“To escape and sit quietly on the beach – that’s my idea of paradise.” – Emilia Wickstead
Goa is a state which is considered as the “beach capital of India” and has so much to offer to its visitors. Goa is kind of a paradise for nightlife lovers, adventurous souls, photographers, and nature lovers. From lying down and relaxing on the beach to partying at the numerous festivals held here, there is a long list of activities that can be carried out in this state.
Below is a quick look at the best things to see and do during your Goa tour, so let’s dive in…
1. Adventurous Water Sports
Water sports are the major attractions of Goa and every year they draw swarms of adventurous tourists from all corners of the world. Basically, people arrive at this bright and beautiful place to enjoy some heart throbbing activities like windsurfing, surfing, snorkeling, parasailing, jet-skiing, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, boogie boarding, and water-skiing. Therefore, the vacations spent here are always memorable and the people are filled with utter joy and energy.
2. Palolem Beach
Goa is known for its long and sun-kissed stretches of silvery beaches and receives a huge number of tourists arriving here every year who want to spend some quality time in the beaches. Palolem Beach is the most visited beach of Goa. It used to be popular at the time when there were shacks and huts on the beach. Even after its development, this place has the same fame. When on one hand the south end of the beach remains busy, on the other, the northern part of it is bounded by high tide from the shallow river and is known to remain calm and quiet.
3. Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary
The Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary is located near Molem and is recommended to visit by almost everyone. It proves to be a treat for photographers and wildlife lovers. In the midst of Mother Nature, all those who arrive here can find some peace. As it is one of the top wildlife sanctuaries in Goa, you will find major wild animals here like panther and sloth bear. A variety of pleasing flora and fauna and beautiful birds will also captivate the attention of the visitors.
4. Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary
Wildlife and nature lovers where are you at? Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary is waiting for you all! This is a beautiful wildlife sanctuary located at a distance of 9km south of Palolem. Animals like gaurs, sambars, spotted deer, and leopards are majorly sheltered by this remote sanctuary. Among other species found in abundance are the birds, monkeys, frogs, and snakes. One has to be at one of the two watchtowers in order to get the best of this wildlife sanctuary in the early morning.
5. Nightlife in Goa
There is no doubt in the fact that the inhabitants of Goa. They love the idea of organizing parties on the beach or even throwing one indoors. This is the reason why Goa seems so gorgeous and lively at night. For tourists who love to hang out at night, the beaches of Goa will definitely make the best place. Rave parties and Leisure cruises are two of the popular activities to be done in Goa. These experiences will leave a great impact on you and will never make you forget the wonderful memories.
6. Holistic Healing
Ayurvedic treatments, Yoga and Reiki are some of the holistic healing techniques offered here. These healings are the sole reason for which some tourists arrive here. In the Keri village of Goa, you will find a few of the best ayurvedic (an age-old natural practice of healing) doctors in the world. You will find meditation centers in every nook and corner of Goa. But, it is safe to say that Yab Yum, Yoga Magic, the Mandala, and Ashiyana remain the best of them by far. We’ll recommend you to go to these places to attend the best yoga classes.
Mapusa is the largest town of Northern Goa and is also called a Friday Market. It is important to note that you can buy anything from this market at a much cheaper cost than that of the beach resorts. Sadly, not many people know of this market town or are ever interested in visiting it, but it is essential for them to pass through it since it is the main transportation hub for northern Goa. This place is no different from other towns of the Indian region and is a busy but pleasant place to visit.
And that’ll be all folks. So don’t make this beautiful state wait for you too long. Pack your bags and arrive here today!