Featured: Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary clicked by CheersBye
Pristine beaches, beautiful churches and delicious Goan cuisine are what people look forward to whenever they trip to Goa. Cradled in the Sahayadri range in the Western Ghats, Goa offers innumerable picture-perfect locales and houses so many wildlife sanctuaries that one is sure to get mesmerised by its beauty.
Here are the best 5 lokaso tips that will help you experience Goa from a local’s perspective.
1. Natti’s Naturals, Anjuna
Lokaso Tip: “Go Organic. Don’t miss the Vegan Breakfast dessert with berries, nut milk and cashew cream here” – Rajat Kishore
Natti’s Naturals is a cute health cafe located on the way to Chapora Fort in Anjuna. Well known for the very delicious salad bowl, they also serve the best roasted pepper hummus and Chicken Schnitzel with Potato Salad, which are also people’s favourite. The menu incorporates superfoods, antioxidant rich foods, gluten free grains and ‘acai’ smoothies for every kind of diner.
2. D’Silva Fast Food Joint, Miramar
Lokaso Tip: “Crispy & Crunchy Goan Cutlet Pav from D’silvas priced at just Rs.60 is definitely worth every penny” – Picture by Rishiraj Mallick
Located near the small Miramar beach in Panjim, Mr. D’Silva’s is famous for its juicy and flavorful cutlet and choris pav. The aromatic cutlet breads have large rava-fried fillet of vinegar-tempered beef/chicken, marinated in Goan spice paste and cooked to perfection. Enough to say that it already made your mouth water, didn’t it? 😛
3. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Chorao
Lokaso Tip: “The best place if you want to see some beautiful and rare species of birds which migrate to Goa for warmer climates” – Marlon Moraes
At at the western tip of the Chorao Island lies an an estuarine mangrove habitat which was named after Salim Ali, the eminent Indian ornithologist. Various rare species of birds can be spotted from the tower deck or while taking a birding trek around the place. To reach the island of Chorao, one will need to take the Ferry from Ribandar Jetty to cross the River Mandovi.
4. Old Latin Quarters, Fontainhas
Lokaso Tip: “Old Latin Quarters with strong Portuguese influence, old villas, winding streets and beautiful coloured buildings that date back to several centuries” – Abha Saxena
Fontainhas is the Heritage Quarter of Panjim with winding alleyways that are adorned by tile-roofed houses in spectacular shades of blue and reds. It’s not only known for its rich Portuguese-styled architecture, but also for its beautiful surroundings like Rua De Ourem Creek and 400 yrs old Patto Bridge.
5. Keri (Querim) Beach
Lokaso Tip: “One of the most beautiful beaches that is also very calm and less croweded” – Vijay Upadhyay
Located at a distance of 30 kilometres from Mapusa, the Querim beach is a sunny haven of sand, sea and serenity in the northern part of Goa. One can see the beautiful Tirakol fort across the riverbanks. Caution should be taken while swimming here as the waters near the mouth of the Tiracol estuary is not said to be safe.
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