The Garça Branca - Goa's favourite Bed and Breakfast Inn

The Garça Branca

Hse.#934 Vanxem on Hwy.17B
Loutulim, Salcette, Goa
India 403 718

Phone: 91.832.277.7064
Mobile: 91.98.2258.4861
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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).

map-indiaA tiny state at 136km by 50 km, Goa is endowed with endless beaches, picturesque mountains and greenery, fertile lowlands and a tropical climate that make it one of the most popular destinations in India.

The Economy

While there is a growing manufacturing sector and tourism (including Calangute, Anjuna and Colva Beaches), its chief products are rice, cashew nuts and coconuts.

The languages spoken there are Portuguese, English, Marathi, and Konkani, a dialect.

With a population of approximately 1.35 million, 60% follow the Hindu religion, 35% are Roman Catholic, reflective of its Portuguese colonial legacy, and rest are Muslim.

It’s History

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.

After India attained independence in 1947, it demanded that Portugal cede Goa. Indian troops finally occupied Goa in 1961; it was incorporated into India in 1962 as part of the territory of Goa, Daman, and Diu.  Goa became a state in 1987 and kept Panaji (formerly Panjim) as its capital.

Loutolim

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 very popular tourist attraction of Big Foot http://www.ancestralgoa.com houses an exhibition of Ancestral Goa http://www.ancestralgoa.com in miniature. Additionally, the palatial and heritage houses of “Figueiredo” and “Miranda” (circa 1400s) http://www.archgoa.org/miranda/main.htm and the oldest chapel in South Goa (circa 1567) are all here and next door to the Garça Branca Bed & Breakfast [view village map] .

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.

 

 
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