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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

5 Most Popular Restaurants in Goa

Goa is a foodies paradise with a number of beach shacks, small eating joints and other specialty restaurants serving some great food, be it vegetarian or non-vegetarian. The highlights are seafood and local Goan delicacies.
Goa is a well-known beach holiday as well as a honeymoon destination which is extremely popular for its food too. It is no exaggeration to call Goa, a foodie’s paradise as it offers an assortment of delicacies. The cuisine of Goa has a wide variety of seafood, prepared from freshly caught sea-delights. Goa is visited by a large number of local as well as foreign tourists all round the year and thus, there is no dearth of restaurants in this beach city. This article enlists top 5 restaurants in Goa:
Sher-E-Punjab-Panaji (Panjim)
Soft Paneer and Chicken Tikka - Sher-E-Punjab-Panaji (Panjim)
Sher-E-Punjab is not going to give you a chance that you will miss spicy Indian curries, during your vacation in Goa. It is something more than just an eating joint. The restaurant has a pleasant garden terrace in the back of the property and an air-conditioned room, in case you do not feel like eating in the open. Some popular dishes of this joint are paneer tikka, starters, snacks, chicken and fish fingers.
German Bakery- Anjuna Beach
German-Bakery
If you love organic bakery food, then German bakery is the place for you that also serves a variety of non-vegetarian food. While having your food, enjoy the great ambiance too, that has a lush green garden with interesting lights, prayer flags and some light background music. The specialty of this bakery is that they prepare every meal with home made spices and fresh ingredients. Tofu balls cooked in mustard sauce with parsley potatoes and a variety of salad palette are the highlights.
A Reverie, Casa Portuguesa -Calangute
A Reverie, Casa Portuguesa
In case you are looking for a fine dining restaurant, then A Reverie, Casa Portuguesa is just the right kind of place for you. This restaurant located in Calangute, has a great ambiance. Although a small eating joint but it serves some lip-smacking continental dishes, prepared in an innovative manner by the in-house chef and his team. It is a perfect place to enjoy a special occasion in a great setting.
Brittos -Baga Beach
Brittos - Baga Beach
If you are looking for a place that serves authentic Goan cuisine, then Brittos, near Baga beach is where you should head to. It is like a typical cozy shack serving some excellent fresh seafood preparations. The ambiance too is great with some live music, barbecues and karaoke tunes being played on select days. Sunday is a day that when dishes from a special menu are served. Owner and chef chef Cajetan Britto has been attracting crowds towards his lip-smacking dishes such as prawn curry, pork vindaloo, crab curry, chicken xacuti and fish caldeen. However, you must also not miss the Continental dishes. It is just the place for having a relaxed and enjoyable meal at any hour of the day.
Souza Lobo – Calangute Beach
 
Souza Lobo – Calangute Beach - Restaurants in Goa
Souza Lobo, located on the Calangute beach is one of the oldest eateries in the city, serving some most lip-smacking preparations to its patrons in an interesting setting, while playing some great music in the background. The staff of the hotel is extremely warm, friendly and dedicated. Enjoy sumptuous seafood and other Goan dishes like masala fried fish, prawn curry rice, baked crab, pork vindaloo, etc. this restaurant has a well-stocked bar too.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Calangute Beach Resorts: For That Perfect View of the Arabian Sea


