Goa, the beach capital of India, promises honeymooners a trip they will treasure for life. Apart from its pristine beaches, the state’s stunning cathedrals, vibrant markets, bustling nightlife, varied culinary options and the overall relaxed vibe make it the perfect honeymoon destination. Young couples love cosying up in Goa’s quaint cafes, strolling on its many immaculate beaches and dancing the night away at some of the liveliest nightclubs there.
Here are some amazing reasons to pick Goa for your honeymoon:
1. Easy accessibility
You don’t want to travel for long hours after all the wedding stress to reach your honeymoon destination. Goa is well connected to the rest of India through trains and flights. All the leading domestic airlines offer cheap fares to Goa, based on when you travel. Moreover, most metros now offer direct Goa flights too. The best part? Your hotel/resort will be a quick cab ride away once you land. So, you can start your paradisal honeymoon in Goa without much ado. What’s not to love!
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2. Romantic beaches
Beaches are at the heart of Goa. So, if you are craving some Vitamin Sea, hit the beach as soon as you check into your hotel. Goa is divided between North and South with most northern beaches perfect for partying and festivities while those in south being more secluded and romantic. The best beaches for couples in North Goa are Sinquerim, Calangute and Vagator. If you plan to stay in South Goa, book a resort on Palolem or Benaulim.
3. Vibrant markets
If the shopaholic in you isn’t satisfied even after all the wedding shopping, don’t worry. Goan flea markets are the perfect place to satiate those unending shopping cravings. For funky jewellery, stylish clothes and unique handicrafts head to the Saturday Night Bazaar at Arpora. Lip-smacking cocktails and live music are just add-ons! Other noteworthy markets in Goa include Anjuna Flea Market, Mapusa Market and Mackie’s Night Bazaar.
4. Gorgeous architecture
Yes, Goa is about lazing around on beaches, but it isn’t just about that. Take a day out of your Goa honeymoon to check out the numerous dainty churches and structures around. Must-see churches include Bom Jesus Basilica (a UNESCO heritage site), Church of St Francis of Assisi and Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. Other notable architectural wonders on Goa include Terekhol Fort (Fort Tiracol), Chapora Fort, Fort Aguada and Viceroy’s Arch. Keep that camera ready as it will be a day full of photo ops.
5. Delightful food
For sprawling views of the ocean coupled with some delectable food on your honeymoon in Goa, visit Thalassa at Vagator beach (the restaurant is always full so reserve well in advance). Nothing matches the seafood at Xavier’s (Anjuna beach) and desserts at Café Chocolatti (Candolim). If you and your spouse are longing to party the night away with some hypnotic music in the backdrop, Café Lilliput at Anjuna or Waters at Vagator promise to satiate you.
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6. Adventure sports
When in Goa, you might be tempted to spend your days lazing around on a pretty beach while sipping a chilled beer. However, allow yourself a day or two to try out the adrenaline-pumping adventure sport options Goa offers. Grande Island offers the perfect chance to have a short dialogue with the incredible underwater life through snorkelling and scuba diving. Head straight to The Mhadei River to try your hands at some exciting white water rafting. If you are a wildlife lover, you must go to the Cortalim jetty and take a boat ride to Cumbharjua canals to watch gigantic crocodiles. Apart from these sports, many beaches in Goa offer regular water sports such as parasailing, banana boat ride and jet skiing. If you two don’t feel up to all this on your Goa honeymoon, how about taking an early morning cruise (read romantic and picturesque) to spot some dolphins at Monkey beach?
Handy travel tips for the honeymooners in Goa:
- If you are looking for a trip that spells luxury and relaxation, book a hotel/resort in South Goa. The beaches there are more secluded than those in north and therefore perfect for oodles of romance.
- If you plan to go not just stick around in your hotel but instead go around Goa on your honeymoon, it would be a good idea to hire a car as public transport is weak there.
- Make sure you pack all the beach essentials. No, don’t bother about making a list as we have it ready right here.
- If you are visiting any crowded beaches or flea markets, make sure you keep your belongings safe as pickpocketing is common.
- Keep at least 4 nights reserved for your honeymoon in Goa to make the best of all it has to offer.
How to reach Goa
Goa’s Dabolim Airport is located 30kms away from the capital city Panaji. The airport connects Goa to other Indian states as well as other countries. Dabolim Airport is connected to the others parts of Goa by cabs, local buses and trains. There is no Uber or Ola service in Goa. So, you can hire a car or book cabs through local operators.
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