India is going to open up and be ready to welcome visitors. Since the COVID-19 pandemic struck in March 2020, scheduled flight services have been suspended; however, this is about to change. All international flight services will be fully operational on March 27, 2022. Since it’s been a while since tourists flew across the country, here’s a list of reasons why Goa should be at the top of your bucket list.
This tiny state is about more than beaches, booze, and trance parties. There’s nowhere else in India like it, a picturesque blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures sweetened with sun, sea, sand, seafood, and spirituality.
There’s a Lot To See
In Goa, you’ll find stunning scenery, stunning architecture, and history around every corner. A 75-mile-long stretch of unbroken coastline Beautiful golden sand beaches surrounded by tropical palm trees and blue waters. There are over 35 beaches to choose from, but here are a few of the best: Beaches in the north include Anjuna, Arambol, Mandrem, and Morjim, while beaches in the south include Palolem.
You’ll have the opportunity to explore some of the state’s lesser-known treasures in peace. such as the aroma of fresh spices at a spice plantation, elephants at the Jungle Book, magnificent views and Portuguese history from Sinquerim Fort, Greek performances at Greek restaurant Thalassa, architectural wonders at Rivona Caves, Arvalem Caves, or Lamgau Caves, and so on.
For Water Sports
Goa has it all if you like water. This Indian state’s coastline stretches along the Arabian Sea, so there’s plenty of beach to go around. You can go scuba diving or snorkelling in the sea, take a sport fishing tour, or try kitesurfing, among other activities.
Goa also has some beautiful rivers, such as the Zuari and the Nerul, that offer calmer activities like kayaking or backwater cruises.
You can go to the beautiful Colva beach or the extremely happening Baga, or you can go to Mandrem for a quieter experience, or you can just sit by the water at Miramar and watch crabs and shells scurry back to be hidden again. Water sports are popular. Whether it’s water skiing or banana boat rides, there’s something for everyone.
Lip – Smacking Seafood
There are thousands of seafood restaurants and dhabas in Goa that serve delectable cuisine. Goa’s seafood is second to none, thanks to its proximity to the sea. Try the best seafood restaurants in Goa, which serve Sheet Kodi Nutsy, Fried Fish, Crabs, Prawn Curry, Pomfret, and many other luscious Goan cuisines.
Martins Corner in Betalbatim, Copper Leaf in Panjim, Souza Lobo in Calangute, and others are among the best seafood restaurants in Goa.
Don’t forget to try Feni, a cashew or coconut-based local liquor. This drink has been described as a part of Goa’s culture, so don’t leave without at least one sip!
There are festivities and celebrations all year in Goa, but the summer months (March-May) are especially lively. Shigmo (March), a street festival that depicts Goan life through folk performances, music, dance, and parades, is the best festival at this time of year; and every February, tourists flock to Goa to enjoy the carnival festival. dedicated to the Portuguese era, with festival goers dressed in traditional garb and even fancy dress.
The four days of February in Goa are very special for every tourist and local because they all enjoy the carnival where they drink, eat, dance, and have a great time. The Goa International Jazz Live, World Mouth Harp, Hilltop Festival, Music on the Mount, and many other important festivals should not be missed.
Let’s Go Shopping
The market has a large selection of goods for sale, including some locally made handicraft work, seashells, jewellery, and much more. During the day, these markets are packed with people and offer some great deals on goods. With almost no crowds, the vendors slash the prices of their wares in order to make a sale.
Shopaholics can fill their bags with Goan specialties and souvenirs without breaking the bank. In addition, alcohol is inexpensive during this time of year. There are even more reasons to party until the sun comes up. This beachside flea market is brimming with eclectic finds, many of which are handcrafted. Make a point of visiting Anjuna on a Wednesday.
Wonders of Architecture
If you want to experience the true beauty of Goa, you must visit Old Goa and the famous churches. These holy places provide an unparalleled sense of peace, structural excellence, legacy, and history. These churches in Goa exhibit stunning Portuguese design and architectural beauty that you should not miss.
The architecture of Goa is very different from other places in India because of the Portuguese influence in this area as opposed to the French and British influence in the rest of the subcontinent.
There are places that retain the essence of Portuguese culture, such as St. Cathedral, which serves as the seat of the Archbishop of Goa, the Church of St. Francis, and many others. Famous Churches of Goa: Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, Church of Lady of Rosary, St Francis, Chapel of St. Catherine, etc.
Peace or Party?
The nightlife in Goa has its own place in people’s lives, and the rules for partying in Goa are very relaxed, allowing one to party until dawn. In fact, there are a variety of these parties, such as beach parties, cruise ship parties, and even silent parties, to ensure that tourists who visit here have the best time possible,However, once you’ve had your fill of the hangover, Goa has a variety of places for you to relax such as treks through the jungle, old-world history, or beaches, Goa has everything you need to unwind, whether it’s relaxing jungle treks, old-world history, or beaches.
Photo by Dibyajyoti Kalita