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    Candolim Beach
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    Please DON'T Litter!!

    by Donna_in_India Written Feb 27, 2012

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    Candolim Beach

    The beaches in Goa are some of the cleanest in India but still with Shacks serving food to people on the beach - and people eating, drinking, and smoking on the beach, you will find litter. Please don't litter!! It's a good idea to bring a bag with you to keep all your waste to dispose of when you leave the beach.

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  • Goa Garbage Crisis

    by mmango Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The lack of waste management infrastructure for both hazardous and ordinary waste in Goa is shocking.Successive Goa governments have yet to take the problem seriously, and it is now reaching crisis proportions even as the tourism department continues to lure unsuspecting tourists for the upcoming season, and the government proceeds with plans to host IFFI, which will only compound the problem.

    Ever since the wall at a dump in the village of Curca collapsed last month, spewing filth into the village, villagers all over Goa have twigged onto the fact that the municipal garbage being indiscriminately dumped on plateaus, near water sources, and near residential areas is bad for them, and refuse to allow the cities of Panjim, Mapusa, Margao and Vasco to continue with this irresponsible practice. Meanwhile, garbage continues to accumulate all over the state, secretly dumped into ravines and along highways in the dead of night. Much of it is hazarous.

    It is a situation is extremely dangerous to the health of the entire population as well as to visitors. If it continues, Goa will find itself in the position of Surat some years ago. Surat, if you recall, was so dirty that in 1994 it was struck with a Plague epidemic—a disease from the Dark Ages. The vector is usually rat fleas, and as we all know, where there is garbage, there are rats.

    Other diseases that occur under such conditions, particularly when water sources are contaminiated, none of them pleasant: e-coli, viral hepatitis, cryptosporadiosis, giardia infection.

    In additon, numerous tar balls have collected on the once beautiful beaches of Goa. They are toxic, according to several news reports.

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    Buying property in Goa ..

    by jethanand Written Dec 2, 2008

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    This is the explanation I got from a local - "No , no, no - don't do it. Land and property belongs to designees of state government and cannot be legally deeded over to foreigners"

    So my advise is be very careful. It is very difficult to understand / negotiate around local laws, so keep your life uncomplicated.

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    Visa problems

    by Justin_goa Written Nov 22, 2008

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    Goa's British residents also feel that getting or renewing an Indian visa has become much more difficult since the UK government reversed its visa policy towards highly skilled migrants from India two years ago. New Delhi, they believe, is playing tit for tat. "They've got us like a puppet on a string," said Tracy a resident British national. "My whole life depends on my visa. But if you have a British passport, at best you get a one-year visa. And to get it renewed you've to keep flying back to London, and beg on bended knees. Even then they make you feel you've done something wrong."

    The British community in Goa is still trying to recover from the shock of the rape and murder of 15-year-old Devon teenager Scarlett Keeling in February.

    "I know there's nastiness and corruption in every society, but this goes beyond that," said Hillary, another British lady living in Goa. "This was evil. And evil strips away every vestige of Goa being a jolly place. When something like that happens you think, what sort of society have I chosen to live in? There's a definite feeling in the expat community now that Goa has had its day. The golden days are over. Many people feel it's time to move on."

    Hillary said she knows six English couples running restaurants in Goa who have shut up shop and gone away. Another British couple who had opened a small hotel and restaurant 12 years ago that had grown into a profitable business recently sold their business to a Delhi company and left.

    India is not encouraging foreign nationals spending their retired lives in India.. so be careful when you consider a long term stay in this country.

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    Dirt and grime welcomes you..

    by Justin_goa Written Nov 22, 2008

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    If you are one of the lucky few who have descended to Goan earth from the sky, to be swiftly borne to your Hotel by cab, you will see none of the dirt and grime that seems to be such an integral part of India.

