5 Things to Do this Independence Day Weekend in Goa

There’s no escaping the monsoons in Goa at this time of the year so it’s best to embrace it. Goa has a lot of exciting things to do and you can be sure that the monsoons will not dampen your holiday mood. Here’s our list for the Independence Day weekend:

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Forts: Hire a local bike, enjoy riding through paddy fields and green hillocks until you find your way to one of the many forts in Goa. Pose for a photo at the famous Chapora Fort (featured in Dil Chatta Hai), watch the waves crash wildly at the Aguada fort or explore the newly renovated Reis Magos Fort.

Waterfalls & Plantations: Head east, away from the beaches to discover the lush natural beauty of Goa. Spend the day, walking through extensive spice plantations in and around Ponda. It makes for excellent family time, exploring various condiments and spices together. Head to the majestic Dudhsagar waterfalls for a glimpse at the sheer power and beauty of nature. You can spend the night at some of the local guest houses there.

Eating Out: Many of the restaurants along the coast maybe shut until October, luckily there are some excellent spots still open. Stop by at Desbue – a modern European restaraunt after a long morning of shopping through Panjim city. Desbue has already gained a fan following despite being relatively new.

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Nightlife: Goa’s nightlife scene hasn’t died down for the off-season and you can find a decent party at the usual spots but if you’re looking for something refreshingly different head to Cirrus (if you can find it) on the Chapora road.

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Photo by Anurag Jain http://www.footwa.com/tag/goa

Beaches: No trip to Goa is complete without a visit to the beaches. While you are not permitted to enter the rough sea, the beaches are bare except for a few beach dogs and locals, making for a beautiful setting to take a romantic stroll.

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Have you been to Goa in the monsoons? What are your favourite things to do?