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An October 2005 trip to Goa by Vaidya

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We stayed in the Lotus Hermitage club at Benaulim. The resort does not charge utility fees, and gives a free cold drink and fruits hamper to all RCI guests. Hurray! Benaulim has a lot of small winding roads for refreshing walks. The beach is clean, huge—you really cannot make out where Benaulim ends and Colva starts. Hotel Filpees, near Maria Hall has a live band and serves Goan, Indian, and Chinese delicacies. Quader's Mall and many other small shops ensure that you are not short of groceries, juices, and milk. There is also a bakery outlet close to Filpees for a choice of pizzas, puffs, cookies, and pastries. For food and snacks close to the beach there are three or four shacks, all of whom ser...Read More

Lotus Hermitage Club

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Hotel

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Best Things Nearby:The place is quite close to the beach so you can just walk in, in your beach wear. Plenty of narrow, traffic-free roads enable you to enjoy the nature. There are a large number of old Portuguese style mansions surrounded with coconut and cashew nut trees, a look at them transports you to the old golden era. Best Things About the Resort:The rooms are spacious and house keeping is excellent. The prices of hard drinks and cocktails are quite reasonable. There is a backup for power failure. You are somewhat secluded but very close to the happening, noisy areas. The kitchen is spacious and very well equipped.Resort Experience:Though ...Read More

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Lotus Hermitage Club
Benaulim Beach
Goa, India 403716

Ancestral Goa

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Attraction | "The Big Foot"

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This place is the result of dream, vision, and hard work of a person—son of Goa a sculptor, painter, and environment lover. That’s what motivated us to go and see the place. There is an antique fan, there are musical instruments, hats, and old furniture. If you go further you will see that the place has life-like models depicting the way of life in ancient Goa—figurine of a bangle seller sitting in front of a house selling bangles to the ladies, figurines of people making ‘fenny’-the famous local liquor or roasting chick pea or making earthen articles that you can even buy. The old trees, shrubs etc. have been left largely as they were as a result the entire experience starts looking real. Some of th...Read More

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The Dolphin Trip

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First a word of caution, there are many operators some of them may not be licensed so please check the details before venturing into the deep sea. The kids had been given the life jackets well before the boat started. Initially they were playing near the shore like they did every day. Slowly they gained confidence and felt the difference of having a life jacket on… they were going deeper into the sea and by the time the boat started they were confident that they could love swimming in the deep sea. It is very exciting, you start early in the morning with a group of 16 passengers representing about eight different countries. As the boat goes away from the coast the sea becomes less rough. The...Read More

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Goan Hospitality

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We were really missing the homecooked Goan meal. The opportunity came in the form of an invitation from a good friend. We were picked up from the hotel and were taken to their house at Margaon. I was told that the lady of the house had scouted the fish market in the morning (at sunrise) for the freshest prawns, fish, and chicken. On reaching their house I found that a close relative also had pitched in for help in preparing the feast. A typical Goan trait—the host will go all out to please the guest, and relatives and friends would also come for help. The smell of delicate combination of spices, broad welcoming smiles, the kind you cannot see elsewhere welcomed us as we entered. Another Goan t...Read More