    If, however, you disembark at the Bus Stand or Railway Station, be prepared to see the universal filth that is associated with urbanisation anywhere in India : there is uncleaned garbage piled up in corners, the platforms themselves are dusty and covered with litter and yes....er, spit. ( it is a sorry fact of life that Indians are addicted to spitting in public places, often after chewing tobacco with betel leaf, called paan ). Occassionally there is also some kind of stench emanating from nearby.........

    These are the main handicaps that tourists have to bear. Being familiar aspects of their own daily lives, Indian citizens are able to disregard them, but I do admit that they can be shocking to first-time foreign tourists.

    The State Government is well aware of this fact and periodically puts up hoardings exhorting its citizens to 'Keep Goa Clean' and Goa's Schools and Colleges routinely carry out cleaning drives annually, but nothing seems to work.

    To some extent it is true that these dirtying habits are not 'native' to Goa and that the large amount of filth has come into the State along with migrant labour, in addition to the extensive use of plastic and other disposables, in this last decade. The 'Use and throw' culture has caught on, to the detriment of our environment.

    Goa has this effect on everybody : it's welcome is so whole-hearted, that it assimilates everybody who comes here!

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    How safe is Goa?

    by hb_capri Written Mar 13, 2008

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    Goa is as safe as any other place in this world! its upto us to exercise necessary precaution when we r travelling. If u go looking for trouble you are sure to find it like this stupid woman who left her teenage daughter in the care of a person who she barely knew! add drugs and alcohol to that and you set yourself up for disaster.Ofcourse the system is not foolproof and the police are corrupt but i can assure you from personal experience that Goa is a great place for a beach holiday if you r there for the right reasons.

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    Cleanliness and safety

    by lagitane Written Jan 15, 2008

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    I did want to mention that we all appreciate clean surroundings and especially so when we travel. We loved the beaches of south Goa and more so as these were so very clean mostly. I did notice some bottles of beer and empty cigarette and chips packets. Please do ensure you carry an extra packet for waste and deposit in the nearest garbage bin or at your hotel.

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    Vegetarians - Please Ask

    by maneckk Written Sep 14, 2007

    I know for a fact that some communities in India, do not eat food from kitchens where non-veg food is cooked, due to religious reasons. So if you are a vegetarian and you eat from totally veg restaurants please ask your waiter at the restaurant since most of the restaurant will have seafood and non-veg cuisine.

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    Siesta Time

    by maneckk Written Sep 13, 2007

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    Goa is a lovely place to laze away and spend hours on the beach just doing that, i guess the locals believe that too. So in the afternoon from 1 pm to 4 pm is Siesta time and all shops are shut during that time. If you plan to go shopping during that time please think again coz u will find all the shutters down.

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    "The great Indian Road Movie"...? Not!

    by JessH Updated May 22, 2007

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    As expected, the roads in Goa are rough (to say the least!)
    If travelling to a country like India, I'm sure most of us don't expect smooth highways - it's a fact of life and people simply live with it.
    Holes, bumps, tight corners, crowded roundabouts and crazy drivers.

    You'll also notice many cows leisurely crossing the street, not letting the screaming & horn-beeping of the drivers bother them at all - as well as lying fast asleep on the side of the road!
    There are also numerous dogs that run around in packs, and also choose to doze-off on the side of the road.

    Although we had some extremely close encounters, the drivers seem to do very well with avoiding the animals that share the asphalt with them... I guess it's not so much because of their "love to animals", I could imagine it's more the fear of seriously damaging their cars, tuck-tucks, etc.

    If you want to find out about how to help the animals in Goa (and about how we chose to help during a day-trip), click here...


    Scooters/motorbikes are widely available for rent, at good prices. But unless you trust yourself and others on the roads; play it safe and take a taxi. During my short stay I met at least 4 tourists on crutches and in bandages that had been involved in some scooter-related road accident!

