Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Destination Goa!

While beaches in North Goa steal the limelight, South Goa beaches are less crowded. Arossim Beach and Utorda Beach near the town of Majorda are nominated for the best South Goa beach award. For North, Baga, Calangute and Anjuna bag the ‘people’s choice award’! Water sports on these beaches include jet skiing (water scooter as we know it), parasailing (the view from the top is worth it), scuba diving (the scintillating undersea life compensates for the missing corals) and falling from a banana boat (most adventurous of the lot).
Visit a spice plantation in Goa!
Spice Plantation in the Ponda area called Sahakari spice plantation and your nostrils will remind you why Europeans came to India! This largest spice farm of the region lets you pluck and taste pepper, bite a Peri Peri (hottest chillies of the world), bathe through an ‘elephant shower’ and feast on a traditional Goan lunch cooked with farm spices. While not many visit spice gardens plantations in Goa, those who do, praise them no less than the beaches.

Famous for the architecture, Goan churches are worth a visit
In Panjim, history comes alive. This is Old Goa, the state capital for the better part of three centuries and known as the ‘Rome of the East’. The cavalcades of churches, convents, museums, art galleries, government buildings, bungalows and bakeries together make it tough to suggest what to not see in South Goa. Yet, Basilica of Bom Jesus (for its architectural magnificence) and Sé de Santa Catarina (largest church in Old Goa) are the most visited ones. Not to forget, Old Goa is currently a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A wildlife sanctuary in Goa
Yes, Goa has wildlife much more exciting than its nightlife! The Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and Mollem National Park have animals like the panther, sloth bear, mouse deer and even barking deer. Then there are 200 species of birds including the Indian great black woodpecker, Malabar pied hornbill, paradise flycatcher, fairy bluebird, emerald dove and kingfisher.
Take a dolphin cruise in Goa in the afternoon.
The dolphins are a way better sight in reality than on Animal Planet! A dolphin cruise in Goa is therefore exciting for the old and the young alike. Dolphins pepping out of the sea around your boat in a graceful motion is best savored by eye and saved on camera. The dolphin cruise trip is flanked with a day-long tour
Relax with food and drinks at Maggie's Haven Boutique Guest House at Candolim Beach
Maggie’s Haven Boutique Guest House is a subtle blend of ecology, elegance and comfort in an ambience that succeeds in being both contemporary and timeless. Located just 500 meters from the Candolim Beach and 3 km from the Calangute Beach, it’s a unique retreat, where the serenity takes you over the moment you step in from the bustling Candolim – Aguada road.

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