Exploring Goa – Local Transportation

Goa has something for every pocket and taste, making it the most favorite tourist destination. Getting around in Goa is quite safe, round-the-clock, with ample transport options.

Bus

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Getting around Goa in a bus is fairly convenient, cheap, and easy. You can find colorful painted private bus services or blue KTC buses for almost all the major locations of Goa. Many tour operators/Hotels have day sight-seeing tours across the city with luxurious buses on board.

Car Rentals/Taxi

You can hire a point-to-point taxi. The black and yellow, popularly known as the ‘kaali-peeli’ taxi, and the six seater Maruti van are quite popular and easily available at taxi stands at all tourist spots.

Though a bit expensive, you can also rent a car, either self- or chauffeur-driven, on a daily basis or for the entire duration of your stay. You can enquire at your hotel reception or at the local travel operators’ offices.

If you wish to visit nearby destinations, then do look out for a taxi which has an interstate license.

Motorbike taxi

You know you are in Goa when a motorcycle with a yellow number plate and yellow mudguards catches your attention. These are the unique, fast, economical, and highly popular ‘Pilot taxis’ of Goa. There is a driver who is known as the ‘pilot’ who carries you behind him. Do bargain, if you are good at it.

Rented bikes/scooters/bicycles

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If you want to explore the city and have its local flavor just right, then you must hire a bike/scooter/moped/bicycle, and get yourself going.

These are easily available all around, but you need to deposit some money or your passport as security. The rates start from as low as INR 200 a day and you might get your dream bike, if you are ready to shell some extra bucks from your pocket. Scooty, Kinetic Honda, Yamaha, Enfield are the most popular choices.

Don’t miss an early morning bicycle ride on the beach. Get the early morning breeze on your face, and feel fresh and energized.

Autorickshaw

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Like most other cities of India, the safe, convenient, and economical three-wheeler autorickshaw is also easily available across all towns. They have a separate stand at all tourist spots and have a meter system to charge per kilometer (which isn’t followed usually), so it’s always advisable to fix the fare before getting into it.

Ferry

Call it necessity, or enjoy it as a fun activity, but some places in Goa, like Divar Island, Querium, and Assolna, are still dependent on ferry as the only mode of transport. While most of the rivers have a bridge, the ferry ride has its own charm, and is worth trying once.

With absolutely no dearth of local transportation, you can experience Goa round-the-clock at your own will and pace.

Your Guide To The Best New Year Parties in Goa

Your Guide To The Best New Year Parties in Goa

When it’s time to ring in the New Year, which better place to do so in India than in Goa? We take a look at some of the most happening party scenes.

Come New Year’s eve and Goa is flooded with tourists who pour in from different parts of India and from other countries as well. Take a walk down the crowded streets and you’ll feel the infectious New Year spirit in the air and all around. This is the time when locals and tourists join hands to celebrate yesterdays and the tomorrows that lie ahead. Whether you prefer a beach party, hanging out in a club or swaying to trance; Goa has something for everyone:

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Club Cubana, Arpora Hill: Even celebs like to party and you never know who you will get to meet at this picturesque club that is situated on top of Arpora hill. An entrance fee also takes care of any drinks you may wish to have at the bar later and one feature of this club which has helped retain its loyal fans is the fantastic playlist that keeps you grooving all night long. Imagine dancing and celebrating under a sky that twinkles unceasingly- that’s what awaits you at Club Cabana. But be warned- only couples are allowed entry and stags will be turned away.

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Curlies Beach Shack, Anjuna Beach: Goa is one of the venues of the world-famous Sunburn electronic dance festival and if you can’t get enough of all that live sound, then head to Curlies for one of their late night parties. Creative and interesting mocktails, non-stop trance music spinned by DJ’s and a menu that features Goan and International treats are a few of the things you can look forward to here. This is a must stop for beach lovers because listening to great music and dancing in the sand does not get any better than this.SinQSinq, Candolim: Is it a beach club? Ask regulars about the Sinq beach club and they’ll tell you that this is a luxurious stop in partying for those who like classy party scenes. This unique beach club actually offers one a great lounge experience, is well-known for the great food served here and even features an open air discotheque. If all you want to do is to relax with friends and a drink in hand, then take your pick from the comfy cabanas that can be spotted by the pool. One of the highlights of Sinq is that class is a hallmark that can be seen in everything- right from the posh simple decor to the general ambience and the lip smacking food.

