Calizz

Location : Candolim Beach, North Goa

This little-known gem is located at Candolim beach and contains many mansions depicting the life and times of Goa in during the Portuguese and pre-Portuguese eras. Near the entrance are two traditional mansions that are a blend of Indo-European architecture and tastes. The walls are covered in lime-stucco plaster and roofs with Mangalore tiles. The furniture and artefacts have been tastefully handpicked and reflect life as it was in the 18th century.

A few paces ahead is the main house, which according to a Goan tradition, is divided into three parts. This spacious mansion is elegantly furnished, its walls adorned with frescoes and stenciled borders at the entrance to each door. Like every traditional home in Goa, this one too has balconies, verandahs and patios, metaphors for the susegad or laidback Goan lifestyle. Adding a flourish to your tour is a tobacco house, a carpenter’s house and a fisherman’s hut, complete with a fishing boat.

Finally, step into the pre-Portuguese era, into a home once owned by a local, wealthy Brahmin family. From architecture to every detail of interior design, this mansion serves up a very different flavor from the others at Calizz. Tip: The museum requires visitors to book in advance and provides a professional tour guide. Go for it!