Goa Travel Tips
Goa is a traveler’s delight. If you are planning a trip to Goa and want to make it all the more enjoyable and safe, then you should take care of little things that will go a long way in making your journey memorable. We have culled some useful travel trips that will come in handy during your sojourn in Goa.
Travel Tips for Goa
- Although Goa is a pretty safe place and there have been no known cases of mugging it’s best to be cautious and take preventive measures. Try to carry minimal cash and instead carry money in the form of traveller’s cheques and ATM cards.
- Beaches are an obvious attraction of Goa but don’t just focus on the popular beaches such as Calangute and Baga. There are number of other beaches, which are less crowded and offer more intimacy. And Goa has lots more to offer than just beaches. Visit the backwaters, beautiful churches and savor the unique Portuguese architecture.
- When in Goa you just can’t give a miss to the Goan cuisine. But apart from the local cuisine all the major cuisines of the world such as, Continental, Chinese, Tibetan, Indonesian, Thai, Portuguese, Italian and Mexican, are available in Goa.
- In case you want to taste authentic Goan cuisine odds are that you will get authentic cuisine at some local restaurant or homestay rather than at the starred hotels. While eating at local restaurant it’s preferable to drink bottled mineral water.
- If you are a foreigner, then be prepared to bargain hard for taxi rates and other items that you may buy. Shopkeepers and taxi drivers usually quote higher prices on seeing foreigners. In case, you are shopping from a small establishment then as a thumb rule begin bargaining by offering 20% of the asking price and be prepared to settle at 35–40% of the original price.
- Possession and trade of drugs is completely illegal in Goa. The drug offence is non bailable and there is heavy punishment, which includes 10 years rigorous imprisonment in jail.
- During the monsoon season, the seas in Goa are quite rough. Don’t venture into the sea on your own and consult a lifeguard if you are visiting Goa during the monsoon season.
- If you are interested in buying handicrafts then it’s best that you buy them from Government emporiums. They sell quality products at reasonable prices.
- Nudity on the beaches and public places is prohibited and is a punishable offence.
- While visiting religious monuments and places of worship observe silence and maintain proper decorum.
- The voltage in Goa is 220 volts AC, 50 Hertz. In case you are coming from a foreign country, make sure that you pack a voltage adapter for your electrical appliances.
- Don’t accept food items from strangers in trains and buses.