All About Goa!

Being a Food Lover and Food Writer, I always wanted to visit Goa for its local Goan Food and Seaside Brunching n Munching. But believe me, this place is much more than what I expected it to be.

As soon as you enter, the lively scenery covered with beautiful palm trees welcome you with open arms β€” I literally felt like I am in my happy hunting ground.

My Stay

In my 3-day stay, I stayed at the beautiful Hard Rock Hotel which is near Calangute Beach and at the scintillating Vivanta by Taj which is near Fort Aguada.

Hard Rock Hotel:

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Hard Rock Hotel aka HRH

Great place to stay in a medium size budget, this place not just offers you room with a swimming pool view but also Bluetooth Speakers for your room to stay charged all day n night with your stay. The best part is that you can get a car or scooter on rent pretty easily as there are a lot of shops nearby and the one right opposite to the hotel.

 

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Sunny Side Up anyone? πŸ˜‰

Vivanta By Taj:

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The three way view is mesmerizing – The Pool, The Beach and The Fort Aguada. This is the right place if you are looking for a weekend getaway with your special someone or when you are looking for some peace of mind (like me). It is bit expensive for the pocket so save a plenty before booking your room at Taj Vivanta. The rooms are kind of normal but the view, the pool and the beach are worth the pocket.

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This hammock swing was placed right outside my room, giving me the view of the beach and the Fort 

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Poolside Chilling at Taj Vivanta… My favorite place to read a book alongside my most favorite drink cosmopolitan

My Favorites

Britto’s at Baga Beach: 

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Watermelon Mojito and Garlic Butter Prawns… Nomzzaaa

I without the fail have to recommend this place in Goa. If you haven’t brunched or lunched at Britto’s then you are missing out on some lip-smacking sea food and drinks. I absolutely loved the Garlic Butter Prawns and trust me I didn’t even leave a piece on my platter, though my tummy was completely full.

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Britto’s is best for brunch or for a late lunch date as you can have a good sunset view right from where I am sitting – enjoying my view while waiting for the food to come πŸ™‚

PS (for all the girls): As soon as you’ll leave Britto’s from the backside of the beach, there is this amazing lane adjoining the Tito’s lane where you can find great swim suits, bikinis, kaftans and maxi dresses at a cheap price (bargain is a must).

Thalassa at Vagator:

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Thalassa is a beautiful casual dining restaurant situated on the hill top at Vagator, Goa. You can have the view of the Vagator beach along the beautiful holy mother nature. Though, a table reservation is suggested as this place is crowded during the evening hours, especially. I had visited Thalassa on my first day itself in Goa – by far the best view ever I had. I reached this place 15 minutes before the sunset and I can’t tell how beautiful the sun looks right from the spot where I am standing in this picture.

Arambol Beach:

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This was my favorite beach out of all the beaches I had been in Goa. It has a very vibrant feel to it with not much crowd. I love the hippies playing music, dancing on the drums and guitar with the groups and also decently asking you for a drag of marijuana. And I feel happy when I recall and see that I had the privilege to watch the sunset all three days of my stay in Goa.

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Isn’t it beautiful? πŸ˜€

Arambol Beach also has a lot of local market and street shops outside. So, you can check out for some good hand made jewelry, coffee mug or hand bag for your friends and family.

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I think we spent the entire evening at the beach and ended up having some local Chinese Food at one of the shacks at the Beach itself

White Church, Panjim:

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This is the same church where the movie “Josh” was shot 

This Church is called as the Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, popularly known as the White Church. I absolutely loved the Church, the aura and peace you get here is inexplicably divine. Though, the visiting hours are quite precise so do not visit the church from 1 pm to 3 pm.

Caravela at Taj Vivanta:

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Caravela – A deck Restaurant

During my stay at Vivanta, I had gone to this restaurant at Taj Vivanta. More than the food, I loved the feel of this restaurant. You literally feel like you are having your meal at the ship deck with a sea view. Plus, the staff is very hospitable and will help you with what to have and what to do in Goa.

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This Place and Vibe πŸ™‚

Love Passion Karma – LPK Waterfront:

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I absolutely loved this club. It’s located at Nerul and a must go club with your bunch of friends. LPK is sandwiched between two serene and natural backwater bodies of Candolim river; having a dance floor with a live DJ. The whole feel of this place is different from the regular clubs. You’ll have the river view at the outdoor sitting area and disco club at the indoors where you can get drink and have a crazy time on the dance floor.

Statutory warning: Vomiting in the club can cost you straight Rs 500

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It’s the time to Disco!!!

My absolute dos and don’ts at Goa:

Dos:

  • Do take out time and go for some street shopping (places suggested already)
  • Make sure you visit a Casino. I had gone to the Deltin Royale Casino where I had won a lot of cash and lost none, ha ha!
  •  Rent a car or scooter for sure. Renting a car is easier as one person can drive and another can navigate. Though, scooter is way cheaper
  • Bring your swimsuits for sure (or buy one from Goa itself)
  • Eat some Goan delicacies and sea food

Don’ts:

  • Do not skip fueling your rented vehicle. Here, the petrol pumps are quite far so keep the vehicle fueled or ask the grocery store in case of emergencies as they keep petrol in loose
  • Do not miss the sunset at the beaches. They are heavenly for your soul
  • Meet strangers but always cautionary and precautionary
  • Do not go for paragliding. It’s overpriced and not up to the mark in Goa
  • Do not forget to bring your sun block to the beach

 

Hence, this was it from my awesome stay in Goa. I think if you are a first timer like I was then November end or December first week is the best time to go and explore the place. I am still in the awe of this place and will surely plan another trip in this year too.

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Bye Bye Goa… Call me soon πŸ˜€

I hope the Goa Blog  was helpful. You can contact me for further information on belly.k6@gmail.com

I am also on instagram – BellyKanungo

See you soon with another review, till then keep eating and keep your bellies happy!πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

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