Ever wondered why India’s smallest state attracts such a large number of tourists from around the globe? In short, it’s the beautiful beaches, architectural wonders, water-based activities, culinary delights, lively flea markets, buzzing nightlife and most importantly, a chilled way of life. Enticing, isn’t it? Now that the idea of visiting Goa has tickled your fancy, here are some important tips to consider when heading to this tourist’s paradise.
Stay Ahead in Accommodation
From affordable to affluent, Goa is ripe with lodging options. It is always a wise idea to book your accommodation in advance as it can run out extremely fast, especially during long weekends and peak season (winter months).
One of the best ways to explore all the places to visit in Goa is on a two-wheeler. There’s nothing quite like cruising on well-maintained roads to get the adrenaline pumping. Bikes and scooters are freely available for rent, starting at INR 250 ($3.83) per day, depending on the season and vehicle type. Remember to have your driver’s license and helmet with you.
Get Some Sand Therapy
Goa’s coastline stretches to 105 kilometres (65.2 miles), making it a beach lover’s dream. Baga, Calangute, Candolim and Vagator are some of the most famous tourist places in Goa, making them unpleasantly crowded. If you’re looking for a bit of solitude, you can check out the lesser-explored Ashwem beach, Butterfly beach, Kakolem beach, and Mobor beach.
Experience the Thrill
Even though Goa is famous for its slow lifestyle, there are a lot of things to do in Goa that can set your pulse racing. Enjoy the highs of bungee jumping, paragliding, hot air balloon rides or explore the sea through scuba diving, jet skiing, kayaking, windsurfing and parasailing. If you want to drop down a gear, you can always do some yoga and choose from a multitude of yoga retreats available on the map.
Keep the Dangers at Bay
When heading to these sandy seashores, keep in mind to carry plenty of sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat to prevent sunburn and sunstroke. Also, look out for beaches with red flags. They symbolize that swimming here can be hazardous as the high tide can pull you away into the sea. A good idea is to talk to a lifeguard before venturing for a dip.
Have a Cash Reserve
Credit card machines can be a rarity in many Goan places. Don’t forget to keep a wad of cash with you when going to small shacks, bars, restaurants and shops. In case you run out of cash supply, there are plenty of ATM outlets also easily available.
Learn the Art of Haggling
Make sure your bargaining game is on point when you head over to flea markets – some of the best places to visit in Goa. These markets have spices, carpets, wooden artefacts, handicrafts, and much more on display and you can unearth some real gems for the right price
Savour the Flavours
With a range of African, Brazilian, Chinese, French, Konkan, Portuguese, Malabar and Malaysian delights to choose from, Goa has something for everyone. Goan Fish Curry, Chicken Cafreal, Feijoada, Samarachi Kodi and Bebinca are a must try.