Travel Inspiration | 6 mins read time
I had to make time to write down a post on Goa, being my hometown and a very famous tourist destination worldwide, I wanted to share with you experiences from my latest trip! I hope you will enjoy reliving the moments with me and also I hope this article inspires you to add Goa to your travel bucket list.While tourists flock Goa for its beautiful beaches, it’s the ‘susegad‘ lifestyle of Goans that actually lets you have the most relaxed and chilled out vacation of your life!
Goa is the smallest state of India by area and the fourth smallest by population.
When to go
Oct to March
June to September are the rainy months in Goa, if you want to enjoy off-season benefits it’s during this period. December – Jan is peak season, and usually flocked with tourists. Temperatures start to get really high March onwards so you can plan your trip to Goa according to what you really would like to experience. I personally like to avoid the sweltering heat of summer (March to May).
Place(s) to be 2018
Cheers to Feni!
Our favorite hangout place this December was a local Goan bar ‘Joseph Bar’ which is a tiny cute bar where locals go to sip on some typical Goan liquor Feni made of cashews. Joseph Bar is located in the Latin quarter of Goa which houses some of the most beautiful Portuguese inspired architecture!
Goa was a Portuguese colony for 450 years, you see the Portuguese influence very much present even today from the cuisine to the architecture.
This place is highly recommended by us… although it is small and hidden it has a great charm and is the best way to enjoy the susegad lifestyle of local Goans and also houses some of the first handcrafted beers of Goa –Susegado
How to get there:
E-250, Gomes Pereira Road, Altinho, Panjim, Goa 403521 Map
A Starry Night in a Houseboat!
There is no better way to admire the virgin lands and untouched beauty of nature than on a houseboat! This is a fairly new concept in Goa, I love it as it gives you a really fun experience either as a couple or with your family. Imagine spending the night staring at a sky full of stars in the middle of a river somewhere… that is truly a beautiful experience and I would recommend it 🙂
We booked an overnight river cruise on the river Charpora on the FLOATING PARADISE (doesn’t operate during the rainy season from June to September).The price is 8000 INR (approx 100€) per room, the boat has three bedrooms, and the boat can accommodate up to 10pax (mattresses are provided for extra pax). Each room comes with an attached bathroom and has big windows which give a beautiful view of the river!
The cruise starts around 5 pm and ends around 12pm the next day, during this time you are served welcome drinks with snacks, tea, dinner, breakfast, and lunch.The food is really sumptuous and freshly prepared onboard by the chef and is included in the above charge. The staff is super friendly and does everything to make the experience great.
You can enjoy your time onboard gazing at nature, birds, and wildlife as you cruise on the Charpora river, you can even do some fishing while you are at it! If you get lucky the chef offers to cook your catch!
I must say the pics don’t do justice to the beauty of the nature, it just stays alive in your memories.
To book: email@example.com
Castaway somewhere between the Beach and Brunch!
This is a must try: Castaway Sunday Brunch at the Park Hyatt Goa, laze around the beautiful beachside postcard setup, enjoy the most amazing spread out of buffet ever, with live grills and a DIY cocktail stand. The live music makes the whole scene so surreal you just want the moment to last forever.
After brunch, you can choose to laze around by the poolside or by the beach! We chose the poolside and sipped on our cocktails as the sunset-soaked making the sky filled with a myriad of hues 🙂
Go here for a taste of luxury and continental food.
Price: 1800INR per person (23€ approx) drinks included.
To book: +91 832 272 1234
A hut by the beach? Yes, please!
This definitely tops the list, I love staying at Palolem Beach which is my fav Goan beach. There are several coco huts by the beach which you can rent at a very reasonable price. I stayed in a cocohut which was sea facing (during peak season December) it cost me 2000INR per night (25€ approx). There are many other options to choose from and prices can go as low as 7€! Don’t hesitate to bargain a little 🙂
The Palolem beach stays alive till late night, you can enjoy freshly grilled fish by the sea. I love waking up at sunrise and have my chai with the sea view.
We stayed at Castle Cave Beach Huts they have some really cool huts (bathroom attached) with all the basics requirements.
To book: 91 9422453553, +91 9923172675
Time to fill up the belly.
I will list below my top 3 places to eat in Goa since my last visit:
If you want to taste some really delicious Goan- Portuguese cuisine this is the place! In the middle of a chaotic town Peppers offers the most chilled out setup in an old Portuguese mansion!
My Fav: The Garlic Chilly Tongue Roast.
For the best fish and Goan dishes with a riverside view. This is a place enjoyed by local Goans, nothing fancy but delicious food with a soothing river view!
My Fav: Crab Xec Xec
Love this place for its fun feni based cocktails and innovative recipes! Great to visit on Thursdays if you love Karaoke 🙂
My Fav: Firefly Fire (Chilly Feni Cocktail) and Cherris stuffed with dates yummmmmmy!
- Go easy on the Feni.
- Carry exact change.
- Use your bargaining skills.
- Smile and spend a susegad holiday!
I hope this article was helpful and provided you some inspiration for your next travel destination :p
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Article by: Mellissa Fernandes | Makeup Artist | 🇫🇷