The SpaceGoa was always known for its beaches. But today, its hinterland is equally well known amongst the discerning travelers.
Towards the south eastern side of Goa, is the district of Quepem. Home to the amazing wildlife in its now famous forests. Nestled in a valley surrounded by some of the most beautiful and pristinely preserved forests is the Sao Francisco Homestay.
The Sao Francisco estate made famous by its stand against illegal mining is one and a half kilometer away from the rest of the village. Amidst the traditional farms and tribal chants, this villa stands alone luxurious and opulent on the banks of a tributary of the famous Kushawati River. The Sao Francisco Homestay is a modern working organic farm and the permanent residence of Cheryl and Aki.
Two bedrooms, 60 sq. mt. each with attached 35 sq. mt. bathrooms are available for short term and long term stays. The kitchen is really large and well equipped and Rita, the Goan Chef, rules over this part of the house.
This homestay is a retreat for couples only, who like dogs! Guest AccessThe Sao Francisco Homestay is nestled in a valley surrounded by some of the most beautiful and pristinely preserved forests, it stands alone luxurious and opulent on the banks of a tributary of the famous Kushawati River. Guests are free to explore, roam and get lost in the sheer beauty of nature around the property. All common areas in the villa are accessible to the guest as well. Interaction with GuestsI live here and love meeting and interacting with people from all walks of life. Do join me for a hot cup of tea or a meal. The NeighborhoodSituated in a rustic village setting. Living here is you connecting with mother earth. No Malls, discotheques or other noisy activities surround you. smaller provision stores are available in the near vicinity. However if you do need your other touristy dose of Goa heres a small guide for you.
God was in a good mood when He created Goa. 33 major beaches and many more little ones with sands ranging from pale gold to silver white, all fringed with waving coconut palms and washed by the aquamarine waters of the Arabian Sea.
Sixteen rivers thread their silver route from the high hills of the Western Ghats and flow gently down to the sea, past quiet villages, many of which have not changed in beauty over the centuries.
The land rises from the fishing villages, to the towns. The local architecture is fascinating especially the traditional homes and shrines of all religions that have taken sustenance in this old, old land.
Goa has had long trysts with various rulers, from the Kadamba Kings, to the Vijayanagar empire, to the Sultans, to the Portuguese until the Liberation of this tiny state turned it into a part of India.
The Goan people perfected a way of life that is the envy of all. A slow steady contented quality referred to as sussegado. Goans developed a distinct culture of their own. Much like their world famous cuisine, they took the best of all their “visitors” and merged it with their own music, art, architecture, drama, literature, language, dress all stemming from a rich community agricultural heritage to create a unique Goan culture. Not Indian, not foreign, just Goan.
There is much to see and experience in Goa. And since ours is a small state, it is possible for visitors to explore Goa’s infinite variety – there are boat cruises with live entertainment that take you up the rivers through the backwaters and deep into the rich forested areas, the mines and spice gardens.
There are churches – some as old as five centuries; there are temples even older; there are not-to-be missed sanctuaries for birds and animals.
There are museums, art galleries, and water sports; and if you fancy some on-land speed – go-karting at Nuvem.
If it’s night life you want, you can go clubbing at the world famous night spots at Baga or Calangute a 45 minute drive away, visit the night markets, or just lie on the beach there and look at the fat harvest moon smiling down at you. Getting AroundI can arrange for Airport/Railway station pick up and drop off's if required at a surcharge. My home can also be reached by Taxi, Hired cars or bikes. Ample parking space is available at the premise. Other Things to NoteGoa is prone to frequent power cuts, especially in the villages. Please bear with us and sometimes do enjoy the cool breeze outside.