The exam season is almost over. And every other student across the country is looking forward to just one thing: vacations. In fact, there are no prizes for guessing the destination that tops their wishlist; Goa. While there are a host of things to do in Goa, it mostly boils down to “sun, sea, sand and seafood.”
While these are reasons enough to visit the sunny state, we thought you might love to know of some out of the box activities too. So we asked our Friendly Firangi, Lucy Jones to jot down 5 offbeat things to do in Goa.
Sunbathe with the cows AT OZRAN
Although on most Goan beaches there are free roaming cows, on a small beach in North Goa, Ozran this is a much more up close and personal experience. Slightly aside from the beach is a hotel, with a small cute garden looking onto the beach. Whilst relaxing on your sun lounger you will find clumsy cows crashing around trying to look for a fresh patch of grass. Don’t worry they are friendly- one kissed my toe! The hotel also does great cocktails…more than enough reasons to visit.
Anjuna flea market
Image: Clemente do Rosario
If you have had enough of the beach, I fully recommended Anjuna flea market. The market has a hippie vibe and there are locals and foreigners selling their wares. There is everything from jewellery, handicrafts to scriptures and clothing. It is a barter battlefield, haggle hard! Would recommend going in the early evening: too hot to haggle in the day!!
Bathing in a stream with an elephant. Sounds so much fun!
You’ll fing several tours offering visits to elephant sanctuaries. Here you can enjoy feeding, bathing and riding the majestic elephants.
Fine French Dining
Hidden away off the shore of Ashwem beach is the exquisite French restaurant, La Plage. The atmosphere is beach hippy chic and the menu includes fine French dishes with the seafood dishes excelling. Some say it is the best restaurant not only in Goa but in the whole of India.
La Dolce Vita
Image: fb/La Dolce Vita
You can easily wing through the European culinary map in Goa: in Agonda there is a super authentic Italian restaurant. Everything down to the gingham table cloths to the pizza bases to the waiters shouting and gesturing loudly when it gets busy, makes it authentically Italian. Feels like being in Rome, but the beach is on the doorstep!
Liked what you read? Lucy blogs extensively about her travels in India. Check it out here.