Want to party in Goa this New Year’s Eve or anytime soon? Goa has a charm that doesn’t seem to fade. But have you really explored all the experiences that Goa has to offer? While Goa is a great place to party, how about doing something offbeat while you’re there? You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how many things you could do in addition to partying.
Goa houses many churches and other heritage buildings. It also offers you several adventure sports. There are thousands of shopping points for shopaholics and casinos for those who want to try to make a quick buck. While you can also party with your friends on the beaches, you could explore the other side of Goa for a change.
We have listed out 25 crazy activities that you can do while you’re in Goa. Scroll down and see how you can make your trip even more memorable.
1) Backwater kayaking
Goa is more than just the sea and beaches. It has some beautiful rivers that offer the perfect kayaking experience as well. The rivers like Mandovi, Nerul and the backwaters of Zuari and Sal are perfect for a kayaking tour. Try these rides and discover your adventurous side.
2) Visit the spice plantations
Do you know what makes Goan food so irresistible? It’s the homegrown spices. Goa has been blessed with the ideal weather for growing spices. Take time out of your schedule and visit various spice plantations and take some goodness of fresh spices home.
3) Go wine tasting at the Grape Escapade
Did you know that the Grape Escapade is India’s biggest wine fest, which is held in Goa? Enjoy dazzling wines in a picturesque setting while on a vacation. What more can you ask for!
4) Discover underwater shipwreck
If you’re a history buff, you will know that the Portuguese ruled Goa for more than 450 years. Since the sea was the primary way to commute, shipwrecks were a common affair. Goa provides exotic scuba diving experiences through which you can get a guided tour of these wrecked ships underwater. Isn’t that exciting?
5) Pay the crocodiles a visit
Goa is a home to a lot of crocodiles. To watch them laze around in their natural habitat is sure exciting. Book your trip with any local tour operator to pay visit the crocs, and try not to become their meal!
6) Learn ballroom dancing
If you’re a romantic soul and want to try something new with your partner, enrol in ballroom dance classes in Goa. It is after all a longstanding tradition.
7) Eat Goan street food
While you’re enjoying yourself at this exotic destination, don’t forget to try out local delicacies. You can always eat a burger or pizza when you’re home. Ditch the fast food chains for a while and try the local cuisine to feel the soul of Goa. From rava fish fry and Goan sausage to pork vindaloo and the local sweet, Bebinca, there’s just no end to delectable food in Goa.
8) Rent a houseboat
The Chapora river has a lot of houseboats, and admit it, there’s nothing more romantic than spending a night floating in a houseboat with your partner. So, rent one for a night while you’re here. You won’t regret the experience.
9) Go shopping at local markets
Goa has plenty on offer for shopaholics. Start with the Anjuna flea market where you can buy almost anything. Get decorative pieces for your home from the Tibetan markets. Buy fresh stock of fish from the Chapora fish market and don’t forget to pick up your bottle of cashew feni from the Margao market.
10) Spend some time bird watching
Want to shoot some birds with your camera? Goa proves to be a great destination for bird watchers as the state boasts of a wide variety of birds. Visit Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Carambolim lake, Saligao, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and Morjim beach for a dose of wildlife and nature.
11) Gamble away
One of the most interesting things to do in Goa is to visit its numerous casinos. Gambling is legal in Goa, unlike most other Indian states. Take advantage of this if you’re good at gambling, and even if you aren’t. The thrill of a casino should not be missed.
12) Play with dolphins
Is it possible to not love dolphins, given they’re such cute creatures? Enjoy playing with these adorable sea creatures in Goa. Guided tours can be taken from Panjim jetty and Sinquerim from Fort Aguada.
13) Get inked
Don’t miss out on the chance to get a tattoo from some of the best tattoo artists in the country. You can choose from temporary, henna and permanent tattoo options.
14) Book a cruise ride
Enjoy the lively nightlife of Goa by embarking on a cruise. There’s live music, dancing and much more on these party cruises. It’s not every day that you get to party on a cruise!
Experience the thrill of going up in the air and landing in the sea. Goa has amazing spots for a memorable paragliding experience.
16) Take a heritage walk
Take time off from the hustle and bustle and set out on a heritage walk. Check out the amazing forts, churches, heritage buildings and much more while you’re there. Fort Aguada, Cabo de Rama fort, Reis Magos fort, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, Monte Hill Church, etc. are some of the must-visit places in Goa.
17) Spend time reading at India’s first public library
Did you know that Panjim’s Krishnadas Shama State Central Library was India’s first public library? Well, you do now. So, if you’re in Goa, don’t miss out on browsing through the massive collection of about half a million books! It’s definitely a paradise for bookworms.
18) Stay in a floating tent
If you want to try something better than houseboats, try the floating tents in Goa. You’ll find some of these at Mayem Lake near Bicholim. There are one-bedroom floating tents also available at the Champions Yacht club in GTDC Residency.
19) Try fishing
Goa is unimaginable without fish. Try your hands on fishing while you’re there. Benaulim beach, which is relatively unexplored by tourists, offers fishing options as it is the home to the fishing community.
Explore the beauty of marine life through snorkelling. The Grande Island is one of the best spots to try snorkelling in Goa.
21) Elephant ride at The Jungle Book
If you’re taking your kids to Goa, an elephant ride at The Jungle Book has to be on your to-do list. There are several activities you can take up there and your kids will get to wash, swim and splash with elephants.
22) Catch up on a carnival
The Goa Carnival is one of the most anticipated affairs of the year. The carnival stretches over 3-4 days and includes fun activities such as singing, dancing and feasting on local delicacies. The festival is held in February so you can plan your trip a little later rather than getting stuck with the crowd on New Year’s eve.
23) Go biking
Goa has beautiful and smooth roads. If you enjoy riding, you can easily rent a bike there and explore the place on your own. It is adventurous and an affordable way to get around the place.
24) Visit an Ayurvedic spa
Need some relaxation after all the fun? Head to one of the tranquil Ayurvedic spas where the staff will be more than happy to pamper you. You can choose to visit a traditional Ayurvedic spa or Balinese spa depending on the type of relaxation you’re looking for.
25) Head to the Dudhsagar falls
Dudhsagar is one of the tallest and most picturesque waterfalls of India. It’s located on the border of Goa and Karnataka. You can trek to the waterfall and explore the rich flora and fauna with the help of local tour operators. It’s truly an experience of a lifetime.
When it comes to Goa, there’s no limit to fun. There’s something for everyone in this place. So, what are you waiting for? Book your tickets today!