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Beyond the Goa Beaches…


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I was in Goa for 5 blissful days, but as with all my trips, I try to squeeze in as much as possible into my itinerary so I can return with piles of stories, tips and recommendations for you all. I was amazed at how much I was able to explore in those few days, but Goa’s stunning landscapes, vibrant culture, and affable vibes touched me on whole new level that I didn’t really expect!

An oasis of stillness and tranquillity awaits you at Goa which contrasts very nicely with the hustle and bustle that it is portrayed with. North Goa is the perfect base to explore the beautiful terrains; packed with long beaches and bountiful foliage where you will get to witness every shade of green!

This post is specially for the curious luxury travellers, who perhaps feel they want to visit places off the typical touristy agenda. With historic sites and glorious architecture, luxurious places to stay and piquant cuisines to taste, there is so much to admire in Goa!

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  • Stay at BirdSong, Moira, North Goa:

Location: Stationed in Moira, a small village in Bardez, located about 40 kms from Dabolim Airport and approximately about 10 kilometres away from Mapusa; is a hideaway bungalow which is nothing but a sanctuary and it’s all about relaxation – encouraging you to spend time with yourself and unwind.

Rooms: The bungalow is equipped with 6 uniquely luxurious suites, a pool, lush lawns and gardens and an artistic atrium to de-stress. I was staying in the “Pepper” Suite – These gorgeous suites have a definite wow-factor as soon as you walk in and this makes a grand accommodation for your Goa trip!

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Food: The hotel has an in-house cook who whips up delicious Goan meals! You can inform the staff beforehand about your food preferences.

Must Have’s: Crispy Rawa Fish, Prawn Masala and Chicken Curry.

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You can always go for a swim in the pool or pick up a book from their library and relax; but because of my itchy feet, I wanted to wander out and explore more! The captivating views of the village do pull you outside and encourage you to tour those magnificent grounds!

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If you head out for a walk or a scooty ride, you can visit Aldona Village and a few local churches nearby!

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Nossa Senhora Da Imaculada Conceição Church in Moira, Goa

BirdSong oozes of luxury and grandeur and would make a perfect vacation stay for couples or friend/family reunions! I would not recommend this property to travellers who are on a budget.

  • Brunch at Ruta’s Roadhouse, Assagao:

Ruta’s Roadhouse was a recommendation made to me during my trip and I wasn’t disappointed at all! In fact, I had one of the best meals of my life at Ruta’s!

It is a little daytime restaurant with a very homely vibe to it, they play the best jazz tracks for you to enjoy your meals! The ambiance is spectacular and so is the service. The meals are prepared from scratch and the cooks make sure the flavours aren’t compromised even in the most basic of dishes!

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Your tastebuds will thank you once you try out the food!

Must Must MUST Have’s:  Spicy Roast Beef with Rosemary Potatoes + Salad, Curry Chicken Sandwiches, Shepherd’s Pie and the Strawberry-Banana Milk Shake.

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If you’re in Goa, I urge you to visit Ruta’s Roadhouse for a scrumptious meal and then you can head to Ozran Beach which is just 15 minutes (5 kilometres) away!

  • Sightseeing: Māe Deus Church, Saligao & Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa :

Goa is full of momentous sites and notable locations which immerse you for hours appreciating the architecture and design. After our hearty brunch at Ruta’s, we headed to Māe Deus Church in Saligao.

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It seems like a castle right out of a folklore, with white walls and ornate Neo-Gothic designs. It is the abode to the majestic statue of Mae de Deus (Mother of God) which was brought from the ruins of Māe De Deus at Old Goa.

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After witnessing the enchanting church and the vast grasslands it proudly stands on, we headed to Old Goa to visit Basilica of Bom Jesus – a World Heritage Monument located 10 kilometres east of Panjim.

It was a 45 minutes long scooty ride from Saligao to Old Goa where we did make our way through the most crowded parts of Goa but the picturesque views made up for the traffic completely!

The church contains the tomb and mortal remains of St Francis Xavier. It is one of Goa’s most famous churches and represents simplicity, finesse, and is a beautiful illustration of Jesuit styled architecture.

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I am very happy with my decision to have visited Goa and during my trip, I learned so much about the Portuguese culture, uncovered hidden gems, walked on the most beautiful beaches, ate my bodyweight in beef and soaked up so much sun!

Winter months are here and most fun in Goa – plan your next sun-kissed Goa adventure now!


Photography Courtesy: Rahul Lal Photography for Appy Bistro

Post By: Sakshi Deswal / Appy Bistro 

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