Groom wear for Goan Beach Weddings

Thinking about what to wear for your beach wedding at Goa. Here are some style suggestions for the groom!

Goan Beach weddings are plenty of fun and all you need to do is to take care of the way you dress so that you can have loads of fun and dig your toes into the warm sand without worrying about anything else. When it comes to groom wear for beach weddings, there are so many ways you can either dress up or dress down.

The casual look

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The first obvious choice of groom wear you can consider for your Goan beach wedding is to wear a pair of cargo pants combined with a t-shirt and an inner vest for an ultra casual look. We suggest playing around with shades like aqua, sea blue, grey, white and brown.  However, this look works best only if the overall theme is that of a casual beach wedding and your bride too is wearing a short bridal dress or other casual wear. For fun, a bowtie can also be worn to add a subtle air of style.

Traditional or comfortable?

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Indian groom wear undoubtedly has plenty of great options for men and there are plenty of fantastic styles to suit any type of figure. However, if you do plan to go with Indian wear, we suggest ditching the traditional dupatta or chunni and wearing a waistcoat for a smarter look instead. Considering that your wedding is being held on the beach and there is bound to be plenty of strong wind and heat, a dupatta could become more of an inconvenience than an eye-catching fashion statement. A turban no doubt completes the look and adds a royal flair, but wear one only if you are sure that you can handle it confidently without losing your cool. After all, it’s likely to be another hot sunny day at the beach as you say your vows. Embroidered Indian wear in shades like beige, midnight blue, titanium grey and cream will look awesome and blend well with the rest of the surroundings too.

Going western

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You have plenty of stylish options if you choose to go with western wear. A smartly styled or tailored suit will no doubt make you look dapper and there are so many shades you could choose from. You could go with shades that are light for example beige, white, cream, or sky blue and team it up with a colourful bow in red, maroon or bright green. Or you could also go with a nautical theme and use colours like blue, red and white in your ensemble. A waistcoat will look dapper and a suit is best avoided because it will get uncomfortable as the day progresses. With so many wonderful elements around you, why not choose a starfish, shell or a wildflower boutonniere which will add a cool quotient to your attire.

This Year Plan Your Getaway to Goa

Planning to take a holiday with your family this year? Here’s why you need to think seriously about visiting the land of spicy food and beaches.

Here’s an interesting fact about Goa- irrespective of the season or weather, this little coastal state always has a bounty of unusual experiences to offer tourists. However, if you are planning to add Goa to your travel itinerary this year, it’s wise to plan ahead for a fantastic holiday.

Without a doubt, the best season to visit Goa is during the winter months from November to February. But if you think that you will get to enjoy a traditional winter holiday in Goa during these months, you couldn’t be more wrong. In fact, this is the time period when the weather is at its best and the locals prepare themselves to big adieu to the old year and look forward to new beginnings.

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So what kind of weather should you ideally pack for? Get set to wake up to cool cosy mornings, comfortable evenings and hot mid-days. Not surprisingly, it is these four months that witness the maximum influx of tourists in comparison to other months of the year. If you are a beach and water lover, now is the time to slap on some sunscreen and to relax at any of Goa’s famous beaches. Try your hand at any of the recreational water sports activities that are offered and simply sit back watching life go by. Enjoy a meal at any of the beach shacks (try out their fresh seafood offers) and you’ll understand why Goan cuisine is so popular.

By the second week of December, all sections of society come out to celebrate and share their happiness together in harmony. Christmas is one festival that is looked forward to by all communities alike. Churches are beautifully decorated and if you want to get a true feel of the Christmas spirit, simply attend a mass service.

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The nightlife in Goa is at its most vibrant at this time of the year and besides the guarantee of some unbelievable bargains at the flea markets as well as the opportunity to dine at any of the many pubs and restaurants that dot the state late night, tourists just need to keep their eyes open for great offers and discounts that can be availed at many loved shopping spots.

