Welcome to Goa 2.0. You must be curious about knowing what exactly has changed in Goa, well, nothing has really changed, it’s just the perspective. While many of the tourists still think of Goa synonymous with beaches, we have this new wave of travelers who look beyond beaches and seek truly Goan experiences. As a reward, they get to witness rural landscape flecked with rice paddies and spice plantations, Roman Catholic churches, and ancient Hindu temples. Well, this is not it. Goa also showcases the under-the-radar heritage and avant-garde restaurants which has positioned Goa as a historical and culinary destination.
Unwind in one of the most popular holiday destinations in India but first, let’s first decide how exactly you are willing to explore.
Things you will do when in Goa, undoubtedly!
- Chill at the most popular beaches
- Enjoy the trance parties
- Indulge in water sports
- Relax at your luxurious resort
- Admire the coconut-filled palm trees
- Shopping at the flea market
And a few more things, isn’t it?
Well, we aim to help you explore Goa in a different way this time- a little deeper than ever!
Because Once Goa Was a Portuguese Province
Framing idyllic scenes of palm trees Goa offers a classic blend of Indian culture and the modern Portuguese world. The more you delve deeper into the history of Goa, the more you will understand the Portuguese influence. Not only the alleys with age-old buildings in Goa but also art, food, and music tell stories of the still-existing connection of Goan people with Portuguese culture. Boasting the architectural landmarks, Goa never disappoints its admirers and make them glare at the beauty awestruck! Basilica of Bom Jesus is one such marvel that flaunts its rustic charm and attracts visitors around the world. And if you are into art then you must visit the Basilica of Bom Jesus art gallery which is just next door displaying brilliant artwork Goan Painter-Dom Martin. So, wander through Old Goa and know why they say “He who has seen Goa need not see Lisbon”
Lush Green and Pristine
Baga, Anjuna, Calangute, and the flea market, aren’t these always on your Goa’s itinerary? If you are willing to go beyond cliché this time then, you must take a tour to a tropical spice plantation. There are special informative and interesting tours organized in places such as Savoi Spice Plantation, Sahakari Spice Farms, Tropical Spice Plantation, all are engaged in organic farming, here you can witness how exactly they are grown and processed. Walking amidst flora and fauna will surely amaze you!
Vibrant Portuguese Houses
Treat for the Eyes
A colorful Portuguese colony Fontainhas in Goa is the oldest Latin quarter in entire Asia tends to take you back in time. The street is full of beautiful houses with Portuguese flair, the tilted roofs and overhanging balconies marvelously reflect the old European architecture. The thoughtfully refurbished buildings allow you to feel the vibrant pulse of Goa. You can easily recognize a Portuguese house as every Portuguese house has a rooster on the top which is the national symbol of Portugal which symbolizes honesty, integrity, and honor. Some of the houses on the street have a statue of the soldier which signifies that the house belonged to a freedom fighter. Some of the houses are turned into guest houses so if you want you can choose to stay in one of the houses and experience the Portuguese lifestyle and heritage.
The Divar Island
Offbeat and Pretty
10 km from Panjim, the Island of Divar is situated on the banks of Mandovi river offering a picturesque view is rarely on any Goa’s itinerary which makes it less crowded and more beautiful. You can reach the island by a ferry ride on both sides: the ferry on the north side of the island is at Old Goa about 7 km from Panaji and the ferry on the south side is from Narwe. From the top of the hill, you can witness panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, including the view of Old Goa and the meandering Mandovi river. The island attracts tourists from all around the world during a festival Bonderam also known as the feast of the harvest or the festival of flags.
Listen to Live Jazz
Jazz for Your Soul
If you are in Goa, how can you miss out on music? Especially jazz! Goan musicians delved deeper into Jazz music since the Portuguese ruled. There are various spots in Goa where you can listen to live jazz music and add the flavor of jazz in your Goa chapter. Go experience Monday Jazz nights at Cantare in Saligao village, Jazz and Grills in Calangute or visit a century-old Gonsalves Mansion in leafy Campal, near Panjim which is known as the Home of Jazz in Goa. You will find many fine jazz musicians playing on the porch. Every year in November, there is festival Goa International Jazz Live Festival, held by Jazz Circuit India which attracts music lovers all around the world. And yes, if luckily you are in Goa on April 30, you get to witness special jazz concerts as Goans celebrate the annual International Jazz day superbly!
Portuguese feast in a heritage home, tasting feni or craft beer sessions, attending Poee making classes, sounds tempting right? Taking a step forward, the travelers in Goa are now indulging in true Goan culinary experiences and are going beyond fish curry and king’s beer. It’s rightly said that if you ever want to get close to the heart and soul of any place, food is one of the most authentic ways to do it. People in Goa are now aiming towards showcasing Goa beyond the regular.
Visit the oldest bakeries in Panaji and you can take back your little gift bag filled with home-made Goan desserts like Bebinca and Dodol. The locals are now welcoming tourists to their homes for dining experiences and not only they give the cooking demonstrations but also explain the history and traditions associated with it. Isn’t it cool?
Forts and the View
Explore the Unexplored
Wave to the sea while standing on the top of unexplored fort ruins of erstwhile Portuguese troops and experience the serenity in the air. Cabo De Rama is one of those ruins that offer an ecstatic view of the Arabian sea and coastline. It is believed that Lord Rama and Sita stayed here while they were in exile. Another marvel is Sinquerim fort with alluring Portuguese architecture giving a pure delight to the senses. Away from drudgery, the pristine Sinquerim beach in North Goa is perfect to lay your troubled mind aside and take a sigh of relief!
So, don’t you think this time your itinerary of Goa needs to be upgraded?