Recommended accommodation in Goa
Goa abounds with places to stay that suit a wide range of budgets.
A useful link for accommodation in India and Goa:
My favourite guide book gives you all the information your require for good accommodation and top tips for eating and enjoying Goa. With thanks to Fiona Caufield fellow traveller and friend.
Also a useful and helpful site is
I hold my Chavutti massage course near the beach in Mandrem. There are lots of places nearby to stay. Quite often participants of the course stay in Avalon Inn which is very close by. There is also Dunes and Dunes 2 that are on Mandrem Beach road.
Our Yoga Teacher Training Immersion is hosted at the wonderful retreat The Banyan Tree close to Asvem and Mandrem beach. There are many places to stay nearby.
Food in Goa
Goa has many places to indulge the appetite and delight the senses. Anjuna alone has a huge amount of restaurants, cafes and beach shacks. From Anjuna to Arambol.
The best fish curry on the beach is at the Sun and Sand in Anjuna.
For restaurants off the beach in Anjuna there’s Blue Tao, which has excellent salads and organic food. There is a sushi restaurant, for the raw and organic lovers and for others with Mediterranean inclined taste buds, an Italian restaurant called Basilico.
In Vagator you have Thalassa for elegant Greek dining with a sea view, or Fusion with floor seating and a chilled atmosphere.
Back in Anjuna, the German Bakery is a good place to start your day with some breakfast. Orange Boom is another great breakfast place – Lazarus and his son Winston are extremely friendly, and the restaurant is squeaky clean.
For that special treat, try Sublime – truly divine fine dining in Morjim, Try Cafe Nu my personal favourite in Mandrem, the sister restaurant to Sublime.
La Plage and Home on Asvem beach is a must.
Cheeky Monkey in Arambol is wonderful.
Bomras in Candolim is also another amazing restaurant offering a fusion of Burmese specialities.
Do not pack too many clothes – the world famous Flea Market in Anjuna and countless shops in the neighbourhood will give you enough fun and light wardrobe options for the weather in Goa.
Also in Mapusa – the local town close by, you’ll find a big market with Ayurvedic pharmacies, the best and most wonderful handcrafted incense by
RAMAKRISHNA a personal friend…and most things you will need while you are here.
There are enough western pharmacies here, but if you do have allergies or any other medical issues remember to pack your regular medicines from back home.
Vaccinations and malaria medication are a purely personal choice. But generally speaking in the season malaria is very rare, and natural sprays with Citronella are enough to keep mosquitoes at bay.
For the ladies, tampons are available, but if you have a favourite brand it’s best to bring it with you.
Scooters and cars can be easily rented, and it is generally OK to drive in Goa, just be very careful at intersections and don’t ever expect anyone to obey traffic rules. You are supposed to have an international driver’s licence to drive in India.
The sun in Goa can get pretty strong and spirited, especially at mid-day, so keep the sunscreen lotion to hand.
Goa is famous for its parties and trance music, especially on the beach.
Ingo’s Night Market in Arpora (10 minute drive from Anjuna) is great fun for shopping, people watching and partying. It’s on every Saturday from sunset to about 2 a.m. and fills the weekend social calendar quite successfully!
The Flea Market in Anjuna is an amazing sight of colours, people – and cows! In the afternoons and evenings live bands perform on stage and the atmosphere is very lively. It’s on every Wednesday, 11 a.m. till sunset.
Beaches in Goa are beautiful, and while Asvem and Mandrem are a bit further away, needing you to drive for 30 to 40 minutes from Anjuna, they do make for a great day out.
There’s also para-sailing for those with a sense of adventure. Please remember that there are sometimes strong currents in the sea in Goa so take care whilst swimming.
If you are a fan of colonial architecture you can drive around Anjuna and Assagao and feast your eyes on some beautiful houses. The churches are also quaint examples of Goan Portuguese architecture.
If you want to make a difference, go visit the International Animal Rescue in Assagao. It’s an NGO that provides shelter and help for suffering animals in Goa. They also have a neutering program. You can visit the centre, and spend time with a variety of cows, pigs, dogs, cats and the occasional python in need of medical care.