Party animals shouldn’t miss out on attending the world famous Electronic Dance Festival that’s held at Goa each year. This year, the Sunburn Festival will be held on December 27 and online tickets can be purchased in May itself. Bonfire parties and other private parties are also quite popular and both locals and tourists come together to celebrate.

Booking your flight tickets and hotel accommodation in advance is recommended as the fares can be quite steep in this tourist season.

What you should know about North Goa

There cannot be any complete talk on Goa without the side topic always being about North Goa or South Goa. Everyone has their own reasons about which side are they siding with. While both parts are popular among tourists, the north and south have come to be defined as two different territories within the same state – both having their own unique character and set of holidaying guests. While North Goa has come to have a reputation of being the party place, South Goa is known more for being the soothing and serene getaway. In this article, we explore the vibrant northern part of Goa.Goa Beaches

North Goa is really known for the most popular Goan beaches like Arambol, Vagator, Anjuna, Calangute, Baga and Candolim.14999975612_63046e7f20_z

During Goa’s peak season, October to March, the Baga – Calangute – Candolim – Sinquerium stretch is a must visit place at least once in a lifetime. All the action happens right here, which surely is not a thing to miss. From restaurants, pubs, late-night partying, lively music to adventurous watersports; the place has a lively vibe and touch of trance with lots of Indians and foreigners, especially from Europe and Russia to be seen partying around. And then there are the famous flea markets of Goa, which never cease to fascinate travelers, national and international alike.Anjuna market

During the hot summer and monsoon months, June to September, it’s the favorites among corporate who conduct their meetings/conferences here.

Apart from the beaches, North Goa has many churches and temples too, including the most famous Se Cathedral church.6606311547_c44a16d267_z

The Aguada Fort, Chapora Fort, the Dudhasagar waterfalls, the Mayem Lake and the Savoi Spice plantations are the other star attractions of north Goa.Goa beach

Because of such heavy inflow of tourists, there are countless number of staying options. From budget to five star hotels; from homestays to premium luxury boutique hotels, from mid segment compact sized hotels to beautiful resorts, with some having access to private beaches and others lying very close to beaches.

So, based on your budget, number of days you wish to stay, your preferences of food, swimming pool and overall ambience that you want, you can plan your Goa trip wisely and efficiently. You can even choose to hop over multiple places if your vacation is fairly long, to explore different experiences.ocean palms calangute

The Terra Paraiso Beach Resort, Radisson Goa, Neelam’s The Grand, Phoenix Park Inn Resort, Vivanta by Taj, Ocean Palms, SinQ beach resort, Sandalwood Hotel and Resort, Estrela do Mar beach resort, Lemon Tree, Resort Rio are some of the popular choices to stay in north Goa.

So pack your bags and pack them a little empty to fill them up by your shopping. Looking out for best value of your money?

Book your stay by choosing from the extensive list of more than 300 tried and trusted north Goa hotels listed with us http://www.bestgoahotels.com/category/goa-hotels-by-location/north-goa-hotels/

How to reach Goa

When it’s Goa calling’ and you have decided to ‘Go Goa’ then there should be no stopping you!

The tourist-friendly beach capital of India has umpteen numbers of options by which to reach it – by road, by rail, and by air.

By Air

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Located 30 km from Panaji, near the port town of Vasco-da-Gama, is Goa’s main airport at Dabolim. Being the hot spot for both domestic and international tourists, Goa is very well connected to major cities in India and abroad. All major airline operators like Air India, Spice Jet, Go Air, Jet airways, and Indigo have flights to and from Goa. If you are located at a considerable distance, than flying to Goa is your most convenient option. If you are lucky enough, you might get a good discount in the frequent schemes and offers. It’s highly recommended to book your tickets well in advance, if you plan to go in the peak season (October to January).

The state has great connectivity from the Gulf countries, UK, Germany, and European countries as well, with scheduled flights from cities like Doha, Manchester, London, and Moscow.

By Rail

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The major railway stations are Margao, Vasco-da-Gama, Karmali, and Thivim, all of which are well connected with major cities all across the country. If your destination is North Goa, specifically Calangute or Mapusa, the nearest station is Thivim, and if Panjim, then the convenient and nearest station is Karmali.

