|CHAPORA and VAGATOR(STD
This area is beautiful with groves of coconut palms. There is an old
Portuguese fort on a rocky hill in Chapora village which has excellent views. Sandy coves
are in plenty. The people are very friendly and helpful. All in all, this is well worth a
Useful Information: For transport bookings, foreign and internet access, Soniya
Travels is the best option. In Vagator try Lalita Communications. There is a small
bookstall in the main street of Chapora.
Restaurants and Cafés: Chapora village has many restaurants and they are all
worth a try. Some of them are: Scarlet Cold Drinks, Green Shadow and Helinda.
Yak Restaurant (opposite Soniya Travels) has excellent food including Italian,
continental, burgers and seafood. (Its special dish is the prawn goulash with herbal
noodles for Rs 60.)
Lobos and Mahalaxmi above Vagator Beach are also good.
Sea Green has Chinese food served under the canopy of an old parachute.
Mango Tee is also good while Jaws, across the road, is popular.
Reaching Chapora and Vagator:There are frequent buses to both Chapora and
Vagator from Mapusa throughout the day. There are also occasional direct buses from Panaji
along the coast. The bus stop is near the crossroads in Chapora village. You could also
rent a motorcycle from Mapusa or hire a taxi. Information on this is easily had from
hotels and restaurants.
CHAPORA TO ARAMBOL:There are beautiful beaches on the way from Chapora to
Arambol (Harmal) which are well worth visiting.Arambol is not very developed but the
village is quiet and the people, friendly. Buses from Mapusa stop at Arambol on the main
road. From here, a side road leads to the village and then further to the beach. There are
a few shops and travel agencies in the village that will exchange foreign currency and
Accommodation, restaurants and cafés:Long-term visitors can hire basic, not
very comfortable, rooms in the village.The little chalets on the bay to the north provide
some basic accommodation with outside toilets for Rs 250 to Rs 275.
Villa Oceanic, in the village, is a private house with double rooms for Rs 150.
TEREKHOL FORT:Terekhol Fort at Terekhol (Tiracol) is a small Portuguese fort
which is now a hotel called the Hotel Tiracol Fort Heritage. The view is excellent
and the rooms in the old fort are interesting. Singles/doubles cost Rs 800/850.
A few buses run from Mapusa or Pernem to Querim, opposite Terekhol and also between
Arambol and Querim. There is a ferry service between Querim and Terekhol every half hour
from 6 am to 9.30 pm.