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Agonda Beach – An unspoilt jewel in the crown of Goan beaches

Agonda Beach – An unspoilt jewel in the crown of Goan beaches



An unspoilt jewel in the crown of Goan beaches


If you have heard that the best places to visit in Goa, exist only in the north… you have heard it all wrong – or rather say you haven’t heard about a place called – Agonda Beach at all. Have you?
Agonda Beach is ranked no. 4 in the top 10 Asia Beaches published by TripAdvisor. They have also ranked Palolem Beach Goa as No. 8 in the same list, its just 5 kms away from Agonda Beach.
Agonda beach is an ideal destination for people who love their own company and are in search of tranquillity and peace – a perfect calm, long pristine stretch of beach with none of the notorious Goan nightlife trail.

Agonda Beach Web

One would surely term it as, an unspoilt jewel in the crown of Goan beaches. For your information, it is one of the only four beaches designated as turtle nesting sites under the Coastal Regulation Zone 2011 notification.


How to reach here?
This beach is located about 37 kms from Margao. From the airport (Dabolim) it is about a 90-minute drive away. If, you are in the south and intend taking a bus ride, you will need to arrive at the main Margao Bus Stand (KTC) and board a bus heading to Canacona, which will take around an hour’s time. If you want to avoid crowded buses and the so called bus hassles, you can hire a taxi or cab and head to the destination. P.S.: The taxis/cabs may burn a hole in your pockets! might cost you around Rs 1800.
Stay at Agonda beach is also diverse, from uber-luxury villas on the beach, to guesthouses, to very basic beach huts, to rooms in fishermen’s houses – No worries at all!
Palolem INNGOA Holiday Home is not too far away from this beach, we recommend this property for a comfortable stay.



The stunning ivory-coloured cove of the beach makes it a perfect getaway for tourists to just sit back and enjoy the sight of surging sea waves from the seashore, an amazing destination for solitude and a completely relaxed vacation.
The dawn walks along the gorgeous 3 km coastline will leave a pleasant mark in your mind, you will witness sights that will indeed behold your eyesight – tourists jogging, some of them going for swims, the fishermen merrily enjoying their catch for the day, and plenty more.
Having relatively few tourists or for that matter, less crowd, it serves as a great spot for sunbathing, relaxing and swimming.
This isn’t it, there are some local fishermen that take you on boat tours to dolphin areas or close islands nearby.
If you are here, make sure you visit these places too:
  • Cabo da Rama fort located close to the beach, a beautiful fort and a popular tourist attraction. Built by the Portuguese, stands tall and still on the hill. The fort isn’t the only attraction – dig a little deeper – inside the fort stalls an outstanding church called as Santo Antonio. Standing on this tall hill, one can get a panoramic view of the sea and the entire place.
  • Shiva Yoga Centre – Love yoga? The yoga centre located close to the beach offers courses under the guidance of Swami Shivanadji (yoga teacher). This place also offers accommodation, if you love silhouette and meditation, you will surely fall in love with this place.
  • The Rock Formations – This place offers nothing great yet simply breath-taking place to view the sunset from. Click a pic as the sun takes a dip in the sea and bids adieu.
  • Shiv Mandir– A famous religious destination for Hindus. Also, among the ancient temples in Goa. Domestic as well as local tourists flock here in large numbers. The Shiv Mandir is open on all days for darshan from morning 5am to 8 pm.
After all the sightseeing, your stomach is sure to cry, run for food:
Although a remote area, you will find an array of food destinations here, offering you yummylicious delicacies.
To mention a few tasty eateries are Rico’s, Blue Planet Cafe, Nature Organic, Agonda White Sand Restaurant, Simrose, Arabian Nights, La Dolce Vita Restaurants.
We have described the beach in brief – it has to offer more than what is written in these 2 pages, hence, Goa’s Agonda beach is named as India’s best and the fourth in Asia by travel planning and booking site TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Beaches.
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Christmas in Goa

Christmas in Goa

Christmas Time in Goa 


Goa is among those eminent destinations that are found in full bloom during Christmas. Goa stands as the most accurate place for witnessing the vibrant Christmas celebrations. Being a part of Goa during this time of the year will surely make your Christmas the most cherished one of your life.

