Goa is exquisite, pristine and golden. The diversity of the city is something special with vivid city lights and rocking dance floors contrasted with incredible scenic backdrop and culture of India. There is no dearth of things to do in this lively city with quaint beaches as a welcome break to a quick sightseeing tour.
Tourists from across the world never get tired of gorgeous Goa. Millions of tourists take Last minute flights to Goa and many of them visit the place at least once a year like a pilgrimage. Renowned for its golden beaches, Goa is popularly known as the “Pearl of the Orient” and it is visited by 2-million tourists every year. So in a city likened to heaven, where do you start?
Goa, the Portuguese Shangri-la on the Indian land boasts of multiple alluring worlds, which even the most seasoned travelers cannot make the best of their holiday to Goa. Albeit the beaches are one of Goa’s most famous attractions, there is a wide array of other sights, adventures and activities to get your teeth into. Whether you are looking for a relaxing retreat, or you want to soar high in the sky hastened to a speed boat, Goa has everything to offer.
With a robust Portuguese past, the city has influenced tourists from different parts of the globe because of its excusive colonial heritage consisting of some world-famous Portuguese churches of brilliant architecture, sanctuaries and outstanding temples.
Goa boasts of supreme hospitality standards in the world. Resorts, villas, huts and restaurants of world’s leading hospitality groups are place of luxury for tourists. The heritage complexes such as forts, the dazzling nightlife near beaches and savory traditional and foreign cuisines together with tasty hard and soft drinks make up an unending part of the beach hub.
Here are top 10 eclectic experiences that are very promising and fun, and will make your vacation memorable. Read on to know the 10 must do things in Goa Holiday……
10 must do things in Goa Holiday
It surely has to start with beaches! While the beaches in North Goa steal away all the limelight, the beaches in South Goa are more serene and more charming. We recommend Utorda beach and Arossim beach close to the town Majorda for the best beaches of South Goa.
Utorda beach, South Goa
For North on the other hand, Calangute, Anjuna and Baga takes away the “the people’s choice award.”
Anjuna Beach, North Goa
Water sports on these divinely beaches include parasailing, wind surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, falling from the banana boat and jet skiing……they offer the ultimate shot of adrenaline. To make the best out of your beach experience, book a room at one of the premium beach resorts in Goa.
Adrenaline Shot Giving Water Activities in North Goa Beaches
Welcome to the Jungle
The next activity that must be on your to do list on Goa Holiday should be exploring the jungle. Goa has wildlife much more enthralling than its nightlife. The famous Mollem National Park and Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary have animals such as mouse deer, barking deer, panther and sloth bear waiting for you.
Additionally, there are 200-species of beautiful birds including the Malabar pied hornbill, fairy bluebird, kingfisher, great black woodpecker and emerald dove. The sanctuary perches in the foothills of the Western Ghats can be visited from 8:30AM to 5:30pm on all days.
The Famous Mollem National Park, Goa
The Highly Loved Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, Goa
Spice Up a Little
No-no, it is not what you thought really! We are talking about exploring the Spice Plantation in the Ponda region known as Sahakari spice plantation and seriously your nostril will tell you Europeans came to incredible India! This is the largest spice farm of the area and it allows you pluck and taste pepper, bather through the “elephant shower”, feast on a conventional Goan luncheon cooked with farm spices and bite the hottest chilies in the world “Peri-Peri.
The Largest Spice Farm of Ponda region “Sahakari Spice Plantation”, Goa
Shop at the Peculiar Market of Ingo
Once upon time (not so long), a German man named Ingo established a new market on a leased property. Popularly known as Ingo’s Saturday Night Bazaar, this uncommon market is held for 6-months of winter and offers imported T-shirts, potpourri of junk jewelry, hip merchandise and Indian and international cuisine – from Kashmir and Rajasthan to Spain, Turkey and the rest of Europe.
For non-shoppers, Daniel’s bar usually sees a thundering DJ playing there, for the market. The music plays throughout the day, but becomes groovier by the night – around 11 PM.
Saturday Night Bazaar, Market of Ingo in Goa
Discover the Old Goa
The next on our 10 must do things in Goa Holiday is check-out the old Goa. Drive for around 20-minutes to the west of Panjim and the history turns alive. This is Old Goa, the capital for the better part of 3-decades and known as the “Rome of East.” The cavalcades of museums, bungalows, convents, churches, government buildings and bakeries together make it difficult to suggest what not to see in South Goa.
Yet out of all the attractions, Se de Santa Catarina and Basilica of Bom Jesus are the most admired ones. We must tell you here, Old Goa is presently a UNESCO World heritage Site.
Visit Rome of East, Old Goa
Near to Majorda in South Goa is located Betalbatim, a small town featuring a famous restaurant, called Martin’s Corner, and the food served here is legendary. The place serves exotic garlic chicken, king crabs, prawn vinadloo and sea food that is fried, steamed, grilled, roasted and mixed with spices and sauces. The delicious food served here is the reason why celebrities, tourists and locals flock to the amazing Martin’s corner.
Savor the Real Taste of Goan Delicacy at Martin’s Corner, Goa
Rendezvous with History
While “museum” is a common word for all of us, it has an all- new meaning in Goa. A host of Hindu artifacts in the amazing Portuguese-cum-colonial setup with tales of 2-worlds make these museum fairly different that our general perception.
The Archaeological museum of Old Goa, for instance, features bronze statue of 2-famous Portuguese men set in the midst of brawny Portuguese culture and some Hindu relics. There are numerous other museums worth visiting in Old Goa including Institute Menezes Braganza and the Naval Aviation Museum. People who love taking photographs and capturing memories of beautiful places in their camera, you certainly cannot miss exploring them.
Museum has a New Meaning @ The Archaeological museum of Old Goa
In Love with Dolphin Drive
Our favorite among the 10 must do things in Goa Holiday is the experience of the Dolphin drive. The dolphins in real are a way better view than on the Animal Planet or National Geographic! A dolphin cruise in Goa is hence the most captivating for the old and young alike. Dolphins jumping out of the sea around your cruise in a graceful motion are best captured by eyes and saved on camera.
The dolphin cruise tour us flanked with a day-long trip of the Grand Island, perfect for a peaceful and chilled-out picnic.
Tryst with the Dolphins, Go Goa
Everything is Delicious Here……..Mum’s Kitchen
Hey, the place does not serve the same food having the same taste of what your mother cooks at home; there is a delighting change. The restaurant is located in Panjim, the capital city of Goa, serves Goan and Portuguese cuisine in a mouth-watering blend ( you will eat your fingers as well, so take care).
The specialty of the restaurant is rawa mussel fry, which is yum and spicy. One great thing about the Mum’s Kitchen us the assortment of healthy vegan dishes on the menu. After a scrupulous meal, visit Panjim to pick up famous souvenirs like footwear, cashews and feni (Goa’s exclusive hard drink).
Mum’s Kitchen, Its Delighting-ly Different, Panjim, Goa
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