Goa: Other than beaches: 12 Unique things to do in Goa
Because Goa has a lot more to offer than you could imagine!
Goa is the ‘it’ party destination in India and without a doubt one of the most visited places too. It is perfect for anything from traveling with your family to traveling alone. In fact, Goa is also one of the best honeymoon destinations in India. However, if you’re one of those people who have lost count of the number of times they have visited Goa, or if you’re looking for something different to do in Goa apart from the regular beach-hopping, party-tripping and bike-riding, you’re in for a treat! There are a number of exciting activities you could try out to enjoy a trip in Goa.
Kitesurfing is one of the newer water-sports trending in India. Though the activity may be tad expensive for some, it is worth the experience. You’ll take around three days to learn and get a hang of kitesurfing but it is totally worth the time and investment.
Morjim beach is one of the beaches where this activity is conducted.
2. Cycling Tour
Cycling enthusiasts, if you feel like there is a great deal of potential for riding a bicycle in Goa, you’re right! Not only can you opt for a cycling tour that could span over a few days or you could opt for trails that last for a a couple of hours or more.
3. Luxury Sunset Cruise
Santa Monica at Panjim is one of the most famous cruises in Goa. From cruises on the Mandovi and Mapusa river to luxury yachts on the Zuari river, there are plenty of options in Goa that you can opt for. You can take a sunset cruise or a luxury dining experience all by yourself or you can opt for something with your partner. You can book a spot for yourself at either Britona Jetty or Santa Monica Jetty.
4.Take Yoga Classes
Yoga is something you’ll find classes for in Goa quite easily. Several beaches have organizations that host yoga classes and workshops throughout the year. Ashvem Beach is one of them
5.Learn Cooking at Siolim
The Siolim House is home to one of the best cooking schools in Goa. Food is one of the most essential aspects of travel and if you’re a foodie who loves food more than just guessing ingredients, then learn how to cook Goan food and how to cook it right!
6.Visit Reis Magos Fort
Dil Chahta Hai has made the Chapora fort one of the must-visit places in North Goa. But the Reis Magos Fort located at the northern banks of the Mandovi river is yet another spectacular fort that boasts of a beautiful view. Located in the Bardez district, it is a must-visit for you if you’re looking for some peace and quiet.
7. Sea Bed Walking
The under-water sea bed walking is one of the coolest, yet least risky activities you can opt for if you’re one of the weak-hearted ones. H2O water sports at the Baina Beach in Vasco is the best and probably the only place to try this. You’ll spend around Rs 2,000 for a 20 minute walk, but it’s worth the experience and will indeed give you a unique Goa story to share.
8.Splash Surfing/ Learn Surfing
The Surf Club off the Arambol beach, almost near Mandrem is perfect for trying your skills at surfing. You can try the basic surfing lessons that will cost around Rs 2,000
9.Try your luck at a Casino
Yes, gambling is legal in Goa! Why don’t you try your luck out and may be walk out with a fortune? From Deltin Royale to Casino Pride and many others, the experience of playing at a casino in Goa is the closest you can feel to a trip to Vegas, in India.
10. Visit the Anjuna Flea Market
The Anjuna Flea Market is indeed voted to be the best flea market in Goa. Though a bit expensive, a visit to this flea market is a must. You’ll be surrounded by cool vibes, good music, better food and a lot of lucrative things you’ll be urged to purchase.
11. Tambdi Surla Trek
A trek to the Tambdi Surla waterfalls is pretty easy. There is a campsite that you can stay a night at. After all, camping in Goa will be one of those things your friends would’ve never thought of! You can take a dip near at the waterfall too. The whole trip along with camping equipment will cost you around Rs 2500.
12. Watch a Goan Tiatr
A Goan Tiatr is basically a theatre performance in Roman-Konkani styles of acting. Plays are performed in local languages and though you may not understand the dialogues, you could try and watch one, just to test your ability to comprehend acting! It could be one of those things you do with your friends interested in theatre. Watch one at Goa’s best, Goa Kala Academy.
Originally posted by : Sneha Shetty | http://www.india.com/travel/articles/goa-other-than-beaches-19-unique-things-to-do-in-goa/