-Land of Sun, Sand and Swaying palms, Goa mesmerises its tourists with its pristine white sands and sparkling waters, and finger-licking Goan food. Beyond the glorious beaches, the capital’s charming alleyways and centuries-old cathedrals flaunt its Portuguese-influenced architecture. Dive into the Portuguese-influenced cuisine and you would never want to leave.
-We have a wide range of homestays to choose from in Goa. there are Portuguese style houses, wooden chalets, villas on islands and a few high end luxury villas and self-serviced apartments to name a few.
SaffronStays homestays are largely in Candolim, Colva and Panjim. Also at Divar Island, Baga, Morjim and Siolim.
-Most of the hosts are locals from Goa or have settled there to embrace the Goan life of susegaad
-Goa is well connected by air, rail and road. Dabolim airport in Goa services domestic and international flights. The Konkan railways boasts of one the most scenic rail routes with its many railway bridges.
-The best way to move around in Goa is to have your own vehicle or rent a two wheeler which is very easily available. You can also rent a car or hire private taxis. The public bus transport is crowded, but fascinating. Taxis and private car rentals can get expensive during peak seasons.
Things to do
-Goa is best known for its beaches. North Goa is where all the action is. Popular beaches of North Goa are Candolim, Baga, Morjim, Arpora, Colva, Anjuna beach, Calangute, Cavelossim and Vagator beach. But South Goa has the charm of the old Goan life. Some of the most beautiful but non commercial beaches are Palolem , Aguada Beach, Mandrem and Talpona , amongst many others. Your local hosts know and can guide you to pristine beaches untouched by tourism. Goa is also known for its churches of Bom Jesus and temples of Mangueshi and other deities.
You can simply ramble though the streets of Panjim to soak in the Portuguese architecture or laze in the many shacks that dot the beaches for a scrumptious meal.
Goa is the place for food lovers. Some must eat out places are Brittos, Infantaria, Martins corner, Mums kitchen, Bora bora, Thalassa. Most beach shacks will serve you good food and great fish.
Other locations to combine
-SaffronStays suggests you combine your trip with a visit to Malvan(144 km). Visit the beautiful beach towns and villages of Tarkarli, Parule and Vengurla