What prompts tourists to book accommodation in Calangute beach resorts. There are several factors such as guests are welcomed with warm hospitality, excellent services offered at a low price, small trips are offered to nearby monuments and villages and scintillating view of the Arabian Sea shore. Now before I move forward with my article about Calangute beach resorts , let me give you a brief information about this beach.
Nestled on the pristine shores of Arabian Sea, Calangute Beach is fondly referred to as ‘Queen of Beaches’. The beautiful palms and coconut trees add to the beauty of this place. It was discovered by the hippies and thus became tourist’s cliché in the early 60’s. Hippies brought a large number of European travelers to the shores of Goa to admire and enjoy the picturesque charm and peaceful surroundings. It provides great opportunities of savoring a wide variety of lip-smacking Goan seafood delicacies. Various stalls and shacks located under the palm groves are a haven for foodies. Here you can feast on fried fish, prawns and other seafood items along with chilled beer.
In this article, I will talk about three resorts that caters to the growing numbers of domestic and overseas travelers on the Calangute beach.
Beira Mar Alfran Resort
Located 300 meters away from the Calangute-Baga stretch, Beira Mar Alfran Resort is a complex of 15 luxury duplex villas located on Baga Road in the Bardez area of Goa. This scenic resort is set amidst coconut groves, paddy fields, taverns and quaint houses. Each of the 100 guest rooms in this resort is tastefully furnished with a range of modern amenities such as air conditioning, refrigerator, intercom, CCTV and attached bathroom with running hot & cold water. Apart from common in-room amenities, each room has a private garden and backyard to maintain privacy. There is also a multi cuisine restaurant & bar and two swimming pools in this hotel.
Cavala Seaside Resort
Opened in 1979, Cavala Seaside Resort is one of the most popular hotels on the Calangute-Baga stretch. The hotel offers accommodation in terms of 30 spacious and spotless guest rooms classified as Single, Double and Twin Rooms. All rooms are air-conditioned and opens to a balcony, terrace and private sit-out. There is an in-house multi cuisine restaurant ‘Cavala’ where guests can savor Indian, Continental, Chinese and Goan delicacies. Every Friday and Saturday, live entertainment programs such as Retro & Retro Rock and Retro Jive Salsa are organized after 8 PM.
Goan Holiday Resort
An excellent property located in the middle of the Calangute Beach, the Goan Holiday Resort is a perfect option for leisure travelers as well as honeymooners. The hotel offers accommodation in terms of 20 well-appointed rooms that are classified as Deluxe Rooms , Super Deluxe Rooms and Family Rooms (6 people at max). There is a vegetarian restaurant in this hotel-Shree Sagar- which serves a delicious variety of North Indian and South Indian delicacies.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Here’s How to Select One from 5000+ Goa Hotels

Choosing a good hotel is an important decision from the perspective of traveling. The blog gives a few pointers that will help you in choosing the right hotel in Goa.  

Goa Hotels
 
And just so you know, the number 5000 was according to a commercial census conducted a couple of years ago, in 2011. Selecting a decent hotel is half the battle won for any tour. So, whether you are planning a business trip, looking for an event venue or just want to steal a few days from your hectic schedule, it is imperative that you conduct an intensive research for hotel accommodation before zeroing down on a particular name. It is a decision that you must take before making any final reservations as they serve as ‘home away from home’. For example, most overseas travelers book hotels in Goa beforehand to avoid hassles during festive occasions. Lodging in any kind of hotel will not solve your purpose of ensuring a comfortable and convenient stay. Here are a few pointers that you must consider while making a choice regarding a good hotel in Goa.  


Pricing is the key
 
It is very important to book a hotel that fits your budget. Gone are the days of calling each and every tour operator for the price factor. In order to attract more and more clientele, various hotels in Goa provide special packages at discounted rates during both festive and off seasons. Hence, one should always inquire about the promotional offers.

Check the hotel location
 
Besides price, location too plays an important role in choosing a good hotel. Selecting the right location will solve the purpose of your travel. For examples, business travelers on the go prefer to stay nearby airports. Those who are into city exploration will certainly prefer to stay in hotels nearby monuments and city attractions. But you need to watch out on the cost factor because location specific hotels can increase your travel budget phenomenally.

Read the user reviews

No matter how comprehensive research you’ve conducted, nothing can be better than feedback from past guests of the hotel. Always keep in mind to check the reviews and feedback of the people who have earlier stayed in the hotel. For reviews, you must check sites like trip advisor, ibibo and Expedia for valuable reviews from the travelers. Always remember that the internet is full of fake reviews and it's your judgment and past experiences that will lead you on the right path.

