after spending the early part of the day on anjuna beach i went to see the monkeys – there is a monkey sanctuary in goa ive just found out from a post from stalex on tripadvisor forum !
there is no mention of this anywhere else . its not a tourist place as such . its not in brochures or handouts . was real easy to get to from anjuna , took only 20 mins or so to st ritas church . they had 40 monkeys of 3 different species in a few big sets of multiple cages . some of the monkeys love swimming and diving in the pool – bonkers !!
its free but a donation is a must , give what you can its for a great cause . i spent a couple of hours there . the animals are rescued , abandoned , injured etc and v well cared for . played with a baby on the patio for half an hour , he was called dennis , he was a right laugh !!
look where the monkey hides his string , LMAO
to get there you basically drive alongside chapora river up to st ritas church [its on google maps] . its slap bang right next to the church mentioned above and you can see cages from church if you cant see santuary . this is the sign at the junction of church/santuary .
they give a receipt for donations . they get a few sets of people a week . everyone is really welcoming . you get shown round the sanctuary , and aswell as the monkeys they have various other animals that have been brought in to them – 17 cats, 4 dogs , 2 birds and a fish tank .
house is really nice , lovely pool and garden . great views into river . english owned and run .
also showed me other things they had prev photo’d at the house – various birds , a mongoose , and other stuff . on rare occasions they have even had the rare ‘great hornbills’ visit . i didnt see them but this is an internet pic to show the bird .
tip : take moz spray , got more bites here at 4pm than i had in all last several weeks in goa . grrrr .
worth a trip even if just to donate to a good cause .
heres the exact location ;
heres the wikimapia link , ‘x’ is centred on the monkeys pool .
change the profile map type using the top right corner icon [googlemap/google sat/wikimapia with overlay is great as it shows the outline of the complex etc]
this is st rita’s church next to the sanctuary . if you are next to the church you are next to the sanctuary too .
in the nearby village you drive thru to get there , it has loads of old crumbling buildings and village temples everywhere you look . quite fascinating , keep your eyes open on every stretch there is something interesting . one of the worlds smallest churches in the middle of nowhereville !
there is a more colourfull newer church nearby – the swastika type symbol is a peace sign , but the germans twisted it into something totally different .
also saw one of the greenest fields i saw in goa [apart from the football stadium is visited!!] . stands out a mile when all you have seen is red dust and golden sand for weeks , then this …
there are all sorts of things to see in the villages , how people live
fascinating old houses , abandoned , with more of those weird termite nests [?] inside – cant resist a look inside these places !
next to it an old well or some wort of brick foundation your wouldnt want to fall down
great looking buildings with such character
an old tuk tuk goods carrier lost to the jungle
the local health clinic
a temple , shame there wasnt water in there it would look great !
and so many other things you wonder what they once where
a bike in goa is absolutely essential if you want to see these random things : they use no petrol , you can chuck em about , and they go places where cars dont go . such good fun for a few quid a day .
on the way home you again skirt alongside the chapora river with those breathtaking views ,
PANORAMIC SHOT – 2880 × 540
past the fishermen
and ferry boats
and the old way side bar
remnants of old new years eve celebrations perhaps ?
farmers tending crops
more village houses , look at the building techniques !
and a lush football pitch 😉
in this village music was on , it was so peaceful . literally the kind of place you could arrive and stay forever , kind of
as i was diving i glanced up at something out of the corner of my eye … wow its one of the giant bats i keep seeing up and down goa ! i saw them first in agonda in the trees [see earlier blogs] . then i heard them all in the basement of the abandoned hotel on vagator hill . now heres one zapped on a live overhead wire . what a gruesome ending . look at the teeth on this thing . creepy face of death …
so as i was nearing home , i stopped at the church at siolim junction . its a huge thing . next to it is a bridge and a lake . the reflections in it at this time of day where like a mirror
you can see all sorts of birds fishing here like kingfishers with catches in their mouths !
from siolim junction it was along the tiny back street river road for several minutes into chapora village for snacks . on the way youll pass the pristine ‘siolim house’ . some places like to think they are ’boutique hotels’ for no reason at times , but this is one id definitely put in that class . its one of the finest buildings ive been in goa , so well restored its a credit to the developers . if you like the olde worlde charm and high class standards and something totally different have a think about this place . location is nice and quiet , but 5 mins in either direction you have everything on your doorstep
catch the sunset on the way and see the fishermen of chapora tending their craft
in chapora you can get some amazing healthy and dirt cheap drinks at the main ‘jai ganesh’ juice bar that everybody hangs out at
grab a corn from roadside vendors .
cheap eats or what !?!
people are all over the streets here , in the evening juice makes way for alcohol 😉 guys light joss sticks on the temple , such good vibes .
teso acid jazz nite was on tonight . the guys in the day told me totally the wrong times of the night action , there was no info , no signs , and i arrived as directed just as they had finished ?! booo . was really looking forward to some live bands too . still , its a coooool place to hang out [see my previous blog entries]
for dinner went to baga to the mexican poco loco . the first time i went here it was ok , this time the food was horrible only ate part of it , and the service slack . wont be revisiting . the only decent place for mexican in goa is ingos saturday night bazaar market , cos poco loco baga and cafe fiesta in palolem arent saying anything at all . shame , really love mex food too .
plus they had the worst ever singer on called nellie . im not just saying that , she really was that bad ! sorry , i mean i would give a hand to most bands/singers but this was a joke surely ? she cant sing , just destroyed classic songs . and it was soooo dated with 70’s thinkgs like paul bleedin anchor and the carpenters . i wonder what freddie mercury would think of her rendition . lazy and talentless , this woman would clear places at closing time no worries !! let it be a warning , if the chalkboard is outside… RUN !
maybe that suicidal bat earlier in the day had spent a night listening to nellie , cos its what i feel right now 😉
went back to base camp anjuna and grabbed some chicken wings at doroga bikers bar . its not really a bikers bar as you would imagine it , its quite trendy and clean restaurant and bar . got some nice herb potatoes to go with it mmm . better than the junk in baga.
the living room was fairly busy inside , playing mtv type pop rap chart dance kinda stuff .
after that went to our shack on ozran [little vagator] beach . had a full on part tonite with paid admission [usually its free] . see previous blog entries or my clubbing guide for partying info here
when going there , be really carefull as you drive accross vagator hill wasteland , there are HUGE TRENCHES hidden – MASSIVE WARNING !!! broken cars , or broken you if your on a bike . not good . this guy ws stuck here for hours that i saw , probs till next day . many tried to help but he was sunk for good .