I kept the slightly magical one for the last. There's the charm of Goa, and then there is a homestay like this nestled in that charm - Olaulim Backyards, on the Goan backwaters is in Olaulim village, around 30 minutes from Panaji and it is a haven of a homestay! Your hosts will be a delightful Finnish-Indian couple, who live there with their two children and a number of loving pets. They have added 3 fairytale-like cottages for their guests and each cottage is unique in decor, size and location within the property. You'll be blessed with view of the green backyard and paddy fields, coconut groves and a swimming pool in the midst of all this. And the view is just the beginning, these cottages may look rustic from the outside but they not short of any comfort and you will enjoy the open shower under the towering trees, in your private tropical-styled bathrooms! A day at Olaulim Backyards can consist of swimming, fishing, cycling through nature trails, visiting the local tavern or you can also choose to do- just nothing! Try booking a cottage on your next visit to Goa, because it'll be charming, refreshing and the family will make sure you have a lovely time!