“Goa is a paradise that is accessible to one and all, in true Indian style: age, shape, colour, size, planet,” Dipti Datta. Owner of AXIRWAAD, DJ Bar and restaurant!
The Hippies were the last expatriates to visit Goa and unlike their Portuguese predecessors, who were tempted by its farms that lay inland and its produce, these pilgrims of PEACE & LOVE couldn’t resist its 100 Km coastline along the Arabian sea and turned Goa into India’s party capital.
The Portuguese left behind “SUSEGAD”. which roughly translated in English means “joie de vivre”, a word that has come to symbolise Goa and the hippies.
Our inspiration for Goa, comes from a New York Times article and in the extended weekend you’re likely to spend, on its laid back beaches, here are somethings you should consider doing.
The PARK HYATT or the LEELA BEACH, or the ALILA
go fort hopping
Start your day with a Yoga session at the trendy ASHWEM Beach. Then go riding a bike through the villages until you reach the mouth of the Teherekol fort. Put your bike on a barge and cross over. And then head up to the last Portuguese bastion that offer uninterrupted views of the Arabian sea and the Goan Coastline.
and have lunch with the hippies
At Anjuna the hippies last bastion. Order your own curry meal or a Vindaloo or Tikkas cooked to order. Maybe the hippies have had the right idea all along — what’s better than a delicious cheap meal, cooked to order and served overlooking the tranquil Arabian Sea?
The Anjuna flea market, where scores of local and expat vendors haggle the day away over clothing, jewellery, souvenirs.
Head back into town, and reach REIS MAGOS another magnificent fort that’s been recently restored, for a SUNSET Cocktails on its ramparts while the serenaders enthral you.
visit the crumbling churches of old goa & panjim
For the more culturally inclined there’s the the imposing Basilica of Bom Jesus contains the tomb and mortal remains of St Francis Xavier, the so-called Apostle of the Indies along with other Baroque churches, convents and cathedrals.
Then take a cruise down the MANDOVI river and get off at Panjim to walk through the quaint streets of Fontainhas, the latin quarter of Panjim, that still retains the flavours of Portuguese influence. Then move onto
sunset with shisha
An hour before sunset, a ritual begins at Baga Beach. Deck chairs are replaced by tables for two, towel boys are redressed as waiters, and the smell of sweet shisha fills the air as water pipes are shared by twinkling candlelight. Considering the daytime buzz, it’s surprisingly peaceful at this golden hour.
have dinner at brittos
an archetypal Goan beach shack at one end, and extremely popular restaurant at the other, where owner-chef Cajetan Britto has been dishing out his crowd-pulling specialties for years. Acquaint yourself with the local flavors by tucking in to the pork vindaloo or prawn curry, and come back later for chicken xacuti, fish caldeen, or the superb crab curry.
and for the after party go to tito’s
Positioned between the two extremes of quasi-illegal (rave) parties and anything goes party seekers, is TITOS this open air night club is an institution not to be missed.
“Come to Goa! Change your mind! Change your way!”