Experiencing Goa by its beaches and beyondApril 25, 2016
Goa is one place no one usually plans before visiting. 90% of the people go there with one thought in mind — to party. The beaches are the first and last thing they see during their stay there which is what Goa is not all about. There is so much more to see and do in Goa apart from the beaches which is why you need to go on a well planned holiday to Goa the next time around.
Goa is one of the best holiday destinations in the world, however all that is every talked about this beautiful place is its beaches. Sure it’s beaches are divine but there so much more to Goa to that than just that. It is easily accessible from any major cities in India especially from Mumbai. Mumbai to Goa distance by flight is just about 400 km and almost 10 hours by road which can be easily approached by an overnight volvo. Here are some things you can look forward to if you are planning a trip to Goa.
The beaches of Goa are inevitable. A talk of Goa without its beaches is impossible. Although its beaches are beautiful and the main tourist attraction to the state, the state still has so much to offer to its visitors if they are willing to explore it. Beach parties are epic during the peak seasons and the clubs scenes are equally happening during the off seasons as well. You can stay along the shacks in the beaches or get yourself a homestay or book an accommodation in one of the beautiful beach resorts.
Street markets in Goa are not to be missed. You can get almost everything in these street market from the best spices, clothing, accessories, electronic items to home decors. Most of the markets are open on weekly basis. The weekly Anjuna Wednesday market and the Saturday night bazaar are two of the most popular in Goa.
One of things you must most definitely do is to set some time aside from your trip to visit Old Goa. It is in this part that most of the churches are set including ancient chapels with the most popular of the lot being the Basilica of Bom Jesus. Old Goa is not very far from the capital city of Panjim.
Streets of Goa
Take a scroll around the streets of Goa and appreciate the buildings and cottages built since the time of the colonial rule. The architecture is a clear reflection of the Portuguese and European style. The Latin architectures in the Fontainhas neighbourhood is considered as one of the top places to visit in Goa and has also been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Explore the wildlife
Wildlife is widely prevalent in Goa, infact, 20 % of Goa is taken up by wildlife reserves and wildlife sanctuaries. The Mollem National Park and the Cotigao wildlife sanctuaries are some of the most popular wildlife reserves found in Goa.