Both Manoj and Kavita are food-lovers, so I knew we would get along well. When I mentioned my cravings for Malayali food, Kavita, a vegetarian, prepared the most scrumptious Kerala-style mutton curry along with egg roast, appams and poppadoms. Manoj, who grew up in Pune, makes a mean Alani—a flavourful Maharashtrian mutton broth, and is happy to share his interesting insights into Maharashtrian cuisine. He offers me fun tidbits every now and then, educating me about the differences in how misal is prepared across Maharashtra (Puneri misal is sweeter and served with poha, while the rest of the state prefers spice, I learn).
How to spend 48 hours in Anjuna
You can easily spend a weekend at Parijaat Goa without stepping out. Dabble in pottery, harvest pepper, practise yoga outdoors or take a dip (or many) in the fairly large pool. There are some great options for lunch and dinner walking distance from the house. I recommend Mahé for dinner and drinks, Bomras for a leisurely meal and Prana for a casual vibe. The ever-famous Cream Choc (the pistachio gelato is a must-try) is just on the other side of the road and Anjuna beach is a 10-minute drive away. The hosts also don’t put any restrictions on your movement and are happy to hand you the keys to the main gate if you’re stepping out and likely to return late. Parijaat offers the calm of solitude as well as the warm feeling of community. Whether you’re travelling solo—like me—or in a group, you will find yourself cherishing both.
Parijaat Goa, 1113, Mazal Waddo, Anjuna, Goa 403509; doubles from Rs12,900 inclusive of breakfast. To book, call 9820044249 or email email@example.com. Instagram