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Bogmalo Beach – Pride of Vasco

Bogmalo Beach – Pride of Vasco

Bogmalo Beach – Pride of Vasco

Which place serves as the main hub for tourists visiting the state of Goa? There is no competition there. Vasco takes home the prize. The town lies on  the western tip of the Mormugao peninsula, at the mouth of the Zuari River, about 30 km from Panjim and 5 km from the Dabolim Airport. Vasco is the only city in Goa which is well connected by road (national highway 17A), rail (south western railway), sea (Mormugao harbour) and air (Dabolim airport).

view of bogmalo beach

View of Bogmalo beach

Being such a well known and well connected city, it should have something to boast about. Bogmalo beach is their pride. Located 8 km from Vasco and 5 km from Dabolim airport, you can reach there by cab. It is not any other beach, it receives a large number of tourists every year and yet you can maintain your privacy and enjoy the peace and quiet. 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. Well if you are in an adventurous mood, you can enjoy facilities like para sailing, surfing, swimming, water skiing. You will also be able to enjoy riding in regattas (type of boat for races) that keep floating in large numbers.

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. This can evidently be seen from the large number of fishing boats that are lined up along the beach. So Bogmalo sports a mixture of serenity and commercialism, splashed with simple beauty where one can happily lose oneself.

One of the first diving and scuba centres have opened up close to Bogmalo. For the experienced diver, this offers a chance to go scuba diving at one of Indias first centres on the west coast. Also, the Naval Aviation Academy is a stone throw away and offers a beautiful narration of the history of Indian Naval Aviation and its evolution over the years. Or you can just walk along the beach and browse among the kashmiri handicrafts that are sold here and take back home a trinket to remember us by. There is so much to do here where one can indulge in one of the many activities.

So much activity would make anyone hungry. You can dine at any one of the hotels that are lined along the beach if you are on a tight budget. But if you’re here to be pampered, then Bogmalo Beach Resort will live up to your expectations. It is located 10 mins away from the airport, so it is convenient if you are travelling. It accommodates an outdoor pool, a spa tub and a fitness facility. This 4 star resort features business amenities including a business center, a conference room and audio visual equipment.several other amenities are provided like a casino, a game room, event catering, etc.

So come to Bogmalo to ‘swim’ away from all your tension. 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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Colva Beach

Colva Beach

 Colva Beach – Spectacle of Sea, Sand & Sky


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. It was known for its scenic beauty. This is part of Sal­cete, Goa’s only Catholic major­ity sub-district. Once a very hos­pitable area, now rela­tions are get­ting mon­e­tized thanks to tourism.

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. It is gradually changing pace with the century, so it has become noisy although still a beautiful beach to sit on. Recently in the 21st century, Colva has 3 subdivided beaches Colva beach which is the prime beach, Sunset beach (towards Betalbatim) which is less congested and then Baywatch beach (towards Benaulim at Sernabatim). Colva is approximately 8 kilometers from Margao and 40 kilometers from Panajim. The closest railway station is in Margao followed by Vasco da Gama. The airport is Dabolim Airport (GOI) at Vasco da Gama, Goa. The neighboring villages are Betalbatim and Benaulim,

Colva beach at sunset coconut treeIn the colonial days it used to be the resting area for Margao’s high society, who would visit Colva for their change of air. Today the area that is reminiscent of the luxurious lifestyle of the aristocratic class has the beautiful houses or villas that dot the village. While taking a stroll on the ColvaBeach, you have the beach shacks, water sports and various vendors. One can part-take in various beach activities or you could just enjoy the sun set in its mesmerizing hues.

Whilst Colva succumbs to the needs of tourism with all its attractions such as the water sports that is positioned on the beach front with paragliding and regular dolphin watching trips, Colva still maintains its local feel with its active fishing community. One will see fishermen bring in their haul in the early mornings and also have heaps of fish & fish nets drying along the road side.

As one enters Colva, you could say it is the Calangute of the south. At one point of time, Colva was merely an empty, peaceful & serene Beach, but now with the inflow of tourist Colva is becoming highly populated with Indian as well as International tourist. Once in Colva you will see various stalls, shops selling a variety of products, artifacts etc. You also find a variety of pubs, restaurants and food stalls all along the way right up to the beach offering various cuisines.

