Goa, the land of sun, sea, and surf, is known for its kaleidoscopic blend of Portuguese and Indian cultures. Adding to it, spirituality, seafood, and serenity make Goa one of India's best destinations to visit and explore. The land beckon tourists from all over the world. There is no dearth of fun things to do in Goa. This quintessential party capital has something for everyone and more. A destination ideally suited to big spenders and budget travellers, Goa embraces everyone with open arms. Magnificent churches, cascading waterfalls, scenic trails, a vast expanse of sea, lip-smacking cuisines, flea markets, scintillating nightlife, positive vibes and more, along with a lot of free things to do in Goa bring a lot of visitors to this awe-inspiring destination.
So, here we have come up with a list of some of the best free things to do in Goa for free that you should not miss. Take a peek!
The biggest draw in Goa is its vast expanse of an almost uninterrupted stretch of golden sand beaches. Azure blue waters of the Arabian sea bordering these beaches create a picture postcard view. Depending on your interest, you can visit the brash and aggressive Baga beach, backpacker-perfect Arambol, palm-fringed Palolem, laid-back Mandrem, and hippie-loving Anjuna beaches. Sink your toes in soft sands and admire the vivid beauty of the destination. You can also enjoy exciting Goa beach activities like parasailing, scuba diving, snorkelling, beach volleyball, and more.
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Besides working on your tan, you can also spend some time topping up your zen. Home to some of the most magnificent and oldest churches in the country, visit these historical and architectural gems sprinkled over the destination. Stunning churches like the Church of Bom Jesus are a UNESCO World Heritage Site dedicated to one of the patron saints of Goa. Other churches worth visiting are the Church of St. Francis of Assissi, St. Catherine Church, and the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. Soak in the peaceful and serene ambience and admire the architectural prowess of our forefathers.
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After the picturisation of the title song of the movie, ‘Dil Chahta Hai,’ the Chapora Fort of Goa witnessed heavy footfall from curious travellers. These rugged forts overlook the mighty Arabian Sea. You can enjoy picturesque views from the ramparts of Fort Aguada, Reis Magos, Chapora, Rachol, Nanuz, Sinquerim, Terekhol, and Corjeum. These forts are one of the major Goa attractions you would love to capture with your camera lens.
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Well, this is one activity that might not be a cup of tea for everyone! Crab catching is one of the most popular activities in Goa. Locals help visitors in this exciting activity. Homemade nets are used to catch these scrawly creatures from the Goa seaside or backwaters. If you are scared of crabs or do not want your hands to get dirty, watch the locals catch crabs. You can embark on a crab-catching tour which will surely be an immersive experience!
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If you are a die-hard nature fan and love soaking in a destination's natural beauty. It is the best way to cherish scenic surroundings, enjoy gorgeous weather, and satiate the adventurer in you. Although there is no dearth of trekking trails across the destination, Dudhsagar trekking is one of the most famous activities among trekkers. Being the 5th tallest waterfall in India, Dudhsagar waterfall entices visitors with its clear, milky-white water cascading from the verdant Western Ghats, creating a spectacle that will stay in your memory forever. You can engage in many other adventure activities in Goa.
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Goa is not only about beaches, scenic views, parties and fun; it is also known for its unique cultural and architectural legacy. The best way to know more about the cultural and architectural heritage of the destination is by taking a stroll through the streets, meeting and greeting locals, and visiting Fontain Has, old Latin Quarters famous for its Portuguese connection. It is also one of the major tourist attractions in Goa. Bright-coloured bungalows and homes, designed in typical Portuguese architectural style, will give you a chance to experience the old-world charm of Goa.
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Have timeless fun at the loud, boisterous, chaotic, and colourful Goa Carnival and other festivals celebrated at the destination. Don your best dress and be a part of these endless festivities that will give you a glimpse into Goa's true flavour and culture. Beautifully decorated floats, foot-tapping music, enthusiastic performers, festooned streets, and excited revellers all add to the charm and fun of this party happening on a massive scale. Capture images of colourful boats, mask-wearing performers, exuberant singers, eating stalls selling mouth-watering cuisines, and more with your camera lens.
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