A Heritage Walk through Fontainhas in Panjim, Goa

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The Blue house with the balcoas The yellows had the rooster The reds came with the shell windows While the greens displayed the Azulejos. Such was the beauty that I caught on an epic heritage walk in Fontainhas Goa Goa has always enthralled us with its gorgeous beaches – so much that not many of … Read more

The Minion Travel – Stuart’s Adventure in Goa

Zuri in Goa

Goa needs no introduction, for it is the most popular and probably the most written about beach destination of India. Most loved and the most frequented, Goa never fails to enchant its visitors. Everyone gets bitten by the “Goa Bug” that forces them to return year after year. And that is exactly what my dear … Read more

Touxeachem Feast – The Cucumber Festival in Goa

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With my recent trip to Goa, I was fortunate to have experienced a unique festival – the Touxeachem Feast. “Touxeachem” means “Cucumber” in Konkani and hence, its popular name – the Cucumber Festival. This is an annual celebration held at Santana Church in the town of Talaulim, where childless couples visit St.Anne to request her for a child in … Read more

Indian Customs and Central Excise Museum, Goa

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One of the interesting things that I did to discover “Goa beyond beaches” was visiting the Indian Customs and Central Excise Museum in Panaji. I know that a name like “Indian Customs and Central Excise Museum” does sound uninteresting and you kind of wonder – What??? Is that even a museum? I did too, but when … Read more

7 Things to do in Goa beyond beaches

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My last trip to Goa was quite an unusual one – one where I almost did not go to any beaches. I say “almost” – for it was only on the last day, we hopped onto the Fort Sinquerim that is along a beach. Again, we did not get onto the beach but just gazed … Read more

10 beaches on the West coast of India, other than Goa

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When it comes to the West Coast of India, or for that matter, India itself, the first beach destination most think of is Goa! Though very well-developed and extremely popular, Goa is NOT the only beach destination along the Arabian Sea. Here, we present 10 amazing beaches in India you need to plan your next … Read more

Exploring the Santana Church, Goa

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I hope you had fun reading about my experience at the unique Cucumber festival or the Touxeachem feast at the Santana Church. While I had shared a cultural experience in my last post, I had also, mentioned that I found the venue of this experience interesting enough for me to explore further.  This 17th century … Read more

Discovering the Houses of Goa Museum

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Goa is a perfect confluence of East meets West. The blend of the Portuguese culture with the Indian roots is what makes is such a colorful and delightful place. This fusion was evident to me during the heritage tour of the Fontainhas with its narrow streets and bright houses. However, it was a visit to the … Read more

A Guide to best places to pick Hotels in Goa

Hotels in Goa, along the beaches

One of the destinations that seem to beckon people over and over again in Goa. Not surprising as it seems to have something for everyone – from its sunny beaches to an active party life to some heritage and lots of adventure sports. Moreover, it has an easy connectivity to the rest of India – … Read more

5 reasons to do a Spice Plantation tour in Goa

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India is often referred to as a “Land of Spices” and rightly so, given the spice-enriched flavors that one encounters across the length and breadth of our country. It is not unusual to find visitors to India carrying back myriad packets of these colorful and fragrant spices. However, the best way to appreciate these better is to … Read more