7 Free Things to do Apart From Partying in Goa
''The best things in life are free”- whoever said this must have had Goa in mind! Beautiful beaches, a vibrant nightlife, a culture rooted in history and amazingly friendly locals- no wonder Goa is India’s most popular beach destination. Free warm breeze in your hair, free beaches, free sand and free sunshine, what else would you want from your beach vacation? A popular place to visit for Indians as well as foreign nationals, here are 7 free things to do apart from Partying in Goa
1. Go Beach Bumming
This one is a no brainer! From popular beaches like Vagator, Anjuna, Baga, Calangute, Miramar, Colva and Agonda to secluded beaches such as the Butterfly Beach, the Kakolem Beach and the Cola Beach, Goa is a beach bummer’s paradise. From free activities like sunbathing, swimming and leisurely strolls to paid activities like water sports, the beaches in Goa always have a lot to offer to their visitors.
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2. Enjoy Waterfall Excursions
Goa turns into a magical land during the monsoons. Locals claim that Goa shows its true beauty only during the rainy season and we completely agree with them. If you are visiting the state during the monsoons, do make it a point to trek through dense forests and hike up to the stunning cascading waterfall of Dudhsagar. Located around 60 kilometres from Panaji on the NH4A, the Dudhsagar Waterfall is so named because of its white frothy appearance.
3. Experience Church Serenity
Goa's magnificent and serene churches are a legacy of Portuguese colonization. Boasting of gorgeous architecture, church building was one of the main occupations of the early Portuguese. The architecture of Goa's churches has undergone notable changes with the passage of time. Today, Goa is home to many beautiful and historic churches including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Church of Bom Jesus. Rachol Seminary and Church, Church of St. Thomas and Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception are some of the places of worship you must visit while exploring the churches of Goa.
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4. Enjoy Carnival Fun
To enjoy the vivacious energy of Goa, head over during the month of February and join in the Carnival extravaganza. A three day event, the Goa Carnival is the most famous festival in the state and has been celebrated since the 18th century. Colourful floats and parades take over the streets followed by bands and dances. Evenings are full of serious partying!
5. Spend time at Goa State Museum
An interesting and intriguing museum to visit, the Goa State Museum has on display archaeological findings, antiquities, art objects and objects of cultural importance. Their galleries are divided into categories such as Sculpture Gallery, Christian Art, Printing History, Furniture, Cultural Anthropology, Contemporary Art, Goa’s Freedom Struggle and a lot more. And, the entrance is free!
6. Explore Fontainhas
The old Latin Quarter of Goa, Fontainhas means ‘little fountain’ in Portuguese. It was the first area in Panjim to be settled into due to the availability of fresh drinking water. The neighbourhood is bordered by the Ourem creek on one side and the Altinho hill on the other. Exploring Fontainhas on foot will witness you walking through an area sprinkled with old villas with colourful walls, narrow alleyways and overhanging balconies.
7. Visit Fort Aguada
Goa’s coast is lined with numerous remains of rugged forts. One of them is the magnificent Fort Aguada. Located next to the Candolim beach, the fort was built in the 17th century by the Portuguese as a defence against the invasions of Dutch and Maratha empires. Hike up the fort to witness picturesque panoramic views of Goa. Atop the fort is a 19th-century lighthouse which offers brilliant views of the coastline.
The mesmerizing state of Goa allures visitors with its juxtaposition of calm and serene yet energetic environment. Are you all set to visit Goa and explore these free things?
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