Ideas & Tips for your Next Trip to Goa
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India has always been one of the most popular places in the world for travelers, and local in particular love experiencing the vast differences in the various states. The country has a classical and romantic feel, which appeals to visitors from all across the region. The number of excursions available to tourists is growing each and every day. An Indian could spend a lifetime exploring the country and not even scratch the surface. One destination that is becoming increasingly popular as of late is Goa. The coastal state offers and unique opportunity to experience a part of India vastly different from other states. It has a unique set of cultural and culinary adventures available to travelers. One of the best ways many visitors are choosing to enjoy their vacations in Goa is by visiting a relaxing resort. Resorts have a never endless supply of activities and there are plenty of deals to be had lately. Here’s a look at the best things to do when visiting one of the many resorts in Goa.

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Relaxing Times

There are many different resorts in Goa, and a relaxing time can easily be had. Numerous companies such as Sterling Resorts offer getaway packages that focus on being pampered. Maybe you want to enjoy a relaxing massage, or perhaps you want to sit on your balcony and experience an unforgettable beach view. Spa facilities are operational at most resorts in Goa. The number one reason to visit Goa is of course the beaches. India is a country with pristine beaches, and Indian travelers don’t even have to leave the country to experience those beaches. Goa proves that India has beaches to rival even neighboring countries in Southeast Asia.

Photo Credit: Sterling Holiday Resort

Photo Credit: Sterling Holiday Resort

Food Fresh from the Ocean

India has plenty of vegetarian options, but Goa has a food scene that is as captivating and fascinating as anywhere else in India. The coastal region that Goa is a part of is famous for it’s seafood. Spicy chilies mixed with fragrant spices and coconut milk result in elaborate dishes and mouthwatering curries that have kept Indian tourists coming back to Goa for decades. Since there is a large population of Hindus in Goa, vegetarian dishes are staples of the region as they are in numerous other parts of the Indian subcontinent. However, the catholic population in Goa has created some fantastic meat dishes, too. Pork vindaloo is a famous dish, and it goes great while sipping on the fermented cashew alcohol known as feni that is consumed in the region.

Photo Credit: A Brown Table.

Photo Credit: A Brown Table.

Sightseeing

Goa has sights that rival anywhere else in India. Old Goa has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site. A stroll through Old Goa is not only a place to snap some amazing pictures for your photo album or social media feed, but it is the place to be if you want to learn a little history. Old Goa was once a thriving metropolis settled by the Portuguese. When it was ruled by Portugal, Goa was known as the Rome of the Orient, and many said it rivaled the splendor of major European cities like Lisbon and London. The archaeological survey of India maintains many museums in the area, which are open to visitors who want to learn more about the history of the area. Old Goa has numerous churches and convents, and some are still used to this day. Old Goa features ruins of the gateway of Adil Shah’s palace, too. A trip through Old Goa is a great way to spend the afternoon or even a whole day.

Picture Credit : Amit Rawat

Picture Credit : Amit Rawat

 Culture

After a day of trekking and sampling the finest foods, it’s nice to experience some nightlife and take in some culture. Goa is renowned for its dance and music. There are many places where you can enjoy famous Indian dances, which originate in the region such as dekhni, fugdi, corridinho, mando, dulpod, and fado. You can even enjoy watching a tiatr performance, which is a form of musical theatre that is extremely popular in Goa.

Picture Credit: Soldomus

Picture Credit: Soldomus

In Conclusion

There is never a shortage of things to do and see in Goa. A trip to a resort in the coastal Indian state will offer you exciting excursions and relaxing evenings. The food and culture of the area make it stand out from the rest of India, and it’s certainly why so many Indians are visiting the area each year. You can see for yourself what this unique Indian state has to offer.  Enjoy a show of traditional dance and music or sit by the beach and watch the ocean lap up against the sand and your feet.

Picture Credit : Anoop Negi

Picture Credit : Anoop Negi

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