Christmas in Goa is one of the most important festivals that are celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm. Like elsewhere in the world, December 25 is celebrated in Goa too as the nativity of Jesus Christ with traditional joy and gaiety. People from all the communities in Goa join hands to celebrate the festival.


Christmas Crib in Goa

Christmas celebrations in Goa include exchanging gifts and offering prayers. The nativity scene is evoked by creating clay statues and artefacts made up of millet grass, box board and hay. Statues form an important part of the Christmas festival and it is reminiscent of the birth of Jesus in the stable of Bethlehem. 

A village group along with many children with one among them dressed as Santa go Christmas serenading with a box to raise funds. These funds are normally contributed towards a meal for the poor, orphans or even a small party for the people of the ward. Live cribs with carol singing make rounds in villages. People from all religious communities in Goa take part in the festivities of Christmas. Programs are held at the different parishes in Goa during the Christmas week. The village youth make huge cribs on the community ground or even in fields.

There are a host of local sweets of which the most popular are Neureos, (stuffed dry fruit and coconut rounds), Dodol (coconut and cashew squares) Aranhas (coconut nest which is strips of tender coconut dipped in sugar and put like a birds nest on to decorative butter paper) Doce, Bolina and Bebinca. These sweets are traditionally made at home and sent in little decorative baskets to relatives and friends during the Christmas week. Click Here To know how to prepare few of the Christmas Sweets Recipes.

Dancing and parties form an inevitable part of Christmas in Goa. During the festival, the people dress themselves in the finest of their clothes. People decorate their houses with buntings, streamers, bobbles, tinsel, colourful papers, poinsettias, etc. The Christmas trees are decorated with beautiful items such as candies, sparkling stars, cotton flakes, socks, gifts and a number of other decorative items. Even the churches are decorated for the occasion.  The market places are all embellished with tinsel and buntings and people masquerading as Santa stalk customers, particularly children with gifts. Decorated and glittering Christmas trees are all over the place.

The celebrations of Christmas at Goa begin in the evening of 24th December. The festivities begin with decorating the Christmas tree, making of the crib in each house and also a common ward/village crib. Decorating the Christmas tree form an integral part of the Christmas celebrations in Goa, which begins on the day before the Christmas. The Christmas trees are decorated with many decorative items including socks, candies, stars, bells, gifts, etc. Dancing, pealing of church bells and fireworks form an intrinsic part of the Christmas Day celebrations in Goa.

Carols are sung and all the churches in Goa organize the midnight Mass. The mid night Christmas mass, on Christmas Eve, draws huge crowds. The Midnight Mass commemorates the birth of Jesus at midnight. Therefore, the people of Goa sing Christmas carols and hymns during the midnight. The Midnight Mass in Goa is characterized by the sounding of bells and lighting candles. The service on Christmas Day is attended by Christians dressed in new clothes. After the mass there are cultural events and social gatherings with each person wishing every person they meet a “Merry Christmas”. Moreover, family reunions and partying also include the celebrations of Christmas.

Christmas Crib 2014

The Crib should be a cherished part of the Christmas celebration in every family. It is not only completely religious in significance but also presents to the children in a beautiful way the central event which we commemorate on this great feast. Thus it assumes the character of a religious shrine in the houses of the faithful during Christmas season. Dignified decoration might enhance its attraction and solemnity.

Christmas day is by comparison very silent. It is a day spent with family together in the comfort of one’s home. There are gifts for all the members of the family and even the visiting relatives get gifts kept under the Christmas tree. It is a time to reinforce bonds that may have gone astray or been neglected during the course of the year

It is remarkable that the celebration of Christmas in Goa is not restricted only to the Christians. But People belonging to various communities participate in the festival with immense enthusiasm. In fact, everything in the city/village seems to come alive with the festivities. The beaches in Goa form the centre of the festivities during this time. Loud music and dance, clubbed with sumptuous dishes mark the festivities of Christmas in Goa.

Festivities and visiting people go on even after Christmas, sometimes 10 days beyond Christmas. On New Year’s night, children sit with an effigy of an old man, much like a scarecrow on the road, and collect funds from passers-by.

They burn him at midnight, which is symbolic of putting the past behind and ushering in the New Year or the future.

The Christmas season ends officially on January 6, which is the Feast of the Magi or the three kings who came to pay obeisance to the infant Jesus. There is a Church service and a symbolic procession of the three kings at three places in Goa namely, Chandor, Reis Magos and Cuelim-Cansaulim.

