Goa – Top Locations to Visit & Places to Stay on a Honeymoon

Things to do

1. Hit the beach

Beach umbrellas, lounge chairs, cocktails, shacks and lots of sunshine. This is what defines the beautiful and lively beaches of Goa in a nutshell. Apart from admiring the natural beauty, there are plenty of other activities that can be taken up at the beach like water sports, boat rides and eating Goan delicacies in the beach shacks.

Some of the top beaches in Goa as per tripadvisor reviews are Agonda, Mandrem, Cavellosim, Palolem and Benaulim beaches.

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2. Bike riding

Bikes are available for hire in Goa at very reasonable rates. You can also hire a four-wheeler, but the experience on the bike is something different. Moving on a bike through the meandering roads of Goa, coconut trees on either sides and the beautiful beach weather, is a must experience for all!

3. Casino

Sikkim and Goa are the only 2 states in India that allow gambling. So if you visit Goa, visiting the casino is a must! Many hotels have a small casino attached or you can also visit the larger water based casinos on river Mandovi. If you take a liking to the casinos, then you can easily spend the entire day on the casino boats which keep their guests entertained and occupied with tasty food and entertainment as you set your stakes high!

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4. Shack Hopping in Goa

Shacks and Goa are almost synonymous to each other. These small hutments allow you to gorge into sumptuous eateries and cocktails while you soak in the sun on beach. So when you feel the need to grab a bite then you don’t really need to leave the beach at all!
Shacks serve almost everything from seafood, to continental to Indian and alcohol. Some even have music and DJ’s to liven up the atmosphere.

5. Chapora and Aguada Forts

chaporaThose of you who have seen the movie ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ would remember the scenic Goan scenes of the movie shot at Chapora Fort.

The fort was initially used as a border watch post by the Portuguese. The beautiful structure is flanked by the sea on one side and the river on the other, giving breathtaking views from the top.

Another beautiful fort in Goa is Fort Aguada. Located next to the Sinquerin beach, it has also been a favourite location for many Bollywood movies.

6. Go street shopping

There are many interesting flea markets in Goa. You can find almost everything here  – artefacts, spices, crafts, jewellery, trinkets, clothes, musical instruments and more. The variety and heavy bargains make them a shopper’s delight. Infact, one can find plenty to eat in these colourful markets as well, so much so that some places have become famous eating spots!

7. Visit beautiful churches

churchGoa is full of beautiful churches spread out around the city. The 2 most famous churches present on almost all tourist itineraries are Basilica of Bom Jesus and Se Cathdral. Located in old Goa, both these churches are full of art, architecture and history. These are a must visit destination for all history lovers!

8. Panjim River Cruise

Let your hair down for a relaxing evening cruise in Panjim on river Madovi. You can take a sunset cruise or a night cruise and enjoy local Goan dances, dinner and lots of good weather.

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9. Go Feni Shopping

Feni is a type of Goan liquor which is produced exclusively in Goa and thus becomes a speciality. Feni is either made of coconut of cashew nuts. You can find plenty of shops in Goa, especially Panjim where you can buy this exclusive Goan liquor.

10. Take a nature trail

dudhsagarGoa is full of natural beauty. So if you are a nature enthusiast, there is plenty you can do there. Apart from the beautiful beaches, you must visit the Dudhsagar falls and the wildlife sanctuaries of Goa. As the name suggests, the Dushsagar falls appear as if white milk is pouring down the hills giving amazing views of the falls!

If you are looking for honeymooning in India, then a few obvious names that are bound to pop up. Goa is a name that always makes it to the top of this list of locations.

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are of the author, and readers are advised to do their own research before deciding to visit Goa.

Zarahutke places to stay

If you’re not interested in checking into regular hotels and want your stay in Goa to be unconventional and off-beat, you can find plenty of interesting options on Zarahutke and Homestays. True to their name, they offer some very different and far from the usual stay options. Charming cottages, adventurous jungle lodges, spacious villas or luxurious resorts, they have it all! Many options provided by them are also much more affordable than hotels.

We have selected a few favourite picks from their site, but there are many more options that you can go for.

The South Goa beach resort. This stylish beach resort is a favourite for beach junkies. The resort has much to offer to its guests like in-house entertainment, dining, aromatherapy, gym, sunbathing, car hires to discover scenic Goa and much more!

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Wellness retreat in Goa. A boutique wellness retreat situated on the secluded beautiful sands of Sernabatim Beach. It offers a range of wellness programmes for a complete body and mind overhaul whilst relaxing in stunning surroundings. The chic and cozy beach suites are ideal for romantic getaways and spa lovers.

Nature resort in South Goa. An idyllic resort nestled amidst undisturbed natural beauty of forests, waterfalls and panoramic views of Goa. The resort offers foot trails, Machans and hides, special nature encounter, trekking and hiking. The off-beat, secluded locale situated in the heart of nature, is no doubt romantic, cutting you off from the humdrum of the busy city life.

Luxury resort in South Goa. This quintessential, a hundred year old, carefully renovated Goan villa is situated in Majorda, South Goa. Experience a luxurious holiday that combines an authentic coastal ambience and comforts of modern lifestyle. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool, relish some lip-smacking native cuisines, or just take a ride in their Tuk-Tuk to the beach 1 km away! The vintage property has it all to make your honeymoon special.

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Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, the views expressed above are of the author, and readers are advised to do their own research before deciding to visit the above locations.

Hotels & Resorts

1. Luxury Lovers

Taj Exotica is a luxurious property located right next to the beach. Although it is located in South Goa, away from the action of North, there is plenty to do within the resort. However, there are no casinos in this property. For couples who are looking for casinos as a must, Leela Kempinski is another grand beach resort in South Goa, which also houses a casino.

2.  Beach Lovers

Apart from Taj Exotica and Leela Kempinski which are also on the beach, Little Palm Grove is another hotel which is bang on the beach and would be loved by beach lovers. The pretty bamboo hutments of the hotel are nothing but romantic!

Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa is a 5-star hotel nestled along the pristine Arossim Beach, just 15 minutes from Dabolim Airport. The property is spread across 45 acres of landscaped gardens with glimmering waterways and lagoons. The hotel houses one the largest swimming pools in India.

3. Beautiful Locales and Views

Casa Colvale, small but pretty hotel,  is situated right next to the backwaters of River Chapora.  The beautiful riverside view right from the luxury of your room, makes it a very romantic location. Another hotel with great views and surroundings is Alila Diwa, situated in Majorda. This 5 star property is set amidst lush rice plantations overlooking the Arabian Sea.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, the views expressed above are of the author, and readers are advised to do their own research before deciding to visit the above locations.

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