“The sea, the sand and the sun”, are the three golden expressions that triggers our thoughts when we think of beaches. And talking of beaches, what better option would approach our minds , that the appealing and exquisite beaches of Goa. Variously known as the “Pearl of the Orient” or the “ Tourist Paradise” , Goa, as the name suggests , brings about a splash of freshness refreshing our mood and mind. . It’s intriguing beauty are just picturesque, with shady palm trees and silvery sand. Being bordered by the Arabian sea to its west, it is one of the most admired beach destinations in the world. Much more than just the sand, the Sun and the sea, it has a soul which goes deep into unique history, rich culture and some of the prettiest natural scenery that India has to offer. The magnificent scenic beauty and the architectural splendors of its temples, churches and old houses have made Goa a firm favorite with travelers around the world. It hardly matters whether you are with your family, friends, lover and colleagues; you have a plethora of things to do on a vacation in Goa. To name a few, there are, parties, food and drinks, concerts, sandcastles and water sports all round the beach
Here’s a list of the top hot-spot must do activities while in Goa, without which your trip would always remain deficient:
The beaches at Goa offer a array of exiting and refreshing water- sporting activities. International tourists mostly prefer to stay near Goa’s beaches. It becomes easy for them to enjoy one of the many beach activities that are possible here. Banana boating is quite popular among tourists with kids. Adventure sports, such as wind surfing and scuba diving can also be experienced here. Other options include jet skiing, water skiing, parasailing, and dolphin cruises.
A Night on the Beach:
Most beaches in Goa come to life when the Sun sets down. The lively atmosphere will entice you into spending a night on one of such beaches. The Anjuna Beach is probably the most happening spot with quite a few shacks remained open even after midnight, despite sound restrictions. The Arambol being one such shack, which offers a bit relaxed atmosphere with live music and jam sessions.
Goa is a land of unique picturque beauty. With some of the finest natural harbours on the west coast of India and the hub of intense enthrall landscape, it is surely a tourist paradise. Follow the nature trail and go into the wilderness to discover amazing wildlife of the region. Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary is a good option located near Molem. Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary is also worth a visit if you have time. Discover waterfalls, such as Dudhsagar Waterfalls and enjoy natural scenery.
Visit Churches and Other Historical Landmarks:
Goa has a rich cultural heritage that weight back to the colonial era. Churches built during the colonial period leave an everlasting impression on the visitors. The Basilica of Bom Jesus Church, is a splendid piece that offers a treat to your eyes with is architectural magnificence. The Se de Santa Catarina will also captivate you heart with its awe-inspiring look.
Go Street Shopping:
Goa is flooded with local marketplaces and flea markets, that offer a quality opportunity for bargain shoppers. Ingo Saturday’s night bazaar is highly popular with tourists. Ethnic wears, jewelry, souvenirs and many other things can purchased from this market. Another popular shopping spot is the Anjuna flea market. It is held every Wednesday. Streets shops can be found at major beach areas also. Although it is an important point, to bargain well before intending a purchase from any of these markets.
Relish Exquisite Goan Food:
Goa also offers a mouth watering range of exotic Goan cousines, intriguing visitors to return again and again. Some of the authentic Goan cousines, that are a must try include:
- Bebinca,Famous Sweet of Goa.
- Ambottil , sour and spicy.
- Crab XecXecA, delicious Curry.
- Fish Curry Rice, the Most Common Goan Food.
- Chicken Cafreal, hot and Spicy Chicken .
- Goan Feni, local alcoholic drink with strong aroma.
- Sorpotel, a Rich Stew Made from Pork.
- Mushroom Xacuti, favorite of Locals.
There are a cluster of restaurants serving continental food as well. Some of the famous names include Martin’s Corner, Britto’s, Curly’s, Infantaria, and Souza Lobo.
There is so much more to discover in Goa, than just it tranquile beaches. And it is not easy to do that on foot. So, hire a bike and go biking. Goa is full of intricate little roads and intriguing pathways. Ride on a bike and explore Goa. See paddy fields and spot rows of quaint village cottages. Stop by something that delights you, experience it, and then continue forward you biking experience again.
Below are a list of bike hire agents at popular tourist spots in Goa:
At Calanguate: AUTO CLINIC: 9823453110
- Bobby 9923379936
- Krishna 9850246648
- Mukesh 9822184355
- R.S.S RENTAL’S – 9890510150
- RAHILS Rent A Bike & Car – 9822160519.
- Anthony Rodrigues – 9822139020
- Chamunda Travels – 0832-6450393 / 0832- 3250498
- Ferns Tours & Travels (The Smart Shop) – 9422058155/9850119266
- Thomas – 9822139122
- Vailankanni Car Rentals -Roven – 9822143075 / 9158372337
Party All Nite:
The real fun starts when night sets in. Goa is one of the party nightlife hubs of the country. Whether you are looking for delightful cocktails in simple beach shacks, chic trendy lounges, jazz concerts or dancing till dawn under a starlit sky – Goa has it all In Goa. Hop from one bar to another to see what is happening or go straight to shacks and sway over the beats of loud music-it’s your pick. Enjoy drinking all night long and have a blast.
Visit the Casino:
Unlike most cities, gambling is legal in Goa, and so it is not unusual to find a number of casinos across major hotels scattered around the city.. Some exquisite and lavish ones are even found on boats.
Celebrate Christmas (Goan Style):
Visitors must book tickets to Goa sometime in and around Christmas to get a look and feel and submerge in the festive atmosphere of this pre-dominantly Christian state of India. Goa celebrates Christmas , with all its zeal. Every street and corner of the state is perfectly decked up to set the festive mood of locals as well as visitors. The celebration is marked up, with lots of drinking, feasting and merry-making.