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    Absolute must do's in Goa

    Hi

    I am from SA and would be in Goa for sometime. I don't have much time in Goa so have checked up few forums and sites about Goa. I am just looking for an opinion about Must Do things/activities in Goa.

    Any suggestions?

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    I have the S MT. From my travel logs, you can understand how much my family travels with me in our civvy. The seats are soft, but not to the extent that, I had got a feedback about it from my kids or wifey. But, the angle of the rear seats sometimes were referred to.

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    Will you be visiting North Goa or South??

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    I think I will be in North for a day and then will move towards South, what do you suggest.

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    Well, according to me one day is not enough if you really want to enjoy North Goa. Baga and calangute beaches are famous for water sports while vagator caters the facility of para gliding.Baga is also famous for its night life and clubs especially Titos. There is a eating joint right beside Titos thats open 24*7 and serves awesome fastfood. Anjuna is famous for its flea market. Morjim beach is the best to swim as it is shallow and safe. Also its called the turtle beach. I personally loved this beach as it is not too crowded as compared to Baga and the food served on the shacks was delicious as well. This beach is also famous for its Russian cuisine. There are 2 forts in North Goa, Fort Aguada and Fort Chapora. The best thing about these forts is the view from the top as both of them are watch forts.

    Do not miss the dolphin spotting at Siquerium or coco beach .

    Panjim is the capital city and you can enjoy the carnival time there and the Cruise ( Casino Royale to be specific). Saint Mary's church is worth a visit. Miramar beach and Dauna Paula(sunset point) are breath taking.

    Moving towards old goa , you can visit 2 more churches - Cathedral and St. Xavier - one of the oldest churches. Lord Mangueshi and Shanta Durga temple is nearby.

    South Goa is more famous for its serenic beauty. Haven't been there so cant give you much info on that.

    The Dhundsagar waterfalls, the fish aquarium, the bird sanctuary and the spice plantation along with the elephant ride and bathing is spectacular.

    I hope I was of help.. Enjoy Goa!
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    You made it really spicy, I am seriously thinking of altering my trip days now, I will plan more time in North Goa now and feeling totally excited to see Fort Aguada and Fort Chapora. Can you point any special or specific food not to miss there.

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    I would suggest you to prefer shacks instead of expensive restaurants. The food is much better and is not that hard on your pocket. If you like seafood , local goan fish curries and prawns are definitely worth a try. What i mean to say is that, most of the chefs are Goan, so the Goan dishes are well served. Shacks at calangute and baga are really nice.

    About the forts - the forts themselves aren't much to look at, its just the view of the sea from the top of the forts that's breathtaking.

    Let me know if I can help more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akumar View Post
    There are many things to enjoy in Goa. One must have minimum one week to visit Goa completely.
    I spent around 4 complete months in Goa and still I can't say that I have seen all, Its one destination which got so much to explore that for a person like me an year is short

    If you want to just go to the main travel destinations in Goa then 1 week is good enough

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    Bird Watching

    Goa's equitable climate and rich vegetation support an abundance of birds. This large and diverse population can survive because of its varied habitat that ranges from open forests to shrubs, tracks and dense forests which are ideal for breeding.

    Visitors will probably notice a few about town and in temple grounds. On the other hand, a keen bird-watcher will find much to get excited about and a trip to one of the nearby sanctuaries or along a river early in the morning will be particularly rewarding.

    Goa is a bird watcher's paradise and keen bird-watchers will be in seventh heaven, and even those who have previously had little interest in birds will wonder at the richness of the birdlife.

    Common varieties of birds to be seen in Goa include four different species of eagles, as well as other birds of prey such as kites, buzzards, kestrels and ospreys. There are five types of pigeons, six types of doves, five varieties of cuckoos, six of kingfishers and another six of woodpeckers.

    There is enough here to keep even the most ardent enthusiast busy for months. What's more, you don't even have to go very far to see most of these birds. An early morning or evening spent beside one of the rivers, or better still in the boat of a local ramponkar, drifting along the waterways will reveal amazing numbers of unusual species.

    For those who are interested in seeing more, a trip to the Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary on Chorao Island is recommended. Other sites of interest are the wetlands at Carambolim (12km east of Panaj and at Shiroda (40km south-east of Panaji, in Ponda taluka).

    A wonderful variety of birds can also be seen readily in Bondla and the other wildlife sanctuaries near the Western Ghats. For seabirds, Morjim beach is recommended.
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    Some of the sights inside Ancestral Goa are :

    * Art Gallery & Handicraft Center * Mirabai Sculpture * Big Foot Dance Floor
    * Casa da Dona Maria * Anand Lotlikar's Ghor * Legend of Big Foot
    * The Farmer's House * Cross, Spring & Rakandar * The Fisherman's House
    * Escola da Musica * Bhati - the feni distillery * Tinto - the village market
    * Taverna - the country liquor shop * Goan Artisans * Bird Habitat
    * Spice Yard & Rubber Plantation
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