List of 3 Popular Movie Theatres in Goa

Movie enthusiasts know the importance of catching a first day, first show of movies, directed by their favorite directors or with their favorite actors performing in them. Do not let your vacation to Goa kill the movie enthusiast in you. Here is a list of top three movie theatres in Goa – even if you are on holiday, these are some options where you can enjoy your favorite movies any time of the day.

Cine Nacional

Location: Ormuz Road, Althino Panaji, Goa.

You must have experienced the fun of multiplexes and upscale theaters in your city but there is nothing like enjoying the movie in a local theatre during your trip to Goa. Located in Panaji, Goa, Cine Nacional is dismal, dark, and worth exploring. Enjoy local snacks and refreshing drinks while the story of the movie unfolds. Cine Nacional holds four screenings a day. Book in advance, if you do not want to miss a different movie watching experience.

INOX Cinema

Location: Old GMC Heritage Precinct, D.B. Road, Campal, Panjim, Goa.

INOX CinemaIf your most awaited movie is releasing in theatres while you are on your Goan excursion, there is no reason to miss it. Goa has some of the nicest movie theatres for movie enthusiasts, one of which is INOX Cinema. INOX is also located in various metropolitan cities, which means that you can get the similar movie experience while you are in Goa. Located just 4 km from the main city area in Panaji, INOX is a huge multiplex with four screens. You can also book your tickets online and avoid any last minute disappointment.

Cine Vasco

Location: Below Salgaonkar House, Fl, Gomes Road, Goa, India

Cinemas are definitely not among the typical tourist spots in Goa; however, visiting movie theatres has become a popular norm among tourists in Goa. There is no mall plus multiplex combination in Goa; however, the state provides various movie theatres in Goa that are worth a visit. A lot of the latest Bollywood movies are screened at Cine Vasco, a popular movie theatre in Goa.

Getting a good place to watch the most awaited movies is a must. Now, Goa provides its local residences and tourists an incredible movie experience through some of the finest movie theatres in the state. Have you watched a movie in one of Goa’s movie theatres during your excursion? Share your experiences with us in the comments’ section. Also, let us know your views on the theatres and the facilities provided in them.

The Top 5 forts that dominate Goa

Compared to the forts located in the historical hotspots of India, Goa forts are smaller in size. Nevertheless, as historical specimens they are of great reputation. These ruins, now tourist corners, serves as the quiet testimony to the era bygone – the Portuguese rule. There are quite a few Portuguese forts along the coastline of Goa and well-maintained. Goa hotels generally arrange tours of these forts by private vehicles. Below is the list of five most-visited forts of Goa.

Top Five Goa Forts

Fort Aguada

Fort Aguada – Most well-known among all the Goa forts. Placed atop a hill, near the mouth of Mandovi, Aguada offers exquisite scenic view of the Arabian Sea. It was built by the Portuguese in the 1612 AD. History says, Portuguese rulers used this fort as their defense base because of its splendid strategic location and view of the sea as well as nearby villages. It was heavily fortified as safeguard against the Dutch and Maratha invasion.Fort Chapora

Fort Chapora – Frequently called as the Dil Chahta Hai Fort now-a-days as the famous male-bonding scene from the blockbuster was shot here. Located near Vagator Beach, overlooking Chapora River, this one was built in 1617 AD by the Portuguese. It served as a watch post against the Hindu raiders. It has wide walls with ramparts over which you can walk and wander along enjoying the superb view of Vagator, Ozran and Morjim Beach. A short trek along the hilly track from Vagator can take you to the fort.

Fort Terekhol – Situated at the Northern tip of Goa, on the mouth of River Terekhol, this fort is 42 kms away from the capital. Built in the 17th century by a Hindu Maharaja to grasp control over a considerable portion of the Arabian Sea and to maintain a sizeable fleet of native vessels. However in 1746 it was seized by a Portuguese Viceroy. The fort is set on a hill offering exotic view of Kalacha and Querim beach. Colorful paragliders from Kalacha are often sighted from the top. Within the fort, there is a church called St Anthony’s, although mostly closed.

Fort Reis Magos

Fort Reis Magos – This fort was erected in 1551 by a Portuguese Viceroy on the Northern banks of Mandovi to protect the narrowest point of the estuary. It played an important role in Goa’s defense against the Maratha attack in 1739. Set in the extreme south of the Bardez area, it is close to the Reis Magos Church,known for its colorful Feast of the Three Wise Men or the ‘Festa dos Reis Magos’. The fort is surrounded by laterite walls with typically Portuguese turrets.

