Why is it so difficult to think of Goa without the beaches?
Whenever I close my eyes and think of Goa, then I see only the beach - golden sand with blue water. But when I went to Goa in my previous trek Whatever was thinking in it all changed. I toured on the beach, but it was just a small part of the trip. I have done a lot, if you spend your full time on the beach then things can easily be overlooked. It is a quick guide to how you can spend days in Goa, searching for the real ways of life, this is a church in small villages, this prestigious Portuguese house, street photography and certainly some unusual food.
Heritage Home Goa - Goa is home to some very old heritage Portuguese Houses and many of them are present there for the last four centuries. Soon after the Portuguese conquered Goa at the beginning of the 16th century, these houses were started and continued until they left in 1961. Many of these have disappeared in the last few years, while some people have tolerated the test of time and live to tell their story in the world. One such house is the Barganj Pereira House located in the Chandor area of South Goa.
Divar Island - River Mandovi flows through Goa and flows in the Arabian Sea next to Panjim. The river is beautiful and all is surrounded by thick leaves of mangroves. Just before meeting the river, there is an island which was historically a very important part of Goa. Before the island became an important symbol of Catholicism, it was a major Hindu pilgrim centre. The Portuguese first targeted Brahmins on the island for conversion and gave rise to the Roman Catholic Brahmin community. Before the present-day Panjim became the heart of Goa, the diver was the capital of Old Goa. The island is not connected to a bridge from the mainland, so the only way to reach is through ferries. The boat ride is free and if you want to take your car, then you have to pay a fee of 10 rupees. I advise taking a car because there is no other means of transportation on the island. Even the main city is slightly off the jetty.
Portuguese Houses - Once you go to Old Goa for a while, it is easy to get accustomed to the people of your homes, especially the Portuguese era. These homes are the most beautiful colours and textures and are very invited as photography subjects. The best parts for home walking and home viewing are • Panjim • Old Goa • Divar • Many small towns across the state • You can also go to the house of the wonderful old lady of Goa, Menezes Braganza Pereira, who actually receives visitors in her century's home and also gives them a tour. It is a person's gem and if you are good, then he will give you a big description of Portuguese history in Goa. If you are an architectural enthusiast, then I also recommend going to the museum of Goa's Houses. The museum beautifully gives a history of these houses, their cultural and religious significance, history of design elements and history of materials. The museum has a fee of Rs 150, out of which you can use 50 rupees for shopping in your curios shop later.
Saturday Night Markets - The legend around Saturday's night markets is rather interesting. Almost a decade ago, a German had this idea and rented the land from a Goan man and started this
market. When the lease ended, Goan decided to retain the market but picked German out. To lose, he started another market which was thrown out only once. Saturday night's market in Arpore is his third attempt and it has certainly been very good. The market is very big and there is parking behind it too. The market offers something for everyone. You can find the accessories that are usually found in the flea markets in Goan beaches, especially Anjuna, and can find even more high-end designer items. Most designer type stores are operated by foreigners and they sell things like clothes, shoes, ornaments etc. It's all quite beautiful but expensive too. We also came to some interesting Indian startups like 'No Nasties' and loved our products. But for me, the most interesting part was the food segment, which is really big enough, which is actually quite big. Every year a German couple comes in the market and they claim to be the best chicken in the world.
Dudhsagar waterfall - There is still a lot that can be added to the list and it will still be incomplete. But if you love water, then I can recommend a waterfall in Goa that will take your breath.