The lifestyle in this western India coastal state revolves around sussegad, a Portuguese word that means anything from “quiet” to “a laidback attitude”. Green hills, Portuguese forts and white-sand beaches are what await you. Most pleasant time to visit? November to February.
Where To Eat & Drink
At the Blue Coconut Beach Shack on Baga beach, order fresh watermelon juice and an omelette with Goan spicy pork sausages. Continue your food “tour” at Palácio, famed for its Indo-Portuguese feast, filled with must-haves like the rissóis de camarão (prawn croquettes). (Calangute, Goa 403516)
What To Do
Experience Goa’s rich heritage in Velha Goa (Old Goa), which is dotted with cathedrals, church ruins and museums. Start at Se Cathedral, a 16th-century building that symbolises Roman Catholic rule in Goa. A few metres away at the Old Goa dock, pay three rupees ($0.06) for a ferry ride to Divar Island – home to mangroves, a bird sanctuary and great cycling and hiking routes. (Velha, Goa 403402)
Where To Shop
Walk into the Arpora Saturday Night Market, Goa’s most popular night market, open from 6 p.m. till late. Stalls at this three-tiered market sell spices, handmade products and more. Bargaining is a must. (Arpora, Goa 403519)
Where To Stay
Getting There & Around
Take a 5.5-hour flight from Singapore to Mumbai via Singapore Airlines and then take IndiGo’s domestic flight to Goa. Prefer to take the scenic route? Board the Konkan Express train from Mumbai to Goa – this 12-hour ride follows a picturesque path down the Indian coastline.
Some text adapted from www.straitstimes.com, www.thepeakmagazine.com.sg
Additional Reporting: Joshua Tan
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