If you are wanting a nice and relaxed holiday in India by the beach, one of the best options for you is to head to Goa. It is one of the most famous beach destinations in India and has something for everyone!
Adults can be on the beach and get some sunshine, and the children can play in the sand making sandcastles. There are also a lot of different activities from local sightseeing to water sports. A lot of the nice hotels have private beaches, so this is a very good option in case you are looking for some private and relaxed time.
Five Day Itinerary in Goa
On the first day, divide your time between the famous Grandmother's Hole Beach and the attractions nearby such as the Baina Market, the Vasco Clock Tower, The St. Andrew's Church or one of the many Hindu Temples in this area, don't forget to indulge in a Goan cuisine restaurant like the Vasco Square and have the famous masala stuffed chilli, the paneer 65 or the kokum buttered prawns. Second Day, Pack some food and water, rent a car and go discover the Mhadei and the Netravali Wildlife Sanctuaries, make sure you organize your route to include stops on the Neturlem Waterfall, Netravali Bubbling Lake and the Manipi Waterfall, the suggestion is to take extra camera battery because it's very likely you will need, you will be discovering natural beauty at its finest. Third Day, relax by the hotel swimming pool and engage with the locals, try to learn their costumes and traditions. Fourth day, Walk around the city centre, visit the Sadolxem Bridge, the fish market, have a taste of the octopus in one of the restaurants nearby, and after head to the Backwaters Palolem not without refreshing yourself with some fresh coconut water that you can buy near the beaches. Fifth day, Get in touch with your inner self, do some research on the temples in the area and once you selected your favourites go visit them, remember to respect the rules of these religious places and do not miss a chance of doing some meditation in their surroundings, you will find that their energy helps you concentrate and relax.
There is a lot of history in goa and a lot of things to see. The buildings and architecture are a combination of modern Indian and very old Portuguese inspired architecture. Some of the not-to-miss spots while in goa are,
Our recommendation is the Taj Fort Aguada – it is one of the many resorts in God and has excellent rooms and customer service. There are of course a range of hotels to select from, including Hyatt, Marriott, etc.
No visit to goa is complete without a visit to the many beaches. Some of the more famous ones are: Candolim, Sinquerim, Baga, Anjuna, Vagator, Morjim and Arambol. Our favourite is Baga beach because it has so many restaurants and bars on the beach.
Make sure that you visit more than one beach, each of them has a different personality and vibe. They each cater to different types of tourists – some are more “party” type and others are quieter for couples, and of course there are the fun ones that cater to the entire family including children!
As a coastal state, seafood heavily influences the food and cuisine. Goan fish curry for example is a delicious combination of local fish and succulent spices. You can still taste a lot of the influences of Portuguese style of cooking in goan cuisine.
The region also has some rich agricultural produce in the form of cashews. These are used extensively in the food and also made into a local liquor. Peculiar to taste, Feni, is a must try when you are in goa. There is also a toddy palm feni that hails from the state – but we much rather have the cashew one!
Goa is warm for most part of the year and you can hang out at the beach during that time. But please remember that goa also experiences the full wrath of the monsoons, pretty much like all other coastal towns in India. So be prepared for broadly speaking two kinds of weather – heat and rains!