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Fort Tiracol – Beautiful view of enchanting gun-enclosures and the vast sea

Fort Tiracol – Beautiful view of enchanting gun-enclosures and the vast sea

Fort Tiracol – Beautiful view of enchanting gun-enclosures and the vast sea.


Goa, being a famous destination with tourists, both Indian as well as foreigners, has a lot to offer.  Not just in terms of its beaches, but its vast patches of greenery too. Living in Goa, I decided to make the most of it by visiting the places which are frequently visited by tourists and also the ones which are not.

During the first week of October, we went to one such place in Goa which is not visited much by tourists and that is Fort Tiracol.

Eva at Fort Tiracol

This Fort has a lot of history attached to it. It was built in the 17th century by Maharaja Khem Sawant Bhonsle, the Raja of Sawantwadi. It is built on a a hillock on the Northern bank of the river, which gives an amazing view of the Arabian sea. It is known that the Bhonsles of Sawantwadi kept a sizeable fleet of native vessels which sheltered in the Tiracol River. The fort initially consisted of 12 guns, a barrack and a chapel.



Tiracol Fort

The Fort was invaded by the Portuguese, who rebuilt it again in 1764 AD for the defense of Goa. Later, in 1961, the fort was used as a ground for freedom fighters during the liberation of Goa. Later, the fort was converted into a heritage hotel providing beautiful views of enchanting gun-enclosures and the vast sea. Presently, the Heritage Hotel does not function any more though. The lease of the hotel was discontinued as the Goan government wants the heritage of the fort to be experienced by tourists.

Reaching the Fort is the most interesting part. Since, we started from South Goa; it took us nearly two and a half hours to reach the fort including a stop to Nossa Senhora da Penha de Franca- a church which was being renovated.

We crossed the beach stretch of Ashvem, Arambol and Morjim to reach Keri Village. There are two ways to reach Tiracol. A) By taking a ferry to cross the river and reach the other side and B) By taking the bridge which takes you to the border of Maharashtra.



When we reached the ferry point at Keri beach, the ferry was on the other side of the river. On inquiring with the locals, we came to know that the ferry would take at least 30 minutes. So we decided to take the bridge which took us to the border village of Sawantwadi, Maharashtra. From there it’s a 10 minute drive to Tiracol. Even though we had to enter through Maharashtra, the area where the Fort is situated is in Goa. Due to the invasion of the Fort by the Portuguese, the area of the Fort remains in Goa. Before we reached the Fort we came across police at the border check post who checked our vehicle. They spoke to us in Marathi and did video recording of the vehicle and the group. All of which is a normal routine at the check post I think.



The Fort is small and well maintained. It has a small chapel and a statue of Jesus Christ facing the Chapel. On reaching the top we could see Keri beach and the Arabian Sea. The view was breathtaking and we did not waste any time in taking group pictures and selfies :)

Fort Tiracol view from Keri Beach – Seville Fernandes



 The fort walls are painted yellow, probably by the Hotel management. The area was quite clean and we also spotted a few monkeys jumping on nearby trees. It was quite peaceful when we reached the Fort probably because there were hardly any tourists. There was not much to see apart from the Fort so we wrapped our visit pretty early.

While returning we took the ferry to cross the river and had some chai and bhajjis at a local stall on the river bank. Overall it was a fun trip and a must visit if you enjoy a good picturesque drive.




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Goa Beaches Photo Gallery

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Pictures of Beautiful Beaches in Goa



inngoa exclusive article on the Top 10 Most Beautiful Beaches in Goa, selected among the best of the best. Please make sure to admire every little aspect when you visit these gorgeous beaches, as they indeed are absolutely adorable.

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Top 10 Beautiful Beaches in Goa

Top 10 Beautiful Beaches in Goa

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Top 10 most Beautiful Beaches in Goa ♥


Well I must say it’s never easy to shortlist only 10 beaches in Goa, especially when you’re in love with most of them. Every beach in this lovely state has their own unique topographies and charm. It’s like asking a mother to choose her best child; everyone is different and incomparable. Same goes with the beaches in Goa, all have their own distinctiveness and beauty. 


Goan beaches unlike the other parts of the world have a long and broad coastline, which attracts a large portion of tourist around the world. The south portion of Goa is known for its white silvery sand. This is what makes it unique and special.

