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Typical Dormhouse
Typical Dormhouse

Departure Between: / - /
Board Basis: BB
No of Nights: 14
Flying From: London, Manchester and Birmingham
Prices From: £ 399

Hotel Details

Hotel : Dormhouse accommodation
Hotel Rating : 1*

The Goan Dormhouse is the cheapest and most basic type of accommodation in the whole of India. It's ideal for people who might normally enjoy sleeping on the beach but who just need some sort of base.

The Dormhouse consists of separate male and female dormitory-style accommodation with up to twenty people sleeping on mattresses. The toilets are "Indian style". Obviously staying in this type of dormitory accommodation we recommend you take your belongings with you each day since there is no form of security and no cupboards in which to store your belongings and, due to climate conditions, the windows are normally left open day and night.

A transfer can be provided upon arrival, which will cost £10 each way and will have to be paid locally to our agent. Dormhouse accommodation cannot be taken in association with any tour and will not be visited by a holiday Representative.

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Resort Information

Resort : Calangute Beach

Description: Calangute Beach has become nearly as popular and busy with holidaymakers as Baga, with miles and miles of sandy beach but with fewer coconut trees.

Walking along the beach you reach a busier section by some big, wide steps which lead to the souvenir shops and iced beer stands near the Calangute roundabout. As you continue past the steps in the direction of Candolim, it becomes more quiet and relaxing.

Candolim Beach is the longest part of this northern stretch and is quieter than Calangute but still is getting busier every year. At this point the beach is as deep as a football pitch, and the beach bars and shacks are set back on the sand dunes. The shacks here have become more sophisticated, each trying to outdo the other with a more interesting design. One of the most innovative has to be Stringfellos which is designed like watchtowers with seating on several levels and is a great place to watch the world go by whilst enjoying the late afternoon breeze.

Amidst the sunbeds and beach shacks the fishing community have their huts on the beach and still fish as they have always done, most locals eating fish curry and rice on a daily basis. The only difference from their Grandfather’s day is the fact that they have an outboard motor on the back of their ancient craft!

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Date Travelled : February 2006


Review Title : The Beaches of Goa Your Rating 5 Stars. Made By David on 23/12/2006
The Indian state of Goa has become a firm favourite with UK holidaymakers in recent years, particularly for its stunning beaches, dramatic architecture and carefree spirit.

Located on the country's south west coast, it is synonymous with partying and beach holidays, but also has an array of other sights and experiences for travellers. Portuguese traders first landed on the shores of Goa in the 1500s and the area existed as a Portuguese colony for centuries, until it was annexed as part of India in 1961.

Goa has more than 20 delightful stretches of white sand beach down its 101km long coastline, some of which are crowded year round with holidaymakers, while others present secluded palm-fringed paradises for those seeking a quieter break. Every type of traveller and size of wallet is catered for and accommodation along the coast ranges from five star hotels to palm-leaf shacks. Goa is now India's richest state and has seen a huge influx from neighbouring areas in recent years.

Calangute and Baga in northern Goa are heavily developed resorts and full of the usual tourist amenities, the south offers simpler and more peaceful resorts like Colva and Benaulim, while partygoers head to Anjuna, Vagator, and Chapora.

Goa was famous as the hangout for hippy travellers and the psychedelic generation during the 1960s and 1970s and it still attracts similar visitors as well as more conventional tourists, luxury travellers and backpackers, and there are a number of popular yoga resorts in the north of the state.

The Portuguese influence is widespread and food in Goa is a delicious blend of meat and fish cooked with Indian spices in a way unique to the region. Alcohol is freely available in the state and Goa produces large quantities of rice and coconuts, which feature in many of the dishes.

The ruins of the former Portuguese capital at Old Goa are a key tourist attraction, with an exotic mix of European and Indian architecture and a number of quaint churches and cathedrals. The influence of early Portuguese merchants can also be seen at the ruins of Fort Aguada in north Goa and the Bom Jesus Basilica, which houses the mortal remains of St Francis Xavier.

Goa has a number of charming market towns, as well as the bustling state capital Panaji. Vasco-de-Gama, the largest town in the state, has some interesting colonial and native architecture, while the town of Anjuna has a popular weekly flea market. Other towns of interest include Margao, Marmagao, and Mapusa. The state is dotted with ornate and colourful Hindu temples and holds a number of lavish annual Hindu and Christian celebrations.

As India's smallest state, Goa represents a manageable slice of the vast country and has just 1.4 million inhabitants. Inland visitors can walk in the Western Ghats range of mountains, a world biodiversity hotspot, visit numerous estuaries and river valleys, and a number of small islands. Its tropical jungles in the east of the state are home to bright birds, wild boars and the region has a large snake population. The Salim Ali Bird sanctuary is particularly interesting, with its exotic mynas and parrots.

Visitors to Goa generally arrive by air or travel to the state from the Indian capital Mumbai. The Konkan Railway line, built during the 1990s, runs parallel to the coast between Mumbai and Goa. Once in the state, public transport largely consists of buses, unmetered taxis, auto rickshaws and the state's unique yellow-and-black motorcycle taxis.

Goa's official language is Konkani, but many Indians speak English and travellers will not struggle to get around the more heavily populated areas. The country has a warm and humid climate for most of the year, with temperatures hottest in May and a cooler spell between December and February. The annual monsoon season starts in early June and runs to late September.


Date Travelled : Dec 1998


Review Title : Great Goa Your Rating 5 Stars. Made By Gordon on 10/09/2007
This was a great holiday go on the tours see the whole of Goa get a suit and more from Mujipe down by the beach just wonderful,
The food was a litle different - Don't expect fillet of chicken in your curry dishes as they use the whole bird - even the shacks on the beach sell great food
Top stars all round


Date Travelled : 23/02/2008


Review Title : goa calangute Your Rating 5 Stars. Made By Sachin Radia on 11/05/2008
The holiday was a great experience. We stayed in the braganza for 2 weeks in the c block rooms. Had ceiling fans and a great large size family rooms. The staff are excellent and there are taxi drivers outside the hotel to take you wherever you want. Market down the road is great, but advisable to bargain. baga beach is where its all happening but for a bit of peace and quiet calangute beach is ok. The hotel has 2 pools and is clean. The bar shuts around 11pm. Has live entertainment some nights. People are friendly but the traffic is hectic!!! Lots of culture great experience.


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