10 Best Goan Fish Thali Restaurants In Panjim

Posted on October 25, 2017 by The Beach Company INDIA : Online Holiday & Swim Shop | 0 Comments

The Goan classic – ‘sheet kodi nustea’ (Fish Curry Rice) is every Goenkar’s first love. A lunch in Panjim will never be complete without a mouth-watering thali from local restaurants out here. Right from the crunchy, fiery rawa fried fish to the soothing curried rice, it has everything needed to make you a regular.

Though you might find eateries serving you these thalis for dinner too, it is advisable to opt for it during lunch break. The heavy offerings on the plate are sure to keep you full for the next 2-3 hours.

Here’s a list of restaurants that offer the best Fish Curry Rice plates in Panjim:

1. The Goan Room, Donapaula

Reasonable prices, Mario-esque paintings and spacious seating are the major attractions of this restaurant at Donapaula, Panjim. The Goan Room started in 2016 with their specialty resting in the Patrao Thali that they offer. Overall, it’s is a go-to place to indulge in a scrumptious lunch affair when in Dona paula.

Cost of a Thali: Rs. 150 (Regular) & 250 (Patrao Thali)
Location: Primerio, Jetty Road, Near Dona Paula Police Station, Dona Paula
Contact: 0832 651 3626

2. Anandashram, St. Inez & Fontainhas

This little place began in 1940s in Fontainhas serving hot rice with rich coconut curry of prawns. Today, the name ‘Anandashram’ has earned a name for itself when it comes to simple yet tasty Fish Thalis. Few months back, the Basilio’s Group has opened a revamped version of Ananashram at St.Inez which offers the same quality food with a different ambience.

Cost of a Thali: Rs. 140
Location: Near Basilio’s Gym, St. Inez, Panjim
31st January Road, Fontainhas, Panjim
Contact: 88063 25212 / 9823195245

3. Kokni Kanteen, Altinho

Though the name has a tweeked variant of ‘canteen’ in it, this cozy place is nothing less than a fine dine restaurant for you to go for a decent Goan meal. It takes you back in time to the yesteryears of Goa with authentic delicacies of the state. Their lunch plate is uniquely kokni enough to keep you coming back for more.

Cost of a Thali: Rs. 150
Location: Dr. Dada Vaidya Rd, Altinho, Panjim
Contact Number: 0832 242 1972

4. Ritz Classic, Panjim

Ritz Classic is the first name that comes to your mind when it comes to seafood in Panjim. It remains jam-packed during the lunch time for its assorted fish thali. You can expect the same crowd at night too, for the huge variety of fishes it offers for you to gorge on.

Cost of a Thali: Rs. 180
Location: 10678, 1st Floor, Wagle Vision Building, 18th June Road, Panjim, Goa 403001
Contact Number: 0832 242 6417

5. Peep Kitchen, Caranzalem

Put away your working woes for a while and break into a plate of fish curry rice at Peep’s Kitchen in Caranzalem. With friendly service and tasteful décor all around, this small restaurant is frequented by a fair share of city dwellers and tourists during lunch and dinner.

Cost of a Thali: Rs. 180
Location: Ground Floor, Ramnath Apartments, Near Dhonds Petrol Pump, Caranzalem
Contact Number: 99237 16430

6. Casa Bhonsle, Panjim

Casa Bhonsle is a cousin of the famed Goan breakfast outlet, Cafe Bhonsle offering authentic goan flavors, fresh catch of the day and generous portions which makes it worth every penny. Their Thali consists of perfectly cooked fish fry, squid chilly, mackerel curry, kokum kadi and prawns curry with rice that’s finger licking good.

Cost of a Thali: Rs. 150
Location: Cunha Rivara Road, Above Cafe Bhonsle, Near National Theater, Panjim
Contact Number: 0832 222 2260

7. Tato’s Fine Dining, Panjim

Situated amidst a huge number of corporate offices in Patto, this place is crowded most of the times during weekdays too. It’s ‘The Place’ to try authentic Goan food. But apart from that, they also serve few North Indian and Chinese options in their menu.

Cost of a Thali: Rs. 150
Location: 1st Floor, Gera Imperium I, Patto Plaza, Panjim
Contact Number: 0832 2437294

8. The Salt Cafe, Panjim, Goa

The Salt Cafe is a small quaint cafe recently started in the heart of Panjim city. They serve a delicious Prawns Curry Thali for lunch at just Rs.90 along with fried fish that is chargeable. A good ambience coupled with quicker service makes this place stand out from the rest. Open Hours: Thalis only during lunch (12:30 pm – 3 pm), Sundays closed

Cost of a Thali: Rs. 90 – Rs. 150
Location: 9, Nizmar Center AB Road, Next to RBL Bank, Panaji
Contact: 96736 82709

People’s Choice
Some other places that you can check out are given below!

