Home to our distilleries, Goa is always brimming with life.
Located on the West coast of India, Goa was a former Portuguese colony. The influence of this rich colonial heritage has seeped into the very fabric of life here. The place, its people, their music, food and architecture resonate the glorious past, while blending in perfectly with the times today.
The Portuguese may have left its shores, but travelers from across the world continue to throng the sunny, white sand beaches of Goa. The friendly locals make everyone feel at home. Their easy-going, laidback way of life makes you take a pause and relish the moment.
Goa has always been one big melting pot of cultures. And that is reflected in its food. Intense, full of flavour and spice, Goan cuisine is all that you’d expect from a tropical paradise. The local food draws from native Hindu recipes, four hundred years of Portuguese colonialism and bits and pieces from all the travelers who’ve made Goa their home. If food could speak, Goan cuisine would narrate tomes of its history.
Merry bohemianism has been the way of life in Goa. One can hear the notes of a guitar, banjo or mandolin, played by the bonfires on the beaches. The music, like everything else here, has sweet refrains of Portugal in it. The piano, violin and mandolin, brought in by the Portuguese, added an unexpected, new dimension to the traditional local music – giving it a distinct Goan twang!
While the coast of Goa is dotted with the crumbling ruins of Portuguese forts, the narrow, quaint bylanes are a treasure trove of history. The charming bungalows dating back to another era have intricate wrought iron balconies, well-shaded front balcãos, oyster-shell windows and central saquãos. The Portuguese gifted many of these heritage properties to wealthy local merchants. Today, some of these bungalows have been restored and converted into exclusive boutique hotels where one can experience Goa in its truest form.