Goa is a destination for party animals and tranquilly seekers alike, serving as a hotspot for vacationers from near and far. There is something for everyone, from the tempting nightclubs to the ever-fantastic beaches. Apart from that, one should not miss out on the Goan churches, which not only provide ultimate tranquilly but also showcase colonial architecture.
Tourist attractions in Goa never stop to astonish visitors, since each one has something unique. While Baga Beach is known for adrenaline-pumping activities such as kitesurfing, jet-skiing, waterboarding and parasailing, Calangute Beach is termed as the “Queen of all Beaches” because of its beautiful scenery.
Whether you’re exploring the area with a group of friends or your family, there are plenty of alternatives to choose from. Also, there are a variety of restaurants and hotels in Goa that promises a comfortable stay along with lip-smacking delicacies, to indulge in. Keeping in mind your travel needs we have curated a compact list of things to do in Goa while visiting with family and close ones. Read on to get into more details.
Explore beaches with your family
Goa is known for its beaches, and the elaborate shacks located nearby. So if you’re travelling with your family, it’s a good idea to prepare ahead. Among Goa’s beaches, Baga beach is arguably the most popular with Indian families. The entire stretch is lined with shacks and food establishments, save during the off-season months. Choose any of your favourites and you’ll have a great time. Be cautious since the water might be turbulent at times. Calangute and Anjuna are two other popular beaches found here.
Adventure sports exploration
One of the finest things to do when visiting Goa’s beaches is to participate in water sports. You can choose from a plethora of activities, like banana rides, jet skiing, kneeboarding, windsurfing, parasailing and paragliding. However, keep in mind that not everything is feasible in all seasons.
Banana boats and jet skis are perhaps the most exciting and adventurous activities for the kids, but you should do what you all enjoy. Calangute, Baga, Candolim, and other renowned beaches are the finest for water activities. Kayaking and white-water rafting are two options for getting into Goa’s rivers, the Mhadei River and the Tilari River.
Visit Dudhsagar Falls
Dudhsagar Falls, on the Mandovi River, is a four-tiered waterfall located on the boundary between Goa and Karnataka. The place serves as a popular destination for visitors of all ages and is located inside the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park. If you truly want to see the falls in all its splendour, go during the monsoon season, when the water roars down the tiers. Though a climb to the waterfall from the unscheduled train stop is now prohibited, you may still go to the bottom of the falls.
Shopping in Arpora Market
Shopping in Goa is actually a lot of fun, and you shouldn’t mistake it for ordinary shopping. The night markets of Goa forms the main attraction. Most popular beaches have a flea market, and you can always find tribal women selling exquisite handcrafted items. Among all the Arpora Saturday Night Market is the largest and most authentic. The market is divided into many floors, with artists from all around the world displaying their works.
Visit the Chapora Fort
There are a few forts in Goa, but they are all pretty much in ruins. Chapora Fort sprang to prominence with the release of the film ‘Dil Chahta Hai,’ and has remained highly popular, particularly among young people, ever since. There are two methods to access the fort. You can either climb up from the Vagator beach, or reach by car. If your kids are younger, forgo the climbing option and instead drive up to the Chapora Fort parking lot and trek up. It’s a short trek of around 10-15 minutes that rewards you with beautiful views all around.
Go for a Trip on wheels
Goa is a vast state, with beaches making up only a small portion of it. So, while you’re enjoying Goa’s beautiful beaches, don’t forget to venture out into the hinterlands, where the genuine hidden charm of Goa may be found. Rent a two-wheeler and embark on a self-driven road trip away from the beaches’ rush and bustle. You can also stop at local eateries on the spur of the moment, offer a little prayer at an old and beautiful, yet undiscovered town church, and make a journey to remember.
These are some of the activities in Goa that you can indulge in while visiting with your family and kids. Here’s hoping that the article was informative enough to get your Goa itinerary planned in a seamless way.
I am Pritam Chakrabortty. I’m a professional blogger and author. My passion is travelling and explore new unseen places. My travelling passion makes me create this blog to share my travel experiences.