Turiya Homestay Property
Turiya - Villa and Spa, is spread out on 12,000 sq. ft. of landscaped area dotted with many trees including Sapodilla (Chikoo), Coconut, Mango, Avacodo, Frangipani and Bouganvilla. The original entry of the property from the South East corner is now only a public entry for the Spa area. The guest entry is from the North-East Corner of the property.
The built-up area of the 100 year old mud-house is approximately 5,000 sq. ft. after the resurrection of the heritage property. It has a distinctive portugese style architecture (influence of neo-Classic and neo-Gothic styles) with its sloping Mangalore tiled roof (a necessity for the long and fierce monsoon season) and large, ornamental balacoes (covered porches) and verandas facing the street. The large balacoes have built-in seating, open to street, originally meant to be a place where men and women could sit together and “see and be seen”, chat with their neighbours, or just enjoy the evening breeze. The balacoes are bordered by ornamental columns that continue along the steps and add stature to the house.
Large ornamental windows with stucco mouldings open onto verandas. These may appear purely decorative, but have their origins in similar mouldings in the windows of Portugese houses. There these elements of style were devices to help sailors identify their homes at a distance as they sailed in. The design is therefore an import but serves a similar purpose in Goa, to help construct the identity of the home. The front doors are flanked by pilaster.
The dramatic and startling yellow vegetable dye color of the compound wall and other areas of the house is a result of the Portugese influences. Color was decorative and used purely to create a sensation. With a color wash, the house looked dressed and therefore displayed the economic well-being of the family that lived in it. However, this was not compeltely a matter of individual choice, since during the Portugese rule the owner of the house could be fined if his house was not painted.
The rendering or piping in white is the result of the unwritten rule during the Portugese occupation of Goa that no private house or building could be painted in white. Only churches and chapels enjoyed this priviledge. It is understandable that Goan Christians followed this rule, as white was associated with Virgin Mary, but Goan Hindus also respected this practice. As a result of this code, an interesting and aesthetically pleasing trend developed, as competition among neighbours gave impetus to variety.
The front doors leads to a foyer which then leads to the Sala (the main hall for entertaining a large number of guests) or the Sala de Visita (a smaller hall for entertaining a small number of guests). One can still see the carved place for the chapel in the corner wall of the Sala. From here one can directly enter the rest of the house. The bedrooms flank the courtyard. The dining area is perpendicular to the rooms. Kitchen and service areas are at the rear of the house.
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Turiya Villa"Luxurious Turiya villa is a welcoming home away from home in peaceful south Goa. This 100 year old heritage villa has been artfully restored with heart and soul, while retaining its distinctive traditional architecture. It provides an exceptional opportunity to experience Goa in an authentic way, beyond the crowds and commercialization. A serene ambiance, delicious home-cooked food, thoughtful personalized service, and lovely people all make Turiya a special place to stay."
Turiya Hotels and Spa Pvt Ltd
House no -16, Chaudi,
Canacona, Goa - 403702
Tel: +91-832-2644172 / 2643077
Cell: +91-98215-94004 (What's App only)