For Indians, Goa is always that ‘forbidden fruit’ everyone wants to taste; for the rest of the world, it is a haven of beaches, freedom, and Indian culture in a perfect blend. At the onset of spring, I had the wonderful opportunity to finally make it to the place (and with my girlfriends). I can’t help but use adjectives like livid, enthralled, and overwhelmed to describe this trip for all the things to do in Goa; even if that sounds a little cliched. Not sure if it was because of the place or the people I went with, but the experience was surreal nonetheless.
So, obviously, I had to create a more generalized travel diary for my ERTSY FAM for their next Goa trip. So, here’s my compilation of things to do in Goa.
Outfit: Of my many beach outfit ideas, I wore an amazing Aspiga Maui Kaftan courtesy UK Swimwear for most of this trip. This kaftan is a fine example of the beauty and authenticity of the result. The crochet panels are richly detailed. It is lightweight with high coverage making it a practical choice, too.
If you don’t know about Goa, (well, first of all, you gotta catch up) it is a beautiful coastal state in the southern part of India. Full of beautiful beaches facing the Arabian sea, it is the smallest state by land in the country. It was a Portuguese Colony in the last century and today has the highest GDP per capita among all Indian states. Which, of course, entails a high quality of life (as indicated by the National Commission on Population based on the 12 Indicators).
When to Visit:
The best time to visit Goa is during the colder months – November to February. Since December and January host a lot of festival and vacation crowd, the cheapest time to visit is in November or February. And like the cheap traveler I am, I fit my own plan perfectly on the last weekend of February.
What to do:
Goa has many beaches and every beach is distinct in its own demeanor. I recommend booking your stay on one of the North Goan Beaches for privacy and a better crowd (I stayed at Mandrem). If you’re into partying and really happening vibes then the most commercialized beaches are Baga and Calangute. If you’re like me, you’d avoid those. Anjuna is a great visit for shopping and hippie flee markets. If chill vibes and calmness are what you looking for (my kind of things to do in Goa), other beaches to visit are Vagator, Morjim, and Arambol.
Goa has many nightclubs and pubs and Club Cabana is one of the landmark visits. The crowd is usually good and touristy and if you’re traveling with a big group, this is something you definitely not want to miss. Make time to also visit all night parties and shacks on Baga beach.
Churches and Museums:
Even though I could personally not let go off the beach to visit any churches or museums (nor do I know anyone who could), if that’s your thing, Goa doesn’t disappoint. From World Heritage site Basilica of the Good Jesus of Goa to Museum of Christian Art, Goa has churches and museums near every possible beach.
Dudh Sagar Falls (South Goa)
Chhapora fort (Hike from Vagator Beach)
Aguda Fort (Portuguese fort and lighthouse)
- Renting a vehicle is MUCH cheaper than taking taxis. Currently, the public transport system is not very reliable so I’d not recommend on that either.
- Make all bookings in advance to get better deals and avoid surprises.
- If you fancy water sports, go on less crowded/ commercialized beaches like Vagator beach as opposed to Baga beach.
- Stay away from capital area and insides of the state (Panaji) to avoid traffics and wasting time.
So, this is all in my Travel diary. Hope you enjoyed my list of things to do in Goa. To follow more of my travel in style adventures, keep following ERTSY.
Till then, keep chilling and traveling in style 😉