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Goa- The party destination of India
What is the one thing that comes to your mind when you are planning for Goa?? It is always about the party and having fun!! Goa is the heart and soul of India. Lying on beaches, having seafood at the shacks, tasting the traditional drink of Goa, Fenni, each and every part would be a memorable one when you plan on visiting Goa. On the other hand, Goa has many hidden places in it which are simply worth visiting. Goa can be felt in every beat and pulse when you visit these offbeat places in Goa. Being a true traveller spread your wings and looks a little deeper from the perspective of a tourist. Goa has many natures’ capes which are waiting to be explored.
Best time to visit Goa
The best time for Goa is the months of November to March when the atmosphere is calm and there is a cool breeze blowing all over Goa. These months are pleasant and you can enjoy your very best. The summertime can also be chosen to visit Goa from April to October but it might not be an ideal time as the sun always soars high up in the sky during those months.
How to reach Goa?
Goa is easily accessible through air, railways and road. These are some of the ways:
1. By air
The shortest route to Goa is from Mumbai as the Dabolim Airport is very close to Panjim. All flights land in this airport making transport easier.
2. By railwayVasco Da Gama and Madgaon are the two main railway stations connecting Goa. These two stations have connectivity with the rest part of India and taxis can be hired by tourists just outside the stations.
3. By road
The NH4 is the shortest route to Goa connecting Mumbai and Bangalore. One is sure to find cabs and buses running on this road every time to Goa. Hop into one for an extra adventurous holiday!
Offbeat places to visit in Goa
Goa is a land of hidden treasures waiting to be seen from every nook and corner. There are so many offbeat places in Goa which you leave you amazed. Some of these are listed as under:
1. Butterfly Conservatory
If you fond of nature and animals, then the Butterfly Conservatory is just the right place for you. Get inside it and view some of the happiest and colourful butterflies left open. They have almost every species of butterflies which makes it more fascinating. Watch the butterflies gather nectar from flowers which are pretty amazing. You can take pictures with all these little caterpillars.
2. Spice plantations
Walk through the amazing spice plantations in Goa. This place is situated on the outskirts of Goa where you will get to learn a lot about the variety of spices available in India and many of these spices are also flavourful in their own sense. The Savoi Plantations and Sahakar Spice Farm are the two most influential ones in Goa. The plantations look so beautiful and if you get an opportunity, sit on the back of elephants and let them give you a bath.. Trust me, it will be joyful!
3. Cumbarjua Backwater Canal
Are you interested in the river cruise? Goa will provide you one but in a little lesser known way. The Backwater river cruise on the backwaters of the Cumbarjua Canal is simply the adventurous thing that you can imagine. Crossing mangrove forests and thick marshes, you can have lunch with your loved ones amidst these forests. One can spot crocodiles in these backwaters and you can also get in touch with the people of the village native to this place.
4. Cabo de Rama
One of the earliest ruins of the Portuguese colony in Goa is the ruins of Cabo De Rama. It is situated just facing the sea and the sunset view from this point is superb. This place is considered to be one of the most relaxing places in Goa where you can chill without any fear. There are some fort houses making it a good place for hanging out or having a picnic with friends.
Famous beaches of Goa
In Goa beaches are it's major attractions. Basking in the sun, the fresh water and warm sands make you relax and forget your worries for some time. Some of the amazing beaches in Goa are listed as under:
1. Galgibaga Beach
If you want something unique, then you should definitely galgibaga beach because of the presence of Olive Ridley turtles which are endangered and especially found in this beach. Crystal clear water and silver sands make up for this beach. These turtles can be seen only if you have the luck. A beach which should be visited once.
2. Baga Beach
If you are a night lover and came to Goa for parties, Baga Beach is the perfect beach for you as it is famous because of its night shacks and bars. Local drinks, music and seafood are the specialities of this beach and this beach is always crowded. The waves of this beach are qui0te huge and a salt bath is the best thing you can out in this particular beach.
3. Anjuna Beach
This beach is spread across a vast acre of land and the palm trees create a scintillating environment in this beach. Innovative rock formations can be seen in this beach which appears mystically and then disappears suddenly. This beach is also famous for trance dances and parties. There is a greater liveliness in this place which is welcomed by everyone, old and young alike. A Wednesday Flea market sits on this beach which is loaded with Goan jewellery which you can purchase for yourself.
4. Calangute Beach
If you are a foodie, then visiting this beach becomes a must. The < b>golden sands shimmering and the wonderful tidal waves just make your heart go gaga over this beach. This beach is known for its famous restaurants which serves authentic Goan food loved by everyone. Being in Goa, you cannot miss out on the seafood of various types. You can try out water sports activities like paragliding and water surfing.
Activities to try out in Goa
1. Crab catching trip
Get scared and get your hands dirty when you go on a hilarious crab catching experience in Goa. This can turn out to be dangerous but can there be fun without some kind of thrill in it? With homemade nets known as Kobblem, you will be taken to the backwaters to catch crabs. The best way to get this experience is to make a local friend who can take you out on such kinds of expeditions.
2. Idealising Goan rural scene
Far away from the city life of Goa is the rural culture which started with the Portuguese inhabiting in Goa. Reach out to these villages for a fragrance of what rural Goa feels like. The views, the landscapes are beautiful and make you want to stay in this place forever. The locals of Goa are famous for their hands in the bakery, so don’t forget to give it a try.
3. Play with Dolphins
There is a fantastic activity which starts from Fort Aguada and this is the dolphin watching activity. You are taken in groups in cruises and you can experience the dolphins floating past you. If you are a swimmer, you can even take a dip and swim with these lovely creatures. They can make your holiday even more memorable.
4. Devil’s Canyon
The Devil’s Canyon is still considered to be one of the cursed places of Goa. If you visit this place, there is an eerie silence which you can experience even today. A river flows through the Canyon making certain rock patterns. For a spooky experience, you can surely visit this place.
Foods to try out in Goa
1. Crab Xec Xec:
As it is a coastal ground, seafood is common and the best dish out of the lot is the crab. Cooked with spices and grounded coconut, this dish is one of a kind. It has eventual flavours and you can experience sweet and spicy in the same dish. It is a gravy dish and served with rice or bread.
2. Ambot Tik:
It is yet another seafood dish made from fish and it has a sour and pungent taste to it. This dish is delicious and it is a gravy dish prepared with dried chillies, paprika and tamarind. Boiled rice is served with this dish.
This is a three-layered cake made from eggs, coconut milk, sugar and ghee. This sweet dish is prepared in layers because of which it takes time and patience to make this dish. The consistency is required to be maintained to give fluffiness to the cake. Bebinca is prepared mostly during Christmas or on any special occasions.
4. Goan Feni:
It is an alcoholic drink famous in Goa and it has a strong aroma. It is made of cashew nuts and apples which are first crushed and then made to ferment to reach the three grades layer. Feni prepared from coconut is less popular. It is a famous Goan drink and served on every occasion.These are some of the interesting things about Goa. Plan your next vacation in Goa and Goa will blow your minds away!