Goa, to most of you, resonates with party town, hippie town, trance and psychedelic pilgrimage destination. Certainly, there is a part of Goa that loves to rave but there is also a part filled with peace and tranquility, wrapped in nature, salty sea breeze & and quaint village taverns.
To explore more of the latter, I headed to this laterite structure — the Chapora fort which was built way back in the 17th century by the Portuguese. As you climb up the fort, you witness spectacular views of the ocean due to its proximity to Vagator beach. The fort is surrounded by water from all three sides and you can see the gigantic waves from the top of this fort.
I purposely stayed in an Airbnb that was nested in a quaint village called Arpora in North Goa. I got easy access to all the North Goa beaches. I would personally recommend going to Ashvem, Morjim, and Arambol and skipping Baga, Calangute, and Candolim if you don’t like crowded spaces.
For eating and drinking, here is the list of places I loved:
- Baba Au Rhum in Anjuna
- Fisherman’s Cove
- Ritz Classic (Panjim)
- Raddish Bar & Restaurant (to grab a beer by the Baga river)
- Joseph’s bar (Panjim)
- Cafe Lilliput (Anjuna) – for the views
While you are in Goa, do visit the colorful Portuguese colony popularly known as Latin Quarters in Panjim & indulge in the fish thali at Ritz Classic.
I would definitely make a second trip to Goa and stay in South Goa this time. I personally felt that the monsoon season in Goa has a different charm, also there is less rush, it is way cheaper and so lush in greenery.
I think there is much to do in Goa than just partying and while I may sound old (certainly I am an old soul) you need to see for yourself what you are seeking from a vacation. For me, it is a change of scenery, closeness to nature and definitely food.
Guest post by Anuranjani