A place which is more popular as a beach capital of India is Goa, India. This place Goa is located in the Konkan Region’s west coast. This state is said to be the smallest state in India but it attracts number of international tourists every year. There are a lot of beaches in this place and one of the most popular India states across the world. The primary industry in Goa is its tourism. You will see a lot of international tourists in the winter season while the Indian tourists are seen in the Monsoon and Summer season. The borders of Goa are Karnataka and Maharashtra and the western side is the Arabian Sea. When you visit this place, you can feel that this place in India represents a different look and culture compared to the other parts of India and that is one of the reasons for so many international tourists. The reason behind this look is, the rule of Portuguese for more than 450 years.
Goa is basically divided into two parts –the first one of North Goa and the other part is called as the Ssouth Goa. In the north Goa, you will be able see more number of tourists every year and that reason for this is the accommodation and other facilities here are available for a reasonable budget. But South Goa is completely different from North Goa, here you would find some private beaches and also high budget hotels. You will find more than 20 beaches in both North and South Goa together. There are many wildlife sanctuaries and museums as well in Goa. This is a beautiful place in Goa which you should not miss, you are planning a trip to India. Goa has been a favorite holiday spot for many international tourists.
When To Go:
The best time to visit Goa is between November to February. The weather is very comfortable and cool for all the tourists. You will see a lot of the crowd in the beaches, hotels, museums and all over Goa. There are many celebrations that start from December and ends by February. You will see Christmas, New year celebration and there are many more carnivals in the beginning of February. By the end of February, the Goa Carnival Festival starts and that will be continued till the end of March. If you want to go during this time, then make sure that you are booking your accommodation and travel tickets in advance as they are going to be very costly and there are chances that you will not get good accommodation after you reach there.
You should never plan your trip to Goa in between March to May because the climate is going to be really hot. But there is one advantage if you plan it during this time and that is everything there is going to be very cheap. Accommodation, food and all other things in this place are really cheap. So if you want to spend some quality time with your partner or family on this beautiful beach in spite of hot climate then you can plan a very good trip to this place. But no activities are open during this place.
Between June to October, you will have a rainy season and it is definitely a great experience to enjoy the beaches in rainy season. There are many tourists who plan their trip during Monsoon due to Sao-Joao festival. It is really an awesome place to visit with your family and friends.
Let us have a look at the things to do in Goa, so that your trip is going to be more entertaining and exciting…
Goa is a popular place for beaches and churches. One of the most beautiful beaches of Goa is Agonda Beach. This is an ideal place for all those people who want to enjoy sunbathing, swimming, relax at the shore of the beach. You will not find another optimum beach in Goa, as this beach is having all that is required in a good beach, nice sand, beautiful hills on the sides, calm water which is ideal for swimming and clean water as well. You should definitely not miss the sunset from this beach, you are really going to the evening that you spent here watching the sunset.
The accommodation facilities around this beach are really affordable and the food and snacks are also easily available. The water at this beach is very salty and hence you should take necessary precautions while swimming or after swimming so that this salt water does not affect your skin or your hair. Mark this Agonda Beach as one of the best beaches in Goa and visit here first before you go to other beaches. This is a very long parallel road beach. You will find many local people, especially kids playing in the beach water as there are many churches near by the beach and they visit the beach on their way home from church.
Another beautiful beach from the huge list of beaches in Goa is Palolem Beach. This beach has very good ambience and cool place to stay and enjoy. The accommodation facility nearby is very cheap, if you can spend your night in a cheap hotel room, then you can take a room near this beach, spend your whole day relaxing, swimming and playing on the beach and return to your room after your dinner just for sleeping. You will have very less crowd in this Palolem Beach compared to the Agonda beach, so this is an ideal place if you are looking for some lonely time with your family.
There are many water sports that you can enjoy at this beach as well. But if you are going there during the weekends, then you will have no way to reach the beach as there will be many road side shops that would be blocking your way. This is a little disappointing else it is a great place to enjoy with your entire family.
Jungle Adventure Canyoning tour in Goa
Jungle Adventure Canyoning tour in Goa is one of the most exciting things that you should not miss in Goa. Canyoning activities are normally outdoor activities in the Canyons like scrambling, walking, swimming, jumping and climbing. This is going to be the best experience in your trip in Goa. This jungle area is very well maintained and you get a chance to see the wildlife here. You will have to hire a guide or a tour package where you will have good guides who are going to give you instructions about the trip in the jungle. These instructions are very important and you should make sure that you are carrying the right clothes and shoes while going for this trip.
For all those tourists who are bored with so many beaches in Goa then you should definitely visit this place for having a different kind of fun and exciting activities. The day you spend on Jungle Adventure Canyoning tour in Goa is going to be the awesome day in your entire trip. Do not forget to click a lot of pictures here so that you can enjoy the pictures at a later time.
If you are looking for a change from the normal beaches and want to try something interesting then you should definitely try Canopy Goa. This Canopy Goa is a local bird watching trip in Goa where you will get a chance to see many different kinds of birds and this is going to be very interesting. You cannot imagine that you will get a chance to see so many species of birds in India.
