Updated: Jun 12
If there is one place you can go to in India where you can relax from the moment you step in, that’s Goa. The airport: Never has an airport look more “ On Holiday”, of course, it doesn’t reflect the security standards at the airport, but it just means that all the people who are in the airport from tourists to the locals who work there are cheerful calm and look so well rested!
Figure 1: Goa Airport
Once that’s done you will need to take a cab to the hotel you are staying at. Cabs are pretty standard with most having good interiors. Once the laid-back driver drops you off at your hotel (which I assume is sea-facing! Or at least close to a beach) you can get into the unwind process. The first thing you find is a refrigerator in the hotel and a great view from the balcony.
Let us start from the South of Goa and move slowly to the North. The South of Goa is basically a small town and its surroundings are about the same. Quiet, calm, and peaceful, south Goa is the best place to go to in Goa if you are looking for a private, noise-free beach vacation. Carmona, Varca, and Palolem are the best beaches on this side of Goa with powdery soft sand with almost private looking beaches due to the lack of people around. But don’t be fooled by the scarcity of hustle and bustle, these still are great beach locations with a more refined albeit older crowd that just wants to sunbathe in silence
Figure 2: Colva Beach
As for the sight to see and things to do, you can go for dolphin sightings at Colva, can view some magnificent churches in Agonda, along with other Portuguese architecture, Samdarshi’s mediation Ashram, also Yogamea Yoga School where you can center yourself. And of course, fresh seafood and water sports are available at all the said beaches and nearby restaurants. Moonlight parties are also great if you are into night-outs.