Updated: Jan 9
Goa is a state on the southwestern coast of India within the region known as the Konkan, and geographically separated from the Deccan highlands by the Western Ghats. It is surrounded by the Indian states of Maharashtra to the north and Karnataka to the east and south, with the Arabian Sea forming its western coast. It is India's smallest state by area and the fourth-smallest by population. Goa has the highest GDP per capita among all Indian states, two and a half times that of the country.It was ranked the best-placed state by the Eleventh Finance Commission for its infrastructure and ranked on top for the best quality of life in India by the National Commission on Population based on the 12 Indicators.
Beauty of Goa India When you think of India’s beaches, you think of Goa! And they really do not disappoint. Long stretches of golden sands, emerald oceans and all fringed by picture perfect coconut palms- this place really is the dream you always imagined. Goa is not only the perfect holiday destination for beach bums, but it also offers a whole heap of amazing things to do and see. If you’re planning a trip to the coconut state, make sure you check out each of these 15 must do 1. Visit the Anjuna Flea Market
Once upon a time, back in the late 60’s, Anjuna was the gathering point for hippies visiting India’s coast line. Nowadays, it’s filled with trance ravers and domestic tourists, and there are far better beaches elsewhere. But the wonderful Anjuna flea market is definitely worth a stop by. Taking place every Wednesday in South Anjuna, the market sprawls a huge area, leading down to the sea. It’s filled with handicrafts, second hand clothing, jewellery, beautiful patchwork backpacks and fabrics from almost every part of India. Arrive early in the day to beat the crowds and avoid the heat! 2. Take a day to marvel at the Portuguese flair and stunning churches of Panjim and Old Goa
Panjim Church Goa was once a Portuguese settlement, and today, many remains of the past can be found up and down the coast. Most notably, with the huge churches you’ll find in Old Goa and Panjim, Goa’s lovely capital. It’s well worth taking a day away from the beach to see these beautiful buildings, which are very well preserved and offer a glimpse into some colonial history. Panjim can be easily reached on a day trip from many of Goa’s beach towns, and Old Goa is a short bus ride away. 3. Get your hippie on at Arambol beach
Arambol beach Each of Goa’s beaches has a different personality, and each cater for a slightly different crowd. Our pick of North Goa’s busier resorts is Arambol, a mecca for backpackers and soul seekers from around the globe. Although not the quietest beach, there’s so much to do here, and so many people to meet it more than makes up for the crowded sands. Check out some of the great international cuisines, join some other travellers for a game of volleyball or walk up the cliff side for epic views of the beach below. 4. Swim in the fresh waters of Sweet Water Lake
Fresh water lake for swimmers Not far from Arambol beach, behind Sweet Water Beach is the blissful Sweet Water Lake, a fresh water lagoon perfect for a peaceful afternoon swim. To get there, walk around the cliffside to the North of Arambol beach, and then keep asking shopkeepers for the lake! There are sun beds around and a place to get a few cold drinks. A perfect way to spend an afternoon! 5. Feast on South Indian Cuisine- Dosas, Uttapam and Goan Thali can be found at any traditional restaurant
Goa traditional thali One of the highlights of India is the delicious food! And South India’s cuisine is a real must try for anyone visiting Goa. Delicious Thali plates can be found in most beach towns, and for a smaller meal try a Dosa or Uttapam, some of South India’s traditional breads. Of course that is all best washed down with a banana lassi or masala chai! 6. Stay in a colourful bungalow on the beach
Colourful bunglow on beach You’ve got a great range of accommodation options along the beaches of Goa- but there’s honestly no better choice than a brightly coloured bungalow with a sea view! These can be found in almost any beach town, and in off-season expect to pay from 300 rupees a night (from 800 in season).
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