Goa is one of those destinations that no travelling enthusiast should miss. This smallest state of India gives a perfect glimpse of the fusion between Portuguese and Indian Culture. However, if you are planning to visit this Indian sunshine state anytime soon, there are a few things you need to know before visiting the tropical enclave.
Decide whether to travel in peak season or off season:
You can get a host of benefits if you travel to choose in off season. Mainly, you can save on accommodation and enjoy at your pace as the beaches are not overcrowded. Since it is quite hot, you can go out in the evenings or wear a hat and some sun-screen before going for sightseeing. In peak season, i.e. from October to February, you will need to shell out more on everything including hotel rooms. Moreover, it is recommended to avoid visiting Goa during Mid-December to Mid-January, unless you want to spend a hefty amount on your trip of course!
What to pack
If planning to travel in summer, pack cool cotton clothes and shorts. Even if you plan to travel during winters, carry lightweight clothing, as the average temperature is 30-degrees Celsius. Don’t forget flip-flops a straw hat and sunscreen. Do keep you ID proofs and any other documents safely. Do keep a neck pillow, sunglasses, ear plugs, eye mask, headphones, battery chargers, etc. Don’t forget swimwear.
South Goa vs North Goa:
Pick your place between South and North Goa:
Goa is divided into two parts that are South Goa and North Goa. The North Goa is for party lovers as it offers clubbing experiences to the tourist from all across the world, whereas South Goa is loaded with tranquility. Also, there are multiple beaches in both South and North, all are not all same. The South Goa beaches like Majorda, Colva, Palolem, Varca and Cavelossim are peaceful as compared to North Goa beaches. So, pick your place as per your choice.
If you are a party buff, then Northern Goa is the place for you to be. On the other hand, for those looking for serenity, South Goa has so many places to visit. Both North and South offer delicious food and amazing beaches, but the experiences are somewhat different. In North Goa, you can even enjoy the Saturday Night Market, where you can get to see local people and enjoy food. The South Goa beaches are rather cleaner than the North Goa ones and less crowded. For a low key nice option in the Southern belt, you can visit Agonda Beach.
Beware of the jellyfish:
Well, jellyfish are rather nice to see, but will turn out to be rather painful to touch. Southern Goa happens to have a higher number of jellyfish. But, do not let this jellyfish fear discourage you! However, make sure to keep your expensive jewellery out of bay before you try any water sport, as jellyfish are intrigued by shiny objects. In case you are unlucky and get jellyfish sting, stay away from water as it might elevate the pain further. See a doctor for relief!
Book your hotel in advance:
Whether you are planning to visit Goa during peak seasons or low season, do book a room in advance. There are plenty of resorts and hotels available, located in close proximity to the beaches. Right from 3 stars to 4 and 5 star hotels, you will get a variety of options to choose from. So, think about your requirements and book hotel in goa accordingly.
Know the cheapest eatery joints:
Panaji, Goa’s capital, has some of the best restaurants and local eateries, which are pocket-friendly as well. Just outside the famous Our Lady of Immaculate Conception church, you will come across the tiny kiosk known as Sandeep Gaddo where you can munch on some local specialty dishes and sea food. So for good food at affordable prices, Panaji is the place to visit.
Try sea food and Feni:
Goa is known for its local alcohol Feni. There are various versions of Feni available but the refined one is the best suitable one for you. Dining in Goa will be a sumptuous affair every time you plan to visit here. Seafood happens to be its specialty with great crabs all over the place. There is cashew-based Feni available and Toddy palm one. You can try anyone you like to make this trip extra special in every way! Check here for the best Eat out options in Goa.
Goa is a destination that is on top of the list of millions. If you too are among them, make your Goa trip a memorable one, by keeping the above-mentioned points into consideration and planning well.