Goa sees a swarm of people flocking to make it to its tiny shacks and crowded beaches as the year ends. While most rush to Goa for its cheap drinks and beachy vibes, there is more to it, than it just being the typical party joint.
It may sound like a clichéd travel destination but going to Goa at least once and soaking all that it has to offer will give you an experience of a lifetime. What you can do now why save for later? Here are 8 reasons why Goa should top your travel list this year. (P.S.The ‘places to visit in Goa list’ is an exhaustive one, but we’ve managed to put up some important ones.)
Let’s Explore the Points of Interest in Goa
Let’s see, there’s the Adventure!
There is something for all the rock climbers and sea divers in Goa. It offers adventure enthusiasts thrilling activities in the mountains, on the beaches, under the seas; you name it, and they have it.
Hiking, Trekking, Banana Rides, Scuba Diving, Snorkelling, White Water Rafting, Kayaking, Jet Skiing, Wind Surfing, Knee Boarding, Parasailing, and Fly Boarding; just to name a few.
And the gushing Waterfalls!
Goa offers travellers a place to rejuvenate and get away from the thronging tourists. Its waterfalls, natural springs, backwaters and lakes let travellers indulge in a slice of heaven. A ‘must-not-miss’ during the monsoons.
Dudhsagar Falls, Harvalem Falls, Netravali Falls, Kuksem Falls, Selaulim Dam, Arambol Sweet Water Lake, Sarzora Lake and Kesarval Springs.
And who can forget the Exotic Wildlife?
Nothing beats a vacation like taking in everything a place has to offer. Leaving out the Sanctuaries that truly hold the wildlife in its most natural habitat is something one should not miss. Whoever thought that the ‘land of beaches’ had something even more beautiful to offer.
Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary, Mollem National Park, and Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary among others.
And the enticing Spice Farms!
Forests and Spices galore with all of its fragrances and lush greens – Goa may not be the land of spices, but the spice enchanted flavours of the Spice Farms will have you trying to dig up an organic garden back home. It’s as beautiful as that, not to mention the flora and fauna. Don’t forget to pack one of the little goodies (read spices, oils, etc.) to take home the authentic taste of Goa.
Savio Plantations, Tropical Spice Plantation, Pascoal Spice Village, Sahakari Spice Farm and Sai Herbarium.
We’ve heard about the mesmerising Architecture.
One of the most popular of all the Goa tourist places to visit are the beautiful churches, age-old mansions, historic forts and colourful houses, made in a combination of Islamic, Portuguese, and Hindu architecture. Its historical prominence and exquisite beauty make it to the must-visit list.
Tiracol Fort, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se cathedral, Chapora Fort, Fort Aguada, Reis Magos Fort & Church, Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Viceroy’s Arch, House of Goa Museum and Fontainhas.
And the Nightlife!
You cannot go to Goa and not party. As soon as the sun goes down a different spell takes over Goa – the laziness of the day is replaced with a different energy, the clubs light up, music is in the air, bonfire’s light the beach with people thronging to the high-end clubs and the groovy beach shacks alike.
Goa has something for every kind of part animal; be its sipping on drinks and dancing on the beachside, to grooving at the booming discothèques and silent parties (ya, you heard us right), hipster havens, luxe bars, the list is endless. But one thing is for sure, you will never run out of options, so party like there’s no tomorrow.
Curlie’s, The Pine Shack, Tito’s, club Cabana, Tamarind Tree, Brittos, Silent Noise Club, Soro, Flor Do Mar, Tapa’s.
And the Beaches of course!
The most popular of all Goa tourist places are the beaches. The beaches in Goa cater to every kind of traveller right from the ones who love seclusion and want to revel in some peace and quiet to those that are flowing with parties people and music. However, with so many of them, we’ve narrowed down the list for you.
North Goa – Querim, Arambol, Ashwem, Mandrem, Chapora, Vagator, Anjuna, Baga, Calangute, Candolim & Sinquerim.
South Goa – Colva, Benaulim, Cavelossim, Betula, Agonda, Palolem, Polem, Butterfly and Hollant.
Can we ever forget to shop?
Shopping in Goa is for the big spenders, the ones on a budget, for the crazy and the sober alike. You can shop from designer boutiques, local markets, ethnic baazars, totally your call as the options are endless. Here are some of the top markets you must stop by if you happen to be there but just be wary of the day and timings.
Mapusa, Anjuna Flea Market, Aropora OR Ingo Saturday Night Bazaar, Mackie’s Night Bazaar and the Calangute Market.
That’s not all. The festivals of Goa give you an insight into its vibrant culture. Do not miss the Goa Carnival, Sao Joao Festival, the Goa Arts and Literary Festival and do we have to mention Sunburn? The Yoga and Ayurveda resorts, sprinkled along the beach lines, promise to take travellers into a different dimension of peace and tranquil. Lastly, it is made for both the loaded and the budgeted alike. It’s affordability along with the umpteen things its offers makes Goa the number one tourist spot in India.
The sun, the sea, the sand and the way of life is just too tempting to resist. All you need is a bike to wander around the exciting pathways in the jungles, the lush green spice forests, the sleeping villages, a tiny boat to revel in Goa’s serene backwaters and absolutely nothing to enjoy its beautiful beaches.
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