Goa is synonymous with Silver sands, sparkling blue waters, the sky mirroring the sea below, white churches resting against green paddy fields and coconut trees lining the coastal streets. Goa - a place you can fall in love with at first glance. Set along the cerulean spread of the Arabian Sea this tropical haven is the most preferred holiday destination in the country.
Popular for its sea shores, Goa is the smallest state in India as far as region, yet a gigantic supporter of the economy through travel industry. Panaji is the capital of Goa. Goa Tourism is viewed as the significant help to Goa's economy. At the point when in India's daylight state, be ready to fall head over heels for sandy sea shores, palm-bordered shores and ocean front Portuguese cabins. Goa won't ever neglect to allure you with its scenes sprinkled with paddy fields, coconut forests, blustery bluffs and riverside strongholds.
While the southern piece of the state is a safe house for travelers looking for calm days spent by the quiet shoreline, Goa the travel industry in the north is known principally due to its clamoring shacks and unbelievable nightlife.
From the umpteen number of spots to visit in Goa, a not many that most certainly ought not be missed are the Fontainhas - India's just existing Latin quarters, the seventeenth exceptionally old Bom Jesus Basilica; to delight in a little bohemian soul, the lively Wednesday swap meet at Anjuna Beach, and Dudhsagar - quite possibly of India's most noteworthy cascade. Yet, in the event that you're here essentially to loosen up, there's no lack of things to appreciate. Beginning with detecting a dolphin or two at the Palolem ocean side, wondering about the regularly sublime nightfalls at Chapora fort, going for relaxed walks through the overgrown remains of St. Augustine in Old Goa or basically absorbing the pungent tropical breeze with platefuls of spread garlic prawns and a couple of such a large number of rum and cokes, with a side of jazz and Konkani music.
Reach Panjim/Mapusa and board our private hired vehicle. Head to the booked stay, check in, freshen up and have breakfast. After breakfast we will go sightseeing near Panjim.
First we'll be heading to Fontainhas. Fontainhas is known for narrow lanes full of colorful Portuguese villas with balconies and red-tiled roofs. It is a treat for photographers and anyone who is keen on getting clicked too. Fontainhas has very cute and instagrammable cafes to relish Italian delicacies. There are many street art locations too.
At a very walkable distance we have our next sight of visit which is Immaculate Conception Cathedral. This is a colonial Portuguese Baroque style church which was first built in 1541 as a chapel on a hillside overlooking the city of Panjim. It is one among the most famous and most visited churches in Goa. We will have our lunch in between.
By evening we will reach Baga/Calangute beach for sunset. Post sunset you are free to explore the night life of North Goa. You've got many options for night parties at the famous Tito's lane, street shopping, beach side shacks for dinner and just what not. Once calling it a night we'll head back to the stay and retire.
We will start our day early and head to Baga beach. We will be doing water sports like parasailing, jet ski, banana ride etc. It will take around a couple of hours to complete the water sports. We will have breakfast on the beach, head back to the stay, freshen up and check out from the stay.
We will then head to Sinquerim beach and visit Sinquerim fort, and then head towards Aguada fort. Fort Aguada is a well-preserved seventeenth-century Portuguese fort, along with a lighthouse, overlooking the Arabian Sea. It is an ASI protected Monument of National Importance in Goa.
Very close to Aguada fort we have this place called Kaurati’s cave or also called Devil’s finger which is the instagram viral beach cave. This place is just a seven-minute walk away from the Sinquerim fort. To get to the caves by the beach, you have to trek down a footpath which will offer you a majestic view blended with scenic beauty and a quiet and peaceful atmosphere. This is tentative depending upon the water current and weather on that particular day. We will have lunch in the nearby shacks.
Post lunch we will head to Chapora fort which is famously also called as Dil Chahta Hai fort. To reach Chapora fort from the parking area it is just a 10 minutes ascend. We will witness the sunset from Chapora Fort if the skies are clear. Chapora fort offers an amazing view of the Arabian Sea. After sunset we will head towards Anjuna beach for the night stay. Anjuna beach too has a lot to offer for nightlife places. Our personal favorite is purple martini. You can also visit purple martini during sunset too since it is located at a sunset viewpoint and has an amazing view.
We will then head back to our stay after dinner and retire for the day. Just in case you happen to be at Anjuna on a wednesday, there will be a flea market and has some good collection of stuff to buy and take souvenirs back home.
After the wakeup call we will go to Candolim beach. Dolphin spotting trips are very famous in Goa. Candolim Beach and Calangute Beach in Goa are some of the prominent beaches which have operators providing this activity. Dolphin watching trips are on offer from many local boat owners on many stretches of Goa’s beaches. The actual trip consists of a brief glance of a rather timid than playful creature, and to get a photograph you have to be more lucky than skilful. There we will take a ferry ride for dolphin spotting. The boat ride will be around 30 minutes and we are sure to spot dolphins during the ride.
After Dolphin spotting we will get back to the vehicle and head to Dona Paula beach. Cuddled in the southern portion of the peninsula, the beach also has its significance because this is where two prominent rivers Zuari and Mandovi meet the Arabian Sea. The beach offers exceptional views of the palm trees and Mormugao Harbor. The view of the mound promises a serene relaxation. The elegant coastline presents a silvery burnish especially when the sun begins to set. Dona Paula also has some attractive goodies on display in the bustling marketplace outside the beach. You will get a host of charming products like straw hats, feni, hair accessories and much more. The prime attraction of the beach is the wonderful sea-food joints situated near the beach.
From here we will part ways for the return journey.
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