The Sandy Shores

The Sandy Shores

Near Panjim

A typical Goan Casa by the river
Starts from ₹5200/ Day

Goa in India is the other synonym for endless trance parties, golden-sand beaches, carnivals and every one of ours most sorted party destinations with endless boozing.
Apart from Sun, Sand and seafood, the other side of Goa has a lot to offer. With its laid back vibe, Portuguese and hippie culture, Goa is like a tranquil escape from our conventional life.
Towards, North of Goa away from the tempting beaches and ever it’s ever increasing tourist crowd there is a typical Goan Casa called the ‘Sandy Shores’ Homestay.
Located in the proximity to Panjim, the capital of Goa, the ‘Sandy Shores’’ describes the other side of Goa to you. Nestled in the midst of Olaulim River, the ‘Sandy Shore’ is away from the hustle and bustle of Goa.
With a large open area, a beautiful water body outside the property, a swimming pool and rustic cottages nestled in the lapse of nature, you are welcomed to the other side of Goa that is quaint and enthralling at the same time. The Homestay is quaint and secluded from Goa’s tourist destinations making it one of the best Homestays in Goa.

When you enter the property, you are welcomed by a large open area full of fruit trees and palm trees echoing with the beautiful chirping of birds, sitting area for you to relax and laze around and a swimming pool. Outside the property, is a water body where you can enjoy various water sports.
‘The Sandy Shore’ is a 5 cottage property. All the cottages are at different levels of the foliage in the backyard. The rooms are rustic, made of locally available elements like bamboo, local stone, coconut wood and palm leaves.
Each of the cottages has a different name with a special significance.
The first cottage is called “Sunbird Cottage”. Large enough for a family of three, this cottage is built by the edge of the paddy field. Comprising of a four poster bed, antique furniture and a total wow factor added by the sit-out in front, overlooking the paddies and the river, you will be definitely mesmerized by the interiors of the cottage.
The second cottage is named “Hornbill Cottage”. The cottage is comfortable and roomy enough for a family with two children. It is built partly in the rock on the slope and has a king-size double bed and a loft in the rock for children to sleep on . To add to the pleasures of the sit-out, there is an expansive balcony opening out to a panoramic view of the coconut grove. The wooden interiors with a rustic essence will fill your exhausted soul with stillness and tranquility.
The third cottage is named “Golden Oriole Cottage”. This cottage is a bit smaller in size and perfect for a couple. Honeymoons, romantic weekends, you name it. The large windows overlook the swimming pool and the lake. There is an outdoor staircase down to the toilet below. It is situated on a highest level and the walk up from the pool to the cottage will surely keep you fit.
The fourth cottage is named “Indian Pitta Cottage” which is built with rammed earth. It has a Spacious room with twin bed and two extra beds, Sit­out facing the fields and lake. The room is Roomy and earthy with small garden in the bathroom.
The newly built fifth room is named “Paradise fly capture” which is equally rustic surrounded by the lush green trees where the essence of purity rejuvenates your body with freshness. The cottage is enough for a couple to spend some quality time in the midst of nature.
With such wilderness and greenery around the cottages, it will fill your mind with ecstasy.
The bathrooms of all the cottages are tropical style with an open roof to invite sunlight and offering a vista painted by the Goan sky and towering trees. All the rooms have a safe and a tea/coffee maker.
All the rooms are constructed keeping in mind your privacy. Each cottage is 10-15 meters away from other cottages. Since, the cottages are in the midst of greenery, the rooms do not require an A.C. The wooden architecture and large windows are enough to keep the rooms all air-cooled, allowing you to spend few days in complete harmony with nature.

Food is the next thing that makes a vacation memorable and ‘Sandy Shores’ is the best destination for experiencing the best food in Goa. The cuisines at this Homestay are predominantly Goan with its fascinating siesta-inducing flavors.
Their backyard is embellished with papaya, banana, chikoo, pomegranate, lime, pomelo, custard apple and cashew. And not to forget the delicious Goan mango in the months of April and May, when also freshly roasted cashew nuts, which have a flavor apart, add to the culinary experience.
Start your day with their refreshing complimentary breakfast which has fruits or fruit juices, Goan bread with homemade jam, eggs, poha etc served by the poolside.
In the lunch and dinner they have vegetarian and non- vegetarian cuisines most of which are Goan cuisines like Goan fish curry, Goan Prawn curry, Bebinca and Goan sausages etc.
Hence, living few days at seaside eating the fresh fruits and organic food, enjoying the scrumptious seafood freshly sourced from their nearby Olaulim River are few out of many things you can enjoy at the ‘Sandy Shores’.

The mix of thin air, beautiful riverside and laid-back fireside chats with family and friends are what you’ll enjoy the most at the ‘Sandy Shores’.
Apart from lazing around and reading the book you longed to read during hushed afternoons while lying in the hammock , there is no shortage of adventure, savage beauty, and diverse geological features at the ‘Sandy Shores’.
The water body in front of the property offers a splendid chance to try out the in-house inventory of canoes/kayaks and a rowing boat or just swim in the river. Interesting, isn’t it?
You can even go for a cycle ride to for the nearby village walk. The village and beyond, are considerably quiet due to negligible traffic and very conducive to exploratory cycling. Not only do you get a dose of aerobic exercise, it’s also a wonderful opportunity to watch life go by in a typical Goan village.
During your village walk, you can walk along the interesting small roads around the village and see the beautiful houses on the way or you can venture out to the nature around on narrow paths. There’s a big hill close by from where you get a beautiful view and, especially during the monsoon.
And if you have a love for birding then you will be able to easily spot birds like Golden Oriole, Lapwing, Durango, and several species of Sunbird, Kingfisher and the amazing Hornbill.
Along with these outdoor activities the property, you can also visit beaches of Baga, Calangute, Candolim, Anjuna, Vagator which are about half hour’s drive from the property. Mapusa, the main market town of Goa is about seven km and Bicholim town with its earthen pottery is about nine km from the ‘Sandy Shores’.
After the adventures, enjoy a peaceful evening near the poolside, relaxing and enjoying the beauty of evening.
Their pets including three dogs, a cat, a donkey and two little goats also welcome you with their friendly and welcoming vibes.
The Flea Market in Anjuna is also a good option if you are into shopping. The market is held weekly on Wednesday and the first market starts sometime in November up to April. There are also the Arpora Night Markets which are in interesting blend of Music, Dance, Shopping Food and Cocktails.
Hence while spending few days at this Homestay of Goa you will be soothed and healed by nature where your days will flow like a sheer poetry.

‘The Sandy Shores’ Homestay is just half hour drive from Panjim, Goa. The drive is picturesque with winding roads past little hamlets, Mandovi river , with a first right past Casa Britona, past Salvador de Mundo church, Exoshim and Pomburpa famous for its natural freshwater springs and the famous Salim Ali bird sanctuary in the village of Chorao opposite the river. Dabolim Airport is 42 km away while Thivim and Karmali Railway stations are equal distance of 20 km. And if you want someone to pick you up at the Airport, they also provide a pick up facility for their guests.

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