You can hire a nice guide who can take you to the right place where you will get a chance to see the best birds of Goa. Or hiring the services of Canopy Goa tour package is also advantageous as they will take you on the trip and also will help you learn about those birds.
When you are planning this trip make sure that this is the right time for Birdwatching else there is no point in taking the tour package. It can be a waste of money and time if you reach there when birds migrate to a different place.
Boat Tours are something that you should not miss on your trip to Goa. You will have many kinds of boats available at this place and you should definitely try one of those. You have boats available depending on the group of people who want to travel. You can choose to go as a closed group or open groups. The view of the city when you are taking a trip on one of the boat is going to be excellent.
You have Cruise as well on Goa beach and you should try those huge ships as well. It is going to be a memorable part of your trip to Goa. Fun of the beaches is not just on the shore of the beach, you have a lot more to enjoy near the beaches.
Basilica of Bom Jesus
Basilica of Bom Jesus is a church in the Old Goa which should not be any Christian and it is also considered one among the UNESCO sites in the world. There is a lot of history and religious stuff associated with the building. The building itself is going to look just awesome. All the churches that you get to see and visit in Goa are painted white, but this is the only church in Goa which is retaining its Brick red color since ages.
The word Bom Jesus means Holy Jesus or Good Jesus. The construction of this holy church begun in the year 1594. Once you enter inside the church, you are going to feel fantastic just by looking at the interior of the church. You will get to see the best baroque architecture in this church. This is one of the oldest churches in Goa and it is really huge and you should not miss its interior.
If you are planning your trip to Goa during monsoon season then you are going to enjoy Dudhsagar Falls a lot, but if you are planning any other season then you will not be satisfied to the extent that you want to. You will need a vehicle to reach this place and it is always good to plan your visit to this place in the early hours as the visiting hours will be closed after 3:30 pm. The way to the Dudhsagar Falls is just 40 kilometers and the way to this place is really interesting. You will enjoy the beauty of the nature.
But your vehicle will not take you directly to the waterfall, you will have to take a walk for at least 400 meters and you will reach the place. This is a really interesting place and your kids will love this place.
If you want to make your visit to Dudhsagar Falls more interesting then you should plan a trek to the top of the hill and you will just love the experience that you get when you are visiting the top of the hill. This trekking trip is going to add a lot of memories to your trip. Do not forget to click as many pictures as possible on your trip to this place.
Old Goa is a place for those who are heritage lovers. You will get a chance to see many old churches and museums and many other things here. This place is not really big, but you will need to spend at least half a day and if you are planning it early in the morning then it can be a great trip. This place Old Goa is said to be the capital of the Portuguese Colony.
The culture and history that you get to see and experience at this place is going to be really fantastic. Those old buildings are going to add a lot of memories to your trip. The food that you get to taste at this place is really wonderful. This place is really awesome and you should not miss this place on your trip to Goa. Do mark it in red in your to do list of Goa, it is going to be exciting to see many things related to history of Goa and do not forget to hire a guide.
The Saturday Night Market
Are you planning to stay in Goa for the entire week or is your trip planned in such a way that you will be there in Goa on Saturday, then you should not miss The Saturday Night Market. If you have not planned for the weekend, then you should definitely plan it.
This is a place that you need to enjoy in the night time and you will find a lot of things to shop here in Goa. The products are very cheap and they are really fantastic. You will also find many small stalls in the market which sell mouthwatering food and you should definitely taste. Do not miss the seafood that you get to taste here in the Saturday Night Market. That is definitely yummy.
Reis Magos Fort
There are many forts, but this Reis Magos Fort is the only fort that is really huge and very well maintained in the entire Goa. You get to see the view of Mandovi River from the top of the forts and it is really fantastic. You will just have to spend one dollar to get entry into this fort and the place is definitely worth more than what you are paying here. You will get to know a lot about the history of Goa. One thing that attracts very tourists who visits this fort is the view of Goa from the top of the fort.
This place Shantadurga Temple is going to be the best place for Hindus, but the entry is allowed for people of all religions. The temple is really huge and the view of the temple is really fantastic, the design of the temple is really unique. Normally, people or tourists do not expect to see a temple in Goa. Goa is very popular for many churches. There is a lot of greenery surrounding the temple and it is going to be a very peaceful place. The idol of goddess Durga is really excellent. This temple is located in South Goa which is very far from North Goa. If you are visiting South Goa then you should not miss this place. Normally people plan their entire trip in North Goa as this place is cheaper than the South Goa, but you should visit South Goa at least to visit this temple.
You also have many museums and water sports that you can enjoy in Goa, but you should plan a long trip if you want to visit all this places in Goa. Do not limit your Goa trip to just beaches, there is a lot more in Goa apart from the beaches. If you have no idea about the places in Goa then you should hire a guide who will help you enjoy your trip to tehfullest. Enjoy a fantastic trip to Goa.