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Goa – the party capital of India comprises of two major districts namely North and South Goa. The districts are bounded by various other districts with Sindhudurg of Maharashtra lying in the North and Belgaum of Karnataka lying to the east. The Arabian Sea surrounding the North Goa district from the west and quite naturally, the South Goa district bounding the former from the South.
North Goa has a greatly revered history lying behind it. Most of the territories situated in North Goa were once under the kingdom of Sawantwadi. Sawantwadi was majorly dominated by Pondawas and Marathas. Hence, quite naturally, this region was primarily dominated by Hindus who later on became to be living under the Portuguese Inquisition – who pretty much changed the face of the whole of Goa itself. Post the 18th century, the Portuguese became prominently the dominators of the region of Goa and much change was brought it.
While Konkani is the mother tongue of the majority of the people residing in the North Goa district, there is a special blend of the Portuguese and Indian culture that you will get to witness in this region. The place consists of tonnes of beaches being kissed by beautiful, salt-ful oceans and one of the best times to visit Goa is during monsoons as it is another joy to watch the small but quite region come to life.
Apart from that, there are a number of activities that one can choose from especially the varied watersports available for the use of tourists. The night-life is quite obviously commendable too.
Your bags are all packed and you’re fully prepared to enjoy the sun-kissed beaches of Goa. However, there is a travel advice checklist that you must look into before you visit this sunshine state:
Take intensive care of your skin: The sun can be the enemy most of the times. Therefore, if you plan on spending time at the beaches of North Goa – which quite obviously you will – it is essential that you take proper care of your skin by fulfilling all the major requirements including sunscreen, moisturizer and other creams that protect you from the sun.
Better safe than sorry: Bling sure is fun to wear but it is advisable to limit the amount of gold, diamond or any other precious metal that you might be planning on paring up with your outfit. After all, you do not want to attract unwanted attention. Same goes with cash. Don’t carry huge wads of cash, instead a debit or a credit card is better advisable.
Don’t let yourself get dehydrated: It can get quite sunny at some times of the day in Goa. Therefore, if you are planning on venturing out in the afternoons or mornings, make sure you carry a bottled water wherever you go. Keep sipping on it all throughout. It will help retain your energy and prevent you from falling unnecessarily sick.
Drinking laws: While the legal drinking age in Goa is 18 and liquor is obtainable almost anywhere, we advice travellers to keep a special check on how much they decide to consume. Enjoy the night-life in its true essence rather than regretting later. Moreover, there are a hoard of local varieties of liquor that most shop keepers provide. It is quite tempting to try these out too – however, limit the amount you drink as they can be potent if consumed more than required.
Party on the sands of North Goa: This is perhaps one of the most primary attractions of the state of Goa. All the way from Fort Aguada situated at the tip of Panaji city to the borders of Maharashtra – you will find tourists every where partying away to glory. The night-life is truly one of the best in the whole of India. You will find the party crowd flocking to North Goa between the months of October and March.
Get adventurous with watersports: What’s more? Winter seasons also provide a range of adventurous water sports activities one can indulge in to spend their time. Among the many beaches that you can visit for a good party time are: Vagator beach, Anjuna beach, Calagute Beach and Sinquerim beach.
Cultural walk through the streets of Goa: Apart from its beaches, Goa is also known for housing some of the most beautiful churches and forts that stand as a form of historical remembrance. Fort Aguada is often times visited by majority of the tourists for the appreciation of its beautiful architecture.
Spiritual oneness with the various ancient holy places of North Goa: Visit the Church of Mae De Deus for a glimpse into fine gothic architecture that will leave you mesmerized. For spiritual oneness, visit the temple of Bogdeshwara – one of North Goa’s masterpieces.
Experimenting with luck in the casinos of North Goa: Goa is an ideal destination for tourists, whether they be amateurs or professionals, to try out their luck at the numerous casinos of popular resorts around the place. In fact, not many know but Goa is also recognized as the Las Vegas of India. Visit the Casino Palm or the MV Caravela, walk with pride and be a part of the fabulous crowd that regularly visits the place.
Make a lucrative deal at the colourful markets of North Goa: Goa has one of the best places for those who love to shop. All products from clothes, accessories, handicrafts and others are available at affordable rates at the numerous flea markets of Goa. Go budget shopping at places like Anjuna market, Mapusa Market, Bicholim and bargain your way towards owning a masterpiece. This is one of those must-do things in North Goa.
Motorcycle ride through the streets of Goa: Believe it or not, this is one of the cheapest ways to travel through Goa. Enjoy rides through the quite streets and lanes of Goa and explore the place in a unique fashion.