All posts tagged: Goa secrets

Goa is a State of Mind.

A poem on green Goa, dedicated to the Goa state of mind <3 Every monsoon, when most tourists leave, I try to find my way to Goa. The lush rice paddies, the stormy Arabian Sea, old abandoned Portuguese houses and that distinct Goa in the monsoon feeling beckons. I’ve put together an alternative travel guide to Goa, highlighting incredible responsible travel experiences to discover Goa beyond the beaches and crowds. I’ve written about mindblowing experiences in offbeat Goa for those who really want to get off the beaten track. I’ve even traversed back-lanes and obscure neighborhoods in search of the most authentic Goan food in North Goa. But the Goa state of mind isn’t easy to describe or capture in words. In this little poem on green Goa, I give it a humble try: A poem on green Goa Every summer, Goans moved base to Calangute Beach Four times its current size, in days of no electricity No beach shacks, no sunbathers, this was the era of hippies The music and culture, still very Portuguese. …

Wake Me Up When September (in Goa) Ends.

September in Goa combines the magic of the monsoon with the full lush green bloom of the rice paddies. A feeling that the earth is alive! I find myself penning this post rather unexpectedly. I’m staying at a 500-year-old Portuguese house, restored by a charming Goan family, in a sleepy little village in the hinterlands of Goa. This will be my home till the end of September. I’ve spent the last few days strolling along pristine backwaters, little hamlets stuck in time, lush green rice paddies and streets adorned with abandoned Portuguese houses and old churches. Wake me up when September ends. Also read: My Alternative Travel Guide to Goa Last week, when I flew into Goa on an invite from Goa Tourism, I was slightly apprehensive. I’ve always associated Goa with the beaches and crowds, and I do everything I can to avoid the latter. But Goa Tourism promised to help me find Goa’s best kept secrets, and I couldn’t resist. I landed in Goa in the monsoon, on a cloudy afternoon and drove past the misty …