This was our fourth visit to Rio de Talpona Guesthouse. Just as beautiful and peaceful as the previous three years. A great welcome from Pryesh and his family, the ever-changing scene of river life as absorbing as we remembered. For lovers of peace and privacy it is hard to beat. The accomodation is simple, every room has its own terrace and view of the estuary. The life that passes with each tide gives an insight into life of a small simple fishing village on the edge of the Arabian Sea about as far as possible from mass tourism as is possible in Goa. See photos...
We had a peaceful stay at Rio de Talpona. The family owning the property were very helpful. Enjoyed it very much. Only thing we missed was AC in room as it gets hot and humid in April. But overall, the property offers a very safe stay and good value for money.
Stayed here for two weeks over the Christmas period, arrived very early in morning, no one about, but managed to find owr room in a set of buildings along side the main house, door was open so we lay down for awhile. Priyesh the manager arrived shortly after and was very helpful. The room is basic with a attached shower and toilet. There was no hot water but this was being installed as we were leaving. The location is lovely and we were right on the estuary where the sea met the river. Itis a very quiet location and ideal for those who want to be away from the hustle and bustle of Patnem and Palolem. Wifi is available but you would have to sit outside the main house to connect. Priyesh is very helpful and we also got our washing done by his mum who was very nice. Slight drawback is the restaurants were not great on Talpona but we did get a very cheap moped hired from Priyesh . This meant we could go over to the main beaches of Agonda, and Patnem where the food is great. We have travelled to India many times and it seems to be getting more expensive but still cheap compared to Thailand. Overall an enjoyable stay and thanks to Priyesh and his mum.
My partner and I stayed in one of their cottages in the last week of December (Peak tourist season in Goa). Firstly, this is located in the more untouched and peaceful part of Goa for people looking for a calm, quiet spot to stay. It's not for you if you wanna go to Goa to party all night (For that you should head further north)! We got a basic cottage with a double bed, attached bathroom shower for a good price (Pls keep in mind that u can't expect 5-star luxury for this kind of price!) It's a quite, cute place amidst coconut trees, overlooking the river meeting the sea, and so one of the most breath-takingly beautiful places I have stayed at. Goa is always quite warm so if you need hot water to shower, you have to ask for it and they will heat it up and give it to you. Priyesh is the guy who owns and runs this place. He is really helpful and gives you good suggestions about the area as well. I think the idea here is to be on your own without any disturbance. Therefore you get a broom outside every room and you can clean the room yourself everyday (if needed). Or if you're the lazy kind then you can ask Priyesh to get it done and I'm sure he won't say no. They don't serve food, but just a couple of minutes away is the Talpona beach which is a clean, white-sand beach with hardly any people around so you get a sense of private undisturbed beach. There are (a few) small shacks that serve food and all. We even spent a whole day just in and out of water at this beach, sitting at the shack..from breakfast to dinner. The food was delicious and incredibly cheap. If you have basic requirements from accommodation with a modest budget and want to enjoy the peace and nature of Goa, then it couldn't get better than Rio de Talpona.