Goa is not a destination that you can visit and explore in just one go. The destination has a gigantic array of things that you can experience and discover on every single tour to Goa. At first, we must make it clear that Goa is not all late night parties, thrilling water sports or just spectacular beaches. Goa is so much more. It is a little piece of paradise that has something for everyone. From recreation to rejuvenation and everything in between, lies the true essence of Goa. But the question is, where to start from? Though it is tough to jot down all the things to do in Goa in one piece of writing, we have tried to enclose most of them. We would suggest you to leave your soul free and travel like a wanderer though this destination that will make you explore more and more with every visit.
Parasailing in Goa is an opportunity of a lifetime. Parasailing makes you enjoy bird's eye-view of the Goan coastline as you soar high in the sky while a 300 feet rope connects you to a speedboat. Fly high in the air with your colorful parachute and let the strong breeze caress your face. Enjoy the beautiful sights of Goa and experience adventure at its best. Know more about Parasailing in Goa
Cost Per Person: Rs. 800 to 1200
Ride a Water Scooter
A hot favorite among the tourists of Goa, Water scooter is a thrilling water sport which makes you ride through the gushing waters of Goa on a water scooter. Let the water of the sea caress your face and awaken the adventurer in you. Feel your heart racing fast as your bike moves through water. Water scooters are available at Dona Paula jetty, Calangute, Candolim and Palolem beaches. Read more about Water Scooters in Goa
Cost per person: Starting Rs. 200
See Fort Aguada
One of the most popular attractions of Goa, Fort Aguada was built back during 1609-12 AD. It was built as a defense to prevent the attacks on Old Goa by the Dutch and Marathas. The fort is one of the most well-preserved Portuguese monuments in Goa. Tourists can enjoy spectacular views of the beach from the fort. The main attraction of the fort is the Light House adds to its beauty and makes it more alluring. The lighthouse was built back in the year 1864 which makes it one of the oldest lighthouses in Asia. A visit to the lighthouse is a must as you get to enjoy panoramic views of the beautiful beaches of Goa.
Pay a visit to Old Goa (Church and Fort)
Also known as Velha Goa (meaning old in Portuguese), Old Goa is city that was constructed by the Bijapur Sultanate back in the 15th century. The city served as the capital of Portuguese India from 16th century to 18th century. The city has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Old Goa is approximately 10 kilometres east of the state capital Panjim.
Old Goa is popular for its churches such as the Se Cathedral, which is the seat of the Archbishop of Goa. The church is not only one of the largest churches in India, but also in Asia. Dedicated to Catherine of Alexandria, the church is one the oldest religious sites in Goa. Church of St. Francis of Assisi was built back in the year 1661 by the Portuguese as a chapel. The church features beautiful architecture. The church has some of the most remarkable sculptures and paintings.
The Basilica of Bom Jesus is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is known for having the relics of Saint Francis Xavier. The church is one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture. Constructed back in the year 1605, Basilica of Bom Jesus holds immense importance among Christian pilgrim.
Attend Late Night parties
The party capital of India, Goa is all about late night happening parties. In Goa, don’t miss your chance of enjoying a late night beach party. Do experience a late night party which is all about happening music, fun, delicious food and party animals. It is an ideal place to make new friends and enjoy with them through the night.
Try your luck at the Casinos
Goa is one of the most entertaining destinations of India. The party capital, Goa is home to a number of casinos. These casinos are the star attraction of Goa and allures tourists from all across the world. The Casinos in Goa play good hosts to a large number of tourists from all over India and the world over. Casinos are present both onshore and offshore. Floating casinos are very popular in Goa and can be commonly found on the Mandovi River in Panjim. Deltin royale, casino pride, chances casino, casino paradise are some popular casinos of Goa.
Spot the dolphins
A dolphin ride is a must on a visit to Goa. Dolphin spotting trips are very popular in Goa. It not only gives you an opportunity to spot the dolphins but also makes you experience a great boat trip in the morning.
Cruise on Mandovi River
A river cruise along the Mandovi River is perfect to end a long day in Goa. Enjoy your favorite drink while enjoying the musical night onboard. Munch lip smacking dinner as the cruise ride keeps entertaining you through the evening.
A number of cruises are operated by Goa tourism which offers complete entertainment to people. These entertaining cruises have a live band that keeps entertaining everyone. Also, performances are given on Goan folk songs and dances.
