Our Beachy holiday…
Although people avoid Goa in monsoons… but we are a bit wacky… our first trip to Goa was in August… but believe us… it wasn’t that bad!!
We would suggest you can travel to Goa in any month and enjoy the Goan spree… but yes… best time would be from October-February, as March-June is too hot, again July-September is the rainy season and many places and beaches are shut during monsoons.
With our personal experiences, we recommend plan your first trip to Goa in January-February… as our second trip to Goan land went fabulous which was in January 2015…
What to pack for Goa: Most difficult part of a vacation is to what to pack… For Goa its really easy… A swimming costume, shorts/skirt, t-shirts, tank top, light dresses. For evening wear you can go for a light shirt with jeans or linen trousers for men and a simple dress for girls. You can pack a sarong, beach towel, a beach bag, sun glasses, hat/cap, umbrella, a pair of flip flops, a pair of sports shoes and a semi formal pair of footwear for evenings.
Also, don’t forget to pack any medications if you take any regularly. We have this habit of carrying basic medications with us on all our vacations.
Pack your toiletries in travel size bottles. Although you get everything available in Goa, still you may want to carry your favorite sunscreen lotion, shampoo, conditioner, etc.
Don’t forget your chargers and batteries for phones, touch-pads, etc. Any credit cards, membership cards, lounge access cards, etc. Your id card, some cash, ticket printouts, hotel reservation prints.
Most important carry your camera and memory cards and if you are much into photography, pack your tripod.
How to reach: You can take any mode of preferred transport… by road or air. We took a flight from Mumbai to Goa.
Where to stay: If you are a beachy person… looking forward to relax on a calm beach, stay in South Goa… or else if you are a party person who would enjoy streets full of people, flea markets etc. etc. book a hotel in North Goa. North Goa too has got many beaches but South Goa beaches are more scenic, clean and calm. You can even stay is old Goa or Panjim City.
Must See Places:
North Goa Beaches – Dona Paula beach, Sinquerim beach, Candolim beach, Calangute beach, Baga beach, Anjuna beach, Vagator beach, Chapora beach, Morjim beach, Mandrem beach, Arambol beach.
Also visit Aguada Fort and Chapora Fort.
South Goa Beaches – Dabolim beach, Bogmalo beach, Colva beach, Benaulim beach, Cavelossim beach, Agonda beach, Palolem beach, Talpona beach, Galgibaga beach, Polem beach.
Old city & Panjim – Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, Casino Royale.
If you have a day extra plan for Dudhsagar Waterfalls.
Shopping: No trip is complete until you do some souvenirs shopping. You can check out flea markets – Calangute Market Square, Mapusa Market and Baga Beach Market. Also, panjim city is good for Cashews and Feni.
Must Eat and Drink:
Goa is famous for variety of fishes. If you are a vegetarian try goan curry with rice and goan bread.
Kokum drink/sharbat you get everywhere in Goa.
You can also try Feni, the famous Cashew Liquor.
Where to Eat and Drink:
Black Sheep Bistro, Britto’s, Calamari Shack, Cafe Chocolatti, Thalassa, La Plage, Curlie’s, Cafe Venite.
We are sure you would find many more highly recommended places to eat which we can add to our list once you guys are back from your Goan Holiday!!
So what are you waiting for… come on… plan you Goan Vacation soon… and share your experiences…
Feel free to ask for more details if you need any to plan your Goan holiday.
See you until next Vacation!!
Photo Credits: Megha Agarwal