Check out the facilities
 
Many hotels feature in-house facilities such as a multi cuisine restaurant, gymnasium and conference hall etc. The facilities play a major role in determining the star rating of the hotels. Before zeroing down on a particular hotel, check and compare the amenities and select the one that fulfills your requirements. It is always a great idea to go with the brand name as reputed hotel chains always adheres to the set standards and offer world class facilities.

Holiday Theme
 
The theme of your holiday also determines the kind of hotel you should choose. If you are on an adventure trip, then you don’t need to spend too much money on the hotel as you won’t spend too much time there. For a family holiday, choosing a good and comfortable hotel is compulsory.

Keep the above mentioned points in mind and select the right hotel from www.goatrip.com




Friday, 7 March 2014

‘Where to Stay in Goa During Summer’: Some Popular Names of Goa Hotels


‘Where to Stay in Goa during summer’-this question often baffles the most discerning tourists visiting Goa. When it comes to accommodation options in Goa, there are several hotels that are available in terms of luxury, deluxe, budget and economy categories. For tourists looking forward to a luxurious experience in Goa, there is no dearth of luxury hotels in this tiny Indian state. The article will give you the description of these Goa hotels and talk about their ‘hits & misses’.

The Leela Goa Beach Resort 

Sprawled over 75 acres of verdant landscape, The Leela Goa presents a perfect fusion of South Indian architecture and Goa’s Portuguese heritage.  The hotel has tastefully designed rooms and suites, fine dining restaurants and a 12-hole golf course. If you are a hard core foodie, The Leela Goa will prove to be the best among other hotels in Goa. The staff is courteous, friendly and helpful. Don’t forget to try their breakfast buffet. However, there are three drawbacks of The Leela Goa hotel which include trash available on the beach, constant cawing of crows which tends to irritate and packs of stray dogs. Although they don’t harm people but their presence can make you a bit nervous. 

Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa 

Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa is an award winning five star hotel located near the Arossim beach. The proximity of this five star hotel to the Dabolim Airport makes it an ideal place for business travelers. The hotel is set within 45 acres of landscaped gardens with glittering waterways and lagoons. It houses 250 pousada-style guest rooms and suites, each offering a spa-inspired bathing. The resort features a selection of exquisite restaurants which include Casa Sarita and Palms. The Sereno Spa offers holistic treatments through a blend of unique therapies. Archery sessions are also hosted in the property. 

Baywatch Resort Goa 

Located in Goa’s most serene locales, The Baywatch Resort welcomes every guest in true Goan style. The spacious deluxe rooms and elegant family suites of Baywatch Resort are equipped with a range of modern amenities. Besides guest rooms, there is a multi-cuisine restaurant and a lounge bar to treat your bellies. There is also a lifestyle spa where guests are treated with the finest range of Aromatherapy and Ayurveda treatments. The Dolphin Conference Hall offers a perfect business ambience with in-built speakers and AV facilities. The quality of food served in this hotel is above average. 

Resort De Coracao North Goa

A four star resort in North Goa, Resort De Coracao features 45 air-conditioned Suites, Super Deluxe Rooms, Deluxe Rooms with an attached bathroom and flaunts elegant décor to meet the needs of the guests. There is a multi-cuisine restaurant ‘Ice & Spice’ with a display kitchen along with 24 X 7 Room Service. A team of friendly staff will make sure to cater the needs of the guests. 

Paradise Village Beach Resort Goa  

Located 18 kilometers away from the Dabolim Airport, Paradise Village Beach Resort is a laidback place, quiet and peaceful. The hotel offers accommodation in terms of Beach Cottages, Studio Rooms and Suites, each of which is divided into the living room and bedroom. The living room is simple & basic and features a leather sofa couch, a fridge and a round shaped dining table. The multi-cuisine Palm Coffee Restaurant is situated just next to the reception block and is divided into the ground floor and the top floor. Although the hotel is top-notch, guests should beware of loose tiles in the pool which often cause guests to cut foot. 