There are a number of cruises available along the Mandovi River such as two-hour dinner cruises, twice a week and all-day backwater cruise. The cruise starts from the Mandovi River to Old Goa. A sunset river cruise is a great option to choose from. The cruises depart from the Santa Monica Jetty which is located next to the Mandovi Bridge.
Go for Shopping at Anjuna Flea Market
When in Goa, you can’t miss shopping at the coolest market of Goa, Anjuna Flea Market held on every Wednesday at Anjuna Beach. Buy clothes, jewelry, bikes, souvenirs, cameras, handicrafts and so much more in this huge market spread all over the Anjuna Beach. The list of things is endless, so you get to treat the shopaholic in you!
Popular amid both locals and tourists, the market was initially started off by foreigners who wanted to sell their used items here. Today, the flea market is one of the most popular attractions of Goa.
A number of stalls at the market are operated by Kashmiri, Gujarati and Tibetan traders who sell handicrafts, wooden crafts, artificial ornaments and more.
Don’t forget to bargain at this colorful market to get the best deal. Anjuna Flea Market is a great place for getting inked at reasonable prices. Savor lip smacking dishes from the Goan cuisine to complete your shopping day at Anjuna Beach.
Indulge in Water surfing
A popular tourist destination of India, Goa is a paradise for water surfers. Ride a wave with your board and feel that adrenaline rush which you will remember forever. The waves here are around 5 feet and 10 feet plus in height. The best time for water surfing in Goa is at the end of May or in the beginning of June.
Visit a Bird sanctuary
Goa is a paradise for bird watchers. Both local and migratory birds can be spotted at this destination. Goa is home to some popular bird sanctuaries where people can have a glimpse of the rarest birds that can’t be found in any different part of the country. Some popular bird sanctuaries of Goa are Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildife Sanctuary, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary and Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary.
Try Scuba diving & Snorkeling
Cost: INR 3000 onwards
For all the water sport lovers, Goa has a variety to offer. A recent favorite among marine lovers, snorkeling and scuba diving is what you can look forward to when you wish to explore marine life at the best.
And as you dive with your diving mask and snorkel, get ready to a number of fish like batfish, nudibranchs, angelfish, barracudas, snappers, lionfish, sergeant major, stonefish, blennies, parrotfish, groupers, sea whips, sea fans and morays. Goa has great snorkeling facilities at Bat Island and Navy Island that are located near Bogmalo. Suzy's Wreck is also a great place for snorkeling. Both beginners and experienced level individuals can indulge in snorkeling at this place.
Scuba diving is a must on a visit to Goa. Beautiful fishes, shells and attractive corals welcome you to explore the underwater life of Goa. Some popular places for scuba diving in Goa are Davy Jones, Suzy's Wreck, Grande Island, Tunnel Shelter Cove and Locker Sail Rock. The water is safe and it ideal for beginner level scuba divers.
Relax with Ayurveda in Goa
A holiday in Goa is incomplete without a rejuvenating Ayurvedic therapy. The ancient science of Ayurveda is a system that promotes good health of a person by maintaining a balance between the mind, body and soul. There are a number of Ayurvedic centers in Goa that offer different Ayurveda therapies. Ancient healing therapies are used for de-stressing and re-energizing an individual.
The therapies not only work to de-stress the body but also improve the physical, mental and spiritual growth of a person. The beautiful and serene ambiance of Goa perfectly complements the practice of Ayurveda and adds to the positive results.
Get a tattoo
Goa is the best place to get a tattoo, be it a permanent one or a temporary one. A number of creative and talented tattoo artists have their studios in different areas of Goa. All the artists have expertise in different styles. These artists offer a variety of designs from oriental to Japanese to Arabic art. All this is offered at reasonable rates.
Don’t miss a Banana Ride
Cost per person: RS. 250 onwards
Imagine taking a long narrow boat right to the middle of the sea and jumping off the boat with a life jacket. This is exactly the thrill of a banana ride at the beaches of Goa. One of the most popular attractions of Goa, Banana Ride is an exciting water sport which makes you test your strength and balance. So you sit on a six-seat banana shaped boat which is towed by a speedboat. Passing through the strong waves of the sea, the boat gets your right in the center of the sea. At the end of the ride, the entire boat is flipped to drench you in sea water and add to the excitement. Banana ride is available at all the popular beaches of Goa.