If you are reading this I guess that you are about to go to the fabulous state of Goa. This article will give you some information about the place and give you a head start. Goa is a state located on the west coast of India, is has about 1 400 000 citizens and its capital is Panjim.
From hippie paradise to family resort
Goa, amazing Goa, a small state where it takes about three to four hours to drive from north to south with fabulous beaches. Goa has a strong hippie vibe to it with people sitting on the beach around a fire playing the guitar or sitting on the dock smoking water pipe. North Goa used to be famous for its huge parties – mostly in Vagator and Anjuna. But this had to stop since the government wanted to erase the drug label on the cities and now there is a law that all music has to be turned off after 10 PM. After this it became touristy with families and the hippie atmosphere with the crazy parties reduced. The town made more money out of families than on ‘hippies’ so the town became more tourists adapted and more ‘western’. Now, many families with children go to Goa for a two week vacation with beach and quiet so many of those huge hippie parties had to be taken somewhere else or end at 10 PM when the music stopped playing.
What to do in Goa
There are a couple of enormous markets in North Goa’s Anjuna –every Wednesday – and Arpora – every Saturday night. When in South Goa you should definitely go to a Silent Disco in Palolem. There you pay about five hundred rupies, which is about eight euros, for a couple of head phones with three different channels that are connected to three different DJ’s on the stage and you can choose which music style you prefer. These parties go all night. South Goa is a bit more calm than North and if you are here you should visit the beautiful beach Palolem and also Agonda which is a great beach if you want some peace and quiet and maybe a Yoga class.
Other attractions could be the spice plantations after a hot day in Dudhsagar Falls, the adventure park in the middle of the jungle about thirty minutes from Palolem, or rent a motor bike and travel around.
Other things about Goa, said by people who has been there a longer period of time is, the food is amazing here and there are things for anyone. If you do not want to try on the typical Indian food cause of a sensitive stomach there is some Western food that fits everyone – this because it has become a tourist resort. If you are a back packer you should be prepared for that Goa is a bit more expensive than the rest of India. You should plan your trip around the monsoon – the best time to go there October to March and worst in June to September when it rains all the time.
If this is your first time in Goa I cannot tell you which place is the best, you should travel around and find your favorite spot.
Enjoy your trip!