My Review of An Exemplary Cox & Kings Goan Holiday
Goa, as a destination, offers the perfect blend of summer fun and a relaxing holiday; at least, that was the tag line that was always sold to me. As a location that finds favor amongst all age groups, I always wondered whether the hype was deserved or not. On my recent (and first) trip to this beach haven, I found out, first-hand, that every review under-sold the place, and how!
The aim of my Goa trip, though, was not so much about partying, as it was about taking a break from the hassles of corporate life. In short, I was looking for a holiday that would let me relax while still offering a fun experience. Goa fit the bill perfectly, and with Cox& Kings, I was able to design my perfect laid back vacation.
The pristine beaches:
Northern Goa has always been famous among both national and international tourists. However, I first decided to travel down south to the quieter and comparatively less crowded beaches. Bogmalo beach, in particular, is my favorite, with its peaceful environment and old ship wrecks dotting the landscape. Palolem, another pristine white beach, also tends to be more popular with the tourists looking for a good time. The beach is a hotspot for partying during Christmas and New Year’s Eve, and definitely one that should be on your itinerary. However, you can also look forward to a quiet day by the beach while indulging in some fishing. The beach is also home to a number of shacks which allow you to stay as close to the beach and wake up to the soothing sounds of waves crashing on the shore.
The mouth-watering Konkan and Portuguese food:
Goan food has always been influenced by Konkan and Portuguese cuisine. The tropical climate of the locale results in dishes that are intense in flavor and packed with spices. Some of my personal favorites were pork vindaloo, the staple fish curry with rice, Fenny, which is a locally brewed liquor, and Sorpotel.
There are a number of restaurants in Goa which serve authentic dishes for you to sample. Travelling with Cox & Kings also offered the opportunity to visit the many shacks peppered across the beaches for a fulfilling meal, after a relaxing swim. Seafood is one of the mainstay of the state and you should prepare your palate to sample a variety of mouth-watering dishes that will leave you wanting more.
The rich architectural history:
Another aspect of Goa that is well known for and worth exploring is its beautiful architecture, with the lion’s share going to Old Goa, in North Goa district. A veritable host of buildings and churches built during the colonial era come together to form a delightful vista to explore. With Cox & Kings’ well-planned itinerary, I managed to make time out for one of the most popular churches in Old Goa, the Basilica of Bom Jesus. This UNESCO world heritage site is renowned for holding the mortal remains of St Francis Xavier. One of the oldest churches in the state, this 408-year-old wonder is open every day to visit.
Se Cathedral is another church very close to the Basilica of Bom Jesus that should be on your list of places to explore. Home to the famed Golden Bell, which is the largest in Goa and one of the most renowned in the world, a quick trip to explore this beautiful bell tower and the rest of the church definitely made my afternoon. Located close to Panjim, you should consider driving down to Old Goa early in the evening and visit the beautifully built churches and explore the other architectural wonders present.
My trip to Goa definitely changed my mind about the place, and rationalized the image everyone has built in my mind. If I were to rate and review my trip here with Cox & Kings, I would give it a clear 4 out of 5! It is definitely one state that offers a holiday to people of all ages and walks of life. The perfect place to visit for some fresh sea breeze, good food, a fascinating culture and some of the friendliest people around, Goa should definitely be on your bucket list of destinations in India to visit.