Things to do in Goa
Goa is one of the Indian smallest states, but it’s also one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world. A former Portuguese colony , Goa is filled with landmarks which are permanent reminders of the old era. There are also Persian influences here , though. Best known as a beach destination, Goa offers plenty other things to do.
Hit the beach
The main purpose of a vacation in Goa is soaking up the sun on the beach. Aside from swimming, sunbathing and…relaxing, you can take your loved one’s hand and enjoy a long walk on the beach (or a jog).
What beaches to try? Anjuna Beach, Benaulim Beach, Candolim Beach, Colva Beach are good ideas but there are plenty others too. Palolem beach is known for the spectacular sunsets.
Spot some wildlife
Goa is well known for the wildlife sanctuaries where you can see wildlife in their natural environment. Want to see some birds? Head to the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. Want to see a lot of different animals? Then Mandovi-Zuari Wildlife Sanctuary is for you. Aside from spotting wildlife, the sanctuaries also offer plenty of opportunities for hiking.
Picnic and star gazing at Chapora Fort
Chapora Fort is one of the best choices for a romantic picnic. And if you stay over night, you get a chance to see the stars, as well. It is located near Anjuna beach and the views are absolutely amazing.
Burn some calories ( try water sports)
Maybe staying on a beach is not exactly your cup of tea and you are the adventurous type of traveler. No problem, you can try one of the many water sports available, such as wind surfing, water skiing, sailing, parasailing, banana rides, canoeing and scuba diving. Or , for a more relaxing activity, try paddleboat sailing.
Visit a spices farm
Especially if you enjoy using those spices when you cook, a visit to a spices farm will be an excellent opportunity to learn more and grab some spices for home. Try not to sneeze though.
Explore the Dudhsagar waterfall
It is located 60 km from Panaji and is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in India. During monsoon it becomes one of the most powerful waterfalls in the country.
It is accessible by road and train (located 10 km from Kulem Railway). A railroad passed by and if you ever take one of the the Delhi-Goa express Howrah-Vasco Amaravathi express, Pune-Ernakulam Express, Chennai-VascoDaGama Express or Miraj-Castle Rock passenger train then you will be rewarded with amazing views of the waterfall.
Enjoy the spicy (healthy) food
If you like items such as coconuts, pickles, cashew nuts and fresh seafood, eating in Goa will be a delight. And it doesn’t cost too much, either.
Go back in time and enjoy the buildings from the Portuguese era
With a Portuguese rule in its history, Goa boasts some lovely examples of architecture. The churches offer excellent opportunities to test your photography skills. And so do the many forts. If you want to learn more about the history, there are some museums you can visit, as well.
Shop at the flea market in Anjuna or at the Mapusa market
We all pick some sort of souvenirs to remind us of the places we’ve visited. Of course, many prefer things that last and that’s where the crochet, shell work and bamboo work come in handy. Find them at the markets and enjoy a color experience as you look for the perfect item.
Party the night away
Goa has an exciting nightlife and you can spend the night dancing in pubs, bars or parties right on the beach. You can also catch some of the live bands performing at cafes or bars.
Choose a cruise
There are many types of cruises which appeal to almost every type of traveler. You can choose a romantic sunset cruise or a night cruise.
Get a henna tattoo
If you always wanted a tattoo but never dared to get the real thing…why not opt for the henna tattoo ? (yes, it’s not permanent).
Attend the Carnival
If you happen to be in Goa in February, then you must attend the colorful Carnival, which definitely rivals the ones in Brazil.
Photo credits: Waterfall and train via Wikipedia , Palolem beach by abmiller99 on Flickr , Birds by bluechaos on Flickr , Chapora Fort by ganuullu on Flickr , Cardamom by tdietmut on Flickr , Food by dimitridf on Flickr , Church by Nagarjun on Flickr , Spices at the flea market by Nagarjun on Flickr , Henna Tattoo by VicWJ on Flickr