Every once in a while we feel like to party and let loose. Sometimes it is very important for us to do this because we need relaxation from work and if don’t then we would implode. Now whenever I mention parties then one place has to come across my mind and that place happens to be “Goa”. Goa is one particular place which is known to have a party mode on throughout the year; no matter whenever you visit this place during the year; you would always find the people there in a mood to chill out and let loose. But Goa, is not just about parties and stuff there are numerous number of other things which you could do in Goa. Goa has an amazing night life; it has what you call it a “package full of entertainment”. But in reality Goa isn’t just about partying or boozing; it’s way more than that and there are numerous number of activities which you can think of undertaking on your next trip to Goa. In this article I would be telling you about the top 8 things to do in Goa.
Top 8 things to do in Goa
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When we are talking about the top 8 things to do in Goa, the first thing which comes to my mind is chilling at the beach. There are numerous number of Beaches which you would find in Goa like Baga Beach, Anjuna Beach, Calangute Beach, Arossim Beach and Utorda Beach. I would recommend you to visit Arossim Beach and Utorda Beach because they are somewhat less crowded than the other ones and ensures that you would be enjoying a great time. At the beaches of Goa, you could enjoy many water stops like jet skiing, scuba diving, falling from a banana boat, parasailing and similar activities. There’s no denying to the fact that Beaches are the core of Goa’s entertainment and you would really enjoy a lot once you visit it.
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2. Visit Old Goa
Many people prefer visiting North Goa over South Goa due to obvious reasons like partying, enjoyment and chilling with their friends. But not all of us are interested into partying or chilling so for all those of you out there who are not interested in either of them then you should visit Old Goa which is the state capital and is also known as Rome of the East. Museums, convents, churches, bungalows, bakeries, government buildings and art galleries are a few things which you would come across when you visit old Goa. For all of those who didn’t know this, Old Goa is a UNESCO world heritage site. Make sure you visit and Sé de Santa Catarina which is the largest church in Old Goa and Basilica of Bom Jesus.
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3. Go Jungle Safari!
One of the top 8 things to do in Goa is to enjoy the wildlife of the city. Many of you might not want to go there by hearing Jungle Safari, but trust me you may even be more intimidated by the wildlife of Goa than the nightlife. Barking deer, mouse deer, sloth bear, panther are a few animals which you would be coming across at the Mollem National Park and The Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is located at the foothills of Western Ghats and over 200 species of birds could be found here like Kingfisher, Fairy Bluebird, Emerald Dove, Malabar Pied Hornbill and paradise flycatcher.
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4. Ingo’s Bazaar
After you get tired of partying at the beach, I would ask you to visit Ingo’s Bazaar which gets set up in Arpora. It gets set up for around sixth months during the season of winter and offers jewelry made out of junk, hippie merchandise, imported t shirts, Global and Indian cuisine right from Spain, Europe to Rajasthan and Kashmir. If you are a kind of a person who is not interested in shopping, then you can relax at Daniel’s Bar which makes arrangements for DJs to play music at their bar from time to time. Hanging out at Ingo’s Bazaar is the 4th thing which I would recommend you to do in this list of top 8 things to do in Goa.
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5. Visit Spice Plantation
The 5th thing which I would recommend you to do in the list of top 8 things to do in Goa is to visit the spice plantation which is located in the Ponda area also known as Sahakari spice plantation. If you are visiting this plantation with your friends then you would end up having a really good time. When you visit this plantation you would realize that your nostrils get filled with the smell of the spices which would make you realize why Europeans came to India. I would ask you to pluck and taste Peri Peri, which happens to be the hottest chilly in the world and feast on a traditional goa lunch cooked with the farm spices. Many people do not visit this place declaring that it would be boring, but the ones who have visited this place have said that the experience turned out to be really great.
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6. National Aviation Museum
The next thing to make to the list of top 8 things to do in Goa is visiting National Aviation Museum. Now I understand, many of you might be thinking why on earth would I be visiting a museum when I am visiting a place like Goa. It may sound boring to you while talking about the National Aviation Museum but when you visit this place you would realize how wrong you were. It is a mixture of Hindu artifacts in a Portuguese colonial setup. I would ask you to visit this particular place and if National Aviation Museum interests you then you can also think of visiting Naval Aviation Museum and Institute Menezes Braganza.
7. Mom’s Kitchen
Imagine a fusion of Portuguese and Goa cuisine, Mom’s kitchen is all about this fusion. It is located in Panjim, which is the capital of Goa and is one of the most popular restaurants of Goa. The best part about this restaurant is that it also has many options for the vegetarians who face a little problem in finding good food when they visit Goa. You certainly don’t want to miss out on Mom’s Kitchen’s rawa nussel fry which is really delicious and offers the right amount of spiciness.
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8. St. Anthony’s Beach Shack
The last thing to make it to the list of top 8 things to do in Goa is visiting St Anthony’s Beach Shack. It is located at the begging of Baga Beach and once the sun sets behinds the sea, St. Anthony’s is all business. Tables, beach chairs, candle lamps are set near the beach with karaoke performances or live music in the background. Have anything here, the sea food, vegetarian dishes, local beer or the wine; everything is just top notch. St. Anthony’s also has a little twist with their hookah’s where they put alcohol instead of the regular water.
Like I had mentioned right at the start that Goa is way more than just beaches and parties. Whenever you plan to visit Goa, I would suggest you to take at least a week in your hand so that you could party as well as explore about the top things to do in Goa. Goa is a very beautiful city and you explore it correctly you would realize that it is one of the best cities to live in India. So, what are you waiting for? Book your tickets to go right now!
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