Goan Heritage Hotel

2.5 out of 5 stars2.5 Stars

Gauro Vaddo, Calangute, Bardez, Goa, 403516, India
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Excellent
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49
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40%
66
Average
16%
26
Poor
5%
9
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12

Value Score Great Value!

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A bit of Hiking, History and... well, that's it.

by JessH

In between our "busy schedule" of tanning, swimming, dozing, sipping cocktails and feeding the street dogs we decided to spend one whole day sightseeing.
So, armed with my VT-travel tips, a taxi driver, a camera and lots of water we set off towards one of Goa's must-sees: Fort Aguada.

The fort was constructed in 1612 to guard against the Dutch and the Marathas. It is the largest and best-preserved Portuguese bastion in Goa.
The walls are 5 metres high and 1.3 metres wide... perfect for walking along the top for a good view. Not surprising then that this remains to be the only fort that was not conquered by any invaders during the 450 year long rule of the Portuguese empire in Goa.
It stands on the edge of a hill, overlooking the south of the Mandovi river & the lush greenery that we loved so much. A freshwater spring within the fort provided water supply to the ships that used to stop-by. This is how the fort got its name: Aguada = Water.
The other unusual feature is a 4-storey Portuguese lighthouse, erected in 1864 and the oldest of its kind in Asia.

Much of the site nowadays serves as a prison & is inaccessible, which made our visit a bit boring and therefore short. Also, as with any tourist-hot spot there's a small, slightly annoying gathering of street vendors on the road near the fort trying to sell snacks, pool & beach toys, postcards & plastic souvenirs.

So after getting some great shots on the camera, we left after about 30 minutes & headed off to discover more Goan heritage.

Even if you're not really interested in history, I'd still recommend taking 1/2 hour out of your day to visit the Fort. It wasn't too crowded, and sitting on one of the terraces overlooking the hills was worth the drive already :-)

Opening Hours: Weekdays 10:00am - 05:30pm (check with tour operators or taxi drivers... timings may change)

Heaven explored

by ghajela

"Beach: Calangute"

We managed to stay at Goan Heritage Hotel which was right on the Calangute beach itself. Hence where would you find us full day ....at the beach of course. This section of the beach was not very crowded and had very few people around. Hence no rush, no noise and very little disturbances. We started the day with a bottle of pint beer and finished with fresh Water melon juice. During the day time full body oil massage was also a fixture, great sea food for the lunch and dip at the sea every hour. We also got the Tattoo painted to give us complete Goan feel. The day passed with full relaxation at the beach along with Tan on the body

"Night at Goa"

Goa at night just changes its colour. Every thing starts to glow and you could hear great goan music at various pubs and bars. It looked just like any other european city. We took a scooter and made it a point to visit all the places around Calangute and Baga. As the distance is not much you can drive around. The beach at night are so quiet and the only noise is that of waves. It is an awesome feeling to just sit on the beach at night and listen to the nature's sound. The distant sound of music will always be there played at different shacks on the beach. We tried eating sea foods at lot of places and almost all of them taste so delicious.

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Goan Heritage

by Rach&Jay

Hi There

Has anyone stayed at the Goan Heritage in Calangute?

I like a place to be very close to the beach, have a nice pool and have good modern bathrooms

Appreciate any feedback you may have

Thanks

Rachel

Re: Goan Heritage

by MaxBiker

Well you can't get much closer to the beach and it's not too close to the mayhem of Calangute.
I just hope you haven't taken the "all inclusive" deal - there are hundreds of restaurants local to this area, most are crap but there are some beauties.

After Seven, Kebabas & Curries, I95, Au Reverie, Le Jardin & Souyman's Kitchen are in the immediate area.

Then in Candolim - Casa Manolita, Le Bistro, The Mermaid, The Stonehouse, The Banyan Tree @ Bomras. For a light lunch or hand made chocolates - Café Chocolatti.

In Baga - Poisson Rouge, Casa Portuguese, and for a healthy organic lunch, try Lila's Café.

Re: Goan Heritage

by MaxBiker

If you're willing to make the effort - I can point you in the direction of a brilliant place to have breakfast or a lunch.
You will need to get a taxi to take you to "The French Bakery" at Baba au Rhum. It's just outside the village of Arpora up a small lane on the left (signposted) and before you get to the sight of the Saturday night-market. You will have to help the taxi driver - they don't know where these sort of places are to be found.
The taxi fare should be no more than 250Rs return - if it is, rent a scooter for the day it's only 200Rs.

