South Goa: the susegad life you didn’t learn about

Because the seashores of North Goa replenish, the locals are heading South to flee the crowds. Listed below are a few of their best-kept secrets and techniques — from farm stays to quiet sea fronts

Because the seashores of North Goa replenish, the locals are heading South to flee the crowds. Listed below are a few of their best-kept secrets and techniques — from farm stays to quiet sea fronts

The solar is peaking. The ocean is pretty nonetheless. There’s a light breeze, not too heat, that’s inflicting the coconut palms to stir. Palolem seashore, in South Goa, is basically empty. It’s a Sunday in excessive season, however there is no such thing as a yelling and screaming. No hustlers trying to promote trinkets and sarongs and DVDs and wooden carvings. Just a few youngsters constructing sand castles. Adults sunbathing. The occasional foot therapeutic massage provide. Peaceable and quiet. I’m wondering to myself why I haven’t completed this earlier than. Why don’t extra Goa regulars head South extra typically?

Sure, the North does have a buzzing leisure scene (and a few of the fanciest sports activities vehicles bearing quantity plates from across the nation). However the South has the secluded serenity that many people need. Particularly now. To have the ability to escape our city existences with out questioning if we’re leaping from the pan into the hearth. So, the place ought to one go? I’ve all the time believed the locals have the perfect intel. So, I requested a couple of of them:

Clockwise from top: Fishermen at Palolem, with the family, Satinder Singh

Clockwise from prime: Fishermen at Palolem, with the household, Satinder Singh

Satinder (Sonny) Singh

Los Angeles-trained architect and founding father of the artwork house, The Dice Gallery (@the_cube_gallery)

“I trip with my household, and each the jungles of Chorla Ghat and Palolem seashore are nice for household bonding. You’re in a pure setting however with entry to nice service by skilled employees. The straightforward but comfy lodging at Wildernest ( in Chorla, and Ciaren’s ( in Palolem don’t distract you from the environment, one thing that five-star accommodations typically do. These accommodations even have choices the place the household can keep collectively, which is kind of handy. Wildernest has naturalists who take you on guided treks within the Western Ghats, which is such a vital biodiversity hotspot. And in Palolem, we go kayaking within the backwaters.”

Jagvir Matharoo and Martino Caramia

Jagvir Matharoo and Martino Caramia

Martino Caramia and Jagvir Matharoo

Artistic administrators of dwelling, trend and equipment idea retailer, The Flame Retailer (@theflamestore)

“We discover the seashores of the South — Patnem, Colomb, Talpona — fairly particular. In contrast to within the North, the season down South begins in November. And even then, comparatively, the seashores are empty. There’s the rustic-chic Turtle Hill ( in Patnem, the mom of all boutique accommodations to remain at. Proper subsequent to the quaint Peace Backyard on Talpona seashore are two beachside
thali spots that serve glorious homestyle meals. The all the time unbelievable Jaali Boutique and Café on Patnem Seashore Street, run by [South African designer] Kate Abramovitz, is the place you must store for resort put on and espressos after (or one thing stronger, if you happen to please). By the way, Kate’s opening Casa Jaali, a B&B on the rocks between Patnem and Colomb, and we will’t wait to test in. Lastly, you must e-book a tour of Cazulo (, which homes Goa’s solely feni cellar and presents a tasting session like none different.”

Mandira Sharma

Proprietor, The Interior Temple (, a three-bed villa within the village of Moira, North Goa

“Galgibaga seashore is my secret pleased place within the South. It’s an Olive Ridley turtle nesting web site. So it’s not a mean seashore the place you go for water sports activities or to hit the shacks. There’s a candy two-bedroom villa there known as Casa Galgibaga that I hire. It’s an outdated Goan dwelling that’s been renovated to in the present day’s requirements. Additionally they organise excursions into the Catigao Wildlife Sanctuary and fishing journeys with native fishermen. Even if you happen to catch nothing, you’ll be able to nonetheless return to Luiza’s (9765855021) for a meals coma-inducing meal. She’s a correct Goan woman who will feed you the perfect home-style seafood. One other space I frequent is Chaudi in Canacona. Turiya Villa (, which can be an outdated Goan dwelling, refurbished by architect Sandesh Prabhu, is an enthralling place to remain. You’re inside earshot of the ocean and but can get up to birdsong in a backyard filled with chikoo, coconut, mango, and frangipani bushes.”

