Goa is a bag full of surprises. Flamboyant on one end, surreal at the other, it takes you on a journey that would make it so irresistible that you’d want to keep coming back. It’s one quintessential destination that is on the bucket list of every traveller near or far. A popular hangout among the flower power generation, it has built a character of being free-spirited and wild over the years. Even though most of the young travellers are on a soul-searching expedition here on shoestring budgets, it doesn’t have a dearth of luxury resorts to pamper the affluent kinds.
While you’ll love the gentle breeze by the bay and the overflowing booze at the pubs, there are quite a handful of amazing things that you can do in Goa. If you are willing to forsake the attention of neon-lit cafes, you can explore the vast swathes off the beaten track that define the character and culture of real Goa. Explore the time capsule we like to call Goa that has preserved its rich legacy and architectural grandeur.
Explore the island clusters that are not so much inaccessible but usually not on a travellers must-see list. We’d recommend you explore Divar, Santo Estevao, Chorao and Corjuem offthe mainland, yet a part of rich heritage that makes India’s famously laid-back state so much appealing.
You can explore the forts, oldest among them being Reis Magos and the more enthralling Chapora Fort made famous by Bollywood blockbusters. These fort were maintained for their strategic position as military outposts for defence purposes. And in their ruins, they exude brilliance unmatched.
If you’d like to explore the rich cultural past, you can go exploring the Latin Quarter, the 18th century Fountainhas for its grand architecture and Romanesque style. Dated no doubt but incredibly romantic, the place is known for colourful old Portuguese homes, belonging to the last surviving Portuguese families of Goa.