Well, all the beaches mentioned below have the magnificence and audacity to keep you glaring throughout the day. Each beach is best enjoyed only if one could spend a minimum 2 days around the place.


Goa HolidaysMost of the beaches in Goa have different activities happening within the vicinity. Like Watersports, Retreat resorts, Massage centres, Beach Shacks, Beach huts, Restaurants, Boat ride, Scooter ride, Night Markets, Disco clubs, Shopping Stalls, Sightseeing’s etc.


So here are the top 10 beaches in Goa, selected among the best of the best. Please make sure to admire every little aspect when you visit these gorgeous beaches, as they indeed are absolutely adorable.



These are The Top 10 Most Beautiful Beaches in Goa

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Palolem Beach

Palolem Beach – 25 kms from Margao city # No. 1

A scenic beach in extreme south Goa, with scenic rocks and islands off its shores. Good eat­ing options. Watersports activity can be enjoyed at its Best on this beach. It is becom­ing pricey (by local stan­dards) and get­ting a bit crowded, but still less crowded com­pared to other pop­u­lar beaches. A lot of people say that I’m addicted to this place but I would rather say I’m in love with it.

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Baga Beach – 2 kms from Calangute Beach # No. 2

Baga Beach looks as if it has come straight out of a painting. The serenity of this wooded headland coupled with its scenic beauty in itself an attraction of Baga beach. The beach is named after the Baga Creek, which empties into the Arabian Sea at the north end of the beach. Definitely a number 2 on my list cos it simply has the best of amenities around it.

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Benaulim Beach – 6 kms from Margao city # No. 3

Benaulim beach is the beach to be, when you just want to relax. One can just laze the day off soaking in the sun, It gives you the pleasure and satisfaction of being in Goa. The best thing about Benaulim beach is that it is still rather undiscovered by domestic tourists even though it is a famous beach for fishing. A candle light dinner amidst the setting is an excellent add-on to the perfect vacation.

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Miramar Beach



Miramar Beach – 3 kms from Panjim city # No. 4

A 2 km long coast of excellent, soft silvery sand bed, a mesmerizing vast blue sea in front of it, the Miramar Beach is a beautiful expanse of fine golden sands girdled with palm trees facing the blue Arabian Sea. Miramar beach is the sort of beach where you sit down and watch the sunset in its entire splendour.

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Colva Beach – 5 kms from Margao city # No. 5

Its stretch is around 2.4 km; the beach consists of the finest powder white sand and is lined along its shore by coconut palms. It has been one of the famous beaches of Goa, and is a threat to those who want to have a lovely sunbathe and a peaceful relaxed moment. This beach is a spec­ta­cle of sea, sand and sky, the perfect blend of an enchant­ing nat­ural har­mony, weav­ing their magic spell on the vis­i­tors.

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Calangute Beach – 8 kms from Mapusa city # No. 6

An ultimate destination to spend the most exquisite experience of one’s life, Calangute sees an influx of charter tourists, as well as low budget tourists and backpackers year after year. Bordered on the western coast of Goa, Calangute is India’s best known beach as a touristic destination. Popularized by the hippies in the 60’s including The Beatles who used to come to Calangute in the late sixties to rest and enjoy beach life.

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Majorda Beach – 5 kms from Colva Beach # No. 7

Situated in the south of Goa, Majorda beach is one that will sweep you off your feet with its canopy of palm trees, soft white-sands, clear waters & mere bliss. I’ve been living here since a kid and trust me I love this place for its serenity and peaceful atmosphere. It is one of the most marvelous beaches in Goa that I know for certain. Majorda beach can be regarded as one of Goa’s best kept secret, which is relatively unknown and offers visitors to Goa the paradise like surroundings they have come to experience.

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Bogmalo Beach – 5 Kms from Dabolim Airport # No. 8

The most attractive thing about this beach is the sunset. The yellow orange tinged sun with a pinkish hue, dipping at the horizon is a sight you cannot miss in this lifetime. Bogmalo originally was a small fishing hamlet but now is a growing tourist hub. Many locals in the village depend upon fishing for their livelihood. Quality time can be spent with family, friends and loved ones. Surely a tour of the Bogmalo beach will be etched in your memory for a very long time.

