The best part about Goa is that it is not only home to some of the most scenic beaches in India but also offers innumerable ways to have a good time and experience new things. Travellers from all over the world stay at resorts in Goa to relax by the beach, get their adrenaline rushing with adventure sports and simultaneously soak in Goa’s rich cultural heritage and Portuguese past.
Here are five experiences in Goa that you absolutely must add to your travel list:
Relax by the beach
A Goan holiday is incomplete without a chance to kickback, relax and unwind by the beach. The LaLiT Golf & Spa Resort Goa is a heavenly abode set by the Raj Baga beach in Canacona. For a luxurious holiday in the heart of Goa, book a private villa, equipped with two car garages, its own swimming pool and most importantly, direct access to the beach. There’s nothing that quite matches up to the feeling of waking up to the sound of waves in a plush 3 or 4 bedroom beach-facing villa.
Get your adrenaline rushing
Beaches such as Anjuna and Baga offer a myriad of exciting opportunities to get your adrenaline rushing. You can enjoy a 10-minute Jet-Ski ride, 15-minute banana ride or a 15-minute paragliding session and make memories that last a lifetime.
Soak in history
Soak in Goa’s history with a trip to the Goa State Museum located in Panjim. It was inaugurated in 1996, before which, artefacts were conserved in the Department of Archives by the Archaeology & Museum unit. You could also visit the Naval Aviation Museum in Bogmalo, 6 kms from Vasco da Gama, Goa. This museum has enriching displays in two halves – a two-storied indoor gallery and an outdoor exhibit. One of the most special reasons to visit the museum is that it is one of the only two Military Aviation museums in India.
Witness Goa’s cultural heritage
The Basilica of Bom Jesus or Borea Jezuchi Bajilika is a globally renowned, UNESCO World Heritage Site situated at a distance of 40 kilometres from Margao. The Basilica is special because it holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. It is located in Old Goa, the erstwhile capital of Goa from the initial days of Portuguese rule. Taking a trip to Old Goa is bound to be an experience in itself – a beautiful historical city in the Northern District. It is known for numerous churches affiliated to various congregations, including the Se Cathedral (the seat of the Archbishop of Goa), the church of St. Caetano, the churches of St. Francis of Assisi, and importantly, the Basilica of Bom Jesus.
Experience a gastronomic delight
Goan cuisine is unique and invariably delicious. The staple diet of Goa majorly constitutes of rice and fish curry, served along with fried fish and pickles. Visit small beach shacks and also top restaurants in Goa that serve local delicacies such as prawn Balchao and Kingfish in Garlic. Inspired by Portuguese and local flavours, these are must-haves when in Goa.
Plan a luxurious Goan getaway in September to experience the best of natural beauty, food, culture and history.