When it comes to Goa, it cannot be anything but love at first sight. This pint-sized state is a colorful blend of myriad cultures, spiced with sea, sand, sun, and seafood. There is nowhere in India quite like Goa.
There are so many unique aspects to Goa, that you have to experience it to feel it. Goa caters to all types of travelers: budget and luxury. If you have set your heart and soul on Goa, but are on a tight budget, getting a personal line of credit to cover the travel expenses of the trip is advisable. Rest assured, every penny you spend in Goa is worth the experience of a lifetime.
Here are 9 unique reasons why Goa should be your next travel destination:
1. A string of golden sand beaches
Goa’s golden beaches are undoubtedly the biggest attraction. The shacks along the beach allow you to relax and enjoy the sea.
If you want to be where the action is, visit Baga beach in North Goa, if you prefer a quieter experience, head to Palolem beach in the south and if you just want to sit by the water, relax at Miramar beach.
2. Rich heritage
Fortunately, the blaze of electrifying parties has not faded the religious beliefs and age-old traditions of Goa. You’ll have to give it to the Goans to keep their traditions alive. The ancient temples and churches are beautiful, so it comes as no surprise that they attract thousands of tourists every year.
Your journey in North Goa is incomplete without visiting the Bom Jesus Basilica, which is home to the preserved body of St. Francis Xavier for 450 years and more.
You haven’t enjoyed Goa to its fullest if you haven’t tasted Goan authentic seafood. The Portuguese influence easily reflects in Goa’s cuisine. From spices to flavors to scents, Goan cuisine sure takes you by surprise. It’s a must to have the classic Goan fish curry, the vindaloo made with vinegar and garlic or spicy xacuti. Check out some of our favorite Fish Thali places in Goa.
4. Water and adventure sports
From groovy beaches to quaint water bodies, Goa is bestowed with it all! It is heaven for adventurers and sports lovers as they get to experience a lot of activities like kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, paragliding, jet skiing, parasailing, banana boat rides, water skiing, surfing, water scooter and many more. Here are the top 5 water sports you have to try.
5. Dolphin drive
A dolphin cruise where dolphins jump in and out in a graceful motion is a sight to behold. Ideal for families, both old and young alike, this day-long tour of Grand Island is bound to mesmerize you.
After the sun sets, Goa comes to life. This smallest state in the country parties 365 days of the year. You’ll find a medley of exhilarating options to party in Goa. Party hard at the nightclubs, the beach shacks, or the cruises to have a time of a lifetime.
7. Goa carnival
In February or March, the streets of Goa become a place to have fun. Goa Carnival is one of the most popular and much-awaited festivals in Goa. This festival is a gift from the colonial Portuguese rulers.
8. A “Pilot” to ferry you around
Ever heard of a pilot riding a motorcycle? Well, you’ll see a lot of them in North Goa. You can hitch a ride from a complete stranger called a “pilot” to take you from one place to another. Of course, you need to pay them for their services. Quite unique, huh? Read more about them here.
9. Flea markets of Goa
There are some popular markets in North Goa, such as the Mapusa Market, Saturday Night Bazaar, and Anjuna Flea market, where you’ll find some unique items on sale. From funky accessories to dazzling jewelry, from handmade craft to boho dresses, these markets offer the best options for shopaholics.
So, do you need any more reasons to take a break from busy city life and plan an amazing escape to the Vegas of India? If you have a few reasons that make Goa your favorite holiday destination, let us know in the comments below.