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Vagator Beach – 9 kms from Mapusa city # No. 9

Vagator beach resembles a crescent as it meets the Chapora estuary. This beach boasts of white sand that are beautifully contrasted with black rocks. The lush greenery all around, the swaying palms and aquamarine water of the Arabian Sea of Vagator Beach takes your breath away. Yes, the very famous Sunburn Festival has been relocated to this beautiful spot. Spend some time on the cliffs overlooking the beach for a spectacular view. Sunsets on Vagator are beautiful, and the rocky headlands make for a dramatic sea scape.

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 Dona Paula Beach – 4 Kms from Panjim city # No. 10

Tranquil and blue, Dona Paula unravels the ultimate in aquatic sport and fun. Apart from enjoying the great view from atop the hillock, you can simply relax in benches enjoying the evening sea breeze and sunset. So watch the difference in the water color. See the Arabian sea far into the horizon. And make sure you sip the refreshing lemon drink the locals sell.

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So that’s it for now, the above 10 beaches should be good enough to spend a memorable and relaxing time in Goa. Incase you want explore some more beaches around Goa then please visit our innGOA.com iNFO page to discover the rest. Till then ‘do svidaniya’ (Goodbye in Russian Language).


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And well for Watersport lovers who want to Skim the waves, Surf the seas, Float across the skies. The fabulous golden Goan coast is sprinkled with water sports excitements from windsurfing to paragliding. Here is an article on different type of water adventures. 

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The Glimpses of Loutolim

The Glimpses of Loutolim

The Glimpses of Loutolim Village

Loutolim is among one of Goa’s delightful villages, with lush green paddy fields and tranquil village roads that lie under a canopy of forest trees with a population of around 10,000. It is situated in the Salcete taluka of South Goa and is around 10 kms away from Margao. It’s beautiful, scenic surroundings, cool breeze, green hills and blue rivers is joy forever. The river Zuari flows along one side of Loutolim and it is surrounded by the villages of Verna, Raia, Camorlim, Borim and Quelosim. The village is easily accessible by tarred roads from Margao, Ponda across the Borim Bridge and Cortalim along the riverside about 12 Kms from the Zuari Bridge.

This village is well known mostly for the finest examples of Goan architecture observed in the houses and mansions built over here giving them a natural Goan feel to anyone visiting this village. It is also well known for the Ancestral Goa museum that recreates the Goan rural life as it was a hundred years ago. Some houses have the contemporary Portuguese architecture feel to them which is widely observed in the shell type windows. There are also houses which portray typical Goan village life with presence of verandas in front of almost every house.

There’s not much by way of accommodations except for Casa Susegado in Orgao. In Loutolim one can experience the non-touristy Goa and visit nearby spice plantations, or the Miranda House—a well-preserved Goan country house.

Portuguese House


One can enjoy his/her meal at Anoushka’s Bar and Restaurant at Ambora on the Margao-Ponda highway, which serves wonderful Goan delicacies.

The Saviour of the World Church in Loutolim is known to have been built in 1586. There are six other chapels affiliated to the church namely, The chapel of Our lady of Miracles, Vanxem, Mae De Deus chapel, Devotte, The chapel of St. Sebastian, Monte, The chapel of St. Joseph, Rassaim, The chapel of Our lady of Rosary, Carvota and The chapel of St. Sebastian and St. Benedict, Orgao.

As in other parts of Goa, in Loutolim, both Hindus and Catholics live together in peace and harmony, mingling with each other during their religious festivals. The religious activities of the Catholics are centred around the Saviour of the World church while those of the Hindus are centred around the Sri Ramnath temple.

There are a number of important social welfare and religious institutions in Loutolim besides the church, chapels and the temple. Some of them are: – 


The Shanti Avedna Ashram run by the Holy Cross sisters is an institution where the terminally ill cancer patients from all over Goa. Although there is no cure for these patients whether young or old, they get love and affection from these nuns. At this Ashram one can indeed rest in peace.

“ANCESTRAL GOA”, is a model of a typical Goan village as it existed a hundred years ago. It is an unique project in Loutolim which has been started by Maendra J. Alvares. 

Loutolim has some of the most beautiful and palatial houses in Goa, including Mario Miranda’s residence, Casa Araujo Alvares, the Figueiredo’s residence and the residence of Dr. Adelia Costa.

