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Tracing its etymology to a Sanskrit word meaning 'to begin, to flow', Goa's Saraya is a place with the vision of "culturing the infinity of creativity". A confluence of exceptional artistry, Saraya is an amalgamation of art culture, eco-living and food, where visitors come to enjoy a placid and relaxing atmosphere. If you too are looking to begin your creative journey, then travel hardly 20 km from the capital city to spend some time at Saraya Goa and get inspired, meet like-minded people and cleanse your aura as you experience the rhythm of nature.

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Goa's Palolem Beach is known as one of the most unique and striking beaches in the party state of India. The beach is home to some really unique natural wonders such as the floating islands, which make up something of an archipelago. In fact, this is a beach that people come to see from all over the world, so wouldn't you like a chance to stay at a resort here?

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After the COVID-19 chaos settles and fades into oblivion, of course we'd all be needing a trip which will make us forget these difficult times. We're honestly really done with being home all the time but that's the best thing we can do right now. So to put your wandering mind into good use, planning an elaborate trip to Goa is what you can work on!

Travelling to Goa would definitely require you to chalk out an itinerary but before all of that, sorting out your place of stay will be a priority. So if a luxurious accommodation with economical price-points is what you're browsing for, then Devarya Wellness in Morjim, is where you've gotta take a look!

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With the summers right around the corner, Goa is 'the' place where everyone wishes to be or is rushing off to. The party capital of the country is undoubtedly one of the most fun and vibin' places to be at during the summers.

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Goa's Morjim is quite a popular hangout spot for tourists and with tons of options to chill at, we're often left with a dilemma of choosing between the greats. But if you're willing to explore beyond the clutches of the generic parties and beach shack sessions, then you should drop by at Morjim's Chia Lounge.

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Have you ever wanted to camp up at the beach? Have you ever felt the sea calling to you and just wanted to sit by the bank enjoying a bonfire? Do you think it would be amazing to camp by the beach and wakeup to the sound of gentle waves crashing on the shore? If your answer happens to be yes, we just have the right thing for you.

Cola Beach Resort in South Goa offers tented accommodation right at the beach. Shack up in the luxury tents and know that it would be impossible to find a bedroom with a better view!

Shack up at the beach

Goa has some of the prettiest and the most wonderful beaches in the entire world. The blue waters, the beige sand and the green trees, make for such a calming view that you can stare at it for hours.

These tents available at the Cola Beach Resort, are right on the beach, hence they'll keep you the closest you've been to the sea. The wooden furniture, lounge area and running electricity make the tents as comfortable as any room can be.

Come here with your significant other or bring your gang and enjoy a few days of comfort, fun and relaxing. Can you honestly think of a better way to unwind than relaxing on the beach, lounging in the sun with a tropical drink in hand and a beach towel over you?

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If you're a nature lover and especially enjoy the beach, this tented stay at Cola Beach is just what you need. The tents are perfect for those who seek a recluse away from the noise of the main city and the party hungry crowd!

Head to the Cola Beach Resort and find the peace you've been searching for. Book your rooms today.

Price of room per night: ₹6,000

Location: Cola Beach, South Goa, Goa

Click here to book your tent and find more about the accommodation

With millennials thronging Goa like it’s the newest Instagrammy cafe, the city has become synonymous to a throbbing party culture coupled with loud music, bottomless spirits and sea-food.

But for those explorers fuelled with wanderlust, who don’t want to squander away their dough in a generic Goan experience- here’s a piece of Goa you should be exploring instead.

Dudhsagar Plantation and Farmstay here amidst a verdant tropical palm-garden and spice plantation gives you access to the rhythms of rural Goa, like no other! With plenty of excursions and activities here to keep you on our toes, you can never be bored here.

Natural Pool & Nature Trails

Dudhsagar Farmstay is replete with rich flora and fauna and with Dudhsagar, Surla and Saveri waterfalls a jeep drive away, you can never have enough of this spot. They even have a natural pool where you can unwind at and natural trails for you to explore and BTW, this locale is a birdwatcher’s paradise!

The bedrooms and the washrooms are strikingly humble with no shosha unlike the other fancy stay-spots so when here, it’s going to be all about your inner peace! Their washrooms have a semi-open-air system and attending a call of nature, cannot get any more literal than this.

The food is prepared and served home-style and if you’re thinking of what to hog on, they have plenty of options for you to choose from, for all our palate preferences. Dudhsagar Farmstay even offers a complimentary tour of the plantation and you can watch the ongoing agricultural activities taking place and also pluck fruits of the season, while at it.

They have their basics done right and truly, it is (was, maybe?) one Goa's best-kept secrets.

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Since this farm stay is becoming increasingly popular with the crowds, you should get a reservation done here, well-before planning other parts of your trip. Come over with bae or a handful of friends and relish a calming experience. This is a sort of therapy session, we all should be a part of at least once in our lifetime!

A little bit on the expensive side, Dudhsagar Plantation and Farmstay is worth every coin of yours.