Konkan Railways has special Internet reservation facility, via credit card, for foreigners.

Some important and direct trains are from Ahmedabad, Ernakulam, Howrah, Gandhidham, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagercoil, Delhi, Pune, Trivandrum, Vijaywada, and Bangalore.

By Road

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Goa shares its border with Maharashtra and Karnataka. Most travelers from nearby cities prefer driving down by car, via the well-connected beautiful highways, enjoying the scenic Konkan coastline. The well-maintained national highways, connecting Goa to other major towns are NH4A, NH17, and NH17A.

Buses are another very popular means to reach Goa from across the neighboring states. Goa (KTC), Karnataka (KSRTC), and Maharashtra (MSRTC) state transport services and a lot of private transport companies like Neeta Tour and Travels, Naik Tours and Travels, Paulo Travels, Atmaram Bus, and GTA run frequent buses, ranging from the regular to special to deluxe AC to Volvo buses and sleeper coaches. Kadamba Bus stand at Panaji is the main bus stand. Most buses arrive in Goa early in the morning, so that you can easily utilize the day of arrival, and they depart in the early afternoon or evening. Ticket availability and charges may vary according to the season, so it’s advisable to book a confirmed seat well in advance and with proper enquiry.

Home Away From Home: 3 Luxurious Villas to Rent in Goa

For those who have passion for luxury and do not like to compromise even while traveling, Goa offers luxury real estate in the form of luxurious villas. Apart from luxury, these villas ensure safety, comfort, and a high level of service. Goa has numerous villas worth renting; however, in this article, we have mentioned top three villas that will definitely feel like home away from home.

Richmonde Villa

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Location: Saligaol

Property description: 3 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms

This is an aesthetically designed villa that has a living room and dining room on the ground floor, one bedroom on mid-level and two bedrooms on first floor. If this does not give you an idea of the total space, you may also equip a kitchen at an additional cost. The villa is fully furnished and clean, which turns your ordinary Goan getaway to extraordinary. Breakfast is included in your stay. Apart from that, other benefits include 24 hour hot and cold water, daily housekeeping, 24 security service, swimming pool with beach beds and more.

VILLA LOU Goan Villa

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Location: Verla Canca

Property description: 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms

This one is for antique lovers. The villa is decorated with ancient Indian furniture and is known to be an authentic goan villa. The villa has one single bedroom, two double bedrooms, and two bathrooms. Apart from that, you may also enjoy video and audio on a big flat screen TV, while sitting in your living room on sofa or armchair present in the villa. You may also cook your favorite meals in fully-equipped kitchen and stay connected with Wi-Fi. A well-kept garden with sunbeds will make the days and nights even better. The villa is just a few minutes away from main market and shops.

Solimai Villa

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Location: Siolim

Property description: 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms

Enjoy greenery like never before by renting Solimai Goan Villa. The villa is beautifully green, is surrounded by palm trees and has a small river flowing near it. The villa is one-storied and has two double-bed rooms with bathrooms on ground floor. Other two rooms are located on the top floor. The house also has a running kitchen on the ground floor. If you are not in a mood to cook, you may order local Goan specialties and Indian food and the caretaker will cook delicious meals for you. Indian and Continental breakfast is free.

If you are on your Goa vacation, make sure to book the villa in advance. Have you stayed in any of the above mentioned villas? Share your experiences with us.

Beyond the Goa beaches: Top 3 places that are a must-visit

Dump the beaches and head inwards or outwards for the real Goan experience. We share our top three favourite places.

Its difficult for many to picturise Goa without thinking of its golden beaches, flea markets, beach hotels and shacks, adventure sports and late night parties. There are, however, tourists who realise that there is more to Goa that lie inwards beyond the beaches – a slice of actual Goan life, brilliant landscapes and a surprisingly large variety of flora and fauna in its lush green forests.So next time you are planning a trip to Goa, here are a couple of places you must visit.