Fort Corjuem

Fort Corjuem – This military fortress is located on Corjuem Island, 12 kms away from Panjim. This square shaped, relatively small fort was put up in 1551 by the Portuguese. Its wide walls have frequent gun points and murder holes. It also has a striking staircase leading to the ramparts from where the view below is startling.

 

So you want a flavor of history while staring at the ocean waves? Goa Hotels are equipped to offer you a tour of forts that would certainly leave you mesmerized.

Top Five Goa Casinos that you absolutely must try your luck

Got some money to burn daring a date with LadyLuck? Then Goa is the paradise you are looking for. Being the only Indian state (UT) where gambling is legal, there are several luxurious casinos attached to Goa hotels.Paying only a nominal entry fee, you get to experience the exotic ambience, live music, and dance along with excellent food, that make these casinos the hub of Goa nightlife. The offshore casinos are housed on boats and vessels anchored in the Mandovi River. These have live tables and human croupiers. Onshore casinos, however, only have electronic games by law.

1 Deltin Royale

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Holding the crown for India’s largest off-shore casino, you would find at least 500 punters waiting to try their luck here, on any Saturday night.The lights never go out in this everlasting carnival. From honeymooners to business tycoons, from socialites to traders – everyone lives their casino moments by trying their hands at Blackjack, Roulette, Poker, Slot Machines, or Indian Flush (Teen Patti). Four floors with around 123 gaming tables are always bustling, especially during weekends. Entry packages start from INR 2,000 on weekdays and INR 3,000 on weekends. Unlimited food, beverages, and allotment of playing chips are included in the fee itself.

2 Casino Pride

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Among the less expensive off-shore casinos, the Pride offers the largest number of games. It has two floors with 27 gaming tables. Live performances are organized every night on the primary gaming floor and an open air deck. Tourists may enter in smart casuals as there is no strict dress code. However, shorts or flip-flops are not allowed. The entry fee isINR 1,000 INR on weekdays and INR 2,000 on weekends – which includes an unlimited buffet, drinks, and gaming coupons worth 1,000 INR.

3 Chances

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This one is attached to a boutique hotel in the picturesque Vanguim valley, not very far from the Goa capital. It is probably the largest onshore casino in Goa. The atmosphere is fresh, lively, and vibrant, which attract a wide range of tourists from across the city. Free dinner buffet and live music is offered to punters. Entry fee is onlyINR 500, which can goup to INR 2,000 during peak seasons. It is open all night.

4 Las Vegas

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Attached to the 7 star Leela Kempinski, this is the high roller’s paradise in Goa. Surprisingly, the entry fee is pretty nominal at INR 200 per head. Tourists flock here for the Roulette, Slot Machines, and Derbies. The slots are majorly monitored by microchips rather than by the spinning reel. Far from the maddening crowd, Las Vegas is possibly the best known on-shore casino in Goa.

5 Goa Nugget

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The oldest casino in Goa, Goa Nugget is attached to the Ramada Caravela Beach Resort. It offers a sizzling variety of Roulette, Poker, Blackjack, and 7’s jackpot. Although the place is rather small, people who come to stay pay a visit mainly to experience the old-world charm of the casino.

Sowhile checking into a Goa Hotel, make sure that it has a casino facility, if you are so inclined! Come evening and you will be all set to bask in the magical nightlife of the beach city!

Sunburn 2015 in Goa: For the Lovers of EDM Music and Beyond

EDM music lovers must be aware of the feeling when the rhythm is all around and the music takes over. Sunburn festival is Asia’s largest 3-day EDM festival in Goa that is known to gather a large number of EDM music lovers from all across India and the world. Known as one-of-a-kind brandin India, Sunburn hosts this festival every year in Goa and continues to do so for the past few years.

The brand has managed to bring some of the best DJs from across the world to play finest music during the fest. The list of DJs that have played in the festival includes but is not limited to Avicii, Armin Van Buuren, Swedish House Mafia, and Dash Berlin, among others. So what is the mania all about and what should you know before you go there. In this article, we have mentioned basic details related to Sunburn in Goa and things you may expect if you are planning to attend Sunburn Fest in Goa 2015.

Music Fest and Beyond: The Basics

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An event which was limited to basic gigs before has become a renowned EDM music festival today. This festival is a unique blend of entertainment, food, shopping and interesting activities. Apart from Goa, the festival was also held in Sri Lanka (2012), and Dubai (2013). Within India, the festival made a debut in Mumbai in 2012, and Noida in 2012. However, those who have attended the festival in Goa claim that no other location can match the essence and spirit of Goa’s Sunburn.

