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  • Beware of SWEET TALKERS!

    by vinodcia Written May 19, 2004

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    Sometimes on your way, you might find a few people(INDIANS AS WELL AS FORIGENERS) who say that they have lost all their money and they need it to go back home! This is a tactic that is used by people to extract money from travellers. They would speak in such a way that people who listen to them get carried away. So if you encounter such people, SHUN THEM!

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    by vinodcia Updated Jul 17, 2004

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    This warning is for all those people who get tempted to have pork meat/sausages in Goa. When people hear of Goan Sausages, it sounds mouthwatering. Let me explain you how mouthwatering is it. These are not the pigs found in western countries who are clean, healthy and kept in Hygenic conditions. This is how the pigs are kept in Goa in such unhygenic conditions. They are the carriers of all types of diseases and they feed on excreta of Humans, Other animals and even their own. The pigs are kept for these purpose to eat up all human waste. Better avoid having it.

    Goan Pigs

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  • Landslides!

    by vinodcia Updated May 31, 2004

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    The image that you see on the left is the way towards Anjuna beach. Avoid these routes and also avoid standing on the mini cliffs as these places have developed huge cracks and it could collapse anytime and would be fatal. Take the Straight Path away from the cliffs.


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    by vinodcia Updated Oct 29, 2004

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    In general, Goan people are very friendly and hospitable and are harmless towards tourist. They treat the tourist as someone of their own as it is the only source of their living. But some people who come from other states might pose some threat like harassing women tourist, or constantly following asking questions like where are you from and stuff. If you find yourself in such a situation the only way is to scream, shout on top of your voice and take the help of Locals. They know how to deal with these punks. Moreover dont forget to take the help of the cops.THE HELPLINE NUMBER IS 100. But at the same time dont invite trouble by roaming alone in dark or in sceduled places,sceduled hilltops alone. There are many dark roads , sceduled hilltops and any kind of crime would go un-noticed.

    Also while walking by the lanes if you see a Huge group of Indian guys ,sneak into any adjoining shops or restaurants or homes and wait for them to leave as nobody knows what would they do?

    If you feel that youre being constantly followed, take the local help from the adjoining houses or Restaurants. If you dont have the energy to scream and shout, carry a whistle blower and blow the whistle continously and cry for help. If possible carry sharp objects like pen-knife, screw drivers and pepper/chilli sprays. More over do not hestiate to slash their wrist or throat for self protection.

    Even in Pubs, Discos or Party spots you might be approached by Indian males who would try to overwhlem you with their sweet talks and ask you to come for a ride on their bikes or cars. Use your own discretion as there are chances they might take you to a sceduled place where their friends would be waiting and you might be sexually abused and assulted. The reason is Indian men have a prejudice that western women are very free and open minded on sexual matters. Even in beaches too, apply the same principle!


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  • Beware of Stray Dogs!

    by vinodcia Updated Aug 22, 2004

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    Stray Dogs are a bigest menence in Goa, everywhere on the beaches, streets, lanes and wherever you can lay your eyes on. One must be careful while roaming at night alone in beaches, lanes etc. Some are very hostile & aggressive and they will just tear a bit of flesh from your feet/legs or if youre unfortunate enough some will catch your neck and choke you to death. They roam in Packs of 10-15 ready to pounce on any unsuspecting prey. So you decide as per the situation. As far as possible, walk in groups or Carry a Big fat stick to shoo away the dogs. When alone at night, for long distances take a taxi as that would be more safe.

    Prevention: If youre planning to go out walking at night , here are a few tips. Roll over Crape bands on both your Legs in 2-3 layers from your Knees to your Ankles as 90% of the Dogs usually bite between these portions and wear a Thick jeans for extra protection. So even if the dog manages to bite, Its Teeth (Esp the Cannines) wont go in and you would be safe.

    Some more Tips:

    1. Keep a safe distance between yourself and dogs being walked on leash.

    2. Never approach a barking, snarling, sleeping, eating, or nursing dog. Do not stare the dog in the eyes. AND DO NOT RUN.

    3. If charged, get something between you and the dog's mouth - umbrella, pack, jacket, stick.

    TREATMENT FOR DOG BITE: Theres an Injection called "RABIPUR" which the victim has to take either 3-6 times as per the doctors advice. The first dose must be taken immediately after the Bite.

    BOTTOMLINE: ALL dogs wont bite! Dogs are most active during night-time so at day time people do not have to worry.

