December can be a great time to visit Goa as it offers you an opportunity to escape the humidity and hot temperatures that envelope this state otherwise. Taking those long walks on the beaches of Goa can be a memorable experience. With a number of Goa’s tourist attractions shrouding a different colour, this state can be an awesome place to roam around. There are many things to do in Goa in December that can simply fill up your itinerary. Let us see what they are:
1. Take long walks along beaches
It has to start with beaches! While beaches in North Goa steal the limelight, South Goa beaches are less crowded. Arossim and Utorda beaches, near the town of Majorda are the best South Goa beaches. For North, Baga, Calangute and Anjuna are the best. Water sports on these beaches include jet skiing (water scooter as we know it), parasailing (the view from the top is worth it), scuba diving and falling from a banana boat (most adventurous of the lot). To make the best of your beach experience, book yourself a room in one of the best resorts in North Goa. These beaches will be bustling with visitors in the month of December.
2. Visiting Old Goa
History comes alive in Old Goa. Panjim - the state capital for the better part of three centuries and known as the ‘Rome of the East’ has number of churches, convents, museums, art galleries, government buildings, bungalows and bakeries together make it tough to suggest what to not see in South Goa. Yet, Basilica of Bom Jesus (for its architectural magnificence) and Sé de Santa Catarina (largest church in Old Goa) are the most visited ones. Not to forget, Old Goa is currently a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
3. Famous Market of Ingo
Fondly known as Ingo’s Saturday Night Bazaar, this market in Arpora is open for about six months of winter and presents a potpourri of junk jewellery, imported T-shirts, hippie merchandise, Indian and global cuisine from Rajasthan and Kashmir to Turkey, Spain and the rest of Europe! For non-shoppers, Daniel’s Bar often sees a DJ playing there, for the market. Even without this, music plays throughout the day and gets groovier by the night.
4. Dolphin Drive
A dolphin cruise in Goa is always exciting for the old and the young alike. Dolphins pepping out of the sea around your boat in a graceful motion is best savoured by eye and saved on camera. The dolphin cruise trip is flanked with a day-long tour of Grand Island, ideal for a peaceful picnic.
5. Great time at Beach Shacks
Beach shacks have always been one of the major Goa’s tourist attractions. Once the sun sets behind the sea, the Beach shacks in Goa get livelier by every minute. Picture this, tables with candle-lamps and beach chairs by the water with live music or karaoke performances in the background. The delicious seafood or vegetarian dishes wash down well with anything from local beer to wine.
6. Have fun with wild ones
Goa has way too many sanctuaries and national parks to explore. Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary and Mollem National Park are a few places to visit in the month of December.
7. Martin’s Corner
Near Majorda in South Goa is Betalbatim, a small village with a famed restaurant, called Martin’s Corner, Sachin Tendulkar’s favourite restaurant. The food here is legendary. King crabs, prawn vindaloo, garlic chicken and sea food that is mixed with sauces and spices. These are just some of the reasons why celebrities, locals and tourists flock to Martin’s Corner.
8. Take the Mandovi River Cruise
Moonlight or sunset, whatever you prefer for a cruise ride, here is your chance. Also, there is a waterfall nearby!
9. Meet interesting people
Indians or firangs, Goa is the place where you let go of all your inhibitions and simply celebrate. And who knows, you might just get lucky!
10. Party until morning
No neighbours to stop you, no cops howling over post midnight. It's Goa, parties start after midnight especially on New Year’s Eve. You don't want to be a party-pooper and not go, do you?