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Experience Goa just like the locals

28 Sep

Wondering what to do if you ever decide to visit Goa. I’ll like to share with you what I look forward to doing every time I visit home (Goa). Through the years the list evolves for the tourist, but its the same for any goan who lives away and has missed home. The land is known for its Sun, Sand and Seafood or for its wine and song, which is true as the saying goes, if you throw a stone it will fall on a bar or a church. Goans as the locals are called, don’t need a reason to celebrate be it rain or shine but with all the  merry-making it is still considered the most peaceful place in India communally.

Goa is the Hawaii, for Indians. Very popular with the newlyweds from all parts of India and popular with the Europeans. The Euro stretches a long way in Goa then Hawaii where a gallon of milk  on an average cost $7.49. So cross over and experience the tropics.

1. Visit the beaches

Goa being a coastal state just like California has a coastline of 78 miles.The further north or south you travel the beaches are less crowded and cleaner. The Rich Aqua blue waters and the rustic white sandy beaches along with the warm tropical weather makes it a very scenic place to live or visit. Enjoy some great food on the “Shacks” which are wooden huts made with palm leave roofing. It couldn’t get any better than this.

Colva Beach, Goa

Colva Beach, Goa

2. Try the local foods

The local specialties which is hard to find in other parts of India are the Goan Sausages, Sorpatel made of pork, rice curry and fried fish, the local staple. Vindaloo a dish very popular in Goa and abroad and the freshest local seafood. Sweets like Bebinca made with coconut milk and eggs and flour, Dodol made with jaggery (raw sugar),coconut milk and wheat flour and Doce de Grao made from fresh grated coconut, gram dal and sugar.  These are just, to name a few.

Goan Sausages and its famous " Chorizo or Chouriço Pão" (Sausage Bread).

Goan Sausages and its famous ” Chorizo or Chouriço Pão” (Sausage Bread).

3. Try the local Spirits( Alcohols)

Goa has its own range of liquor, wine and beer. It’s not just called a party place for nothing. Popular wine is the Sweet Port Wine, influence of the Portuguese. Feni(Fenny) which is made from fermentation of the fruit of the cashew tree, while coconut feni is made from the sap of toddy palms. Try out Kingfisher or Arlem Beer a mild brew which are popular.

Kingfisher beer. Picture credit "phdrehabilitation.blogspot.com"

Kingfisher beer. Picture credit “phdrehabilitation.blogspot.com”

4. Visit churches

Most Churches built during the colonial period leave an everlasting impression on the visitors. Built during the 15th to 17th century they remain intact and still retain he old charm. Basilica of Bom Jesus Basilica, St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral, Church of St Francis of Assisi, church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Holy Spirit Church and many more churches that offers a treat to your eyes with is architectural magnificence.

Holy Spirit Church in Margao, Goa is dated back in 1564-1675.

Holy Spirit Church in Margao, Goa is dated back in 1564-1675.

Basilica of Bom Jesus, final resting place of legendary Jesuit missionary Francis Xavier, who worked in Goa and achieved sainthood after his death.  Picture credit to "eagersnap.blogspot.com"

Basilica of Bom Jesus, final resting place of legendary Jesuit missionary Francis Xavier, who worked in Goa and achieved sainthood after his death.
Picture credit to “eagersnap.blogspot.com”

5. Markets

Local marketplaces and flea markets offer a good opportunity for bargain shoppers. One of the biggest marketplace in Goa is the Mapusa market place in North Goa and Margao down south. It’s a great experience to a street market and local foods.

Margao Market

Margao Market

6. Festivities

I always want to experience the excitement of the Goan festivity and so my travel is scheduled around Christmas or just before Lent, its carnival time. Every street and corner of the state is perfectly decked up to set the festive mood of locals as well as visitors. The celebration is marked with lots of drinking, feasting and merry-making. Experience the “Dances” they have during the festivity which is dancing through the night with great live music and good food. No picture can capture the liveliness of the moment.

