Goa for first – timers!smriti
Goa is truly a destination of many wonders. It begins from beautiful magnificent golden beaches, to classy architecture, to gothic style old churches, to paddy fields and plantations, to fishing, village feel and goes on to several other touristy treats. Here are some suggestions of your things to do list in Goa:
- Beaches & waterways: Goa has close to 25 wonderful beaches that one can explore depending upon where you are staying. The range begins from over-crowded, crowded to virgin and secluded. Goa beaches can be quite oiver whelming at times, so if you are looking for something quite and you don’t mind spending a little extra then stay in North Goa. The hotels in North Goa have some area of the beach that they manage and is exclusive to the guests staying with them. Should you wish to take a break from beaches then you can visit the Dudhsagar Falls.
- Water sports: If you are done with your book reading, sun soaking and other things that you wanted to do then you can try some water sports. In South Goa beaches you will see more people doing water activities openly. In North Goa every hotel has made their own arrangements for the guests and visitors. You could indulge into parasailing, jet skiing, banana rides etc. Water sports only happen during specific times and are usually closed during monsoon and high tides.
- Historic sightseeing : Goa has been very efficient in holding to its Portuguese history. The absolute must visits include: the churches and cathedrals in Old Goa, especially Convent and Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, built in 1521 and Basilica of Bom Jesus, which contains the preserved remains of the body of Saint Frances Xavier and the museums – Goa State Museum, the Naval Aviation Museum, Goa Science Centre, Archaeological Museum and Portrait Gallery, the Museum of Christian Art amongst other things. There are several professional walking tours that are available or you could go out on your own. The other popular sites are: Charpora Fort , Fort Tiracol and Fort Aguada.
- Festivals, events and parties: If you are in Goa then definitely need to party. Known to be one of the most liberal states of India, Goa nightlife is one of the things you must experience. There is a big variety of parties that you can opt for: waterfront parties, beach parties in fact in South Goa there are streets that have pubs and places if you are not in too much mood then you can just grab a drink or two. Should you want get soaked in the flavours of the city then check out the upcoming events, the popular ones include: Sunburn, IFFI Goa, Sao Joao, St Francis Xavier Feast, Goa dance festival and many more.
- Try your luck: You can go for Gambling. Goa is the only state in India where gambling is permissible by law. You can choose to go to one place or you can even go Casino hopping but the rule is play responsibly.
- Go shopping: Goa is a flea market paradise, you won’t find any fancy shopping malls but street side shopping is quite good. There are several things that you can buy : such as Coconut oil, silver and junk jewellery, beach wears, flip flops, spices etc.
- Relaxation therapy: You can combine your sun bath with an amazing massage experience. Check out some reliable and good massage parlours and spa and then relax your body and mind.
- Eat and drink: How can you have a vacation without having tasted several food varieties. Goa is a foodie’s paradise, you should for sure try these cuisines: Goan , Konkani, Portuguese and European. From fine dining in North Goa to shacks in South Goa this place has a plethora of options that you can choose from. However, if you are little brave, then you should try tawa (pan) fried fish at any of small raod side restaurant (dhaba) they are simply delicious. Talking about drinks – Goa has the most amazing cocktails and drinks one can try, approach any bar to try the signature cocktail on offer and most likely you won’t be surprised.