5 Things To Do In Goa During
Stay for the sunset
Try diving in Goa!
Yes, the islands are more fun, but Goa’s oceans are no less! The sea around popular Goan diving spots is filled with coral reefs, rock pinnacles and shipwrecks. The waters around Goa are comparatively warmer, safer and offer great visibility as well. The Grande Island or the Butterfly Island are the common hotspots for a comfortable and thrilling diving experience in Goa. The waters are calmer in the winters and this can provide an added benefit for beginners.
Plan around Christmas
December in Goa is all about planning for Christmas, celebrating Christmas and recovering from Christmas. Most Goan Catholic homes prepare an array of sweets and delicacies that cannot be left out of your to-do list. While the more popular ones such as Bebinca and Serradura will definitely get your attention, make sure to ask for Bolinhas, Baathk, Chocolate Salamis, Letria, Perad, Doce, Dodol and even Pinagr at the local bakeries. The Goan Kusvaar is made of almost 20 sweets and none of them should be left out! What’s more, a lot of popular restaurants and clubs host Christmas parties on the eve of Christmas. They’re frequented by most Goans after the obligatory Midnight Mass.
Celebrate the local Goan festivals!
Apart from Christmas, there are several smaller events that take place in the villages of Goa. The Feast of St Francis Xavier is one of the more popular ones that happens every year on the 3rd of December. It commemorates the Saint and all his missionary work across the world. Another popular feast is that of the Three Kings. Celebrated every year in Cansaulim, the feast commemorates the Three Kings who visited baby Jesus. This is done through an actual role play where kids are designated as kings who climb up the Cuelim hill to the Three Kings Chapel. The feast witnesses a large fair and plenty of food, and should definitely be witnessed.
Go kayaking in Goa's backwaters!
Goa’s backwaters have recently come into the limelight for their pristine beauty and tranquillity. If you’re looking to stray away from the chaotic beaches, the backwaters are where you should go. The rivers Sal, Mandovi and Nerul are some popular sites for a fun day of kayaking through the quiet. The serene sights are bound to blow your mind. If you plan to work from Goa, you should definitely put this on your to-do list. The winters find the waters to be calmer, making kayaking all the more enjoyable.