Wondering what to do in Goa apart from hitting the beaches? There are plenty of unique things that you can do only in the “Party Capital” of India. Here’s a quick overview of the top activities that are not to be missed.
Renowned for its fusion of Indian and Portuguese cultures and laid-back attitude, Goa is one of the top most destinations for all vacationers in India. If you thought Goa is all about the beaches and booze, you’re wrong.
Here’s a list of unique things that you can do only in Goa. Yes, you read that right. These activities are exclusive to Goa and found nowhere else in the country. Make use of this list to plan a truly memorable Goan vacation.
- Try your Luck at Casinos
Yes, you can win a fortune (if lady luck is by your side) at a casino in Goa. With gambling being legal, Goa is the closest thing you get to Vegas, without an international ticket. There are several casinos in the tiny state, and there are even floating ones, where the entire casino is on a boat that sails in the sparkling waters of the Arabian Sea.
- Get a Close Look at the Deadly Reptiles
When was the last time you sailed down a river filled with mean-looking crocodiles? Never, right! At Goa, a boat trip down the Cumbarjua canal or the Opa River gives you a close look at these reptiles basking in the sun. Several boat operators organise private tours down these water channels, depending on the size of your group.
- Take a Deep Sea Walk
Don’t know swimming? Worry not, all you need to do know is how to walk for this exciting activity, and of course be ready to get wet. You can join an under-water sea walking expedition to get mesmerised by the secrets of the Arabian Sea. There’s nothing as surreal as experiencing the seabed tickling your barefoot, while you gaze at the pretty corals, aquatic plants, and other marine life.
- Go Kite-Surfing
This is for extreme sports lovers. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, then hit Goa during October to May. This is when kitesurfing season is in full swing. Certified experts even offer beginner as well as advanced courses. Hit up the Montego Bay Beach village located on Morjim beach to try your hand in this activity.
- Watch Tiatr-Goa Natak
This is a traditional Goan stage performance that is performed in Konkani, the local language. There are usually 6 to 7 acts (Podd’dde), each lasting for around fifteen minutes. Though you may not understand the language, the dramatic acting is sure to keep you hooked. With catchy songs and excellent acting, these performances usually run to packed houses.
- Indulge in the Best Seafood
A trip to Goa is incomplete without indulging in the freshest seafood in India. Get ready for a lip-smacking culinary experience like never before. Check out the famous Goan fish thali, which includes kismoor (a preparation of prawns and coconut), seafood curries, biryani, and the fried catch of the day. Don’t let the Formica tables and community seating at the local outlets put you off from experiencing the best seafood in your life.
- Be a part of the Crazy, Beach Parties
Goa is the only place in India where you can witness crazy beach parties that attract thousands of tourists and the best music artists. Make sure to check out the various events that are scheduled throughout the year, and plan your visit to coincide with your preferred one.
So, what are you waiting for?
With Mumbai, Bangalore or Delhi to Goa flights available at super cheap discounts, it’s not too late to plan your year-end vacation to Goa. Or why not start the New Year with a bang at Goa? Are you ready to hit the beaches at Goa?