Christmas in Goa. Picture credit "www.travelhangover.com"

Christmas in Goa. Picture credit “www.travelhangover.com”

This will be a trip that will be etched in you memory forever.

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57 Responses to “Experience Goa just like the locals”

  1. ohlidia January 26, 2014 at 6:05 pm #

    Thanks so much for your visit… it has led me to your lovely blog! I’m looking forward to learning about Goan food and culture. xoxox

    • Nandini January 27, 2014 at 10:43 am #

      Thank You Lidia! I too look forward to reading your blog :-).

  2. foodlikecake March 30, 2014 at 5:24 am #

    Hi, Nandini,
    I nominated you for the Liebster Award!
    http://foodlikecake.wordpress.com/2014/03/30/a-liebster-award/

    • Nandini March 30, 2014 at 6:54 pm #

      Thank You so much Chloe. I am truly honored by it 🙂

  3. Dilip May 28, 2014 at 8:28 am #

    I am delighted to read this post on Goa and the lovely pictures. Yes there is something very special about Goa. I always kept a couple of days for myself in my tours to savor the authentic Goan cuisine and explore local places. People too were so cool and friendly 🙂
    Thanks Nandini for reviving old memories. Regards.

    • Nandini May 28, 2014 at 10:56 am #

      My pleasure :-). Yes Goa is a magical place.

  4. charlypriest July 8, 2014 at 11:54 pm #

    I´m sold, at least this part of India. I know other part´s or regions, at least one called gujarat(probably spelled it wrong) that it´s the law to eat vegetarian. Can´t believe it.

    So Chorizo(another very traditional Spanish food) in the beach, with my little beer, watching the festivities. Seems paradise to me.

    Just re read you bio, Engineering degree, 5 languages, why are you married…. Can´t you dis-marry, sell the kids(to some good NGO of course) and come to Spain?

    • Nandini July 10, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

      Goa is a paradise for sure. Visiting Spain along with my loving husband and kids is on my bucket list Charly 🙂

      • charlypriest July 10, 2014 at 11:41 pm #

        You guys will enjoy it very much for sure.

  5. HotDish August 4, 2014 at 7:50 am #

    Hi there! I am nominating you for the WordPress Family Blog Award because I really like your blog. If you’re interested in participating, please visit this post! http://hotdish.org/2014/08/04/awards/

    • Nandini August 4, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

      Thank You so much for the award. That is very kind of you 🙂

  6. "Cheffie Cooks" September 13, 2014 at 6:05 pm #

    Intrigued, lovely post! Cheryl.

    • Nandini September 13, 2014 at 7:09 pm #

      Thanks Much Cherly 🙂

  7. ExploringWanderer October 20, 2014 at 3:31 pm #

    Those high altars are amazing!

    • Nandini October 20, 2014 at 4:36 pm #

      Yes indeed. It is a beautiful church I grew-up in 🙂

  8. Aaryne McEvoy November 8, 2014 at 6:50 pm #

    It looks amazing! I love traveling but have small children at the moment…some day though…

    • Nandini November 8, 2014 at 7:14 pm #

      Thank you Aaryne. I hope you do some day, it is a beautiful place with a lot of history.

  9. kendallhalin November 11, 2014 at 12:23 pm #

    That looks beautiful!

    • Nandini November 11, 2014 at 5:40 pm #

      Thank you Kendall 🙂

  10. Christy Birmingham December 12, 2014 at 4:07 pm #

    The churches would be great to visit!! 🙂

    • Nandini December 12, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

      Yes Christy visiting them transports you to a totally different period of time.

  11. Deodatta Shenai-Khatkhate December 13, 2014 at 5:03 am #

    Wow! Your blog is so informative and amazingly resourceful about Goan culture, food and people. i am proud of my connections with Goa, and your blog has rekindled thse strong feelings. Thanks a million, and I shall be visiting this blog often. Keep up the great work!

    • Nandini December 13, 2014 at 8:00 am #

      Thanks Deo, appreciate your kind words and I am happy to know that it rekindled your Goan connections.

