Things to do in Goa

Goa is a special kind of paradise. Its energy is all about opening the mind and heart and feeling free. There are a variety of things to do in India’s smallest state, ranging from the blissfully peaceful, to the wonderfully wild. 

 

Within walking distance from Riverside Shakti Retreat, you’ll find great spots to watch the sunrise and sunset - Uddo Life is a favourite, or take a walk along the river just outside the house. You’ll also find plenty of things to do - restaurants, beaches, bars, markets, etc.

 

Beaches

First off, what Goa is known for - its seemingly endless, palm-lined beaches. They will not disappoint. Warm ocean, cool breeze, fresh coconut water… you can spend hours here. There are plenty of beach shacks to get your detox juices and lie on their sunbeds. You can get involved with surfing, paddleboarding, flyboarding, and other water sports. When in town, Pam offers sunrise or sunset yoga classes on the beach [link to Airbnb]. You can even treat yourself to a massage or get your henna on while sunbathing. Just don’t forget the sun block!

 

Recommendations: 

  • Ashvem

  • Morjim

  • Arambol 

  • Anjuna 

  • Mandrem

 

Food

While on the topic (or was it just me that was thinking of it?), let’s talk food. Goan food is delicious and varied. We have world-famous curries, for example the fish curry with rice and prawn rava fry.  Goa is known for our fresh fish, available in almost every restaurant. However, even if you’re a vegetarian, you will find that you are spoiled for choice here. Most places cater for all types of cuisines to suit all taste buds (and budgets). Pam can arrange a private cooking class on request. 

 

Recommendations: 

  • Amancio

  • Sublime 

  • Olive

  • Gunpowder 

  • La Plage 

  • Villa Blanche (go for a great Sunday brunch buffet!)

 

Yoga

Yoga is on many people’s minds when they visit India, and you will find plenty of idyllic locations to practice it. Kundalini, vinyasa, hatha, ashtanga, yin, acroyoga, you name it. You could go on a tailor-made yoga retreat at Riverside Shakti Retreat, join daily drop-in classes, or even do your yoga teacher training here. 

 

River Houseboats

View the Indian subcontinent from an unusual place - the sea looking in. Explore the sea, rivers, lagoons and coves. Spend the night on the water, away from any sounds.

Recommendations: 

  • Konkan Explorers Goa, just opposite Riverside Shakti Retreat

 

Sunset bars

A regular ritual for Goan visitors is to watch an unparalleled sunset while holding a pina colada (or a watermelon juice). Of course, you can catch the sunset from almost all the beaches, but why not with an aperitif? 

 

Recommendations: 

  • Uddo Life

  • Thalassa

  • Olive Restaurant

  • Titlie

 

Nightlife

After sunset, the Goan nightlife is buzzing with energy. You will not struggle to find somewhere to boogie, which will most likely be on the coast. 

Recommendations: 

  • Marbela

  • Rock Water

  • Sinq

 

Ayurvedic Treatment

You must treat yourself to an Ayurvedic massage to de-stress, re-vitalise, and rejuvenate. After an abhyanga, you will feel like a new person… much needed after a night of partying (if that’s your thing)! 

 

Recommendations: 

  • Pam can arrange an in-house massage on request from her regular ayurvedic masseuse

  • Snips Salon


Temples & Churches

Goa has unique influences of Portuguese influences from Colonial times, modern Indian culture, as well as the eclecticism of its foreign residents - so you’ll find catholic churches and temples alike! 

 

Recommendations: 

  • Old Goa Church

  • Siolim Church

  • Local Ganesh Temple

  • Hanuman Temple

  • Lakshmi Temple

 

Flea Markets

You can shop to your heart’s (or wallet’s) delight at the multitude of flea markets. You’ll find a wide range of products to suit all styles and budgets.

 

Recommendations: 

  • Hilltop Market (Fridays)

  • Arpora

  • Saturday Night Bazaar 

  • Mapusa - fruit and veg, household essentials

  • Arambol Beach Market

 

Ecstatic Dance

Ecstatic Dance is a unique way to break down your walls and really let loose. It’s a dance party where everyone is encouraged to move in whatever way they want, whatever feel is right at that time, without any embarrassment or fear of being judged. It’s done completely sober - everyone is simply high on life energy (kundalini shakti)! I would highly recommend this, I think everyone should try this at least once. You don’t have to dance if you don’t feel like it. 

 

Recommendations: 

  • The Source, Arambol

 

Healing

Many people come to India in search of answers to their deepest questions, or healing. There are countless different types of therapies available, and you will find many of them here in Goa. Reiki, crystal, soul, chakra, sound, angelic healing… You just have to find the one(s) that resonate with you the most! (By the way, did you know that every single human is a healer?). Pam is a yoga and wellness coach, and a trained healer in all of the listed practices, and offers bespoke healing sessions when in Goa.

 

Recommendations: 

  • The Full Seven, Siolim

 

Child-friendly Activities 

If you are here with young children, you’ll be pleased to hear Goa is very child friendly! Most hotels and resorts will have swimming pools, and some might even have playgrounds. Of course there’s the beach with plenty of waves to jump into.

 

Recommendations: 

  • Morjim beach

  • Artjuna playground

  • Uddo Life

  • D’Go’s

Riverside Shakti Retreat is a haven of tranquility located in a convenient location close to all the local attractions. Whatever your interests, you’ll find that Goa offers an experience you’ll never forget.

 

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