Goa – Pearl of the Orient.

Goa- Pearl of the Orient

Goa, the smallest state of India is a dream destination for many. Every year this beautiful state attracts a great number of tourists. Plenty of people dream and plan a vacation in Goa. A majority of people see this state as a hub for parties, night-outs, gambling, and big events. The sad part is that people have stereotyped this place as a hub for nightlife and often fail to see its real beauty.

Goa is full of many tourist activities to do, like parasailing, boat rides, flea shopping, crowds but there’s more to the place than just this. It’s a shame if you visit this place and not learn more about its rich Indo-Portuguese culture and cuisine and its people. Besides the nightlife and parties, it is known for its rich history, peaceful ambiance, and exquisite architecture. It is a state where people irrespective of their religion come together to celebrate all kinds of feasts and festivals as one. Goans are known for their unity and warmth.

Here are some things besides the usual activities that you must do on your visit to Goa:

1. A spiritual visit to the churches and temples in Goa.

As I mentioned, Goa is renowned for its rich historical architecture. And where you will see most of this architecture along with spiritual calmness is in its old churches and temples. The must-visit and famous ones include Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa, Se Cathedral, and the various churches and chapels in Old Goa. The church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception lies in Panaji is one of the prominent churches in Goa.

The wonderful temples to visit include the Mangeshi Temple, Shanta Durga Temple, and the Mahadev Temple. Do not forget to also visit the beautiful Safa Masjid and Surla Taar Mosque!

2. Try out the Goan cuisine.

Grand, expensive restaurants are all fancy to boast about. But a trip to Goa is half done if you haven’t rewarded your tastebuds with Goa’s mouth-watering cuisine. Its food is a blend of its Indo-Portuguese style. Besides the amazing thalis and Goan food served at some of Goa’s best restaurants, one must try the hot cutlet paos and chouris pao from different food stalls in the evening. Trust me, you’ll come for more.

3. Visit Goa’s majestic forts.

Goa has a rich historical background and one can learn more about this when they visit the forts in Goa. Along with the stories it tells, it gives you a beautiful view of the scenery around it. The famous forts in Goa include Aguada fort, Tiracol fort, Cabo de Rama fort, Reis Magos fort, and Corjuem fort.

Aguada fort- Goa
Aguada fort

4. Watch a Tiatr.

Watching a movie is for everyone, but in Goa, we love the tiatrs. This is a traditional art full of fascinating stories and liveliness that revolve around a variety of genres. This art is something you’re going to love.

Tiatr in Goa
Tiatr

5. Visit the many spice plantations in Goa.

Goa is famous for its authentic food, but what brings this food its taste is the spices of Goa. Enjoy a walk through the plantations of black pepper, cloves, cardamom, and many other spices.

Spice plantations in Goa
Spice plantations

6. Enjoy a calm sunset at the beach.

Being the queen of beaches, Goa has many beautiful beaches to provide you with a tranquil end to the day. While some beaches may be party hubs at night, if you want to spend a calm evening by yourself, or with a special one, there are many other beautiful and peaceful beaches you can visit. Some of the recommended beaches for a lovely sunset are Anjuna beach, Morjum beach, Palolem beach, and Arambol beach.

A beautiful sunset on the beaches in Goa.
sunset in Goa

7. Partake in feasts and festivals.

If you’re lucky enough to be visiting Goa during a feast and festive season, make sure to be a part of their celebration. The feast of St. Francis Xavier, the patron of the state, takes place on the 3rd December every year and is the heart of every Goan and many other outsiders. The exposition of the relics takes place after every 10 years and is an attraction for millions of pilgrims. It is during these celebrations and festivals like Christmas, Ganesh Chaturthi, Diwali, and Eid that you can see how all the people come together and share in each other’s culture, faith and happiness.

8. Take the roads to villages.

Villages are places full of cultures and traditions. Visit villages in Goa and talk to the locals. They always have plenty of stories to tell you about their history and the beauty of their state. Goans are proud of their state and are very welcoming by nature. Talking to the locals and learning from them will surely be an experience you will cherish. Visit villages like Aldona, Betul, Siolim, Agonda and Betalbatim.

beautiful village in Goa
Goan village

“Goa is not only the land of beaches or city of churches; it’s a feeling that defines thrill in the most amazing way.”

To conclude I would say, Goa has been pictured as a state for parties and chill. People often fail to see what the state and people are really like. On your visit to goa, besides the clubbing and enjoyment, do go a little deeper to know more about the real vibe of this place. This is what will truly bring you back for another visit.

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