9 Reasons Why Cochichos Resort is the Best Place to Stay in Goa

9 Reasons Why Cochichos Resort is the Best Place to Stay in Goa

9 Reasons Why Cochichos Resort is the Best Place to Stay in Goa

After visiting Goa at least ten times, I have come to realize that Vagator is my favorite place to stay. While it’s far from North Goa’s most crowded beaches, it’s sufficiently close to good beaches, forts and some of the best beach bars and parties.

Oh and the best part is that its inner lanes are adequately far from the noisy areas. Tucked in one of those inner lanes is a little paradise which you can call “home away from home” – it’s Cochichos Resort, Vagator.  (Click HERE to book) In my experience, this place is the best place to stay in Goa. Here’s why:

01| Location

Vagator is in North part of Goa. Although North Goa is infamous for its crowded beaches, Vagator is one of the emptier beaches. Vagator and beyond has some of the best beaches of North Goa.

Cochichos Resort is in one of the quieter areas of Vagator and is just a two minutes’ walk away from the beach. Places such as 9 Bar, Chronicle, Thalassa, etc., are all walking distance from this resort. Also, you will find a few grocery shops, massage salons, family run restaurants, handmade apparel shops as you walk from Cochichos to the beach.

Moreover, if you want to explore further, this resort is close to the famous Chapora fort, which offers stunning sunset views of the nearby Siolem river and Vagator beach. Yup, Vagator is one of my favorite backpacker beaches of Goa.

 

2| The garden area

Cochichos Resort Garden

Cochichos Resort Garden

We fell in love at the first sight with this place because there is a well-kept garden at the entry area. This garden is spacious and has many flowers. This garden stretches on till outside of the rooms. There is ample parking space next to the garden.

3| The Room and the toilet

Cochichos Resort Room and Toilet

Cochichos Resort Room and Toilet

All the rooms looked exactly the same from outside but we saw the inside of only our own. Each room has a little area outside the main door which is perfect for sitting. Our room was spacious, airy and had a high ceiling. The toilet was spotless with white tiles and modern bath fittings.

4| Sleep Quality

According to us, the BEST thing about Cochichos Resort is the sleep quality that it offers. The mattress, blankets and the pillows were so soft that we literally felt we were sleeping on a cloud. San asked me to ask the owner where they get their pillows from, so that we can order the same!  Haha. Moreover, the inside area of this resort is silent and peaceful. Also, the fact it’s away from Vagator’s noisy area helps.

Read: Goa Flea Markets – 7 Colorful Goan Bazaars That You Shouldn’t Miss

5| Amenities

At Cochichos Resort, we did not need to unpack our toiletries because they provided everything. I was very happy to see a hair dryer in the room. Our room also had an ironing board and a little fridge. Our fridge was a blessing in Goa’s heat because we always had cold water! Oh and we also had a TV in our room which we never used. The WiFi was free and the speed was good enough for me to do a little bit of blogging.

6| Pool Bar and Area

Pool Bar at Cochichos Resort, Vagator, Goa

Pool Bar at Cochichos Resort, Vagator, Goa

Normally we NEVER spend time in a pool when we’re near a beach but we couldn’t resist when we noticed their pool bar. The bar stools were inside the pool! Just look at this – I’m chilling like a boss.

7| Restaurant

Cochichos Resort has a small restaurant near the entry area which is in a hut or a shack style. The food here is simple and delicious. You will love eating your breakfasts here.

8| Service

The service here was exceptional and quick. We never had to wait for anything here, even at odd hours. Our rooms were meticulously cleaned every day and the staff members were usually smiling – starting from the guard at the entrance to the pretty lady at the reception desk.

Read: Goa Travel Guide + 5 Travel Articles about Goa

9| Price

By now you must be thinking that this place costs a bomb? WRONG! Their cost for a double bedroom with breakfast is between INR 2000 – 3000 (USD 32 – 39) when the season is low and INR 3000 to 4000 (USD 47 – 66) when the season is high. Oh and their peak season pricing is INR 6000 – 7000 (around USD 100 – 110)  because their rooms sell out VERY FAST. Seriously, this cost is a steal considering the comfort, location and the amenities. Click HERE to see the latest price list.