      • Deodatta Shenai-Khatkhate December 13, 2014 at 8:45 am #

        It surely did. Our family and Devasthan are from Goa, but I grew up in Konkan and Mumbai. Still one cannot take Goa out of Goanese, it flows through our veins, all the time. Thanks for your interesting blog. Best Regards.

  12. jmsabbagh December 13, 2014 at 11:32 am #

    Have a joyous season.Jaalal

  13. engelsfrance January 10, 2015 at 8:11 pm #

    Hi Nandini, thank you so much for liking my post….it offered me the opportunity to discover your blog….and your region…..I will have to add it in my travel list!!

    • Nandini January 11, 2015 at 5:51 pm #

      You are so welcome France, I am happy my blog was interesting and now you have a new place to discover on your next travel 🙂

  14. cynthiamvoss January 12, 2015 at 5:41 pm #

    Your blog is very interesting! Love your recipes too! I had never heard of Goa and this About page is great. I knew of the British presence in India, but didn’t know that Portugal was an influence as well. One question: how do you pronounce Goan? Does it rhyme with “cone” or is it two syllables as in GO-an (or something else perhaps)?

    • Nandini January 12, 2015 at 6:31 pm #

      I am happy you found the blog interesting Cynthia. Goan is 2 syllabus with the 2nd vowel “a” being silent ” Go-n”. Hopefully you travel someday to experience it first hand 🙂

      • cynthiamvoss January 13, 2015 at 8:00 pm #

        That sounds like a plan 🙂 It looks beautiful!

  15. Marisa April 7, 2015 at 9:15 pm #

    Hi Nandini–What a beautiful place, and your dishes–especially the sausages–WOW! I would love to visit and taste all of your specialties one day. Thank you for stopping by eve’s apple! ~Marisa (mcproco.wordpress.com)

    • Nandini April 8, 2015 at 3:06 pm #

      You are so welcome Marisa. I am happy you found my post interesting. Hopefully you can visit someday 🙂

  16. vickidelbrouck May 1, 2015 at 6:38 pm #

    I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. I love your blog!
    https://vickidelbrouck.wordpress.com/2015/05/01/versatile-blogger-award-nomination/

    • Nandini May 1, 2015 at 8:53 pm #

      Thank You so much for the award Vicki. that was very sweet and kind of you 🙂

  17. Aartie May 24, 2015 at 2:54 am #

    Wow! This really wants me to book a ticket to Goa :-). Great article!

    • Nandini May 25, 2015 at 4:55 pm #

      Thank You Aartie. I am sure you will have a great time 🙂

  18. SalutNutrition June 20, 2015 at 7:27 pm #

    Wow! I’ve never heard of Goa until reading this post. Thank you so much for share a little bit of your homeland with us! 🙂

    • Nandini June 22, 2015 at 11:03 am #

      You are so welcome and Thank You so much for stopping by as well 🙂

  19. DiLava August 22, 2015 at 11:42 pm #

    Hello!!! Or Ola! I wanted to say thank you for liking my post on a very green meal and then I popped over to look at your blog! I am Portuguese, born in Macau China. My mom is from Lisbon. And one of our biggest wishes is to visit Goa. Your blog is incredible and neither of us knew that Goa still had such a rich portuguese influence. You really are re sparking my interest. I have always wanted to go to India anyway but even more so now. Thank you for writing so beautifully and I wanted to comment in portuguese but wasn’t sure if that is one of your 5 languages!!

    • Nandini August 24, 2015 at 4:55 pm #

      Thank You so much Diana. I am happy to know that you found my blog informative. I do know Macau has a strong Portuguese influence. My mothers cousin is there I am not sure which city. I have met her only once’s when I was a kid. She then visited again but I had left Goa by then. Will have to check with my mom. The Portuguese influence is still very much there specially with the older generation. One of the five languages I speak is Portuguese apart from Hindi, Konkani, English and Spanish. I am not very well versed in writing or reading though. Foi um prazer. Tome cuidada.

