Has it ever happened to you that you went to a place seeking something and you discovered not just that but also so much more that you were not expecting in there? Goa is one such tropical getaway which most of us visit for its beaches, but it has so many delights to offer and all of these are available in all seasons.
1. WILDLIFE SANCTUARIES
Goa is a perfect tropical retreat for nature lovers with wildlife sanctuaries like Bhagwan Mahaveer and Mollem National Park, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary which have more than 200 species of birds.
The waterfalls in Goa are spectacular and majestic. The largest and highest in Goa, Dudhsagar waterfall’s magnificence is mesmerizing and bonus is the green cover on all sides of the falls.
3. SPICE PLANTATIONS
If you love Goan cuisine, and you surely would, it’s a great idea to explore the spice plantations here. At Sahakari Spice Farm, you don’t just get to pluck and taste spices, but also feast on a traditional Goan lunch cooked with farm spices.
Goa has some of the most happening night spots and vibrant clubs for all kinds of party lovers. Some of these are located at Anjuna Beach, Baga Beach and of course the floating casinos are very unique to Goa and then there are music festivals like Full Moon Party, Sunburn Music festival to get you grooving.
Goa has a lot of options for the budget traveler with its cheap fares and stay options in all price points. It is super economical especially in off-season.
Most beaches of Goa have water sports facilities like parasailing, windsurfing, jet skiing, banana boat rides, scuba diving and a host of other options to satiate the adrenaline junkie in you.
7. EXCLUSIVE GOAN CUISINE
Goan cuisine is a fusion of Portuguese and South Indian cuisine and its lip smacking dishes like Vindaloo, Sarapatel, Sol Kadi are gastronomical delights you would love to gorge on.
8. YOGA AND AYURVEDA
Goa’s idyllic location is also home to many Yoga and ayurveda centres. Some of the great picks are Palolem, Agonda, Mandrem, Anjuna beaches. You would surely return from Goa feeling rejuvenated and relaxed.
9. ARCHITECTURAL TREASURES
Also known as the ‘Rome of the East’, Old Goa houses many iconic churches, convents, museums, art galleries, bungalows and bakeries which will take you back in time with their unique mix of Portuguese and Hindu Goan styled architecture.
10. PLETHORA OF BEACHES
Of course, it is the most important reason for choosing Goa, and there are so many beaches to choose from to match your tastes. Beaches in north Goa are for party and excitement lovers, whereas those in south are for those looking for some relaxation and tranquility.
11. AFFORDABLE SHOPPING
Shop till you drop at Goa’s popular Mapusa market, Anjuna flea market and many other markets that sell a variety of vintage and bohemian goods, hippie merchandise and much more.
Good things do come in small packages and Goa is that small package filled with not just good but amazing surprises to impress you.