Things to do
Dolphin watching trips are on offer from many local boat owners on many stretches of Goa's beaches. Dolphins are one of the most-loved creatures of the marine world. Come and see why, on one of the many exciting Key West Dolphin Tours and adventures. These extremely intelligent and playful mammals will delight every visitor with their antics as they play and feed in the wild.
Dolphin adventure depart daily and head for the beautiful back country waters of Key West. In Goa, some dolphin tours will also include time for stretching out and relaxing, snorkeling and taking pictures. Don't forget your camera and some sunscreen, plus a towel.
Crocodile watching in Goa is a unique experience. The carnivore is spotted in the dense mangrove of Cumbarjua. Goa being a coastal state enjoys a unique combination of nature's endowment, a diversity of its coastal habitat characterized by a variety of landforms like beaches, estuaries, islands and lagoons. Goa now witnesses an upsurge in eco-tourism, the mangrove related eco-tourism such as backwater cruises, bird watching and crocodile safari of Cumbarjua canal, the mangroves swamps of Chorao, one of the largest Island at the mouth of river Mandovi and also the site of Goa's only protected areas for birds.
Elephant rides are a major attraction for children, families and adults alike. Elephants simply love splashing in the water - very much like the humans. Spend great time watching this delightful scene of washing the elephant, a delightful visit which will linger in mind for a long time to come. You are even allowed to feed the elephants with your hands, with bananas (or sugarcane when in season). This will be the ride of your lifetime with pleasant memories of the friendly elephant, once back home.
Originally known to be a hippy market, the Anjuna Flea market today is famous shopping place in Goa. Held on every Wednesday, this market came to existence in the 1980's and has been a favored shopping arena since then. Tourists can buy junk jewelery, electronic goods, handicrafts, paintings, Balinese batik, mirror-worked waistcoats and trendy wrap arounds.
This flea market is flooded by hawkers from all over the country selling a variety of articles. Open from 10:30 in the morning till 6:30 in the evening, the flea market is held at Dando Vaddo, a little south of Anjuna beach. The Anjuna Flea Market is held during the months from October.
Saturday Night Market
This market is a popular hang out place in Goa. Held on the grounds of Arpora, tourists here can buy huge varieties of products like hand-made leather sandals, magic crystal wands, beautiful jewelry and many other artifacts. Popular among the tourists here ,is the Taro card readers and fortune tellers (Rs 150 to 500). This is also the place where the local bands jam up giving the entire market a very good character with lots of entertainment
Tourists can also enjoy Goan, Greek and Thai cuisine in this market. Jugglers, local musicians, comedians, belly dancers and budding talents are some of the attractions that keep the shoppers entertained. The market is open from 6 in the evening till 1 in the morning and is held only from the months of November till March.
Once the magnificent Portuguese capital of Goa India, these days all that remains of Old Goa is a handful of imposing churches and cathedrals. They are amongst the largest in Asia though. Some of the buildings have now become archeological museums, and provide a fascinating display of Goa's history. One of the most interesting buildings in Old Goa is the Convent and Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, built in 1521. Just opposite is the Basilica of Bom Jesus, which contains the preserved remains of the body of Saint Frances Xavier, a revered missionary and the patron saint of Goa.
Dudhsagar is one of the world's most exquisite falls that lies in India.The falls lie high up in the Mandovi River's watershed and so are not particularly spectacular during the dry season. During the monsoon season however, the falls are transformed into one of the most powerful falls in India. Dudhsagar Falls is listed as India's 5th tallest waterfall,and is 227th in the world at 310 m. The water plummets hundreds of feet in large volumes during the monsoon season, forming one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in Goa. It is a major part of the Goa ecosystem.This is a four tiered waterfall with a total height of 310 metres (1017 feet) and an average width of 30 metres (100 feet).
Goa is known for its music crazy people and late night parties. For the people who takes 'Life as a Gamble' and wish to take chances in life, Goa has top class casinos with popular games like roulette, blackjack, baccarat and craps for them. The casinos are a fine blend of cosmopolitan and friendly local hospitality. One can try one's luck in the casinos scattered all across Goa.
The golden coastline of Goa is popularized all over the world for offshore casinos. Casinos in Goa are one of the main attractions . This may be due to the increasing popularity that the casinos have gained world wide during recent times, some of the best casinos of India are in Goa.
5 mins from our guesthouse is Goa’s most happening night spot the Titos Road as they call it in Baga, Calanagute. Its were the young come out to party as there are a variety of clubs, pubs and restaurants. For a more psychedelic trance feel you need to go further north to the parties of Anjuna and Vagatore just 15 mins away.
Club Cubanna one of Goas best clubs is located just 4km away from Little India and is a must go to club for anyone wanting to experience the nightlife
Baga a seaside town in Bardez, Goa, India. It comes under the jurisdiction of Calangute, which is 2 km (1 mi) south. Baga is known for its popular beach, Baga Beach with it's brown sands, and beautiful creek, the Baga Creek. It is visited by thousands of tourists annually. Baga Beach is a popular beach and tourist destination in North Goa, located a few kilometers north from the famous and crowded Calangute beach. The beach contains rows of shacks and fishing boats.
Famous in the region as “Queen of the Beaches,” calangute beach boasts through its presence in north-east from state capital Panaji at mere 15 kilometers. It is said that calangute beach goa remains largest one in the northern region. As stories go on, hippies had discovered this beach during the 60’s so is it famous since then. Locals and tourists find here a true replica of Goan beach culture so its popularity is unbound indeed. Tourists from the Western countries find calangute beach an ultimate place to spend great time through splendid beach experience.
This beach offers an opportunity to enjoy great time with involvement in the water sport activities—surfing, water skiing and parasailing amongst others.
Canyoning in Goa (November to March)
If you are an adrenoline junkie the Ghats of Goa are abundant with natural fresh waters streaming down the mountains, if your not dangling from a rope within the waterfall then you will be free falling 15 to 20 mtrs into a fresh water pool. You trek through lush jungel till you reach the river where you begin your decend. If your lucky you will come across goas wildlife in its natural habitat. This trip is run by qualified european proffessionals with high quality equipment. Its a must do if you are into adventure sports or if you love being one with nature.
White Water Rafting (June to September)
An area where the sheer open face of the Western Ghats is exposed to the full might of the South West Monsoon and the valleys below drain the highest rainfall in Goa. This drainage system, a complicated zig zagging of valleys with a stunning cover of dripping evergreen forest forms the escape for the outpouring of water that is the Mahdei River System. It offers the best forest views and richest environment of any of our Southern River Adventures trips. 2 significant river stretches are located in this paradise, which offer fun for the beginner, family and advanced rafter alike. Apart from the fact that it has something to offer everyone, it also has the greatest frequency of rapids on any river in South India.
Goa Monsoons (June to September)
However, Goa has much more to offer than just the beach! It's especially beautiful during monsoon time from June to September, when nature flourishes, the rain brings refreshment and romance, and Goa takes on a more traditional flavor. Travel to Goa during the monsoon and you'll be able to experience it the local Goan way.
Goa's picturesque wildlife sanctuaries are open all year round. The major ones are Mollem National Park and Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary. They are harder to reach than Bondla, the smallest and most accessible sanctuary in Goa, though. As well as nature trails, Bondla has a mini zoo and deer safari park, which is great for kids.
"Little India is a very cozy guest house. It is ideally located, for about 2min walk from the beach and walking distance from the main street with its many shops and restaurants. Room that I stayed in was very clean and beautifully decorated, with outdoor seating area. Indian accessories, paintings and furniture, they look very nice and make romantic atmosphere."
- Magdalena Sobczyk