9. Vinanti Restaurant, Panjim

A simple and down to earth place to take your family out for a hearty meal. Located in the shopping streets of Panjim, they serve a variety of seafood to spoil you with choice. Many say that their Sol Kadi (Kokum Curry) is the main highlight of Fish Thali meals.

10. Anand Bar & Restaurant, St. Inez

Tucked by the lanes of St.Inez lies this small restaurant that offers true local Goan Fish preparations with the lunch thali topping off their list.

5 cool swimming pools to add to your bucket list

Posted on October 22, 2017 by The Beach Company INDIA : Online Holiday & Swim Shop | 0 Comments

Looking for a new swim spot? From the world-famous ocean pool experience to the secluded safari swim with Serengeti river views, add these cool pools to your bucket list of places to visit.


1. Best exotic location – Ubud Hanging Garden Hotel,          Bali

Soak up the lush jungle view from the infinity pool in Bali’s Ubud Hanging Garden Hotel, undoubtedly one of the most unique hotel swimming spots we’ve seen.

2. Best cityscape view – Marina Bay Sands Hotel,               Singapore

Straddling three hotel towers, the infinity pool at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel gives an unrivalled vista of Singapore’s city skyline

3. Best secluded swim – Hotel Merzouga, Morocco

Nestled in the desert, the private pool at Merzouga hotel offers a magical setting for a secluded swim.

4. Best sunset swim – Kapari Natural Resort, Santorini

Sunset swims don’t get much better than this. Enjoy a romantic sundowner whilst induldging in the most breath taking infinity pool.

5. Best budget swim – Bondi Icebergs Pool, Australia

For just $6 AUS you can tick the world-famous Bondi Icebergs ocean pool (Olympic size and filled with seawater) off your bucket list without breaking the bank – providing you’re already in Sydney, Australia.

Let us know which one is you favorite !


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Pull Buoy Training Tips

Posted on October 21, 2017 by The Beach Company INDIA : Online Holiday & Swim Shop | 0 Comments

A pull buoy is designed to help you focus on building your upper body strength and stroke technique. The Beach Company team has put together a guide to how they work, and how you can make them work for you…

Better balance, better stroke - With a pull buoy positioned between your thighs, your body will stay high in the water creating a more efficient, streamlined body position. Unless you’re a very strong swimmer, the pull buoy will probably do a better job of this than your own legs can.

With the lower body taken care of, you can focus on honing your upper body technique. For crawl, this means keeping your elbows high and pushing straight back through your stroke.

This improved body shape helps you avoid pushing water down and reduces the risk of shoulder injuries. (It will also make you realise just how important kicking is!)

Maintain intensity - A more efficient body shape will help you smoothly glide through the water. It is important that you keep your stroke rate the same as it would be without a pull buoy.

That way, when you are swimming without it, you are not combining a lower stroke rate with a poor body shape.

Different floats and different strokes - Pull buoys aren’t just for front crawl: you can use them for any stroke. Combining them with hand paddles will allow you to work particular areas of your body and focus on technique without too strenuous a cardio workout.


Drowning: Updated May, 2017

Posted on October 18, 2017 by The Beach Company INDIA : Online Holiday & Swim Shop | 0 Comments


Fact sheet
Updated May 2017

Key facts

Drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide, accounting for 7% of all injury-related deaths. There are an estimated 360 000 annual drowning deaths worldwide. Global estimates may significantly underestimate the actual public health problem related to drowning.

Drowning is the process of experiencing respiratory impairment from submersion/immersion in liquid; outcomes are classified as death, morbidity and no morbidity.

Scope of the problem

In 2015, an estimated 360 000 people died from drowning, making drowning a major public health problem worldwide. In 2015, injuries accounted for over 9% of total global mortality. Drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death, accounting for 7% of all injury-related deaths.

The global burden and death from drowning is found in all economies and regions, however:

  • low- and middle-income countries account for over 90% of unintentional drowning deaths;
  • over half of the world's drowning occurs in the WHO Western Pacific Region and WHO South-East Asia Region;
  • drowning death rates are highest in the WHO African Region, and are 15-20 times higher than those seen in Germany or the United Kingdom, respectively.

Despite limited data, several studies reveal information on the cost impact of drowning. In the United States of America, 45% of drowning deaths are among the most economically active segment of the population. Coastal drowning in the United States alone accounts for US$ 273 million each year in direct and indirect costs. In Australia and Canada, the total annual cost of drowning injury is US$ 85.5 million and US$ 173 million respectively.

