10 Fun and Free Things You Can Do in Goa

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Fun and free are two words that generally don't go together. But, we have something that will remind you why you loved Goa. The city has attracted tourists from all over the world for its free spirit and unique culture. It has a little something for everyone! Here is a list of fun and almost free things that you can do in Goa on your next trip:

Nightlife:

If you're are in a mood to party but are tight on budget, it's Baga Beach you should head to. Cramped with tourists all year round, Baga has the most happening nightlife in North Goa. There are flea markets where you can pick up real cheap souvenirs and happening nightclubs that offer free entry.

Beach hopping:

There is free water and free sunlight everywhere but Goa has free lunches too. It has some of the most pristine beaches where you can spend your time swimming, surfing and sunbathing. Goa is the perfect place for beach bums. Enjoy as many beach days as you like on these vast stretches of beaches.

Walk down the old lanes:

The old Latin quarters of Goa are the rarely talked about side of this state. The Portuguese-influenced architecture of this place, adorned with colourful buildings and pretty balconies is a sight to behold. This place is ideal for art enthusiasts and old souls who love galleries and rustic cafes. Some of the art galleries that you can visit are Velha Goa Galeria and Gitanjali Gallery.

Do not miss out the Carnival:

Goa Carnival is the most fun and free event of Goa. This is when the whole state celebrates their culture, traditions and their king. It's a full four days party and everyone is invited to have a gala time on the streets. It is a one of its kind festival in India. Each year the festival takes place in February or March. This year it is scheduled from March 2 to March 5.

Go for Hiking:

For people who are looking for a real adventure, they can go hiking to the Dudhsagar Falls. Hike through the Mollem National Park to reach this beautiful waterfall. This waterfall is very famous in the area and has been used as backdrop for many Bollywood films. The fall is located on a height of 310 metres.

Enjoy Scenic Landscapes from forts:

Goa is home to several forts with medieval architecture and most of us know about this because of Dil Chata Hai. Fort Aguada was built in the 17th century, and has some stunning views of Goa's landscape. The lighthouse built on the top of the fort is a picture perfect location. Another fort that you can visit is the Chapora Fort which offers some great views of the coastline as well.

Church Day:

Adorned with some of the ancient churches, when in Goa, you must take a day out to visit some of its oldest churches. The Basilica of Bom Jesus is a church dedicated to St. Francis Xavier one of the widely known saints in Goa. This church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The entry to the church is free.

Other well-known churches that you can visit while on your church day are; Se Cathedral which is the largest cathedral in Asia and St. Francis of Assisi.

Get closer to the Fauna:

For travellers who are looking for a different kind of experience, there are various NGOs that work for the conservation of turtles and butterflies. Volunteer with the local NGOs and take a walk on the beaches of South Goa to find some of the Olive Ridley Turtles. In Ponda, visit the butterfly sanctuary. The entry is free here.

Walk through the spice farm:

Get to know all about spice plantation at the Sahakari Spice Farm. After walking through different aromas take out some time to play with animals. Help them bathe, take a ride or get water splashed on yourself. This place should be definitely on the top of your fun and free things to do in Goa,

Go-karting:

Rs200 for 10 laps isn't a bad deal at all for Go-karting. Located in Arpora, this track is always busy. Go-karting is a fun-filled activity and for those who love the adrenaline, this is the place where you need to be.

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