Variously known as “India’s party capital”, “Pearl of the Orient”, and “Tourist Paradise” etc., Goa is located on the western coast of India in the Konkan coastal belt. The Goan culture, beautiful scenic beaches and the architectural splendors of temples and churches have made it a favorite with travelers around the world. Goa is an ideal blend of traditional and modern facets of the Indian life, and has long remained the ultimate destination for a lively vacation.
The state has so much to offer to its tourists. Amongst the popular Goa tourism attractions, some of the most well-known ones are Calangute, Candolim, Panaji, Bardez, Anjuna, Salcette, and Agonda. Goa is also not just about the sun, sand, and surf. The place boasts many other claims to fame.
Check out the top 5 things to do in Goa on your next holiday.
Frolicing at the Legendary Beaches
The warm Arabian Sea and long sandy beaches create the perfect environment for spending long languid hours in the brilliant sunshine. The exquisite experience of feeling the pleasure of warm sand between your toes and hitting the balmy sea waters can’t be described.
Come and feel the live shells under your feet as the pollution free natural waters beat the sands in the distance. All the famous Goa beaches also boast the best of seafood dished out at the beach shacks. Some of the popular and frequently visited Goa beaches are:
Anjuna beach in small village located in northern Goa. It is also known as the freak capital of Goa because of its trance parties full of music and all-night dances.
Calungate Beach is almost 15 kilometers away from Panaji and is the most popular beach of Goa specially for its view of the Arabian Sea.
Baga Beach is a better option for those looking for peace and quiet surroundings. It is situated between two very famous beaches, Anjuna and Calangute.
Shopping at Flea Markets
Flea markets in Goa are an inseparable part of the state. With its vast coastline, & thriving tourism industry, these markets attract countless visitors. The Anjuna Wednesday, Ingo’s Saturday Night Market, The Friday Bazaar at Mapusa, and Arpora Saturday night market are among the popular flea markets which are a must visit. One gets to see thousands of retailers offering varied products ranging from spices, musical instruments, junk jewelry, keepsake boxes, beachwear, Tibetan crafts, Kashmiri handicraft, clothes, jhola bags, decorative items, shoes to antiques and what not. There are even some Russians and Israelis who offer really good products but they are a bit expensive.
Secret of the trade – Go there little early and try to bargain the best deal!!!
Originally started by foreigners trying to dispose off their second hand goods, the Flea markets have become an inseparable part of Goan culture.
Experiencing Goan Cruises
For memories you can cherish for lifetime a Goan cruise is a must. These luxurious cruises offer non-stop entertainment to guests. During a cruise expedition, you can experience the pristine natural beauty, while enjoying the excellent on-board facilities. Traditional Goan musicians and dancers play popular Goan tunes, while scrumptious local delicacies tantalise your taste buds. Going for these Goan cruises will also give you rich insights into Goa’s culture, history and natural beauty.
Visiting Goan Churches
Legacies of Portuguese colonization and also amongst some of Goa’s most famous and magnificent buildings and structures, these fabulous churches enchant visitors no end. These churches reflect European architectural styles in a big way as most them were built during the Portuguese rule. They also command historic, religious, and architectural significance. The social importance is no less as well as Churches have immensely contributed to education in Goa. Today, all the churches are part of the Archdiocese of Goa. Many have also been declared as protected sites. These Goan churches remind us of their former glory that once rivaled that of Rome.
The Masses and prayer services held in these Churches are largely open to the general public.
Exploring Goa’s Wildlife
The wildlife sanctuaries in Goa are perhaps most visited by the locals as tourists tend to skip these and settle for the beaches. However, those who want to explore the wild side of Goa can take their pick from amongst numerous delightful options. For instance, the humongous “Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary” near the. Spectacular Dudhsagar waterfalls easily enthrall nature buffs. One may also experience the glory of nature at Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary and put up at the Government Guest houses here.
A Small Tip
If you want to really enjoy the night time, then December will be the right time for you to visit Goa. This is the month when lots of beach-side as well as indoor parties rock Goa no end.