Dudhsagar Waterfalls

3232623984_39671d23ac_zThis cascading splendour leaves tourists spell bound on their first visit. Located on the Goa-Karnataka border, Dudhsagar literally means a sea of milk. One glimpse of the milk-white gushing watersand you will understand the beauty of the name. It is a four-tier waterfall and each level can be reached through a different causeway, the lowest level being accessible amidst the BhagwanMahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. Hard-core hitch hikers,of course, can take the more adventurous routes by boarding a passenger train from Madgao to Kulem. Dudhsagar is in its elements during the monsoon and the months that follow, till October. That’s again, the best time to experience this magnificent waterfall.

Mollem National Park

This is a paradise for nature lovers and is bound to tourists to an extent that they might want to extend their stay to discover the wildlife attractions in and around Goa. The MollemNational Park is located 57 kms east of Panjim and known for its biodiversity as well as for the ancient temples dating back to the Kadamba Dynasty(345 – 525 CE)inside the forest. The closed forest canopy, perennial water sources, tropical evergreen trees make this jungle a storehouse of numerous species of birds, reptiles, panthers and deer. This park is open seven days a week from 8 AM to 5 PM. This national park is home to the King Cobra, viper, hornbills, wagtails, fairy blue birds and three-toed Kingfisher. Sightings of panthers, barking deer, gaurs, giant squirrels, sambars and wild dogs have also been reported.

Spice Plantations of Ponda

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Away from the sandy and palm-grove lined beaches lie the tropical spice plantations. If you want to experience this part of Goa, often labelled as the real Goa, a visit to the Ponda Taluka is a must. They have an intercropping of spices ranging from coconut to betel nuts, pineapple, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, peppercorn, cloves, curry leaves, turmeric and so on. A guided plantation tour, sometimes on elephant back, is the best possible way to explore the lands which provide the fire to the world famous Goan cuisine. The large tracts of verdant land mesmerize with their natural beauty leaving you spellbound. From the traditional welcome with kumkum and an aarti to mouth-watering authentic Goan meals served on banana leaf, the elephant ride and elephant bath, the silent walks through spice plantations, the bird watching sessions, a paddle-boating experience in the evening, this is an unrivalled experience in the heart of Goa.

Top Things to Do In Goa if You Are an Adventure Enthusiast

Goa is a place for laidback souls and beach freaks. The smallest state of India is known to attract and capture the hearts of various adventure lovers and adrenaline junkies from across the world. The incredible combination of beautiful beaches, historic architecture and scenic backwaters truly make Goa a perfect holiday destination. It is also a perfect holiday destination if you are an adventure-loving tourist.

Although, water sports areextremely popular among travelers visiting Goa, the state is also popular for various other adventure activities such as hiking, river cruising, and trekking. Apart from the aforementioned, you may also indulge in various other interesting activities such as island trips, crocodile and dolphin spotting, among others. Here is a list of popular adventure activities in Goa that are sure to addthrill to your trip.

Fishing

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If catching a fish in the middle of the sea or sitting in the corner of a river is your ideal adventure activity, Goa gives you numerous incredible options. Imagine the thrill and proud expression on your face when you go back to your friends, family and spouse with a couple of fishes after a few hours of patience and hard work. The best spots for fishing in Goa are the docks of Candolim and Calangute or even near the Aguada Fort. Alternatively, you could hire a boat on the Nerul, Mandovi, or Chapora rivers and catch the fishes.

Parasailing

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If you are fascinated by the flying birds, parasailing may give you a similar flying experience but the human way. Parasailing is a popular sport in Goa and is known to attract a lot of tourists. Try parasailing if you want to get the never before seen view of thesea, beach and Goa in general. The activity is sure to give you a one-of-a-kind incredible experience. You may go for Parasailing at Candolim or Sinquerim beaches. Apart from that, Calangute is also popular for the activity during October and April.

