Go go, let’s go ๐Ÿ›ซ Goa

We wished to go to the seas. I wished for a cool joint with a small attached beach. Lots of green. A few lonely hideouts to sit and get lost. Great views, the boats, the waves, the adventurers, the fishermen, the birds, the blue sky, the white clouds. Also some great food and delightful service. And all this, I told my God, must come at a bargain price.

Did I get what I wished? Come let’s check it out. We are ๐Ÿ›ซ to Goa.


As the hired taxi from the Airport turned into a narrow lane from a busy road, I looked up and asked him. Is it all okay? This looks like a village. And he nodded and reminded me. “Hope you had a good look at the name before you booked? ” I looked again. He was right, my God I mean. It was Hawaii – The Sea Side Village Retreat. It was my choice. And as we went in we realized I was right, it was an awesome choice ๐Ÿ˜




Hawaii – The Sea Side Village Retreat is a nice little property in Dona Paula, a strategic location of North Goa. There is nothing too fancy about it. But there is a homely comfort, good food and drinks option, a small restaurant and bar, good room service and a small semi private beach.

There are limited rooms and thus the property gives you a feel of privacy as there are not too many people around. You have various room options including a few cottage rooms a little walk up the landscape offering some great views. Food is good and reasonably priced. But the best part is that there is lots and lots of peace. I will take you through this journey of being here a little later and I am sure you would love it.

Hawaii 2

As we settled down into our room offering a beautiful view, it was past lunch time. We decided on moving out, getting to see around a bit and hoping to find some good eating joint offering South Indian delicacies. And my wife’s favourite sada dosa. The walk wasn’t long, the search effective and we were soon having our Vada, Uttapam and dosa in a lovely little shop. We were by now getting the real feel of Goa. The evening was spent in the lawns watching the sea, the lights, the floating vessels, the dark clouds and marvelling at the roaring waves and the roar getting louder and louder as the night progressed. It was October and the breeze was cool and fresh. A sudden trigger of happiness went through my mind and life seemed so beautiful.




Are you through? When will you order the dinner? The volley of questions brought me back. That was my wife. We soon ordered some fishy delights and rice for dinner before retiring for the day.

When we are on a holiday, we love to get up very early or else we feel we have wasted our day. So got up early, had our couple of rounds of tea, freshened up, finished our breakfast and were off for our spin at 9.30 AM. Before we move ahead, let me tell you the story of our self driven car owner and chauffeur. He worked in Gulf for many years, invested his hard earned savings in the iron ore mining sector, was doing very well till certain regulations put a halt to the mining industry in Goa. With no other option he was now driving for his livelihood, still retained his membership in one of the top popular casinos and offered to take us there in the evening. We settled for the next day evening. Let’s get going now. Our first destination, Reis Magos Fort.

Reis Magos Fort, Goa, India

The Reis Magos Fort is the oldest fort in Goa and was initially used as the viceroyโ€™s residence and later converted to a fortress. It also served as a prison until recently. Surrounded by sturdy and distinctive reddish laterite walls and studded with typically Portuguese watchtowers at strategic points, the fort offers some remarkable views of the surrounding countryside and overlooks the Reis Magos Church which lies just a short distance away.

Reis Magos Fort, Goa, India

Reis Magos Fort, Goa, India
Reis Magos Fort

Reis Magos Fort, Goa, India

Reis Magos Fort, Goa, India

Reis Magos Fort, Goa, India

Reis Magos Fort, Goa, India
Views from the fort

Reis Magos Fort, Goa, India

Reis Magos Fort, Goa, India

Reis Magos Church, Goa, India
Reis Magos Church, Pic – Bomav

Fort Aguada and its lighthouse is a well-preserved 17th century Portuguese fort on Sinquerim beach overlooking the Arabian Sea. The fort was constructed in 1612 to guard against the Dutch and the Marathas. It was a reference point for the vessels coming from Europe at that time. Fort Aguada was the most prized and crucial fort of Portuguese.

A freshwater spring within the fort provided water supply to the ships that used to stop by. This is how the fort got its name: Aguada, meaning Water. Crews of passing ships would often visit to replenish their fresh water stores. On the fort stands a four-storey Portuguese lighthouse, erected in 1864 and the oldest of its kind in Asia. Built in 1612, it was once the grandstand of 79 cannons. It had the capacity of storing 2,376,000 gallons of water, one of the biggest freshwater storages of the time in whole of Asia. This fort is divided in two segments: the upper part acted as fort and watering station, while the lower part served as a safe berth for Portuguese ships. Whereas the upper part had a moat, underground water storage chamber, gunpowder room, light house and bastions, it also had a secret escape passage to use during time of war and emergency. The lighthouse at initial stage used to emit light once in 7 minutes. In 1834 it was changed to emit light creating eclipse every 30 seconds, however it was abandoned in 1976.

