Myth number 1. Goa – this is India, and therefore, unsanitary conditions, infections and poverty
The standard of living in Goa leaves much to be desired, in small villages you will almost certainly see rubbish, not very tidy residents and an unfortunate level of neglect. But this is not a plagued area, people on the streets are not lepers, the infection does not fly in the air. Yes, and it is unlikely you will climb into the wilds of civilization. Well, the fact that you need to wash your hands and not drink water from the tap, you already know.
Myth number 2. Service in hotels so-so
No, this is not entirely true. There are many small hotels in North Goa with two or three stars and really mediocre service (they will not be cleaned every day, the air conditioner may break, you will not rush to your first call). People come here for parties, so if the hotel has a bed, it already fits.
If comfort and attention from the staff are important to you, you are in South Goa – four or five star hotels and service of the European level. Here you will find complete relaxation and helpful staff.
South. Top 3 hotels on Ostrovka :
- Joecons Beach Resort : double rooms from 6190 rub./night *;
- Alila Diwa Goa : double rooms from 10 590 rubles / night;
- Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa : double rooms from 17 390 rub./night.
Sever.Top-3 hotel on Ostrovka:
- The Hawaii Comforts : double rooms from 2999 rub. / Night;
- Hard Rock Hotel Goa : double rooms from 8671 rub. / Night;
- Lemon Tree Amarante Beach Resort, Goa : double rooms from 10 790 rub./night.
Myth number 3. All beaches of Goa have white sand and crystal clear water.
Alas, not everywhere. To the beach it was like the picture for him to follow, so the heavenly beaches – this is the South, where relaxation is more expensive and better infrastructure. In the North, there are beaches, but without pretending to be picturesque.
Beaches of North Goa
- Terekol: one of the few deserted beaches of North Goa.
- Mandrem: along the coastline there are many natural pools, the water in them quickly heats up – the feeling that you are bathing in fresh milk.
- Small and Big Vagator: Big is famous for its incendiary parties, Small is a more secluded and wild beach, with rocks and bays.
- Ashwem: idyllically calm place, perfect for kiting.
South Goa Beaches
- Bogmalo: a modern and very tourist beach with many cafes and bars serving excellent seafood.
- Benaulim: the beach is known for flocks of dolphins, which occasionally delight guests with pirouettes.
- Cooking and Cavelossim: golden sand, many palm trees, and luxury hotels around.
- Palolem: the southernmost beach, where you can find the very white sand, azure water and peace.
Myth number 4. All food is fiery spicy, will have to starve
No, I do not have to starve. Goa adapts to the influx of tourists from all over the world, cafe and restaurant owners often warn of particularly spicy dishes and offer a European menu. And in some places they even serve borsch, okroshka and dumplings. True, according to the author’s recipes.
If you went to a remote village and went to a local eatery, the chance to eat something and breathe fire is great, so be careful. Well, if you really are not afraid to cope with local cuisine, book a hotel with power on – for example, half board (breakfast + dinner).
Myth number 5. The most fun – Goa-trance parties, no more entertainment
Of course not. Goa-trance – the direction in electronic music, originated here in the late 1980s. You can look at the transers at one of the beach parties, these parties are not legal and you can meet very strange people there, but it’s curious to watch. If this action does not interest you, here are a few places of worship where you can while away the evening.
- Casino Deltin Royale Casino, Panajah – floating casino in the capital of Goa, in the evening turn on beautiful lighting, and the ship with a casino you would not miss. It does not matter if gambling does not entice you, go listen to live music and drink a cocktail.
- Club Cubana, Arpora – one of the most popular nightclubs, from the roof of which opens a magnificent panorama of the city. Entrance fee, but drinks are included in the ticket price. The club has several spacious rooms and a swimming pool.
- The night market, Arpora, is the best place to learn to bargain and see what the local vendors are offering. You can find a lot of things: music CDs, handkerchiefs with handmade embroidery, tea, souvenirs, spices. When you’re fed up with shopping, switch to food court and street concerts .
Myth number 6. There’s nothing to see except Beaches
No matter how wrong! Goa is a very special state of India with amazing nature and colorful mixing of cultures. Write down what you need to see.
- Fort Chapora: this defensive fortress is a 17th century Portuguese heritage. The hill overlooks the Indian Ocean and the coast. Travelers have a tradition – to come to the fortress on the sunset of the last day and the sunset.
- Church Square, Panaji: the main attraction – the white church of the Virgin Mary, and next to it there is a cozy garden, which is adored by the locals.
- Dudhsagar Falls: a multi-level waterfall is included in the hundred highest waterfalls in the world. The name is not accidentally translated as “Milk Ocean”: because of the contrast with the dark stone, it seems that the water is milky white. Check detailed information on Dudhsagar Falls Website
- Spice plantation “Sahakari”, Pond: order to usefully spend time, immediately book a tour. You will be led through the plantation and will be told what is growing here and how. As an amusement ride on elephants and teach to climb on the palm trees. Then there will be a break for lunch, you will be served dishes with grown spices. Buy your favorite spices can be right there in the shop.
Memo to the traveler
When is it better to go?
From June to September there is a rainy season in Goa, so come between October and May. These are winter months, the temperature is comfortable, up to + 30 ° C, so there is no sweltering heat, you can travel around the neighborhood and swim.
Is it difficult to get a visa?
Elementary. Indian visa can be issued on the website of the visa center . The electronic visa is prepared 4-10 working days, then you download it, print it and go to the airport. Such a visa gives you the right to stay in the country for no more than 30 days.
What is the currency in Goa?
The local currency is rupee. The course is very seductive: for $ 100 you will receive 6,808, 01 rupees (1 USD = 68 INR as of January 27, 2017). For residents, this is a fortune, so at first everything will seem too cheap. But make no mistake, you will soon begin to distinguish between cheap and very cheap.
How to move?
On a moped or scooter – a safe and convenient way to travel, you can also rent an auto rickshaw. If you don’t plan to drive around a lot – order a taxi, the case when it doesn’t take a pretty penny.