Visiting Goa First Time? Here Are Things You Need To Know Before You Travel

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Choose where you want to stay

Choose where you want to stay

South Goa and North Goa are the two beautiful but different parts of Goa. While South Goa is filled with peacefulness, North Goa is for party animals since it offers clubbing experiences to tourists from all over the world. There are numerous beaches in both the south and north and not all of them are identical. As compared to North Goa beaches, the South Goa beaches like Majorda, Palolem, Colva, Cavelossim, and Varcaare tranquil. So, choose wisely which place suits you best for your stay in Goa.

Decide the ideal time to visit Goa

Decide the ideal time to visit Goa

The greatest time to visit Goa is between mid-October and mid-March; you can travel either at the beginning or the end of the season during this period. You can get a deal at a price you won’t believe during this time. The weather is beautiful, there are fewer people around, and the shacks are open at this hour. Therefore, the beginning and end of the season should be the best times to visit Goa if you have never been there and want to experience everything this place has to offer.

We can’t recommend you to travel completely off-season, because there will be too much heat and dead vibes. Furthermore, it is advisable to avoid going to Goa between mid-December and mid-January, as there will be too much crowd everywhere plus the prices for everything will be touching the skies.

Explore beyond sand, seas, and clubs

Explore beyond sand, seas, and clubs

The first thing that you should know about Goa is that it’s not all beaches and palm trees! While it is true that most of the beaches in Goa are beautiful and fun, there are other things to do as well. More attractions and activities are available, including forts, caves, ancient cathedrals and temples, museums, wildlife sanctuaries, and shopping in flea markets.

Additionally, Goa has a breathtakingly beautiful landscape that is worth spending time exploring. In the countryside, one can find Goan villages studded with historic Portuguese-style homes, verdant paddy fields, spice plantations, waterfalls, and picturesque surroundings. There are also many historical monuments located throughout the state which you should witness as Goa has it all, sea, adventure, history, and mind-blowing views.

The Best Way to Discover Goa

The Best Way to Discover Goa

If you enjoy walking, your options for exploration are limited to the area surrounding your beach. We suggest that you rent a scooter if you want to do more exploring. The best and most cost-effective alternative is to explore Goa on a rental scooter. Depending on the type of scooter you take up, these are often available for INR 200 to 500 each day. Due to the numerous checkpoints, please make sure you bring your original driver’s license and a photocopy for the same. Although it is also feasible to rent a car, many locations can only be reached on foot or by scooter.

Also, one pro tip for you is to take your bike for a test run before renting or finalizing your deal.

Avoid only visiting the well-known beaches

Avoid only visiting the well-known beaches

Goa is fortunate to have a wide variety of beaches due to its extensive coastline, which extends for more than 105 kilometers (65.2 miles). Baga, Vagator, Candolim, and Calangute are popular beaches and are additionally packed. There are several unexplored and unspoiled beaches where you can unwind in peace and seclusion, some of them are Butterfly Beach, Kakolem Beach, Galgibaga Beach, Hollant Beach, Velsao Beach, Ashwem Beach, and Galgibaga Beach.

Don't forget to try Goan cuisine and Feni

Don’t forget to try Goan cuisine and Feni

The cuisine of Goa has been influenced by numerous civilizations during the years of colonization, generating a mix of Portuguese, Brazilian, Arab, French, African, Konkan, Chinese, Malaysian, and Malabar flavors to tempt the palate. Pork vindaloo, Goan fish curry, and bebinca are a few of the must-try dishes. Feni, an indigenous alcoholic beverage, is popular in Goa. Try this drink without fail.

You will also find many different types of restaurants located throughout Goa, so don’t worry if you don’t like seafood! There are plenty of other options available.

Make sure you try adventure activities in Goa

Make sure you try adventure activities in Goa

Scuba Diving, Snorkelling, Parasailing, Windsurfing, Water Scooters, Boat Cruise and White Water River Rafting at Mandovi River, Kayaking, Wakeboarding and Kneeboarding, Water Skiing, Kite Surfing, Banana Boat Rides, ATV Biking, Aqua Zorbing, Camping, and trekking, you name it and you have it. You just need to choose your kind of sport and indulge in it while in Goa.

Some part of that Goa feel, what people usually talk about is definitely going to come from these adventure activities which will give you an adrenaline rush and a lot of excitement. Go, have some thrill and return with amazing memories.

Be Safe in Goa and respect the Goan culture

Be Safe in Goa and respect the Goan culture

While Goa is safer than most of India and perhaps many parts of the world, it doesn’t hurt to take typical safety precautions. Trust your instincts and don’t accept drinks or anything from strangers. Make sure to not indulge in any fights with anyone. When in doubt, head to the nearest shop and contact a local to seek help.

And yes, of all the places in India, Goa may be the most liberal and open-minded. But kindly refrain from using their land as the end point of your “nonstop party destination”. Try to be a responsible tourist and enjoy your time in Goa!

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