Known as the Pearl of India, Goa has plenty of things for you to do and see that match the carefree spirit of the Hard Rock brand. Soak up some sun on Calangute Beach while you watch the turquoise waves. Indulge in a little retail therapy at local flea and night markets. History buffs, hop over to Fort Aguada or mellow with a visit to St. Alex Church and the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa. Catch a game at the Decathlon sports arena or explore Goa's untouched flora and fauna at the Tropical Spice Plantation for a day with the elephants. Whatever you're in the mood for, go for it with our Goa area guide.
Goa is synonymous with beaches. One of the best ones in the area is Calangute Beach, located just 1 kilometer from our hotel. With 10 kilometers of golden sands that shimmer in the sunlight and stars that compete at night, there is no other place quite like it. The Calangute stretches into the Baga Beach in one contiguous flow, with the Baga Brook flowing into it. Baga Beach is a great place to enjoy parasailing, dolphin watching or other water-sport activities. Take some time out of your trip to explore all the gorgeous beaches of North Goa.
Step into history at one of the many forts throughout Goa. One of the most popular is the attractive Aguada Fort, built by the Portuguese to protect Goa against the Marathas and the Dutch. Located in the beach of Sinquerim just 12 kilometers from Panaji, this fort was not conquered in 450 years of colonial rule. There are plenty of other forts to explore in Goa, so visit each one to learn about its unique charm and story.
Laze around the popular beaches of Calangute, Baga, Anjuna and Vagator and soak up the sun while you watch the turquoise waves lashing on the shore. And before you leave, you may want to treat yourself to a little retail therapy at the flea and night markets. Goa has everything to bring alive your holiday experience, whether you are an adventure junkie, a carefree hippie, an enthusiastic party animal or a travel bug.
Innumerable tourists visit Goa every year but only a few have been able to admire the immense beauty of this naturally rich state of India. From exotic wildlife and serenading waterfalls to relaxation on secluded beaches and rockin’ your socks off with fellow backpackers, Goa has a mesmerizing charm which will leave you spoilt for choice. Just go for it!