GOA – The mere mention of the name conjures up images of beaches, crowds, and parties that last all night. These elements and more is what adds to your experience in one of the world’s most popular beach city, GOA. But if you are thinking of making Goa your home, you will need to wander away from the touristy spots and discover a land rich in culture and traditions. A land where history and the modern co-exist in perfect harmony. And that takes us to the less crowded South Goa, for a truly Goan experience.
What to experience in Goa?
Beaches: Away from the party zone, yet not so quiet, the beaches in South Goa are fringed with coconut trees. Palolem Beach and Agonda are definitely the more popular beaches, but a trip to Arossim, Mobor, and Bogmalo will give you the perfect laid-back vibe that is typical of the local people. While at Palolem, do check out ‘Silent Noise’, to experience a different party vibe. Plug in the wireless headsets that you will be handed on entry and groove to the music late into the nights.
Treks, wildlife, and waterfalls: The proximity to the Western Ghats and the forests open up a wide range of adventure tourism option. The Netravali Wildlife sanctuary, the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary allows you take in the charms of the forests. A trek to Tambdi Surla is something you should not miss. Located inside the Bhagwan Mahavir National Park, Tambdi Surla is home to one of the oldest Siva temples in Goa. And just beyond is one of the most mesmeric waterfalls. Dudhsagar, the fifth tallest waterfall in India, is also one of the most popular waterfalls in the region.
Monument: Are you a history buff? Don’t miss out Cabo De Rama, one of the oldest forts near Canacona, the view from the fort is mesmerising. For taking in the ancient Portuguese architecture a visit to the old mansions at Chandor and Quepem is a must. Loutolim is like a picture postcard that jumps out of a history book. The Se Cathedral, one of the most popular destinations in South Goa, also takes you back to Goa’s Portuguese past.
Food: You normally associate Pork Vindaloo, Chicken Cafreal, and Feni when you think about food in Goa. Goa is home to some unique food, thanks to its long tryst with the Colonial rulers in the past. Do not leave Goa without trying out poi, pao, kakon, and katro at a traditional Goan bakery. While poi is wheat bread, pao is the simple white bread with a traditional twist. Kakon and Katro are made in a designer mould.
Goa is not just a destination. It is a feeling that grows on you.
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