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Apart from the beach itself, the other main attraction for the tourists is the “Menino Jesus” statue at the local church of Our Lady of Mercy founded in 1630. The church lies in the village square. The church in Colva is famous for its annual religious event-Fama of Menino Jesuse (Child Jesus)-since the 17th century. The predominantly Catholic community celebrates it on the third Monday of October every year. It is one of Goa’s most popular feasts and a big fair is held on the occasion at Colva. It is an event not to be missed if you are visiting during the period.Colva beach at sunset

Accommodation in Colva is not an issue as there are many options, from luxury hotels to motels to rooms, as per everyone wants. Though during the peak season it can really get crowded and along with that the rates also increase.

Colva is quite a spectacle, for those who prefer the quieter scenes, this is a perfect picnic spot.

By Train

The near­est rail­way sta­tion is Margao, which is 39kms from Colva.


By Bus

Fre­quent state buses go to and from other parts of Goa, but if you’re trav­el­ing a longer dis­tance, you need to change buses. A bus from Margao costs around Rs.10–15.


By Taxi

Pre­paid taxi from Margao would be around Rs.200-300, depending on your bargaining skills.


Rea­son­able accommodation

Take any road going towards the beach from the main road and find a bunch of places to sleep as you approach the beach. If you choose a smaller road you’re likely to find cheaper places.


 -Article By Melissa Godinho



Mickey’s Restaurant
Cuisines: Indian
Good for: Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Lunch Spot, Dinner, After-hours
Facilities:Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Non Vegetarian
Also Serves:Goan, Indian, Italian, Seafood, Multi-Cuisine & North Indian
Popular dishes:Goan Desserts, Bebinca, Crab Lollipop, Tandoori Chicken, Lollipop Szechwan Sauce, Grilled Fish Seafood
Facilities:Parking Available, Take Away Counter, Serves Alcohol, Non Vegetarian
Also Serves:European/Continental, Goan, Indian, Seafood & Multi-Cuisine
Popular dishes:Red Snapper, Lobster Peri Peri
Food Type: Continental, Goan, Indian, Tandoori, Chinese
Price: Moderate Payment Methods: Cash Meal Type: Lunch, Dinner
Features: Large Group Friendly, Notable Beer List, Notable Wine List
Ambiance: Fine Dining, Open Air
Price range: ₹ 274 – ₹ 1,094
Cuisines: English, Steakhouse, Eclectic, International
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours

Selfia Guest House – Majorda Beach
Price range: ₹ 1000 – ₹ 1,200
Features:Fully Furnished Guest House, Available In A/c Or Non A/c,
500m from the Majorda Beach, In house Bar and Restaurant.

All Resorts Mentioned are walkable distance to beach, along with good hotel staff and food.


Star Beach Resort

Facilities: Crystal clear swimming pool, Fax/Telephones with direct facilities, In-House Generator, Travel Counter
– Ayurvedic Massage
– 100mtrs from the beach
Speciality: Namaz room & Halal Restaurant.

*No Alcohol Served*


Colva Kinara Hotel
Tariff : Rs. 1,800 → 2,500


Silver Sands Beach Resort
Tariff: Rs. 2,400 → 3,200

Longuinhos Beach Resort, Colva
Tariff Rs. 2,000 → 4,000

Soul Vacation
Tariff Rs. 7,400 → 8,000

Golden Palms Hotel & Spa
Tariff Rs. upto 3,000

White House

Lucky Star hotel colva.


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About Goa

About Goa

Being innGoa 

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Goa is a state on India’s West coast, is a former Portuguese colony with a rich history. Spread over 3,700 square kilometres with a population of approximately 1.5 million, Goa is small by Indian standards. It has a unique mix of Indian and Portuguese cultures and architecture that attracts an estimated 2.9 million visitors each year (including about 550,000 foreign tourists).

Since the 1960s, Goa has been attracting a steady flow of visitors — first the hippies and returning expat Goans, then the charter tourists (starting with the Germans in 1987), pilgrims visiting Catholic and Hindu shrines, those opting to settle in Goa as their home, people going for medical treatment, and a growing number of those who attend seminars and conferences in Goa.

r-h-productions-braganza-house-an-old-portuguese-house-goa-s-largest-private-dwelling-chandor-goa-indiaGoa is visibly different from the rest of India, owing to Portuguese rule which isolated it from the rest of India for 451 years. The Goan population is a mixture of Hindus and Roman Catholics, the distribution being approximately 60% Hindu and 29% Christian. There is also a smaller Muslim population. Despite this, communal violence has been virtually non-existent and Goa is regarded as one of the most peaceful states in India.

