Goa with its sun-kissed beaches, azure waters, adventures and romantic experiences rank among the favourite honeymoon destinations in India. Honeymoon in Goa sets the perfect spirit to laze on the beach, see the wave kiss the shores, go sightseeing, party all night or pamper in the luxury hotels.
All this when piled up together also makes for some of the most riveting romantic holidays one can ever enjoy. Well, with this blog we aim to educate the newlyweds about things to do while celebrating their honeymoon in Goa.
Mentioned below are some of the best things to do in Goa. Stay blessed the two of you!
Sun n Sand – Beach Honeymoon in Goa
The thought of a honeymoon in a beach paradise brings us to Goa. Snuggled along the Arabian Sea on the Konkan Coast, Goa has some of the most lovely beaches in not just India but on this planet, which fit in the moods of every kind of a couple. The popular beaches of Baga, Calangute, Vagator and Anjuna, host psychedelic parties which offers a great time. Choose a nice shack for you and your better half; facing the sea getting a good sun basking, or if you like, wait till dusk and enjoy the night in the blues with your partner.
However, Goa also suggests some tranquil options for your memorable honeymoon. The ones which will give you an undisturbed, private time in a breathtaking beach setting. Cavelossim, Benaulim, Palolem, Betul and Agonda beach in South Goa can be amongst your preferred best beaches in Goa. Walk hand in hand on the white sandy shore as the waves gently tickle your feet, watching the beautiful sunset with your loved one as you are lost in the romance.
Choose your pick, because all of these beaches in Goa have something special for you two.
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Walk amidst Old Goa’s Historic Churches
There is a certain kind of magic in exploring the history and have the blessings of the divine with your partner. This brings us to Goa’s vintage colonial side. The Portuguese invasion of the past is the prime face of the state’s history. The state is dotted with numerous structures that are exquisite examples of the European style of architecture. Listed as UNESCO world heritage sites in India, the churches in Goa must be the first in your list while exploring the remnants of Old Goa with your partner.
You can start your sightseeing with the highly renowned Se Cathedral, then to the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, the Basilica of Bom Jesus, Church of Mary Immaculate Conception and the Church of S. Caetano. These historic churches hold the status of amazing architecture, legends and religious sites. All these vintage sacred sites are in proximity to each other. So, walk around exploring the beauty and history of these churches. The Lord will shower the newlyweds with his prosperous blessings.
Ever thought of a long bike ride with your partner? Well, now is the time to take out your spouse, and what’s better than the lovely countryside of Goa for your romantic ride? Started picturing it already, great!
One of the best things to do in Goa is to rent a motorbike at cheap rates and go exploring. The streets are good and bordered by the majestic Arabian Sea. As you will move to the countryside, a few kilometres away from the beaches, the region of lush green paddy fields, spice plantations and vibrant villages would be welcoming you. Just be little careful in the traffic and you will have a whale of the time working your ride through the panoramic Goa.
Get Drenched in Waterfalls
Romance is not just about spending time in luxury but sometimes going all natural, which brings us to the next, top things to do in Goa on honeymoon. Far from the crowded and the mainstream tourist spots of Goa lies the hinterlands, which serve as the offbeat attractions of the state. For the newlyweds, we suggest Dudhsagar-waterfalls. Rightly named due to its milky-white appearance, the water here plummets from a great height and crashes with a roaring sound. Being a part of a wildlife sanctuary, the vicinity of the falls is completely under the blanket of green.
Spend some quality time here with your spouse, as nature portrays its enchanting picture in an ambience that is livened with the freshness and the roar of the falls. If you and your partner love adventure, then you two are always welcome to trek and climb the challenging terrain, leading to the top of the falls.
Indulge in Water Sports
Adventure is the perfect companion of romance, thus, we suggest to have a go at the exciting watersports in Goa. Water sports at the lovely sea fronts of Goa is one of the prime reasons you see tourists flocking in huge numbers here every year. With that said, how can we possibly hold back the newlyweds who wished for a fun and frolic honeymoon before landing in Goa?
