Goa, in the southwest edge of India sits on the delicious coastline of the enigmatic Arabian Sea and is the archetypical stereotype of paradise. A former Portuguese colony, the stunning destination is full of colour, culture, heritage and spices, a popular tourist destination for those seeking sun, sand and scenery.
Sightseeing In Goa: Wildlife
Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary is known for its Bengal tigers, panthers, porcupines and hornbills together with the majestic Dudhsagar Falls – an impressively high waterfall that has a mesmeric quality it literally takes the breath away.
A temple so beautiful that the Portuguese refused to destroy it in 1543, the Shri Mahalsa Temple lives up to its reputation. Silver glints off the walls and pillars, and the ancient arches look out onto distant paddy fields. Vibrant festivals are still held here. Other temples to visit are the hilltop Maruti Temple which spectacularly lights up at night, and the Shri Saptakoteshwar Temple, known for its impressive architecture.
Galgibag beach is one of the prettiest and most remote beaches in Goa. With a backdrop of pine trees, it is has a relaxing atmosphere, and is one of the few remaining breeding grounds of the Pacific Turtle. Chapora Beach is also worth visiting – laid back and peaceful, it has quirky beach hut restaurants that offer a different and unique dining experience.
Shopping In Goa: Bargain Hunting
Markets and bazaars are everywhere in Goa, sometimes springing up out of nowhere. Anjuna’s weekly market is a regular on the tourist trail; vendors sell jewellery, bright sari’s, bedspreads and other textiles from all over India and beyond. The scent of aromatic spices and delicious snacks fills the air, completing the exotic atmosphere.
There are several night markets, including Arpora and Mackies, all selling an eclectic mix of crafts, sculptures, herbs, and designer jewellery and handbags.
The gold bazaars are gaudily impressive, with displays of glittering diamonds. The more westernised areas have streets lined with designer boutiques, art galleries, and jewellers.
Night Life In Goa: Eclectic Mix
The night life in Goa has something for everyone – lovers of trance/dance music, live venues, casinos, pubs, bars and restaurants are all catered for.
There are lots of quiet local restaurants situated in little back streets where tourists are welcomed late into the night, with well prepared, delicious Indian cuisine.
Montego Bay is a picturesque bar, looking out over the beach of Morjim; the service is exemplary, and it is known for its exotic cocktails.
Pousada by the Beach features in many tour guides, and serves local and international cuisine in a stunning location. The atmosphere is laid back and relaxed.
If you’re looking for fantastic coffees and teas, try Baba Au Rhum in Arpora; the pastries and snacks are delicious, and the staff very welcoming too.
For winter sun holidays, Goa is a well deservedly popular destination. Historical heritage and ethnicity mingles alongside ultra-modern designer chic, while India’s vibrant energy mixes happily with the laid back beach life to create a unique holiday experience.