Goa is exotic! River Mandovi bisects Goa into two districts: North Goa and South Goa. Northern Goa is famous for its pristine beaches, party spots, succulent food and adventure destinations.
The list of things you can do at North Goa is multifarious. These include sunbathing in pristine beaches like Panjim, Siolim, Morjim, Anjuna. Apart from presenting a great picturesque, these beaches have shacks which provide great seafood, drinks and beachwear. Also, you can indulge in daredevilry by para-gliding and sea-hovering.
Witness the colonial history in the form of beautiful churches of the Portuguese influenced architecture. Notable amongst these are the Basilica of Bom Jesus and the St. Francis Church. Savour the best of Indo-European Cuisine, wines and other beverages. North Goa is famous for its delectable food and flavours of the spicy seafood will linger for hours! Shopping for exotic stuff from clothes to artefacts to spices cannot be better than at North Goa market places. Notable amongst these are the Anjuna, Panjim and Calangute Markets.
North Goa is also the home to virgin landscapes. Taking a motorbike ride around the place will fill you with memories for a lifetime!
Things to Do In South Goa
The Southern side of the Mandovi River is popularly known as South Goa. Nothing can be more fulfilling than watching a sunset on South Goan beaches! It is a place for retreat amongst the cool foliage and lush green cover of tropical forests. South Goa has all the ingredients of a fairy tale vacation destination.
Things that would excite you at South Goa are exploring the aquatic life including frolicking dolphins and crocodiles, jeep trips along Western Ghats and witnessing the mighty DudhSagar Waterfalls.
South Goa is a hub of holistic treatment, Ayurvedic healing, relaxation and yoga. It is a place that will rejuvenate you beyond imagination! The laid back village life and fishing in creeks in South Goa is something everyone should witness.
I bet a stay here will change the way you look at life. The thick foliage of South Goan forests, the diversity of colourful birds and exotic wildlife is another not-to-miss activity that should find its place in the itinerary.
Things Indians Need To Stop Doing At Goa
Goa is a cosmopolitan. It is one of the top holiday destinations, a great tourist spot and has got an age old European connection, courtesy the colonial invasions from medieval times. With all these things, Goa is bound to draw tourists from abroad. So far so good! However, it has been seen that the locals in general and Indians in particular do not conduct themselves as they ought to when faced with foreigners. This is bad and needs to be stopped outright because it sends all the wrong signals about India on the world stage.
Here are certain things that Indians need to stop doing at Goa. Prolonged staring at foreign tourists, particularly women tourists is ill-mannered and is a big NO. Spitting and littering the streets and other public places is also a nuisance. Cheating and forgery of locals also decrease the trust and demean the Indian culture. Abuse of alcohol is another issue, which includes picking-up fights, drunk driving, misbehaviour, eve-teasing and vandalism.
Flouting of Government Rules by Indians has become rampant in Goa and results in all sorts of chaos and unrest that is not acceptable at a premier tourist destination.
Things for Kids to Do In Goa
Goa is ideal for children who come here for their vacations. The top spots for children incorporate outings to amazing chronicled spots, Eco-visits and elephant rides and even bunches of play time at the abundantly cherished shorelines of Goa.
Goa offers itself as a playground for kids in various ways. Here, the sea-beaches are a kid’s delight. An open canvas for building sandcastles couldn’t have been better for them. Boat rides, Para-sailing and bathing can be fun too, but these should be done under parents’ vigilance. Elephant rides and Jungle tours are exciting prospects for kids in Goa. Cruise Ships at Goa are also very affordable and will give your children an once-in-a-lifetime experience that they will cherish.
Goa has a great collection of butterflies at the Butterfly Conservatory and elegant birds at the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. The Dudhsagar Waterfall is a great delight-spot that would bring cheers to your kid. If your kid is growing up to be a history buff, the elegant Churches at Goa can be a great source of knowledge with their reminiscences of history.
Simply put, Goa is a place that your kid will yearn to visit again and again!
Things to Do In Goa
Goa is not just a picture perfect landscape with all its beaches. It is a bunch of things! Goa has its magnificent churches, pristine beaches, thick foliage of forests and virgin sceneries. Water sports and Para-sailing are not worth missing when at Goa. Boat rides, Dolphin hunts and Scuba Diving are great, as well.
If you love pursuing nature, then Sahakari Spice Farm in Ponda, Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary near Molem, and Crocodile Watching in Cumbarjua Canal are some destinations you cannot afford to miss. Heritage Hunting at Old Goa leads you to churches of Portuguese, which are a delight during Christmas.
Street Shops in Baga, Calangute, have unique items like clothes, jewellery, shells, souvenirs, bags and sarongs. Gourmets, food and drinks are Goa’s highlights. You will be spoilt for choice when having seafood at Goa. And having a good glass of wine is also recommended. If you have an ailment, Goa has got great Ayurvedic and Holistic healing centres, which are must visits to rejuvenate yourself. Moreover, Goa is best discovered when you bike around aimlessly and feel the souls of the people and places around you.