Popularly called as the ‘Beach Capital of India’, Goa is a place with unlimited fun and entertainment. This place enthrals and allures large number of tourists from all over the world to enjoy the fascinating beaches, adventurous sports activities, vivacious night-life, and authentic sea food. Though it is known as the land of beaches, tourists from all over the world find it as a great spot for indulging in many exciting activities.
Here is the list of top 8 things to do in Goa during your Goa Tour.
Beaches & Water Sports
Goa is known for its stunning beaches which are undoubtedly the most popular in Goa. Stretched along the coastline of Arabian Sea, there are around 30 beaches in Goa, each with its own appeal and charm. Goa attracts millions of domestic and foreign tourists throughout the year due to its bewitching beaches. Calangute Beach, Baga Beach, Anjuna Beach, Vagator Beach, Colva Beach, Agonda Beach and Palolem Beach are the top beaches in Goa.
Goa is also a great spot for indulging many thrilling water sport activities and one of the main reasons that tourists visit Goa again and again. Surfing, scuba diving, water-skiing, snorkeling, jet-skiing, parasailing, and windsurfing are the popular water sports activities in Goa.
Besides dazzling shorelines, Goa is well-known for its splendid churches. The churches of Goa show Portuguese design which is stunning. The churches & convents in Old Goa are declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, Church of St. Cajetan, St. Francis of Assisi Church, St. Augustine Church Ruins, The Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Chapel of St. Catherine and Church of Our Lady of Rosary are some of the old and most popular churches in Goa.
Vivacious Goan Nightlife
Though it is a tiny paradise of India, Goa is known for its vibrant nightlife throughout the globe. After the sun sets, Goa comes alive with thriving nightclubs, the charming beach shacks, the alluring night markets and the romantic party cruise. Nothing compares to the nightlife in Goa, this beach paradise is in party mode for 365 days of the year. The Party Clubs of Goa are the hottest destination for a night out. One can also explore the Night bazaars of Goa offering an assortment of handicrafts, clothes, shell jewelry and other attractive stuff.
Witness the Ruins of Goa Forts
Goa, one of the most popular tourist destinations of India, is most famous for its long stretch of golden beaches and nightlife. Apart from these, this tiny paradise also stands out for its heritage and colonial architecture. There are many forts in Goa that are a testimony to the glorious past. Built by the Mughals and the Portuguese rulers, these forts are rich in historical heritage and tell vivid stories about the past. Chapora Fort, Aguada Fort, Reis Magos Fort, Terekhol Fort, and Cabo de Rama Fort are the prominent forts in Goa and are the most popular places to visit in Goa. Most of the forts are in reasonably good condition and offer mesmerizing views of the landscape of Goa and its beaches.
Romantic Mandovi River Sunset Cruise
Apart from the sun-kissed beaches & World Heritage Sites, the River Cruises in Goa are a must for every tourist’s Goa Tour Packages and has been a favorite past time for honeymooners. The most famous Mandovi River cruise offers three different cruise rides includes the daytime cruise, sunset cruise, and moonlit cruise. One can enjoy a romantic sunset cruise on the picturesque Mandovi River with Goan folk dances, enthralling DJ session, delicious flavors of mocktails and cocktails, and lip-smacking Goan delicacies. The cruise usually lasts for about two hours and offers pleasing views of Panaji, the capital city of Goa.
Authentic Goan Cuisine
Besides a popular tourists spot in India, Goa is also a hub to taste the awesome seafood. The cuisine of Goa is influenced by its Hindu origins & the Portuguese colonization. Being situated on the west coast of India, Goa trip is incomplete without trying the seafood. Rice, seafood, coconut, vegetables, meat, pork and local spices are some of the main ingredients in Goan cuisine. There are many restaurants serves Indian and Chinese cuisines along with its flagship traditional Goan seafood. One can try the Goan specialty, grilled kingfish and pomfret recheiado.
Discovering the Wildlife
Goa is a paradise, not only for nature and beach lovers but for wildlife enthusiasts and bird watchers too. With dense forests, perennial streams, and picturesque undulating terrain provide some unique wildlife sanctuaries in Goa. Some of the most visited sanctuaries in Goa are Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary and Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary. The wildlife sanctuaries in Goa offer exotic wildlife with varied species of animals and birds. Being considered as a treat for wildlife lovers and photographers, Goa wildlife sanctuaries are the top places to visit in Goa.
The Spectacular Dudhsagar Falls
Considered one of India’s tallest waterfalls, the gorgeous Dudhsagar waterfall is a famous waterfall situated in Sanguem Taluk of Goa. It is a four-tiered waterfall located on the Mandovi River with a height of 1017 feet and an average width of 100 feet. Placed in the midst of Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary and Mollem National Park, it is one of the top places to visit in Goa. Perched on the lofty peaks of the Western Ghats, the Dudhsagar waterfalls offer unparalleled beauty with the full flow after the monsoon showers.