Goa even though a very small state, but its seafood, joie de vivre, culture, people, nightlife, beaches, and Feni attract huge crowd from the rest of the world. You are going to have some of your life’s best memories from this state.
Places in Goa
Calangute beach offers an amazing view of the sea with restaurants, clubs, shacks, and shopping outlets. Fort Aguada (17-century Portuguese fort) is quite popular for a cistern which is capable of storing ten million liters of fresh water and for a13 meter high lighthouse built in 1864. Deltin Royale Casino boat offers 24 hours of nonstop fun. Dil Chahta Hai Chapora fort provides an amazing view of the coastline from the top of the fort. Basilica of Bom Jesus (oldest church) preserves the remains of St. Francis Xavier, Pandava Cave complex and Arvalem waterfalls, Mangeshi Temple, Dudhsagar Falls, Ashwem & Arossim Beach, Naval Aviation Museum, Mollem National Park, Fontainhas, Reis Magos Fort, Arpora Night Market, Tito’s etc. are some of the most popular Goan places which you must visit.
Nightlife of Goa
Goa nightlife includes everything from crazy parties at clubs and pubs to beach-side bonfire barbecue. As the sun sets Goa gets livened up with delectable food, neon lights, dance, and music. Some of the popular things to do are; dance, sing, and go crazy at the beach shacks, night clubs like Club Tito’s, Club Cabana, Café Mambo, Club LPK, Ziggy’s and Johnny Cool’s, AZ.U.R, Drift Bar , SinQ offers a heavenly destination for party hoppers. Shopaholics can enjoy Saturday’s night flea markets, enjoy gambling at casinos or spend a romantic evening on night cruises. You can even enjoy the silent disco.
Food of Goa
Goan cuisine is a combination of Konkani and Portuguese cooking styles. This combination results in the creation of fiery coconut curries, cakes and pastries, stews using beef and pork and lip-smacking red and white wine. If you are a fan of pungent spices, do try the fish curry with rice on the beach shacks. Pep up your taste buds with Goan sausages served with coriander or with steak and sauce. Goa not only serves their local specialties, but also offer Gujarati, Punjabi, South Indian, Japanese, French, Thai, Portuguese, and Italian dishes. Some of the most popular Goan food are; Pork Vindaloo, Xacuti, Chourisso, Sorpotel, Prawn Balchao etc.In sweet dishes, one can taste Bebinca and Dodol. Mouth-watering seafood’s (crabs, fresh lobster, mussels, fish, etc. is food not to be missed and in evening says cheers with Feni.
Hotels in Goa
Hotels in South Goa are usually luxurious accommodations and are mostly on the beaches providing free transfers to airports. For example, hotel like Park Hyatt provides huge private rooms with facilities of swimming pool, Sereno spa or Goan cuisine cooking lessons by professional chefs. Hotels like Taj Exotica, Leela Kempinski, Intercontinental Lalit Goa Resort offers serene settings with desired privacy, hotels like Holiday Inn Resorts, Alila Diwa Resort, Zuri White Sands Beach Resort etc. offers easy to and fro traveling from Dabolim International Airport. Silver Sand Beach Resorts is a budget-friendly option. In North Goa hotels like Lemon Tree, Resort Terra Paraiso, Whispering Palms etc. on Baga and Calangute areas are quite famous. Ginger hotel and Goa Marriott Resorts are decent options for the business traveler in Panjim.
Getting around in Goa
You can rent your transport. MUV’s, cars, mini buses are all at your service. The most famous choice is motorbikes taxies or renting two-wheeler Enfield on a monthly or daily basis. For long distances renting kinetic would be comfortable and economical. Shop owners easily rent a two-wheeler at affordable prices and they have to know where exactly you are staying at Goa. You have to carry your license.
Best time to visit Goa
Tourist season usually begins from mid of December to mid of January. The best time will be from October to early April. If you want to be part of Christmas and New Year eve celebration, make your hotel bookings in advance. You can enjoy the Carnival festival in late February or early March which is full of dance, music, parades etc. During the monsoon months of June and July hotel prices comes down drastically as there is less tourist during this time period.