Do not let the size fool you! Goa is a perfect example that size doesn’t matter when it comes to travel. Even though it is a small state, it booms with tourism. In the past, Goa was a Portuguese colony, and ancestral Portuguese culture lives on. The Portuguese cultural influence makes this one of the more laid back states in India.
HOW TO GO
There is only one international airport, Dabolim, in the state. It is better to land at Mumbai International airport, then take a car ride along the scenic Konkan coast. If you are traveling throughout India, note that there is rail connectivity to Goa from all the main cities.
WHEN TO GO
Like the rest of India, Goa suffers from outbursts of heat during the summer. November through April is a good time for beach-goers who do not want sunburns to visit. Plus, sight-seeing is comfortable even during the middle of the day in the winter. Note that the shopkeepers take their siesta seriously. So, do not bother trying to go out during the middle of the day.
THINGS TO DO
There is no shortage of attractions in Goa. From quirky museums to surreal beaches, this state has all the features to tempt any bohemian spirit. Arambol Beach, Anjuna Beach, Palolem Beach, Morjim Becah, Asvem Becah, Colva Beach, Baga Beach, Calangute Beach are only the first course in a fun-filled buffet of beaches. Whether you prefer a safe, secluded beach or a family friendly beach, you can find it here.
The atmosphere here appeals to artists. Consequently, there has been a growth in the number of galleries and museums throughout the state. Subodh Kelkar’s Art Gallery, Salcette, Ashvek Vintage world, and Goa Chitra Museum are just a few of them.
Monuments range from mosques to cathedrals. The Bom Jesus Basilica is a very popular site. Se Cathedral and Church of our Lady of Immaculate Conception (the oldest church in Goa) are worth a visit as well.
Crash at some neighborhood bar or attend the Goa Carnival, a festival similar to Mardi Gras. Everything in Goa will enflame your wild bohemian soul.
December 16, 2017 12:48 am