It is learnt from historical records that the village was an important seat of Hinduism with 100 temples and an agrahar or university where Vedic studies and other subjects were taught. Such a religious and educational background must have contributed immensely to moulding the spirit of the Lotlekars who would not easily yield to pressures and violence. It was perhaps an attribute of their character tempered in the crucible of religious practice and educational training. 

In 1567, at the height of the Christianization of Salcete, Loutolim suffered a terrible blow at the hands of the Captain of Fort Rachol who ordered the burning and destruction of all the temples in the village. Many gaunkars (original lotlekars) left with their idols for safer grounds. Those who wished to remain in the land of their ancestors, though not shaken in their religious fervour, came to terms with the situation. Many of them embraced Christianity. They were soon followed by the sudras and the Kunbis (agriculturists) as these groups always looked to the Brahmins as their leaders and protectors. 

The traditional social organization consisted of a vertical stratification of the three castes mentioned above. The rigidity of the social system made vertical mobility taboo. However there has been a considerable assimilation at the lower rungs of the social ladder.

This is a must visit village, as one can see a perfect combination of urban-rural Goa. The folks of Loutolim are as welcoming as the place itself. So why not give it a try?

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Beef Croquettes

Beef croquette is a well known goan snack and is an essential part of the Goan cuisine. They are prepared mostly functions and weddings. It’s a very delicious light snack which can be eaten at every meal . 


Beef Croquettes
Beef croquette is a well known goan snack and is an essential part of the Goan cuisine. They are prepared mostly functions and weddings. It’s a very delicious light snack which can be eaten at every meal .
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  1. Half Kg Mince (Whichever meat you prefer Beef or Mutton)
  2. 2 Onions
  3. 1 Potato
  4. 1 Carrot
  5. Half a Capsicum (optional)
  6. 5-6 Cloves Garlic
  7. 1/2 Tsp Turmeric
  8. 1 Egg
  9. Half inch Ginger
  10. 6 French Beans
  11. 100gms Peas
  12. 2 Green Chilies
  13. Coriander Leaves
  14. 1 Tsp Garam Masala Powder (In the recipe we have added the spices and ground them as we din't have Garam Masala ready)
  15. Sour lime or Vinegar
  16. Rawa
  17. ½ cup bread crumbs
  1. Mix the meat, onion, chillies, cloves, garlic, ginger, salt and pepper with 1 cup of water.
  2. Put in a pan on moderate heat and stir cook till all the water has been absorbed and the meat is dry.
  3. Grind meat fine in a blender. Soak the bread in water for 5 minutes. Squeeze dry and add to the meat along with 1 egg, lightly beaten.
  4. Form the meat into cocktail-type sausage shapes. Beat the remaining egg and dip each croquette into the beaten egg, then into the breadcrumbs.
  5. Heat the oil in a frying pan on a moderate flame and fry the croquettes to a golden brown color. Cool. You should get about 30 croquettes.
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Prawns Balchao is a spicy sea food dish from the beautiful coast of Goa. It was initially introduced by the Portugese when they Colonized Goa. Balchao is a method of cooking in a spicy tangy tomato sauce.

Prawns Balchao is a spicy sea food dish from the beautiful coast of Goa. It was initially introduced by the Portugese when they Colonized Goa. Balchao is a method of cooking in a spicy tangy tomato sauce.
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  1. • 1 kg small to medium-sized prawns
  2. • 4 tbsps vegetable/ canola/ sunflower cooking oil
  3. • 3 large tomatoes chopped fine
  4. • 2 large onions chopped fine
  5. • 10-12 dry red chillies
  6. • 2 tbsp garlic paste
  7. • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  8. • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  9. • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  10. • 2 inch stick of cinnamon
  11. • 8-10 cloves
  12. • 2 tbsp sugar
  13. • 1/2 cup vinegar
  14. • Salt to taste
  1. • Put the prawns in a large bowl and sprinkle salt on them and Keep aside.
  2. • Roast the dry red chillies, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, cloves and cinnamon till they begin to release their aroma. Take off from the fire and cool it.
  3. • Grind the ginger, garlic and roasted spices into a smooth paste using the vinegar.
  4. • Heat the oil on a medium flame in a pan. Add the prawns and stir fry till opaque. Remove from the pan and keep aside.
  5. • In the same pan, fry the onions till light brown. Add the tomato and fry till soft.
  6. • Now add the spice-vinegar paste, sugar and salt to taste and fry till the oil begins to separate from the masala.
  7. • Add the prawns to this masala, mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  8. • Serve with piping hot, plain boiled rice.
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Cyrus Berne – Voice of Goa 2012