Lydon Alves

Founding father of Goa-based occasion administration firm, Sundown Getaways (

“My first selection is the quaint Agonda seashore entrance, just some minutes’ drive from the extra common and comparatively crowded Palolem seashore. I usually keep at Mariposa Seashore Grove ( All of the cottages include air-conditioning and Wi-Fi, and open out to the ocean. A lot of the seafood served on the shacks alongside the seashore are fairly wonderful. Nonetheless, if you happen to’re searching for that ‘out of the unusual’ expertise, Cow Nook ( on Patnem Seashore Street stands out. My favorite is the Hungarian Goulash, by far the perfect in all of Goa. To profit from the seashore life, you must ask an area fisherman to take you to secluded seashores like Butterfly and Paradise. Likelihood is you’ll spot dolphins en route. A drive right down to the Cabo de Rama Fort is a should. And the Cabo seashore is as beautiful because it will get.”

Clockwise from top left: The Kushavati Heritage Trail at Rivona Caves, Menezes Braganca House in Chandor, Maria Victor

Clockwise from prime left: The Kushavati Heritage Path at Rivona Caves, Menezes Braganca Home in Chandor, Maria Victor

Maria Victor

Founder-CEO of experiential journey firm, Make It Occur (

“I’ve all the time been fascinated by the quaint villages within the hinterland. There’s a lot mysticism that surrounds the pre-Portuguese heritage of the outdated Goan capital of Chandor. A few of the grandest Indo-Portuguese mansions are in Salcete and Quepem. Palacio De Deao in Quepem, which is a mansion that’s over 200 years outdated, was constructed by the Dean of the Church. Ruben and his spouse Celia, who now personal the home, curate home-cooked meals match for a
bhatkar (landlord). The Figueiredo Mansion in Loutolim was in-built 1590, and predates the Taj Mahal. Loutolim can be the place satirist Mario Miranda hailed from. His ancestral residence near the principle sq. is a sight to behold.
Trikal , one in every of my favorite Shyam Benegal movies, was shot in Loutolim and captured the vibe of a sleepy Goan village. You would additionally drive down and expertise the Buddhist caves of Rivona, the prehistoric rock carvings in Usgalimal, and the Betal Sateri temple in Netravali. I wouldn’t go away the South with out treating myself to scrumptious bakes at Jila bakery. Their eclairs and Geneva pastry are to die for!”

Clockwise from top left: Kunal Shah, and the Mangal Farm Stay

Clockwise from prime left: Kunal Shah, and the Mangal Farm Keep

Kunal Shah

Inside designer and co-founder of the furnishings and interiors retailer, Claro (@claro.goa)

“There’s a lot to discover on the tradition and heritage entrance in South Goa. I like to recommend a go to to the Shaivite shrine in Tambdi Surla. Surrounded by mountains, it’s extremely atmospheric and finest visited early within the morning. Then there’s the Safa Masjid in Ponda, which was constructed by Sultan Adil Shah of Bijapur, within the Deccani fashion. These concerned with artwork ought to e-book a visit that takes within the main Kaavi artwork websites. Kaavi, indigenous to Goa, was painted on spiritual shrines and houses of landed gentry within the pre-Portuguese space. Portuguese builders tailored this method, rechristening it as graffito, and used it to embellish their spiritual constructions. Lastly, if you happen to’re searching for a spot to remain that’s not on a seashore, test into 250-acre Mangal Farm Keep ( It’s a working natural farm the place they develop unique greens, over 200 forms of mangoes, herbs and spices, and decorative flowers. Plant paddy within the day, eat what they develop (cooked within the native Velip tribal manner), and sip on home-brewed feni come night. It’s a complete totally different tackle the
susegad life.”

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