December is no doubt THE month to visit Goa, the small South Indian state synonymous with beauty, fun and memories that last a lifetime. The festivities of Christmas and New Year’s combined with perfect weather makes December in Goa nothing less than paradise.
Whether you’re a reveller or a tranquillity seeker, Goa offers a plethora of activities you can take part in to usher in the New Year in style and with smiles.
1. Come for a ‘Merry’ time
You’re truly lucky if you get to spend Christmas in Goa. You can’t help but get caught up in the festive fervour all around you. From visiting the region’s beautiful and historic churches to savouring some homemade goodies such as the Christmas Cake, you’re bound to have a sweet and merry time! Goa’s must-see churches include – the world famous UNESCO heritage site Bom Jesus Basilica, Se Cathedral – one of the largest churches in India, the revered Church of St Francis of Assisi and one of the oldest churches in Goa – Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.
2. Seafood as far as the eyes can see
Goa is a seafood lover’s dream come true. The renowned Goan cuisine never lets you down with dishes made from fresh and mouthwatering kingfish, squid, pomfret, shark, crab and mackerel. Be sure to have some shrimp Balchão, feast on fish Recheado, and snack on some prawn rissoles while counting down to 2017!
3. Party! Party! Party!
It’s no secret that Goa plays host to some of the hottest parties in the county. This party mecca ups its ante during the last week of December. Thanks to the n number of beach parties to hotel-organized music events, there will never be a dull moment during your New Year’s celebrations. The loudest bashes tend to be around Anjuna, while you can enjoy a more intimate gathering in Palolem.
And don’t forget to detox in the new year with some yoga on the beach!
4. Get into the water
Partying late into the morning isn’t your scene? Not to worry. Goa offers a unique way to start the new year – water sports. While the rest of the country is indoors, in Goa you can come out and enjoy the warm December sun. You can choose to windsurf or scuba dive your way into 2017. This December might be the perfect time to try your hand at dinghy sailing at a Goa beach. Cidade De Goa, Candolim Beach and Dona Paula Bay are popular for their water sport activities with many operators. Make sure you get some basic training and are well-versed with the sport’s safety regulations and you’re ready for the thrill of your life!
5. It’s a bet!
Not ready to take the plunge yet? Then stay ashore at one of Goa’s many casinos! Ring in the new year with a bet or two. Some famous Goa casinos you could visit are Deltin Jaqk, Casino Pride, Casino Goa, and Deltin Royale. Did we hear you say ‘cha-ching’?
6. Just chillax in style
We get it. All you want to do this New Year’s is embrace Sloth v. 2.017 of yourself – sounds perfect. Get away from all the hubbub and simply indulge in the slow-paced Goan life at one of our gorgeous homestays. Right from Portuguese heritage villas and luxury beach shacks to cottages and apartments, we have the perfect place to spend this New Year’s.