The quintessential beaches of Goa are not just for a leisure time but thrilling water sports as well; the experience of which differs at all. Prominent water sports that you can try your hand on include dinghy sailing, angling, windsurfing, banana ride, parasailing, water scooter, snorkelling, scuba diving, water skiing and swimming.
That’s a lot, isn’t it? So are the beaches which offer such fun experiences in the sea. To make it easy for you, here are some of our best suggestions:
• Banana ride, Beach parasailing at Mobor beach
• Windsurfing at Calangute, Benaulim, Vagator, Baga, Bogmalo
• Fishing and snorkelling at Coco beach
• Scuba diving at Baga
• Snorkelling and Dolphin sightseeing at Grande Island
• Rafting at Valpoi river
Pamper Yourself at Goa’s Best Spas
Now that you have had a good time, make your Goa honeymoon all the more memorable, for which we suggest to pamper yourself as a couple. Like its party hard nature on spectacular beaches, Goa is also renowned for its spiritual retreat. After a daylong sightseeing trip, your senses would demand only a nice spa session.
Following the guidelines of the therapeutic Ayurveda and spa treatments, it is the face of holistic wellness, the spa centers in Goa have turned out to be amongst the best indulgences for tourists. It is not without cause that Goa is named among the best honeymoon destinations in the world.
Prominent centers to look out for in Goa are Zaara Spa, Sereno Spa, Jiva Spa, Sohum Spa and Maya Spa. These holistic centers make use of the best known Ayurveda therapies in their massages. Plus the beach side location of these centers offers the guests an added bonus. Book a session for you and your soul mate and feel yourself be refreshed for a new start of life!
Latin Quarter of Fontainhas
Walk around hand in hand with your partner on honeymoon in Goa is a must. Fontainhas maintains to this day its Portuguese influence, namely at the architectonic level, such as narrow and pretty winding streets as found in many European cities, old villas and buildings with projecting balconies painted in the traditional tones of pale yellow, green, or blue, and roofs made of red coloured tiles.
As Goa was subjected to a foreign rule; mainly Portuguese, it has its remnants left in the form of an old quarter that are of an impression of a heritage area. Famed as the Quarter of Fontainhas and located in the city of Panaji, this vintage area is our next suggestion to catch up good in your honeymoon. It has this old world charm that greatly intrigues visitors towards the classic Portuguese architectural style, which comes in handy in all of its constructions.
In colors of blue, green and yellow, these houses terrifically resemble the French Quarters of the down south Pondicherry. The Fontainhas also talks about a 19th century chapel, known as the Chapel of St. Sebastian. During the annual street fiesta of the Fontainhas, the chapel is the best place to be. We believe a romantic walk with your spouse across these fancy old homes would certainly do the magic you long for.
Visit Spice Plantations
Escape the cities and the beaches and go exploring a very different side of Goa. Spice plantations in Goa, we reckon will refresh your party hangovers with their rejuvenating aromas. The outskirts of the beach capital, mostly on the slopes of the lush Western Ghats are are dotted with numerous plantations.
One such is Savoi plantations, just 25 km away from the capital city of Panaji. It is amongst the oldest of the growing fields, the production of which underlines betel nuts, pineapples, coconut and fruits as its main produce.
The plantation tour offers an opportunity to go through various varieties of spices and get a know-how of the spice business. Best thing about this trip is the elephant ride which will ferry you and your partner all through the aromatic plantations. You can also choose to explore the Sahakari Spice farm, Parvai Mandav Park Plantation, Rustic Plantation and Pascoal Spice village.
Play a Game of Paintball in Nuvem, Goa
Games with your spouse are surely a great way for bonding and for this we suggest a game of paintball on your honeymoon in Goa. How many of you can recall playing this game; not on your gaming consoles, but in real flesh and blood? Quite less we believe. Well, here is a chance to make it happen. This is something that is fit for every tourist; of all ages and kind. As we are talking about honeymoon, this game can be great delight for the newlyweds too (maybe not romantic, but refreshing fun though).