Disclaimer: a big thanks to the staff of Cochichos Resort for a complimentary stay. As usual, all views in this article are mine.

 

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Pool Bar at Cochichos Resort, Vagator, Goa (India)

Pool Bar at Cochichos Resort, Vagator, Goa (India)

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11 Reasons Why I love Goa and Keep Going Back

11 Reasons Why I love Goa and Keep Going Back

Goa is perhaps India’s most popular destination. It is known for its massive beaches and a unique culture that’s a mix of Indian and Portuguese.  It is not a city but is a state (or a province) that’s divided in many zones.

I have lost count of the number of times I have visited this glorious state – but I do know that number is in double digits by now. Many ask me why I love Goa and keep revisiting it instead of exploring new places – well, here’s my answer:

 

1) Goa’s Beaches are Spectacular

Sunset - Morjim Beach, Goa

Sunset – Morjim Beach, Goa

Goa has some of the most spectacular beaches in the world that are perfectly crescent shaped, fringed with palm trees and are dotted with beach huts. Most of these beaches have reddish sand, some have soft white sand, many have strange rocks formations, some have hills all around and a few of them have lagoons too!

With 300 KMs of coastline, Goa offers something for everyone. If you’re visiting Goa, I would suggest you to stay away from the overly crowded Calangute – Baga – Candolim stretch. If you’re visiting, then be sure to read my detailed guide about the beaches of North Goa.

2) Goa has many hidden spots: Secret Lagoons, Lakes, Waterfalls and Coves

Secret Lake in Goa

Secret Lake in Goa

You think Goa is full? Well, maybe you’re visiting the wrong area! No matter how touristy Goa gets, there are always some hidden spots that can be found if you try hard enough. There are a few secret lakes, lagoons, waterfalls and secluded beaches that no one will tell you about.

There’s ALWAYS something new to discover because Goa is massive. Here’s a travel guide to dudhsagar falls, goa – which you should definitely consider visiting. Wanna know more about the hidden spots? Subscribe!

3) Goan Food is Delicious

Goan Food - Crab Curry

Goan Food – Crab Curry

Goa was once a Portuguese colony and the influences can be found in their food. With a mix of tamarind, coconut, curry leaves, mustard and magic, Goans definitely know how to ROCK their curries. Goa’s Xacuti, Balchao, Cafreal, Vindaloo are perhaps some of the best curries in India.

You can not only find plenty of fresh seafood but also real beef steaks – which are rare in India. Moreover, Goa has some amazing places for European food. Seriously, I have never had a bad meal in Goa!

4) Goa Has Amazing Shacks (Beach Bars and Restaurants)

A Shack in Goa - Arambol Beach

A Shack in Goa – Arambol Beach

Most of the beaches in Goa are dotted with sea facing shacks that are typically run by local Goan families. It’s easy to spend almost an entire day sitting on beach beds of these shacks gazing at the sea. Almost all of these shacks have a beach bar where you can order from a range of International drinks to Goa’s local brews. Many of these shacks offer affordable accommodation options.

Some of the most famous shacks are Curlies in Anjuna, Pink Orange in Ashwem, Morning Star in Arambol, Om Shanti in Patnem and Blue Corner in Benaulim. In my opinion, Goa has some of the best beach bars and shacks in the world.

Shacks in Goa - Why I love Goa by Drifter Planet

Shacks in Goa – Why I love Goa by Drifter Planet

5) King’s Beer – Goa’s Local Brew

King’s beer is Goa’s local brew – it is amazing and is only available here and in Mumbai.  For INR 35 (close to half a dollar) for a pint, it is also cheaper than the other beers.

Somehow, inflation has had hardly any effect on the price of this beer because the first time I had it in 2004, it was for INR 25. When I’m in Goa, I don’t ever look at any other beer except King’s.  It is packaged in a cute little dark bottle that’s short and fat.

