Young Family in Goa

#1 May 11th, 2009, 06:48
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May 2009
New Zealand
  • jagger3 is offline
Hi, we are a Kiwi family hoping to spend some time in Goa (many month's, depending on Visa restrictions) and was wondering if anyone had any experience\advice with living in Goa with young children. We are a family of five, my Wife and I are parents of 3 boys aged 2, 5 and 7.
We hope to rent accommodation and would appreciate any advice on location and cost. We have an idea that to live in Goa would cost us about NZD2,000 (INR60,000) per month, can anyone agree?

Thank you for taking the time to read this and offer any advice.
#2 May 11th, 2009, 13:53
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  • GoanCanuck is offline
Welcome to India Mike! The amount of money you will need really depends on your life style. Rs 60,000/month will give you a very good standard of living without any problem.

You did not mention where in Goa you would like to live. Generally speaking, the cost of living is highest in the beach areas and becomes cheaper as you move inland.

Due to the world wide recession, apartments and bungalows have become more affordable over the last few months. For example, an upscale fully furnished condominium very close to the beach can be rented for Rs 22,000/month. This is the top end of the scale because these units come with plasma TV, jacuzzi, swimming pool, gym, power generator etc.

Considering the fact that you have three small kids, I will advise you to stay within a 10 km radius of a major hospital/school.

North Goa is more expensive as compared to South Goa.
#3 May 11th, 2009, 22:21
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  • Joegoauk is offline
I thik you can stay in Goa or India for up to 6 months on tourist visa. If wishto stay longer then all go back and take another visa which will give another 6 months stay, Tourist Visas are not usaully renewable in Goa/india. Pl enquire at Indian Embassy in your country.

Panjim city area or nearby beach area like Miramar etc, 3 bed FF apt can cost you 15 to 25K per month. Sea facing apt cost upto 25% more. Plus, in your case, you would require at least Rs.1500 per day on meals i.e. 45k/month min.
Plus shopping/travelling/drinks etc

Due to recession etc, those apts which were going for Rs.15k now going for 12k or less. I only refers to local news paper ads.

Accommodation generally cheaper during June/July/Aug/Sept
Plenty of hungry estate agents in Goa.
#4 May 13th, 2009, 15:32
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May 2009
New Zealand
  • jagger3 is offline
Thank you both for your insight into current costs. We are hoping for about a 6 month stay, so will approach the India Embassy here. I also found this helpful article on IM about travelling with kids:

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