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Travelling to Goa

Discussion in 'General Discussions' started by Sanjeev Nanda, Oct 13, 2017.

  1. Sanjeev Nanda

    Sanjeev Nanda New Member

    Me and my wife would be travelling to Goa and Mumbai by the end of October from the UK. I want to know what are some of the best places to visit in and around Goa.

  2. Deven

    Deven Member

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  3. Shiv

    Shiv Member

    When visiting Mumbai I would strongly recommend going to the Elephanta Caves, which is about 10 km from Mumbai City. The Elephanta Caves are a UNESCO world heritage site, and they have the most beautiful cave temples and rock cut sculptures to see.
    The Elephanta Caves are offshore and you would need to get a ferry to reach the place. Your boarding point would be near the GAteway of India, where you would also be able to purchase your boat or ferry tickets from.
  4. Karan

    Karan Member

    Visiting Goa in October is a great choice, as the weather is pleasant, and it's the beginning of the tourist season. Goa offers a delightful mix of beautiful beaches, vibrant culture, historical sites, and natural beauty. Here are some of the best places to visit in and around Goa:

    1. Beaches:

    • Baga Beach: Known for its water sports, nightlife, and shacks serving delicious seafood.
    • Calangute Beach: One of the most popular and vibrant beaches with plenty of activities and shopping options.
    • Anjuna Beach: Famous for its Wednesday Flea Market and vibrant party scene.
    • Palolem Beach: A serene and picturesque beach in South Goa known for its relaxed vibe.
    2. Historical and Cultural Sites:

    • Basilica of Bom Jesus: A UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the oldest churches in Goa.
    • Se Cathedral: Known for its magnificent architecture and history.
    • Aguada Fort: Offers panoramic views of the Arabian Sea and the historic lighthouse.
    • Old Goa: Explore the rich history of Goa with numerous churches and cathedrals.
    3. Waterfalls:

    • Dudhsagar Waterfalls: A majestic four-tiered waterfall located in the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary.
    4. Wildlife and Nature:

    • Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary: Ideal for nature lovers and trekking enthusiasts.
    • Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary: Home to diverse flora and fauna, including the famous giant squirrel.
    5. Spice Plantations:

    • Visit a spice plantation: Take a guided tour to learn about the cultivation of spices in Goa.
    6. Water Sports:

    • Enjoy a variety of water sports like parasailing, jet-skiing, and banana boat rides at various beaches.
    7. Adventure Activities:

    • Try trekking, hiking, and cycling in the Western Ghats.
    • Explore the Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary.
    8. Dudhsagar Trek and Jeep Safari:

    • Take a trek or jeep safari to witness the stunning Dudhsagar Waterfalls up close.
    9. Wildlife Cruises:

    • Explore the mangroves and backwaters of Goa on a wildlife cruise.
    10. Spice Gardens: - Visit spice gardens like the Sahakari Spice Farm to learn about Goa's spice cultivation.

    11. Water Palaces: - Explore the picturesque water palaces of Goa, such as the Terekhol Fort.

    12. Museums: - Goa State Museum: Discover the history and culture of Goa through its exhibits. - Naval Aviation Museum: Explore the history of aviation in the Indian Navy.

    13. Art and Culture: - Attend traditional Goan festivals and cultural events. - Visit art galleries to explore local art and crafts.

    14. Food and Nightlife: - Savor authentic Goan cuisine, including seafood and vindaloo. - Experience the vibrant nightlife at clubs, bars, and beach shacks.

    15. Beach Hopping: - Goa has numerous beautiful beaches, so consider exploring different ones each day for a unique experience.

    16. Island Trips: - Take a boat trip to nearby islands like Divar Island or Chorao Island.

    17. Casino Cruises: - Try your luck at the floating casinos on the Mandovi River.