    Dogs at Leash
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  • Warning to Indian Travellers from Other states

    by vinodcia Updated Nov 17, 2004

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    This warning is specially for Rowdy Indian tourists who come to Goa to Ogle at the Sunbathing Foreigners. Never even try to harsss a women Traveller/s as the Local Goan people protect them alot. On Beaches too the same rule applies. If the Local shack/restaurant owners find you harrassing a women or if they feel that youre harrassing a women (even though you may not ), They will Trash you and hand you over to the police. The Shack owners have grass/marijuana with them so they have evidence against you to show it to the police. Let me illustrate you one example: This incident happned in Anjuna beach. There was a women sunbathing topless on a beach bed. There were 3 intoxicated guys from bangalore who surrounded her and started to harass her. The Shack-keepers, even from the neighbouring shacks saw this and rushed to the scene and trashed the boys badly black and blue and handed them over to the cops.

    Secondly never try to take pictures of topless females openly in front of Shack Owners / Keepers. Your camera would be SMASHED and you would be BASHED. Sometimes, you might even be stripped naked and sent back without clothes. So just Imagine the embarassment.

    Its not that Indians are not welcome! They are also equally welcome but if the Indians think they can make others lives miserable with their mischiveous act, The Local Goans know very well how to make their lives a 1000 times more miserable.


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    Dudhsagar Falls access

    by toonsarah Written Feb 6, 2009

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    When we visited the falls in 2003 we travelled by jeep part of the way, and from that point followed a path along the river which was a little precarious in places. Local guides came with us and most of us were glad of their help as we balanced on slippery rocks to reach our destination. When we arrived at the foot of the falls everyone was keen to take photos, but here too you need to take care. Just after taking this photo of us one of our companions stepped closer to the water to get another shot on his own camera, and slipped in. Luckily he was unhurt and the only damage was to his camera and to some very soggy banknotes which we spread out to dry on the rocks, but it would be easy to break your leg here or maybe have an even worse accident so do take care.

    One of our guides told us that there were plans to improve the path and make access easier but he said that he and other local people opposed this. The reason he gave us was that the falls would become over-run with visitors and lose their charm, but I’m sure the loss of income from guiding was also a factor. I don’t know whether the plans have come to anything but I suspect not, so do take care if you visit.

    At Dudhsagar Falls

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  • Strangers asking for a lift!

    by vinodcia Updated Sep 24, 2004

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    This is a warning many people tend to ignore. Sometimes at night time on your way back to your room from a party spot or vice versa(esp in the coastal village side) , you might find people in the middle of the road asking for a lift. These people are mostly from other states, some poor locals ( who give a helping hand ) or even forigeners in some very rare cases who are desperate for money either to go back home or to extend their stay and they operate in a well organised manner. Sometimes they even use beautiful girls(wearing skimpy, seducing and inviting outfit) as a bait who are also a part of this modus operandi .Never get tempted to give lift to such unknown strangers as there are chances they might guide you to a sceduled place where their friends will already be waiting for and you might be robbed of everything from your money to your motorbike and left alone on your fate. There are many sceduled roads which forigeners might be unaware of and at nighttimes these places have no lights and is pitch dark.

    Bottomline: If you spot anyone asking for a lift, dont stop......Just move on...........

    Note: Such incidences are very very rare, but yet why take a chance. As it is always said, prevention is better than cure.

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    by vinodcia Written Jul 18, 2004

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    There are a few spots in some beaches that have deep trenches as shown in the diagram. Do not to rush into the sea hurriedly out of excitement as some people might be unaware & could slip into it thereby causing bruises and injuries by sharp rocks inside.

    As far as I know, theres one such spot in Anjuna beach. There might be a few in some other beaches too. So Take care.

    Note: This picture is drawn by me just for illustration. I am not that good at Drawing *blushes*


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  • RED ANTS !

    by vinodcia Updated Oct 21, 2004

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    These are not American fire ants, these red ants are close relatives to the American Ants but smaller. They are usually half a cm in lenght and their front portion is Reddish-Orange and rear portion is black. They can be found dwelling inside holes beneath the trees, Open Grounds and hilltops where there are lot of Grass and also in the Village side cottages in the corners of the walls.

    So while youre sitting beneath the tree for a shade, or walking up the hills or just standing on an open grounds just keep an eye down. These ants are aggressive and its bite is really nasty and can cause Red Blisters accompanied by itching the whole day. Also in the village side cottages before going to bed or before wearing inner garments like Vests and briefs have a thorough check for these red ants as even One is enough to make you dance. Do not litter any eatables like tiny pieces of biscuits, choclate, chips or anything sweet and oily. Usually the rooms are sprayed with insecticides from time to time but yet they manage to come from somewhere or the other.