Fort Aguada, Goa, India
Fort Aguada Goa, Wikmedia Pic drmarathe
Fort Aguada, Goa, India
Fort Aguada, Goa, Wikimedia Pic aviatorjke


We are in Goa and churches in Goa are an important legacy of it being an erstwhile Portuguese colony. Built across centuries, these architectural wonders are not only just a place of worship, they hold a place of historical or cultural significance as well. One of the most visited churches in Goa is the Basilica of Bom Jesus. The mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier is preserved here in this Basilica and hence revered by many. It also is an UNESCO World Heritage site.

The church is located in Old Goa, which was the capital of Goa in the early days of Portuguese rule. Bom Jesus, literally Good or Holy Jesus is the name used in the countries of Portuguese civilization. The Jesuit church is Indiaโ€™s first minor basilica, and is considered to be one of the best examples of baroque architecture in India. Come let’s have a look.

The Basilica of Bom Jesus, Goa, India
The Basilica of Bom Jesus

The Basilica of Bom Jesus, Goa, India

The Basilica of Bom Jesus, Goa, India

The Basilica of Bom Jesus, Goa, India

The Basilica of Bom Jesus, Goa, India

The Basilica of Bom Jesus, Goa, India

The Basilica of Bom Jesus, Goa, India

The Basilica of Bom Jesus, Goa, India
The body of St. Francis Xavier in a well decorated casket. Solemn exhibitions of the ‘body’ are held every ten years

Our next stop, St. Cajetan Church. Also known as the Church of Divine Providence it’s a church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Goa and Daman located in Old Goa. The church was completed in 1661 and is part of the World Heritage Site, Churches and convents of Goa.

Three Italian priests of the Theatine order arrived in India to preach Christianity in 1639. In 1643, they began work on a hospital, but were banished by the Portuguese viceroy Filipe Mascarenhas. The leader of the Italian priests, Pedro Avitabili however went to Portugal and convinced king John IV of Portugal that their working with the Portuguese priests in Goa would be in the interests of Christianity. The king permitted the construction of the hospital in 1650, and in 1655 they also managed to obtain permission for setting up the church and a small convent near it. The church’s construction was under the supervision of Italian architects, Carlo Ferrarini and Francesco Maria Milazzo. The church is considered to have been modeled on the St.Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.

St. Cajetan Church, Goa, India

St. Cajetan Church, Goa, India
St. Cajetan Church

St. Cajetan Church, Goa, India

St. Cajetan Church, Goa, India
The beautiful gardens

St. Cajetan Church, Goa, India

As we came out my thoughts went back to my younger days. My church in school, the statue of Jesus Christ in our school compound and the memories of my father coming over once or twice during the week with hot lunch during tiffin hours, which I used to have hiding behind the statue of Jesus so that none of my friends could see me being pampered by my father. Those olden golden days. Life was beautiful.

Goa is beautiful. It has a different charm unlike any other place. And as we drove back in our cab, the buildings looked so nice and wonderful.

Goa, IndiaGoa, IndiaGoa, IndiaWe were on our way back to Dona Paula, the wonderful location that we had chosen. More about Dona Paula, history, beaches, relaxation, food, beliefs, culture, casinos and much more on Goa as we catch up soon. Till then have a great weekend and keep enjoying India Beautiful ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ



  1. Shantashil says:

    Fantastic blog… its tour in words….. great.. keep it up…

  2. I love how detailed this post is! Your photos are fantastic too! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love seeing the different places you visit. This looks like a beautiful place as well.

  4. Snehal says:

    Thanks for taking us to Goa through the pictures. Would like to see all the places in person. Btw lovely photos! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Colleen says:

    I would loved to visit Goa one day. I haven’t seen much on it until I came across this post. The level of detail and information here was wonderful. It’s a gorgeous place.

  6. artch33 says:

    The churches are so huge. You took great pictures of them. If I’ll go traveling, I would also like to visit the many different churches. :0)

  7. Eileen M Loya says:

    Those churches are so majestic! The interiors are just jaw-dropping. I also love the views from the fort. Nice travel picks you had.

  8. Keshia Richmond says:

    This place in Hawaii seems like a fantastic place to visit. Looking forward to it!

  9. Cindy Gordon says:

    That looks like it was a really awesome trip! I would love to travel to the tropics again soon.

  10. Looks like you had a great time! Would love to visit hawaii sometime!

  11. Heather says:

    Love seeing all the travel pictures. Looks like an amazing time!!

  12. Paula Schuck says:

    Looks beautiful and relaxing. I enjoy seeing the places you visit. They are radically different from ones I have ever been to in my area.

  13. Goa looks very beautiful. I would love to see it for myself one day. It sounds very relaxing too!

  14. asma says:

    Hi, very good article thanks for sharing.
    You are excellent blogger

  15. emman damian says:

    Goa is really one of the places I want to visit in India! Itโ€™s very interesting! I love the culture and history.

  16. Becca Wilson says:

    This looks like it would be such a lovely trip. There are so many beautiful cultural places to see and explore.

  17. Revathi sethuraman says:

    Lovely pics. Excellent way of describing the beautiful place. While reading i re visited the wonderful place.