Scuba Diving

There is a different world under water that never fails to amaze those who get the chance to see it. Scuba diving is your chance to explore the unexplored and try something different. The famous marine life of Goa is sure to take your breath away and leave you mesmerized. Popular locations for dive in Goa include Grand Island, Angria Bank, Pigeon Island, and Malvan Shoal.
Trekking

Trekking

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For those who want to experience the ‘non-watery’ side of Goa may go for trekking. A lot of popular Goa hotels and adventure groups may arrange a trekking trip for you while you are in Goa. Proper safety precautions are taken wherever necessary; however, you may also go on a trekking expedition on your own if you are familiar with the process or experienced the activity in Goa before. Popular trekking spots within Goa include ChorlaGhat (North Goa), Netravali (South Goa),Valpoi (North Goa), and Dudhsagar Waterfalls Trek, among others.

So, what is your favorite adventure activity in Goa? Let us know in the comments’ section.

Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary – Gateway to the Serene Goa

Goa has always been synonymous with exotic beaches, water sports, sumptuous gastronomic feasts and a vibrant night life. But there is much more to the erstwhile Portuguese colony. There are quaint villages, dense forests, magical lakes, lonely mountains and so many more feathers in its cap, one such being the Dr Salim Ali Bird sanctuary. It is located on the western tip of the Island of Chorao along the river Mandovi. Named after the eminent ornithologist of India, Dr Salim Ali,it is known to be an estuarine mangrove habitat.

What is special about it

61587456_f0c3b15685_oSalim Ali Bird sanctuary is unique in its own way. Apart from the serenity, peace and comfort to the eyes, its position is extremely importance in the ecological map of India. The flora and fauna in this region consists of the very rare mangrove shrubs which are unlike the Sunderbans and can only be found on the banks of the Mapusarivers along the Cumbarjua canal. A very unique feature of this mangrove plantation is that it supports varieties of fish and insects which tend to fall at the lowest rung of the ecosystem. The sanctuary covers a small area of nearly 2 square kms and yet is home to at least 400 species of birds, including migratory ones.

How to Reach, What to look for

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In order to visit the Salim Ali Bird sanctuary, tourists need to get permission from the office of the Chief Wildlife Warden at the forest department in Panjim. One needs to take a bus or cab to the Ribander ferry wharf and then take a ferry across the Mandovi to the island of Chorao. From there, the sanctuary is walking distance. Although the forest is open throughout the year, visits should be avoided in summers when the climate is too hot and humid and also during the monsoons when the network of water channels within the jungle are usually flooded.

Although during low tide a canoe can be rented to sail through the creeks and catch a glimpse of the household of birds! Migratory birds like Coots and Pintails are commonly seen during winter. Other than that, Black Bittern, Little Bittern, Red Knot, Jack Snipe, Pied Avocet, Striated Heron and Western Reef Heron, Egrets, Black Headed Ibis, Brahminy Kite, Common Redshanks can be seen. A watch tower has been erected recently for the convenience of bird-watchers. Other than birds, one can by chance catch glimpses of wild jackals, crocodiles, flying foxes. Some of the rare sightings had been of panthers and tigers drinking water from a hole.

An ideal place for those who enjoy greenery, nature and peace, the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is definitely worth a visit while planning a trip to Goa.

Wellness Check: 3 Must-Visit Ayurvedic and Spa Resorts In Goa

Its not just the beach experience that Goa is famous for. With hordes of international tourists thronging this tiny state, Goa has a large number of wellness places where the mind and body get the necessary rejuvenation. Check out the best here!

Goa is no longer just a place for wanderers exploring the unexplored tracks, have plenty of drinks, and dance from the sunset till sunrise. Today, the smallest state of India has become a place for spiritual seekers looking to find peace and serenity during their excursion. The land of flamboyant beaches, stunning palm trees, and ethnic culture, Goa is a blend of everything mesmerizing. With increasing number of national and international tourists visiting the state in search of tranquility, Goa has seen a growth of Ayurvedic and Spa centers. Mentioned below is a list of popular spa resorts in Goa that will help you have one-of-a-kind holistic experience.

