Goa used to be a popular winter destination for hippes, ravers and party people looking for an exotic vacation destination. However, the southwestern Indian state is now popular year-round both for beach parties and as a cool destination to take a whole family. There are so many fun things to do in addition to playing in the sand and surf in this coastal Indian destination.
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Family Holidays in Goa: Top Holiday Lettings
Best Family-Friendly Destinations to Visit in Goa
It is refreshing to have fun in this vibrant state with open-minded locals, fun cruises, and of course, incredible delicacies. Anticipate vibrant culture and tangible energy in this former Portuguese colony. But, picking where to go for your Goa family vacation can be tough - there are simply too many options! Here are some of our top pics for your family vacation to Goa.
1. Dudhsagar Falls in Sonaulim
Make a trip to the enchanting Dudhsagar Falls and hear the dreamy sounds of milky white water cascading. You can experience nature at its finest at the 4-tiered falls on Mandovi River. To see the waterfalls in their full glory, visit during the monsoon season when the water is roaring down.
2. Palolem Beach
Skip the sanctuaries and aqua parks and watch dolphins play in the wild. Don't miss a chance to spot both the shy finless porpoises and the Pacific humpback. There is so much to keep a family busy, both the kids and the kids-at-heart! Palolem beach has opportunities to jet ski, surfboard, banana ride, kneeboard, paraglide, and windsurf as long as the season allows.
The invigorating scents from both Sahakari Spice Plantation and Tropical Spice Plantation will draw you in, and guided tours to both farms located in Ponda will keep you. Here, you can also see a myriad of exotic birds, learn about the different types of spices, and eat delicious local meals.
Arpora allows you to sample the true taste of the magnificent Goa. The secret village of Arpora is tucked between hills behind Calangute, the queen of beaches, and Baga beach. There are U-shaped turns and narrow stretches, so hire a taxi and head to the colourful and vast Saturday Night Market. The market is fully open during the holiday seasons to shop for worldwide wares. Don't miss the spectacular sunsets as you sip cocktails in one of the bars.
5. Anjuna Beach
Adventure sports are some of the best things to enjoy in this popular Indian beach. Go-karting is a very common activity for family holidays in Goa. Youngsters will be riding open-wheel vehicles, while the adults can drive the more advanced racing machines. There is a go-kart track between Baga and Anjuna beach. You can also try kayaking and canoeing!