Things to do in Goa
Beaches and tropical environments make Goa an idyllic place for fishing. Years ago, many Goans were fishermen and although this is no longer the case, many still enjoy it as a pastime. It fits in with the ‘sossegad’ (laid back) lifestyle of the Goans. Fishing can be enjoyed at various spots in Goa ‚Äď Anjuna beach, Vagator beach or Chapora river etc. While angling in Goa, you can come across many remarkable selections of fish that include: salmon, mullet, catfish, rockfish, stingray, guitarfish and the local barramundi.
Ayurveda literally means ‘science of life’. It is a form of alternative medicine in which herbs, massage and yoga are used instead of the traditional medicines of the western world. Ayurveda believes in five great elements, namely earth, water, fire, air and space. The therapy focuses on prevention rather than cure and treatment centres can be found all over Goa. It is a great opportunity to spoil yourself and have treatment or two.
VINTAGE CAR MUSEUM
Ashvek Vintage World is Goa’s first and only vintage car museum, which serves as an educational centre. The museum is situated in Nuvem and displays preserved and restored vintage cars manufactured by Mercedes, Austin, Chevrolet, Peugeot and Volkswagen. The museum is open from Monday through Saturday (9am-1-pm & 3pm-6pm).
Take a motor boat and cruise the canals of Cumbarjua to catch a glimpse of a crocodile. Cumbarjua Canal is also known as ‘Crocodile Dundee’ and is Goa’s crocodile haven. The crocodiles are worshipped by the villagers in the belief that they will not attack humans. These benign reptiles usually live in freshwaters although they have adapted to the saline conditions of Cumbarjua Canal.
Feel the wind blowing through your hair and the adrenaline pumping through your veins in this fast and furious sport. There are two main racing tracks in Goa, one in Nuvem, South Goa and the other in Arpora, North Goa. Arpora: 4pm-10pm (Tue-Sun) Nuvem: 4pm-10pm (Tue-Sun)
Goans love to party and nightclubs are a major attraction in Goa. It is a chance for people to unwind, have a drink and release energy on the dance floor. Trance music is very popular, although a wide variety of music is played in clubs ranging from Reggae to Raaga to Bhangra to Salsa to Samba to Rock & Roll. Many clubs host theme nights which are great fun.
Dolphin trips are on offer from many local boat owners on several stretches of Goa beaches. Seeing these graceful creatures in their natural habitation is a delight, although they more shy than playful.
Goa’s 105km coastline provides an ideal location for water sports such as jet skiing, banana boat rides, snorkelling, scuba diving, water walking, canoeing, boating, windsurfing and diving. Alternatively defy gravity and fly high by parasailing in Goa’s clear blue sky.
Try your luck at one of Goa’s casinos with popular games such as roulette and blackjack. Many of the casinos are land based but there are some floating casinos on the Mandovi River. The casinos provide cultural entertainment on board, food and beverages.
Watch out Paris, London, New York and Milan, now Goa is producing clothes for the runway. Various designer shops and international brands are situated along the 18th June Road in Panjim. Also check out the local markets and you will definitely pick up a deal.