A day at the beach can be uplifting, fun, frolic, adventure and laughter, all rolled into one! Goa is the most alluring beach destination in India. Its range of quiet beaches in the South and lively beaches in the North hold massive appeal for the young and old alike. Goa is the 10th best beach destination in the world, so don’t be surprised to see the place teeming with foreign tourists!
The colonial architecture and influence of the Portuguese can still be seen across the state. Nowhere else in India will you experience the laidback languidness of a Goan lunch time, the easy charms of its people and the soothing serenity of the day on its coastline.
In Bardez in the North, the famous Vagator and Baga beaches offer vacationers an active ocean-side experience with adventure sports, bustling night clubs and casinos, beach shacks and restaurants serving a variety of food from Goan and Italian to Chinese and Russian! The Anjuna beach hosts a local flea market that is very popular with shoppers. Canacona in South Goa on the other hand, is better suited for those seeking solitude over a relaxed beach holiday.
Travellers could also visit temples and pilgrimage centers, churches from the Portuguese inhabitation of India and go on wildlife tours and treks. Most famous of the churches is the Basilica of Bom Jesus, a UNESCO World heritage monument. Located in old Goa, 10 kilometres east of Panaji, it holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier who is revered and worshipped by the devout Christians. Yoga and meditation classes as well as cooking classes are offered in the beach towns of Goa.
Attractions: Beach hopping, water sports, sailing, snorkeling, river cruises, forts, churches, temples, casinos, discotheques, adventure sports and lots more. The Goan sea food is strongly influenced by Portuguese cuisine. Savor the local drink “Feni” and Goa’s popular port wines.
Shopping: Shop at local flea markets, beaches or shops for cotton garments and accessories, sea shells and bead jewelry, musical instruments, wood articles, wines and beer.
Accessibility: Goa can be accessed by train, bus and flights from most Indian metros. The main train station is in Madgaon while the Airport is located in Dabolim.
Best time to visit: Through the year, however the ideal time to visit is late September to early March. December is the peak tourist season with crowds of travellers and party revelers making Goa their holiday home.