The hidden treasures of Goa
Goa is a traveler’s delight. It offers the widest range of experiences from the popular touristy ones to the more offbeat ones. But to a true explorer driven by sheer wanderlust, Goa lays bare all her secrets. Today, we offer you that little glimpse of Goa reserved for a select few. Being our place of origin, we enjoy the advantage of being local and in the know. So leave the trail with us and explore Goa’s best-kept secrets and hidden treasures.
Where to stay
North Goa is known for its lively shacks and vibrant ‘party’ atmosphere. Beaches like Baga, Calangute and Candolim are packed with tourists. And the flea market of Anjuna offers hippy-like ware for the souvenir hunter. But right there, in the midst of the hustle bustle, is the quiet, sleepy village of Siolim. Located along the Chapora River and a short drive away from the Chapora fort, the village has a quaint charm and seems to be stuck in a time warp. Secreted away in this village is the boutique abode, Siolim House. It is a centuries old Portuguese bungalow impeccably resorted with the plush comforts of modernity. The high ceilings, terracotta tiled flooring and other architectural details are treasures of a bygone era well-preserved and well-cared of. Staying here and taking a dip in their sun soaked pool brings to mind a Portuguese word, ‘Sossegado’. A befitted word for the languid, laidback mood set by the place.
What to do
This one’s quite obvious. Go beach hopping. But try the more secluded ones. Palolem is one of our recommendations. Located at the southernmost tip of Goa, its white sandy beaches are inviting. You can also take a boat into the sea and spot some dolphins. If you’re feeling a little adventurous you can trek to the nearby Cabo de Rama fort. Legend has it that Lord Rama sought refuge there when in exile. But this fort is also steeped in history. The Hindus, Muslims and Portuguese fought many wars here and the fort changed hands many a time over the centuries. Take your pick of activity and while away a lazy day there.
What to drink
Paul John Indian Single Malt whiskies of course! We have two expressions, Edited and Brilliance and each is an ode to the timeless charm of India and Goa. We have our distillery tucked away in Cuncolim, Goa, close to the Western Ghats. The humidity in the air and the tropical climate of the region are just perfect to help our whiskies mature faster. And lend them their unique flavour. You can try them whilst enjoying the sun sink low, turning the horizon over the great Arabian Sea into a dazzling spectacle of orange, red and pink.