Exploring India with kids: Goa

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Goa has a lot to offer to tourists who want to travel with the family. Here are four places you should explore with your kids.

A singular event in 2001 changed the way Indians looked at Goa. Dil Chahta hai gave Goa its charm as a place you should visit with your friends. But this sun-kissed state is not just about tax-free alcohol and beautiful beaches. Goa can be enjoyed along with the full family. Here are four places in Goa that you should go to with your kids.

#1 Panjim

If you travel to Goa by train, the chances are that you will alight at Karmali. There are a lot of taxis that will take you to the capital city of Panjim.

Panjim or Panaji is situated on the banks of River Mandovi. It is the city that houses the High Court, the Goa medical college and connects to NH 17 by a beautiful bridge.

Exploring India with kids: Goa

Panaji. (Image courtesy Blog.parrikar.com)

You can take a river cruise, eat delectable food and rent a car to roam around Goa.

The beaches of North Goa are at an hour's drive, so plan your trip accordingly.

Visit Miramar beach for some quick peeks at the Arabian sea.

Next on the list, Vasco


#2 Vasco

Vasco Da Gama is a town named after the Portuguese explorer, the first European to reach India by Sea. It hosts the Airport and many beautiful places to see. Vasco, as it is popularly called, is on the western coast of India, along the Arabian Sea.

If you want to go to a quiet beach, head towards Velsao. It is not frequented by tourists, and you can actually spend the evening there and watch the sunset. You can have a quick snack at the solitary shack that stands there.

Velsao beach

Velsao Beach. (Image courtesy Postcard tales)

There are a few kayaking and crabbing tours offered in Vasco. It would be a good day activity to do with kids.

St. Andrews church could also be visited, though it is not counted as a must see attraction.

Next on the list, Old Goa


#3 Old Goa

Around ten km east of Panjim, lies the old capital of the Portuguese occupation, Old Goa. The remains of the same are a UNESCO world heritage site.

It is famous for its old churches, most notably, the Basilica of Bom Jesus. It houses the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, the evangelist of the east.

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Basilica of Bom Jesus (Image courtesy: Lonely planet)

Later visit Dona Paula, a small town near Panjim. The jetty, with the curious white sculpture of Dona Paula, is a familiar sight.

Next on the list, beaches of Goa


#4 Beaches in Goa

Most of the beaches in Goa are kid friendly.

Visit the Vagator beach and a small trek to Chapora fort. You can click some Dil Chhata Hai poses there.

If you are there on a Wednesday, don't miss the flea market at Anjuna beach.

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Palolem Beach. (Image courtesy India at a glance)

Candolim, Calangute in north and Palolem in south Goa would offer plenty of opportunities for watersports.

Try parasailing with your kids. They would cherish this experience.

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Written by

Anay Bhalerao

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