For me, it was a real treat just lying on the deck, reading a book, soaking up some sun during the day and star-gazing at nights. From what I saw online, I had finalized the place mainly because of these reasons:
- An entire place to us.
- A wooden deck with the river flowing behind it. Now how does one refuse that?
- It looked great + serene in the pictures, which can be misleading at times, but sometimes worth the risk.
- My friends were too lazy to look for something else, so they gave in and agreed on it.
The 1st trip to Goa, and the most-awaited, had to be special. When it came to booking the accommodation, I thought of trying AirBnb. While browsing the options, we chanced upon this furnished villa for 6 people with 3 bedrooms, bathrooms, a living room, kitchen and an open deck over the backwaters, complete with a garden on the front. What else can you ask for! It was a perfect fit for us, being a group of 6.
Though we had our doubts until last moment on how the villa would be, each one of us was astonished when we were finally there. Even though they had guests ready to leave just when we arrived, the caretaker had cleaned the place and arranged everything to the last detail, right from the soap-cases in bathrooms to lamp-shades in bedrooms and coffee-mugs in the kitchen. All in all, it exceeded my expectations and I absolutely wouldn’t mind staying there on my next visit in a group.
Located in the quiet lanes of Mapusa in north Goa, it comes at just Rs. 1,000 per day per head in the peak season of December. The rates may fluctuate depending on what time of the year you visit. You may get even a better deal in summer or monsoon.
We had taken the train from Delhi to Goa and got down at Thivim railway station. There are two caretakers at the Villa – a woman who keeps the house clean and organised, and her brother who is into repair/mechanical work. He helped us over the call on how to reach the place, and talked to the auto-wallahs for directions/fare. It takes about half an hour to reach at Rs.200 per Auto Rickshaw.
The 2nd half of the day was spent relaxing, eating, drinking, renting bikes, exploring the area and visiting the nearest beach. You can walk out of the lane and take the local bus going towards the nearest market that has a few food-joints and a lot of bike rentals. For the rest of the days, we followed the most basic North Goa itinerary; mainly because all of us were first-timers and most people (4 out of 6) didn’t want to experiment.
Here are the pros and cons after living there for 4 days:
- Hygienic. The rooms and bathrooms are cleaned every day.
- Calm & isolated, yet not too far from North Goa.
- Pocket-friendly. Value for money.
- Responsible & helpful caretaker. The owner can also be reached on phone.
- Fully furnished. You can cook yourself if you feel like.
- Perfect for a group of 5-8 people.
- Extremely loud music can cause a problem to the neighbors.
- Have to commute about 10-15 kilometers to visit beaches/markets. About 50 kilometers for the airport.
- No Wi-Fi/Internet.
If these three things are immaterial to you, as they were for us, I would highly recommend staying here on your next visit.
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