You’ve never been anywhere like Goa – that’s a fact. Better known as the “heaven on earth”, Goa boasts a unique and exciting mix of hip urban culture, laid-back seaside vibes, and Indo-Portuguese traditions.
Although we could go on and on about our magical homeland, we decided to narrow it down to these 13 reasons why you should seriously come over, if you haven’t already.
13. The beaches in Goa are world class
There are few beaches in the world that can compete with Goa’s sandy shores. Miles of pristine coastline conjure up all kinds of activities. You’ll find adventure sports, outdoor yoga/zumba classes and of course, the most gorgeous sunbathing spots you’ll ever experience. There are beaches for all occasions: BBQ-ready and the ones that host parties once the sun goes down.. whatever your dream beach activity is, Goa has you covered.
12. Did somebody say fish?
Cat fish, Gobro, Reef cod – Gobro, Kalundar, Whip fin fish, Shetki , Dhoma, Butter fish, Khampi, Red snapper, Mackerel, Tamoshi, Shell Fish, Kingfish, Sardines, Prawns, Lobsters or Pomfret. We got em’ all.
There are plenty of great seafood restaurants throughout Goa. Pousada by the Beach in Calangute and the Black Sheep Bistro in Panjim are considered to be the best. The Fisherman’s Wharf at Cavelossim is also a great choice for scrumptious meal.
Need some great recommendations for Seafood restaurants? Check out our blog on Best Seafood Restaurants in Goa
11. Goa’s weather will never let you down.
In dire need for some rain? You’ve come to the right place, friend. It never floods. Like the heatwave? Well we have no draughts either. Perhaps you prefer cool breeze. You’ll be glad to know that freezing winters are unheard of in these parts.
Find a place with a more perfect weather. We dare you.
10. Goa’s oceans are guaranteed to leave you speechless
It’s only right that a place with such an awesome coastline has equally awesome water-based adventures. After chilling out on the beach, you can get your adrenaline pumping on the open ocean by speeding across the waves in a speedboat or jet ski.
You can take it down a notch by scuba diving, where you can explore the seabed and Goa’s varied marine ecosystem. Flyboarding is also another exciting sport in Goa that has gained a lot of traction in recent years.
Suggested Reading : Water sports in Goa
9. It’s bustling with art
From the art deco buildings that adorn the beachfront, to the ever-expanding number of galleries and the street art of Panjim and Vasco.
Goa is essentially alive with art. Mario Miranda is seldom associated with Goan art. And with good reason. His time tested works of art depicting Goan life can be seen throughout the state. One of his final masterpieces can be seen at the Margao railway station entrance.
8. The nature’s wild and wonderful
The western ghats are sandwiched right between Goa and Karnataka. To the west, you’ll find nothing but greenery and an expanse misty hills. These parts are perfect for wilderness adventures. The nearby Molem National park is home to a number of hiking and biking trails that are ideal for working off stress. With an estimated 1300+ species of animals, the park really does put the wild into wildlife.
Scuba diving at the Mandovi is an excellent way to view Goa’s incredible underwater ecosystem.
7. In the mood for partying? Goa’s the place to be
Like everything in this state, a night out in Goa is an experience that is distinctively Goan, with a touch of Russian Hard bass, of course. The north, in particular, is home to some of the most famed nightclubs in the world with great DJ’s playing sets that are guaranteed to get you dancing. Traditional Konkani music can be found in bars all over the state, and you don’t have to look far to discover a lively bar or ten.
Goa hosts a few big time EDM parties & festivals every year. This December 2017, get ready to sway to the power-packed EDM tracks of the Young DJ Martin Garrix and R&B, Pop star Jason Derulo as they make their way to Goa at Time Out 72 Music Festival at Vagator, Goa.
6. First hand history lessons at Goa
Having fun and chilling out is a tourist staple in Goa. But unfortunately very few people are aware of its rich and ancient history. Arvalem Caves for instances housed the first goan settlers somewhere around 600AD. There are also a handful of really old churches in and around Old Goa.
5. Goans are the best. Period
This is nothing new. Goans are only the most generous, loving, kind and friendly. Be it celebrations, partying or just going on long rides. When you are around them, it is never a dull moment. You will always be full of laughs, smiles, and tears of joy. They might seem like they don’t have a care in the world but they have the biggest hearts ever.
Whatever you do. Just don’t ruin their Siestas 😉 No. we don’t dress like Hank.
4. It’s as clean as it gets
India and Indians in general are notorious when it comes to cleanliness. Fortunately Goans practice what they preach. And it’s no surprise that Goa has been rated as one of the cleanest states in the country.
Be it the water or on the streets. Open defecation is also next to nonexistent.
Rest assured. One safely move around Goa without expecting a dumpyard every 2 kilometers.
3. Best in class Resorts
If you plan on sparing no expense on your next trip to Goa, then this one is bound to get you excited. With over 40 individual resorts generously spread throughout the state, there are simply too many to check out.
If you happen to like nature then there are also plenty of nature resorts in and around the western ghats.
2. Goa’s the best place for a roadtrip
Goa has really great and well maintained roads. A trip to Goa would be incomplete without a fun and exhilarating road trip. Road Trips can be a nice and refreshing experience to drive you away from boredom. Just take the roads less travelled and keep going.
There are plenty of places in Goa where you can rent bikes for 100 Rs/day. Cars cost a bit more though. Drive safe and be sure to avoid driving bikes near thick forests as leopards are known to patrol such area.
Suggested reads : Best Road Routes in Goa for Road trips
1. Some quiet time is right around the corner.
Goa might be one of the craziest places on Earth, but it’s easy to change the pace and escape to some wonderfully secluded spots all around the state. For some laid-back island vibes, head out to St Jacinto Island in Vasco. Or… Relax on idyllic beaches like Cabo de rama, Palolem, Ashwem that are far removed from Goa’s non stop hustle.
Alternatively, if you’re in Panjim and don’t know where to look. Sitting along the Mandovi coast behind Kala Academy can be a very relaxing experience.
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Featured image credits- Anurag Saxena
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