Stories on Goa

Anatomy of a Goan Home

Goan homes exude a charm which can never be matched by the multi-stories which seem to be the trend of the hour. Appreciate the uniqueness of Goan homes through this article.     There is something very regal and yet whimsical about a Goan home, very European in its look, and yet very Indian, with the

Jellyfish Visits The Goan Beach Belt

In the past month, yellow colored jellyfish has invaded several popular Goan beaches and was cited all the way from Palolem, Colva to Miramar, Calangute and a few others up in the north. Several cases of jellyfish stings have been reported across the state. Experts suggest that this is a global phenomenon; however, the reason

Fontainhas – The Latin Quarters of Panjim

Quaint painted bungalows, churches and charming cafes keep the Latin magic of Goa alive in Fontainhas. All in all, a walk through this enchanting neighborhood is a very pleasant way to spend the afternoon. A historic journey awaits…TUCKED away in a tiny alcove of the capital city of Panjim, Fontainhas is a world in itself.

The Changing Face of Assagao

A stone’s throw away from the congested and bustling Mapusa, lies the reticent and captivating village of Assagao. The picturesque village is seeing a sudden influx of new residents, who are moving into the quaint town. The hotbed of new investments now has quaint cafes, yoga retreats, restaurants and boutiques springing up adding to its

The Significance of the Season of Lent in Goa

“You are dust and to dust you shall return…” chants the priest ashe smears ashes on the foreheads of Catholics who begin their day in churches all over Goa on Ash Wednesday. SO begins the Season of Lent, a period of forty days where the people can mend their ways, seek forgiveness for ones sins,

Head For The Hills And Plains Around Goa

Beat the summer visiting an art village, doing a coffee trail, watching windmills whirring, indulging in a ‘farm’ breakfast or just chilling. Some offbeat destinations around Goa are covered here … GREEN fields flank the roads and then begin the climb onto the ghats but not a steep one; Wai in Maharashtra is a small

KUNBI: The Goan Fabric of Life

SARIS are such an integral part of the Indian consciousness, often fulfilling a plethora of needs other than those of mere clothing. Often, identity, history, heritage also become part of the garment. And every region of India has its own representative sari – Gujarat has the Bandhani, Orissa the Sambalpuri, Tamil Nadu the Kanjeevaram, Kerala

Sustainable Tourism in Goa

‘SUSTAINABLE TOURISM” appears to be the all-knowing magician in the room, who with the swish of his wand can sweep all that is wrong with Goa’s tourism under the shifting sands. The folly is perceiving sustainable tourism as the “other”, as the reliever, as the medicant when the reality is that tourism in any land

South is where THE HEART IS!

Canacona, situated in the extreme southern beach belt of Goa, possesses a rather unique character – one that is in stark contrast with the buzzing and noisier northern part of Goa known for its neon-coloured parties that go on till the wee hours. The Agonda – Palolem –Patnem belt, though cut-off from the hustle and

A Treasure-Trove Of Knowledge: THE PANJIM LIBRARY

GOA is best known for its beaches, parties, casinos, churches, food and historical places that are no longer functional such as the Augustine Tower. Very few people know about the Krishnadas Shama Library in Panjim. Its looks are deceptive with glass walls and white paint, and one is bound to think ‘a library is the last

You Know You’re In South Goa When…

THE world is a funny place, and it’s only getting crazier by the minute. Gone are the days of hopping onto the family llama for a quick trip downtown (if ever there were days like that); as a species, we are now more comfortable with being strapped into giant metal cans and flung towards the

Kurdi was once Upon A Time, A Village…

A quaint village in South Goa remains submerged for a greater part of the year and resurfaces at the end of long and hard summer. The village of Kurdi is Goa’s very own Atlantis! Let us explore this phenomenal ancestral town of the Kurdikars through our lenses.

Shyam Longani to spruce up your meals @ Taj Exotica Goa

Taj Exotica Goa is all set to reinvent your culinary experiences, with the arrival of Chef Shyam Longani, all the way from Taj Cape Town

World of Mushrooms @ The Verandah – Grand Hyatt Goa

This July, Grand Hyatt Goa brought together mushrooms from around the world making the humble fungi the hero of a specially curated menu. From Portobello to Porcini and Shiitake to Enoki, the range of choices were unlimited. Handpicked recipes were carefully crafted into delectable dishes by Chef de cuisine Dinesh Rana under the expert guidance

Baga’s first microbrewery @ Habanero

Baga’s Tex Mex hot spot Habanero Goa has launched the first microbrewery in Baga, which is also the first in north Goa, to brew fresh beer from base ingredients hops and wheat, rather than with pre-mixes. With the addition of this novel concept that is popular in the country’s biggest metros, Habanero is raising the

Rampuri food festival @ Vivanta by Taj, Panjim

Vivanta by Taj, Panjim recently showcased the exquisite and elusive culinary legacy of the northern district of Uttar Pradesh.

Delicious Goa Rains

Monsoons in Goa don’t just lay out the carpets in vivid shades of green, they bring along with them cravings for the kind of food that comes from farm fresh vegetables and fruit that are in abundance in this season. ‘The monsoon is the perfect time to discover the traditional, local cuisine of Goa. I have jotted here a few recipes that are extremely popular in Hindu households in the rains.

Habanero

Baga’s new hot spot Habanero Goa is ramping up for a busy monsoon season. With the success of its authentic TexMex menu with local Goans, international and domestic tourists in the party hub Baga, they’re ready to roll out a new microbrewery too. Fresh new flavours will make their debut at the brewery with fresh

The Village Life

Goan villages are the heart and soul of the landscape of this tropical state. Characterized by close knit communities, traditions weaved in history, abundance of natural resources, stories passed through generations, and much more, the villages of Goa are unique and an integral part of Goa’s culture and history. Images: Rahul Nair (Courtesy The One

Reminisces triggered by Urrak

It’s the season for Goa’s beloved cashew drink; read more about its revered status in the locals’ lives in this article.

Lazy lunches & Sexy Sundowners

Planet Goa goes exploring from Ashvem to Rajbagh! Here are a few of our favourite places to hang out and chill in style this season… ‘There’s never a dull moment in Goa’, said a wise man once. There is just so much to do here, so much to experience and so much still left when

7 Things About Things To Chill You’ll Kick Yourself for Not Knowing

Beat the Heat with these super fun things to do when in Goa during summers…

Ideas for building a Home in Goa

For some, their home is akin to a private sanctuary while for some others, it could be a place to showcase their aesthetic taste. Our homes are an extension of our personality & as Priya Jain, Interior Designer (Inside Job) suggests, its’ best to prioritize your personal preferences instead of getting carried away by market trends.

Must Visit Hidden Gems in Goa

While the majority of holidayers end up in the tried and tested tourist hotspots, there are those who’ve discovered a little more than just Baga and Calangute. Read on to find out about those 5 hidden gems that are still off the popular tourism radar.

For us at Planet-Goa, our team is driven by that feeling of exhilaration that one gets when discovering that something ‘unique’ and ‘new’ about Goa for our ever-so-discerning readers.

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