Re: Goan Heritage

by buncey

maxibiker you have recomended banyan tree courtyard!!! for eating in i have booked this hotel for 16 nights and are traveling 28th jan i have been unable to get to no the where abouts of this hotel we have stayed in candolim before but up the othere end victor exotica, have you eaten in this hotel thanks for any information

phoenix park candolim

by lardyhead

hi everyone we have booked to go to the phoenix park hotel in candolim feb 24th we booked it because of the good reviews on various sites but there are now a couple of bad reviews regarding cleanliness. has anyone been there recently thanks

RE: RE: phoenix park candolim

by lardyhead

hi sanjoo thanks for your reply. have you stayed at the phoenix? we have stayed at the goan heritage and neelams the grand and we loved both of these hotels. is the phoenix on the same level as these do you know? thanks for your time

RE: RE: phoenix park candolim

by Brett-Wallace

Sound like a fairly nice place!
Does anybody have the email address for this hotel?

good restaurants to use

by bobbsy

hi everone we are off to goa quite soon and wonder if anyone who has been to goa lately can give me any restaurants that you used, that you enjoyed. we can maybe use while on holiday, the ones we remember and are J&As, Brittos, After8, Seashells, allspice. thank you in advance

Neil

RE: good restaurants to use

by allanmarian

Hi,
Try A`Revier next to Goan Heritage Calangute around the same prices as after8. Excellent service good setting and the best food we have tasted in Goa, Allan.

RE: good restaurants to use

by jalapeeno

Little italy in calangute is really good, veggie menu tho...

and Plantation leaf in Calangute.. again veggie curry house.. very cheap but nice,

oh and citrus in baga was nice--- a med restuarant.. and fiesta in baga was superb chic place.

Enjoy mate

Travel Tips for Goa

Money,money,money

by BluBluBlu

I always take a mixture of cash & plastic. Sterling is the easiest currency to exchange. Most large towns now have ATM's, Calangute has six, and there's a new one after arrivals at Dabolim Airport. Whatever you do don't change money at the airport...its a rip-off!

Goa trance music

by georeiser

Goa trance is a monotone electronic music said to be originated from Goa during the late 1980's. For me it sounds more like Belgian techno music from the early 1990's. A romantic dream made as a continuance of the spiritual hippie culture.

The music is heard from CD shopping stalls and other places in goa where you find young foreign tourists.

Recipe for your very-own, home made Naan bread!

by JessH

When I first tasted Naan bread many years ago, at a small backstreet Indian restaurant in Hong Kong, I was instantly hooked. It's hot, "squidgy" and thick - perfect to soaking up the delicious curry sauces - and often providing some temporary relief if your tongue is burning from a spicy meal!
Centuries ago the Moguls brought Naan bread to India (the Moguls came from Persia; the Persian word for bread is naan). Naan bread isn't exclusively eaten on the subcontinent: it is also part of the local diet in countries such as Afghanistan.

Typically there are 3 types of Naan bread: Plain, with butter or my favourite: butter & garlic! The ingredients for my recipe aren't 100% authentic - but rather have been adjusted to include ingredients that are widely available in modern supermarkets.

You will need:
(makes approx. 9 pieces)
> 450 g plain flour.
> 1/2 teaspoon salt.
> 1 teaspoon baking powder.
> 2 teaspoons active dry yeast.
> 2 teaspoons sugar.
> 150ml milk, hand-hot.
> 2-3 tablespoons vegetable oil.
> 150 ml natural yoghurt, lightly beaten.
> 1 egg, lightly beaten.
> some fresh, chopped coriander.

Let's get baking!
1. Sift the flour, salt, baking powder, yeast and sugar in a bowl and pour in the hand-hot milk, oil, yoghurt and the beaten egg and mix it all together to form a ball of dough.
2. Place the dough on to a clean surface and knead it for 10min or more, until it is smooth and "satin-like".
3. Pour about 1/4 tsp oil into a large bowl and roll the ball of dough in it.
4. Cover the bowl with a piece of cling film and set aside in a warm place for the yeast to do its job: this will take approx. an hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
5. Pre-heat oven to the highest temperature. Place the heaviest baking tray to heat in the oven.
6. Punch down the dough and knead it again and divide into 9 equal balls.
7. While working on 1 ball, keep the remaining balls covered. Flatten the ball using your hands (or rolling pin) into an oval naan, about 15cm in length and 12cm at its widest. Brush the top with melted butter (and sprinkle with grated/chopped garlic if you like).
8. Remove the hot baking tray from the oven, grease it well with butter or oil and place the naan on to it (you can cook up to 4 naans in one go).
9. Put it into the oven on the top rack for 2-3min. It should puff up and brown slightly (do keep an eye on it).
10. Once puffed up and browned on one side, flip the naan and back into the oven for another 1-2min till the top of naan goes golden brown.
11. Finished! Naan is best served hot and sprinkled with some fresh coriander.

TIP No.1: You can also bake naan in a heavy pan ontop of your stove. But I find that they "puff up" better in the oven.

TIP No.2: You can also make a big batch of naan in advance and once they've cooled, wrap them individually and freeze them for a later date.

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