Goa is a beloved travel destination for both Indians as well as foreigners. It is a small state on western coastal region of India. Being coastal region, it has wide range of beaches and resorts to have a great
holiday. It has a scarce population of 1.4 million which makes Goa naturally beautiful as it is less affected
by human intervention.
Goa is thought of being only a beach destination by majority of tourists but no! It is not only about beaches with sand. If you are an explorer you can experience more than beaches in Goa. Goa has a lot to
offer such as Portuguese culture, cathedrals, night bazaars and flora and fauna.
Portuguese Culture in India
Being a Portuguese territory until annexed by India in 1961; Goa exhibits Portuguese influence in its culture. You can see Portuguese style homes, cathedrals, cuisine and much more. It is an exciting
experience when you walk on streets of Goa with Portuguese styled homes and villas all around. These settlements are not overcrowded as beaches of Goa and they offer a peaceful experience in contrast to
the trance beach parties.
Goa houses several Portuguese styled churches such as Se Cathedral and Basilica of Bom Jesus of old Goa. You can multiply your excitement by booking a stay at one of these villas and have a chance to spend a
day with these Goa families in Portuguese styled homes.
Divar Island and Chrao Island
There are two exotic islands in River Mandovi which flows through Goa and meets the Arabian Sea. These islands are exotic because of the distinct experience they offer to the tourists. If you are a nature
lover, Divar and Chrao Islands are heaven for you.
Divar island is famous for its architectural beauty. It is home to three Portuguese style churches and Divar church is most prominent among them. The home and villas are age old but still they have a fresh
feel. Chrao Island is famous for Salim Ali Bird sanctuary which houses several bird species with a natural mangrove ecosystem and is spread in a sprawling area of 440 acres.
Both islands offer best experience of native mangrove habitat to nature lovers as they lie in River Mandovi which has thick foliage of mangrove.
Experience Night Bazaar
When you visit a place, you definitely go for shopping to have some souvenir of your visit. Goa has something different to offer you. Ignos Saturday Nite Bazaar in Arpora resort and Mackie’s Night Bazaar which is situated in Baga city resort offer a huge number of different shops and stores which offer different selection for goods to visitors.
These Bazaars are operated on every Saturday evening. They give extensive range of items such as clothing, souvenirs, jewelry, shoes and handmade articrafts. They have different live dance performances of various musicians and dancers where even you can dance.
It is hard to judge between both as both night markets are quite impressive. The only difference between them is that Mackie’s Bazaar is operated at smaller scale than that of Ignos Nite Bazaaar.
Waterfall for Water Lovers
DudhSagar Fall is one of the 100 highest waterfalls in world which is 310 meter high and 30 meter wide. It adds beauty to the bliss of Western Ghats. But you can’t have full excitement uncovered just by sightseeing of the fall until you go for trekking the waterfall and camp at the base of waterfall. But be cautious with your safety by having life jackets and
trekking guide. You will enjoy the refreshing experience of natural shower falling from 310 meter height!
Remember it is closed in monsoon season (June, July, August) due to heavy rain.
And yes last but not the least; Beaches with Golden sands are eminent to have a full Goa experience.
Beaches are full of exciting people who are always cheerful and ready to party. You can have surfing and skiing adventures at beach which will sooth your senses to extreme heights.
You can choose from a number of beaches such as Anjuna Beach, Calangute Beach, Baga Beach and Colva Beach. These beaches are house to many fishing villages such as Agonda.
Goa is a mix of natural and cultural heritage with azure Arabian Sea and blue skies. Ultimately; there is always something left to explore. Don’t limit your exploration and you will get best out of your visits.
So, Hurry! Plan a visit to Goa to have an adventurous and pleasurable trip.