Sunburn in Goa 2015: The Latest

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Regardless of whether you are an EDM lover or not, experiencing Sunburn in Goa is definitely a dream come true. Get ready to book your tickets to Sunburn 2015 Festival at Vagator, Goa, and enjoy Asia’s biggest music festival to find out what makes people go ga-ga over this one-of-a-kind music festival. In a departure from the past, Sunburn in 2015 has become a 4-day event (starting from December 27 to December 30, 2015). Here’s what to expect in this year’s fest –

  • Fan village
  • Multiple after-dark parties
  • Helicopter rides, bungee, soapy football and other fun activities
  • More than 40 experience zones
  • Multiple artists performing on multiple stages

If you are planning to attend Sunburn in December 2015, it is advisable to plan ahead in order to avoid any last minute disappointments.  Apart from buying tickets for the event, it is also important for you to find Goa hotels near the venue and book your room in advance.Finding a suitable accommodation is extremely difficult during Sunburn fest in Goa because of the heavy rush. For best deals check out http://www.bestgoahotels.com/.

Early bird tickets are already on sale. Grab the one before they run out. Share your Sunburn experience with the readers in the comments’ section and let us know the reason to visit Goa during the fest.

Budget stays in the Beach City

Yes, a Goan holiday can be notoriously expensive, and so here is a list of places for those with shallower pockets.

Goa hotels offer a variety of accommodation suiting everyone’s pockets. At one hand, there are the premium luxury resorts like Taj Aguada or Cidade De Goa, on the other you will find numerous cheap stays with basic facilities, close to more or less prime tourist attractions of the city. And then, ofcourse, there are numerous home stays, guest houses, holiday homes and hostels as well for students and hikers.

Budget hotels

roundcube-hotel-palolem-goa-exteriorAmong the wide range of budget hotels in Goa, the first pick would definitely be the Riverside Regency Resort near Baga River. It has 80 double bed rooms overlooking the swimming pool and beautiful greenery. The Renzos Inn near Calangute is another budget stay which offers serene ambience and closeness to the beach. Princess De Goa, Swimsea Beach resort, Sunset beach Resort, Tropicano Beach Resort, The Roundcube, The Quinta Da Graca, Silver Sand Sunshine Angaara – all of these hotels offer standard AC, non-AC rooms, tranquil ambience, in-house restaurants etc. The tariff varies from 1500 INR to 2000 INR per day. However, Cocos Resort, Amoura Beach Resort, Summerville Beach Resort, Alagoa Resort, Donhill Beach Resort, The Orange House, Hotel Natasha and many more offer pretty decent accommodation in less than 1500 INR per day.

Guest house, Holiday Homes, Lodges

pinto-guest-house-candolim-goa-room-3There are numerous guest houses, lodges, home stays, holiday homes scattered in Goa which offer clean and homely accommodation in a real pocket friendly rates. Starting from 700-800 INR per day these hotels are mostly without in-house food facilities. However, with street food and beach shacks in abundance it does not really matter to the tourists who look for a quick saving in terms of stay. If you are interested in this option of staying, check out places like the Flowers Guest House, Hotel Sai Baga, Tiara Hideaway, Pinto Guest House, Fellas Guest House, Graciaz Laz Guest House, Maitri Sweet Living, Lulu’s guest corner, La Ben resort (Guest House), Bounty Yatra Goa, Casa Paradiso, Gabriel Guest House, Clarem Guest House, D’Souza’s Holiday Homes, Maya’s Holiday Rooms, Sanfrancisco Holiday Homes and Henmil Holiday Homes. In most cases, these lodges give out two wheelers on rent too.

Hostels around the city

red-door-hostel-anjuna-goa-dormitory-1Now if you are really looking to watch the penny, there are quite a number of backpacker’s hostels in and around the beach city. These hostels offer dormitories as well as single/double bed rooms for a nominal charge of 400 INR to 220 INR per day. These are definitely not meant for luxurious premium holidays, but are ideal for lazying around, relaxing the day on a hammock, meeting new people and making the stay interactive. These are mostly used by youngsters. Jungle Hostel, Wanderer’s Hostel, Bricks and Bamboo, Red Door Hostel, The Funky Monkey Hostel offersuch budget stays with basic amenities. Just like the premium Goa hotels, most of these also serve free breakfast and have free Wi Fi access for tourists.

Now stop worrying about pocket & pennies and indulge in the Goan charm!

