Delectable dishes to try
Dining in Majorda Beach, Goa, is a laid-back affair. Expect beach-side shacks and informal restaurants. In terms of cuisine, it’s fairly eclectic and you’ll find Indian dishes, Chinese options, and Russian as well as British favourites.
Fresh seafood is abundant and must-try starters include crab masala fry and calamari chilli fry. For your main course, go for meat or fish curry – you’ll find red snapper, seabass and shark on the menu at most places. Vegetarians are well catered for too, with tempting treats such as aubergine curry and mushroom masala to enjoy. Those who like their desserts must try Dodol, a sticky and indulgent pudding made from coconut, rice flour and jaggery – a type of coarse brown sugar.
Discover traditional villages
Venture a little further afield to explore sleepy villages brimming with charm. Loutolim can be reached via public transport in around 1 hour 30 minutes from Majorda Beach. This is an interesting spot to explore due to its heady mix of Goan and Portuguese heritage. In the centre of town is the whitewashed Church of Salvador do Mundo. From here, a downhill walk reveals a local park and numbered trail which leads to Big Foot – a footprint of mysterious origins located in the rock. There are also a number of Portuguese mansions, with Casa Araujo Alvares being open to the public.
Those wanting to include sightseeing in their Majorda Beach holiday should visit Margao, the capital of South Goa. It’s typical of any Indian city and will welcome you with a cacophony of sounds, enticing aromas and colourful markets selling everything from exotic spices to tourist souvenirs.
Margao is a good place to shop and dine, as well as offering a variety of architectural highlights. The Church of the Holy Spirit, located in the Old Market Square, is a fine example of Indian Baroque style and features a white façade and a spacious interior dotted with opulent gold flourishes.
When it comes to intriguing day trips, the Arvalem Caves, referred to as the Pandava Caves, certainly fit the bill. This cave complex dates back to the 6th century and there are numerous opinions about their beginnings. Some think these cut-out cave dwellings were where the Pandavas, Sons of Pandu in the Hindu Mahabharata, sought refuge; others believe that they have Buddhist origins. Whichever school of thought you fall into, they’re a fascinating insight into Goa’s religious past. The nearby Rudreshwar Temple and waterfall also essential viewing.
Majorda Beach holidays offer a tantalising taste of Indian culture that’s hard to beat. With a good mix of beach action, cultural pursuits and sightseeing thrown in for good measure, Majorda holidays have never been more appealing. Anyone wanting an immersive holiday experience must add this Goa resort to their destination wish-list. It offers a selection of visual, spiritual and culinary experiences that will live in the memory long after your holiday has ended.