Saturday 11 April 2015

Christmas In Goa

Christmas 2013 we went to Goa on a family vacation, there were 25 of us in total arriving in Goa from various parts of India. We rented out 3 villas at White Square Nirvana located in Guirim. White Square Nirvana has about 10 villas which can be taken on rent, they also have a nice pool and a restaurant serving Goan food. 
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Guirim is tucked away between the town of Mapusa and Porvorim and is a good place to escape the maddening crowd yet stay close to all the famous beaches of GOA like  Calangute, Baga & Candolim. We hired a mini bus to get us around and headed to one of the beaches every day after breakfast and returned late evening.
calangute beach
Day one we headed out to Calangute beach, hit the shacks and had a awesome lunch at Souza Lobo. The food was amazing definitely would recommend this place for good Goan delicacies.
vagator beach
Day 2 we went to Vagator, the beach at Vagator is located next to a rocky cliff and the view from up there is amazing ! Our bus dropped us at the top of the cliff and we had to walk down several stone steps to get to the beach. 
vagator beach goa

vagator beach goa
The day we spent at Vagator was a lot of fun, the beach was clean the water was not too rough and most importantly not many people. The kids had a wonderful time making sand castles and we all got into the water.

Anjuna Beach

We spent the rest of the evening chilling at a shack called Fish Tail. Like most shacks in Goa the drinks were cheap the sea food was good and we had a perfect view of the sunset.
vagator beach shack

Long Island Ice Tea Goa

Curleys Goa

Goa Sunset

sunset Goa
We had dinner that night at the very famous restaurant Thalassa known for its Greek food. The restaurant is nested in the cliff overlooking Vagator beach and the perfect time to go there would be around late evening to view the sunset. The restaurant had a lot of character , the food was exquisite and the staff was very entertaining. By nightfall they were they were doing the traditional Greek dance called the “Sirtaki” entails people huddling up in a circle and dancing to the tunes and steps of Zorba the Greek and is also accompanied by the smashing of plates on the floor and showering of flowers on those partaking in the celebrations.
thalassa goa

Day 3 was Christmas and we went for holy mass at a beautiful old church in Guirim. The Christmas service was really nice but I was more fascinated with the architecture of the church.
Old Church Goa

Day 4 our last day in Goa we visited a very interesting boutique called Le Roi Arthur Cafe. The boutique was actually the home of Chef Romain and his family and they run the place. Unfortunately on that day the kitchen was closed so we just did a little window shopping .The boutique is old Portuguese mansion that has been restored and the decor is done up beautifully. 
le roi arthur cafe goa

le roi arthur cafe goa

le roi arthur cafe goa

le roi arthur cafe goa

Before boarding the train back to Bangalore we had dinner at Panjim Inn a beautiful heritage hotel in the heart of Panjim city. The hotel had a old world charm to it and the rooms were done up in colonial style with really nice furniture. It was the perfect end to a fun trip with the family.

Panaji Inn Goa

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