Beaches, parties, fish and feni are the quintessential elements of Goa. And if one hasn’t tried or experienced these, then you haven’t visited Goa. However, these 4 things only scratch the surface of what Goa is really about. This tiny state, just about 3,700 square km in area, is undoubtedly action packed. It features everything that a traveler can ask for – beaches, rivers, hills, green pastures, coupled with friendly people, great food and a vast array of entertainment and adventure options. There is something for every age group and every pocket to enjoy in Goa.
The migratory dolphins are a delight to watch as they swim in the warm waters of the Arabian Sea. Dolphin viewing, made popular because of several movies, is conducted in the waters of Goa. You can take a boat ride, usually starting from the Fort Aguada, Sinquerim or Panaji Jetty. The boat will stop at a distance and you can watch these magnificent creatures and take photographs too. Enjoy the boat ride in the Arabian Sea and breathe the fresh sea air. What makes this tour special Be mesmerized by watching the beautiful animals jumping up and down in delight Participate in the activity of dolphin spotting in the pristine, cool waters of Goa Spot the historical buildings of Fort Aguada, Lighthouse and Millionaire’s Palace along the way.
One of the best ways to enjoy your holiday in Goa is to explore its local culinary culture. And if this comes along with a hands-on demo of the food being cooked, along with a market tour, then the experience is even better. This tour will start at 11 am. Guests will gather at Chef Peter’s 80 year old Portuguese ancestral house. From there, he will lead you to the beautiful Savlem bird watching point. Check out a few seasonal birds, hear their peaceful chirping and then proceed to a 300 year old chapel. After the visit to the chapel, Peter will take you to the local Tinto (market) at Nerul to get a feel of the local market for veggies, fish and other local items. We return to Chef Peters Kitchen by 1 pm. Here guests will get to learn 2 typical Goan dishes, under the expert guidance of Chef Peter. This culinary session will be followed by a typical authentic Goan lunch at Chef Peter’s restaurant on the same premises. The tour will end around 3 pm after the lunch.
You can discover the scenic sights and picturesque villages of Goa as you cycle through Divar and Chorao Islands. Meeting point is at 7.00 am at Our Lady of Succour Church. Then proceed to the historic significance of Divar Island to Old Goa. Stop for breakfast at a local eatery on your way to Chorao. Experience bird watching as you pedal through uninhabited areas in Chorao Island and its bird sanctuary. Cycling gives you a far more rewarding journey than walking! And around 12:00 pm conclude your tour at Soccour Church. Important Notes: Light and comfortable clothing is recommended, with shoes appropriate for a 25 km bike ride This tour is not recommended for guests with heart problems or other serious medical conditions Please note, Divar Island is covered only if the group isn't too tired after having visited Chorao Island and Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary Min 2 pax require to perform this activity Meeting point is at 7.00 am at Our Lady of Succour Church.
Take an adventurous trip on Mandovi River and enjoy various activities and views. A fun trip on the river on a boat followed by a range of adventure activities and food - Does this sound quite interesting and exciting? Enjoy the special boat trip which brings you a range of entertaining activities as you get an insight of the magnificence of the Mandovi River as you travel on a boat exploring its natural beauty. There will be music on board for you to enjoy. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings as you travel on the river relishing some snacks and washing them down with beer. You can also get cold drinks to enjoy the chilling breeze. Get sightseeing opportunities of the backwaters as well in this trip. As you explore the waters you can also enjoy some other water activities such as Kayaking, Fishing and experience stand up paddle boats. Have fun as you embark on a joyous journey. Slots Starting Time: 10.00 am to 1.00 pm Starting Time: 2.30 am to 5.30 pm
Experience the underwater life through scuba diving at Grand Island at Sinquerim beach. Get picked up from the nearest main road or from hotel in Calangute, Baga, and Candolim. Go through the training before the activity and enjoy the experience without worrying about capturing the same in camera. Get complimentary photos and videos of your activity to carry home with you. Veg/Non-veg lunch will also be provided during the activity. Timings: 09:00 A.M to 5:00 P.M (All Days) Difficulty Level: Beginner Recommended backpack essentials Waterproof bags Camera Medication (if any) Water Sunscreen Power bank Change of clothes Towel Warm clothes Tips Participants must be over 10 years of age. Kids above 10 years will be charged as adults. This activity is not recommended for pregnant women, and those with medical conditions including, but not limited to, heart problems, asthma and back pain. Participants are responsible for picking up after themselves. Please do not litter the area. We recommend athleisure wear or clothes that allow for movement. Clothes such as saree or salwar kameez may restrict movement. A safety briefing will be conducted before the start of activity. For those who wear spectacles, it is advisable to wear it with a strap. Covered footwear is mandatory (please note: bare feet, slippers / flip-flops and sandals are not allowed). The total duration of the activity is inclusive of briefing by instructors, pre-activity preparation and actual activity time.
