When looking for fun activities to do in Goa. Goa and beaches seem to have become pretty much synonymous with each other. So much so that its almost a bad thing. Be it Calangute, Baga or Vagator, Many a times travelers simply miss out on a whole lot of Goa. A lot of them simply don’t want to go beyond the states awesomely beautiful beaches.
However, if you are feeling adventurous and want some fun activities to do in Goa that does not involve beaches then you have most certainly come to the right place. From the peacefully quiet to the almost terrifyingly jaw-dropping, here are 5 super fun activities to do in Goa that’ll help you get away from the beach.
Activities to do in Goa : Check out local events
If you’re planning to stay in Panjim then it pretty much guarantees you a plethora of events round the year. Be it The International Film Festival of India (IFFI 2018) , Goa Food and Culture festival, Shigmo and perhaps even a grand Church feast. In fact, Panjim is always lively with something or the other going down on a weekly basis.
If you want some fun activities to do in Goa outside Panjim then be sure to not miss out on Carnival that happens all over Goa once a year. Sure it’s not as massive as its South American counterpart but nevertheless, it’s nothing like anything in Asia.
Activities to do in Goa: Bird Watching in Goa
Named after India’s best-known ornithologist, The Salim Ali Bird sanctuary on Chorao Island is home to some of Goa’s most beautiful migratory birds. If you’re looking for activities to do in Goa that involve these feathery flying munchkins then this is the place to be. The best part about bird watching at this sanctuary is that this island is easily accessible by ferry and well connected by roads on the inside. The bird sanctuary is free for anyone to enjoy for a tiny entry fee.
A walk along the muddy trail is a great way to catch a glimpse of exotic birds in Goa.
Don’t forget your binoculars and of course – camera.
Activities to do in Goa: Revisit the History of Goa
If you’re looking for activities to do in Goa, then real time travelling may be a little far fetched. But you can instead check out some real fine pieces of Goan history. So it’s pretty much the same thing actually.
There are plenty of historic places in Goa. Some big and pompous while others small and quite. There’s Viceroys Arc, Aguada Fort, St. Augustine Tower, Reis Magos and of course, any guesses? Basilica of Bom Jesus to name a few.
Activities to do in Goa: Hit the sky
Who said parties in Goa are the only way to reach cloud 9. There are far more relaxing ways instead. And riding a hot air balloon is certainly something you ought to consider having a go in.
A hot air balloon flight in Goa is a wonderful experience for absolutely everyone, Provided you aren’t afraid of heights. You don’t have to be an adrenaline-lover to love balloon flights. They are in fact very calming experiences and known for allowing passengers to relax and enjoy the spectacular views.
Activities to do in Goa: Visit the tiny islands of Goa
It’s no surprise that Goa, with its massive coast, has no shortage of islands. Unfortunately, a lot of tourists leave them out as they don’t know how to get there. Don’t sweat it. Most of the islands can simply be visited by renting a chartered boat in Goa. Some are connected via bridges too. (St Jacinto island for instance).
So if you want some peace of mind without a lot of the mainstream stuff. An island in Goa is the way to go.
Conco Islands in Goa
Image courtesy: Dhanush Shetty
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