Waving coconut palms, glittering water, white sand beaches, and a balmy tropical sunset – this sounds like the perfect dream holiday, doesn’t it? All of these things are part of the beautiful city of Goa, on India’s western coast. If you are looking for your next holiday hotspot, look no further than Goa. Here are just a few of the reasons why.
A Strong Rural Slant
When most people think of India, they think of the overcrowded slums in Delhi and Mumbai. But in Goa, the landscape is completely different, partially due to its unique colonial history as a Portuguese trade colony. While there are a few urban areas, most people in Goa live in rural villages amid the verdant palms. Since the roads are fairly well-maintained, you can hire a motobike or car and explore the villages on your own, staying in comfortable guesthouses and dining in local cafes. In general, the villages are safe and clean, as well as boasting better prices than the standard beach holiday package tour. Not only will you get the fun experience of exploring independently, but you can also escape the hubbub of the city and relax amid the tropical paradise.
Outdoor Adventures Aplenty
Aside from the gorgeous beaches, you can also explore the outdoors and partake in any number of sports and activities. In Goa you can find anything from kitesurfing, sailing, diving and jet-skiing to airborne adventures like paragliding and parasailing. If you care to venture inland, you can also find lots of opportunities to go trekking amidst the beautiful tropical scenery.
A Delicious Cuisine
If you are a fan of spicy food, then Goa is the place for you. Home of the iconic vindaloo, one of the spiciest curries in India, Goan cuisine uses local flavors like coconut with fresh-caught seafood, along with Portuguese influences like garlic and cashews. Of course, if you’re not interested in having a flambe on your tongue, there are plenty of venues that will tone down the chili for you. For dessert, try one of the many different coconut-flavored sweets that can be found all over the region. And don’t forget to try the local firewater feni, made of cashew and coconut.
Goa is also becoming a popular destination for those interested in health and alternative medicine. The region is famed as being a center for ayurveda, an alternative form of medicine that focuses on natural healing through massage and the use of herbs. In addition, Goa is a popular destination with those looking to explore yoga, meditation, massage therapy, and other forms of alternative healing.
Ready to go yet? Book a Goa holiday with Ice Lolly and see what this incredible corner of paradise has to offer!