2022 Edit: King’s beer is still in Goa with a new packaging and name. The name is “Königs”, which means King’s in German.

6) Goa’s Underground Party Scene is the Best

Parties in Goa in Why I love Goa by DrifterPlanet.com

A Psytrance Party in Hilltop Goa – Why I love Goa

When it comes to parties, nothing can beat the old school psychedelic trance gatherings of Goa.

Back in the 1960s, many hippies arrived in Goa and it became their permanent residence. It led to the birth of “Goa Trance” genre which further ushered in a different style of parties with a strong presence of visual aspect that utilizes UV paint and decoration that now happen all over the world.

In Goa, some of the best parties are underground and invitations are only by word of mouth for the “insiders”. If you’re lucky enough to find one, you will remember the experience for the rest of your life!  Alternatively, you can also visit Hilltop in Vagator for a kickass party or Palolem for a silent headphone party.

7) Local Goans are Happy and Beautiful 

A Local Goan Family back in 2004

A Local Goan Family back in 2004

Goans are very peaceful, easygoing and laidback. Usually smiling, they are extremely polite and trustworthy. Apart from the local Konkani people, many other people from all over the world call Goa their home.

First the hippies and then the backpackers – many visited this glorious destination and did not leave. For many, the hippie trail ended here and it became their permanent residence. They have collectively formed a culture that is a blend of East and West.

8) Goa is Truly a Tropical Paradise

Free spice plantation tour at Dudhsagar Plantation Goa

Spice Plantation at Dudhsagar Plantation Goa

Most people just end up visiting Goa’s beaches but the true beauty lies in the forest area. 

Goa’s landscape is hilly and it mostly covered with trees. There are banana trees, papaya trees, jackfruit trees, rice plantation, spice plantation and a lot of other interesting flora.

If you want to explore Goa beyond the beaches, then I’d like to tell you that Goa has a lot of waterfalls. I don’t want to mention most of them here but one of the most popular and beautiful one is Dudhsagar Waterfall. 

9) Goa is Safe and Peaceful

Goan Roads by Drifter Planet

Goa is safe for women!

While India is famous for its many scams, things are completely different in Goa. Apart from a few isolated incidents, communal violence and crimes against women have been nearly non-existent and Goa is regarded as one of the most peaceful states in India.

Back in 2009 on my solo visit to Goa, I dropped my wallet on the road and I got it back within one hour without anything missing. Once I left my smart phone in a shop in Arambol and I got it back. Goa is one of those rare places in India where I feel safe walking alone on the street at night wearing shorts.

10) Stunning Architecture – Old Churches, Abandoned Forts and Portuguese Houses

A Church in Old Goa

A Church in Old Goa

I love admiring architectural wonders and Goa is a treat for my eyes with its many Churches, Forts and old school Portuguese houses. Some of the most famous churches are the Basilica of Bom Jesus (1605), Se Cathedral (1619), Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception (1541) or in fact, Old Goa is full of them where a lot of churches were built during Portuguese rule. Some of my favorite forts are Chapora Fort, Fort Aguada and Cabo de Rama – they all are fun to explore and overlook beaches.

11) Goa is awesome for Shopping

Arambol's Shopping Street

Arambol’s Shopping Street

Here’s the thing – I don’t like to spend money. I usually avoid shopping because I travel on a low budget.  I have many things in my room that are more than a decade old and some of them are from Goa. It’s difficult to resist the urge to buy colorful clothes, lamps, tribal jewelry, UV bedsheets, elf dresses from Goa’s street shops.

Some of the most famous places for shopping in Goa are Anjuna flea market, Arambol’s street shops and Arpora’s night bazaar. FYI – I have lived in Goa for a few months and visited many markets. I also wrote a detailed post about the flea markets in Goa.

Due to Portuguese rule which isolated it from the rest of India for 451 years, Goa is different from the rest of India. In my opinion, there is no place like Goa in the entire world. If you have visited Goa, then do leave a comment to let me know what you LOVE about this place.