Cyrus Berne – Voice of Goa 2012


A Young artist who swoons the crowd


Only 18 years old when he won the Voice of Goa competition, Cyrus Berne is the youngest Goan to ever win the title!  Cyrus likes to do what every other boy his age does, playing football, the play station, spending time with his family but what sets him apart from the rest is his great voice and the ability to compose his own music!


cyrus (4)1) You are such a talented singer, when did you decide music was meant for you?

- From a young age I liked music. I started leaning to play the violin when I was in standard 3. I have always liked to sing and later realized I have a good voice so I started learning the guitar at the age of 14 as it was a good instrument to suit and accompany my singing.


2) You won the grand title Voice of Goa, what was your experience in it? Were you nervous or confidant about the journey?

- I had always watched the voice of Goa competitions. I turned 18 and decided to go for the auditions just to get some experience. I dint know if I would get selected or not. But I did! There were moments when I was discouraged like when one of the judges told me to finish my education and come back but I did get selected for that round. I was the only contestant to play an instrument and sing his own compositions. I felt on top of the world when I won! I was so happy and excited! I felt like my dream had come true.

3) The song that made you the winner was your own composition, what are the kinds of songs you write? Does it relate to the happenings in your life?

- Almost all my songs talk about people’s feelings of love, pain, regret. They are something that everyone can relate to. They wary on different instances. All of my songs have been in English. The only Konkani song I have composed is Crazy Rosie.

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4) What can you say about the situation in Goa in regards to singing original compositions?

- Well it is extremely difficult. The people want you to sing the popular songs which they see on the television. They want to listen to latest famous songs and not your own compositions.

5) Which are some of the artists that you look up to?
– Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, A.R Raman, Remo, A26 Band (Goan Band)

6) What are some of the Advantages and Disadvantages to winning Voice of Goa?

- The advantages would be a lot more exposure to the music industry. After winning such a prestigious title, people realize you actually are talented. They start taking you seriously. And it has made me more musically aware – I have had to learn at least 60 new songs to sing!
As for the disadvantages well the voice of goa stigma remains with you. The attitudes of those who are my best friends dint change. But there are some things I cannot do now as I have remarks being passed that the winner of voice of goa should not act like that.


7) Is your family supportive of you being a singer or would they want something different for you?

- My family is very supportive of me. The only rule they had was that I complete my graduation. Music has always been in my life so I leant to balance my education along with it. I give equal attention to my education too so my family is happy and proud!

8) What are your present and future plans? Will you continue in the music business?

- Presently I have a contract with Kingfisher to perform at different venues. And my future plans would be to stay in Goa and change the music scene! I want to be known as one of Goa’s best singers!

9) Since you have achieved so much, what message would you give those pursuing an occupation in music?

- I would say be different, be unique, have your own style! That’s what gets you noticed – being different from others! Always keep practising and never give up – no matter what.

10) What would you like to say about Inngoa.com?

- It’s a good idea for a site – something which Goa requires!



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Holiday Homes in Goa

Holiday Homes in Goa

Holiday Homes in Goa


Lotus resort holiday homes

Lotus resort holiday homes

From watching the sunset on the seafront to waking up to the sounds of birds chirping.  From exploring the small towns to dancing the night away, one can have a number of experiences in Goa. This being so, Goa’s popularity increases by the day!

As it is while going to any place for a vacation, one of the main concerns is the accommodation available. Tourists are now opting for houses / flats on rent, cottages or the new and upcoming coco beach huts. This is bringing about a whole new trend in accommodation in Goa.

Coco beach huts are small cabins made out of wood situated right on the beach itself. It usually consists of 1 to 2 rooms. Palolem beach in the South Goa has various kinds of coco beach huts, two of them being Abel Cressida Coco Huts and high tide coco huts. The huts are usually painted bright colors which make them very attractive. Some of them are ground floor while others are at least eight feet above the ground. Their prices are reasonably low.  The coco huts are clean with spotless linen, comfy beds and hot water.  Some rooms also air conditioned.

