Located in Panaji, the homestay’s journey is an iconic one. It started when Carlos was in his final year of college and presented a paper on tourism’s impact on local lives in Goa.
Bowled over by what his friend had done with a simple house, Carlos and his father discussed a similar possibility in their hometown.
“It was love at first sight. The old rustic charm, richly coloured walls, sprawling spaces and the cool breeze was all it took,” says Carlos.
While restoring the house, the staircase made from rosewood was left unchanged and the mud walls were not modified with the plaster.
Once ready, they listed Caravela on booking sites, and by December 2014, it was open for guests.
In 2015, Carlos opened a coffee shop inside the premises to increase his source of revenue. And to personalise it further, Carlos roasts his coffee.