Champakali is two homes on a hill by the river in Old Goa.
We combine the comforts of a plush home with the lush beauty of the Mandovi river delta. Our principle is generosity: the warm giving-ness of the Goan landscape and the fresh openness of a champa flower.
We’re deep in the heart of Old Goa. We’ve gone inland and opened up our doors and windows to the great outdoors. Our bedrooms sometimes feel like tree houses - with really comfortable beds.
Here on the hill, you’ll hear the river, the calls of birds and the rustle of wind through tall teaks. The Basilica is walking distance; there's a Goan bakery down the street. Our pool is warm and blue; our big old banyan has a natural seat. Step off the patio: there’s crabgrass to cushion your feet.
Our two villas are called Banyan and Teak. We love them both equally: one’s just closer to the banyan tree. That, and the floors are different.
Each villa has three bedrooms, with bathrooms and verandahs attached. Every room has a unique personality, with eclectic, handpicked furniture, linens and art. (They’re all gorgeous. Trust us. You’ll want to try them all.)
Both homes have beautiful common spaces — patios with easy chairs, courtyards with lily ponds, covered gazebos with fans, and living rooms that open up on three sides — where you can read, paint, contemplate, have a long meal or a leisurely tea, all while enjoying the feeling of being outdoors.
Good news: there are no fixed breakfast hours. We’ll serve it early if you want to walk down to the Basilica of Bom Jesus before the heat hits, late if you had a long night.
The coffee is single-origin from the best South Indian plantations. The tea is loose-leaf and diverse. The poi is bought fresh every day from a bakery down the street — it’s better than sliced bread.
If you would like to have lunch or dinner, let us know by the morning of the same day. Our in-house chef will make you a delicious Indian or Continental meal.
And if you’d like to mind your own business, our pantry is stocked and open to you at all hours. Wander in for a piece of fruit, a sandwich, a biscuit while your tea’s brewing. Make yourself at home.
A five-minute walk from Champakali is the iconic Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount. Fifteen minutes in the other direction are all the highlights of historic colonial Goa, including the Basilica of Bom Jesus, and the churches of Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Augustine. Take a good guide, or a good guidebook: there’s a ton of history around.
Short taxi and ferry rides away on the Mandovi river are the Divar and Chorao islands, ideal for long walks or bicycle rides. Birdwatchers will enjoy the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary on Chorao, still off the beaten path.
20 minutes in a taxi gets you to a beach. 45 gets you to the thick of North Goa’s nightlife. An hour and a half gets you to South Goa, intensely local, less overrun. For everything else: Panjim is a 15-minute cab ride away.
Champakali lives on two acres of farm-orchard land. We’ve landscaped just enough that you can walk around freely, but not so much you feel you’re on a golf course. Think of it as a soft landing into Goa’s lush landscape.
There’s a pool to take the edge off the afternoon heat, with plenty of sun and shade around it for tanners and burners.
Readers are in luck: our little library is eclectic and personal. But good luck figuring out where to sit. There are verandahs and gazebos, couches and deck chairs — even banyan branches — to choose from.
|season||from||to||price(INR) per night per villa|
|High||01st Oct 2016||31st April 2017||25,000|
|Peak||20th Dec 2016||10th Jan 2017||35,000|
|Low||01st May 2017||30th Sept 2017||18,000|
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Reservation can be confirmed by making a 50% advance payment non refundable.Any cancellation or modification made to the reservation will be subject to a cancellation fee, charged as an off-line payment from your credit card, as per the details you have provided.