GOA & KARNATAKA: LOCATIONS, ACCOMMODATIONS & ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES
The location we have chosen for the workshop in Goa is in Colomb, right between the 2 better known beaches, Palolem and Patnem.
One of the reasons Goa is so charming is that they are not permitted to build permanent structures close to the beach, and they get dismantled every year for the monsoon season (May until October). The resultant "beach-huts" range between super cheap and simple to blissful and beautiful, and completely luxurious in a rustic kind of way. However very close to the workshop venue is the only 5-Star hotel on that coast-line, the Intercontinental.
Because of the great variance in our attendees' needs, expectations and financial situations, we have scouted out several different accommodation options.
*** There is also a wonderful school at Bhakti Kutir, for anyone wishing to bring their children. Please contact the hotel directly for details on the costs, etc.
These hotel is always fully booked, so we highly recommend that you book immediately if you would like to stay here.
We have tailored this trip so there is plenty of free time for relaxation, contemplation and personal exploration. Besides what we offer in the packages, there are several other reasonably priced side trips available for those seeking more activities during their time in Goa, especially if people decide to arrive early or plan to spend extra time at the end of the workshop.
The Churches of Old Goa - If you are an architectural/history buff it is just over an hour car drive from Palolem to view these beautiful old colonial era Portuguese churches.
Cabo de Rama Fort- An old Portuguese fortress, well worth an afternoon's visit. About 15km from Palolem.
Turtle Beach - About a 15 minute drive south of Palolem is this exquisite pristine white sand beach, beautifully preserved because of the rare turtles nesting there. There are a couple of fabulous, cheap beach restaurants and very few people. Another lovely spot to spend an afternoon.
An added bonus in this particular area of India are the Ayurvedic treatments available, and there is an excellent center in Bhakti Khutir. This is a sample of the treatments they currently offer, although prices (and exchange rates!) are subject to change.
Our hotel and workshop venue in Karnataka is Gowri Resort. Another simple but delightful hotel, owned locally and built out of local materials.
The main highlights in this area are the Ancient City and the Magical Kingdom, which we will be exploring as a group. There will also be some free time for shopping and hiking.