Just 24 km from the city of Vasco is the village of Nuvem where this combat action with colored balls takes place. The village has a number of arenas of this kind, but we suggest MILSIM for the adventure seeking couple. Counted amongst the top paintball arenas in Goa, it creates an actual war like atmosphere for the participants. Team up with others and then it’s just you and your gun in a battlefield that is going haywire with paintballs coming from all directions.
Nightlife, Casinos, Gambling
Well, that was all for your day schedule. Honeymoon in Goa is also about the exciting nightlife, one of the best in India. As soon as the nightfall, get dressed for some of the most amazing experiences. As Goa is known for its love for partying and its psychedelic inclinations, we bet you wouldn’t have had it anything like this before.
Best thing about it is that one need not look for it. Cubs, casinos, pubs and bars are everywhere. Decide as per your music tastes and preferences. If into hip hop, Club Cubana in Arpora must be the den for you. Trance and techno lovers can enjoy their night at Bardo at the Ashvem beach, Club Cirrus at Anjuna and Silent Noise at Cavelossim. For listeners of Psychedelic trance, Hiltop and Curlies in Anjuna is your best bet.
Many of you include casino hopping amongst your favorite past times for the night, and so does Goa. The state’s best casinos are lined up on cruises that anchor on the Mandovi River. Largely popular amongst players of western games (Blackjack, Roulette, 3 Card Poker, 5 Card Poker, Casino War, Mini Flush), these floating casinos focus on the niche segment of gamblers.
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If you are one of them and have always dreamed of playing in the casinos of Vegas, then here is your chance to live up your fantasies. We suggest you choose amongst Deltin Royale, Casino Pride, Deltin Jaqk and Casino Paradise which are considered the best casinos in Goa where you could mint your luck.
But that is not all, the evenings can be spent on a romantic sunset cruise in Goa. Board the cruise as it takes you through a memorable voyage on the Mandovi River with beautiful views, thrilling food, music and dance.
Visit Goa’s only Bird Sanctuary
Blessed with nature abundantly, Goa has another surprise for the love-birds, it is the only bird sanctuary in Goa, the Salim Ali bird sanctuary. Though the bird species of the lush Western Ghats are copiously found in the wildlife sanctuaries in Goa, the bird sanctuary is truly blessed with the winged creatures.
Located on the island of Chorao, it offers a perfect natural habitat for a huge variety of migratory as well as exotic birds. Prominent species of birds that can be spotted here are the western reef heron, striated heron, black bittern, jack snipe and pied avocet.
Surroundings of this bird sanctuary are equally delightful to explore, for they are the mysterious mangrove swamps. This entitles boat ride as the only mean to move around in the bird sanctuary. If you want to make the best of your trip to this paradise, schedule your trip between the months of November and February. Also, the annual Bird Festival in Goa is celebrated in winter because that is when the migratory birds choose to flock here.
Shopping at Flea Markets
Never mind the fact you are celebrating your honeymoon in Goa, shopping is always on the card. Shopping in Goa is unique and one of the best things to do in Goa. This reminds us of the colorful localized side of the amazing state, at the flea markets.
Although there are many joints to shop and many markets to scroll through, flea market at the Anjuna beach mentions a special catch. Anjuna being one of the most visited spots in Goa, sets its flea market every Wednesday. Shop anything, from gypsy styled junk jewelry, apparels to electric appliances, the market sells it all.
If you like, get yourself inked dedicating something to your spouse, for the market has numerous tattoo parlors lined up. You can get the name of your partner inked or a symbol that both of you would share.
Honeymoon in Goa is certainly going to create some of the most cherished memories. Plan your trip to Goa or get it customized according to your wishes and have a great time!