One of the best times to visit Goa is during the annual Goa Carnival, which starts tentatively in the month of February. Besides enjoying the festivities, make your holiday memorable with these top 10 things to do in Goa. Moreover, if your Pockets are heavy then you can visit Goa at the time of New Year. Yes, you guessed the right thing… THE SUNBURN GOA. A Paradise for Music lovers.
1. Beauty & Beaches
A perfect day at the beach…
Of course, It has to start with the beaches! While beaches in North Goa steal the limelight, South Goa beaches are less crowded. But the best ones are: Arossim Beach and Utorda Beach near the town of Majorda in South Goa. For North Goa, Baga Beach, Calangute Beach and Anjuna Beach bag the ‘people’s choice award’! Water sports on these beaches include jet skiing, parasailing, scuba diving and falling from a banana boat. Moreover one should visit the beaches in the early morning to get a glimpse of local Fisherman and their Daily Catch. And on the top of it, a Short Walks on the Beaches is always Welcomed!!
2. Spicy Sights
A Visit to Spice Plantation !!
Wait Wait…, it’s not what you thought really! It’s not just a Normal Visit to Spice Plantation. I’m talking about visiting the Spice Plantation in the Ponda area called Sahakari spice plantation. And mark my words your nostrils will remind you why Europeans came to India! This largest spice farm of the region lets you pluck and taste pepper, bite a Peri Peri, bathe through an ‘elephant shower’ and feast on a traditional Goan lunch cooked with farm spices. While not many visit spice gardens plantations in Goa, but those who do, praise them no less than then a beach.
3. Old is Gold!
Famous for the architecture, Goa churches are worth a visit.
In Panjim, history comes alive. This is Old Goa, the state capital for the better part of three centuries and known as the ‘Rome of the East’. The cavalcades of churches, convents, museums, art galleries, government buildings, bungalows, and bakeries together make it tough to suggest what not to see in Old Goa. Yet, Basilica of Bom Jesus and Sé de Santa Catarina are the most visited ones. Also, Old Goa is currently a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
4. Enter the Jungle!
A wildlife sanctuary in Goa? Yes, you Read it correct!
Goa has wildlife much more exciting than its nightlife! The Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and Mollem National Park have animals like the panther, sloth bear, mouse deer and even barking deer. Moreover, there are 200 species of birds including the Indian great black woodpecker, Malabar pied hornbill, paradise flycatcher, fairy bluebird, emerald dove and Kingfisher.This peaceful sanctuary in the foothills of the Western Ghats (known as Sahyadri in Konkani) can be visited from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm on all days.
5. The Market of Ingo
Shop till you drop at the lively markets!
Ingo’s Night Market one of its kind markets is held in the Arpora area of Goa on Saturdays.This all started way back in the Arpora in the year 1999. Initially, it was a small market where the foreigners could drink a few beers and catch up with the latest gossip, there were few artists and a bit of live music. Later a German named Ingo split to form his own market and allowed anyone who could pay his prices to come and set up shop. His efforts have borne fruits and today the market has turned massive.Today the Ingo’s Night Market in Arpora has innumerable stalls and shops. These are crowded with visitors and tourists who eat, drink, shop and enjoy the live shows. The people have a great time while the merchants make a load of money. The market is a great way of socializing and killing time.This market is on for about six months of winter and presents a variety of junk jewelry, imported T-shirts, hippie merchandise, Indian and global cuisine from Rajasthan and Kashmir to Turkey, Spain and the rest of Europe!
Today the Ingo’s Night Market in Arpora has innumerable stalls and shops. These are crowded with visitors and tourists who eat, drink, shop and enjoy the live shows. The people have a great time while the merchants make a load of money. The market is a great way of socializing and killing time.This market is on for about six months of winter and presents a variety of junk jewelry, imported T-shirts, hippie merchandise, Indian and global cuisine from Rajasthan and Kashmir to Turkey, Spain and the rest of Europe!
6. Dolphin Adventure
Take a dolphin cruise.
The dolphins are a way better sight in reality than on Discovery or Animal Planet! A dolphin cruise in Goa is therefore exciting for the old and the young alike. Dolphins pepping out of the sea around your boat in a graceful motion is the best thing you would have ever seen and saved on camera. The dolphin cruise trip is flanked with a daylong tour of Grand Island, ideal for a peaceful picnic.
7. Trip to Naval Aviation Museum
Visit The Naval Aviation Museum
The Naval Aviation Museum is a military museum located in Bogmalo, 6 km from Vasco da Gama, Goa, India. This museum contains exhibits that showcase the evolution of the Indian Naval Air Arm over the decades. The museum is divided into two main parts, an outdoor exhibit, and a two-stored indoor gallery. The Museum was inaugurated in October 1998 and is one of the Two Military Aviation Museums in India, the other being the Indian Air Force Museum, Palam in Delhi. The Naval Aviation Museum is only of its kind in the entire continent of Asia.The outdoor exhibit is a huge park that visitors can walk through and see decommissioned aircraft that saw service with the Navy. Some of them date back to before the 1940s. A small shed also displays various aircraft engines. A total of 13 aircraft are on display.
Now, Let’s Checkout some Food Stuff!
8. Mum’s Kitchen
A mouthwatering Food Paradise: Mum’s Kitchen!
By name one can expect it to be a small eatery which would be fairly priced. But it turned out to be a fine dining restaurant. Obviously one can expect higher prices in comparison to other places in Goa.This restaurant in Panjim, the capital of Goa, offers Portuguese and Goan cuisine in a finger-licking blend. One good thing about Mum’s Kitchen is the variety of healthy vegetarian dishes on the menu.
9. Martin’s Corner
Try the seafood at Martin’s Corner!
Near Majorda in South Goa is Betalbatim, a small village with a famed restaurant, called Martin’s Corner. The food here is legendary. King crabs, prawn vindaloo, garlic chicken and sea food that is mixed with sauces and spices. These are just some of the reasons why celebrities, locals, and tourists flock to Martin’s Corner.
It is endorsed by big names like Sachin Tendulkar. The restaurant was started off from a small shop where boys from the locality would come to play carrom or drop in for a soft drink. As it gained popularity, Mrs. Carfina started to serve traditional Goan dishes. Sachin Tendulkar who loves to eat here has a dish named after him.
10. St. Anthony’s Beach Shack
Relax with food and drinks at Baga Beach
At the beginning of Baga Beach is St. Anthony’s bar, restaurant, and shack. Imagine yourself around, tables with candle-lamps and beach chairs by the water with live music or karaoke performances in the background. The delicious seafood or vegetarian dishes wash down well with anything from local beer to wine. Another indulgence at St. Anthony’s is the flavored hookah, which can get stronger and naughtier with vodka inside it!