Before we start, remember - what happens in Goa stays in Goa! Beaches, booze, dancing, songs, and parties are the first things that come to mind when you think of GOA, but did you know there is so much more? Here we have listed things you might never know you could do in Goa, so get ready to find out!
First few things to keep in mind before starting the trip to GOA
- Think of the trip.
- Gather your friends who don't cancel the plan.
- Plan your getaway.
- Pack your bags.
- Leave home!
Booze, Music, Dancing
Well, when it comes to booze, I won't recommend any particular bar because there are over 7000 bars in Goa alone, each with its own distinct personality and atmosphere that will make you go WOW! It is preferable to explore at random locations because “adventure” is what we are there for. Also, there's a party where there's booze!!!
In Goa, there are up to 35 beaches. It's no surprise that Goa is known as the Pearl of the Orient. Calangute Beach, Palolem Beach, Baga Beach, and Anjuna Beach are the most frequently visited beaches among many - according to locals. Palolem Beach is Goa's only blue-water beach.
If you want a laid-back and relaxing holiday away from the beach crowds, Ashwem Beach and Mandrem Beach are the places to go. They are renowned for their tranquil environment, peaceful setting, and delectable local cuisine.
Every year in February, Goa hosts a carnival. Be there on February 16, 2022, to March 1, 2022, if you want to see another carnival. The festivities during the carnival embrace dancing troupes, sports, live music, floats, and parades, roisterers with masks and costumes, and, of course, food and lots of drinking..! it's a big bash in and of itself. I strongly advise you to attend.
Goa has a colonial history that can be seen almost anywhere you go. There are old Portuguese quarters (Fontainhas), churches, museums, and colorful houses across the states demonstrating Portuguese influence. Goa celebrates 2 independence days - the 15th of August, with the rest of India, and the 19th of December when it got freedom from Portuguese rule. Also, while you're in Goa, I suggest you try Feijoada, a bean stew with beef and pork that is a remarkable Portuguese-influenced recipe. You can even rent a bike and ride through the narrow lanes in search of a serene environment.
Goa has much more to come than feasts, festivals, loud parties, and beaches. As the fact says, around 20% of Goa is covered with flora and fauna that will provide you with an exclusive experience among one of the many natural beauties of planet earth.
Wildlife, Bird Sanctuaries, and Mountains
Goa is situated in India's Western Ghats and is home to a huge mountain range, forests, wildlife, and birdlife sanctuaries. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary in Central Goa is a perfect place to see endangered birds and go bird watching, and if you're interested in wildlife, there are six other national parks to visit -
- Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary (Opening hours: 8 AM – 5:30 PM; Best time to visit: October to March)
- Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary (Opening hours: 9 AM – 5 PM; Best time to visit: December and January)
- Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary (Opening hours: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM; Best time to visit: October to March)
- Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary (Opening hours: 7 AM – 5:30 PM; Best time to visit: October to March)
- Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary (Opening hours: 8 AM – 5 PM; Best time to visit: December to February)
- Anshi National Park (Opening hours: Open 24X7; Best time to visit: November to June)
Goa has one of the largest waterfalls - The Dudhsagar Waterfalls in the far east of the state. It is the second-highest waterfall in India, standing 603 meters tall and four-tired. The monsoon season, which runs from November to December, is the best place to visit. The nearest train station is Castle Rock Station, which will whisk you away to this fascinating location in no time.
Expedition for Geologists
If you are interested in the history of rocks, Goa is the place for you. Goa is home to India's oldest rocks, which show signs of human habitation dating back to the Stone Age. Anmod Ghat and Palolem in Canacona are two places where you can see 3.4 billion-year-old genesis formations.
Ponda is highly popular for its fragrant spice plantation tours. You can also enjoy those spices in your traditional aromatic Goan meal with a glass of luscious Feni that will guarantee to capture your inner foodie.
Kerala isn't the only state with backwaters. Goa's backwaters will enthrall you with their elegance, authenticity, and full preservation. The monsoon season is the perfect time to visit the backwaters. Backwaters are also known as Goa's "hidden jewels.”
Here's the deal: whatever happens and whatever you do, never! NEVER!! do lungi dance. Avoid getting intoxicated and lying on the beach; the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is a new trend, and you never know where you'll end up. Goa isn't all about booze and bikinis; feel free to bring your parents so more parents can allow their children to visit and have the vacation of their lifetime. Also, do not stare at people; always remember that you have booked a room. Explore more! Avoid heels, and finally but not least… enjoy-to-the-maximum...!