Where: Dudhsagar Plantation, Karmane Village, Mollem National Park, Goa

Cost: ₹3,500 onwards

Contact: 097653 64456

When the depth of your love goes beyond the ocean waters, tying the knot at a beach seems like the only acceptable idea.

In fact, beach weddings are a rage during the winter months and destination weddings, don’t mean fancy foreign trips anymore. India already houses beautiful places for us to get hitched at and our very own Goa, tops the list.

A vacation in Goa is simply not enough anymore- people want to turn towards a new chapter in their lives, amidst the reclining beaches or at least with a sea-view. So if you haven’t decided on a place yet, check out these 5 wedding venues in Goa for some inspo!

Royal Courtyard Goa

Royal Courtyard Gardens is counted amidst one of the budget wedding venues in Goa, which’ll provide a majestic view and vibe, while you’ll say ‘I do’.

The open amphitheater let’s you take your vows under the open skies and it is massive enough for lavish wedding ceremonies, being attended by a battalion of guests.

There are gazebos for the guests, terraced gardens for bar functions and wide walkways, which will make your walk down the aisle into a walk to remember.

Marbela Beach Resort

Set on one of the best beaches of North Goa, Marbela Beach Resort in Morjim-Ashvem Road, is handsdown one of the best beach wedding venues. Think luxury, vibrance, delish fares and of course a lavish beach wedding here.

So, if you are looking for the perfect wedding venue here in North Goa, you gotta consider this one. The resort is exclusively dedicated to hosting various events, especially weddings so whatever you need, it’ll all be taken care of by the professionals.

Riva Beach Resort

Riva Beach Resort is the ultimate beach wedding venue where you can behold a picturesque lake, verdant sceneries and feel the ocean breeze seeping through your hair.

Located on the white sands of Mandrem Beach of North Goa, this resort provides for a breath-taking sea-view where you feel connected to nature while experiencing their premium services.

Often opted by couples for their weddings and events, Riva provides for a wonderful stay and also, the property is Instagrammy AF!

Vivanta By Taj

Vivanta by Taj – Fort Aguada, Goa, has royalty written all over it. Frequented by celebrities and couples, Vivanta redefines luxury, like no other in the state.

The picturesque setting serves as a highly desirable backdrop on your special day and their spa services, along with the fresh vibes, makes your wedding a less stressful one. You can even avail their Champagne Sunset Cruise, to make your special day even better.

The Zuri White Sands

Tagged as one of the most romantic resorts in Goa, Zuri White Sands highly appeals to couples who’re on the lookout for their dream wedding venue. With glam-chic interiors and Portuguese-inspired architecture, this five-star resort in Varca is loved by all.

With sprawling yet manicured gardens lined with a verdant spread of coconut and banana trees, Zuri features four venue areas, of which 2 are outdoors. This resort rests on the sun-kissed beach of Varca and the facilities they provide, makes any event standout.

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Also, South Goa beaches are much more popular than the North Goa ones. It is mostly because almost all resorts in South Goa give you access to a private beach. So choose your venue, wisely.

So now that we have some shed some light on your search for your dream venue in Goa, quickly come over for a recce session to speed things up!

P.S. Look around and finalize local vendors to pull down your costs of importing things you’ll be needing!

Goa has become a go-to spot for those who crave to experience something not-so-regular, away from their usual lives. With a wide spread of options to choose from, you can come here to snorkel, sip on feni, socialise, party or for a beach therapy, amidst other things.

On the lines of offbeat places, Goa is a pot of gold because you’ll find something or other, according to everyone's preferences. Be it basking in hippie vibes or destressing midst loud music and booze, Goa will spoil you with choices.

What if we tell you that we’ve found a place which does both and is economical AF? A former Portuguese mansion fashioned into a hostel for explorers, here’s why the Jungle Hostel should be your next stop when in Goa.

Yoga, Pool & Beer!

We’ve chanced upon a dorm, located slightly off the main Vagator beach road and it’s surrounded by coconut trees which exude beachy tropical vibes.

When here, you can pick between private rooms when with bae or just go for the dorm when with the squad. It is all utterly economical- the bunk beds start at ₹450; you just got wide-eyed, right? The rooms come with air-conditioning (most of ‘em) and they also have mixed dorms too. So if you’re looking to explore your options when it comes to socializing *wink wink*, the Jungle Hostel will be your cupid!

They also have a fridge from where you can grab whatever you please and you gotta pay for it while checking out- simple right?

The Jungle Hostel also hosts yoga classes, musical events and other activities to keep you hooked during your stay and since the beach is just a stone-throw away, your options are limitless. They have stocked their bar with beers too so you can sit by the pool and chill out!

They also offer complimentary WiFi, multi-cuisine breakfasts, a fully equipped kitchen, lockers and of course, the kick-ass jungle aura around!

The Jungle Hostel also has its footprints in Panjim, Anjuna and Palolem so if you’re planning on moving, just grab their shuttle and shift.