By Indian standards, Goa is a very small state with only two districts –North Goa and South Goa. These districts are together further divided into 11 talukas. These divisions, however, don’t make much sense for a traveller. North Goa and South Goa are similar, and each has its own “coastal” and “interior” areas. The major division in Goa is actually between the central coastal areas where the beaches are located and the hinterland mostly rich in soil and forests. The coastal areas were under colonial rule for longer, reflecting more of Portugal’s influence, including having a relatively larger Christian population. The interior is more Hindu, and has more protected forest areas, mining zones and villages.

Contrary to popular perception, Goa is not an island, though parts of what was considered “Goa” in the past were cut-off from the mainland by the many rivers this region is known for. Read More

Patnem Beach

Patnem Beach

Patnem Beach, A small and quiet beach in Canacona Taluka.

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Palolem Beach

Palolem Beach

Palolem Beach – Queen of Beaches
Everything is getting so fast paced around us, thats time we definitely need a break. Palolem is a good place to lay down all your burdens and have a good time. Palolem is largely unspoiled and is inhibited by both local fishermen and by foreign tourists who live in shacks along the shore or in the main village itself. The airport is approximately 67km away and the Margao Railway Station is 43kms away. There are bus services at regular intervals of 30 minutes from the beach to the Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC) Bus Depot in Margao. The nearest Bus Stand is at Chaudi (Canacona City), which is 5 mins from Palolem. But my personal favourite would be to make a road trip out of it.


palolem beach

Palolem Beach

Take your car or your geared bike with a few select people and start off early morning. Since you can’t book places to stay here online or over the phone, not to worry, there are plenty of shacks to rent or if you do not like that idea. There are many guest house & resorts as well. Book a room and head out onto beach to indulge in the several activities Palolem has to offer. This place is quite the treat, you can go scuba diving, canyoning or a trekking tour, rent self paddle sea kayak boats, you can take a boat trip to see dolphins or take yoga classes at arunachala yoga centre or any other place and you will be exhilarated by it. Exhilarating as it is, if you are looking for more or looking forward to some seclusion and privacy as well, take a walk to Butterfly Island. You will spot this island to your right on entering the beach. You can walk along the beach and along some rocks during the low tide and reach the island. During high tide, water covers it and makes it impossible to walk across. The island has a network of trails to explore, further on to the right is Butterfly Beach. You will need a boat to get there. Further on still is the Honeymoon Beach, a small strip of beach which generally brings you to total seclusion. the best time for a boat ride to these islands is in the morning at 7 am or in the evening at 5 pm.
 kayaking in palolem goa
The best is yet to come, Neptunes Point (south of the main beach) provides with silent noise parties where big crowds of party goers gather every Saturday for some serious partying and dancing to some awesome tunes underneath the starry sky. you will be handed wireless head-phones with different channels to choose from. or you can opt for a quiet, peaceful evening either getting a tan or taking a walk along the beach with it being crescent shaped so that you can see the entire beach on either end. both ends of the beach consists of rocks jutting out into the sea.

What is better then wrapping up your day with shopping! on the beach front and inland, there are many little music shops, spice shops and garment shops- some of which are mini bazaars. the hippy influence over this place for over years means that they will let you chill out and let you choose rather than try to hard sell you the minute you enter the shop. Interestingly enough, at the top of the island adjoing the palolem beach, there is  as tone sculpture created by an american conceptual and land artist Jacek Tylicki called “give if you can- take if you have to” also called the “money stone”. it became a pilgrimage destination.


Landscape Garden

Palolem Holiday Homes, managed by INNGOA (Bookings Open)

With spending an entire day on tiring yet exciting activities, it is obvious you will want to cool off at dinner, space out and have some good food. Few suggestions gathered from travellers all over the world to this place are the Palolem Beach Resort, Cool Breeze- a jazz cafe, Sameer Restaurant- right on the beach, Cuba Shack – left of the beach, so enjoy the view along with their to die for fish sizzlers. Another suggestion by many is ‘Drupadi’ a popular restaurant, Magic Italy if you are in the mood for some good pizza along with your drink. there are several more. just go and explore!
Going to Palolem is a break you take and never want to get back from.
INNGOA HOLIDAY HOMES would like inform you that we have newly started our Holiday Home Services in Palolem also. Currently we rank it as one of the Best Holiday Home property near Palolem Beach with the Best of Amenities and facilities. Starting at Rs. 1999/night.

For more details please visit our page, Palolem INNGOA Holiday Homes®

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Arambol Beach

Arambol Beach

Arambol Beach, A quiet beach in North Goa near Pernem. Not too many facilities in terms of hotels or eateries. The water is shallow and good for swimming.

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