Goa is regarded as the coolest place in India having a tiny area of 3702sq km. It is tiny state along the west coast of India having distinctive Portuguese culture still seen in every walk of life. It is often said that if you visit Goa there is no need to visit Lisbon- Lisboa of Portugal. The capital of Goa is Panaji and the state language is Konkani. Apart from abundance in foodstuff there are plenty tourism exploring opportunities which has amazed the world, needless to say. Crescent Beaches like Candolim beaches, Baga beach, Anjuna beach, Sinquerim beach, Miramar beach, Vagator beach, Benaulim beach and many more are world famous.
HOW TO REACH GOA
For any tourist the first thing that comes to the mind is which the nearest airport is or nearest railway station and by road which is the shortest route. No doubt travel agents provide you these details. However knowing about these details will add some confidence in your travel plans. Should you prefer air as the medium of travel, you can book your air ticket to Dabolim, an international airport situated about 29 kilometers from Panaji – a well-connected international airport to outside countries as well.And by railways, you may book your onward rail ticket to Margao. Other main railway stationsare Madgaon and Vasco-da-gama.A roadway that connects Goa to Mumbai is approximately 610kms, from Pune it is about 460kms and if you are travelling from Kolhapur the distance is approximately 230kms. The distance you have to cover from Bangalore to Goa is approx. 560kms.There are waterways also to reach goa through the Konkani route
WHAT TO EAT
Food lovers can have special dishes in Goa. Some of the palatable dishes are given belowout of many, many varieties which you could explore yourself.
• Bebinca -a sweet multi-layered cake desert.
• Ambottik – slightly sour and pungent prepared using ingredients as dried red chillies, pepper corns, and tamarind.
• Crab XecXec- a curry made out of grounded coconut, coriander, roasted spices which is added to crab meat.
• Fish Curry Rice- a staple food, usually yellowish-red due to chillies for Goans and is known as Xittcoddi pronounced in Konkani. This tangy and spicy is cooked with a variety of fish, but preferred fish is mackerel.
• Chicken Cafreal- This spicy and tasty dish made using chicken, coriander, lime, green chillies, peppercorns.
WHAT TO DO
Goa is an amazing destination for foreigners as well for Indians. There are many recreational activities which could be explored by visitors who are fun loving adventurous tourists. There are many things which you could do in Goa, of which some are explained below:
Scuba Diving can be explored at Grande Island in Goa. It explores your mind about the life underneath the sea. You will be able to see colourful fish and beautiful sea shells. The depth explored which Scuba Diving is up to 12 meters.
Hot Air Balloon Flight
This adventure could be explored at Assolda ground at Goa. The experience is very beautiful as it gives the explorer to look at the city through a bird’s eye view. You can reach an altitude of about 900 ft up in the sky.
This thrilling activity can be experienced at Mondovi river. River rafting is an exciting, yet a dangerous adventure. The aim is to manure through turbulent waters. Adhere to instructors commands while enjoying river rafting.
WHERE TO STAY
There are umpteen numbers of homestays and cottages when it comes to GOA. There are umpteen numbers of homestays and cottages when it comes to GOA. These are best to choose cost effectively and render give good hospitality. They are happy going lovely people out there to give you the glimpse of go hospitality. Below are the good places to stay at Goa during your trip.
This cottage is located at Palolem in Goa. The famous beach Agonda beach is just 6km away from this cottage. Biking and bicycle facilities are available along with activities like windsurfing, diving and fishing available in the surroundings. Colva is around 32 km from this place and Goa airport is 46 km away from this cottage. There are non- Ac rooms as well as deluxe rooms available with amenities like AC, fridge, Wi-Fi and room service. Paid facilities include motorbike, hiring a bike, laundry service and evening meals.
Located at Gandaulim , it is just 10 min away from famous south goacolva beach and has a beautiful villa type accommodation in Goa. They can provide with deluxe and family rooms to stay which can accommodate 3 guests. There is a family room with a balcony which can accommodate upto 4 guests. Places around Gandaulim to explore are Dudhsagar waterfalls near sonaulim which will interest any adventurers and photo fanatics. Cansaulim beach is also a nearest beach which can be explored from this motel.
This apartment is located at Benaulim about 900m away from Beanulim beach. Distinctive feature of this apartment is they provide free Wi-Fi coupled with pet friendly rooms to stay in Goa. There are 3 room apartments which can accommodate up to 6 guests. Apart from the basic amenities they also provide locker facilities, washing machine and car parking facilities. Paid facilities include breakfast evening meals, lunch and ironing facilities.
This apartment is again located at Benaulim and is around 3.2km away from Benaulim beach. They too offer free Wi-Fi facilities. Beautiful balcony and dining area are available in this budget homestay accommodation in Goa. Many facilities provided by this accommodation in Benaulim include washing machine, parking, room service, air-conditioning, fridge and an attached bathroom. Paid facilities include breakfast, packed lunch, evening meals, ironing and car parking. You can get the city view from this apartment.
Yet another homestay at Benaulim, this property offers outdoor pools and free private parking on site. Amenities include Wi-Fi, attached bathroom, air-conditioning and safe locker facilities. Paid facilities include breakfast, packed lunch, evening meals and ironing. There is a one room apartment which can accommodate up to 4 guests with a double bed. Both business and leisure travellers can have a look at this housing.
This villa is located at the Chapora junction, Anjuna providing comfortable rooms with an accommodation up to 3 guests. This place is homely and secure. Personalised attention with local awareness about sightseeing and right medical help can be expected from this villa. This is like a 3bhk villa which can accommodate up to 6 guests. Apart from the usual facilities there are pool, 24/7 power supply.Paid facilities include breakfast, packed lunch, evening meals, laundry and gym as well. Motor Bike and Car facilities are also provided by this homestay.
Located at Baga this homestay will offer you easy accessibility through calangute – Baga road. They have full furnished apartments which give a homely feeling. You can also visit the Baga beach which is close by. They have a deluxe room which can accommodate up to 4 guests. You can explore many cuisines here at this budget homestay and also explore in the nearby restaurants. Amenities include Wi-Fi, attached bathroom, air-conditioning and safe locker facilities.
This apartment is opposite to the river front and is 5 minutes’ walk from Baga beach. This apartment is ideal for couples and families. Closest places to visit are club Tittos, Mambos and the Brittos restaurant. Anjuna and the Vagator beach can be travelled from this apartment. They offer one bedroom and two bedroom apartments. Amenities include wireless internet, families and kid friendly, pool and room service. Paid facilities include visiting the restaurant, motor bike and car facilities and laundry services also.