This completes the list of top-notch and high-end hotels in Goa. Each hotel is equipped with a range of modern amenities and offers world class services to the guests. Besides regular description, the article also talks about the ‘hits & misses’ related to aforementioned five hotels.
  
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Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Goa Carnival 2014- A Time for Joy, Celebration and Merriment

The ambience of joy and celebrations that began on 25th December, 2013 and lasted up to 1st January, 2014 will not end so soon. The merry making will resume on 1st March, 2014 with the kick start of the Goa Carnival 2014. The 4 day extravaganza of fun, frolic, amusement and festivity is one of the most awaited festivals in Goa. The Carnival is celebrated every year as a part of Goan culture and tradition in a unique way. The festivities throughout the state include a parade of colorful floats & troupes of masked revelers dressed in gorgeous costumes. You will find them singing and grooving to the lively music that is usually performed live. The best floaters are given good prizes.
The big bash depicts the soul of Goan culture and tradition. Carnival can be described as self-gratifying feasts of ancient Rome and Greece. The carnival made its first appearance in the Spanish and Portuguese colonies. The carnival is supervised by King Momo, who on the opening day orders his subjects to party. The four day non-stop Carnival is popularly known as Pagan festival in Latin American countries that were colonies of Portugal at one point of time.

The Carnival is uniquely Goan and is not celebrated anywhere else in India. It is basically a typical Latin song, music and dance and pave the way for “Lent”. The highlight of the exotic festival of merriment is the arrival and appointment of “King Momo” and his subjects to the capital city Panaji on “Fat Saturday”, the eve of Carnival. It is a happy union of heritage, religion and above all the spirit of friendship that attracts thousands of tourists every year.

Carnival Food & Cultural Festival starts on 28th February, 2014 at Panaji.
The opening day parade starts on 1st March, 2014 from Panaji.
The Carnival ends on 4th March, 2014.

Friday, 17 January 2014

Comfortable Hotels in Goa- For all pocket-sizes


Placed on the Western Coast in the Konkan region of India, the beach state of Goa is the smallest one of the country. Blessed with an extended coastline of over 101 km, it is one of the most visited tourist destinations, all around the world. Its sandy beaches dotted with palm trees, captivating tourist attractions, flea markets, sumptuous seafood and drinks, lush spice plantations, opportunities for several water sports, casinos, night parties and most, are some of the major crowd pullers. If you have not planned a trip to Goa, do it now without worrying about accommodation. Here is a list of few fine accommodation options, in 5-star, 4-star and 3-star categories: 

The Leela Goa
Rating: 5-star
A luxurious paradise for holidaymakers, the Leela Goa is placed just a few minutes away from Panaji. Both leisure and business guests can have a comfortable stay in 206 guest rooms that have aesthetic décor and well-equipped with all world-class facilities. These rooms and suites have been segregated into the Pavilion rooms, Lagoon (Suite and Deluxe suite), Royal Villas, Conservatory Premium Rooms and Presidential Suites. During your stay, you can relish tasty food and drink finest of drinks at the Jamavar, the Café, the Pool Bar, Yali Lounge and Susegado. The sleepy Sal fishing village is placed quite close to this luxury property.
  
Holiday Inn Beach Resort 
Rating: 5-star
 
One of the most sought-after hotels in Goa, Holiday Inn Beach Resort lies on the Mobor beach. Offering international amenities and impeccable hospitality services, this property is just the right kind of accommodation option to enjoy a memorable holiday and avail the best that is available. You can select from 3 kinds of rooms and 2 kinds of suites, divided into Plaza Room, Deluxe Room, Kids Room, Garden Suites and Sunset Suites. An ideal vacation retreat, it has a number of fine dining and drinking venues- Whispers of the Orient, Café Mardi Gras, Cakes & More, the Village, Fish Grill, Sun Downer Bar and Patio. 

