Goa is a state located on the South Western coast of India, having its coastal region by the name of Konkan. It is one of the smallest areas in India and the population here is way smaller than the other parts in this country. It has the highest GDP per capita, compared to the other Indian states. It is a former Portuguese overseas territory which existed as a part of it for 450 years until it was annexed by India.
When visiting this country, you will be able to experience the great side of India and the most peaceful one, far away from the traffic and loudness of the other parts of this country. By being a biodiversity hotspot, with beautiful range of flora and fauna, there is no doubts that this place will steal your heart. It features a tropical monsoon climate which means that it has hot and humid climate for most of the year. May is usually the hottest with daytime temperatures over 35 degrees C.
How to get there?
The access to this place is very easy when using a plane from the bigger parts of India, so if you are trying to get there from Mumbai, you should look at online list including Mumbai to Goa flights, once you are trying to get there from a bigger city.
If you have already considered exploring India, probably you are aware that it is a very populated country which is quickly modernizing, which means that it can be dirty and trash is a problem here. But luckily, Goa is much cleaner than the other places in India. If you are used to seeing beautiful nature, you must keep in mind that seeing trash everywhere may break your heart a little bit.
On the other hand, one of the most common problems when traveling to India as a woman is the uncomfortable hassle. It is reduced in Goa, but there is no guarantee that you won’t experience it during you stay there. In the other parts woman should cover their body but Goa is less conservative, so you can feel comfortable wearing shorts and summer dresses. However, consider being safe and expect everything, since many girls were being catcalled, followed and other creepy ways of approaching a woman while they were on the beach.
If you are staying there a bit longer, you can consider using a bike instead of a taxi, unless you are not on a budget. You will need to negotiate the price which involves an hour of negotiation in order to get reasonable price.
Living in Goa is more expensive than living in the other parts of India. If you want a comfortable bed and a place to stay it can be hard to find and it won’t be cheap at all. If you want to leave a quality life during your stay there, it would probably cost you same as living in the West. If you are living a basic life, eating rice and local food, you can reduce your costs, but once you will want to buy quality products you will need to give more money than you’ve hoped to.
Once you are there, you will know that it is not a place which you can visit once in your lifetime. Your trip must start with Goa’s beautiful beaches. The ones located in the North are more crowded than the south ones are. Also, they have a lot of water sports which you can explore, including jet skiing, parasailing, scuba diving and banana boat. Make sure that you book your stay near the beaches so you won’t need to spend extra money travelling around. Plus, you will be amazed by the view every morning for sure.
Visiting the Spice Plantation must be on your to do list when visiting Goa. It is a large spice farm where you can pluck and taste pepper, bate through an elephant shower and enjoy a traditional Goan lunch prepared with those spices.
Goa is a place with varieties of styles in the architecture, so in Panjim, known as Rome of the East you can visit a lot churches, museum, convents, art galleries, government buildings and many other famous landmarks which will help you experience Goa better and enjoy the diversity. Also, the old part of Goa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which means that it is worth visiting for sure.
Dudhsagar Waterfalls are one of the most remarkable trademarks of Goa. They are one of the tallest waterfalls there and the fall of the water from that height will make you an illusion of milk falling from the top. They are located on the Mandovi River, 60km on Panaji by road. You can follow this Wikipedia article to learn more before you get there https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dudhsagar_Falls .
As we’ve mentioned in the first part of this post, Goa has a breath-taking wildlife with extremely rich flora and fauna. Do not hesitate to enter the jungle and visit the Bhagwan Mahvir Wildlife Sanctuary as well as Mollem National Park, where you can see animals like sloth bears, mouse deer and panthers. Also, there are two hundred species of birds which will lead you to an inner peace for sure.
Another must on the list is a dolphin cruise. Watching them swim in the water in front of you is much exciting than looking over them on TV, so now you will be able to enjoy looking them pepping out of the sea around your boat.
When in Goa, make sure you are enjoying you time spend there, no matter if you decide to sunbathe on the beach or visit the most famous landmarks. Keep your spirit bright and your soul open for new experiences that will come across considering Goa’s beautiful wildlife. Make sure to have your transportation planned in advance, so you won’t need to think about anything other than enjoyment once you are experiencing this India’s heaven.