Call it the beach lover’s paradise, party capital, hub off different lifestyle or the meeting point of various cultures, it always outshines any other holiday destinations in the country! Ever wondered, what makes Goa a celestial place to visit every year? If not, here is a list of the 50 best reasons to visit Goa every year.
Here are 50 reasons to visit Goa every year:
1) Backwater Kayaking
Be it the groovy beaches or the quaint water bodies, Goa has it all! While most of Goan water are known for their high spirit of party and amusement, the backwaters of Sal, Zuari and Nerul rivers are popular for kayaking. Conducted throughout the year, rowing of the backwaters last for around 2 hours and can be enjoyed all through the season.
2) Prawn Cocktail at Curlies, Anjuna Beach
Visiting Goa without savouring on the wide range of exotic dishes and drinks; sounds next to impossible! Visit Curiles at the Anjuna Beach and let yourself loose with the exotic menu of this beach restaurant. Prawn cocktails and pizzas, sea food and veg pastas, fried squid and happy drinking hours at the beachside shacks…it is indeed one of the best spots to chill out,& is a strong reason for you to visit Goa every year.
3) Dolphin Spotting
Wrap up yourself with the stunning sights of the playful dolphins, make your Goa vacation a memorable experience! Dolphin cruises can be easily availed at the Sinquerim, Candolim, Calangute and Baga beach either during the sunrise or sunset.
4) Eat at Thalassa: The Greek Beauty
Behold the mesmeric beauty of the Indian Ocean, feel the swaying sea breeze while sipping the different blends of Greek wines! Thalassa, meaning 'The Sea', is one of the indigenous restaurants, where you can find the most authentic Greek cuisines and the charm of a rustic world that caters to a serene and tranquil evening.
5) Island Trip with Snorkelling
While the beach capital of India is usually called the 'Mecca' of the party animals, two of its islands; Chorao and Divar, are often thronged by the lookers of peace and serenity. Located around 5-7km from Panaji, these islands are also popular destinations for snorkelling.
Go for an island trip to either of these islands, dive into the azure water and swim along the exotic marine life of the Arabian Sea.Baina Beach, Grand Island and Bogmalo Beach are some of the other popular snorkelling destinations in Goa.
6) Backwater Cruise: A Memorable Journey
No matter how hard you party during the day, Goa vacations are never complete without an overnight backwater cruise. The wholeheartedness of Goa can be experienced while sailing through the alluring backwaters during the night. Witness the sunset, behold the magical spell of the sunrise, enjoy the pristine ambience of Goa and cater some of the memorable moments of your life. Moreover, one can find out many more things to do in Goa during there visit with family and friends.
7) Go Paragliding and Fly Like a Bird
Give wings to your dream of flying, soar through the sky and enjoy the stunning views of Goa’s scenic landscape and the mighty Arabian Sea! Over these near to 20 minute of paragliding, fly like a free-bird and witness the alluring charm and appeal of the Goan coastline. Baga, Candolim, Calangute, Sinquerim, Vagator, Majorda and Anjuna beaches are some of the best paragliding spots,which are reasons to visit Goa every year.
8) A Day With The Jumbos
Do you have an affection towards the elephants or do you carve to spend a fun-frolic day with these gigantic mammals? If yes, Goa is the right place for you. While holidaying in the party capital of Goa, join the elephant tours, enjoy a merriment day with the pleasant giants and enjoy a splashing bath with them.
9) Sport Fishing in Panjim
On a usual tour to Dona Paula, one of the fishing villages in Goa located near Panaji, be a part of the game and go fishing in the deep sea. Try your patience and luck, use the correct bait and enjoy a splendid catch at the end of the day. You can also enjoy inshore and offshore river fishing, bottom fishing, popping, jugging, fly fishing and several other forms of angling in Goa.
