Goa, India – Best Time to Visit, Reviews, Adventures
A sunny and beachy blend of Indian and Russian culture, Goa is more than beaches and parties. Goa is the only state in India which is well-suited for party animals, casino lovers, and peace seekers. If you are partier-friendly, then beaches of Calangute, Baga, Candolim, and Anjum in North Goa offer an amazing experience to you. If you love to play casino on a cruise, then head towards the central Goa and the capital – Panaji. If you want to experience peaceful beaches with white sands along with warm waters, then South Goa is for you.
Goa: The Beach Capital of India!
Although the smallest state of India, yet the nation’s biggest tourist destination. A western state in India with dense landscapes edged with coastlines along the Arabian Sea. Goa is mostly known for North and South Goa. North Goa is for party lovers who love to enjoy happening, beachy parties while South Goa is for peace lovers who need to respite from their hectic lifestyle. Goa has all the soothing ingredients for your holiday recipe.
What to Explore:
- Beaches: Being the beach capital of India, Goa has 25 sight-seeing beaches with the most beautiful sunset view. Whether it’s North or South, Goa has the most amazing beaches where one can chill out, sunbathe or enjoy electrifying water sports. From Baga Beach in North to Colva beach in South, Goa offers a super-amazing experience for you. You can easily spend 4 to 5 hours over here. At night, you can enjoy having meals at shacks with seas waves giggling your feet.
- Basilica of Bom Jesus: Built in 1605, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the ancient churches known for its incredible architecture, stonework, and works of Dom Martin Basilica Bom of Jesus. You will be amazed the moment you enter the church. The mortal remains of Saint Francis Xavier are one of the major attractions that attract tourists.
- Fort Aguada: If you’re in Goa, make sure to include Fort Aguada in your itinerary. Enclosed by the Candolim beach, the fort got noticed after Dil Chahta Hai movie. Established in the 17th century, the fort was built to protect the Portuguese community from the Dutch and Maratha attack. It is named Aguada which means water as it has a freshwater spring inside. It has opening hours from 7 am to 6 pm and takes 2 hours to tour this fort.
- Chapora Fort: Likewise Aguada Fort, Chapora fort also got famed after Dil Chahta Hai movie. This fort gives an opportunity to enjoy amazing views of Vagator Beach and the Arabian Sea from every angle. Located on the top of the hill with a sloppy side, you can have an amazing photoshoot with seas in the backdrop.
- Saturday Night Market: if you’re in Goa and it’s a Saturday, then directly head towards night market at Arpora without any second thought. The Saturday night market offers a colorful shopping scene where people shop Goan handicrafts, accessories, beachy outfits and more. Dotted with numerous vendor stalls, this is the best place to enjoy actual Goan cuisines.
- Dudhsagar Falls: A 76-km drive from Bogmalo beach, it is the 5th largest waterfall in India. You need to keep a full day to enjoy the magnificent view of Dudhsagar falls with a train bridge. When a train goes through the bridge, it literally gives you chills. You will love how these waterfalls gush down in multiple, milky layers amid lush green forests.
- Madovi River Cruise: As Goa is known to offer the best sunset view, many operators offer sunset cruises to the tourists. These cruises have cultural programs, DJ parties, Goan dance, music followed by drinks and dinner. There are also some operators who have cruises with timings from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm that sail through the river while people enjoying lavishing Goan dinner.
- Nightlife: What happens in Goa, stays in Goa. It is beyond beaches and water sports. If you’re in Goa and haven’t enjoyed its nightlife, then your trip to Goa is simply useless. Goa offers you its naughty yet funny side in clubs, pubs, lounges, and shacks. Enjoy the delicious Goan food, drinks and live music. Most pubs are open till early morning so you can continue your plan after hopping the sunset cruise followed by Saturday night market.
- Casino: Many permanently anchored ships run legal casinos for locals and tourists. Play some exciting games at the casino, try your luck and earn some profitable amount of money. I am a Casino lover and I went to Deltin Royale Casino. It has its own charm and class. They offer a couple entry on Wednesdays at INR 4500 only. It includes 1500 points for playing casino, drinks, and buffet. The stay starts at 9 o’clock in the night to 6 o’clock next morning.
- The Adorable Dolphin Show: I watched Dolphin show at Cuckoo beach in Goa. The boatman ferries his passenger boat in the middle of the sea where he switched off his motor so that we could silently enjoy the dolphins rolling in and out of the sea. Luckily, we were able to watch many of them. It took us almost 45 minutes for our overall trip.
Best Times To Visit Goa
If you’re planning to explore the vibrant Goa, then winter months are best for it. They also have ‘Sunburn Festival’ in December which is as crazy as hell. Let Goa spoil you a little. After all, it’s winter vacations and what happens in Goa, stays in Goa!