This land of pristine beaches washed by Arabian Sea, intricate churches, Portuguese architectures, forts and temples, lush green coconut and palm-tree groves, beautiful villages and mouth watering dishes is one of the most popular holiday destinations in India and appeals vacationers from all over the world.
But an improper plan can truly ruin the pleasure of the holidays.
But you shouldnâ€™t worry with Wise-she at your side; we are here to help you for a hassle-free memorable trip.
Initially, as soon as you decide that â€œYes, Goa is the place I want to goâ€, finalise the means of transport. It is possible to reach Goa by air, rail and even by road. Goa has an international airport and there are flights to Goa from Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Bangalore. Trains are also available from Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Mangalore and Bangalore. The road service to Goa is also very nice; it has its own charm and fun. Direct Volvos and hired cars are available from Mumbai. It took around 14hrs for the Volvo to reach Mapusa Bus stop, Goa from Mumbai.
Second most important thing is hotel booking. From five star hotels to modest guest houses, Goa is decked up with variety of accommodations. You just have to google through the various hotel sites, call them and confirm your booking.
For instance, Iâ€™m providing you all with the name of a few hotels that are worth mentioning.
Beside Taj Exotica and Park Hyatt, there are “O Camerao” on Calangute Beach (a lovely serene cottage where I had stayed during my last trip), Hotel Goa Marriot Resort located on Miramar Beach, Hotel Devasthali near Hollant Beach, Phoenix Park Inn Resort, Hotel Exotica etc.
PLACES TO RUSH:-
Goa without beaches is no Goa at all. The beaches of Goa are enchantingly beautiful, full of fun frolic activities and adventure. Some of the Beaches worth a stroll are:-
- Calangute Beach:- Â said to be the queen of all Beaches in Goa
- Anjuna Beach: world famous for its trance parties held on theÂ beach.
- Arambol beach:- very peaceful..it is locally sometimes called the Virgin Beach..
- Colva Beach:- broad and beautiful, and has a stream coursing through it.
- Candolim Beach:- great for sunset
- Baga Beach:- Â most happeningÂ beachesÂ on the coast
- Agonda:- beautiful, stress-free, quiet beach.
- Dona Paula:- Dona Paula BeachÂ attract thousands of tourists for the mystical love story related to it.
Few others are Bogmalo, Majorda, Betul, Velsao
But there is a lot more to explore other than just beaches. Inland from the beaches there are Portu-goan artistry, dating back to the time when India was under colonial rule. More of the Portugese heritages are situated in the further north, old Goa,Â which is more traditional, historic and has a unique cultural heritage. HugeÂ churches, monastaries, cathedarals, monuments, nunneriesÂ and otherÂ Portuguese buildings, the smattering of bell towers, and flying buttresses date back to 17th century. Some places of interest are:-
- Chapel Of St. Francis Xavier: Also known as Old Church, The mortal remains ofÂ St.Â Francis XavierÂ can be seen through a glass case in thisÂ chapel.
- Chapora Fort:- This is the fort where shooting of famous Film Dil Chahta hai took place, very scenic, surrounded by sea on 2 sides and river on the other side.
- Big Foot Cross Museum:- A unique museum at Loutolim, Goa
- St Augustine church:- One of the most spectacular of all monuments inÂ Goa.
- Aguada Fort:- This is the largest and the best-preserved seventeenth century Portuguese bastion in Goa.
- House of Braganza:- A famous Portuguese architecture.
- Mayem Lake:- great if you want to have a boat trip while bird watching.
- Dudhsagar Waterfall:- is a tiered waterfall located on the Mandovi River. I just wish I could watch it every single morning.
- Bondla wildlife Sanctuary
The colonists were in Goa for a reason, the spices. Rent a mophed and cruise out to one of the Goaâ€™s spice plantations. The famous flea markets of Goa shouldnâ€™t be missed. They are heaven for shoppers, bargain and bargain for junk jewelleries and clothing, a market for cashews and good alcohol too.
The mouth watering cuisine in the shacks on the beach, and also in restaurants like ” Indian ocean”, â€œChef Soumyen’s Kitchenâ€, â€œAfter Eightâ€, â€œSOUZA LOBOâ€, â€œSparrowâ€™s nestâ€Â are there to satisfy your taste buds. Indulge in one of the best sea food destinations of India.
Shining brightly in the heart of the city, a pulse definitely would reverberate with the constant rush of the Goaâ€™s nightlife. Club Havana with its amazing music, Tito’s pub in Baga Beach, Club West End, Â Club Cubana just to name a few.
The most scintillating and captivating places of India, Goa is a paradise for a leisurely beach holiday. If given a chance I would go there every month, rather I would stay there for my whole life.
Have you ever been to Goa? Do share your experiences.
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