Places to visit...
Local fishing boats
a common site in Goa at
Tony enjoying a walk along
the deserted Candolim beach,
just after the monsoons
One of Goa’s typical ‘Rain Parties’,
to celebrate the start of the monsoon
Tony & Debi staging
an Hindu wedding to entertain
guests at a local hotel
Palolem, otherwise known
as Paradise Beach.
Rent a hut on the beach,
watch the dolphins swim and
the most beautiful sunsets.
Palolem offers a quiet retreat
from the hustle and bustle of
North Goa for those wanting to
go back to basics for a couple
Anjuna Flea Market, the Wednesday Flea Market began
with long term Western residents selling their wares
from time to time to the rich Indians, to finance a
longer stay in this paradise by the sea. Today it is
a kaleidoscope of colourful sari’s, sarongs, throws,
jewellery, puppets, paintings and trinkets being sold
from all over India, Tibet and the West.
Well worth a visit to buy your souvenirs as anything
and everything is available. However, be prepared to
haggle, as the starting price for items sold will be
well over twice the price. The best way is to decide
what you want to pay for something, start a little lower
and then agree on your figure (if you are lucky!) Be
prepared to walk away if they won’t agree your price.
They will often come to find you!
Wonderful spices on sale at the local markets…. Mapusa
– Friday, Panaji – Daily, Calangute – Saturday.
Ingot's 'Saturday Nite Bazaar' in Arpora is a great
evening out with live entertainment. Food and drink
are on sale, and the obvious stalls selling everything
imaginable. It really should be experienced.
Old Goa, Se Cathedral in Old Goa (the original Capital
of the Portuguese Colony), the largest church in Asia.
Over 76m long and 55m wide, the cathedral was begun
in 1562, to replace the older church of St Catherine.
Work on the building wasn’t completed until 1619 and
the altars weren’t finished until 1652! One of the bell
towers collapsed in 1776, but the remaining tower houses
the famous ‘Golden Bell’, the largest bell in Asia.
Old Goa, Silver Casket - Inside the Basilica of Bom
Jesus in Old Goa - famous throughout the Roman Catholic
world - where the tomb and mortal remains of St Francis
Xavier, the so-called ‘Apostle of the Indies’ rests.
The Manguesh Temple, in Ponda. Dedicated to the Hindu
deity Manguesh (recognised only in Goa) who was an incarnation
of Shiva. The legend has it that Shiva lost everything
to his wife Parvati in a game of dice so exiled himself
to Goa. When his wife finally came looking for him he
turned himself into a tiger to frighten her. Parvati
cried out “Trahi Mam Girisha” (O Lord of the Mountains
Save Me). Immediately Shiva turned himself back into
his normal form. The words “Mam girisha” became associated
with the tale, and the form in which Shiva appeared
became known as Manguesh.
Vagator, a quite beach in
North Goa with some of the
most breathtaking costal
views in Goa.
This unique sweet
water lake at Arambol
is separated from the
Arabian Sea by just
a few metres.
Eddie of Day Tripper Tours
and Travel dancing with
Debi at The Taj's
Hot Hot Salsa Nite.
Tripper Tours and Travel a small independent English/Goan
owned company offering a friendly and personal service.
Good place to book your trips from as they offer competitive
rates and all excursions carry Insurance & Public Liability
Cover with the United India Insurance Co. Ltd.