Washed by the Arabian Sea on the west coast, Goa enjoys scenic beaches, amazing weather and thence flourishing tourism. The Vedic, Muslim and Portuguese rules in Goa in a long historical timeline have given Goa a distinct identity which speaks for itself through architecture, dance, music, food and even the festivals. You can lucidly imagine how you can spend your vacation in Goa. If not, read on.
Things to do in Goa
There are so many things to do in Goa that you will need to take a long vacation to enjoy everything that this little state has to offer. Some of the most enjoyable things to do in Goa are bulleted below:
Beaches in Goa
Starting with the obvious, there are about 18 accessible beaches in Goa. Anjuna, Baga, Calangute, Candolim, Arambol, Miramar and Dona Paula are some of the popular public beaches in Goa. Activities in the beaches in Goa include swimming, wave and wind surfing, sunbathing, water skiing, parasailing and other water sports. You can also enjoy the pulsating night life in Goa in the open discos in Anjuna and Baga beaches.
Shops in Goa sell all modern items as well as handicrafts and antiques made of brass, shells, terracotta, bamboo and papier mache and so on. As a tourist you can gorge on handicrafts, small trinkets, shell-jewelry, low cost garments and beachwear, colorful hats and cashew nuts which cost lesser than anywhere. Check out the Friday market in Mapusa and the Wednesday market in Anjuna beach.
Goan Cuisine and Liquor
Goa is the glutton's hub. Although sea-fish and rice form the staple meal for Goa locals, gourmands have a wide range of food choices such as Portuguese inspired Goan food -Sorpotel, Prawn Balchao, Chicken Cafreal and Xacuti, Racheido and Caldeirada and so on. Liquor is cheap in Goa and drink-lovers have an array of choices from the local Feni, Todi and Hootch to many imported brands.
Cruises and Boating in Goa
The waterway in Goa also includes rivers and lakes along with the Arabian Sea. Tourists love to go boating in the Mayem Lake or cruise in the Mandovi River and River Sal, watch dolphins swimming in the river while enjoying the blissful life in Goa go by.
Dance, Music and Festivals - Goa has a vibrant mix of mainly Konkani and Portuguese culture. This vibrancy is visible through
Colorful Carnivals such as Christmas Carnival and Goa CarnivalFolk Dances such as Fugdi, Dhalo, Ghumat, Dekni, Lalit, Ranmali and so on
Music such as Suvari, Banvad, Lavni, Guduliya Geetam, Ladainha and Pavada and many more
Sightseeing in Goa
Holidays to Goa is incomplete without at least one sightseeing tour. Portuguese and Islamic architecture inspired monuments in Goa contributes to the rich history Goa boasts of.
Forts Aguada, Tiracol and Chapora and so on talk about the bygone days when Goa enjoyed ruler patrons Basilica of Bom Jesus is a World Heritage site. Other churches such as Reis Magos Church, Chapel of St, Jerome, Church of Holy Spirit and many others are famous for their holy history and amazing architecture.
Temples of Shantadurga, Mahalakshmi, Bodhgeshwar and Shri Mahalsa and others attract Hindu tourists.
Other places of tourist interest are Buddhist caves in Rivona, Archeological Museum in Old Goa, Secretariat building in Panaji and so on.
Goa is often called the 'Honeymooners Paradise'. This magical blend of sand sea and the sun along with the captivating music and dance, warm people, the colorful culture and charm makes Goa the perfect destination for the honeymoon couples. And what other ways other than the Goa Honeymoon Packages to make their romantic holiday more memorable and hassle free!!
These honeymoon packages takes care of everything, from transport to lodging to food, to ensure the couples the best of their times on honeymoon tours. All the leading hotels and resorts provide these honeymoon packages that comprise transport to and from airport/station to hotels or resorts, refreshments and drinks, sightseeing honeymoon tours, cruises on the river and other exciting options. Some of these honeymoon tours in Goa also include visits to the small and old villages rich with flora and fauna.
Some of the hotels providing exciting honeymoon packages are Holiday Inn, Sun Village, Renaissance Goa Resort, Dona,Sylvia beach Resort, Alor Holiday Resort, Majorda beach Resort, Bogmalo Resort and Victor Exotica Beach Resort. Taj Group also offers Special Honeymoon packages in Goa with attractive complimentary options.Customized Honeymoon packages in Goa are also available on request based on Individual needs, Budget, Interest and Time duration.
So, if you are looking for that perfect honeymoon holiday in Goa with your loved one, all you need to do is decide to have that perfect time. The rest will be arranged by the best of the Goa honeymoon packages.
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When it is about your honeymoon, most couples want to spend it amidst the lure of the seas and lavish beaches. If this is what you want as well, then Goa Honeymoon Tour is the apt choice for you. The amber sun across the horizon, rendering rust hues in the waves and the silent breeze that is ever present takes you to a dream arcadia. Goa beaches can be categorized as the North Goa and South Goa beaches, each having a distinct feature of its own. You silently walk on the moist warm sands or recline back beneath the shade of the palm trees that are dotted along the coastline. Sports enthusiasts can indulge in water sports such as snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, snorkeling or plain swimming. If you want to add a little bit of adventure, then raise your adrenaline rush by plunging ahead with the banana boat rides.
Day 01 : Goa
As you arrive at the Goa Airport, there would be a travel agency representative to lead you to the beach resort. Goa is an attractive sea beach destination that is replete with tourist attractions and equipped with all modern day facilities. Towards the evening you can choose to join in the boat cruise on River Mandovi. You can return later in the evening for an overnight stay at the hotel and dinner.
Day 02 : North Goa
On the second day post your breakfast you can set your sails to North Goa. The places to visit here are the Miramar, Calungate, Dona Paula, and the Baga Beach. Other tourist sites to explore here are the Old Goa Churches and Fort Agoda and then return to the resort in the evening.
Day 03 : South Goa
On the third day of your stay at Goa you can proceed to take a tour to North Goa after you finish your breakfast. The eminent places worth visiting here are Colva Beach, Santa Durga Temple, Mangeshi Temple and few other places. Post this you come back in to your resort for dinner and a night's halt.
Day 04 : Goa
This is the last day of the trip when you check out of the hotel post your breakfast and are transferred to the airport. You board the flight and return to your own destination