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Assagao – A Village of Marigolds and Majestic Mansions

Assagao, one of Goa’s prettiest villages is known as ‘fullyanchem ganv’ or ‘the flower village’. Villagers here used to grow marigold flowers to sell at the prominent Mapusa market nearby.

Today, Assagao is where the best of Goa’s heritage and modern ideals converge. Our personalized concierge service will be happy to arrange a tour around ‘The Beverly Hills of Goa’, so you can learn about the history, architecture and distinct culture of this Village.

Assagao village is almost traffic free, with country roads passing along Old Portuguese mansions, white washed chapels, a variety of fruit laden trees, historical spots and omnipresent bird song. Its biodiversity has not only interested botanists but also bird watchers from all over the country. No wonder so many international celebrities have chosen Assagao as their second home. It has also emerged as a creative melting pot with a growing number of artists, writers and creative professionals moving here from Indian metro cities.

Here are some of the interesting activities you can partake in:

  • Culture:
    Walking around Assagao, you will see many beautiful mansions, most of which have their own fruit orchards. You can also visit Catholic sites like the Pallotti Institute, a seminary where priests learn theology, or St Cajetan Church. This Assagao Church is over 200 years old, situated on a hill nearby. The Feast of St. Cajetan Church is celebrated on the first Sunday of August every year.
  • Yoga and new-age healing:
    If you enjoy yoga, you can take classes at one of the many well-reputed yogashalas nearby. Ayurvedic, deep tissue massages, and other consultations with new age healing practitioners can also be arranged.
  • Nightlife:
    Ask about the live music events taking place nearby or attend a ‘mehfil’ of Indo-Western classical, sufi or folk music and dance.
  • Communities:
    On Mondays, there are talks and film screenings on social issues at 6 Assagaocurated by Thus. You can also volunteer at the International Animal Rescue Goa, taking care of dogs and cats that are waiting to be adopted. You may also learn about permaculture at a ‘food forest’ nearby.
  • Shopping:
    Is another highlight of Assagao as many designer boutiques for clothing, jewelry and home décor are all in close proximity.

While Assagao is a respite from North Goa’s frenetic beachside energy, it’s still close enough to dip your feet into the Arabian Sea. Popular beaches like Morjim, Ashvem, Anjuna, Vagator, Baga are only a 20 minute drive away. You can also drive around the trendy areas of Anjuna and Vagator for window-shopping and a pit-stop at any of the quirky cafes there.