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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the activities one can do in Goa?

Vaishali Singh DEC 10 2012
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The party capital of India, Goa can also be called a shopper's paradise and a foodie's loveland without a doubt. Believe me when I tell you, there is just no end to the number of things you can do when in the land of sun, surf and fun.


  • Beaches

Being a coastal destination, Goa's biggest charm is its beaches. An ideal Goa holiday package would cover most of these sought after beaches. Some of the most happening beaches here are in North Goa, namely, Baga, Anjuna, Calangute and Candolim. If you are looking for some tranquil relaxation when heading to the place, make your way to South Goa which is full of charming, quiet beaches like Bogmalo, Colva, Cola and Benaulim. Get your adventure kick by trying out water sports here, or spend some peaceful time angling; party the night away or take a long walk on a wave lashed, moonlit sea; shop for antique jewellery or pick seashells from beaches - either way, make the most of your time in the beach city, Goa.

  • Nature and Wildlife

Goa also has a fairly large forest cover, which is crammed full of some exotic flora and fauna life. Some of the most prominent wildlife sanctuaries in Goa are Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Molem Wildlife Sanctuary and Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary. Meet a crocodile on this trip, say hi to an exotic bird or two and come home marvelling at the beauty of Earth's inhabitants.
Goa is also home to the mesmerising Dudhsagar 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 your senses when in the beach capital of India.

  • Forts

Standing testimony to its romance with history and the Portuguese, Goa has a scattering of forts to decorate the cityscape. Some of the most popular ones here are Fort Aguada, Cabo Palace, Terekhol Fort, Reis Magos, Nanus and Mormugao. In recent times, the Chapora Fort has also gained a lot of 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 the above, the fort is a major attraction for photographers for its sheer aesthetic beauty.


  • Churches

    Goa is home to one of the most revered churches in the world, the Basilica of Bom Jesus. 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. There are many Dabolim to Panjim cabs available right outside the Dabolim Airport, ready to take you through the rustic streets of Old Goa. There are also a handful of other churches in the place, like Convent and Church of St Francis of Assisi, Sé de Santa Catarina and St Cajetan Church, each unique in its architecture and ambience.

  • Temples
    With its sizeable Hindu population, Goa is also the site of some magnificent temples. Some of the most astounding temples in Goa are Laxmi Narasimha Temple, Mangueshi Temple, Nagueshi Temple, Mahalsa Temple and Ramnathi Temple. These temples are unique due to their distinctive amalgamation of Goan Temple Architecture with the Dravidian and Hemadpanthi styles.


  • When it comes to food, Goa proves itself to be a gourmet's delight. Be it scrumptious seafood or other delectable multi-ethnic cuisines, Goa spoils one for choice. The destination is literally riddled with basic beach shacks and dhabas, mid range eateries, and top swanky restaurants as well. Just a handful of the best places for seafood alone are Souza Lobo, Amigos, Florentine and Brittos.


  • Goa's nightlife is legendary. The more you say about it, the more is left to be said. It isn't called the party capital of India without reason, right? North Goa is the place for those seeking high voltage party action. Some of the preferred haunts for nocturnal creatures are Tito's, Club Cubana, Cafe Mambo, Martin's Corner, Club Nine Bar, Silent Noise and Club West End. Goa also has a number of unique Karaoke bars like St. Anthonys where you can spend the night singing away to glory! Want more? Goa has a beach party happening every other night, just have a word with your hotel staff or beach shack owners to get a heads up about the most happening parties at the place.


  • Flea markets and Goa are often inseparable terms for people, and hey, they are right! With small shops selling odds and ends from souvenirs to antique jewellery and from tattoo artists to fortune tellers, you will find all these and more at the colourful stalls that decorate the flea markets of Goa. Shop for memorabilia, stroll through the markets and capture the myriad hues of the place in your camera and don't forget the golden rule of flea markets while you are at it: Bargain!
    Some of the most popular markets here are Arpora Village, Anjuna Flea Market and Mapusa Friday Market.

Well, to be honest, when it comes to Goa, all the above is just like scratching on the surface. The place has so much to offer, that no matter how much time is spent exploring here, its just not enough! A friendly tip: If you want to take the unbeaten path in Goa, head to a quiet village, ride with a fisherman to his daily haunt, hop and skip on small rocks and reach an uninhabited island, let loose the photographer in you and discover a whole new world that awaits you beneath the glittering surface of Goa.

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