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If you’re planning a vacay with bae or are finally implementing the legendary Goa plan which has been under-process for a long time now, The Jungle Hostel is your haven.

The low costs, accessibility and vibes here are enough to pull you in and trust us, it’s gonna be a vacay worth every penny you spend.

Location: 486, Vagator Beach Road, Vagator, Goa

Goa is a tropical paradise, with a colourful, vibrant and fun vibe throughout. But for a lot of people Goa is much more than just crazy parties, beach, bonfires and cheap booze.

Goa for them stands for plush lounge chairs, big beach umbrellas, sunbathing, drinking by the poolside and simply having the time of our lives. Though a beach party is fun, nothing can beat the charm of lounging under the splendid Goan sun, in the comforts of a private gazebo on a warm morning.

And for those of you who like the taste of aged wine and appreciate finer things in life, The Park Resort in Calangute Goa is a perfect fit for your upcoming vacay.

For the Heart

Strategically located near the Calangute Beach in Goa, this resort appeals to those who are looking for a dose of luxury mixed with a hint of eccentricity. The interiors here are quirky and fun, and as soon as you step into the place an utter sense of leisure and a holiday laziness engulfs your senses to slow down your pace.

The wide open interiors, the vibrant colours, the beautiful rooms and the stunning property is just enough to tick all your luxury checklists and make for the perfect leisure vacation.

While the elegantly decorated rooms put you into a relaxed slumber, the private cabanas by the pool side make for the perfect sun-bathing and lounging spot. The entire hotel has a tropical-bohemian feel to it and you won't be able to resist the poolside drinks, the cool towels or the refreshing flower bath.

P.S. The ambience of the resort and the rooms make for wonderful Instagram pictures. Such that would instantly make your friends jealous of all the fun you've been having.

Love, Peace and something to eat!

The resort has two gem of places right inside the gargantuan complex- Love and Peace. While the former is an award-winning world cuisine restaurant, the latter is a bar perfect for catching a drink with bae, few shots with the pals or just savouring a glass of wine slowly and relishing some alone time.

The pristine white and purple restaurant opens directly onto the ravishing beach and serves delicious global cuisine. The food served here is delicious enough to mesmerise even the most staunch of epicures. We especially enjoyed the Sunday brunch and all the exclusive wine list the place offers.

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If you're looking for a place where you can kick-back, relax, have a lazy time and enjoy all the worldly pleasures, The Park Calangute is the place you need to be at. The bohemian resort is ideal for couples, solo travellers and even friend groups, the fact that the resort is right at the beach only adds to the charm of the place. We would highly recommend the place for all your leisure and tropical vacation needs.

Goa is a tourist hotspot and there's no denying it. The state is an amalgamation of everything we want when we're looking for a getaway. The pristine beaches, the lush natural beauty, the parties, the shacks and the booze come together to make Goa the most coveted tourist destination. So even if you're not the party type and are looking for a romantic getaway, Goa can be exactly what you've been looking for.

And Zif you're looking for the perfect place to hit the luxury getaway, staycation goals, there's no place better than The Park Hotel Baga River.

The Property & The Vibe

Nestled in a lush green lagoon near the Baga River, away from the bustle of city life, The Park is an adults only boutique hotel which is perfect for you staycation needs.

The stunning property is not only gorgeous to look at but gives out comfortable and inviting vibes. The luxurious rooms, the pool, the open cabanas, the tropical colours and the vibrance of the place puts a spell on you. As soon as you step into the elegant rooms and are graced by a welcome package of desserts and accoutrements, the mid settles itself to a calm serene pace.

The fact that the hotel is located away from all the bustle and the noise, makes it perfect for those who're looking for some alone time or even just a few calming hours to themselves.

We would highly recommend having a full breakfast buffet and sun bathing at the cabanas with a morning cocktail in hand. It is pure bliss.

Why The Park

If you have been looking for an escape away for the usual hustle bustle of everyday life and want to steal a few precious moments away from the world, this is the place where you need to be.

The in-house restaurants serve delicious tropical treats and you will not find a better way to spend your time or your money. The multi-cuisine setup is ideal for those who want to indulge in a delicious treat and enjoy a scenic view as well. The Poislider, a type of Goan bread stuffed with Goan chilli chicken and the Mutton Meatballs are a must try here. Pair these with a glass of basil blush and you have a combination you just cannot say no to.

The in-house restaurant opens straight into the lagoon and you can have the most romantic, river side lunch right at the hotel. How cool is that?!

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The Park Baga River is the ideal place for those who're looking for a little solace, some calm and a little bit of romance. The hotel, its vibrant colours, the decor and overall calm will put you in a state of utter peace while the lush greenery will have you relaxed and rejuvenated. The Park Baga River is great for those who're looking for some tranquility away from the regular bustle and yet enjoy the natural grandeur of Goa.

Make sure to drink in all the natural beauty and soak in all the Goa sunshine that you can.