Goa has long been popular but not only due to its beaches and night life but at the same time because of its local food, that is full of sea food and fresh 'masalas'. Many conventional dishes are seen being presented at many dining places. You will find a wide range of selections you can choose from in Pork, Seafood, Chicken and Beef prepared in locally made masalas.
Coconut finds its way as popular ingredient in most households and restaurants used widely as a base for many traditional dishes. Jaggery, coconut milk, is a sweet produced out of coconut and is also a used in numerous sweet delicacies. Dried out and raw coconut is also used in preparing several main course items as well. These elements are generally used while preparing traditional and staple food, the delight of many locals in the state. Ranchiodo masala, Xacuti masala, Vindalo masala, Curry masasala, Balchaos are all prepared from these combinations.These dishes are no doubt probably the most desired dishes popular with locals and are seen at various festivals and functions or even at a dinner table of a Goan household.
These flavors are also used by local tea shops serving ‘Baji Pao’[meaning vegetable and bread] that prepare vegetables in numerous masalas ground with a coconut base, coupled with dried spices. Some of the places renowned for this preparation are Cafe Bhonsale and Cafe Tatos which are unique to Goa.
Fish curry and rice continues to be most desired local dishes and is a staple meal of the Goans. Add some fried fish to it and you will be assured of a mouth watering meal. Many restaurants are known for their local food preparation. Many have been recognized earning the prestigious Times Food Award. To point out a few you should try, Martins Beach Corner in Betalbatim, Ritz Classic in Panjim, Fisherman’s Wharf in Mobor and Nostalgia in Ria. These restaurants are famous for their fresh seafood and several traditional Goa recopies.
Most restaurants on the beach belts have food adapted to satisfy the taste buds of the numerous visiting on a holiday break. Beach shacks are mainly found on the northern belt and are generally quite popular location to eat drink or merely have fun. Beach shacks are very preferred among visitors during the season and they serve up delicious seafood custom made to your likes and preferences.Take a crack at the crabs/prawns butter garlic fry and even the chicken cafereal
The most desired places to shop, eat, drink and party are definitely Baga, Anjuna, Calangute, Vagator, Arpora and Candolim visited by majority of the tourist population. The tourist season kicks off in October and winds up in April May, peaks in Decemeber!. Its crazy here during this month, but the atmosphere is electric. Most of the tourists that visit come from Europe and America. The night life is vibrant and is exciting during the season, along with the food you could possibly swing to the beats of the many clubs and pubs in the state. Clubs which include Club Tito’s, Club Cabana, Club Sinq has put Goa on the tourist map simply because of its world famous entertainment, great food and ambience
Besides the night life you can also visit other places that will show you a different side to Goa. Places such as Ponda, Old Goa and also famous beaches in the south of Goa such as Colva, Varca and Mobor are famous tourists hot spots. The southern coastline is amazing and is not as crowded as its northern neighbor. Ponda and Old Goa will display Goa’s traditional culture heavily impacted by the Portuguese and Hindus. You can check out a wide variety of churches and temples here that happen to be world famous, the Old Goa Church and the Mangeshi Temple are places you must visit.
There are several accommodation options in the state and booking your stay in advance is a good option to avoid last minute disappointments as well as prices. Multiple options are available from hotels to serviced apartments, to short term rentals to exotic villas
. Hotels serve all kinds of food including pediatrician, continental
and India, so there is a wide variety you can choose from.
Goa is conveniently accessible from Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Delhi for anyone who is travelling by air and my rail and road through any part of the country.
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