A beach holiday in Goa offers miles of warm perfect sands and perfect vista’s over azure seas. Since the 60s travellers and tourists have found their paradise on the sandy dunes, revelling in a wonderful choice that suits every taste - from the quieter resorts of Arpora and Candolim in the north to Agonda beach and Colva beach in the south which is also a favourite amongst Indian tourists.
Snorkeling and Diving
Diving in Goa is fantastic, with a varied mix of dive sites including wrecks, colourful marine life and vast corals. You’ll find dive schools and sites across the region, but by far some of the most exciting can be found close to Grand island with a mix of cove’s, bays and underwater wrecks. For those wanting to snorkel, you’ll find that you too are equally well catered to with some great reefs with both soft and hard corals. Bat Island and Sunchi reef are amongst the best, though most resorts around Goa offer average to good snorkelling spots.
Guests can still experience a more ‘original’ Goa experience with beautiful quiet beaches far removed from the party centre of Anjuna beach and its full moon parties. Patnem beach is located in south Goa just 20 minutes from Palolem and is home to warm embracing sands and curving shallow waters that are ideal for swimming. Bambolim beach lays almost undiscovered, open and tranquil with lines of coconut groves ideal for shading under when the sun gets too much.
Goan architecture is a charming mix of Indian, Islamic and Portuguese with the latter providing a wonderful idyllic charm very different to anything else in India. The churches and houses built during Portugal’s rule offer a wonderful European aesthetic in amongst the lush beaches and tropical nature of Goa. The best place to see all these clashes of culture are in old Goa, the former state capital. Many of the villas are long since gone but a flurry of churches and convents remain, enough that Old Goa has been named a UNESCO world heritage site. The domed church of St Cajetan holds particular interest and was modelled after the Basilica of St Peter’s in Rome, this is what makes holidays to Goa unique.
The shore lines surrounding Goa offer perfect opportunities for a variety of boat trips. Whether you’re spotting Dolphins off Calangute beach or taking a day trip cruise on the river Sal and on to the Arabian Sea. Some of these boat trips offer perfect getaways from the frantic beach life, with escapes to otherwise inaccessible scenic beaches. From Mobor beach you can cross to the mountain range to relax on the idyllic open beaches far away from the crowds - once there you can sunbathe, swim and relax in absolute peace. For something a little more active, diving, snorkelling and fishing trips can all be arranged from most popular beaches.
Meeting the Elephants
If nature is your thing then head inland to the jungle where you can trek, bathe in cold water streams and ride elephants. The experience of riding on the back of these great grey beasts is unbeatable - after a long trek, board an elephant to complete your journey to one of the jungle villages where you can dine around a bonfire and explore darkened nature trails. If ridings not your thing, you can also visit an Elephant sanctuary where you can bathe with and feed the elephants. It’s great day out for all the family creating an unforgettable experience for anyone on holiday to Goa.
The chance to sample some of India’s most unique curries make a break to Goa a foodies dream. Goan cuisine has been heavily influenced by its Hindu, Konkani and Portuguese origins and due to Goa’s geographical location by the coast, consists heavily of seafood, using fish such as pomfret, Kingfish, shark and tuna and also Pork - a rarity in India. Coconut milk based Fish curries and fried fish dishes are very popular, and like the rest of Indian cuisine, many of Goa’s dishes are served with rice and are heavily spiced, though the Hindu cuisine of the region is less spicy and focuses more on sweet vegetable dishes.
Goa has been a popular destination for travellers since the 60s, with all night beach parties being one of the major pulls. Goa is synonymous with trance, a music style that incorporates elements of trance and EBM which has now crossed into clubs all over the worlds cities and beaches. There are many beaches offering parties, the most celebrated of which is Anjuna beach with its famous full moon parties and there are night clubs in most towns and cities that usually pretty cheap and centrally focused to tourists.
If you’re heading to Goa to experience the party scene then north Goa is for you. Though if you’re in the south why not try out a silent party at Neptune bay next to Palolem beach? it’s a little different as here you hire a set of wireless headphones and dance the night away with hundreds of other party goers amidst the silent idyllic beach side setting, take off your headphones to experience the silence!
There are a great selection of bars and restaurants to choose from in Goa, many of which are situated right on the beach. Depending on where you’re staying you will find a wonderful mix of live music, DJ’s and theme nights including retro nights to sample. Tito’s bar on Baga beach is a popular late night destination while Shores and Guru bar on Anjuna beach are open are to 11 and serve up a nice mix of local food and classic drinks.
When in season the night markets in particular are charming and colourful, and you can expect to find a great mix of trinkets, souvenirs, food and local arts and crafts. Night markets can be found at Arpora, Anjuna and Baga beaches, though there are often special events and parties that are also occasional homes to night markets - explore where you’re staying and ask at your hotel for information.
Romance in Goa
The beautiful beaches, charming old towns and flawless vistas offer a perfect location for a romantic tropical getaway. Enjoy the golden sunsets from aboard a boat and then slowly make your way back to land under the starry skies, or adventure to the most quiet of beaches and lay back with a cocktail enjoying the idyllic charms of Goa’s quiet side.
Goa is a perfect honeymoon destination, ripe with unforgettable sandy beaches, irresistible sunsets and romantic architecture. A honeymoon will leave you with lingering memories of sun soaked days spent on the beach and warm nights of candle lit dinners under the stars. There are a number of excursions to try as well, with water sports, cruises and legendary parties across miles of beaches, alternatively you can explore the jungle!
The Colonia De Braganza Hotel is in a quiet position, just a short stroll from the centre of Canangute, and 10 minutes from the beach appealing to couples for its simple but comfortable accommodation in a central area, enjoying everything vibrant Canangute has to offer