There is a wide range of uncertainty around the estimate of global drowning deaths. Official data categorization methods for drowning exclude intentional drowning deaths (suicide or homicide) and drowning deaths caused by flood disasters and water transport incidents.

Risk factors


The Global report on drowning (2014) shows that age is one of the major risk factors for drowning. This relationship is often associated with a lapse in supervision. Globally, the highest drowning rates are among children 1–4 years, followed by children 5–9 years.

Bangladesh: drowning accounts for 43% of all deaths in children aged 1–4 years.
China: drowning is the leading cause of injury death in children aged 1–14 years.
United States of America: drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death in children aged 1–14 years.


Males are especially at risk of drowning, with twice the overall mortality rate of females. They are more likely to be hospitalized than females for non-fatal drowning. Studies suggest that the higher drowning rates among males are due to increased exposure to water and riskier behaviour such as swimming alone, drinking alcohol before swimming alone and boating.

Access to water

Increased access to water is another risk factor for drowning. Individuals with occupations such as commercial fishing or fishing for subsistence, using small boats in low-income countries are more prone to drowning. Children who live near open water sources, such as ditches, ponds, irrigation channels, or pools are especially at risk.

Flood disasters

Drowning accounts for 75% of deaths in flood disasters. Flood disasters are becoming more frequent and this trend is expected to continue. Drowning risks increase with floods particularly in low- and middle-income countries where people live in flood prone areas and the ability to warn, evacuate, or protect communities from floods is weak or only just developing.

Travelling on water

Daily commuting and journeys made by migrants or asylum seekers often take place on overcrowded, unsafe vessels lacking safety equipment or are operated by personnel untrained in dealing with transport incidents or navigation. Personnel under the influence of alcohol or drugs are also a risk.

Other risk factors

There are other factors that are associated with an increased risk of drowning, such as: lower socioeconomic status, being a member of an ethnic minority, lack of higher education, and rural populations all tend to be associated, although this association can vary across countries; infants left unsupervised or alone with another child around water; alcohol use, near or in the water; medical conditions, such as epilepsy; tourists unfamiliar with local water risks and features;


There are many actions to prevent drowning. Installing barriers (e.g. covering wells, using doorway barriers and playpens, fencing swimming pools etc.) to control access to water hazards, or removing water hazards entirely greatly reduces water hazard exposure and risk.

Community-based, supervised child care for pre-school children can reduce drowning risk and has other proven health benefits. Teaching school-age children basic swimming, water safety and safe rescue skills is another approach. But these efforts must be undertaken with an emphasis on safety, and an overall risk management that includes a safety-tested curricula, a safe training area, screening and student selection, and student-instructor ratios established for safety.

Effective policies and legislation are also important for drowning prevention. Setting and enforcing safe boating, shipping and ferry regulations is an important part of improving safety on the water and preventing drowning. Building resilience to flooding and managing flood risks through better disaster preparedness planning, land use planning, and early warning systems can prevent drowning during flood disasters.

Developing a national water safety strategy can raise awareness of safety around water, build consensus around solutions, provide strategic direction and a framework to guide multisectoral action and allow for monitoring and evaluation of efforts.

WHO response

WHO released the Global report on drowning in November 2014. This was the first time WHO had developed a report dedicated exclusively to drowning. The report pointed out that drowning has been highly overlooked to date, and that a great deal more should be done by governments and the research and policy communities to prioritize drowning prevention and its integration with other public health agendas.

The Global report on drowning provides recommendations to governments to tailor and implement effective drowning prevention programmes to their settings, improve data about drowning, and develop national water safety plans. The report also points out the multisectoral nature of drowning and calls for greater coordination and collaboration among UN agencies, governments, key NGOs and academic institutions to prevent drowning.

In May 2017, WHO released Preventing drowning: an implementation guide. This publication builds on the Global report on drowning and provides concrete guidance for drowning prevention practitioners on how to implement drowning prevention interventions.

A bigger splash: my 10 favourite films about swimming

Posted on September 29, 2017 by The Beach Company INDIA : Online Holiday & Swim Shop | 0 Comments

From the bizarre Alphaville to the barking mad Lady in the Water, swimming pools have been good to film directors

Swimming scenes are good value, they can be dramatic, or atmospheric, or sensual, or boringly normal.

The pool offers a film-maker a kind of instant spectacle for which not much money need be paid. School swimming contest scenes are good for establishing background family life - kids ploughing up and down the pool, mum and dad cheering on the sidelines - and people hanging out together in the pool is a good way of showing easy intimacy, physicality, which need not be sexualised, but of course often is. The pool itself is always an interesting, even beautiful thing to shoot, especially an indoor pool, with its mysterious, Hockney-blue depths, and its vivid and tangy atrium light.

