Plan your trip to Goa
Goa is usually perceived as just a beach and party destination. Although it is one of India’s top beach destinations there is plenty more to be done in Goa. However for this you need to plan your holiday well.
Day 1: The Beach
If it is the beaches that you have come for, then you must definitely start your holiday in Goa with a visit. Calangute and Baga beaches in North Goa are buzzing and vibrant and filled with both local and foreign tourists. The beaches of Mandrem, Ashwem and Morjim also in North Goa are quieter options. Here you can lounge around on a beach bed and read a book or catch a nap. A more adventurous trip to the beach could include water sports at Candolim and Sinquerim beaches. Try out the beach shacks for your meals. Besides this check out the happening night life along the coast especially along Tito’s lane in Baga.
If you are more inclined towards architecture then The Aguada Fort at Sinquerim, The Chapora Fort near Vagator and The Reis Margos Fort are a must. They will give you a combination of spectacular beach views along with interesting stories of the past. On Wednesday you can drop by the Anjuna flea market which is located on the beach. This market also has an array of interesting food stalls.
Day 2: The Cultural route
Goa has an interesting history that can be viewed through the monuments and places of worship by different invaders. Make Old Goa a stop on your itinerary of places to see in Goa. The churches here are quite magnificent. The museum houses artifacts from the days of the Portuguese between the 16th to 18th century. During this period Old Goa was the capital of the Portuguese colony. The Basilica of Bom Jesus which houses the remains of the well loved saint of Goa , St Francis Xavier and the Se Cathedral are two churches which you mustn’t miss. While you are in that area of Goa check out the famous Mangueshi Temple at Priol and the Shri Shantadurga Temple at Kavlem. You can also visit the spice farms along the way.
Day 3: The Capital, Panaji
One day must be saved for Panaji and its surrounding areas. Fontainhas, also known as the old Latin Quarter is the ideal place for a leisurely stroll around with houses that look like they are out of a picture book from another country. Check out the art galleries and curio shops in this area as they offer merchandise that you won’t find in the tourist areas. Drop by the government emporium to pick up more traditional souvenirs. Drop by The Immaculate Conception church in Panjim, it is the perfect spot for all those memorable instagram pictures as many indian films have been shot with the church in the background. Continue the day at Miramar beach or check out the water sports at Dona Paula. Later in the evening cruise down the Mandovi river and watch a rendition of traditional Goan and Portuguese folk dances.
Day 4: Into the forests
The Bondla wild life sanctuary is a serene retreat when you want to get away from the crowds on the beaches. The flora and fauna of the region are represented there and its a great place to unwind. As you go deeper into the forested area, you will come across a beautiful temple at Tambdi Surla. It is made entirely of black stone and has an interesting story to why it is well hidden in the forest.
Day 5: Adventure sports/ casinos
On the fifth day, it would be ideal to chill by the pool and just take in the big adventure. However if you really feel like you want one more action packed day then Goa has more for you. Book a scuba diving or snorkelling trip during the day. To take the action forward get daring at night at one of the floating casinos on the Mandovi river. However if you want a more relaxed evening then opt for a dinner cruise on the Mandovi River.
Your itinerary will also depend on the pace at which you holiday. Some people to choose to take in all the sights and tick all the boxes. On the other hand others choose the more chilled out option of spending time with family and friends at one or two favourite places. Whichever type you choose to be, we hope you enjoy your holiday, have a blast and a very pleasant stay at Goa Casitas