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Where to next?

Hampi in Karnataka can be easily reached from Goa by catching an overnight bus or an early morning train.

 

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Goan Prawn Curry Recipe

Goan Prawn Curry Recipe

Goan Prawn Curry Recipe

My first visit to Goa was in 2004 and little did I know that I would end up visiting it almost every year. Well, what can I say, there’s something about that place which keeps pulling me back.

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For me, Goa has given me a “first” for many experiences – my first beach destination, my first solo traveling experience and my first psychedelic trance culture (yes, back in 2004, Goa’s underground trance scene was so much better than what it is today) and not to mention – my first experience of eating FRESH SEAFOOD.

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After many hit and trial sessions and watching multiple Youtube videos, I can proudly state that I can make a drool-worthy plate of Goan Prawn Curry. You can totally replace the prawns with fish and follow the same recipe.

 

Goan prawn curryIngredients

  • Fresh Prawn / Shrimp (deveined) – 500 gms (sliced)
  • Thick coconut milk – 400 ml
  • Chopped Onions – 2 medium
  • Chopped tomato – 2 small
  • Ginger garlic paste – 2 spoons
  • Dry Red Chillies – 4
  • Kashmiri chili powder – 3 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
  • Tamarind pulp
  • Curry leaves – 2 strings
  • Mustard Seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Cumin Seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Fenugreek seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Musturd Oil or Vegetable Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Mango – 2 slices (no need to look for raw)

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Method:

  • Wash and soak tamarind in 1/4 cup of warm water and keep aside.
  • Wash prawns or fish and put small cubes of two to three slices of mango pulp (if you can’t find mangoes, then put 2 spoons of vinegar), salt, turmeric and red chili powder. Make sure you mix everything with your hands while gently mashing the mango pulp. Keep this aside for 30-60 minutes.
  • Take a pan or a kadai, add mustard oil and let the oil heat up. I usually add one mustard seed to check the oil temperature. If it pops, then its perfect! Don’t let the oil get smokey, else you may end up burning your masala.
  • Add mustard seeds and make them pop so that they don’t leave a bitter taste. However, do not overdo this step else you will burn them.
  • Add dry red chilies and let them fry for a minute so that they leave a beautiful flavor.
  • Add onions and saute them for a few minutes till they turn golden brown.  During this process, add curry leaves as well. (I love the aroma after adding curry leaves, mmmm)
  • Add chopped tomatoes and saute.
  • While the tomatoes are cooking, add 2 spoons of ginger garlic paste and 2 chopped green chilies, cumin seeds and fenugreek seeds. The idea is to roast the tomatoes really well with the spices. The first few times I tried making this, I skipped tomatoes. However, after eating this at many places and seeing a beautiful yellow-ish orange color of the curry, I realized tomatoes add a lovely flavor to this, but you gotta roast them really well.
  • Add a little salt and a teaspoon of turmeric powder for a beautiful color and flavor. Stir and add warm tamarind water and some pulp (not too much).
  • Add the top layer of coconut milk and stir. I usually add coconut milk in parts to let it cook with everything else because it has it’s own oil.
  • Add the marinated prawns or fish and stir carefully so that you don’t damage them.
  • Add the remaining coconut milk and stir it occasionally for not curdling the coconut milk.
  • Allow the prawns to cook till the gravy becomes thick – usually they take around 3 minutes to cook on a high flame and do not taste nice then they are overcooked.
  • Put a few granules of sugar – be careful with sugar because if you add too much, it will not taste good.  Sugar brings up the flavor of coconut milk and you need to add around 6 granules only.
  • Taste – if it lacks flavor then add a little salt.  If it’s not tangy enough then squeeze a lemon wedge or add a little vinegar. Put the stove off and cover the pan and let it sit for a while.
  • Eat this with steamed rice or Malabari Parathas or tawa roti.

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do.  Let us know how it turned out!

Goan Prawn Curry

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