Boutique Resorts in Goa


This is the most important beach in the South circuit, equipped with all modern amenities like air-conditioned resort complexes, tourist cottages, discos, besides several stalls, eateries and guest houses all of which have expanded the village enormously.

Majorda :

This small stretch, about 5 kms north of Colva Beach, is as pretty as a picture, studded with several hotels, the most prominent being the starred Majorda Beach Resort.

Bogmalo :

This beach, dominated by a 5-star hotel located right on its edge, is cut apart from both the North and South beach circuit. Just 4 kms from the airport at Dabolim, it is a favourite among the elite classes and has an air of exclusivity.

Benaulim :

Less than 2 kms south of Colva is the more tranquil beach of Benaulim, is one of the few places in Goa where one can glimpse handicrafts typical to this area.


Betul is an important fishing port where all the mechanized boats and deep sea trawlers bring in their catch. Here headlands from the slopes of the Western Ghats protrude into the shore, imparting an imposing backdrop.


Arvalem Caves:
The famous caves of Arvalem, found in a remote area but not far from the temple of Rudreshwar, are of great archaeological interest.
Cave No. 2 has a Shivalinga with a circular top with Sanskrit and Brahmi characters, dating back to the A. D.


Calangute is the most admired beach with thousands of travellers in both the peak and off-season. The waves rise high above as you wash away your city blues.


A few kilometers down the beach of Calangute is another beach named Baga, a 30 km stretch of beachcoastline along the west coast of Goa which begins at Fort Aguada.

The most photographed beach of Goa, Vagator forms a bay that curves from the headland to the hillock crowned by the Chapora Fort.


With its magnificent 17th century fort which has now been converted into a prison, Sinquerim is one of the finest beaches in Goa.


Candolim is the first beach that can be approached from the city of Panaji and is like a gateway to the other more famous beaches.


The VIPs on this beach are the Olive Ridley turtles that come to nest here helped by a group of volunteers who guard the nests and help the hatchlings get into the sea.

Arambol or Harmal

This is also a foreigners’ haunt with a large number of Tai Chi, non-permanent mehendi or henna, tattoo, yoga and meditation centers.


This beautiful ‘urban’ beach, similar to Chowpatty in Mumbai, is located just 3 kms from Panaji. It lies adjoining the estuary of the river Mandovi as it opens into the Arabian Sea.



Palolem is a cozy beach of white sand facing a blue bay between two headlands. The little wooded islands on the northern headland look immensely attractive and you could try and persuade one of the fishermen to ferry you across as this is a fishing beach.


If you continue driving towards Panaji from Palolem, the next beach falls on your path is Agonda. It’s long and lonely, fringed with palms and casuarinas and dominated by a large hill to the south.

Varca, Cavelossim, Mobor

Varca, Cavelossim and Mabor are triple treats to eyes for its charm. These are at south of Benaulim. These beaches are much cleaner and quieter than most of the other more famous beaches of Goa.


North of Colva is Betalbatim Beach which begins a long string of beaches with Majorda, Utorda, Arossim and Velsao at the north. It is a 10 kilometers stretch of white sand which is not very crowded.

Forts :

Aguada Fort

Situated 18 kms from Panaji and situated on a headland of the river Mandovi, this fort was built by the Portuguese in 1609-1612, to command entry into the river in order protect Old Goa from potential enemy attacks.

Cabo De Rama Fort

The southernmost Goan fort is situated at about 25 kms. south of Margao. This ancient fortress, now in ruins, was built before the arrival of the Portuguese. A view from the boat offers a nostalgic experience.

Cabo Raj Niwas

Built in 1540 AD at opposite to Fort Aguada on the south headland of the river Mandovi, this fortress housed the elegant Franciscan monastery which later (1954 AD) became the official residence of the Government of Goa.

Chapora Fort

Adil Shah of Bijapur built this fort on the southern headland of the Chapora River. It was known as Shapur and is now in ruins. It has a commanding view of Vagator beach.

Mormugao Fort

This fort was built to protect the harbour situated near Vasco da Gama town. It had a close proximity internationally famous Mormugao Habour.

Tiracol Fort

This fort was built by Hindu rulers and later taken over by the Portuguese. The fort also has a church inside with a beautiful façade, but is generally closed, and only opened for occasional feasts. offers a breathtaking view. The rooms of the fort have been converted into a heritage hotel.