With abundance of beaches and several rivers, water sports and water based adventure trips are some of the top things to do in Goa. Water sport activities in Goa are conducted from October to May and you will find them on most of the beaches in Goa. You can pre-book and get discounts on a complete water sports package including banana boat ride, jet ski, para sailing, etc. Enjoy monsoon time activities such as bird sanctuaries, backwater islands, kayaking, river rafting and back water cruises. What makes this tour special Parasailing- Parasailing is the most exhilarating activity in Goa. While being suspended high up the air, one gets to relish the majestic view of the exquisite beach landscapes and the sea.It is a magical experience. Jetski Ride- Jet Skiing is one of the cherished water sports of Goa, and one of the most thrilling and adventurous sports. You’ll mostly see people enjoying this sport around winter season to set their adrenaline rushing. Banana Ride-Banana Ride has been one of the most adventurous water sports in Goa that will test your strength. It is a fun sport to play along with the family members though. Bumper Ride-Bumper ride in Goa with fun knocking thrilling ride with splashing water on you. Bumper Boat Ride is suitable for all ages. Boat Ride-Boat ride takes you on the fierce waves and tides as the boat floats along with the lapping water of Arabian sea
Experience scuba diving at the Sinquerim beach. Experience the underwater life through scuba diving at Grand Island at Sinquerim beach. Ge picked up from the nearest main road or from hotel in Calangute, Baga, and Candolim. Go through the training before the activity and enjoy the experience without worrying about capturing the same in camera. Get complimentary photos and videos of your activity to carry home with you. Veg/non-veg lunch will also be provided during the activity. Timings: 09:00 A.M to 5:00 P.M (All Days) Difficulty Level: Beginner Recommended backpack essentials Waterproof bags Camera Medication (if any) Water Sunscreen Power bank Change of clothes Towel Warm clothes Tips Participants must be over 10 years of age. Kids above 10 years will be charged as adults. This activity is not recommended for pregnant women, and those with medical conditions including, but not limited to, heart problems, asthma and back pain. Participants are responsible for picking up after themselves. Please do not litter the area. We recommend athleisure wear or clothes that allow for movement. Clothes such as saree or salwar kameez may restrict movement. A safety briefing will be conducted before the start of activity. For those who wear spectacles, it is advisable to wear it with a strap. Covered footwear is mandatory (please note: bare feet, slippers / flip-flops and sandals are not allowed). The total duration of the activity is inclusive of briefing by instructors, pre-activity preparation and actual activity time.
If you are a frequent visitor to Goa, you will know that the beaches, much like a lot of other things, are distinctly different in North and South Goa. In the north, you will find the popular beaches of Baga, Calangute and Candolim bustling with activities. The previously quieter beaches of Anjuna and Vagator are slowly joining in this category. Here you will find a variety of shacks, water sports and several other activities to keep you occupied and entertained. If you want somewhere a bit more peaceful, head up north to Arambhol, Mandrem, Ashwem and Keri for a more relaxed atmosphere. The beaches of South Goa are a world unto themselves – unending expanses of white sands interspersed with trees and much lesser reminders of the civilization around.
For the thrill and adventure seekers, there are a plethora of activities in Goa. Water sports in the open seas at the popular beaches, snorkeling and scuba diving for the enthusiasts. The rivers and hills in Goa offer boating activities and opportunities for treks. The monsoon doesn’t dampen the enthusiasm with the monsoon treks and the water sports activities in the back waters. In the winters, go on a boat into the sea and spot some dolphins.
Churches and temples
For those inclined towards religion or interests in older monuments of Goa, the churches and temples are also a visual treat. The Basilica of Bom Jesus or Borea Jezuchi Bajilika is one of the oldest and arguably one of the most popular churches in Goa. Located in South Goa, the church has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. The Mangueshi and Mhalasa temples in the Ponda area bring hundreds of devotees every year. Located in picturesque and green surroundings, the temple is a must visit for every tourist. The ancient and exquisite temple at Tamdbi Surla is a treat to the eyes as well.
Blessed abundantly with nature, with the ocean on one side, the Western Ghats on the other and the rivers such as Mandovi, Zuari, Chapora and others running through it, Goa is as much ‘God’s own country’. Whatever the season, the natural beauty of Goa won’t disappoint you. During the season time, after the monsoons, make the trip to the magnificent Dudhsagar waterfalls, or trek in some of the beautiful terrains in the hills dotting the state during the monsoons. You can also spot some wild life in the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary or explore some exotic birds at the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
Forts in Goa
It’s perhaps a lesser known fact that Goa has some of the most beautiful forts in the country. Mostly built before or during the Portguese rule, the best part about the forts in Goa is that they are located at the edge of the ocean, offering marvelous views of the Arabian Sea. Try visiting Fort Aguada, Chapora (made famous by the movie Dil Chahta Hai), Reis Magos, Tiracol, Cabo de Rama and so on. Each has a rich history along with the superb locations.
A city like no other in India, Panjim is a small city and the capital of the state. Situated along the banks of the Mandovi river, the promenade along the river makes for an interesting amalgamation of the modern and the traditional. There are old Portuguese buildings to one side of the promenade and cruise boats and floating casinos ply the river on the other side. Take a walk in the Portuguese era district of Fontainhas or visit the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, popularly known as the Panjim city church for a taste of history. The Miramar beach and Dona Paula make for a nice evening outing. Some of the best restaurants and cafes in the city attract you for gastronomic delights.
Nightlife and night markets
In the season time, typically the period between October to March, Goa seems to come out of its hibernation. Open air clubs and parties, musical and theatrical events and even the international film festival – all happen during this period. The unique night markets at Arpora and Baga bring throngs of tourists and locals alike to savor some delicacies, enjoy live music and shop for knick-knacks. The night clubs are in full swing with the young crowds swinging to retro, EDM, house and even Bollywood music.
The tourism scenario in Goa has changed. Till a few years ago, people came to Goa to enjoy the beaches and perhaps visit some of the churches and temples. A lot has changed since then. When people travel, they look for activities, sights and experiences beyond the tried and tested. This is truly the beginning of a new era in Goa, where the new and astute travelers will want to experience Goa through new lenses.