You’re not going to Goa once and cross your list. It’s becoming an urge after the first visit and a tradition after the second! This Portuguese Shangri-la is so delightful on Indian soil that even the most seasoned tourists cannot get the best from their Goan holidays. But do as the Goans do in Goa. Here is a list of Must-do events to redefine your journey to Goa.
Beauty and the Beach
The beaches must begin! South Goa beaches are less crowded as the North Goa beaches steal from the light of day. For the best South Goa Beach Award, we nominate Arossim Beach and Utorda Beach in the city of Majorda. The “People’s Choice Award” is for North, Baga, Calangute and Anjuna! These beaches have watersports such as jet skiing, parasailing, (this is worthwhile to see from above), scuba diving, which makes up for sparkling undersea life for the corals missing), and falls from a banana boat (most adventurous of the lot). Reserve your room at one of the best resorts in North Goa to make the most of your beach experience.
No, this isn’t what you really thought! I talk about visiting the Sahakari Spice Plant in Ponda, and why did the Europeans come to India, your nose will remind you? This is the biggest spice-farm in the region for plucking and tasting pepper. Bite a Peri (the hottest chilies in the world) and swim through an ‘elephant shower.’ While there are not many who visit the Goa spice gardens, those who do praise them as the beaches.
Old is Gold!
History is reviving in Panjim. This is Old Goa, for three centuries the state capital, known as “Eastern Rome.” The cavalcades made it difficult to suggest what is not seen in South Goa by churches, convents, museums, Art Galleries, government buildings, bungalows, and bakeries. However, it is most visited in the Basilica of Bom Jesus (for its great architecture) and Sé de Santa Catarina (the biggest church in Old Goa). Old Goa is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, not to forget.
Enter the Jungle!
Yes, Goa is more exciting to wildlife than its nightlife! The Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary and the Mollem National Park are home to animals such as panther and sloth bear and mouse deers. Then, the Indian black woodpecker, Malabar pied hornbill, paradise fly-fishing, fairy bluebirds, the emerald pigeon, and the Kingfisher are two hundred birds. From 8 am to 5:30 pm, every day you can visit this peaceful shrine at the foot of Western Ghats (called the Sahyadri of Konkani).
The Uncommon Market of Ingo
A German name Ingo had once established this new market in a leased property not so long ago. This Arpora market has long been known as Ingo’s Ingo Saturday Night Bazaar for about six months and offers a potpourri of junk jewelry, imported tee-shirts, hippie goods, Indian and international cuisine to Turkish, Spanish, and European countries from Rajasthan to Kashmir. Daniel’s Bar frequently watches a DJ playing on the market for non-shoppers. Even without that, the music will play all day long and grow more groovy by night, say about 23 pm.
In reality, the dolphins are a lot better than on Animal Planet! Thus, for both the old and young, a dolphin cruise in Goa is exciting. Dolphins peppering from the water in graceful movement around your boat are best tasted and saved by the eye. The trip is accompanied by a day-long Grand Island tour, perfect for a relaxing picnic.
A Tryst with History
While for some “museum” is a monotony, in Goa it has a new significance. The museums are made quite different from the usual by a congregation of Hindu artifacts in Portuguese-Cum-colonial arrangements with two worlds of history. For example, Old Goa Archeology Museum has several Hindu and bronze relics of two renowned Portuguese men placed in the middle of robust Portuguese architecture. Many more museums like the Menezes Braganza Naval Museum and Institute are worth visiting in Old Goa.
A finger-click mixture of Portuguese and Goan cuisine, this restaurant in Panjim, the capital of Goa. The spicy and delicious raw mushroom frieze. The diversity of healthy vegetarian dishes on the menu is one good thing about Mum’s Kitchen. After a delicious meal go into the city center to collect souvenirs like cashews and footwear and sleep in one of the hotels in Panjim for a good night.