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

Also read: The Perfect 3-Day Goa Itinerary for Slow Travel

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September in Goa | My Portuguese abode in Aldona.

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 coastline, into the lush green terrain of North Goa. Deep in the interiors, I wound my way into a typical Goan village called Pomburpa, where a Roy’s stone house was my introduction to life in Goa. Roy had played music with the hippies in the 60s, and Fatima had spent part of her life in Mozambique (Portuguese Africa); fascinating would be an understatement to describe their stories. In the evening, we strolled through the village, exchanging gossip small talk with the neighbors, watching the ‘bread man’ deliver fresh bread to every house on his bicycle!

Also read: Offbeat Goa: 12 Mindblowing Experiences

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September in Goa | Strolling along the rice paddies in North Goa.
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September in Goa | My tree house in Pomburpa.

Exploring Goa on my two-wheeler, I chanced upon Aldona, a village straight out of a postcard, and immediately fell in love with its laid back life. I’ve later discovered that this is also where Amitav Ghosh spends a few months every year, penning his beautiful words, and now I know where he finds his inspiration. I’m hoping to find some for myself.

Also read: Goa is a State of Mind

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September in Goa | An abandoned Portuguese home in Goa.
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September in Goa | Goa in the monsoons. How can I leave?

This will be my first tryst with slow travel in India, and I hope to unearth Goa’s best kept secrets. Come with me?

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  1. Goa is a perfect place for a ‘slow travel’ experience. Sounds really interesting and enviable! (Just wanted to bring something to your attention – Deep in the interiors, I wound my way into a typical Goan…)

    1. It is! I’m loving it and the envy is justifiable. Didn’t get it, something wrong with the wording?

  2. Oh myyy, Shivya! This looks absolutely gorgeous. Slow travel doesn’t excite me much, but it was definitely a good idea if this is what you’re going to be living in 🙂

    1. It is, Surya! This is my first tryst with slow travel, will share at the end of the month how it’s been 🙂

  3. You have an F-ing tree house?!!! I officially hate my life. 🙁 :p

    Ooooh! Music with the hippies…hmmm…wonder if he has access to…hmmm

    Damn!!! I am wondering if I should do a surprise drop in to visit you in Goa… 😉

    1. Aww. I was in a tree house initially, now I’ve moved to a restored Portuguese house (even better if you ask me, it’s the first pic). Haha, I knew that’s the first thing you’d think when you hear of the hippies 😉

  4. And you better stop by Singapore in November…btw, I am in Trivandrum the first week of November and in Kolkata the last week…so in case you plan to end up in on the 3 cities mentioned…let me know. 🙂

    1. Do the surprise visit to Goa! I don’t have any plans for November as of now, shall keep you posted 🙂

  5. Wow !! I love slow travel, its the best way to experience a place in which you get to feel the local life. Enjoy your enviable trip/life.

  6. I’ve always associated Goa with crowds, partying and beaches, too. This is a side of Goa that I would love to explore, too.

    Aldona sounds beautiful, and your pictures show that it is indeed as beautiful as it sounds. 🙂

  7. Goa…. I just love these three letters. The place grows on you with time. And it’s the perfect time to be in Goa with the monsoons just over and crowds might not started pouring in from all side :). I hope you will have a great time and will share all the hidden places explored by you with us.

  8. hey shivya…. its nice to hear these kind of places in India… I work with HT and I would love to know more about your backpacking stories and places you visited

  9. Aristotle once said that – The first principle of all action is leisure. I guess that is exactly what you have been experiencing in your Goa sojourn. I have always associated Goa as a laid back travel destination filled with culinary delights and it is great to see a blogger take me up on that.

    I discovered your blog during an online research and I must say I am hooked.

  10. Hi,
    Loved reading your post. Do check out our 200+ year old home in Curtorim, South Goa…..Arco Iris (www.arcoiris.in).
    Cheers! Beni

  11. Hey Shivya,
    Love you post!!! I have experience the same in my North Goa trip. The freshness in the air and tranquility near the sea, make you feel alive…

    Cheers!! Shakshi
    Travel Diaries#

  12. Hi Shivya, loved your blog. For me, Goa is a home away from home. I have visited Goa numerous times, and am definitely going to take benefit of your blog and visit some of these places. Recently, I started experimenting the offbeat destinations. I went to two places ahead of Goa on The Konkan Highway towards Bombay. If you have are still in Goa, do consider visiting them. My blog below might give you an idea about these places


  13. Nice Post! Goa is Really a good place for the visitors it’s a perfect place for “slow travel”.
    Thanks for this wonderful post.

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