Visit Goa and how to organize the excursion to the beachesWhat to visit in Goa and how to organize the excursion to explore its beaches and local attractions
In the 60s it was the dream of the hippies; the ideal homeland of the children of flowers who come to Goa to breathe the "smoke" of freedom.
Today Goa is radically changed and today it has become a folklore, from the sleeping bags of the 60s now sleep in comfortable design resort.
More than forty years after the first hippies arrived in Goa looking for a long dreamed paradise, where they slept in Spartan homes or on the beach with a sleeping bag, there was no electricity, in the evening, around the fire, they smoked chillum and celebrated the arrival of the moon in legendary "full moon party".
Today many things have changed and little remains of the atmosphere that was breathed then; hotels and restaurants, coffee shops and banquets that sell the mess of a handicraft now serial, have made much of the coast a Rimini in an exotic version, and in some parts of Goa speculation building has seriously defaced the environment.
Behind Arambol, Baga, Calangute, Vagator and Anjuna, beaches whose name still resounds seductively, there are the homonymous villages that today are besieged by tourists from all over the world, especially from the class of new rich Indians and from groups of Russians looking for a milder climate than the Black Sea.
Timeshare condominiums and hotels, along a 4-5 km strip between the sea and the interior, overlooking swamps and paddy fields.
Since the '90s then the Goa of the children of flowers has become the destination of the people of the night that crowds the beaches to the rhythm of Goa Trance, music genre with techno influences and Indian sounds that is the soundtrack to the wild party in honor of the moon full.
Goa still offers beaches, rock and spirituality but the wooden huts that offered simple Indian food and makeshift equipment have been replaced by an endless series of Guest Houses and colorful little stalls with small tables, chairs and umbrellas.
This is how everyone today wants to work in tourism and improvises guides, taxi drivers and street vendors.
The poor fishermen who once crowded the most famous beaches with their boats and piles of dry nets today are forced to retreat and take refuge in the river estuary. In any case, according to the Times of India, Goa is one of the safest locations in India for international tourists, especially for women who have nothing to fear at night.
Organizing the trip to Goa
It is not in any case a destination to renounce. Goa is the smallest state of the Indian federation, a land full of rivers, lush forest and over 100 kilometers of beaches overlooking the Arabian sea and even today continues to exert its appeal to tourists from all over the world.
Regardless of where you decide to base, one day you can devote to discover the beaches of the northern part and the best way is to rent a two wheels: a legendary Royal Enfield for the most daring with a spirit of biker or a simple scooter for all others. Head north, towards Arambol, Mandrem and Morjim which are the most frequented by the nephews of the grown flower children.
Arambol is one of the few places where the ritual of greeting in the setting sun is still celebrated with meditation and tai chi yoga classes.
You can then stop at the village of Chapora and spend a couple of hours visiting the Fort of the same name, built by the Portuguese in the seventeenth century and still in fair condition.
To regenerate from the heat, we recommend a stop at the brand new Hotel W, right at the foot of the hill, opened a few months ago: an oasis of peace and design, in particular the beautiful beach view bar, which will make you forget chaos and traffic. On your return, if it's a Wednesday, you could stop at the Flea Market in Anjuna. It is the flea and clothing market and a tour of the stalls looking for business has become a national sport.
A day to be spent visiting Panaji (or Panjim), on the banks of the river Mandovi.
It is the historical center of the old Portuguese Goa where, in the streets of the old city, you can still breathe the air of colonial Portugal.
In fact, the Portuguese were very skilled in architectural structures that made them feel less nostalgic for their motherland and that is how they stroll through Azulejos covered walls, balconies with wooden balustrades, typical Portuguese tiled roofs, white-lime painted facades with flowers at window sills that draw graphic textures, all enriched by women in saris that immediately report to the bright colors of the tropics.
The Indians who live here still have Portuguese names and surnames and among the elderly the language of the ancient homeland is still spoken.
When you are exhausted by the heat you can find refuge at the Verandah Restaurant of the Panjim Inn, from its balcony you can enjoy a beautiful view over the rooftops of the city and enjoy excellent specialties of Goan cuisine.
Another day you can devote to discovering the beaches of the south.
As soon as you pass the bridge over the Mandovi river, the traffic starts to thin out: this is the most intact part of Goa and the most beautiful resorts are all here, far from the clamor and noisy mass of tourists.
The roads leading to the beaches are not well indicated but you can rely on the kindness of the premises, they will show you the right path to get to beaches like Majorda Beach or Colva Beach that are uncrowded even during the high season and are cleaner than at the north. Proceeding to the south we meet other beaches such as Palolem and above all Agonda which has the reputation of being among the most beautiful in the state. Even here you can move with a scooter and stop in small family-run restaurants where you eat well for a few rupees. When you are tired of jumping on your bike and continuing along the stretch of sand that stretches south, the state of Karnataka awaits you.
The best time of year to visit Goa are the months from late October to March when temperatures range from 30 degrees of the day to 20 o'clock in the night. The period to avoid is that of the monsoons (from June to September) when it rains continuously and the beaches are impassable.
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