7 Reasons Why Goa is the Perfect Winter Honeymoon Destination
The land of Sun, Sea, Surf and Sand - Goa is world famous for its scenic golden beaches, coconut palm trees, colonial Portuguese Heritage buildings, buzzing nightlife, and easy going, laid back populace. The culture is a result of the confluence of the east and the west.
Goa is a magnet for most travellers – especially honeymooners. The winter months (October to March) provide newlyweds with the perfect weather for the best memories of their life.
1) Couple Friendly
Goa has, over the years, been home to many a wedding and been visited by even more couples. This means that the locals and all businesses have taken this in their stride and in fact, made the most of it. Most activities that can be done at the beach or in the city are appropriate for and can be done with couples (e.g. jet skiing, scuba diving, local tours in Goa and so much more), so that even prices to enter clubs and other such places are less for couples.
Over and above the prices and capacity for activities, the society is open-minded and not as conservative as the rest of the country. Being a couple enjoying a romantic walk, hand in hand, won’t get you too many sideways glances and comments – providing a feeling of freedom from what is otherwise a relatively more restrictive environment. This makes Goa perfect for a newlywed wed couple that want to truly let their hair down and begin their life together in the best way possible!
2) Ice-Breaker Activities
Goa offers plenty of activities for the average traveller – however, one’s honeymoon isn’t an average vacation. Goa has plenty of activities that range from peaceful relaxing at the beach to dancing the night away at the closest watering hole. All these various activities allow couples to get to know each other more and get even closer than before – a perfect way to start off an eventful life together.
Romantic Walks on the Beaches
The beaches in Goa are extremely diverse. Baga beach and Calangute beach are more commercialised with innumerable shacks lining the sandy shores, and services like hair braiding and foot massages available. Karaoke while sipping on cocktails brings a day at the beach to an appropriate ending.
South Goa, on the other hand, has the more untouched, isolated beaches with rocky formations and dense greenery – like Agonda beach. The peace and quiet facilitates incredible conversations and the glorious sunset provides the perfect backdrop for the most comfortable of silences as couples admire the seemingly endless expanse of the ocean.
Pampering at Luxury Spas and Resorts
Newlyweds are spoilt for choice when it comes to being treated like royalty and receiving some of the best services in the country.
Adrenaline pumping only heightens all senses – ideal for those on their honeymoon. Taking part in water sports in Goa together – from scuba diving to jet skiing – couples can experience the world below the glittering surface of the water, together, and feel the thrill accompanying the whipping wind and splashing sea, together.
Clubs and Pubs
Goa is world famous for its night life – and for good reason. Its clubs and bars each offer an entirely different experience from each other. Love Passion Karma (LPK), SinQ, Club Cubana, Cape Town Cafe, Cohiba, and Tito’s are the top places in Goa for partying the night away. Club Cabana boasts of a “nightclub in the sky” while LPK is a lakeside partying venue. Tables can be booked in advance and couple entry is significantly less than stag male entry and well worth the cost for the unique experience!
By virtue of the variety of things that can be done and the capacity for some genuine bonding experiences, this tourist hotspot is perfect for the newlywed couple.
3) Unique Places to Stay
The hotel and hospitality business in Goa has truly flourished in the last decade – mainly because of the kinds of experiences that are offered. Hotels have taken full advantage of the exotic surroundings that Goa has and now presents to tourists the options of staying in various kinds of accommodations – from luxury suites to beach front villas and tree house rooms. These properties are unique in their location, view, amenities and value for money – with incredible schemes and packages available for all – especially honeymooning couples.
4) Easily Accessible From Almost Every Metro City
Goa can be accessed by air, rail, and road. The airport is called Goa International Airport or Dabolim Airport and all major metros from India have flights to and from it. Madagaon Railway Station and Thivim Railway Station connect Goa to the complex network that is the Indian Railway System. Driving down to Goa from nearby metros such as Pune or Mumbai proves to be a more time-taking but entertaining method of transport – especially as the road passes through scenic routes of Maharashtra. Local buses can also be taken that stop at the Margao Bus Terminal, Kadamba Bus Terminal, and Mapusa Bus Terminal. Therefore, physically close and easy to get to, Goa is as convenient for a honeymoon getaway as possible.
5) Great Winter Weather
The winter in Goa lasts from the months of October to April. It is the peak tourist season, and for a good reason, as the weather is perfect. The days are pleasant and not unbearably hot – the oppressive Maharashtran heat can get too much for some! The nights are cool with a slightly chilly breeze – ideal for a midnight stroll along the shore – under the light of the moon - as the waves nip at visitors.
As the winter rolls around, the monsoon has left the landscape a lush green in its wake. The winter time is also when many festivals occur – from Christmas to the Teator Festival (showcasing local folk dramas and dances).
The temperature in the day roves between 20°C to 25°C while the minimum temperature goes down to 15°C. With uninterrupted sunshine, the winter months are the ideal time to make a trip to Goa truly memorable!
6) Goa is One Destination That Truly Offers It All
Although relatively small, Goa offers tourists everything there is to offer. This state has tranquil beaches with small off-the-beaten track flea markets and various water oriented activities. Off the beach, couples can go for a romantic hike through the various patches of thick greenery, or marvel at the Portuguese architectural heritage on a long romantic walk in Old Goa. There are many sites made famous by movies – such as the Chapora fort in the Bollywood movie Dil Chahta Hai - that offers a panoramic view of Goa and the picture-perfect sunset.
Besides the pristine beaches, ideal for relaxing, and the various adventure activities, Goa is well known for the cuisine. Relying heavily on the sea and its products, Goan dishes are coconut based, mainly seafood, and packed with immense amounts of flavour – unique to the area.
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7) Budget friendly
Goa is so popular among tourists not only because of the variety of experiences it offers, but also because of the budget it offers them in. It’s known for its value for money in all aspects – from the food to the alcohol and the stay - especially compared to the nearby metros. This aspect makes it the ideal budget honeymoon because neither are the kinds nor the quality of the experiences being compromised on.