The Anjuna flea market is held every Wednesday from morning until evening, except during the monsoon season, on the southern end of Anjuna Beach. The market has has exploded in size and attracts people from all over Goa. It’s now got over 500 stalls and is still growing. You’ll find a huge assortment of goods there, but make sure you bargain. After a day of shopping till you drop, head over to Curly’s beach shack and take in the sunset scene there. If one market isn’t enough for you, the Saturday Night Market and Mackie’s Night Bazaar, both in the Arpora Baga area, are also worth checking out. They offer entertainment, including live music, as well as an eclectic range of food.
Goa’s long stretch of sandy coastline is renowned for its multitude of beaches. There is something on offer for everyone, from luxury resorts to makeshift huts and trance parties to tranquility. The Goa India beach that’s right for you will depend on the kind of experience you want to have.
Goa is the spice plantations in the dense jungle around Ponda. Goa is lush tropical climate makes it an ideal place to grow spices. The spice farms are open to visitors. You can take a guided tour, enjoy the picturesque scenery, and finish with a spicy lunch. One of the oldest and most acclaimed plantations in Goa is the 130 acre Sahakari Spice Farm, located around 40 minutes from Panjim. Others include the Tropical Spice Plantation, Savoi Plantation and Pascol Spice Village. Accommodations, and other activities such as elephant or boat rides, are offered at many of the farms. If you’re interested in Ayurvedic herbs and organic farming, don’t miss Sai Abyss Herbarium, run by an Ayurvedic doctor. It’s situated just outside Savoi Verem village.
Goa is the magnificent Portuguese capital of 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.
Panjim is a Capital city is worth visiting for its Fontainhas neighborhood. Declared a UNESCO Heritage Zone in 1984, it gets its name from the fountain at the foot of the hill. You will be transported back in time as you wander past colorful old Portuguese homes, belonging to the last surviving Portuguese families of Goa. Narrow winding streets and lanes, quaint shops, art galleries, bakeries, and restaurants give it undeniable charm.
Goa India isn’t just all about beaches and churches. The state’s location along the mountainous Western Ghats is home to an array of birds and animals. Around 20% of Goa consists of wildlife sanctuaries. They’re open all year round, although October to March are the best months to visit. The two main sanctuaries are Bhagwan Mahvir (of which Mollem National Park is a part) and Cotigao. On the fringe of the Mollem National Park you’ll find the imposing Dudhsagar Falls, where the water rages down from a huge height during and just after the monsoon season. For a very eco-friendly stay, try a mud hut at the Shanti Nature Resort in Mollem National Park.