If you are looking for a true getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life on your next vacation, look no further than the gleaming gem-hued beaches of Goa. Goa is nestled on the western coast of India on the Arabian Sea. There are so many natural wonders and immersive cultural attractions in Goa that you will find something new to see and do whether it’s your first trip or fiftieth. Goa may be the smallest state in India, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in rest, relaxation a little bit of adventure. Here are some of the things you must do on your next holiday to Goa.

Beautiful Beaches

If there’s one thing Goa is known for, it’s beaches! Make the most of your vacation by staying at the beach at one of the lovely beach resorts in Goa with Sterling Holidays so you can wake up in the morning, plant your toes in the sand and frolic in the surf if the mood strikes you. Beaches are so abundant that you can find everything from very popular beaches to lesser known beaches that are tucked away, which ever you are in the mood for. You can even go to an all-night party at the beach!

You can also go parasailing, snorkeling, banana boating and even rent a jet ski at many of the beaches. No matter what brings you to Goa, spending a day at the beach should be required because it’s a once in a lifetime experience.

Spice It Up

Goa is also known for many spice plantations, and you can make a day trip to on in order to immerse yourself in the fragrant air that India is so famous for. Tours are available that will take you to the spice plantation where you can pluck a pepper off a vine, sample the hottest pepper in the world (if you dare!) and even have an up close and personal elephant experience that may or may not involve an elephant shower! You will also experience a traditional Goan lunch cooked with spices right from the plantation. Truly an experience no traveler should miss!

An Abundance of Architecture

Old Goa is steeped in history and has the beautiful architecture to prove it. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Old Goa was the state capital for nearly three centuries and boasts towering churches, convents, museums, art galleries and government buildings that are famous for their architecture. Try the Basilica of Bom Jesus or Se de Santa Catarina for breathtaking views that you’ll enjoy almost as much as the beach!

Welcome to the Jungle

The nightlife in Goa is pretty exciting, but so is the wildlife! Goa is home to the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and Mollem National Park. You can get up close and personal with panthers, sloths, mouse deer and even barking deer at these destinations. You will also be able to see birds of all shapes and sizes, as there are nearly 200 different species of birds to see. It’s worth the trip to view these majestic animals in their natural habitat and an experience you won’t soon forget! And don’t forget to take a jeep tour to see one of the highest waterfalls in India while you’re there, the Dudhsagar Waterfall!

Shop Until You Drop

Do you love to shop? At the Uncommon Market of Ingo there’s something for almost everyone! You can find jewelry, t-shirts, bohemian merchandise as well and Indian and global cuisine that will transport you to Turkey to Spain and back to India again. If shopping isn’t your thing, there are bars that offer live music and entertainment that go well into the night.

Dolphin Delights

Dolphins may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Goa, but you will find dolphins there! Dolphin cruises are abundant in Goa and a boat is definitely one of the best vantage points to see these intelligent and magnificent creatures glide through the water and flirt with tourists. Seeing dolphins from this perspective is way better than seeing them on TV! So take a dolphin excursion that includes a day tour of Grand Island, which is the perfect spot for a picnic lunch!

Rendezvous with History

Goa redefines the word “museum”. The Archaeological Museum of Old Goa houses Hindu artifacts and Portuguese treasures that take you through an experience unlike anything you’ve experienced in a museum before. You can also visit the Naval Aviation Museum and Institute Menezes Braganza in Old Goa.

It seems like no matter what you choose to do on your vacation in Goa that just being in there will create great memories for you and your family that will last a lifetime and make Goa one of your favorite vacation destinations.