Top 5 Tips for your Goa Trip

Boats in the Arabian Sea - Goa

Goa, one of the few destinations in India that is as popular with the local tourists as it is with those visiting the country.

Over the years this small part of such a vast country has achieved an almost cult status; for many – students out on their first trip without parents – it’s the right of passage, for others a romantic destination, and then there are those wanting to party all night, or there is of course the magnetic pull that the beaches of Goa have which might not be much in comparison to those of the Caribbean or Mediterranean, but still the warm soft sands are a welcoming change especially to those that live far away from the cool sea breezes that graces this land all year long.

What makes Goa so special is the variety of activities it presents to those willing to experience it; there’s something for all age groups and all tastes. A visit to Goa, especially your first, can be a little unnerving with so many options at hand but if you take it slow, plan a little in advance, there’s a good chance that you’ll leave with memories that will stay with you for a long time.

Goa Beach

Fort Aguada

Stay: Everyone wants that perfect beach view when staying near the sea and while there’s obviously no harm in that, one must explore other, more inward resort options as well, especially in Goa since that provides a unique opportunity to explore a different side of the region. Take Resort Rio Goa for instance which is situated by the banks of Baga river and close enough to Baga Beach to give its customers the best of both worlds.

Fort - Goa - Sudha G
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Palm Trees and Secluded Beach

Food: Goan food is in a class of its own, featuring fresh local produce, catch of the day often as you can imagine sea-food forms the basis of many dishes, and the fact that it is influenced by Indian, Portuguese, Konkani, and to some extent even Muslim cuisines makes it truly unique and a must try when there.

Most hotels have multiple restaurants and usually one focuses on local cuisine or if you are unsure, ask the Concierge at the resort you are staying for a nearby local foodie hot-spot.

And then there is the locally produced cashew or toddy-palm liquor, Feni, which is trademark Goa and demands at least a taste when there.

Goa Beach - Sudha G
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Activities: There is an abundance of activities to partake in when exploring Goa; One can rent a jet-ski, practice other adventurous beach side excursions or simply spend a day in the sun, by the water, doing absolutely nothing. On rainy days, it’s always a good idea to stay in a resort where indoor activities are a-plenty and most places will have kid friendly options too.

Those interested in nature can plan a visit to the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary or to Dudhsagar Falls for a refreshing and scenic view.

But, if your favourite activity is shopping, then Goa has some famous flea-markets during the week and weekend that draw visitors from all over. They are a good place to grab a great deal, find local artifacts, and test your bargaining skills.

River Ferry Crossing - Sudha G
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Transport: If you’re in Goa for a very short period – say a weekend – then hiring a Taxi is the best option, but if your stay spills over for longer, then renting a car is the preferred way to experience Goa.

However, if you want to be a little more adventurous, then rent a scooter and zip through the inner roads to immerse in the beauty of the state that is tropical in nature and comes with all the attractiveness of palm trees, open green friends, and winding roads that are signature to similar regions.

Church - Goa - Sudha G
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Heritage: Last but certainly not the least, Goa is a lot more than resorts, the sea, and the beach. The Portuguese influence is evident everywhere you travel within the state from houses to churches and it is essential that you devote some part of your vacation plunging in the cultural aspects of this beautiful land.

A walk around the colourful Fontainhas in Panaji, a visit to Fort Aguada, or the wonderful architecture of the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, all are but a few places that will impress and leave you in awe of their exquisiteness.

Beach - Goa - Sudha G
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Over the years Goa has been balancing on a thin line wherein it has fumbled between being the number one tourist destination of the country to a few cases of illegal activities. Nevertheless, Goa is what you want it to be.

My visit to Goa included romantic walks on the beach, pottery making classes at the resort I stayed in, drinks out in the open watching the sun set, and of course lots of food, wine, feni, and dancing.

Love it or not, there’s a charm to Goa, a certain exclusivity that makes it so special and the fact that it’s relatively accessible once you’re in the country, makes it even more of an attraction.

Sun, sea, beach, food, drink, culture, tropical weather, and the chance to let go of everything and be free… that in a nutshell is Goa!

Fontainhas - Goa - Sudha G
Image Courtesy – Sudha G.

Top 5 Tips for Your Goa Trip

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9 thoughts on “Top 5 Tips for your Goa Trip

  1. We didn’t get a chance to visit Goa when we visited India but it looks very chilled. I would have especially liked to try seafood cooked the Goan way. The architecture also looks quite interesting and European-influenced.

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  2. Do cows really sit on the beach in Goa?! I’d love to go here one day, it looks so tropical. I like the sound of romantic strolls along the beach, and I’m not keen on spicy food, but would give the dishes a go!

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  3. I really hate to admit that I have still not been able to visit Goa despite so many efforts of mine. This is actually a wonderful list and I would take care of your recommendations whenever my plan finalizes 🙂 I would love to see the Portuguese influence in the party capital of India!

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  4. Goa looks beautiful! The weather is cool where I am right now, too, so those palm trees look doubly appealing–and the cows on the beach look adorable! When we eventually make it to India, Goa will definitely be on our list of stops.

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  5. Can you believe that I’m yet to visit Goa. Somehow everytime I plan, it somehow doesn’t work out. The activities to do are indeed endless. Dudhsagar and Salim Ali sanctuary would be a must visit for me… Renting car or bike definitely makes sense…

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  6. I visited Goa years ago and it was one of my favourite Indian states. The Portuguese heritage you mention is worth visiting for alone. The beaches are stunning and some are up there with those of the Caribbean. I love the pic of cows on the beach!

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  7. I have to admit – reading all these blogs of Goa has got me curious. In fact, I’ve been wanting to go! The forts along the coast and the beautiful architecture seem to be calling my name!

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