Amidst COVID-19 outbreak, as I encourage you to stay indoors until travel looks good, one destination which is cropping in my mind during this lockdown is certainly Goa. And indeed for many, it is worth reminiscing the good old days of Goa’s leisure life and all those failed plans to visit the place with friends. Goa is India’s sunshine state and everyone’s favourite escape with beautiful beaches, affordable booze, delectable local cuisines, enthralling bike rides and lots of thrill and all of this while being pretty light on our pockets. So read on to be refreshed again and be ready with your friends and family, because when things finally settle, that much-awaited Goa trip can actually see the light of the day.
Nature has blessed Goa with the best of tourist spots like beaches, waterfalls, water sports, churches, rivers, cruising, forts, casinos, heritage buildings, lakes, museums, temples, and wildlife is also a ‘Tourist Paradise’ to both domestic and international tourists. Located on the western coastal line of Konkan, Goa is surrounded by the state of Maharashtra on the north, Karnataka on the east and south, and the Arabian Sea on its west.
Internationally, Goa is one of the top fun-filled destinations rated for its huge natural coastline of beaches with a total length of 125 km. Goa’s biggest draw is undoubtedly its virtually uninterrupted string of golden-sand beaches that stretches all along the Arabian Sea from the tip to the toe of the state, and each of them having a distinct character and personalities since the 60’s and catering to every type of beach lovers. Beaches having the water sports facilities are Anjuna Beach, Baga Beach, Benaulim Beach, Bogmolo Beach, Colva Beach, Candolim Beach, Dona Paula beach and Miramar Beach
Goa is also famous for the architectural marvels reflected in ancient churches, rugged forts, temples, and grandiose mansions that always catch the fancy of tourists coming from all over the places. To name a few are the Church of Mae de Deus, Rachol Seminary, Church of St. Ana, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, St. Cajetan Church, etc and amongst temples are Shri Shantadurga Temple, Shri Mahalsa Temple, Shri Naguesh Temple, Shri Mahalaxmi Temple, Shri Manguesh Temple, Shri Mahadev Temple and the famous forts of Goa are Tiracol Fort, Fort Aguda, Mormugao Fort, Chapora Fort, Cabo Palace Fort etc.
Vivid Wildlife & Nature
Mother Nature has blessed Goa with 1512 species of plants, 275 forms of birds, 48 kinds of animals and over 60 types of reptiles and to name the famous sanctuaries are the Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, and Mollem National Park. These parks attract the tourists all over who love nature and wildlife.
Adventure lies where the Action is
Goa, also extends the facility for adventure tourism covering all types of adventure tourism like water sports, banana boat rides, dinghy sailing, jet skiing, parasailing, scuba diving, swimming, wake boarding, water scootering, water skiing, windsurfing, golfing, golf courses, angling, crocodile watching, beach volleyball, beach basket ball, beach combing, making sand castles, sea fishing, knee-and-wake boarding, super cross racing etc.
Solace in Spiritual Retreats
During the winters, Goa showcases all its spiritual activities. Like yoga on the beach, sunrise tai-chi, reiki healing, meditation, et al, practiced freely and providing tourist’s free access from drop-in classes to short-duration training modules.
Savour and Spice up your life
Last and not least, Goa cuisines are adored by all travellers. The scents, flavour and aroma of Goan cuisine is tantalizing to one and all. Bread roll dipped in curry (morning breakfast), Traditional fish curry rice for lunch, a piquant Vindaloo with the infusion of wine and garlic, Sorpotel the famous pork delicacy, the Xacuti sauce, a complex Indo –Portuguese infused curry and the fish Recheado, etc, are all a treat for the taste buds of the travellers visiting Goa.