When we think of a coastal retreat with the sights of shining water and gleaming sands, Goa is the only place that strikes the doors of our minds first. The lush green belt of the place promise to give you a fascinating view you that eyes have ever witnessed. However, being the smallest state of India has become one of the biggest tourist destinations; loved by all the individuals across the globe.
If you want to experience a ‘happening’ holiday, then this place is a worth for you. It doesn’t matter whether if you are travelling with your family or friends, Goa is a perfect gateway to spend some cherished moments of your life. Here are the lists of things that I would like to suggest you do spot and do while you are planning a memorable trip to Goa.
Best Astonishing Places in Goa:
Ranging from the partying destinations and peaceful places, Goa has more than 25 beaches where you can experience a perfect relaxation from your hectic lifestyle. The North part of the Goa offers a range of amazing beaches, including Calangute, Baga, Arambol, Anjuna, etc. with heaps of mouth-watering dishes with cocktails and mocktails.
However, if you are looking for peaceful beaches, then south Goa has some beautiful beaches such as Palolem, Colva, and Galgibaga (popular for olive Ridley turtles).
Situated in the North Goa, the fort swears to delivers you the amazing sightseeing the adjoining Vagator beach and the Arabian Sea. The place first noticed in the famous movie, Dil Chahta Hai that makes the tourists stand over the place, where the Bollywood stars once did in their film.
Basilica de Bom Jesus in Goa:
One of the most important attractions, the place is considered as a UNESCO world heritage site and extremely famous throughout the Roman Catholic world. The stunning interiors of the place will make you stay here forever.
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Activities you can do while you are in Goa
Do Sports Activities: There are numerous water sports operators in Goa where you can enjoy the water scooters and a boat ride with your loved ones. Sports such as Diving, Jetskiing, catamaran sailing, parasailing tend to bring out an essence of adventure in you.
A place for Dolphin Lovers: Watching cute dolphins are one of the most lovable activities; held in the Sinquerim beach alongside the Fort Aguada. Usually, tourists are gathered in a group of 4 and 6 people on a boat about 2 kilometres into the sea to witness the actions of dolphins in the sea.
Casinos: Try your luck at several luxurious casinos in the place and get your dream worth. The casinos feature games, such as poker, slots, roulette, flush baccarat along with the entertainment and unlimited drinks and food. Even if you are a gambler or not, the casino is really a good place to check out the lifestyle of Goa. Some casinos such as Casino Carnival (Goa Marriott, Miramar), Caravela (anchored on Mandovi river in Panjim) are the finest places to capture the best moments of your life.
What to Eat
Vindaloo: Relish the taste of this hot and spicy gravy, which is quite famous among the Goa households. It is made by using pork, chicken, prawns or muttons. The sugar and vinegar add a distinctive flavour and aroma to the gravy.
Crab Xec Xec: Another staple consumed in Goa households, which is prepared by cooking crabs in the gravy of coconut, red chilies, and tamarind. It is served best with boiled or steamed rice.
Bebinca: This 7 layered pudding is a highly popular east Indian and Mangalorean dessert, made of eggs, flour, coconut milk, sugar, and cardamom powder. Don’t leave Goa without tasting this delectable dish.
Best Time to Visit Goa
March to May: In this season, the temperature rises a bit and the weather turns hot and humid. However, you may visit Goa this time because the place is not much crowded. Moreover, the hotel prices are way too reasonable in this season. If you want to visit Goa for three to four days, always prefer this time period.
Mid-June to October: If you love the monsoon season, then July to September is the best time to visit. In the month of June, the festival named Sao-Jaoa is held where a great majority of people jumps into the wells to fetch bottles of the alcohol, namely
Mid-November to Mid-February: It is the perfect time to relax with your friends and family and enjoy other outdoor activities in Goa. In the month of December, you can witness some of the well-known festivals, like sunburns, Christmas and New Year celebrations. Just book your tickets in advance this season as the fares go away higher than you have ever imagined.
How to Reach Goa
You can reach Goa by the following ways:
By Air: Dabolim Airport is just 29 kilometers away from the Panjim. The airport is very well connected with the major cities such as New Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, and Cochin.
By Train: Madgaon and Thivim are the two railheads, very well connected with the trains all over the country.
By Bus: There are many public as well as private buses in Goa that offers inside and outside the city conveyance. MSRTC, KTC, and KSRTC are the undertakings of the government that operates from Madgaon, Panji, and Vasco Da Gama.
Taxis: Goa is very well connected with roads and it is easy for you to get taxis as well as rented cars. You can book a taxi in advance or hire cabs on the basis of payment.
Self-Drive: Self-drive basis is the most preferred option in Goa. You can hire a two-wheeler or a four-wheeler vehicle by just submitting your ID proof.
What to Take
- Cotton clothes and a Sunscreen.
- Caps and sunglasses, especially on the beaches.
- Swimming gear.
- A good pair of shoes to trek.
No doubt, that the beaches, bungalows, and cafes of this beautiful place will surely excite your nerves to a great extent. Just grab a refreshing drink and sit on the beach to experience the beauty of Goa like never before.