10) Enjoy Sunset Cruise at Bogmalo Beach
Facing the Arabian Sea and nestled amidst picturesque settings, Bogmalo Beach offers a salubrious ambience to witness the sunset. Watch the sun going down and creating a magical spell on you while you be enjoying the calmness around the sea.
11) Go for Underwater Walk
Walk down to the sea and explore a world filled with fantasies and exoticness! Join the underwater walk tours in Goa, saunter through clear sea water and discover the kaleidoscopic views of Goa’s underwater world.
12) Visit Butterfly Conservatory
Relive your childhood days of wondering how nature has painted the butterflies and witness all the colours and splendours of Goa with a visit to the butterfly conservatory. Maintained singlehandedly by a couple, this spectacular park is the home to some of the rare and exotic butterfly species.
13) Water sports in Goa
Bestowed with numerous water bodies, Goa represents itself as one of the ideal destinations for enjoying water sports in India. Be it jet skiing, banana boat rides, parasailing, water skiing, water scooter, surfing or any other water sports, Goa has it all.
14) Stay in Beach Shacks
Visit any of the beach shacks in Goa and you will be promised with relaxing, invigorating and riveting moments. Though these shacks can be found around all the beaches, riversides and coastal regions of Goa, the ones in Cola, Palolem, Ashvem, Morjim, Agonda and Patnem are few of the most sought after shack destinations,which gives you reasons to visit Goa every year.
15) Volleyball & Football on the Beach
Take the gleefulness of your Goa holidays to another level of fun and excitement with the amusing session of beach football and volleyball. No matter, whatever time or season it is, these beach games never ceases to keep the visitors away from fun-filled moments.
16) Wednesday Shopping in Anjuna Flea Market
Known for spectacular and stunning trance parties, Anjuna showcases a much more intriguing outlook every Wednesday. It is the day of the week, when the Anjuna marketplace is pleasantly invaded by the hippies. Visit this flea market and get yourself indulged in bartering some of the second hand goods from the hippies.
17) Visit Goa Churches
Be it hosting electrifying parties or holding on to the true charm, the beach capital of India has successfully retained its age old traditions and religious beliefs. Visit the different churches in Goa, and you can witness the sanctity that Goa holds in its history.
18) Feel The love Growing Over a Candle Light Dinner on the Beach
Make your trip, an affair of love and romance with a candle light dinner with your better half at one of the most exotic beaches in Goa. Even if you are visiting the beach with your friends and family, a dinner on this beach will get everyone close and offer some of the most adorable moments in your lives.
19) Make a Fortune in the Casinos
Want to try your lucky stars and make a fortune? Make it any of the casinos in Goa and get yourself some of the lucky chips and witness the fortune knocking at your doorsteps. Casino Royale, Casino Pride, Casino Carnival, Cahnces Casino and Resrot and Dunes are some of the most popular casinos, where winning or losing has the equal amount of spirit and cheerfulness!
20) Dusdhsagar Trek
If you are one of the adventure buffs and yearning for some of the adrenaline boosting activities, a trek to the mesmeric Dudhsagar Falls should be your call. Taking you through some of the enthralling terrains and picturesque forests, this trekking route is the most exhilarating and adventurous treks in Goa.
21) Have Fun with Feni Making Process
Needless to say, most the Goan admirers are also the fans of Feni! Wonder how this authentic country liquor is made? Visit one of the Feny making farms in North or South Goa and witness how this traditional drink is fermented from cashews and coconuts.
22) Get Yourself Tattooed
Get into the spirit of Goa and get yourself marked with a tattoo! The meeting point of numerous tradition and cultures from different corners of the world, Goa is the home to some of the best tattoo artists in the country.
23) Attend Goa Carnival: A Riot of Fun and Merriment
If you are planning for a Goa trip, make sure you do it in the month of February! It is the month, the streets of Goa turns extravagant and fly high with the spirit of fun, excitement, colour, exoticness and merriment. Celebrated for consecutive 4 days, this carnival is one of the most sparkling events of Goa.