Go Carting :

If you want speed, there’s nothing quite like go-karting which is the latest craze in Goa. The thrill of getting behind the wheel of a four-wheel drive cannot be explained. You get the works, squealing tyres, burnt rubber and the adrenaline rush of the true racing enthusiast. Young and old alike relish this sport, which lets you race around in two or four stroke engine karts. It combines the thrill of fast vehicles with sharp turns and collisions.

Go-Carting requires no special training beforehand, contrary to the fears of most people, it is quite safe and enjoyable. Anyone can do it.

The venue at Nuvem on the Panaji-Margao Highway has successfully hosted three go-karting events at this venue since inauguration in 2001, which also included the JK Tyre national karting championships. Goa’s ace formula car rally driver Narain Kartikeyan also participated in the first championship.

Participants in various age-groups and both genders have taken the wheel and burned rubber. Go-karts are non-geared and quickly mastered. The driver is absolutely safe.

The safety features include a solid reinforced protective frame; tracks built for excellent traction lined with tyre walls and a guardrail as precautions. Each driver has to compulsorily wear a helmet, loose clothing is discouraged.

The 482 m long twisting track is billed as a very technical circuit and is described as one of the best in the country. The average speed is over 70 kmph. A screen display of lap times lets you know your best and slowest lap time. You can compete with yourself not just others.

The venue is already popular with Goan kids and teenagers who are fast getting obsessed with this unique sport. If you want the thrills of racing and safety to boot, then go-karting is the place to be.

Nuvem Track, Go Karting
Tel: 0832 -2791300
Mobile: 09822589313
Arpora Track, Go-Karting
Tel : 3129133
Mobile : 09822589310

Lakes :

Mayem Lake Surrounded amidst rolling green hills in Bicholim this lake is an ideal picnic spot with boating facilities. Comfortable cottage accommodation is available.

Carambolim Lake
Adding to the charm of the quiet village of Carambolim is the scenic reservoir fringed by lush greenery. Migratory birds seek this verdant landscape every year till the end of the season. The cacophony of 80 different varieties of birds is unbelievable, tending to their young in the mixed heronries on the aquatic vegetation. Jacanas with their iridescent colours and the spectacular purple moorhens can be seen delicately treading over the floating vegetation.

 Netravalli Lake- Budbudyachi Tali
This lake in Sanguem Taluka has unique characteristics. Continuous bubbles emerge from the lake surface, and upon clapping the intensity of the bubbles grow, with live springs suddenly gushing out.

Spice Plantation Tours :

Spice Up Your Life
Spices like pepper and chilli, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom are indispensable ingredients in Goa’s famous cuisine.

Sai Herbarium
Presents a superb, eco-tourism natural spot with herbal gardens which includes medicinal and aromatic plants. The spice plantation, cultivated by pure organic farming methods, has been maintained in its natural ecology amidst a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. Visitors can enjoy delicious Goan as well as Indian cuisine.
Contact : C/o. Sai Organic Farm & Herbarium, Savoi Verem, Ponda-Goa 403 401. Tel : 2340308.

Parvati Madav Park Plantation
Presents a superb, eco-tourism natural spot with herbal gardens which includes medicinal and aromatic plants. The spice plantation, cultivated by pure organic farming methods, has been maintained in its natural ecology amidst a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. Visitors can enjoy delicious Goan as well as Indian cuisine. Contact : C/o. Sai Organic Farm & Herbarium, Savoi Verem, Ponda-Goa 403 401. Tel : 2340308.

Pascoal Spice Village
Located near the village of Khandepar, 8 kms. from Ponda National Highway (NH) 4 A., the lower end of the property is bounded by a tributary of the Mandovi River.A wide variety of spice plants and cash crops is grown here. For visitors there is restaurant with an open-air party facility along with boating,
Tel: 2344268, 2344119, 2344536-39.

Rustic Plantation
Situated on the extreme North-East of Goa at Dongruli village, Thane, Valpoi, Sattari, the plantation is a rejuvenating experience of a lifetime. Nestled in a valley amidst verdant grass and fruit bearing trees an rivulets, Rustic Plantation is an ideal getaway.

