goa during monsoon
If you are staying in panjim, how about a walk at altinho hills? if you'll decide to visit altinho, I would have invited you'll over for a cup of chai but I'm never at home. Why dont you'll visit Mollem sanctuary? It's really beautiful hiking in the rains. you can even hike to dudh sagar waterfalls along the railway tracks. trust me, it's the best thing to do in Goa during the monsoons. All the best
Some general info for smarty-pants... ;-)
DID YOU KNOW THAT...
Local Time: GMT + 5 hrs 30 min
Capital: Panjim (Panaji)
Electricity: 220 Volts
Currency: Indian Rupees
1 US Dollar (USD) = approx. 45 Rs (INR)
1 Euro (EUR) = approx 55 Rs (INR)
Driving: Traffic is on the left! Easy for Brits and Aussies! Difficult for me!
Goa is India's smallest state in terms of area.
Goa's sole airport is the Dabolim Airport (Code: GOI) (no, not Dublin.... Da-bo-lim. haha!)
Panaji (also known as Panjim) is the administrative capital of Goa. Goa's legislative capital is Porvorim. Old Goa is very interesting for a day trip to explore historic churches, temples and architecture.
It has a rich Indian & Portuguese heritage, visible in numerous chapels, churches and temples dotted around the area amongst the beautiful landscape. Take a walk around... wander aimlessly... you'll come across some beautiful heritage sights & old buildings!
The north coast of Goa is where it all happens: Aguada, Candolim, Calangute, Baga and Anjuna beach are seamlessly tied together.
Goa also has rich flora & fauna, with lush greenery, fertile fields & tropical forests.
Being in the tropical zone and near the Arabian Sea, the region has a warm & humid climate for most of the year. The month of May is the hottest, with temperatures of over 35 C (90 F) with high humidity. The monsoon rains arrive by early June. Most of Goa's annual rainfall is received through the monsoons which last till late September / early October. We travelled in late October/early November and only had 2 rainy days, which was perfect!
- Nudity on beaches and public places is forbidden & punishable by law.
- Do not buy articles made from rare / endangered species which are banned.
- Tourists are advised to observe silence, due respect and proper decorum inside the places of worship & religious monuments. Always remove your shoes at the entrance to the main hall of any holy shrine. A BIT OF HISTORY...
In 1498, Vasco da Gama became the first European to set foot in India through a sea route, landing in Kozhikode in Kerala, followed by an arrival in what is now known as Old Goa. The Portuguese arrived with the intention of setting up a colony and seizing complete control of the spice trade from other European powers after traditional land routes to India were closed by the Ottoman Turks.
Later, in 1510, Portuguese admiral Afonso de Albuquerque defeated the ruling Bijapur kings on behalf of a local sovereign, Timayya, leading to the establishment of a permanent settlement in Velha Goa (or Old Goa). The Portuguese intended it to be a colony and a naval base, distinct from the fortified enclaves established elsewhere along India's coasts.
After India gained independence from the British in 1947, Portugal refused to accede to India's request to relinquish their control of its exclave. Arbitration by the World Court and the United Nations General Assembly in the 1950s ruled in favour of self determination. Finally, on Dec. 12th 1961, the Indian army moved in, taking the colony by force.
"trips and tours"
If your gonna book a trip or tour try "DAYTRIPPERS" or "JOHNS BOAT TOURS" these trips are like for like as offered by the tour operators ,but if you book with these guys you will save 10 to 15 pounds per person.
Most people know about Goa's excellent dentists but they are now moving into general medical tourism too. The leader in this market is Vrundavan Hospital in Mapusa. Whether its a general check up or more involved procedures like hip-joint replacement, cosmetic surgery etc then this is the place.With state of the art facilities like spiral CT scans, excellent private wards, and more than enough nurses, this place has my own personal recommendation.
flower offerings to the god
outside the temples in goa you may come across flower vendors. in hindu religion it is common to offer fresh flowers, coconut, and vermillion to the lord.
the vendors usually have readymade plates known as thalis/plastic baskets, also included in the plates is "prasad" a sweet delicacy usually known as "pedhas".
womenfolk often offer a "sari"(traditional wrap around dress of indian women) to the goddess which is known as "oti".
when the offering is made at the lords feet the head priest "pujari/guruji" hands over half of the coconut pedhas and some flowers from gods feet as a blessing to be taken home.
big boxes kept in temples for offerings from pilgrims are known as "danpetis" believers donate sums of money into these boxes for various charity and upkeep of the temple and its community.
the flower vendors are usually out to make some business. they might pester a newcomer or a foreign tourist but usually a smile with no thanx is all that is required to dissuade them if u are not to keen on buying their wares.
it is very important to remember to leave out ur footwear at the doorstep of the temple.
important that u wear simple sandals or chappals when u are making a temple trip as u may have to remove them often and shoes may be cumbersome to put on everytime.