Goa: India’s West Coast Gem
Goa, a state in south western India is located on the Malabar Coast of the Arabian Sea [map of Goa], and about a 1 hour flight from Mumbai (formerly Bombay).
While there is a growing manufacturing sector and tourism (including Calangute, Anjuna and Colva Beaches), its chief products are rice, cashew nuts and coconuts.
Ruled by Hindu dynasties until 1472, it became a Portuguese colony at the hand of Afonso de Albuquerque in 1510. Old Goa, the original capital, was a prosperous port city in the late 16th cent. A cathedral, churches, and several palaces survive from this period. The most notable structure is the Church of Bom Jesus [view photo], with its tomb of St. Francis Xavier, who did missionary work in the region (1542–52). In 1842, Panjim was built to replace Old Goa as capital.
Loutolim is situated on the left bank of the river Zuari, 8 kms north of the City of Margao, 4 kms south of the City of Ponda and from 6 kms to 12 kms east of the endless white sand beaches of Cansaulim, Majorda, Colva and Benaulim. It is often described as the prettiest village in Goa, with many delightfully attractive and well-preserved homes dating back to the heyday of the Portuguese empire, highlighted by Goan touches of ochre and pink. [map of Goa]
The Garça Branca Bed & Breakfast itself is set in the midst of The Garça Branca Botanical Garden. A lush Garden of Eden, brimming with the goodness of nature, amidst great peace and tranquility. http://www.garcabranca.com/the-botanical-garden
Loutolim is situated on many bus routes and is well serviced by taxis, motorcycles, rickshaws and trucks.