24) Enjoy Firework on the Beach
Be it on a honeymoon, birthday celebration, bachelor party or any other eventful festivities like New Year, Christmas or the Goan New Year, a bit of firecracker show adds more sparks and showiness. Witness the beach turning into a bed of glitters and making your celebration, an event of your life!
25) Enjoy Silent Loudness in a Silent Party
Laser shows, electrifying crowd, nifty music…come Saturday and get yourself grooved with the silent beats of the DJ at Neptune’s Point in Palolem! Did you hear ‘silent beats’? Yes…all that happens when the DJ plays the beats and you have a headphones to get tuned in!
26) Burn the Sun at Sunburn Festival
For the devotees of music,there are reasons to visit Goa every year.Goa is the ‘Mecca’ and the Sunburn Festival connects them to their Gods! Held mostly during the month of December, this 3 days’ long celebration is a riot of fun, music and celebration.
27) Eat Goan Sea Food
Goa without foods is simply like the ‘Q’ without the ‘U’! Known as one of the most exotic cuisines in the world, the Goan cuisines is all about taste, flavour and ecstasy. In addition to this, you can easily find different cuisines from different corners of the world in this beach paradise.
28) Kings Beer and the Beaches
Stroll around the beaches with a Kings Beer and let the calmness behold all your senses! One of the local beverages of Goa, it is the most popular beer brand and has a lot of admirers. In fact, no celebration in Goa is complete without the Kings Beer in the menu!
29) Rent a Bike and Explore Goa
Party and fun never ceases in Goa; even when it comes to explore the exuberant beauty and splendour of the beach capital, the fun continues. One simply do not need to get their bikes to explore Goa, but can rent a bike from the local operators on a daily basis and get the fun flowing in!
30) Sunbathing on the Beach
For them, who want to spend leisure moments on the beach and enjoy the wholesomeness of the sands and the sea, Goa is the perfect destination. Lazing around the sandy retreats and basking the sun can never be as blissful as when enjoyed in Goa.
31) Go Surfing in Goa
If you are the one who has a fondness for the sea, you know Goa is the place for you. Surfing on the appealing seafronts of Goa, drifting over the waves on a surfboard is an impeccable experience. Even if you are not an expert surfer, Goan water can easily make you one!
32) Sunset at Chapora Fort
Make your evening much more memorable with a sunset tour to the Chapora Fort. Located beside the Vagator Beach, witnessing the sunset from this fort is a palatial experience.
33) Go to Startup Project Goa
Follow your heart and do what you want to do! Meet and greet strangers, jam with musicians from different corners of the world, showcase your skills in arts and entertainment or simply contribute some of your amazing clicks and be a part of this workshop that uplifts talents from different fields.
34) Hire a Two -wheelers Taxi
Two-wheeler taxi, what is that now? If you have never heard of that, you must rush to Goa as you have been missing one of the most exciting rides in your life. Yes, it is in this playful vicinity, where you can take a lift from random bikers and in return, you can pay them and show your gratitude.
35) Nightlife at Tito’s
Where to find the nightlife lovers in Goa? Simple…buzz around Tito’s Café Mambo and feel the gush of spark and cheerfulness in you! One of the most popular cafes in town, Tito’s dance floor is one of the most happening and grooviest hideout that can be found in every night creepers’ hunt-list.
36) Get into the Sea with a Sea Cruise
Take a sea cruise over the azure waters and feel the splendours and charisma of Goa. Be it the yacht rides, speed boat rides or the sea cruises, there are lot more to witness and discover along the shorelines of India’s beach capital.Experience the Sunset cruise, dolphin rides, leisure rides or jolly cruises,& be ensured of reasons to visit Goa every year.
37) Kite Surfing in Goa
Catch the wind, hop onto your surfboard and glide over the playful waves of Goa! Involving the wind and waves, Kite Surfing is quite different from usual surfing. In here, the surfers are harnessed with a huge synthetic kite that helps them manoeuvring the waves while loaded on their surfboards.