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  • Beware of fake Masseurs ! ( For Women Travelers )

    by vinodcia Updated Sep 3, 2004

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    You will come across a few people in beaches (Esp males) who insist they would offer you a massage at a low price or even for free! They would often keep a small pocket diary containing remarks of people who availed their sevices and would often show! These people come from other states or even a few of them "Far away Goan locals". Their main motive is to fulfil their lust for WHITE SKIN and lay their hands over the same and have pleasure under the cover of massage! If you're being forced, take the help of shack owners. Do not encourage these people!

    The shacks have their own masseurs and it is advisable to avail their service.

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    by vinodcia Updated Jul 29, 2004

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    This is a warning to all those folks who ususally swim at night in the beaches during Trance parties or New year beach parties etc. In some Goa beaches,a few species of these sea reptiles come ashore during night, swimming in shallow waters and ready to strike their fangs on anyone who steps on them or if they feel threatened. These snakes are highly venomous and its bite can be fatal. So better be careful while swimming at night time.

    NOTE: This tip might seem inaccurate to many but the fact is this is not completly inaccurate. The reason for me writing this tip is me and my friends have seen this with our own eyes. So my Job is to give all possible information to travellers just to make them aware. For example some people in Scotland say that they have seen a mysterious monster swimming Lochness river whereas some claim that its only a Myth. Who knows who is right? Sea snakes arent a Myth and they actually live in the oceans.


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    by vinodcia Updated Oct 30, 2004

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    I had menitoned about this in my earlier tips. This is just a summary.

    They usually comprise of group of Middle aged men, Teens or guys in their mid-20's who might be sons of BIGSHOTS or slumdewellers from other Indian states who are always drunk & who behave like Hooligans and who are just in lookout for a chance to lay their hands over an unfortunate victim. Travellers Esp Women and young couples might face the following problems in their path.

    They might take your pictures or pass lewd comments while youre sunbathing in bikinis or topless, Some might pose as Masseurs .In some cases you will find them masturbating right in front of you to cause Embarrasement. In such cases tell the shackowners and the rest leave it to them.

    They might try to surround you and make all types of vulgar expressions or sometimes abuse you physically. Some might try to brush their elbows or body againts your body. Some might even deliberately bump against you. NO NEED TO WORRY. IN SUCH CASES JUST INTIMATE THE PARTY ORGANISERS OR THE GATEKEEPERS AND JUST WATCH THE FUN OF INDIAN GUYS GETTING BASHED UP.

    Though its very very safe to walk in the streets or lanes of Goan coastal village side yet some amount of precaution needs to be taken. You might face motorcycle gangs of guys in groups of 20-30 or even more who would encircle their motorbikes around you and molest you. While youre taking a walk alone say in deserted lanes, you might find huge group of Indian guys coming from the opposite direction and might bump on you deliberately or even touch your body parts. I have seen with my own eyes what they do. IN SUCH CASES, IF YOU FIND A ROAD DESERTED WITH NO SHOPS OR RESTAURANTS AROUND, DONT GO WALKING. HIRE A MOTORBIKE PILOT. IN LANES, IF THERE ARE A GROUP OF INDIAN GUYS WALKING TOWARDS YOU, YOU HAVE TWO OPTIONS. EITHER SNEAK IN TO ANY ADJOINING SHOPS / RESTAURANTS OPEN or SCREAM AND SHOUT. AND THE REST LEAVE IT TO THE LOCALS TO DEAL WITH.

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    by vinodcia Updated Nov 20, 2004

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    If you ever notice these red flags put up on a beach, It means that the sea is too dangerous to swim as there are strong undercurrents. Usually the Northern side beaches like Candolim, Calangute, Baga, Anjuna, Vagator, Mandrem-Ashwem, Arambol have strong undercurents.

    Its clearly seen in the background how voilent the waves look. Always look if theres a lifeguard around and then swim.

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    Money Matters...

    by Donna_in_India Updated Feb 18, 2011

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    1. Double-check all hotel and restaurant bills for errors.

    2. Don't leave cash and valuables in your hotel room. Use room safes where available.

    3. Keep daily cash in separate pockets.

    4. Don't flash jewelry or large sums of money.

    5. Never pay for anything upfront - including drivers.

    6. Avoid touts!

    7. Don't exchange money on the black market.

    8. Get a receipt when changing money at an authorized establishment.

    9. Carry small bills (Rs 10, 20, 50, 100) for tips, public transportation, etc.

    Rs 100 Note

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