Sahakar Spice Farm
This spice farm on the Ponda-Belgaum Road, Curti, Ponda offers a guided tour of the plantation and an authentic budget village lunch on a banana leaf, besides a traditional welcome.  Tel: (0832) 2312394 ; Mobile: 9422057312

Spice of Life
Located at Savoi Ponda, 25 kms from Panaji and 15 kms from Ponda, it is one of the . oldest tropical plantations. With intercropping of spices with coconuts, betel nuts, pineapples and other fruits.. Experience typical Goan Hindu cuisine served in mud pots and banana leaf.

Tropical Spice Plantation
The plantation is located in Keri in Ponda Taluka. Visitors are welcomed with herbal tea followed by a guided tour of the plantation. On return, enjoy a local meal served on a banana frond.

Rocks :

The discovery of rare Stone Age rock carvings at Kajur, Panasaimol of Pirla village in Sanguem Taluka and Mauxi in Sattari Taluka has opened new vistas and thrown up new challenges to historians and archaeologists. The State Museum of Goa in Panaji has created a model of this entire site of Panasaimol.

Waterfalls :

Arvalem Waterfalls
Descending from the temple of Rudreshwar, one catches sight of a majestic waterfall cascading from a height off about 70 ft. to form a sizeable lake at the bottom-a tempting sight to seasoned swimmers.

Dudhsagar Waterfalls
It is most popular water fall of goa, approx. 35 k.m. from ponda city , 10 kms from Colem Railway Station, these majestic falls are accessible by train. Water plummets hundreds of feet in a milky foam in one of Goa’s most spectacular sights which is also a lifeline to the ecosystem of the Bhagwan Mahavir sanctuary.

Kesarval Spring
22kms from Panaji, the spring emerges from hard and compact rocks and people bathe in its water with strong belief that ts has medicinal properties. Christmas, Dussehra and Diwali is because the people of Goa follow the religion of being Goan first. Everything else springs from that fountainhead.Revelry, music and dance, flow through the blood of the Goan community.

Night life :

If ‘Music’ is the ‘Food’ of Love…play on

Goa’s bountiful harvest of coconuts has made its cuisine a culinary delight. Every dish preserved in toddy vinegar- especially the ‘festa’ Vindaloo, Balchao and Sorpotel. The bread is leavened with toddy-not yeast, and the Sannas (rice cakes) is fermented with that very same spirit – a perfect complement to the pork preparations.


Tasting a dream 
A Reverie

Cuisine: Global ‘Inspired’ Cuisine
The ‘Tastings’
Must try: King Prawns with Wasabi Mayo and shredded Nori
Roquefort Steak
Timing: 7.00 pm to 11.00 pm

A Reverie is where those who want to celebrate the true pleasures of life come together.…that is a promise of Akritee and Virendra Singh. As Akritee puts it ‘A great meal is not one that merely fills you up; it is a journey that returns you to sources of pleasure you may have forgotten and takes you to places you have never been…..’ So pamper those tastebuds with a ‘tasting’ of inspired cuisines…this is what dreams are made of.

SUEY to the Magic of the Far East Bomra’s
Cuisine: Burmese and Thai
Must Try : Kowsuey on Wednesdays
Pork belly cashewnut crust
Timing: 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm 
7.00 pm to 11.00 pm  There is a quaint little place on the Candolim gourmet belt…a place called Bomra’s.

Stakeout -It’s a ‘festa’ all the way Fiesta
Cuisine: Contemporary European
Must try: Steaks
Timing: 7.00 pm to 12 midnight

In the heart of Baga’s activity, a long pebbled pathway bordered by swaying palms leads you to a restaurant,

Searing Tornados 
I- 95…that’s the ticket

Cuisine: Continental food
Must Try: Blue cheese Tournedos
Seared Fish on a bed of cilantro risotto
Timing: 7.30 am to 11.00 pm

Have you ever been to a volcano country? Tasted the food cooked on fiery stones? Well one does not have to book a ticket to Java, to eat hot food cooked on lava…. Or even perhaps experience the aftermath of a ‘searing tornado’…iits here.

Right around the Clock 
La Plage

Cuisine: French with global cues
Must Try: moules marinieres a la crème de curry
Tartines de chevre chaud au mile
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