Favorite thing: I bought some really different sweets( mango flavour is delicious) and some coconut hair treatment, and herbal shampoo and toothpaste... plz try these things that are different while you are in Goa and India, some of them are really very good.
Dental problems and their treatments are very costly in most places. We can provide an excellent package to meet your dental treatment expenditure. You can receive treatments, relating to dentistry, from dental implants to tooth whitening all at very affordable prices. There is full dental service of cosmetic and general dental clinic specializing in creating the beautiful smile on your face.
International Dental Rehabilitation Clinic out here gives you the unmatched time advantage plus international quality control. For the patients, they provide that special care in the form of appointment at a short notice and the work is completed within the span of 3 – 5 days be it fillings, root canals, crowns or even dentures.
Dental treatment in India in general and in Goa particularly, is completely inexpensive as compared to the western countries. In India, there are clinics like ours with state to the art equipment and well trained and experienced doctors to match the best international standard. There are also several dental care packages available out here at our clinic. However, these will be based on the requirements of the person and his needs.
The goal of their practice here is to provide and deliver to their patients the treatment choices that meet the needs of the individual and offer the best possible alternatives for their health and enjoyment. Leading consultants in the field of maxillofacial surgery, general medicine, pathology, radiology, pediatrics, anesthetics, and ophthalmologist provide the recommended medical care.
YOu can contact them at International Dnetal Rehabilitation Clinic, Above arte douro, porbavaddo, calangute, bardez, Goa. tel : 0091-9822147148
One of the best known, and most upto date surgeries is:
International Dental Centre Goa , C-2 Landscape Royale, Calangute-Arpora Road,
Above Arte D'ouro Cyber Cafe, Near Bank of Baroda,
Porbavaddo Calangute Goa India .
The Dentist is Dr Toshepu Aomi...top bloke!
... please remember that in Goa gas lighters are not allowed in your hand baggage and will be taken away from you at the security check when you are leaving Goa.
After you pass the control, in the duty free area there is a smoking room, but no one has a lighter and the electrical lighters in the smoking room are out of order!
So just put your precious gas lighter in the luggage that you check in, and have a box of matches with you.
May all your travels be safe & happy ones... but if something should happen whilst abroad, it's always good to know where the next pharmacy is... just in case.
If you fall-off your scooter, step onto something nasty in the ocean, or simply have a headache, you won't have a problem finding a pharmacy along the main road in Calangute. A lot of the pharmacies in India also sell natural remedies such as Homeopathy, Aloe Vera Gel, Herbal ointments and a large variety of teas.
We were a bit confused about the opening hours, but ask any taxi driver or shop owner along the street and they'll quite happily tell you.
Fondest memory: Also, try to not look too shocked once you've entered the place... all of the pharmacies I saw in Goa looked like bomb sites! (click on the picture to see what I mean!)
Boxes, tubes, viles & bottles are piled in seemingly chaotic order everywhere... don't ask me how, but they always know where to find what you're asking for...
Funny, how the same thing has a different name in English in different countries:
If you can't find a Pharmacy, and you can't find a Chemist, try asking for a Druggist... haha!
Children Walking Tall is a registered British charity set up to provide a shelter in which all children, no matter what their background, religion or circumstance can come for healthy food, a shower and change of clothes, a safe/dry place to rest and join in with creative and fun education and also time to do what children the world over should do, PLAY! We felt that the best way we could help would be by starting a charity to provide shelter and food for these children. Rob, Shermina and the numerous volunteers there are dedicated to giving the children something that many of them had not experienced before, a chance of a childhood.
What can you do?
Contact the charity before you travel, they can arrange extra baggage allowance. This applies to both scheduled and charter flights. Monarch Airlines gave me an extra 10kg of baggage allowance. Take out a variety of children's clothes. As well as clothing the children who visit Mango House on a daily basis, the volunteers do runs up to Mumbai and hand out clothing to the street children there too. I took out a variety of shorts, t-shirts, sweat shirts and footwear for distribution. Durable toys that the children can play with are also useful and welcomed by the children. On the day that I visited there was a huge clamour for some of the trucks, cars and other toys that had been donated by previous visitors.
Fondest memory: Contact Rob or Shermina at www.ChildrenWalkingTall.com and they will do the rest to arrange extra baggage. They will also tell you of any particular needs that they have at that moment.
