Welcome travelers & reader of Hindustan Yatra. The team of Hindustan Yatra just wants to inform all my readers that we are writing a series of posts covering all the states of India one by one. In the last blog, we have covered everything about Rajasthan and in this post; we are going to talk about Goa, a perfect place for beach lovers.
So let us start and know some insights before packing our bag for Goa.
Goa is the smallest state of India located on the western coast of India in the coastal belt known as Konkan. Panaji is the capital & Vasco Da Gama is the largest city in Goa. Goa is known for its magnificent scenic beauty, architectural splendors of its temples & churches, beaches, nightlife, and multiple sports activities that have made Goa a favorite holiday destination for all tourists.
Being an easily accessible place by the sea, Goa witnessed several races, religions, and cultures of different countries and continents. Therefore, it evolved with a unique multi-hued and distinctive lifestyle. Goa is famous in the world for its beaches which are known for serenity, cool sea breeze, and romantic atmosphere. Goa beaches offer different types of lifestyles like some beaches are very crowded while some others are isolated; some offer adventure activities while some others are offer party in the night. You can visit any beach as per your needs.
Apart from beaches, Goa has much more to offer and it attracts tourists for its traditional cultures, unique culture, rich history, and beautiful places. Moreover, for those who want to enjoy the seafood and vibrant nightlife, they can also visit Goa. It has everything and a perfect place for the honeymoon.
Surely it is a point of utmost importance for every tourist to reach the destination whatever be the source, and yes it would have come to your mind also hence we are here to answer you. The connectivity to Goa can be achieved through every mode of transportation whether it is by road, by Train or by Air.
There are some of the prime operators providing bus services from nearby cities such as Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore like Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) and KTC.
It is the easiest mode of transportation to reach Goa. There are two main railway stations in Goa namely Vasco da Gama and Madgaon. These two railway stations are very well connected to other parts of India via an extensive network of Indian Railway. The popular trains in-between Delhi & Madgoan (Goa) are Goa Sampark Kranti Express and Trivandrum Express. Madgaon railway station is about 38 km away from Panjim, while Vasco da Gama railway is approximately 29 km away. Travelers can avail of shared or private taxi services from outside the railway stations.
Dabolim Airport, approximately 26 km away from Panaji (The capital of Goa), is the main domestic as well as international airport. This airport has two terminals, Terminal1 is the domestic terminal and Terminal 2 is the international terminal. All major domestic carriers including Air Asia India, Air India, Go Air, Indigo, and Spice Jet have regular flights from Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow, Kolkata, Indore, Chennai, and Pune, among others. Serving international destinations such as Muscat, Doha and Copenhagen are airlines such as Novair, Qatar Airways, and Oman Air, to name a few. Travelers can hire taxis from outside the airport to reach anywhere in Goa.
If you are looking for the commute options for the sightseeing, then what I have seen, two options are available. You may either hire a cab/taxi or take scooty on daily rent. Between the two, hiring scooty would be budget-friendly and give you the flexibility to enjoy your trip with your speed.
There are many adventure activities that can be enjoyed in Goa such as windsurfing, dinghy sailing, scuba diving, water skiing, angling, parasailing, water scooter, and swimming. Indulging in these activities will give you a unique experience and make your vacation more enjoyable & memorable.
If you are visiting Goa then you can’t miss the adventure & water sports activities of Goa.
Here is the list of top ten must-do adventures activities in Goa
If you are a thrill seeker and love the adventure game so you are in the right place. Parasailing is an extremely popular water sport, one of the easiest and most enjoyable water activities to indulge in.
Places to offer this activity are-
Jet skiing is one of the most enjoyable, popular & adventures water sports in Goa and it is a must-do activity irrespective of your comfort level. There is a different level of thrill when riding along the waves and dashing though the waves give one a perfectly cinematographic feeling. Riders can also feel the presence of dolphins if they are lucky. Essentially, two people can enjoy the ride together.
Places to offer this activity are –
If you are a water lover and want to feel it at its deepest level so you must give a try to Scuba Diving. This adventure activity allows you to go deep in the water and to witness the various marine lives down there. Scuba diving is just not a sport it is also said to be meditation in water. If you are interested, then the Grande Island of Goa offers you this opportunity. You can dive into the depth of water from five to 10 meters.
It is a difficult but highly daunting sport for many and very challenging game hence surfer should be fit and quick to surf along the waves with the changing directions of the wind.
Places to offer this activity are –
As the name suggests it’s like skiing on the water as the speed boats pull you at a speed of 30-40 miles an hour speed.
Places to offer this activity are-
It is one of the most popular water sports, white water rafting is now also possible in Goa. The white water rafting on the Mahadei/ Mandovi River in Goa provides the gleam of fast-moving clear water which is a beautiful sight to be a part of.
Places to offer this activity are – Valpoi (meeting point)
One of the adventure sport in Goa is paragliding. You have to just follow some safety instructions and slide gently up in the sky as per the instruction of the instructor. The flight starts from a beaches cliff in between the Arambol and Harmal. You can experience the wonderful views of the sea, the cliffs, beaches, and the countryside of Goa.
Gambling is legal only in the state of Goa all around India. You can try your luck at slots machines, Indian Flush, poker, blackjack, baccarat, and other games. Along with it, you can enjoy live music and dancing, Russian dancers, stand-up comedy shows, and separate entertainment zones for the kids as well. There are some of the famous places for a casino like Deltin Royale, Casino Paradise, Deltin Jaqk, Casino Carnival, Casino Pearl, Casino Pride, and Casino Paradise are some of the biggest names.
You can do cruising on the Mandovi & the Sal River in the south. You can choose different cruises such as dinner cruises with Goan music, food, singing, and dancing. You can try a candlelight dinner cruise for a more private and memorable experience. There are around 1 hour and 2 hours of river cruises and sunset cruises as well. You can also go on a backwater or a houseboat cruise, or hire a yacht or catamaran for a few hours or the entire day for exclusive cruising.
Goa is popular for the party at its beaches. Several places in Goa give you the opportunity for the night party. If you are in north Goa, the best places are Baga, Candolim, Calangute, and Anjuna. Similarly, if you are in South Goa, Cavelossim and Palolem are the best places to enjoy the night party. These places offer you to experience the scenic view of sunsets and at certain beaches, live music is also on which doubles the party fun.
As described above, Goa is a very beautiful and must-visit place for all wanderers. It is the perfect place to visit for each type of travelers whether you are going alone or with your friends & family. If you are in Goa, you can’t miss the seafood. Goa offers you a variety of food options and the best part to get food on the beaches.
Here is the list of best foods you must try when you are in Goa
The best time to visit Goa is between November to March. The weather is very pleasant and if you at the beach, you can enjoy the refreshing cold breeze air. The last week of December is the peak time for Goa traveler and all the facilities like flight tickets, hotels, water & sports activities, etc. become expensive. If you go with our recommendation, and then go Goa in the month of February.
The best places to visit in Goa include Baga Beach, Calangute Beach, Grand Island, Dudhsagar Waterfalls, Fort Aguada, Candolim Beach, Arambol Beach, Bom Jesus Basilica, Club Cubana, Anjuna Flea Market, and others.
Are you excited and ready to book your tickets for Goa this time? We are here to help you with all the different packages of Goa. If you have been in Goa, share your experiences with us in the comment box.
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