It is not too often that people associate Goa with serenity and being peaceful, as it is usually labeled as the quintessential party spot of India. But if you’re looking to relax and rejuvenate in Goa, going off the beaten path in this land of sun, sea and spirit is possible and recommended!
With a plethora of beaches to choose from depending on one’s preference it is quite easy to find a location in the western Indian state of Goa that fulfills the heart’s desires. From the jagged rocky coasts of Anjuna and Vagator to the powdery sand of Palolem and Colva, Goa always has something for everyone.The sea never recedes, the sun is always shining bright and the spirits are always high in Goa. Tourists and visitors often infer that Goa is just about parties and high energy water sports but Goa has so much more to offer. If you are looking to stay away from the hustle bustle of revelers thronging to party the night away, there are options which will provide the relaxation you seek.
Places like Calangute, Candolim, and Colva are quite well known for vibrant atmosphere which entices the party lovers even more. But visitors who are looking to spend time in Goa just to relax and rejuvenate can rest assured: even though Goa is heavily commercialized, it is still easy to find locations to retreat and reflect. Choose accommodations which provide a serene environment with amenities such as room service and private spa with massage and other therapies.
Going off the beaten path in Goa can make way for some invigorating experiences which cannot be expected anywhere else in India. Another way to achieve this is by avoiding the beaches altogether and explore the interiors of Goa. Lush with paddy fields, coconut trees and palm trees, these areas are absolutely beautiful.
Here are a few ways to relax and rejuvenate in Goa:
Yoga – With a plethora of yoga retreats and instruction centers, group yoga experiences in Goa can experience high demand. Choose your center carefully by evaluating the setting – is it located in a less crowded area? How many guests does the retreat accommodate, and how long is a typical retreat? Can the experience be curated to the individual guest’s needs? In the alternative, a basic course would go a long way in making sure that you can relax by yourself anywhere – on a beach or the porch of your accommodation in Goa.
Fishing – Relax and rejuvenate in Goa away from the crowds on the open sea. Offshore fishing options in Goa are often offered in conjunction with snorkeling and catered meals. Best season for offshore fishing is October through December, when you can fish for sailfish, dorado, grouper, barracuda, and even threadfin salmon. River fishing on Goa’s two main rivers, the Mandovi and the Zuari, is possible year ’round. Angle for bream, red snapper and barramun.
Walk on the beach – An early morning or a sunset walk on the beach can have a real calming effect on your psyche and relax the body at the same time. Although all the beaches would be great for walking, recommended ones would be Palolem, Canacona, Agonda, Miramar and Baga beaches.
Interacting with locals – As in many parts of India, Goa locals are extremely hospitable and invariably welcome guests into their lives with open arms. Visiting with the locals in one of the many areas of Goa can be quite an eye opener. It gives an insight into how residents live away from all the glitzy and glamour of the popular beach/party areas. From farming to fishing, their peaceful, simple lifestyle can have a calming effect.
Even though Goa’s reputation is high energy with lots of visitors, you can select activities and accommodations that offer you the opportunity to focus on relaxation and rejuvenation.