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Goa, what is the first thing that occurs to your mind when you hear that? Is it a party? It is the beaches? Is it the nightlife? Or what?
Goa, the union territory of India, is known to be one of the best places for parties, beaches, shacks, and nightlife. Apart from that, there are so many other things one can do here. Be it, children or adults, one will find different things to do like water sports, parties, food, drink lovers, art, history, culture, and whatnot. Some people come to enjoy the nightlife while some people come here to lay down on beaches and get all charged up.
If you are someone who is going to Goa for the first time, it’s best to plan everything and go, as it is so huge that you will end up doing nothing if the trip is not planned properly. Here we will list 10 things that one must do in Goa.
1. Rent a villa and a car
If you are going with a group of people, it’s best if you book a villa prior. The rent of the villa starts from Rs 5000 depending on the number of people and the luxury you opt for. The best place to stay there is North Goa since the majority of the tourist places are in North Goa, it would be best to stay there. Secondly, it is very important to rent a car for the number of days you are going to be there, the best thing to do is rent a car with a driver so that even if you are exhausted from the party or traveling, there will be someone to take you back home safely. Depending on the number of people you can book the car via and travel agency.
2. The Beaches
Beaches will always be the top priority for any tourist who visits Goa. There are so many beaches in Goa, every left or right taken will lead you to the lanes of the beach. You can choose from North or South Goa and plan your day accordingly. You need to select the beaches very wisely as you cannot visit them all. The beaches in North Goa are full of shopping, parties, and a lot more activities when compared to South Goa. Some of the famous beaches of North Goa are Baga Beach, Calangute Beach, Candolim Beach, and Anjuna Beach. Some of the famous beaches of South Goa are Cola Beach, Dabolim Beach, Varca Beach, and Majorda Beach these beaches are a place where one can go to relax and to be at peace. You can relax on the beaches, enjoy the view of the sea from the Shack, eat lots of food, drink a lot and go swimming to kill the heat.
The beaches are also known for their parties, you would have seen in movies how people party on the beach so yes, you are turning the reel into reality. In North Goa, St. Anthony’s Bar in Baga is a great place from where you can see the sunset. In Anjuna beach, there are cafes like Curli’es and Lilliput where live music can be enjoyed. In the South, Cavelossim and Palolem are two of the hot party destinations. Many Shacks are converted into party place after dawn so you can party right on the beach.
3. Water Sports
On every beach you go, you will find people doing water sports throughout Goa. There are sports like parasailing, windsurfing, speed boat, banana boat, water skiing, water scooters, boogie boarding, dinghy sailing, and many more. There is swimming too in Goa, but it is a little risky as there are too many rocks there. There are lifeguards at the famous beaches only, so watch out and take your decision on where to go. The booking for the water sports can be done online via any website or can be done on the spot on the beaches. If you are a big group of people, it is better to do the booking online to avoid chaos at the location. The best time to do the water sports is early in the morning when the climate is breezy and windy, boating is done throughout the day and during the rainy season, the water sports are closed to avoid any type of risk.
In the backwaters of Goa, Kayaking can be a lifetime experience. Gently glide through the calm waters and from between the mountains and trees. It will bring you close to the birds, nature, and the occasional dolphins. This tranquil experience will give you the best memories to take back. Through the ride, you will see the villages, churches, the Goanese, and their type of living also. The best Kayaking is in Bambolin Beach, which is in the South goa, 8kms away from Panaji. The basic charges start from Rs 500 and go up depending on the package you choose.
4. Adventure Sports
With enjoying water sports, one should also experience the thrill by doing adventure sports. Some of the amazing adventure sports are ATV Biking, Paragliding, Bungee Jumping, Hiking and Trekking, Hot Air Balloon flight, and a lot more. These activities will boost your confidence like never and make you take back home loads and loads of memories. ATV Biking involves riding a four-wheeler bike that can withstand different types of terrain, It can be done through jungles and spice plantations of Goa. Quad biking is perfect fun for friends and family, the best ATV rides are in Anjuna beach. Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and Mollem National Park offer good destinations for hiking. Trekking and hiking require a good level of physical fitness and is truly a memorable experience. Make sure that you invest in proper footwear, comfortable clothes, and essentials like insect repellents, sunscreen, and sunglasses. Hiking and trekking in Goa must be avoided in monsoons, as the terrains usually get slushy making it challenging to walk and climb. One can enjoy breathtaking views of Goa in huge balloons inflated with hot air and flying at a high altitude of 2500 feet. Make sure to travel with a trained ground crew that follows you until the safe landing of the balloon back on the ground. Hot air ballooning is more prevalent in South Goa, especially for sunrise flights preferred by honeymoon couples.
5. Casino Gambling
Always wanted to gamble legally? Then Goa is the only place in India where gambling is done legally. You can try your luck at roulette, slots machine, Indian flush, poker, baccarat, blackjack, and other games that are available at the Casino. There are live music and dancing. Shows like a Russian dance, stand-up comedy keep happening at the casino for those who do not want to play. There is a separate entertainment zone where kids can play. Deltin Royale, Casino Paradise, Deltin Jack, Casino Carnival, Casino Pearl, and Casino Paradise are some of the biggest Casinos in Goa. Most Casino are floating on ships but there are some private ones also which are in resorts and hotels. There is a cover charge for every individual which is fully redeemable upon playing the games.