  18. Amrita Bhattacharya says:

    Well written…brought back memories when I had visited the churches in a trip long back with parents….nowadays Goa trip just means beaches and food….

  19. Goa is yet another destination full of beauty and splendor that I had no idea about. I’m finding and reading about so many interesting destinations since discovering your site. The Forts, water and rich Christian history is something I had not ever thought about in India. I can’t wait for more on Goa…

  20. tcleland88 says:

    I love that you tour so many historical and cultural sites and that I can visit them vicariously through your travels. Your resort in Goa looks so relaxing.

  21. Jennifer McCormick says:

    Your article inspired me to find out more about the partnerships between Hawaii and Goa; I was not aware of their relationship. Your photos of the coastline are stunning. The views from the Reis Magos Fort are beautiful.

  22. Trish says:

    Really enjoyed my armchair-trip to Goa! It looks a beautiful place – the views from the fort are stunning! Interesting about the Hawaii/goa connection – intrigued to find out more.

  23. Nicole Anderson says:

    I have yet to visit the Indian sub-continent but am aware of Goa as being an extremely popular tourism destination. Your post clearly shows why. The region around Goa just looks so naturally beautiful – lush green meeting the beautiful oceanfront. The resort you stayed at looks like it has the perfect location and I loved the descriptions and photos you shared about the fort and churches. Just a wonderful place to spend some holiday time.

  24. I’d heard that Goa is really beautiful and you’ve definitely proven that in this post! I love the palm trees and the detailed information you provided on the many places you visited.

  25. How can one get to this place from Nigeria? I love to be here. I love the feeling I got while reading and looking through your photos. I’m sure it is such a lovely place to visit.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      You can take a flight to Mumbai in India and then another flight from there to Goa.

  26. KA Inspired says:

    Your pictures are lovely and it sounds like you enjoyed your holiday. I’m going to see how long the flights are from me.

  27. The churches are incredible, especially Reis Magos Church. Amazing history.

  28. Star says:

    I really enjoyed your presentation and taking us through your visit. As always, the photos were beautiful.

  29. Places like these are what makes life worth living. Everytime I read your blog, i get inspired to want to travel.
    It finally paid off…I’m off on a 3 countries tour of Berlin, London, and Paris soon.
    Thank for the motivation.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      So happy to hear. Have a wonderful time ๐Ÿ˜Š

    2. Just why many yearn to be at Goa! The hotel experience would be it for me! I love the too much green around and the view from the terrace is just so beautiful! I would need a shot by the palm trees!

  30. I had never heard of Goa so thank you for helping to expand my worldview through your awesome travel photos and blog posts. So many adventures!

  31. In The Pastel Bag - by Joanna says:

    It is interesting to see that there are still Portuguese speakers, leading a blended life, enjoying fusion cuisine. And that the place is surrounded by the relaxing colour of green. A beautiful picture.

  32. I had never heard of Goa before reading this! It looks like such a beautiful place to visit. I love reading about your childhood memories and seeing pictures of you and your wife. Thank you for taking me on another tour of a beautiful place and teaching me about it. Your posts make me want to start traveling more!


    Goa is somewhere I have yet to visit. It does sound like a gorgeous place to visit although I would need to wait until the children are a bit older so they’d fully appreciate it.

  34. Blairvillanueva says:

    This place is a perfect one where I could enjoy my niksen moment (the art of doing nothing), just enjoying the view until it lasts, sipping fresh juice, enjoying the breeze, etc. A perfect occasion to distress at Goa.

  35. Wow I have never even heard of this place but I definitely want to add it to my list!

  36. I’ve never heard of Goa and it DOES look like Hawaii, which is one of my favorite places on earth! I love that you can keep up with your blog when traveling. I always have great intentions, then never do it until I get back! Another fantastic read!

  37. kutercarol says:

    I love following your adventures! The lighthouse is amazing and the church is magnificent. What a beautiful destination.

    1. Karen Monica says:

      I have heard many great stories about Goa and have always wanted too visit. After reading your post, it makes me want to visit even more now.

  38. Wow, you visited some great sites while you were Goa. Hawaii is a great place and the beach side view seems like it is so relaxing and peaceful. Thanks for sharing

  39. Kristine Nicole Alessandra says:

    Wow. This really looks like a nice place to visit. I have not heard so much about Goa and I appreciate you featuring it in your blog. The waters look so serene!. Totally relaxing!

  40. Clarice says:

    I have never been to Goa but would be happy to given a chance to visit. I did not realize that there is so much to see and do. Thank you for sharing this. Happy to learn something new today.

  41. Eloise says:

    looks like an amazing place to visit. I think the little cottages with the spectacular view would be lovely to stay in. I also see that there’s lots to venture to, like the lighthouses and churches. great photos!

  42. LuciWest says:

    Thank you for the cool overview of what you saw and where you stayed in Goa. Most people only seem to share beach images from Goa – so it was awesome to see there is all this architecture to see as well!

  43. I love the lush green photos here. Next time I visit Goa, I will cover up these places too.

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