Don’t you need a break before the Next Festive Event begins.. Plan your getaway now! See Goa like never before! Visit Goa beyond its Beaches.
Catch the Dolphins in Action
Bored of lazing around on the beaches? Drive down to Palolem Beach and catch the Dolphins beautifully diving in and out of the blue sea. You will be fascinated watching these amazing creatures in their Natural Habitat. Hire a boat ride from Palolem, however, you should be fortunate enough to find one.
Swimming at the beaches, going for the Banana boat rides and Jet skiing have become the regulars. Try Snorkelling or Scuba Diving on this trip to Goa! Grande Island has several Snorkelling and Scuba diving options to offer. They also offer PADI certification courses and programs that range from introductory dives to Assistant Instructor certification.
Gamble at the Casinos
Hop onto the Cruises and spend a night of gambling on the floating casinos, the most famous one being Casino Royale. Every casino has a different entrance fee some being quite high. However, this keeps the rowdy crowd out and leaves it for the elite to enjoy the experience.
Experience a different way to explore Goa. Cholta Cholta, meaning ‘whilst walking’ in Konkani, the local language of Goa, allows you to explore and experience the city and its surroundings in a meaningful way. They have 9 different walks that you can choose from. Each cover different aspects of the city right from forts & churches to foods & flavours.
Spoil Yourself! Hire a Yacht!
All around the world luxury Yachts are always in high demand for elite and hi-end class, but in Goa the prices are reachable for every water lover and adventure tourist. Hire a Motor Yacht Charter for 2-3 hours and cruise around the Blue sea of Goa. They also have some customized yacht tours that cruise by the Goan villages and areas rich in bird-life & crocodiles on either side of backwaters.
Go the Ayurveda Way!
There are various Ayurveda Centres in Goa. You can book yourself at the Devaaya Ayurveda and Nature cure Retreat situated at Divar Island on a lush five acre property amidst swaying palms. The property has 60 luxurious rooms constructed in purely Goan style. They have courses starting from a minimum 07 days and going upto 40. Bookings need to be made in advance and strict diets needs to be followed during the stay.
Learn to Cook the Goan Way!
Learn to cook at the Siolim Cooking School. Start with a short local market tour (to buy some fresh fish and local spice) and learn to cook tropical Goan food in a mesmerising colonial setting of Siolim House. You will learn to cook three dishes with experienced local chefs. You can choose the recipes you would like to learn from over 20 different recipes. You get to enjoy a lunch out of the dishes you prepared and share your experiences. You can also invite friends to savour the delicacies. A take-away cook book, with the main recipes is also provided towards the end of the session.
Its Shopping time: Markets
The best time to visit the Anjuna Flea market begins in October and runs through till April. The market is held every Wednesday at Anjuna starting from 08:00 am and ending at 07:00 pm.
If you are in Goa on the weekend, the night market at Arpora is a must. Walking distance from the well-known nightspot Club Cubana, this market operates from 06:00 pm to midnight. It has an wide selection of clothes, shoes, bags, handicrafts, jewellery, leather accessories, home décor, spices and festoons. You have locals from all parts of India coming down to this market to sell various things. Be it Kashmiri shawls or chappals ot be it the Rajasthani bed sheets, this market has it all. However, just be ready to put your best bargaining skills into action. Other than shopping, the market also has plenty of food stalls and Goa’s best restaurants serving cuisines from all over the world. And if all this doesn’t catch your fancy, there’s plenty of live music and performances to keep you entertained for hours.
Trek to the Dudhsagar Falls!!!
Located in the Goa-Karnataka border situated inside the Bhagwan Mahavir wildlife sanctuary, this waterfall is accessible by jeep or by foot, although a train stops nearby. The fall is 60 kms from Panaji. There are four routes to reach the waterfall. The most adventurous trek starts from Kuveshi village which is shut during monsoons. It is not allowed during monsoon as it requires cross the Mandovi River. The 10 km long route passes through thick jungle.
During monsoon, the trek from Castle Rock railway station to the waterfall is very popular. It is about 14 km long and offers amazing views of the valley. The third trail starting from Collem railway station or Kulhem railway station; is about 11 km long. Though scenic it is not as popular as the trail from Castle Rock. The easiest way to reach the waterfall is to take a 4x4 vehicle to the Dudhsagar taxi stand and hike the one km distance from the dropping point. If you want to stay away from the hustle bustle and amidst greenery, Dudhsagar Spa resort is a good stop for you.
Stay on an Island! - Divar Island
The main route to reach Divar is via Old Goa. The crossing takes barely 05 minutes. The ferries leave leave every 15 minutes and operate till 02:30 am, so there is hardly any chance of being stranded on the island. That is simply a great place to unwind and do very little. Divar island with its colourful shops and houses is one of the beautiful towns of Goa. You can go on a boat ride or cycle around or go on a fishing trip. A small but clean guest house known as Divar retreat offers comfortable accommodation.