Lalit Golf and Spa Resort

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Situated close to some of the popular beaches of Goa,Lalit Golf and Spa Resort is a true tropical paradise. The hotel has 255+ luxurious suites filled with some of the finest and luxurious amenities. The spa center of the resort named ‘Rejuve’ provides various rejuvenating therapies including herbal and natural massages, yoga, and Ayurvedic massage, among others. The hotel also has outdoor swimming pool for relaxation, salon for regular grooming and a gymnasium for fitness freaks.

Mayfair Hideaway Spa Resorts Goa

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From massages to body care, Mayfair Hideaway Spa Resorts in Goa is a sheer delight for any guest staying the hotel. The massages are given by trained and experienced masseuse that are sure to take you to a wonderland. Apart from regular massages, you may also indulge in various holistic treatments, aimed to heal various physical problems. The massages include Traditional Indian Therapy, Rejuvenating Swedish Ritual, Relaxing Aroma Ritual, Balinese Royal Ritual, Thai Healing Therapy, and Oriental Foot Reflexology, among others.

Nagoa Grande Resort & Spa Goa

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A popular 4-star hotel in Goa, Nagoa Grande is located close to Baga Beach and has 62 beautiful and luxurious rooms. The resort has a beautiful spa with one of the fascinating names. ‘Tatva Element Spa’ (TES), provides various relaxing therapies including Ayurveda therapy, aroma, Balinese massages, Thai well treatments, and various types of body scrubs.

There is nothing as fascinating as a holiday not just includes enjoyment but also includes some of the finest relaxing treatments. And as Shubhra Krishan very well said, “The great thing about Ayurveda is that its treatments always yield side benefits, not side effects.” So, next time if you are visit Goa, do not limit your search to popular hotels, instead look for a hotel that also provides spa and Ayurvedic treatments.

Exploring Goa – Local Transportation

Goa has something for every pocket and taste, making it the most favorite tourist destination. Getting around in Goa is quite safe, round-the-clock, with ample transport options.

Bus

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Getting around Goa in a bus is fairly convenient, cheap, and easy. You can find colorful painted private bus services or blue KTC buses for almost all the major locations of Goa. Many tour operators/Hotels have day sight-seeing tours across the city with luxurious buses on board.

Car Rentals/Taxi

You can hire a point-to-point taxi. The black and yellow, popularly known as the ‘kaali-peeli’ taxi, and the six seater Maruti van are quite popular and easily available at taxi stands at all tourist spots.

Though a bit expensive, you can also rent a car, either self- or chauffeur-driven, on a daily basis or for the entire duration of your stay. You can enquire at your hotel reception or at the local travel operators’ offices.

If you wish to visit nearby destinations, then do look out for a taxi which has an interstate license.

Motorbike taxi

You know you are in Goa when a motorcycle with a yellow number plate and yellow mudguards catches your attention. These are the unique, fast, economical, and highly popular ‘Pilot taxis’ of Goa. There is a driver who is known as the ‘pilot’ who carries you behind him. Do bargain, if you are good at it.

Rented bikes/scooters/bicycles

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If you want to explore the city and have its local flavor just right, then you must hire a bike/scooter/moped/bicycle, and get yourself going.

These are easily available all around, but you need to deposit some money or your passport as security. The rates start from as low as INR 200 a day and you might get your dream bike, if you are ready to shell some extra bucks from your pocket. Scooty, Kinetic Honda, Yamaha, Enfield are the most popular choices.

Don’t miss an early morning bicycle ride on the beach. Get the early morning breeze on your face, and feel fresh and energized.

Autorickshaw

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Like most other cities of India, the safe, convenient, and economical three-wheeler autorickshaw is also easily available across all towns. They have a separate stand at all tourist spots and have a meter system to charge per kilometer (which isn’t followed usually), so it’s always advisable to fix the fare before getting into it.

Ferry

Call it necessity, or enjoy it as a fun activity, but some places in Goa, like Divar Island, Querium, and Assolna, are still dependent on ferry as the only mode of transport. While most of the rivers have a bridge, the ferry ride has its own charm, and is worth trying once.

With absolutely no dearth of local transportation, you can experience Goa round-the-clock at your own will and pace.