I intend to write to make Goa tourism guide, the land of kissing the sun, detach itself from the long-held image of a popular Indian middle-class honeymoon destination. Now it is no longer so because Goa deserves to be and is a perfect family holiday destination.
North Goa or South Goa:
When it comes to visiting Goa, it is quite often seen that the North Goa beaches have dominance in the itinerary of any Goa tourist. It mostly revolves around places to visit in North Goa like Anjuna, Vagator, Candolim beach, Ashwem, Bagha, and Calangute. There are much more places to visit in Goa other than beaches for travelers. I agree that these beaches and the various activities for kids associated with it are maximum crowds pulling.
North Goa is an abode for shopaholics and at the same time offers respite in the form of various meditation and beach yoga camps to the dwellers.
Another myth hovering over the minds of tourists is that North Goa is the most happening place. I have been living in South Goa with my family for a year and I can bet that South Goa is equally attractive as its northern counterpart.
Calm and unexplored beaches such as Utorda, Majorda, Benaulim, Sernabatim, Baugmalo, breathtaking Dudh Sagar waterfalls are few south goa attraction spots. Spice plantations such as Sahakari and Tropical Spice Plantation in Ponda, picturesque trek in Bhagwan Mahaveer wildlife sanctuary, amazing Selaulim dam, 12th-century old Tambdi Surla temple are few of must-visit places in South Goa.
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Food options in Goa:
Another myth widely spread is that vegetarians find limited food options in Goa. Yes, Goa is heaven for seafood lovers. The spices, the sausages and variety and freshness of seafood make Goan food all the more demanding.
Yet there is no dearth of good pure vegetarian restaurants. To name a few: Navtara, Navidya in Porvorim, Delhi Durbar, Bhojan and Kamath in Panjim, Krishna in Margao offer mouthwatering vegetarian food. Fast food options such as PizzaHut, Dominos, Dunkin Donuts and KFC catering are avail to all section of tourists.
When you come to Goa, take along cashew nuts and fenny! Yes, these are quite popular takeaways, but don’t limit yourself only to these! Try Kokum, a very famous appetizer that is part of authentic Goan cuisine. If you are a handcraft lover, Goa tourism guide suggests you visit Goa market to get wooden handicrafts, spices, handcrafted bamboo articles, jewelry, seashell articles and souvenirs.
Festivals in Goa:
The Sunburn Festival of Goa has been the most talked about year-end event for music lovers, no second opinion on that.
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There are also many other annual events that attract visitors from all around the country
- International Film Festival at Panjim.
- the Konkani Folk festival.
- Lokotsav organized by Department of Art and Culture.
Indian Super League tournament is also hosted in Fatorda stadium of Margao every year.
Best season to visit Goa:
The other aspect that carries away the tourists the most is that Goa is best to be visited in certain months of the year. Goa has maximum footfalls from October to February, the last weeks of December being the most crowdie. This trend is now slowly changing.
Today Goa attracts tourists 365 days in a year, catering to the variety of interest groups. Some come to spend their short weekends and prefer to stay at beach huts. Whereas there are others who come from far away countries for a long summer break and reside at villas with private pool. A pre-planned trip would certainly be more fruitful and light on the pocket. Beach resorts, private villas, Couple friendly homestay, Pet-friendly hotels are few the best places to stay in Goa.
Best way to enjoy your Goa trip:
I would strongly advocate that tourists need to alter their perception of Goa. Come, take a bike or car on rent, roam, enjoy and above all discover Goa on your own. Because when you explore, Goa becomes all the more appealing. So, take some time off and just indulge yourself and experience all the colors of a Goan holiday.