Chorão also known as Choddnnem or Chodan, is an estuarine island located in the backwaters of the Mandovi River and it is the largest among other 17 islands of Goa (yes! Goa have 17 islands in total). Chorão is divided by creeks and backwaters that have tidal variations, a network formed from the Mandovi and Mapusa rivers and the Cumbharja canal. You can reach Chorão Island either by ferry from Ribander or take a picturesque long road route crossing the whitewashed churches, green fields and beautiful Portuguese Villas from Mapusa. Definitely it will put you into time travel. Chorão Island is famously known for the largest bird sanctuary of Goa – Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. The reserve has got its name from the famous Dr. Salim Ali – an Indian ornithologist and naturalist who sometimes referred to as the “Birdman of India”. There is a paved walk which takes you within the sanctuary and the mangroves can be explored by a boat which navigates through the narrow passageways. Continue reading “Day Trip to Chorão Island-Goa. Visited Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary and found an inhabitant mystery Island.”
Each type of architecture has a history to it and Goa have a excellent visual delight. Along with the roads dotted with palm trees, you will witness the cozy homes as well. The Portuguese culture has influence in Goa more than at any other state in India and most of the historic houses still standing were built between 18th century and the early part of 20th century. The Portuguese arrived in Goa in 1510 and brought with them a host of cultural and aesthetic influences from Europe and other places. The Portuguese first made churches and the started constructed casa’s (private houses). Continue reading “The Enchanting Houses of Goa-Museum and Indian Artist, Cartoonist & Illustrator Mario de Miranda Gallery”
It was the third edition of Serendipity Arts Festival last year in December (2018) from 15th to 22nd, turned the Goan capital – Panaji into an engaging public art space. From recreating a market place in a park to dramatizing the “Mahabharata” using puppetry, the “Charpai Project” where you get to know about the traditional woven bed used in the Indian subcontinent since 500 years, singing retro Bollywood songs, coke studio, classical music to jazz tunes, the eighth-day-long event has celebrated all things, ordinary and nostalgic, alike. India’s first multi-disciplinary arts event, with over 90 dynamic projects highlighting the country’s rich traditions of music, dance and theater, alongside culinary arts, craft, and visual arts exhibitions. Goa’s biggest and largest Arts Fest that brings and introduced us to the best artist of India. Like how the Festivals and Beliefs are the strong root of its Heritage and Tradition in India, the Arts is playing the backbone of India along with the Economy. Art in any form, be it music, writing, painting, photography, craft, theater, calligraphy, dancing, singing and much much more. Art is an ultimate healer one could really ask for. Art is everything you need currently to survive in this crazy world 🙂
We love experiencing great art, witnessing enigmatic collections and some of us love reading about out of the world stories about the artists. Museum of Goa – MOG is different! The Konkani word ‘mog’ meaning ‘love’, is an apt acronym for Museum of Goa. This place is busted with love spirit. An unlikely location for Museum of Art, a 1500 square meters of space centrally located in Pilerne Industrial Estate (the big Industry Zone), appx 5 kms from Candolim Beach area, a three storey structure designed by the well-known architect Dean D’Cruz, stands between industries on one side and the forest on the other. The museum has no permanent collections except few. Funded and founded by sculpture and installation artist Dr. Subodh Kerkar. MOG opened its door on November 2015 and till date it is one of the most visited place in Goa. The inclusive space for Arts that successfully have bringing together different artists, curators and art lovers from all around the world together under one roof. A magnificent display of art which have break all the social barriers. Undoubtedly the most mesmerizing art display I have seen so far. An Art venue that goes beyond art. MOG, you have my heart ❤ Continue reading “Museum of Goa (MOG) – Harmony in the middle of chaos”
Goa, the place where I reborn and most likely I have some past connection 😀 A never ending adventure and exploration. It’s been 2 years since I am exploring Goa and realized, Goa is only a tiny land on a map. In real, Goa is mystery land with lush greens and blue ocean. Goa is more than a cheap booze, sea food and casinos. Goa is more than scam drugs and Russians. Goa is more than a loud music and all night club parties. Goa is one of the little paradise on earth which every 5 kms the language changes. Goa is full of mystery, history and mind blowing architectures. Goan Spices is something we never talk about. Goa’s list of beaches comprises of 54 beautiful beaches. Goa is more than Calangute, Baga, Vagator, Anjuna, Miramar, Colva, Palolem and Arambol beaches. Start explore Goa like never before!! Take the ferry ride, go to other island, eat local, travel in bus, shop at local fish market, take a train from Madgaon to Karmali, go fishing at Baga River, and much much more. In past 2 years, I manage to find around 50+ Hidden Gems in Goa (still need to tick off many!) including some cute hideout places you never thought existed, where you can be grateful of being alive. Spend some quality time with your best pals, your family. Be close to nature. Chill out. Eat grilled fish; have chilled beer. Witness magical sunset every day. Wash away your problems. Start afresh 🙂 Continue reading “GOA – the mysterious and unique coastland of India.”
Last year (2016) in the month of December I received an invitation to join “Serendipity Arts Festival” from 16-23 Dec. I was very well aware Goa takes Art as a serious and massive creative object, but this time I have seen something exceeds my expectation. As they said it was “A festival of unparalleled scope and scale empowering the arts.” Truly jaw dropping projects. The huge culture experiments I have never saw before. It was mix of cultural and photography exhibition, music, dance and theater performances, story telling sessions, visual and culinary arts. The idea of promoting exchanging ideas was on the next level. I only could wish to attend each and every projects they had. 40 projects and some signature venues along the river Mandovi. Continue reading “Serendipity Arts Festival – Goa “
Goa is basically La-La-Land of India. A destination friendly to different travel tastes and budget. Well, anyone who have been to Goa always have fascinating stories about absolutely cheap alcohol, some pristine blue waters and some over crowded beaches, adventure water sports, delicious sea food while some over priced food at shacks and clubbing with foreigners. Well, I am not denying any one these are false, but exploring places in different way is all about. My taste about Goa is some how little different than any of I have mentioned above.