The soothing calmness that you will experience while watching the sun set over the Arabian Sea is a unique experience in Goa that I relish a lot. You might find such serene calmness in some other aspect of Goa but it is sure that Goa will leave its lasting impression on your memory.
There are many places to visit in Goa and you can begin by exploring any of these listed below
Beaches of Goa
Among the most popular locations in Goa are its beaches which attract visitors from all over the world. Its long stretch of coastline is dotted with many beaches which are known for their luxury resorts and small eateries which sell local food.
Goa has something for everyone. If you are among those who wish to try their hand at adventure sport, Baga beach is the best place to be. For those who wish to interact and mingle with hippies, Arambol beach is the perfect fit.
For those who are searching for solitude, Patnem and Agoda could be the best beach to be at. All of these beaches have something in common which are exquisite views of sunrise and sunset, something that should not be missed. These beaches should also be on your wish list if you are looking for places to visit in Goa with friends.
Wildlife Sanctuaries of Goa
If you have interest in exploring wild side of the region, wildlife sanctuaries are recommended among places to visit in Goa. Since Goa lies along Western Ghats, this makes it a great place for flora and fauna to flourish. October to March is perhaps the best time to explore these wildlife sanctuaries.
Mollem National park and Cotigao are the main locations in Goa where you will get to experience the wild side of this beautiful place. Dudhsagar falls which is a popular waterfall in Goa also lies in close vicinity.
If you wish to stay put in the region, the Goa Forest Department has ample arrangements for the same.
Visit to Spice Plantations
Spice plantations are also popular in Goa. Among places to visit in Goa with friends, you should keep this on priority list as you will get a lot to learn. These are located at Ponda which in itself is a place to explore. Guided tours are available here and you can also enjoy a spicy treat in form of lunch at these plantations.
Pascol Spice Village is among the leading spice plantations here and you will get local food to try here. On a good day, you can even think of living here for a day. Elephant and boat rides are also available on request.
Markets of Goa
One thing that you cannot resist is the visit to markets in Goa. Anjuna Flea market that springs up every Wednesday is the place to be if you happen to be here during this time. You will get everything under the sun here on a good day.
Saturday Night market is the place to be if you are interested in checking some live music and exploring some local cuisine on weekend.
Old Goa Region
You will find all the major churches and cathedrals here as well as relics of times when Goa was under Portuguese rule. The main church of Goa including Convent and Church of Saint Francis of Assisi that was built in 1521 is located in this area.
The other church worth exploring is Basilica of Bom Jesus. This church is known for preserving of body of Saint Francis Xavier who was the patron saint of Goa.
The Hip Hop bus from Goa Tourism is the best way to explore this beautiful and unique region of Goa.
There are numerous options for a comfortable stay in Goa. Ideally, living in a Homestay could be your best bet as you will get a taste of local life and will be able to avail home like amenities. Among the options, you can try majestic cottages and Beleza to name a few.
Come to Goa and experience the magical essence of this land which has been able to make a unique name for itself among tourist circuit of the world.