Away from the beaches: 3 temples you must visit in Goa

It is not only about the sea, sand, and sun or the huge architectural splendour of the famous churches. Goa has much more in store for the avid explorer. For example, take the Hindu temples (mostly situated in North Goa), which have a mixture of influences – Hindu, Islamic, Portuguese, and Nagari. According to legends, these temples, originally built in the Kadamba style of Hindu architecture, were destroyed after the Portuguese invasion of the city. The Hindus then fled northwards with the deities and new temples were built. That is the reason why most of the Goa temples have modern Indian architecture.

Mangueshi Temple, Priol

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It is perhaps the most famous of all Goan temples. Dedicated to the God Manguesh (another name for Lord Shiva), its original location was Kushasthali (present day Cortalim). In 1560, during the attack of the Portuguese, the lingam was shifted to Priol, where the temple is situated now and was placed under the control of Adil Shah. The architecture is a blend of Christian and Hindu styles. During the Annual Jatra Utsav in January, the temple is lit up magnificently and the deity is taken out in a palanquin for a chariot parade. Navratri and Mahashivratri are also celebrated with much pomp and splendour.

Mahadeva Temple, Tambdi Surla

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This one is the most ancient temples in Goa retaining the original Kadamba style of architecture, with a pillared porch and three-stepped entrance. It was built in the 12th century, amidst the forests in TambdiSurla, 65 km away from Panjim. Presently declared a heritage site by The ASI, this beautifully carved and partially incomplete basalt rock structure is dedicated to Lord Shiva or Mahadeva. Experts say that due to its remote location, it has survived the Muslim and Portuguese invasions. Bas-relief figures of Lord Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma appear, along with their consorts, on the side panels of the temple. It also has the headless figure of the bull Nandi (Shiva’s vehicle) at the mandapa’scentre. Locals believe that a huge Cobra is in permanent residence within the ill-lit sanctum, near the lingam.

Mallikarjuna Temple, Shristhal

Mallikarjuna Temple

Mallikarjuna is an incarnation of Lord Shiva. This temple, situated 30 km from Margao, in a small village called Shristhal – is dedicated to Mallikarjuna. It lies amidst the lush greenery and mountain covers in the southernmost area of Canacona. The 200 year-old structure (as suggested by the plaque near the temple) houses four exquisitely carved wooden pillars, which are must-sees. Elaborate carvings on the wall-panels and beautiful characters, both drawn and etched on the walls, transport tourists into an era long forgotten. This temple is a hub of activities during the Veeramal festival. The annual Jatra is also celebrated here, with devotees coming from all parts of Southern India.

So if you are keen to dig into the history of Goa, these should definitely feature on your itinerary.

Spa Resorts in Goa

With stress levels skyrocketing in our lives, stress busting has acquired a new meaning in the hospitality industry. And so every great Goa hotel worth its salt has opened a spa facility in the last few years and these are not ordinary hotels with spas. These are resorts that offer a large variety of treatments along with other elements like yoga and meditation classes as well. These hotels are perfect for stressed out urban dwellers looking to rejuvenate themselves from the rigour of everyday work schedules, and feel and look younger. Although these resorts fall in the high-end luxury travel category, the end result says they are definitely worth it.

Where to go

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Apart from standalone spa resorts, the 5-star hotels like Vivanta by Taj, Park Hyatt Goa Resort, Kenilworth Resort and Spa in Goa also offer luxurious spa services. However, there are Royal Orchid Beach Resorts and Spa, Soul Vacation Resorts and Spa, Dona Sylvia Beach Resorts and Spa, Royal Goan Beach Club and Spa, The Zuri White Sands Resorts and Spa, Devaya Ayurveda Retreat, Casa De Goa Boutique Spa Resort who offer exclusive spa treatment. Ranging from 5000 INR to 10000 INR for 2 hours, these messages are quite classy and rejuvenating.

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What kind of Treatment Done

Depending on the stress level, ailments and skin type, hundreds of treatments are offered. Ayurvedic oil massage, deep tissue massage, hot stone/cool stone massage, body wrap, scrubbing with bath salt and jacuzzi are some of the popular spa treatments that are embraced by guests to heal chronic pain, limited mobility problems, injuries, muscle tension, stress, insomnia, arthritis and ageing etc.