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.
Fondest memory: 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.
If you would like to help rebuild the life of one of the many Goan street kids then check out this website...
Or if you are in Goa why not pop into All Spice Restaurant in Arpora and leave a donation with Vinnie.
You know it makes sense!
A beautifully Painted house on way to Anjuna Beach.
This particular house is about 150 years old! u can find a number of such houses and buildings belonging to the portugese era .
You will find a picture of this house in 'Lonely Planet' Guide book on Goa >
i was lead to believe that the north of Goa is very commercialised, however it was totally different to how I imagained, I thought there would be mc donalds & that usual thing.
In reality it is still rather Indian as there is quite a lot not touched by tourism - there is no mc donalds! it has beautiful clean beaches, there is not endless english bars, not that we saw anyway! And lovely green scenery. There really is something for everyone here.
Calangue is rather dusty and large but nothing like the Benidorm I was expecting!
My biggest thing was that I don't really eat spicy food however that is not a problem as there is always something for everyone, not meaning burger & fries but lots of fresh seafood, chicken etc.
Give it a try - you will love it!
Goa is a wonderful place where I felt very safe to wander anywhere. It is incredibly cheap to eat, drink or get a taxi anywhere. For this reason dont go wth the package holiday trips out as they are a real rip off! We stayed at Betalbatim Beach which is in the South and fairly quiet in a lovely small hotel. For instance we took a taxi to a waterfall. It took us an hour and half to get there and it only cost us £10 and thats £ not rupees. And that also included taking us home after we spent about 3 hours there swimming and laying around!
One of the trips included a stay in a mud hut. We were warned they were basic but didnt realise how basic. However, they were very clean, just rather dark with holes in the pillow cases and a mud, cowpat floor, walls etc. I wouldnt have missed it for the world though . One day I'm going back.
Only disappointment , no snorkling as the sea is not that calm and clear.
Fondest memory: Took a 6am walk up through the jungle to another waterfall and to see the sun come up. Washed elephants and did yoga in the open air in the middle of a jungle round one of the oldest temples . Superb.
Also the 9 hour train journey into the centre of india to see Hampi ( and well worth it) . Met some very interesting and lovely people and lots of cockroaches!
Favorite thing: An easy way to keep in touch with friends and family back home is to use your mobile phone. This as you know can be quite expensive and even a simple text message can cost £1. The answer is to get a local "pay as you go" sim package which are widely available in Goa. I got set up on IDEA for about 450rs and this gave me about 200rs of talk time. Top up cards come in various sizes and are readily available. You will need your passport (or a photocopy) when you buy your sim. A text message cost me 5rs and a call to a landline back home was 30 something rs/min. Your phone will need to be open to all networks, you can get it unlocked in Goa cheaper than back home. The phone I used in Feb 2003 was a Nokia 8310 and this year I will be taking a 7250i (the 8310 will be getting donated to a Goan friend)
1.Flashlight: Power failures happens daily in all of Goa.
2.Mosquito repellant: Not only do mosquitos disturb you beauty sleep but they can give you malaria.
3.Water subsitute: Stomach trouble is almost mandatory for tourists. For Swedes I recommend "Resorb".
4.Sun lotion. Pink isn't such a lovely colour as one might think.
5. International driver's license. Required if one want to rent a moped or a motorcycle. Useful if you don't want to bribe the local police.
Baga beach - go dolphin watching and then go to a few beach bars, watch the sunset, have a few drinks and something nice to eat at one of the beach bars (particularly the UB40 one).
We went in Febuary and it was a bit stifling at 35 degrees - particularly stuffy at night. Best time to go would be between November - Jan I believe.
Fondest memory: Relaxing in the shade with a cool bottle of Kingfisher. Its about 30/40p for a lovely big bottle and a pound for a really nice curry!
Favorite thing: You will see wildlife in Goa. During our visit we were driving along when the taxi suddenly stopped..there was a huge snake slithering from one side of the road to the other side. We also saw sea snakes, oxen pulling carts, monkeys in the trees, lots and lots of dogs ( usually sheltering from the heat under your sunbed ) It was delightful to watch the sacred cows roaming on the beach and on the main road - they didn't have a care in the world, not so good though when you are walking in flip flops late at night - squelch !