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Bungalow in Goa

For Goa bungalow is a quite common type of housing available in a wide variety of different architectural types. The word "bungalow" in Indian language means "in Bengali style." Traditionally, bungalow is a small independent house with terrace.

Such house can be built from wood and other vegetable-based materials, or it can also be constructed from bricks and stones and can be a modest one-room accommodation unit or a luxury cottage. Bungalows are located on the beaches, in the villages, on the territory of different resorts and hotels and even on the water.

In Goa the word "bungalow" also means all kinds of light temporary constructions like cabins made from cane, bamboo, palm leaves (huts, bamboo huts of African type) built right on the beach or on stilts in the water. In some areas like Palolem, Agonda, Arambol Beach and Mandrem Beach there are plenty of such huts and they are very popular among the low budget tourists and adventurers looking for unity with the nature. Ordinarily, the sanitation is not the strongest side of such buildings. Usually they differ with ascetic interior and outhouses, and the tourists have a risk “to meet” in bungalow all kinds of representatives of the tropical fauna like spiders, scorpions, reptiles and other animals.

Bungalows of higher class in Goa can be found in guest houses and Resort Hotels that specialize on eastern and Asian healing practices like Ayurveda, yoga and others. Typically, this constructions look like tents or classic wooden houses with a small terrace. Such bungalows are much more comfortable, they are equipped with toilet and bathroom, have nice furniture and a fan. Many of them have a second bedroom or even a second floor designed and made for quiet and comfortable rest.

And finally, bungalows of cottage type – the luxury villas in the colonial or modern architecture style, suitable for short-term holidays and long-term stays. You can find such houses mostly in South Goa (Cavelossim, Colva, Betalbatim) which differs from North Goa by the more aristocratic spirit of respectability and more luxury resorts. Bungalows of this type usually have an open-planning kitchen and living room, one or two bedrooms, terrace and balcony. Such houses are fully equipped with all required modern facilities, and are air-conditioned. This type of bungalows is very popular among family couples, families with children, senior couples and groups of close friends that prefer to spend their vocations in a quiet, relaxing and comfortable atmosphere.

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