Winter Sun in Goa
While the skies stay grey and the rain continues to pour here in Blighty, the sun shines for around ten hours a day in Goa, and the temperatures hover somewhere between 25C to 30C. Known as the gem of the Indian tourist industry, Goa is the ideal place to top up your tan and soak up some elusive winter rays. And with a vast array of cultural heritage and natural wonders to complement the glorious stretch of coastline, there’s far more on offer here than simply sunbathing. Here’s our pick of Goa’s top sights and attractions.
If you’re a lover of adventure, you’ll feel right at home in Goa. The state’s beaches offer an impressive selection of water sports from banana boating for the kids right through to windsurfing, scuba diving, jet skiing and parasailing. Don’t miss out on the fantastic dolphin cruises too!
Explore the Natural World
India is home to one of the world’s most diverse array of flora and fauna, and one of the best ways to see it is to visit Goa’s Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, which you’ll find near Molem. As well as discovering some of the region’s fascinating wildlife when you follow the nature trails, the incredible natural scenery such as the Dudhsagar Waterfalls will take your breath away.
There’s always a bargain to be found at the local marketplaces and flea markets, but a real highlight for any shopaholic will be the Ingo’s Saturday Night Bazaar. Full of ethnic clothing, souvenirs and unique pieces of jewellery, it’s a real paradise for fashionistas on a budget. Just remember to haggle well before you agree to buy!
Hit the Beach at Night
Beach holiday destinations don’t come much better than Goa, but fun on the sand doesn’t stop when the sun goes down! The beaches of Goa are just coming alive at night, and if you visit Anjuna Beach you can soak up the relaxed atmosphere whilst enjoying the live music that goes on well after midnight.
On Your Bike
There’s so much more on offer in Goa than just beaches, but it isn’t easy to see it all travelling on foot! Full of tiny roads and pathways taking you off the beaten track, Goa is best explored by bike, and by hiring one you’ll open up a whole new world of adventure, discovering paddy fields and quaint villages as you pedal.
There are numerous historical and cultural attractions to see in Goa, but one of the best has to be the Sé Cathedral. Located in old Goa, this magnificent building the largest church in Asia, coming in at more than 76m long and 55m wide.
The cathedral dates back to 1562, when construction was ordered by King Dom Sebastiao of Portugal to replace the church of St Catherine. Hindered by financial difficulties, building progress was slow and the building wasn’t completed until 1619, with finished alters following in 1652, 90 years after the construction as first ordered! One of the cathedral’s quirks is its seemingly lopsided appearance, caused by the loss of one of its bell towers after a lightning strike in the late eighteenth century.