Goa In January!

#1 Oct 29th, 2008, 13:28
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Hello all!

back posting on IM after quite sometime,I am planning on heading to Goa in the first week of January( 3rd-12th),for about a week,i have been to Goa several times over the last 10 years but never in the month of January! i have been to Baga/Calangute several times and loved Palolem last year! i would like some reccomendations/suggestions on where to head this time around!
I am not the party/dancing types so something peaceful is what i like, love to meet up with good people and have a chat over a beer!(a friend and me last year met 2 really wonderful girls from Germany and it made the week long holiday real memorable and nice!)
Should i head back towards Palolem? i am keen to check out Agonda and Patnem which i didnt last time around,will accomodation be expensive?( i like clean attached toilets with bath)food is not a problem as beer is what i live on! am planning a good 2 months in advance as i expect the prices to be on the higher side due to the month of January!
any kind of advice,suggestions is always welcome! IM has always helped me out so i am sure this time around also i will have some help and advice!
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*bump* no help yet!
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Hi

For knowledge travel you should go a little east side of Goa. At lotulim there is theme stn. Big foot - ancestral Goa and a single man collection of antiques; see the Braganza's house and collections at Chandor. Salaolim water works in a pictursque hill view reminds of niagra. You can stay over there as good acco avilable. Trekking in Dudhsagar and springs of quepem will be refreshing and stay at Spice garden in Ponda. You can understand cultural heritage of Goa. Mobor beach is peaceful and serene with good acco facilties. Adjoining beaches are Carmona, Cavellosim, agonda, patnem, palolem. Betul could also be good spot on the other side of the backwaters. Take a ride to Murudeshwar, a beachside Shiva on Asia's tallest height.
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Hello Josh,

thanks for the reply and tips on Goa, i am looking at visiting only Palolem/Patnem and Agonda, i want to stay around or as close to the beach as possible,i want to just laze and relax and not into serious sightseeing to be honest.
i am looking for info/suggestions regarding Patnem and Agonda specifically.
thanks again for your time and suggestions.
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u get all the details in the thread Agonda Beach Question
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Agonda being more spread out offers a more relaxed atmosphere than Patnem.
However I find the beach at Patnem to be more cosy and less susceptable to winds off the Arabian Sea.
Agonda also has a lot more in the way of walking, the nearbye jungle is great for birdwatching and you will occasionally see otters and dolphins off the coast, motor boats and jet skis from the 5 star resort at Rajbag have made sightings of Dolphins much les common in Patnem.

Beach huts with attached will be around 350 in Patnem and a little more at Agonda.
Agonda also has a fair few houses that rent rooms very close to the beach, like 20-30 meters, Not Robison Crusoe style but far more secure for your valuables, Theft isn't common but it's not unknown either.
Both offer good food and nighlife and plenty of space on the beach to relax.
They are so close you could try both.
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Just back from a five days holiday at Palolem. Stayed at Sai Velentines (Next to Rockit Cafe). Paid Rs. 800 per night for attached bath with the room facing the sea (front room). Wanted to stay at Agonda but the huts were not ready. Agonda huts will be cheaper than Palolem. Agonda also will be less crowded than Palolem. The Manhamanhas, Chattai are some of the options for Agonda. Even Sai Valentine's have started building huts at Agonda & would cost around Rs. 500. Lots of options to stay at Agonda during the month of Jan. Enjoy.

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Originally Posted by josh4u View Post u get all the details in the thread Agonda Beach Question
thanks for the link, will look it up!
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Originally Posted by trustindia View Post Agonda being more spread out offers a more relaxed atmosphere than Patnem.
However I find the beach at Patnem to be more cosy and less susceptable to winds off the Arabian Sea.
Agonda also has a lot more in the way of walking, the nearbye jungle is great for birdwatching and you will occasionally see otters and dolphins off the coast, motor boats and jet skis from the 5 star resort at Rajbag have made sightings of Dolphins much les common in Patnem.

Beach huts with attached will be around 350 in Patnem and a little more at Agonda.
Agonda also has a fair few houses that rent rooms very close to the beach, like 20-30 meters, Not Robison Crusoe style but far more secure for your valuables, Theft isn't common but it's not unknown either.
Both offer good food and nighlife and plenty of space on the beach to relax.
They are so close you could try both.
Hello there!
thanks for your time and all the info!looks like i will take your advice seriously and end up splitting up my week long holiday over Patnem and Agonda!
the prices in January will be around 350 for a hut in Patnem and slightly more in Agonda? your not pulling my leg are you? last october i stayed in Palolem and a room cost us around 700!!so in January i expected prices will be higher!
am not very particular on food so as long as i can get some beer i can survive! thanks again and if need me i will message you again and bother you for some more info!
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Prices may have changed since last year that's always possible but Sealand had huts with attached for 350 last year in January. Huts Agonda is a bit more expensive but 450 should see you alright.
Staying in one of the guesthouses on or nears the beach in Agonda will be even cheaper.
It also gives a bit of insight into Goan family life.

Palolem has just gotten outragious over the last few years, the prices there are way too much in many cases but it's what the market will hold that counts.
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Originally Posted by trustindia View Post Prices may have changed since last year that's always possible but Sealand had huts with attached for 350 last year in January. Huts Agonda is a bit more expensive but 450 should see you alright.
Staying in one of the guesthouses on or nears the beach in Agonda will be even cheaper.
It also gives a bit of insight into Goan family life.

Palolem has just gotten outragious over the last few years, the prices there are way too much in many cases but it's what the market will hold that counts.
thanks for the super quick reply! i am ready to spend upto almost 1000 a night for a hut or room with attached bath and toilets.Agonda and Patnem both should fit into my budget then,best is i will not try to book in advance and get stuck instead will go around and have a look at whats available! any idea about Seaview in Patnem? their website looks pretty cool!
thanks and cheers
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hello all!

my leave has been preponed from January to December and i get to Goa on the 25th of December!Also i managed to get accomodation in Calangute,i wanted to stay in the south(Agonda/Patnem) but somethings were not in my control(extra cash flow for the preponed holiday)and staying in Calangute at a friends apartment costing me next to nothing was something i couldnt refuse.I may have a car handy for the week i am there so i intend to do day trips to the South,planning on visiting Palolem,Patnem and Agonda and return back to Calangute in the evening everday.Is this a good idea? do Pathem and Agonda have space to park cars safely?Palolem has a bit of space i have seen but maybe i need to get there real early get some space..also since it is the peak holiday season will the traffic be real heavy?i have heard Calangute gets jam packed in the evenings during December,is that true? any info is highly appreciated! thanks!
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Originally Posted by GxMx View Post i have heard Calangute gets jam packed in the evenings during December,is that true? any info is highly appreciated! thanks!
Yes the traffic is horrible after sunset. I got stuck in traffic a few times last season. The area between the Mandovi bridge and the Porvorim junction is the worst because there are no traffic lights at the junction. Between 5.45pm and 7pm is the worst time.
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thanks soo much for the reply and tip, Canuck.The best thing i will do is head out early to the South,(i am an early riser,so thats no problem)spend the day there and get back to Panjim by say 5pm and maybe hang around in the bar at the Mandovi have a few beers,dinner and then head back maybe around 9pm back to Calangute,dump my stuff in the apartment and head out to Bharats Bar in Baga and drink the night away...is that ideal?
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Yes that would be a good way to avoid the madness. Another tip would be if in case you have to go to Calangute during the rush hour don't go via Porvorim. After crossing the bridge turn left and take the road along the river and head to Calangute via Nerul.

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