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    Snakes

    by BluBluBlu Updated Mar 8, 2007

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    These days you dont see many snakes in Calangute/Candolim...but if you stray further afield to where there has been less development...keep your eyes peeled. If you HAVE to cross a paddy field at night...take a torch...and make lots of noise! The picture is of an eight feet long python that was caught in Arpora in March 2007!

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    Baggage

    by jalapeeno Written Dec 2, 2006

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    On the way back to the UK the staff in the airport get a little excited about excess baggage! I know airports nowadays do charge for this but what gets my goat is its not consistent!!

    We were 8kgs over and because we purchased extra legroom at the desk, it seemed to distract her from our baggage weight and didnt get charged but everyone arounds us did.

    Couple of other things - if you do get charged make sure you get a reciept, it wont do much for you, but it looks as if the money you pay goes into a back pocket somewhere as oppossed to the airline (which may be better - but surely corruption shouldnt be encouraged in any country)

    And secondly - we never saw this but someone said that behind the weighing belt stands (on every counter) a baggage boy - moving the cases after being wieghed, and a few passengers told us that they lean on your case to add weight - and get charged extra baggage - (not sure how true this is - as we never saw it)

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    Dud info!

    by jalapeeno Updated Dec 1, 2006

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    When you leave Goa ( boooooo!!) as you walk into the airport a few people wil try and usher you into a foreign exchange shop and tell you its your 'last chance' to change your rupees and the rate they give you is diabolical!! I think for £10 uk pounds you usually get about 820 rupees, but give 820 rupess back to these guys and you will be lucky to see £3 uk pounds!! you CAN spend these through check in , in duty free, they will LIE to you and tell you - you cant spend them in duty free but you can!

    I confronted one of these guys on our last trip and asked why they lie to tourist and the guy just ignored me and carried on fleecing people.

    Take heed!!!!

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    Dud info!

    by jalapeeno Written Dec 1, 2006

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    When you leave Goa ( boooooo!!) as you walk into the airport a few people wil try and usher you into a foreign exchange shop and tell you its your 'last chance' to change your rupees and the rate they give you is diabolical!! I think for £10 uk pounds you usually get about 820 rupees, but give 820 rupess back to these guys and you will be lucky to see £3 uk pounds!! you CAN spend these through check in , in duty free, they will LIE to you and tell you - you cant spend them in duty free but you can!

    I confronted one of these guys on our last trip and sked why they lie to tourist and the guy just ignored me and carried on fleecing people.

    Take heed!!!!

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    The real Kaa from Jungle book!

    by Escadora7 Updated Oct 27, 2006

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    Not at the beaches definitely, and not really up north Goa, but as you go further down south, into the less touristy areas, (more probably into dense jungles), you just might be alarmed into an encounter with these reptiles. They sometimes do pop up from those vast rice/paddy fields too. There's a lot of stories and I have been privy to some first person experiences.

    Moms friends cat was bitten by a viper on the road but saved due to her timely help (the cat came into the house mewing with 2 fang marks like red dots on her paw which inflamed in no time at all. The friend quickly collected the anti-venom from the hospital, rushed her to the vet and got her treated with anti-venom drips without wasting any time).

    In their old house in Nuvem, her dog saved her husband from a snake bite, though the dog died (man's best friend?).

    She herself killed about 12 cobras in her mother’s house in Nuvem which is now sold.

    Once I believe when her dad was sleeping at home, a cobra crawled over his belly. He caught it and killed it but the cobra bit him before dying. He called out to his other daughter (they were about 14 and 15 yrs. then) who came running and sucked out the poison and spat it out. Her dad was saved! The doctor told the saviour that she was fortunate not to have any cavities in her mouth when she did that or else she could have died from blood mixing.

    Seems that you have to be a survivor down south, either you get bitten by them or u find a way to outrun them. But then again, this is not in the cities, only in the dense countryside and most countries have this sort of wildlife happening about.

    Check out the following links for details. The last link gives you medical information:

    Snake Awareness

    First Aid

    Phone Numbers for help

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