  20. wwwpalfitness August 30, 2015 at 7:31 pm #

    Reblogged this on wwwpalfitness and commented:
    Lots of unique recipes from all over

    • Nandini September 1, 2015 at 12:12 pm #

      Thank You again for the re-blog. I appreciate it 🙂

  21. American Toolbox October 4, 2015 at 11:49 am #

    OK, I’m in love. After I pay off my house and save a little for retirement, I want to spend two months on your beaches. Living on Kingfisher Lager and fresh food from nearby vendors.

    • Nandini October 5, 2015 at 5:42 pm #

      Sounds like a great plan 🙂

  22. mr gahon October 4, 2015 at 12:11 pm #

    I never knew about Goan culture unyil you. Thank you for stopping by Morethansandwiches. Have a blessed day.

    • Nandini October 5, 2015 at 5:44 pm #

      Now you know something new Mr Gahon. You too have a blessed day 🙂

  23. waltzingaustralia October 9, 2015 at 7:32 pm #

    Thanks for visiting my The World’s Fare blog, Nandini. I’m glad to it led me to your blog. I’ve traveled in Goa, and I loved the culture and food. Fun to find a place where one can find some of the recipes. Thank you.

    • Nandini October 10, 2015 at 8:09 am #

      You are very welcome Cynthia. I am so happy to know that you have visited Goa and know about it’s culture. Have a great day!

  24. The WheatandTares October 10, 2015 at 4:54 pm #

    Before today, I had never hear of Goa; so, I am glad to have come across your blog. I look forward to reading more. Your culture and food look very interesting. 🙂

    • The WheatandTares October 10, 2015 at 4:57 pm #

      *I should have said, THANK YOU for your recent like on my post about fresh baked bread! (I’m sorry; I had gotten so intrigued reading about your culture, I had forgotten how I found you when I was writing my comment! 😉 ) I’m glad you liked my blog post; so, I could, in turn, find yours and be so enlightened. 🙂

      • Nandini October 13, 2015 at 4:24 pm #

        Thank You so much 🙂

    • Nandini October 13, 2015 at 4:23 pm #

      Thank You so much and Thank’s for visiting mine. I am happy to know it interests you 🙂

  25. chattykerry February 5, 2016 at 1:38 pm #

    Beautiful, yummy website! Thank you for following me. K x

    • Nandini February 5, 2016 at 7:32 pm #

      Thank You Kerry so much. You are very welcome 🙂

  26. Sakhi January 18, 2017 at 12:15 pm #

    Hello dear,

    How are you doing ? Great blog you got here. I loved the theme. What’s it’s name ? The color tone is pretty easy on the eyes. The content is great too. I am a aspiring fiction writer. I started this blog in October, and my blog posts started flowing on 15th October almost. Since then I have been able to gather some 3,600 followers. I thought I will never get more than two, that too my friends. I write short story, flash fiction, poetry, article, movie and book reviews, prose and more things. I am working on writing two books currently. I love one thing about blogging community is that it’s very helping and cooperative. Always giving each other a leg up with reblog so and pong backs, or just being guest bloggers on each other’s blog. I myself have been guest blogging and have had guest bloggers on mine. I have been blessed enough to have some collaboration too. As of now I write for a E-Zine named Agnishatdal, a Webzine named Candles Online , a digest named The Millionaires Digest, a book review site called BooknVolume and I am also in collaboration with Madame Roberta Pimental. I am eager to find more people who can collaborate with me and we can help each other out. This is way to grow for them both. I saw your site and wondered if you would like to write post for me or go into collaboration. You will be a regular author till collaboration ends. I don’t have a big protocol to write if you agree. I can mail the details to you if you are interested. Also I will be writing for you as often as you want and follow all your protocol concerning word limit, topic and pictures etc. I would be honoured if you oblige me. After all blogging is all about spreading the word and getting more readers. A writer is never satisfied, he/she wants their work to reach maximum readers. This attempt of mine is a step in same direction. Hope you will reply to my request and let me know the follow up.
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    Warm Regards
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