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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

How to utilise a 1 week trip to Goa in the best possible way?

Vaishali Singh DEC 10 2012
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Heading to Goa and want to plan your trip in the best way possible? Let me tell you how! Read on and find out all that you can do in a weeks time in Goa and come back renewed, refreshed and rejuvenated!

If you have about
2 to 3 days at hand, these are the places that should figure on your list of things to do in Goa:

  • Baga Beach
    If there is one beach in Goa that remains alive day and night, it has to be Baga Beach! Hit this place for some water sports in the day or dance the night away at Goa's best party places (Cafe Mambo's and Club Titos) or shop at the Aropra Village, Baga beach is the place to be when in Goa.

  • Calangute Beach
    Hire a Jet Ski and zip through the waters for the adventure kick of a lifetime when at Calangute Beach. Known as the Queen of Beaches, this beach is the ideal place for some sunbathing and souvenir shopping. You can also hire a scooter here and make your way to nearby beaches like Candolim, Anjuna and Baga.

  • Palolem Beach
    Won't saying hi to a couple of Dolphins take up the fun factor of Goa exponentially? Head to the Palolem Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Goa (thanks to the bay shape and small islands that surround the place) for a mesmerising sunrise or sunset, suit up for some scuba diving and also sample some yummy Goan Cuisine when your stomach rumbles! If you are taking a boat ride to the middle of the sea during sunrise or sunset, ready up for an envounter with the Dolphins!

  • Dudh Sagar Waterfalls
    One of the tallest waterfalls in India, the first sight of these waterfalls is going to make you fall in love with the place. Silvery sheets of water cascading down the dark, rugged mountains and splashing into a frothy white pool of water coupled with bird calls, this is one place which is going to soothe all your sense in the beach capital of India.

  • Basilica of Bom Jesus
    One of the most revered churches in the world, this is the place to head to for some inner peace and religious solace. This UNESCO World Heritage Site will take you to the times of the Portuguese rule over Goa by presenting the delicate Jesuit architecture to your eyes.

  • Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
    Another attraction in Goa that draws adults and children alike, the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary features a Zoological Park, Rose Gardens, a Deer Safari Park and Nature Trails, providing you the opportunity to spend a quiet day in the lap of nature when in Goa.

Have about
4 to 5 days at hand? Check out the following when done with the above!

  • Chapora Fort
    One of the most loved forts of Goa, this place gained more popularity after it was featured in the bollywood movie, Dil Chahta Hai. Sea waves lashing the weathered walls of the fort, wall etchings standing as proof to lovers soirees and nooks and crannies housing mysteries of history describe this fort best. Given all this, the fort has become a major attraction for photographers for its sheer aesthetic beauty.

  • Anjuna Beach
    Stroll down the Chapora Fort and reach the Anjuna Beach, another pulsating beach in the heart of Goa. The beach is a few minutes away from the old city of Panjim, and a Panjim to Anjuna cab can be hired to reach this spot. A great place to shop, eat and celebrate when in Goa thanks to the Anjuna Flea Market, delightful beach shacks and party hubs like Paradiso and Curly's.

  • Colva Beach
    A jewel in Goa's wealth of aesthetic beauty, the Colva Beach weaves shimmering waves, dancing sunlight, calm skies and vigorous seas into a harmonious tapestry which is a delight to the eyes. This is one of the quieter beaches located in the South District of Goa, ideal for long walks and silent self reflection.

  • Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
    Perched on the western tip of Chorao Island is the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, where one can spot a huge variety of local and migratory birds. A maze of water channels makes its way through this mangrove, giving the place a picturesque quality that is beyond description.

If you are from the lucky bunch who have more than 5 days for exploring Goa, take a trip to the places near and far, like Ratnagiri, Kolhapur, Mumbai or Pune, which are located at a distance of about 300 km from the place. Frequent Goa to Mumbai trains operate on a daily basis from Goa and therefore going ahead to these places isn't a difficult task. Trust an old hand on this one, it is unlikely you would want to leave the paradise of Goa even after spending weeks here!

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