We took an Easter break in Goa - a beautiful
part of India and a deliciously hot escape from the April showers in
We hired a nippy Honda 125 bike and travelled around Goa, from the lush
banana and spice plantations to the miles of deserted golden beaches.
Goa is the travellers' paradise - lovely friendly locals, fantastic
low priced food, hot hot sun, golden sand and blue clear seas...
New Age Places - Goa pictures (2)
Colourful temple in Goa
Flower seller outside the temple
Preparations for a procession from
the local Goan temple
Processional cart is nearly
ready to go.
Marigold flower garlands are
sold near the temples to be
used in worship as an offering
to the deity.
Near to the temple they are busy
making sweets for use by worshippers
as offerings to the gods.
vegetable and fruit market
Lamani woman from Karnataka. Dressed in a traditional tribal outfit.
The markets in Goa go on
through the evening
Goa is covered with beautiful shady, palm trees - the coconut palm
is used in drinks, cooking, soap and cosmetics. The fragrant oil
always reminds me of holidays.
The husk, coir, is made into rope, the palm tree trunks are used
in building and the leaves are plaited to make roofing. The sap
makes a fierce local liquor called feni - if you're lucky you should
see the amazing skill of the locals climbing up to the top of these
tall trees to extract the potent juice.
The Cashew trees also yield a yellow fruit which is used to make
the pricier 'cashew feni' - it resembles tequila in taste, the resulting
hangover is as rough as the drink!
Red hot chillies at the local Goa
I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts
Local town in Goa
Only mad dogs and Englishmen go
out in the midday Goa sun