7 tips if you are visiting Goa for the first time

India is one of the most visited tourist attractions of the world and millions of travellers across the globe visit here to enrich themselves with Indian culture, traditions, history and diversity. From historic places to attractive beaches to beautiful ancient temples, there are countless tourist destinations to visit. 

When it comes to beaches, Goa is one of the most famous tourist destinations in India and every year, millions of Indians and foreigners visit Goa to have a fun and enjoyable time. There are some beautiful architectural sites, clean and clear beaches, shopping markets and rocking nightlife await for you.

If you are visiting Goa for the first time, we have several tips for you. It will surely make your time at Goa more fun-filled and pleasurable. Stay tuned.

1. Visit unexplored beaches and not the popular ones 

The Goan coastline is of almost 105 Kms and there is so much to explore there. You need to choose the right beaches for your tour and not the so popular ones. Some of the beaches such as Baga, Vagator, Candolim and Calangute are popular ones but are often crowded with visitors. How about visiting those beaches that are not yet popular yet beautiful and mesmerising? Find some solitude and peace at beaches such as Kakolem, Hollant, Velsao and Ashwem which are superiorly exotic and will give you the best time of your life. You can just visit there, have fun with your family and friends. 

2. Stay alert while relaxing at beaches 

Though spending time bathing in clear blue waters is fun and exciting, there are some risk factors that you need to consider while at Goan coastline. Sunburn and sunstroke are two common risk factors that visitors face, especially foreign visitors. You need to take precautions for that such as using SPF sunscreen, carrying hat and sunglasses and drink plenty of fluids (not alcohol). 

In addition to that, some beaches have rip currents and swimming in those beaches are not recommended due to tides that are so high sometimes. Talk with the local community or a tourist guide and keep the risks in the mind.

3. Try Goan cuisines and dishes 

There is nothing as enjoyable and rewarding as trying local cuisines when you’re travelling someplace. Goa has so much to offer in terms of cuisine choices and it is the time to have some best Goan cuisines that are a mix of Malabar, Malaysian, Konkan, Brazilian, French and African. Some of the most preferred cuisines by travellers are Goan fish curry, Pork Vindaloo, Bebinca, Sorpotel and Femi, a tasty drink made of coconut and cashew nuts. When you are in Goa, always taste these local foods to please your appetite and to make the trip more memorable and enchanting. 

4. Hire a two-wheeler to explore places 

One of the most relaxing and exciting things about Goa is that you don’t have to rely on public transport such as buses and cabs. All you need to do is to hire a two-wheeler from available vendors offering such bikes on rent and explore the city with your partner alone. The rent for a two-wheeler for a day is very nominal and the experience is superbly fantastic. Foreigners can have a ride of Indian bikes and have fun while exploring Goa. If you are renting the bike for more days, the rates will drop too. Ensure that the bike is in good shape and highly-functional. Keep your driving permit with you to avoid any hassles and hindrances. 

5. Explore different adventure sports 

Yes, many visitors just explore beaches, go to clubs and have fun, missing the best part of Goa, the adventure activities. There are so many things you can explore there such as scuba diving, jet-skiing, windsurfing, parasailing, banana ride, power scooter driving, and others. Also, there are many yoga teachers available there if you want to study Indian authentic yoga poses and pranayama. Ensure that you do at least some of these activities before you leave Goa.

6. Explore tourist destinations and countryside 

One of the most common misconceptions about Goa is that Goa is all about having fun at beaches and night clubs. Not true. There are so many historical tourist attractions and countryside to explore there. Visit some old Goan villages and check out Portuguese style houses, plantations, waterfalls and other beautiful landscapes. 

In addition to that, there are many destinations such as beautiful churches, temples, museums and forts to explore. If you love such places, Goa is a promising place for you. Have a camera with you and just leave your hotel to see such marvellous places to collect some beautiful memories.

7. Visit both- South and North Goa 

Some might suggest you visit North Goa for historical monuments and places and some might suggest you visit south Goa for beaches and other visually appealing places, do both. Never come back without missing one of the two. North Goa and South Goa both are appealing and both have their one charm and offers.

Also, you need to add Vasco da Gama and Old Goa that have churches, temples, islands and century-old museums. Explore as much as you can to have the best time of your life.

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