And of course, film-makers have always known that the pool is an easy way of showing unclothed bodies. Here is a list of 10 Notable Swimming Films:

· The Swimmer (Frank Perry, 1968)

A classic, perhaps the classic of this obscure genre, focusing on the now dated suburban-exotic fetish of the back-yard pool. Based on a John Cheever short story, this strange and intriguing film stars Burt Lancaster as a guy who, finding himself poolside in the house of a neighbour sets himself the task of swimming back home in all the backyard pools that stand between him and his house. And each pool discloses a secret about himself, his neighbours and his past. A richly sensual film.

· Bathing Beauty (George Sidney, 1944)

The first of the great swim films starring the movie world's Chlorine Queen, Esther Williams, one of the most elegant and sublimely beautiful stars in Hollywood history. A former swimming champion, who appeared in the "Acquacade" show in the San Francisco World's Fair, she then went on to appear in a string of MGM musicals, making her a uniquely amphibious star, demonstrating a rare ability to stay graceful and plausibly glamorous while swimming.

· On a Clear Day (Gaby Dellal, 2005)

This was part of the bittersweet Full Monty/Calendar Girls British genre of movie-making, about ordinary people reclaiming their self-respect through doing something wackily extraordinary. It's a little icky, to be honest, but it has the outstanding Peter Mullan playing the redundant shipyward worker who conquers his demons by attempting to swim the English Channel - and Mullan is engagingly tough yet vulnerable in the role.

· Swimming Pool (François Ozon, 2003)

Charlotte Rampling stars in this teasing, baffling, and occasionally frustrating psychological suspense thriller. She plays an over-worked writer of detective stories who borrows a beautiful house in France with a spectacular pool to recharge her batteries. But to her chagrin, she discovers she has to share the house with the beautiful and sexy young daughter of its owner, played by Ludivine Sagnier, who hangs out by the pool in her bikini all day. It's an exasperating film in some ways, but the way in which the pool itself becomes the object for intense and ambiguous fascination is gripping.

· Les Diaboliques (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1955)

Not exactly a swimming film, but one in which a swimming pool is very important, and a film which may have inspired Ozon's Swimming Pool (above). An obnoxious, disciplinarian headmaster in a French boys' boarding school is the subject of a murder plot hatched by his long-suffering wife and wronged mistress: they will murder him by drowning him in the bathtub, and then dump the body in the school pool, to make it look like accidental drowning. But after the killing, the corpse vanishes from the pool. What on earth is going on? A classic chiller, and an uproarious final twist.

· The Guardian (Andrew Davis, 2006)

You'll need a strong nose-clip and goggles to get through this one. After Waterworld, Kevin Costner evidently felt he needed another water-based film, so he plays a US Coast Guard "rescue swimmer" whose job it is plunge straight into the icy depths and pull struggling souls out of danger. Many poolside scenes, in which he has to coach a cocky young up-and-coming rescue swimmer played by Ashton Kutcher.

· Swimfan (John Polson, 2002)

This Hollywood teen thriller has proved to have quite a DVD rental following since its release, and it makes brutally, histrionically explicit all the things which are simmering below the surface in Water Lilies. A young high school guy with a promising swimming career has a one-night stand with a dangerous blonde, played by Erika Christensen, who then stalks him in person and on the net, with the handle "Swimfan". Lots of weird atmospherics at the after-hours underlit pool at night.

· Pride (Sunu Gonera, 2007)

Straight to video in the UK for this inspirational sports movie, which is notable in that it points up the wholesome, non-sexual side of swimming. Terrence Howard plays a determined guy who starts a swim team for the troubled and wayward young people in Philadelphia in the 1970s, a time in which racism was overt. It's a by-the-numbers film, but interesting and valuable in that it's a reminder of the days when the segregated swimming pool was the symbol of the ugliest racism.

· Lady in the Water (M Night Shyamalan, 2006)

This film is, sadly, a mark of shame in the history of swimming pools on film. Fantastically conceited and pretentious, and mostly barking mad, it's about a water nymph called Story (Bryce Dallas Howard) who swims into an apartment-complex communal swimming pool, on a mission to make contact with the janitor (Paul Giamatti) and to spread healing love throughout all mankind. Mr Shyamalan is out of his depth and his floaties are leaking.

· Alphaville (Jean-Luc Godard, 1965)

Er, not really a swimming film, but one with surely the weirdest swimming pool scene in cinema history. In the repressive society of the future, dissidents and free-thinkers are made to "walk the plank" out on the diving board at a swimming pool, then machine-gunned so that they fall with a splash into the water. A typically bizarre comic scene from the master.

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