A Couple's Guide to Goa, India

Goa | © 3627682/Pixabay
Goa | © 3627682/Pixabay
Photo of Kavitha Mhatre
11 May 2017

A little confused with so much to choose from? Yes, Goa can overwhelm you with its offerings, but to ensure you get the crème de la crème of this paradise, we have put down a list of incredibly romantic endeavors that you and your partner can do together, while you are in the Konkan region.

So you are an incorrigible romantic and are traveling with your sweetheart to Goa? You have come to the right place. This coastal heaven is the stuff that romance is made of—white sand paradises, crystal clear waters, idyllic village settings, charming churches, mist, shrouded waterfalls and lush, tropical forests.

Goa's sun-kissed beaches is the perfect setting for romance !

A night stroll in a moonlit beach

Goa has many wonderful beaches, but a safe bet would be the Sinquerim-Baga stretch of beach, with just the right combination of solitude and company. Hold hands, walk on the sparkling sands and gently dip your feet in the warm waves, while the starry skies keep you company. Do stop by for a drink or two at one of the shacks. If you are adventurous types, begin the stroll at the Baga end, walk the 9km (5.6 mi.) stretch and finish off at sunrise, for a well-deserved breakfast at the five-star Vivanta by Taj hotel.

View of the beach from Sinquerim Fort | © Gayatri Priyadarshini/WikiCommons

Play with the water goddesses of Goa

Apart from the Arabian Sea, Goa can cast a spell on you with a series of waterfalls and lakes. Enjoy the pristine Dudhsagar Falls by foot or jeep, take a dip in the rapturous waters of the Arvalem Falls and watch the gorgeous sunset at the Salaulim Dam. You can also walk through refreshing streams to see the splendid Dudhsagar Falls do its thing between two neighboring hills.

Dudhsagar Falls | © Kumaresh Rajarajan/Flickr

If music be the food of love on, play on

Woo your sweetheart by taking him or her to one of the most romantic restaurants in Goa—the O’Coqueiro Restaurant, which literally means ‘coconut tree’ in Portuguese. The restaurant is a perfect setting for two—a charming Portuguese ancestral bungalow set amidst lush foliage is sure to stir the romance in your soul. The restaurant serves delicious Goan cuisine and a renowned music band plays a medley of light-hearted music on Friday.

Unravel the natural beauty of Goa together

Embark on an enthralling one-hour trek from Chorla Ghat to the pinnacle of the Vagheri Hills and let the gorgeous terrain intoxicate you with its exotic wild flowers, butterflies and birds. Spice up your romantic itinerary with an ocean trek from Kochra-Shriramwadi to Neuti Beach. Plunge into the waters together from the 20-foot-high rock (6 meters), have a leisurely lunch and then go see the historic Neuti Fort before sunset. Looking for a place to propose? Sonsogor is one of the highest peaks and virgin territory at that. The stunning view of the natural surroundings is the perfect setting to pop the question.

View from Chorla Ghat | © Dinesh Valke/Flickr

Explore the history of Old Goa

Yes, history can be romantic too. Have a hearty breakfast at one of the wayside cafes in Old Goa, don a comfortable pair of sneakers and explore the charming churches and cathedrals by foot. Go revel in the age old architecture of the Iberian façade and fabulous mosaic work of Sé Cathedral, the wood carvings and beautiful paintings of the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, the richly gilded altars of Basilica of Bom Jesus, and finally the grand old queen, the Convent of Santa Monica, with its intimidating beauty and miraculous cross at the altar.

Basilica of Bom Jesus, Goa | © Ramesh Lalwani/Flickr

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