All posts tagged: Goa

GOA Travel Guide

I avoided Goa for a long time, travelling the length and breadth of India on several trips, but never making it to the vacation hot-spot known for beaches, sunsets and parties. I always thought that Goa must have lost its charm, due to waves upon waves of Indian and western European tourists that travel there. But I was wrong. I travelled this amazing little part of India (in Nov’16) for nearly a month – with most of the time spent on its beaches in the south, and I immediately fell in love with it. I loved its atmosphere, the beaches, all-night crazy parties and a laid-back tropical vibe. What’s better is, from first timer honeymooners to crazy college party mongers, there is something for everyone here. You can find beaches as dead as a village in the far-out corners of Himalaya, to those hosting all-night raves. There’s sun, sea, sand, seafood and pretty much everything else you need to make your holiday better. Come here to lose yourself in a heavenly experience. Come here for a great holiday. …

Choosing A Perfectly Quiet Beach In Goa

Goa is big. In fact, massive. And depending upon which part of the town (I prefer calling it a town, rather than a state) you choose to stay, you pretty much shape your entire Goan experience. You can perceive it as a chilled out ambient heaven or something completely opposite of it. If I were to describe my initial few days in Calangute, North Goa, in one sentence, I’d agree with what lonely planet has written in their guidebook’s cover page “Where the beach meets the bazaar”. But that wouldn’t make any sense, if I think of my last few days at Kakolem Beach, in South Goa. Why not? Because the entire (Kakolem) beach had only one accommodation option, one eating-point, and the nearest market was somewhere about 5 kilometres away, in any direction. The point here is, Goa can be confusing, and can give you a complete different experience, depending upon where you decided to stay at first place. So how to choose the perfect beach as per your taste? Well, the best way …

Hot Air Ballooning In Goa: What It Feels Like

After groggily waking up at 5:15 in the morning – before even a bird had appeared in the sky – I was ready to leave and reach our Hot Air Balloon flight station, some 30 kilometres away from the place where I was staying, at Agonda, South Goa. I’d barely slept the night before, because I was so excited. After all, the idea of flying in basket, led by a 10 meter giant balloon – the first ever method of flight, created by man, was quite a celebration. Flustered and windswept, I reached the location – a long empty ground, almost in the middle of nowhere. I had nearly considered it a bad start of a day, and then my eyes fell on a massive, oval shaped balloon. I’d never seen a Hot Air Balloon from so close, in my life before – and as I remember, it looked beautiful! Under the safe and knowledgeable direction of Rita, our flying pilot, who has been flying this thing for the past 16 years (yes, you read that …

Dreaming Of Goa? Win A Free Stay At One Of The City’s Coolest AirBnb!

Hello readers! The time of the year has come, once again, when all you want is spend a few romantic evenings by the beaches of Goa. Thanks to the coolest Goan host on Airbnb this is now possible for you (the lucky couple!) to experience, without having a need to pay a penny. What Do You Win? – A two nights complimentary stay for TWO people in a quiet, comfortable villa, located in Dona Paula, Central Goa. (You can use this free stay anytime before 31st March, 2017) – A 24*7 caretaker to help you with anything and everything. – Free Wi-fi in the property, so you can share live updates and make your friends jealous! Okay, let’s add some visuals to the awesomeness of this prize, shall we? (Click Here To Check The Host’s Page On Airbnb and find out how much the property costs)  How To Win? It’s pretty easy. There are two simple steps to enter the contest, and then you pray to lady luck. Like FootlooseDev Facebook Page. Provide your details below: Email Address * First Name …

A Quick Guide To Agonda Beach, South Goa

I carefully chose to spend a bigger portion of my time in Goa on a three kilometre stretch of sand known as Agonda Beach. And Sonho do Mar, which offers cozy beach huts became my home for almost a fortnight. Compared to a few other beaches in south, Agonda turned out to be a little touristy. It looked more like an island in Bali than it did a part of India – with a majority of Western Europeans claiming the beach. It housed a diverse mix of tourists – independent travellers, elderly couples and families – which, I think, helped create a most pleasant atmosphere. It was certainly not a wild party place but was certainly not a boring, nothing-to-do destination either. What made it perfect to a next level was the fact that the kind of tourist that visit here often don’t look for moon beach raves, and late night wild parties. During my entire time in Agonda, the beach went amazingly quiet right after midnight. I could hear sea waves the entire night, just …