Goa is known for its massive beaches, palm trees, lush forest, rivers, churches, delicious food, parties and a unique culture that’s a mix of Indian and Portuguese.  Goa is not a city but it’s a state (or a province) that are divided in many zones.   But not many people know that it was made famous by the hippies who visited this place in the 1960s.  For many, the hippie trail ended here and it became their permanent residence.

 

10 Things must Do in Goa

Goa, The land of Surprises
Goa, The land of Surprises

 

TO DO OR TO LOOK AT

  • Arambol Sweet Lake: Arambol beach in the North Goa has its own secret.  If you walk towards the end of the beach through the path that leads from between the rocks, you will reach a cove, which is more commonly known as Kalacha beach.  Right opposite this beach is a fresh water lake which is known as “Sweet Lake”.  Swim in this lake or just relax next to it, it’s easy to spend many hours here.
  • Abandoned forts: You should try to visit at least one of the famous three – Chapora Fort, Fort Aguada and Cabo de Rama.  They all are fun to explore and overlook beaches.

  • Sunset view from Mandrem beach: This lesser known beach is between Ashwem and Morjim beaches.  This beach can be accessed by crossing a tiny narrow bridge from the main road.  The best part is if you climb on to the rocks behind the main road, you can get a good view of the ocean and sunset.

3 FUN FACTS

  • The remains of St. Francis Xavier are more than 400 years old now and still in non-decomposing state. His body is enshrined in a glass container encased in a silver casket at the Basilica of Bom Jesus or the Church of the Good Jesus at Old Goa.
  • This is for the drinkers.  Alcohol is cheaper in Goa than rest of the country.  Goa’s local brew – King’s beer is amazing and is only available here.  It is also more affordable than the other beers.  I don’t ever look at any other beer when I’m in Goa.  There’s a drink called Feni that’s also a local brew.  It is made with cashews or coconut.  It is an acquired taste which I have personally never acquired.

 

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