Goa, a state located on the western coast of India, is quickly becoming a prime vacation destination for travelers interested in relaxation, self-discovery and cultural exploration. The region is diverse as it is enticing - white sand beaches give way to 17th century Portuguese architecture and the surrounding forests are dotted with tranquil yoga retreats and animal sanctuaries. People interested not only discovering themselves, but how they relate to history and nature will certainly find something to write home about in Goa. Grab your cheap tickets today and get inspired by these Goa attractions:
Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
If you're visiting the Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, be sure to bring your camera. At this natural estuary, you'll see beautiful flocks of sandpipers, curlews, purple herons and white egrets. Additionally, you may even catch a glimpse of a marsh crocodile or a curious fox. According to Lonely Planet, you can book a boat tour for around $10. Be sure to get there early in the morning to get the best views of the wildlife. It's also worth sticking around until dusk to see the beautiful sunset.
Let your worries drift away on beautiful Chapora beach, located in northern Goa. There you'll find affordable beachside accommodations and a small village where you can find healthy cuisine featuring fresh fruit and seafood. Chapora beach is perfect for a day trip or a weekend stay. It's also located near Chapora Fort, a ruined Portuguese military settlement originally constructed around 1717. According to the Goa Tourism Board, the fort has been abandoned since 1892. It's a haunting reminder of a distant era.
Basilica of Bom Jesus
Completed in 1605, this basilica is a shining example of baroque architecture. The building is wonderfully well-preserved and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Made of black granite, the church stands three stories tall and features an intricately carved facade. Most notably, the basilica contains the remains of St. Francis Xavier, who traveled to Japan, China, Borneo and India during the 1500's. The building is located near several other historical churches, which could all be seen over the course of a day trip.
Little Cove Yoga
Goa is home to a number of yoga retreats, each teaching different schools of meditation, health and spiritual well-being. Little Cove Yoga is unique in that it is situated right on an idyllic beach, so you can meditate to the natural sounds of the seas. You can sleep in a luxurious hut right on the beach and take classes from specially trained instructors in the Ayurveda style. The resort also features healthy vegetarian meals which you can enjoy with a relaxing cup of tea or coffee.
A trip to Goa will help you discover yourself while you learn more about India and the world around you. Nature, history and spirituality come together for an amazing trip that will change the way you look at the world forever.