cetera. The place is also popular as Big foot because of an…

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Miraculous Cross, Anjuna – I found another Miraculous Cross in Goa

Having been the place of my ancestral roots, I have visited Goa more times than I can count. The beaches are now exhausted, the restaurants and cuisine now commercialized and there is no empty place left for time by yourself with the tourist explosion in this hippie state. Do not get me wrong, I love Goa and I keep coming back to this place in moments to find myself or when I just want to…

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