We are in Palolem and many people don't know that there are 2 ATM's in Chaudi, which is the nearest town. Chaudi (4km from Palolem) can be reached by bus from Palolem and costs 4 Rupees. The bus drops close to the first one. Saves you money as you don't have to pay 3% commission everytime you need money.
We only found out about the ATM's as a couple of people who come here a lot told us. So ask the expats.
the fondest memory i have about our first holiday to goa was our first day at morgim beach when my husband and myself were lying alone on the beach and he turned to me and said " sharon pinch me Just to make sure in not dreaming" that just sums up what we think of goa and why were returning
Do visit a dentist when you are in Goa. Dental treatment is quite cheap as compared to UK.
I visited Dr Abhijit Sadekar, from Panaji,and was very happy with the treatment he rendered to me and my wife. I feel that it pays for your ticket to Uk. Dr Abhijit was referred to me by another englishman at candolim who also had availed of his services.
It is advisable to mail him for an appointment at email@example.com or phone 9822124680
Fondest memory: My decision to visit Dr. Sadekar
Fondest memory: The beaches of Goa has a large number of lokals who sell food, drinks, icecream or crafts. In many cases they don't take no for an answer, and keep on hassle until you have bought something. Remember to bargain at least half the price.
Calangute and especially Candolim beach has lifeguards to protect the tourists. A man is on the guard each 200-300 metres of the beach, and a patrol car drives between the two beaches. It was a political proposal from the opposition party to have the guards there. The sea is rough with high waves.
15° 31' 59.9400" N 73° 45' 28.9900" E
Fondest memory: The Hindus consider the cows in India as holy and they are allowed to freely roam the cities whatever traffic around. This looks strange to foreigners, but you will get used to it. It is always like that everywhere you go. The hindus believe the cows are wise and show a motherly calm.
The thing that strikes me about Goa is how friendly everybody is. The locals are really helpful when you speak to them and strangers smile at you in the street as you pass, a far cry from London that's for sure. We met many people out there and you will be surprised by the number of people from out of town who come up to you and ask nicely to have their picture taken with you. Embrace it and you'll meet some lovely people.
Fondest memory: One of my fondest memories was on the beach walking back from Calangute and meeting a family who had come to Goa for a holiday. They asked us to be in a photo with them, we lined up then suddenly I had a baby thrust in my arms, bless. We in turn asked if we could take some pictures of them. The kids were so sweet and all queued up for kisses when we parted.
Favorite thing: The season for Goa is between October and March, with Christmas being the peak time. We were there in early April, and a lot of the beach hut resorts and restaurants were starting to close down for the coming of the monsoon season. That said, just out of season like that, it's a lot quieter.
Favorite thing: The closest ATM to Palolem beach is at Canacona - there's a little row of shops and a large hotel, halfway between the beach and Canacona railway station and the ATM is there. It's not far to walk from the Hi-Tide area, though it's a bit further if you're coming from the main street of Palolem.
If you come to Goa for the beach or the party party party life, then you'll probably find what you're looking for. But, if you main purpose to come to Goa is for a dive outing, here's a tip: Dont.....
The dive shop was fine, and it was nice to get underwater in India for a day. But, the visibility around here is pretty lousy, maybe 2 meters. (probably due to the fact that there is quite a bit of mining activity in the region. Also, the coral and fish population seemed to be pretty sparse.
There is some good diving south of here in the Lakshadweep Islands, I hear.... Maybe I'll try down that way next time around....
Shop in Goa!!!! Goa's where you get the cutest,trendiest(maybe even the skimpiest)of clothes.
Colourful sarongs,tie-n-dye-spaghetti tops,hats,sunglasses(fake of course),wooden handicrafts,silver jewellery and much more are available on the streetside(and beachside!)
Here's where I think you should go:
Baga-for fabulous sarongs and cute tops.They also have the very trendy pants n wrap around skirt combo(not skants!!) made with sari borders!
Calangute and Candolim- for leather goods,gift articles and tops.
Panjim-for silver and wooden gift items.And the usual stuff you get in a city
Anjuna Flea Market-for everything!!!!:)
Visit Goa-this absolutely beautiful,blissful place which is like paradise!Everyone has this amazing zest for life and people are very friendly and talk English quite fluently!
Promise to post some pics soon:)This one's been taken from rediff.com
Favorite thing: i am having the same problem. The Indian Embassy give out a phone number which is wrong. It has been outsourced to v.f.s a prvate company. you have to fill in the form online, print it out and submit it to vfs. YOU then have to book a appointment to collect them, in short you need to make 2 trips to either london Birmingham or Edinborough if you do not want to send your passport through the post(like me)The cost has gone up and as you expect extra charges for handling, posting back to you e.t.c. I have phoned the travel companie i have booked with, thomson, who still though you had to go to the indian embassy. They were shocked to find out and confirm to me that its true what i told them.I have asked at the post office,no joy and have rang the home office, they said thats the only way you can do it. I love India but will not go back after my next visit. Be sure to tell every one about this ,reps, tour companies e.t.c. the goan tourist board is also up in arms about this. It is going to hit them very hard,Goa had 700,000 visitors last year, that number will go down drastically if they continue this farce.
Favorite thing: If you have to send letters/parcesl to overseas, just go to the nearby post office (check the location at your hotel reception desk). You can send letters, packages from this post office (P.O.) to anywhere in the world. In the recent years, the courier service provided by leading service providers like DHL, First flight etc has become very popular and giving the post offices a run for their money. Nevertheless P.O. are still doing a commendable job and are quite reliable and cheap.
Manu fond memories everthing from the fantastic hotel Hyaat resort and Spa to the beautiful beaches, the water sports. The warm waters of the Indian ocean and the mouth watering food at the hotel. Simple unforgetable.
My only bad experience on the entire trip was some very annoying guest East European guests. They looked like a tour group that was simply ruining the tranquility of the hotel.
They kids seems to disobey every rule posted.
1. They would dive into the Pool when it clearly said no diving.
2. Splash around widely and cause wake.
3. Move your towels to grab a shaded spot / chair that you have got.
4. Kids were very loud.
5. The kids climbed the coconut trees that were part of the landscape and picked coconuts and cut them with swiss knife and drank the water.
6. The Parents just didn't seem to care and never corrected any of them.
It was sad to see they the parents set such a bad example to other children.
Fondest memory: Just because you pay doesnt not mean you have the right to do anyhting..