Ever wondered how it would be to get away from the hustle and bustle of the crowded city life to a mesmerizing weekend destination full of beaches, serene churches and heavenly food alluring your taste buds! It couldn’t get any better than Goa. “Susegado” is something that the Goan people describe their way of life is, completely an evocative, exotic and an emotive word to portray their desire to take it easy and experience everyday through their senses. Such is their way of life. However, to sum up Goa in word is nearly impossible as it has so much to offer. Even after being the smallest Indian State, it is like the most precious center piece stone of a necklace. The reflections of the clear blue skies embark from the transparent emerald waters of the glittering beaches. Blissful skies, palm beaches, alluring locations and hospitable people all make Goa a traveler’s perfect holiday destination!
The best time to be there is in Mid- November to Mid- February when the weather is comfortable, dry and pleasant. Nevertheless, if you happen or wish to visit during the other seasons, you will always experience the warmth and amazing aura of the place.
How to get there
The place is geographically distinct and is divided into North and South Goa. While North Goa is ideal for tourists who are looking to enjoy historic sights, Goa’s nightlife and active party scenes, South Goa is a peaceful and a relaxing escape from the urban life and is ideal for family vacations and meditative retreats. However, you must experience the whole of Goa, both north and south. The best option to get in at North Goa is through railways. The best station you can get in at is Thivim as it is closest to most of the beaches and accessible to other areas as well! Once at the station, you can hire a cab which will cost you a minimum fare of Rs. 350/-
As the sun goes down prepare yourself for a crazy nightlife in Goa. North Goa is particularly famous for its midnight parties, the trance music culture, the karaoke nights and the beach shacks. There are plenty to choose from. Must-visits include Café Mambo, Club Tito and St. Anthony’s just off the Baga Beach. You can groove the night away at one of these and you are sure to have the time of your life.
You’ll find no better place in the world to laze around than one of Goa’s spectacular beaches. With palm trees on one side and emerald waters on the others divided by the silky white sand is all you need to relax on beach shacks. There are some good eating options at the beaches like the ones at the Calangute beach. Don’t miss the breakfast at the Brittos. Other must-visit beaches include Baga, Candolim, Anjuna, Sinquerim, Miramar, Aguada etc. There are dozens of beaches among these which offer water sport activities here like the Baga beach where activities like Jet skiing, banana ride, parasailing etc. happen. Also they offer reasonable island packages that include fishing, swimming, snorkeling, dolphin viewing etc.
Exquisite Churches and Cathedrals
It is no exaggeration to call Goa the city of churches which form a rich history of the city. These churches are well-renowned and form a world charm for tourist attractions. The most famous of the churches lies in old Goa which includes Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, Chapel of St. Catherine, Church of St Francis of Assisi, Church of St. Cajetan etc. The most famous of the Churches of Goa is the Bom Basilica church as it is here that the miraculous and the mysterious body of the Patron Saint of Goa, St. Francis Xavier lies, a great Christian missionary. Se Cathedral Church is one of the largest churches in Asia and is dedicated to St. Catherine.
There are famous markets in Goa that you would never like to miss! These markets form a mirror that reflects its ethnic culture and the typical Goan way of doing business. Famous visits among these are Anjuna Flea Market, Mapusa Friday Market, Tibetan Refugee Market, Ingo’s Saturday Nite Bazaar, Mackies Nite Market, Colva Nite Bazaar, Margao Market and so on.
Cruising at Goa
Cruising at the rivers at Goa is something you would not like to miss. The cruise usually lasts for about two hours and offers amazing view of the city around. You can get a full entertainment by the shows put up with a carnival touch and feel of the Goan culture followed by drinks and food.
The Fort of Aguada – “The Watering Place”
Fort Aguada is a picturesque fort located on Sinquerim beach in Goa. Aguada derives from a Portuguese word meaning “watering place” and the Portuguese built this fort to provide fresh water to the ships passing by in the Arabian Sea. The fort reminds you of various movie scenes shot here. It is an ideal spot where you will imagine a cool windy day, roaring sea sounds and calm breeze through your hair.
Goa is indeed a place where you will set your heart back and return back time after time. You will find numerous categories of hotels here suiting the need of tourists visiting the beautiful beaches and Churches and forts of Goa. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Goa by making your travel reservations with Arzoo.com. Peaceful beaches, ancient forts and the tranquility of the churches all make Goa an ideal destination for travel lovers and a perfect weekend holiday getaway.