Baywatch Resort 
Rating: 4 -star
A fine 4-star hotel, Baywatch Resort is known for offering flawless hospitality services and excellent facilities to all its guests including tour assistance, wedding services, spa, fitness club and more. Tourists as well as business visitors can choose from 80 deluxe rooms and suites, which have a tasteful décor and are well-laden with modern facilities.  The hotel has an in-house multi cuisine restaurant-Pam’s Restaurant.  At Harry’s Lounge, guests can gorge on tasty light snacks and savor their favorite drink. This property provides excellent services of international standards to its guests in an elegantly decorated environment.

La Calypso Resort 
Rating: 4- star
Placed right next to the very popular beach stretch of Calangute-Baga in the northern part of Goa, La Calypso resort is just 45 km from the Dabolim Airport of Goa. This is the perfect accommodation choice for holiday makers as it lies quite close to a number of very well-known tourist spots. 56 rooms of this resort have classified into 4 categories- Super Deluxe rooms, Executive rooms, Suites and Beach Villas. Have a pleasant stay amidst flawless service and amenities. Enjoy open-air dance parties at the outdoor eatery at greatly located La Shack where you can relish tasty pizzas. There is La Bella Ciao for lounging and La Pub for refreshments and drinks.

The Goan Village Resort
Rating: 3-star
One of the best places to stay in Goa for people who wish to enjoy impeccable hospitably services, but have budget constraints, the Goan Village Resort is the right option. The resort has 45 spacious guest rooms, divided into Deluxe and Suite Rooms, well-adorned and well-equipped to offer all the guests, a pleasant stay. They can relish Indian and International delicacies at the in-house multi-cuisine restaurant of the hotel- Algeria. There is a well-stocked bar as well.

Paradise Village Beach Resort 
Rating: 3-star

Bounded by Calangue beach, the Paradise Village Beach Resort has been built in a Spanish-style villa with rooms that have a traditional décor.  There are 88 studio apartments and suites, with an option of air-conditioned and non air-conditioned rooms. You can enjoy a host of modern comforts and facilities at absolutely affordable rates. This resort has an in-house multi-cuisine restaurant and a bar to cater to all your food needs. 

Wish to have a comfortable stay in Goa? Now you can easily book a room in any of the above-mentioned hotels, according to your preference and budget.

You can also read about top hotels in Goa here:  http://www.goatrip.com/goa-hotels-resorts/

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Panaji, Vasco and Velha- Take Your Pick For a Pleasurable Goa Vacations

One of the most whimsical tourist destinations in India, Goa attracts a large chunk of Indian and overseas travelers to its shores. The tiny Indian state is famous for its breathtaking beaches, colorful festivals, thrilling nightlife, wildlife, historic monuments and adventure sports. The three popular tourist places in Goa where tourists flock in large numbers include Panaji, Vasco Da Gama and Velha. Let's take a look on what these 3 destinations have to offer to the tourists.

Panaji Goa

The capital city of Goa, Panaji is a great place to kick start your sightseeing in this tiny Indian state. It is situated on the left bank of the Mandovi river and has several buildings designed in Portuguese colonial style. Some popular attractions in this city include the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Mahalakshmi temple and the Jama Masjid. If you love bird watching, you can visit the famous Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, located in the Chorao village near Panaji. For beach enthusiasts, the city is home to three languid beaches- Miramar, Bambolim and Dona Paula.

Vasco Goa

Named after the famous Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama, Vasco is the place where a large number of tourists visit to experience the scattered charm of nature in the form of sand, sea and surf. It is a famous industrialized town in Goa and home to an important sea port. The major attractions of this place include Bogmalo Beach, Mormugao Port, Pilot Point and Naval Aviation Museum.

Velha Goa

If you want to observe Portuguese and Christian influence on Goa from close quarters, Velha or Old Goa is the best bet available. The town is scattered with a large number of churches and cathedrals that offers a sneak peek into the Portuguese past. Some famous attractions of this place include Basilica of Bomb Jesus, Church of St. Francis of Assissi and Se Cathedral.

All said and written, now it's up to you to choose what suits your requirements the most for a comfortable and pleasurable travel to Goa.