Some of the best advantages of the coco beach huts are that their built on the beach itself so one can experience living near the shore.  One can watch the sun go down while relaxing near their doorstep with a chilled beer in hand, or go to bed hearing the waves crashing against the shore and wake up to the sound and sight of the beach!

Renting villas are also popular among tourists. The advantage of villas is that it can house more than one family since they usually are around 4 to 5 bedrooms. Big families or those that vacation with friends can rent a villa and spilt the cost of it among them. Villas also have well equipped kitchens (for those that would like to prepare meals) its own garden, terraces and most of the time its own swimming pool. This allows one to enjoy and relax privately without other guests around as would be there in a hotel. Some villas also have services provided like renting a scooter or car, Wi-Fi, housekeeping, spa treatment and 24 hour security.  The Noble House is one such elegant Villa, located in the seaside village of Palolem in South Goa.

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Cheap and Reasonable Accommodation

Cottages are also another options chosen if for nothing else than their reasonably cheaper prices. This is more convenient for those travelling alone or with another companion. All the basic amenities are available like clean room and washroom, hot water and air condition. For those that prefer to spend their time outdoors, cottages are perfect for a nominal price. Jymis cottage situated on Colva beach is a stone’s throw away from the beach.

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Tourists are now also beginning to stay in flats/apartments rented out by the owner. These flats are usually in high rise buildings situated close to the ocean.  Salida Luxury Apartments are a pair of exclusive serviced apartments in the newly developed Palolem Garden Estate complex in Canacona, south Goa. These south Goa luxury apartments are ideally located close to Patnem, Palolem, Agonda, Rajbag and Galijibaga beaches. South Goa Dream Apartment is located in the Ruby Residency Complex in Chaudi – Canacona, Goa. These service apartments are only a 5 min drive to both Palolem and Patnem beaches. The apartments contain all the basic necessities’ and more. Housekeeping and laundry services are also provided. In addition, the apartments usually include service lifts, swimming pool, gym, children’s play area, and 24hr security.


Vacationing in a house or bungalow lends a certain charm to one’s holiday. These rented houses or bungalows are usually amidst lovely nature, palm trees and lovely sunsets. The houses are usually of the Goan/Portuguese architecture which has a ‘balcao’ (sit out) at the entrance for one to sit and enjoy with a cup of tea. They are usually situated in and around villages close to the beach side hence It is perfect for a family with kids or only couple, who’d love to experience a quiet and peacefully holiday right in the middle of a Goan village. The Yellow House is a super modern apartment house, located in the seaside village of Palolem in South Goa. Colomb Bay Beach House is a lovely traditional Goan beach house located in Colomb bay, only a 5 min walk to both Palolem and Patnem beaches.

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Palolem Beach


Families in Goa are also now renting out their Portuguese style ancestral houses to those who wish to. The houses are built in the 19th century and have had renovations done to it over the years and are now a stunning blend of eastern and western antiques and contemporary furnishings and colors found only in India. The Pintos ancestral house built in 1929 is your perfect holiday haunt, right on the Candolim beach in North Goa. It is perfect for a weekend getaway or rather a weeklong getaway!

Apart from these there are also out of the way lodging for those who want a unique experience. Cabo Cabana located on the banks of the River Mandovi is tucked away in an almost Invisible corner at the very edge of the river overlooking Panjim City in the bustling village of Betim. They are eco-friendly Boutique Resort comprising of two log cabins built with all the Canadian spruce. Cabo Cabana guarantees total and complete privacy.

A number of travelers, especially foreigners, prefer to spend a fairly longer period of time from a month to as many as six months at the leisurely pace of life in Goa. For such a stay, it is best to rent houses or rooms by the month, or season. Rents usually vary from area to area and even village to village, but you can expect to get accommodation for around Rs 1000/- to Rs 5000/- a day depending upon the season and the facilities included in the cost.

It is also worth considering sharing such long stay accommodation with two or three people so as to bring down the costs. Most importantly, reserve such long-term accommodation well in advance to get a good bargain as most such houses and rooms are rented by visitors who return to the same house year after year and as such get first preference.


Our Recommended Holiday Home #Lotus Holiday Home & #Palolem Holiday Home located in Goa’s most loved serenity Benaulim Beach and Palolem Beach.


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