38) Christmas in Goa
Experience the cultural and religious essence of Goa while attending the Christmas celebration in any of its corners. It is during this auspicious event, the entire of Goa delves into one colour and wholeheartedly celebrates the birth of the Jesus Christ. Join the mass and witness the warmth of Goa’s ambience on the Christmas Eve.
39) Evening Beach Walks
The perfect destination to enjoy the evenings, Goan beaches entices the visitors with their charisma and charm. Be it during the daytime when you can enjoy some of the exciting water sports and activities, or during the evening when you can simply take a walk around the beach, you can always find pleasurable moments on the sandy retreats of Goa.
40) Boat Ride to Butterfly Beach
A slice of heaven, the Butterfly Beach is not known to many. A true piece of natural marvel, it is located in the Butterfly Island and being one of the secluded beaches in Goa, serenity and mesmeric beauty prevails in every bit of it. A boat ride to this paradise is definitely going to be a reason for you to visit Goa every year.
41) Yoga on the Beach
Relax and rejuvenate around the beach, get engrossed into yoga and help your mind calm down. Some of the Goan beaches showcases a unique blend of peace and tranquillity. The serenity that dwells in these sandy retreats, entices yoga lovers to get engulfed into various forms and types of yoga.
42) Bird Watching
Located on the western side of the Choaro Island and beside the Mandovi River, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is the home to some of the rare and exotic species of birds. A meeting ground of ornithologists from different parts of the world, it is a paradise for the bird watchers and nature photographers.
43) Watch Fire Show on the Beach
Add more colour to you Goa tour with a visit to the fire shows around any of the beaches. Performed by experienced fire artists, these shows usually take place during the evenings. On such an astounding show, witness spine-chilling fire acts by the performers that can easily get you goose bumps all over and left you total speechless!
44) Stay in the Finest Beach Resorts in India
If you have missed any of the beach resorts during your last visit, you must revisit Goa and experience the warmth of any of those getaways. Most of the resorts in the party capital offers salubrious ambience with beach-view as an add-on to the stay. The true and exotic vibes that can be witnessed and experienced at these resorts are reasons to visit Goa every year.
45) Rent a Heritage Villa
Ruled by the Portuguese, Goa was and is still a hub of the Portuguese culture. Even till date, the architecture and outlook of some its regions resemble to the colonial period. Well, while on a Goa tour, you can rent one of the heritage villas and feel the grandeurs of Goa’s bygone history and charm.
46) Scuba Diving
One of the reasons to visit Goa every year is the opportunity to dive into the sea and explore its underwater beauty. Mostly conducted around the shallow coastal regions, scuba diving is one of the best and ideal ways to witness the mesmeric beauty of Goa’s marine life.
47) Quad Biking in Goa
If you are still thinking, the pleasant side of Goa lies only within its beaches and shores, think again! ATV rides in Goa are also one of the many reasons, you would wish to visit Goa over and over. Rugged terrains, muddy trails and challenging routes in Goa can easily get your adrenalines charged and bring out your adventurous side!
48) Hire a Open Jeep
Young at heart and want to explore every corners of Goa on wheels? Rent an open jeep,rumble through the cheerful streets of the party capital,make your own mark & be ascertained of reasons to visit Goa every year.
49) Goa Arts and Literary Festival
For the literature enthusiasts and the aspiring laureates, the Goa Arts and Literary Festival is one of the major events. A hub of eminent writers and poets from different parts of the world, it has now become one of the main meeting grounds of thoughts, ideas and cultures in India.
50) Spice Plantation Tours
If the authentic cuisines of Goa has got your taste buds greedier, this is the tour for you! Embark on a delightful and aromatic spice plantation tour and discover some of the indigenous spices of Goa that easily raise your gastronomical desires and makes one of the most happening places to visit in Goa again and again.