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Perfect Ambience for Indulging yourself

Ambience is the key for a perfect spa. The soothing music, fragrant candles and diffusers and the warmth of the flowers creates a perfect atmosphere where you can forget the stress and tension of your daily life and indulge in some serious self-pampering. If nothing at all, choose some rejuvenating treatments like a hot stone massage with volcanic basalt (supposed to drive away depression), or perhaps a wild flower body wash and mud mask with basil, white water lily and tuberose essential oils. For a shining skin, you could opt for a light tea tree oil massage with herbal essential oils or an almond therapy with protein pack (this includes herbal items like Manjishtha, red sandalwood, Arjuna extracts, kesar), a sandalwood therapy, sugar body polish or a spirulina therapy with sea-salt and lemongrass. You could also ask for foot reflexology massages, fish spas etc. which should makes you feel fresh as a flower. Authentic ayurvedic treatments like Shirodhara, Abhayangam, Kizhi, and Pinda Swedanam combined with Thai, Indonesian, Balinese, Swedish, Egyptian style of massage are also popular among stressed souls.

Precautionary measures

Although spa treatments hardly pose any danger, you are advised to check with doctors before checking into spa reports in Goa if,

  • you have any kind of skin infection or old injuries
  • you have osteoporosis, heart problems and blood-clotting tendencies
  • you are pregnant

So this vacation, forget your daily drudgeries and step into the serenity and peacefulness of the spa resorts. If you have more inquires, we would love to help you out. Click here to drop in us a mail with your queries. http://www.bestgoahotels.com/about/contact-us/

Goa – the Popular Bollywood Destination

The relation between Goa and Bollywood never seems to fall apart. Filmmakers have been using this beach state for years. Let’s take a look at Bollywood’s Goa and then plan our Goa holiday!

Bollywood never falls out of love out of Goa. No matter how many new destinations are added to its list of picturesque shooting locales, film directors always come back to this beach state. Bollywood never seems to get enough of Goa. There is something about the sandy beaches, the beautiful Portuguese mansions, the laid-back lifestyle and the magnificent churches of this place. In return, Bollywood gives tourists – from the subcontinent and beyond. Here we take a look at how Goa was captured in the reel over the last couple of decades.

The early cinemas featuring Goa

the shaukeensThe late Sixties saw Amitabh Bachhan’s debut film Saat Hindustani talking about Goa Liberation Movement from the Portuguese. This black and white war-drama, directed by K.A. Abbas – won the National Award and left viewers captivated by the beautiful Goan backdrop. The Seventies saw S. Ramanathan’s film Bombay to Goa causing a stir in the industry. An exciting bus journey with varied characters culminating in Goa was a box office hit. Come Eighties and the filmmakers flocked to Goa to give us some evergreen blockbusters. K.Balachander’s Ek Duje Ke Liye (1981) started the show, followed by super hits like Shaukeen (1982), Saagar (1985) and Jalwa (1987).

To a Different Height through Dil Chahta Hai

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Through films like Kundan Shah’s Kabhi Haa Kabhi Naa (1994) and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Khamoshi the Musical (1996), Goa continued to be a hot spot for Bollywood directors. The cool factor of Goa was put on display even more in films like the 2001 hit Dil Chahta Hai. Directed by Farhan Akhtar, the Aamir Khan-Saif Ali Khan-Akshay Khanna starrer marked the beginning of a different era of Hindi cinema in Goa. Although not entirely shot in the beach-city, this movie showed the raw spirit of carelessness, fun, frolic and adventure for which Goa is best known. Tourists started pouring in to see the ‘Dil Chahta Hai Fort’ (actually Chapora Fort), where the three friends talk about their future against the picturesque backdrop of the Arabian Sea.

The New Shooting Locations

waterfallsPost 2000, Goa started featuring in big budget films like Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd (2007), Dhoom (2004), My Brother Nikhil (2005) among others. Interestingly, filmmakers chose to divert from the well-known beaches to lesser known, unexplored and remote areas of Goa. Rajkumar Santoshi’s film Ajab Prem ki Ghazab Kahani (2009) found Katrina Kaif jet skiing on the Zuari Railway Bridge;Homi Adajania’s Finding Fanny (2014) shot Deepika Padukone on the Divar Island and explored the scenic beauty of a calm and slow Goan village life;Chennai Express (2013) saw Shahrukh and Deepika romancing on the backdrop of Dudhsagar Falls; Murder 2 made the Three Kings Feast Church in Cansualim, famous;Singham (2011) featured the Aguada fort as the backdrop of Ajay Devgan’s actions.

Bollywood has probably shown the best of Goa in their films and it’s time to explore these locations the next time you visit Goa. You could check out the scenes more carefully on YouTube and choose your Goa hotel as per these locations.