Goa is often referred to as ‘India for beginners’ and a visit here at the start of your trip is a great way to ease yourself into the hustle and bustle of India’s cities, such as Delhi and Bangalore. Whether you hope to explore city and coast, or you’re simply looking for a holiday with a difference, take a look at five of our favourite things to do in Goa.
With so much to see and do, make sure you pack a guide book in your cabin luggage. After all, you wouldn’t want to miss out on anything while you’re there.
Hit the beach
Stretched along India’s west coast, Goa is home to a stunning shoreline lapped by the crystalline waters of the Arabian Sea. Simply lay back, relax and soak in the tropical sun, or get in on the adrenalin action with the various water sports available. From tranquil Baga Beach in the north, to the livelier Calangute further south, you’ll find the perfect blend of character and calm along Goa’s coast.
Thanks to its diverse landscape and rich history, there is plenty to see in Goa. One of the most popular excursions is to Dudhsagar Waterfalls, the second largest waterfall in India. At the nearby village of Molem, hire a jeep for the bumpy ride to the base of the falls and explore the unrivalled beauty of Dudhsagar’s gushing cascades and the surrounding streams and pools.
Sample local cuisine
From its coastal location, it’s hardly surprising this is one of the best spots in India to sample seafood, with the most well known dish being fish, curry and rice. There is so much variety on offer in Goa’s restaurants and beachside shacks and, when combined with the cooking skills of local chefs, results in a mouth-watering selection of delicious dishes.
In addition to the shopping malls and stylish boutiques, there are also several flea markets located throughout Goa. Selling an array of local handicrafts, you are sure to leave with plenty of souvenirs and keepsakes after a visit to Anjuna or Mapusa markets but, before you hand over your cash, make sure you bargain with the seller starting by offering 50% lower than the asking price.
Experience local wildlife
Much of the landscape here is made up of dense forest and animal sanctuaries, allowing nature lovers to get up close and personal with some of the regions local wildlife. The Mandovi-Zuari Wildlife Sanctuary, considered one of India’s best, consists of a stretch of rich mangrove swamps that are home to a huge range of fish, snakes, jackals, birds, crocodiles and much more.