Save youself money and use the nearest ATM
Favorite thing: 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.Related to:
- Budget Travel
Favorite thing: 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
Dental Treatment in Goa
Favorite thing: 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. SadekarRelated to:
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- Budget Travel
The beach sellers in Goa
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.Related to:
Life guards in Goa
Fondest memory: 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
Cows in the street
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.
Favorite thing: 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.
When to go
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.Related to:
- Budget Travel
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.Related to:
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Muck Diving in Goa....
Favorite thing: 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...
Favorite thing: 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...
Favorite thing: 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
Annoying Guests and uncultured Kids
Favorite thing: 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..
Shanty restaurants on the beach
Fondest memory: The bamboo restaurants and the shanty cottages on the beach of Calangute is teared down every year when the summer monsun starts and some of them are build up again in October when the tourists season starts. Maybe the cottages are too fragile for heavy wind and rain? Actually this is not the reason. There are some disputes among the poor restaurant owners on the beach and the hotel owners, who say they loose money because the shanty restaurants steel their customers. Lobbyism by the hotel owners have resulted in a goverment fee every season of 50000 rupies for each restaurant on the beach, which is an enourmous amount for a poor man. I don't think this is fair. Please be wise when you are here and eat on the beach.Related to:
- Food and Dining
Fondest memory: Calangute is the largest town in North Goa, and an intersection between north and south in Goa. The streets are traficated with restaurants and shops offering souvenirs, crafts, leather items, clothes and jewellery. The Saturday bazaar held in the Beach of Calangute close to the post office has plenty of good deals for shoppers. Another place is the market of Calangute Square.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
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