There are many places which often get tags or labels, such as party place, ideal place for couples or fun family holiday destination. All these tags apply perfectly to Goa where tourists rush throughout the year. The vibrant and bright culture of Goa, friendly and open-minded people, casinos, fun cruises and adventure activities have made Goa a great place to have fun.
Apart from all these, Goa has so much more. It is not just a place to party wildly as a couple or with friends, but you have a lot of things to do here with your family too. Being the former Portuguese colony, Goa has an amazing culture, beautiful beaches, luxurious resorts, a variety of delicacies, amazing seafood, magnificent old churches filled with intricate decorations and lots more to explore. It is a perfect travel destination, not just for youngsters, but also for the families with kids of all ages. This article discusses the best things to do as a family during your visit to Goa.
The most fascinating thing to do in Goa is to visit its beautiful and happening beaches. Stunning, enchanting and happy- mostly all the beaches in Goa are known to exude these vibes. Since there are too many beaches, it is important that you plan wisely where to go. Among the Indians, Baga beach is the most popular one. It is known for nightlife, partying and watersports. Keep a careful eye on your kids and play with them on the sand.
The other famous beaches are Anjuna and Calangute, etc. You can enjoy a quick read while your kids play in sand or a Frisbee. If you are looking for a quiet time, you can head for beaches like Morjim or Ashwem, build sandcastles, rent surf boards or opt for paragliding, etc. Book into one of the hotels in Goa near beaches & enjoy time with friends.
Even though the beaches are the main attractions of Goa, the other great places to visit in Goa are definitely its churches. There are a great number of churches known for their architectural style, intricate carvings and beautiful interiors. Kids of all ages are interested in art and architecture, and these would surely give them a glimpse of Christianity, history and culture of Goa.
Some of the famous churches of Goa are Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Se Cathedral, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Church of St. Catejan, etc. The best perk of visiting the Goan churches is that your kids will get to witness the Portuguese sophisticated architectural marvels from the 15th century, created by the Indian workers. They will also get to know about the religious traditions along with the local rituals.
Along with the sea and churches, Goa is also popular for several old forts like Chapora and Tiracol. Like any old fort, these also have several interesting stories. Built by the Portuguese during 1617 for the purpose of the defense of their territories against the Marathas, Chapora is also famous for its Bollywood debut in the movie ‘Dil Chahta Hai’.
If your kids are teenagers then you can take them to climb the fort up from the Vagator Beach. If they are small, it is better to drive up to the fort and then hike up for 15-20 minutes. The view is breathtaking. Tiracol is situated in north Goa. Another beautiful old fort is the Fort Aguada. This beachfront fort and lighthouse complex was built in the 17th century. This place is quite popular for picnics.
If you are looking forward to spending some nice and quiet time, away from the urban chaos and hullabaloos, book a family resort for one-day outing. You can enjoy a relaxing and soothing spa.
While your kids play in the pool under the trained and careful eyes of the lifeguard, you can enjoy your favourite drink. From a movie theatre playing the popular children’s movies to playful activities- your kids will be able to take part in all of these and have fun.
One thing that comes with the beaches in Goa is the adventure sport. Mostly all the popular beaches in Goa contain a great arrangement of several water sports, adventure sports. Know from the experts which ones will be safer for the kids and then plan accordingly.
Some of the most sought after ones are definitely the banana boat rides, jet skiing, wind surfing, Parasailing, Paragliding, etc. Some of these sports depend on the seasons. Therefore, keep an eye on that. Calangute, Candolim, Baga are the most well-known beaches, popular for several water sports.
Visiting the sea creatures can be a great experience. Among these creatures, the dolphins are known to be the friendliest. In Goa, you will be able to watch them out in the wild. Both Pacific Humpback and shy Finless Porpoises might grace you with their presence. Some of the famous tour operators to arrange these tours are Atlantis Water Sports and John’s Boat tours. The trip generally, lasts for 4-5 hours.
Situated at the border of Karnataka and Goa, Dudhsagar falls is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Goa. Known for its milky white water with a dreamy sound, this falls is best to be visited during the monsoons.
The other popular tourist destinations in Goa are definitely the wildlife sanctuaries. One of the most famous ones is Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. Located on the western tip of the Chorao Island along the Mandovi River, this sanctuary is known for mangrove habitat, large herons, red knots, copper coloured jack snipes and many more.
Another one is the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, situated within the jungle, near Molem town. You can find spotted deer, snakes and rare jungle cats, lizards. The best thing to do will be to pre book the guided tour on elephant back. There is one Butterfly sanctuary as well in Ponda. It is quite small in size.
If you are a lover of solitude and looking for not too many famous tourist attractions, Olaulim Backyards can be your choice. This one is known as one of the best special tourist lodging in Goa. Situated near Mapusa, this island contains a magnificent pool, some animals and the option of kayaking in the backwater. You can take a stroll through the village on the rented bicycles.
It is great fun to visit somewhere and make some local friends. Kids can make friends easily due to their natural innocence. Goa’s Ark offers everyone a unique experience. It contains a petting zoo, a couple of swing sets, playgrounds, dedicated to the kids. Since many people take their kids to that place, it is most likely for your kids to meet some of their own age and make new friends.
Keep in mind the above mentioned ideas, and there is no doubt that your family will love you for the amazing Goa trip. All you have to do is plan your itinerary carefully.