Exploring the Vibrant North-East Through its Festivals

Panaji, November 2023 – Although Goa offers both tourists and locals alike reasons to stay and never leave, there is always a yearning to learn more about the cultures present across the Indian subcontinent. Northeast India is a region that requires more thorough exploration and appreciation. Many parallels can be drawn between the Northeast and Goa – the most notable […]

Thomas Cook UK collapses, taking foreign tourism in Goa with it

Thomas Cook UK Tourism in Goa

Tour agents and operators in Goa are in a state of panic, as news of Thomas Cook UK’s collapse couldn’t come at a worse time. With just a week before the start of high season in Goa, the collapse of the 178-year-old company means that over 35,000 British foreigners will not be making the chartered […]

UPDATE: Late night partying on hold for the next 4 weeks in North Goa

Alcohol curfew because of election

This article has been updated on April 27 after clarifications issued by North Goa Collector, R Maneka Now that the voting process is over, we can finally get back to our lives. After work parties, insane weekends, hungover Sundays, right? Wrong. Turns out, for the next 4 weeks, North Goa Panjim city is under curfew […]

Prepare for a ‘fine’ time if caught drinking on the beach

If everything goes according to plan, Goans will finally get a chance to enjoy beach-day again. With the passing of the ban on alcohol in public places, especially on the beach, there is now hope that we will have cleaner beaches, that are safer and free of broken glass and litter. It was a tough […]

Goa is now a two-time National Tourism Award winner

National tourism

Goa. India’s tiniest state. A jewel in the crown of India and for obvious reasons, everyone’s favorite tourist destination. There seems to be something for everyone in Goa. The beautiful beaches, fringed with gently swaying coconut trees, overlooking the glistening waters of the Arabian Sea, beckon. The cuisine ranges from simple local fare to exotic […]

Bondvol lake in St. Cruz is over a 100 years old and now needs saving

Bondvol lake

Goa is not just known for its beautiful beaches. The state has a vast ecosystem of rivers, creeks, and lakes which also contribute to making it one of the country’s most loved tourist destinations. There are lakes all over the state, some of which are well known and are a birdwatching paradise. Batim, Mayem, Carambolim […]

Make Goa expensive so that only foreigners visit, says Vijai Sardesai


Over the last few days, the newspapers have been full of news stories referring to how many tourists hit the beautiful beaches of Goa for the Christmas season. Of course, most of these were unflattering as the kind of tourists that came to Goa were most unpleasant. They arrived by the truckloads and busloads. While […]

The story of Anjediva Island and fort off the coast of Karnataka


When Goa was conquered by the Portuguese in the 15th century, one of the first things they did was to build forts all over the land. This was to ensure a defence against other invaders and were therefore built at strategic locations in Goa. While most are in ruins, some have been renovated and are […]

Miramar Beach almost disappears under waste after New Year’s Eve


Goa in general faces a problem with garbage and waste management all through the year. It’s not just the roadside areas that suffer. Our beautiful beaches bear the brunt of most of it since this is where the hordes of tourists descend from the hinterland areas. New Year, same old problems with waste On the […]

Finnair recently launched its operations in Goa


Finnair recently launched its Goa operations with a Press conference at the Taj Vivanta.  Two officials from Finnair hosted the gathering –  Arja Suominen, Sr. Vice President Communications and Corporate Responsibility, Helsinki and Desmond Chacko, General Manager – India. Beginning with just two weekly flights to and from Helsinki / Goa during the tourist season […]