It is a peaceful place, Plenty of bird life,
Cost us 600 rupees for Auto-rickshaw for six Hours from calangute,
Just a few restaurants south side best, Can not remember name of restaurant had a really good curry for 30 rupees.
Only draw back a lot of dust traveling to get there on the roads.
This is a great place to spend a day with many activities.
Fishing, trekking, nature walks... do what you want to do.
This area is quite remote from Goa. About an hour drive towards Bicholim and then towards Sattara through the hills. Beautiful scenery around. You could spot some wildlife if you are keen. Usually monkeys are seen all around.
You have to carry packed lunch. Drinks could be bought from local bars.. Ask for Ganpath, who owns a local bar. Very nice, friendly guy who will help you with anything you may want. A useful local contact..
For something different...hire a taxi...and drive inland away from Goa's coast...and find a small town or village...find yourself somewhere to have a coffee or beer...and take lots of pens/sweets/curio's of any type...and you'll be amazed at the kind of day you'll have. The locals will chat to you...the kids will mob you...it'll be fun...so try it!
NB: Dont go to coastal villages...but head east past Mapusa....
At one time there were no main bridges in Goa and you used to have to catch a local ferry. As Goa is rapidly improving its infrastructure more bridges are built...and the ferries are rapidly dissapearing. Why not get a taxi to drop you off on the Panjim to Ponda road...and catch a ferry across...its a fun experience...and you can get your taxi driver to pick you up on the other side! Or get the local bus from Calangute to Panjim but get off at Betim. The ferry is free if you are on foot and drops you off in central Panjim.
As Goa becomes ever more popular there is a tendency for it to become more and more like the Spanish costas. However, if you want to experience what life in the old days used to be like, I recommend an "educational" day trip with Jerry De Costa to the rural area of North Goa. He takes you to old forts, farms and a traditional bakery plus many other rustic sites. He feeds you with traditional Goan food, plus a taste of the local feni. There is also time for a swim at one of the beautiful north beaches. Jerry only does private tours, for groups of 4-8 (max). I have been on Jerry's tour several times over the years and always find it marvellous, his commentary and knowledge are first class. Jerry works nights at the Green Jacket restaurant in Candolim where can be contacted.
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.
Contact Rob or Shermina at the website below 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.
see locals gathering and collecting sea salt from salt pans.
direction: from Panaji towards Ribander,soon after the big round-about, on the right handside of the small causeway to Ribander/Old Goa,one can see series of salt pans, sea salts being collected and piled high in mounds,and bagged.
This salts are collected during hot months of Febuary -April,May, before the monsoon.
Visit the new home called 'The Mango House' opened by Children Walking Tall. The house is starting to be used as a drop in centre for street and slum children and will eventually be a permanent home for children under the age of 10 years. Children are happy to see new visitors and you can always take along any goodies for everyone to use.
Visit Turtle bay in coastal Karnataka, about hrs by train from Goa towrds further south, The scenic beauty of the Arabian Sea, the calm backwaters of the River Sowparnika, breathtaking nature walks, treks along the scenic coast, clean water for snorkelling, scuba diving and swimming - that about sums up what Turtle Bay is all about! Add to that the allure of peace and quiet, rustic living quarters, delicious coastal cuisine, relaxing massages
This is a great get away place for residents of Goa and tourists who would like to be away from the buzzling beaches of Goa.
Visited a winderful spring in Margao. A friend took us there. If you know some locals they can take you to some lovely places which are not known to many. We had a good time. The water was wonderful and cold. The water comes from springs in the mountain side and is icy cold.
If the constant Parties, the Beach Life and the Sarong, Bead, T Shirt and Fruit Ladies are getting to you.... Why don't you carry on down Vagator beach... Hike up, the lava-bedecked black rock stepping-stones that lead to old Portuguese fort, and visit it.
This skody old Portuguese Fort is known as Chapora Fort, and it rather skodily provides us with a glimpse of old Portugese times. It's remaining battlements and fortifications are testimony to a time when when Portugusese Royalty ruled the Roost. But its all a little dilapidated now and so one really has to use one's imagination.
However the fort offers spectacular views of the Vagator beaches, The Chapora Inlet, and simple views of the sea, hills covered with coconut trees and rice fields.
hike down into Chapora Village. Chapora is a fishing village that has retained some of its old ways. It is largely a fishing Village and a good part of it's Fisher population are often to be seen amidst their toil in largely traditional attire, and colorfully dressed women are seen undertaking a fishy comerce on roadsides. Its a cool little place and not a far at all from the Total Tourism of Vagator.
Go check it out.
It was the trip of a lifetime!! It had to be booked through a rep (i think) & it cost £70 but it was worth every penny.
It started by getting picked up at the hotel, visiting the spice platation & having lunch. Then on for one of the most refreshingly needed swims ever in a beautiful clear lake & then on to the village we were staying in named "Shanti Nature Resort". It was breathtakinly beautiful!! All the huts are made out of elephant dung & straw. The elephants, along with camals, billy goats & the many spiders live in the centre of the village. Unfortunately & obviously the elephants are chained up but very, very well cared for.
It's totally action packed from the minute you get to Shanti. You get to ride an elephant, feed them, admire their total beauty & wash them in the river that we swam in earlier. Could things get any better i thought to myself? Oh yes they can :-)
We were woke at 5am the next morning to do a mountain walk, it was amazing. After walking the mountain it's time to do yoga outside the most amazing Hindu Temple. AMAZING!!
Arpora's Saturday Night Flea Market is a psychedelic, hypnotic, tantric experience not to be missed.
Just get into the rickshaw and ask for the fair. You'll know you're headed in the right direction when you find yourself in a long queue of similarly trippy individuals, all making their way to the once-a-week Bazaar.
From music to Mary Jane, from kurtas to kebabs - you'll find it all at Arpora's Saturday Night Bazaar - alongwith an incomparable community of traders, troubadours, hippies, harlots, angels, and more...
hire a cycle and roam around the countryside. goa is beeeyotifulll!!!!!!
north goa is the most ideal destination to do cycling trips. from calangute to tiracol there are a lot of places of interest that one can cycle to either on half day trips or full day excursions.
always wear safety gear and allow goan drivers their right of the way on narrow roads.
hiring can be done from your hotel or your hotel may guide you to cycle shops which hire out cycles for a pittance.
carry mineral water or softdrink bottles with you however there are so many roadside shops and intersections where you can get the same very easily.
start time recommendation is early 6am to beat the heat and a small lunch break or siesta is advisable between 12.30 to 2.30pm however winter months are quite pleasant.
good short trips are around aguada fort jail lighthouse baga beach and arambol anjuna.
plan your trip and the distance before you start.
no way you can lose your way in goa!!! if you have trouble with your cycles there are cycle shops in all corners of goa.sturdy indian cycles are preferable for indian roads.
Got friendly with a waiter in the hotel restaurant, and on his day off he took us, in a taxi, (which cost me approximately £10 UK for the whole day!), around a lot of local interesting places, including three Hindu temples, (local and a very humbling experience), a spice plantation where his friend worked doing tours, (we had a free tour included!), and various other sites. A fantastic day.
If you go to any place in the world, the best tip I could give you is talk to the local people. I have made so many friends in far away places, and it changes a holiday into a more rewarding experience. E-mail keeps you in touch with the remotest places these days. No excuses for losing touch!