Goa draws visitors from all over the world all year around to soak up the sun on the over 100 kilometers of unbroken coastline and indulge in all the wonders of India's west coast. If you travel to Goa in the summer, be aware that May is the hottest time of the year and is followed by the monsoon season which lasts from June to September. Regardless of the summertime climate, however, Goa offers visitors enchanting ways to spend the day without spending a lot in the process! Check out these six attractions that will fill your day without emptying your wallet.
1. South Anjuna beach may not rank as the most picture-post card perfect beach in India, but it's awildly popular place for Goa vacationers and locals who embrace the laid back approach to life.Try to make it over on Wednesdays to shop at the??Anjuna Beach Flea Market where you can stock up on fresh food, ethnic clothes and local novelties for a fraction of what you would pay just south in Calanguta and Baga.
South Anjuna Beach
2. Arrange a day trip to chill out during the heat of the summer in the pool at the foot of the triple Dudhsagar Waterfalls that cascades down into a crescent shaped valley carpeted with dense tropical greenery. You'll find lots of shady picnic spots and even a Forest Rest-House if you want to stay overnight. If you're in good shape, tackle the foot path that over the falls for a breathtaking view of the valley from your 600 meter vantage point high above it all on the Deccan Plateau.
3. When you've gotten bored with the beaches, head down to the Blue Whale Water Park in Goa to spend very little for a nice long day of good clean fun. Work up some goose bumps on the assortment of water slides and thrill rides for all ages. Appropriate costumes for swimmers visiting the park are available to buy or rent so you can look appropriately cool while you hang out at the pool side restaurants or dance to the rocking DJs at Finding Nemo's Jumping Castle.
4. Escape the hot sun or pouring rain with a visit tothe simple but fascinating Arvalem Caves, carved by ancient hands to commemorate the legendary heroes of the Mahabharata, thePandavas, who were rumored to have hidden here during their exile in the 6th century AD. Nearby you'll find the Arvalem Waterfalls with a large barricaded pool at the bottom. The waterfall itself, however, is often reduced to a trickle in the heat of the summer, but when the falls are rushing during monsoon season, only determined swimmers can fight the current to arrive at the coveted spot beneath the cascading waters.
5. To get a nice early work out, rent a bike and join the Goa Cycle Club for an early morning bike ride around the city. An invigorating 30 to 45 minute excursion departs every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 6:50am and is absolutely free, but be sure to have a helmet and sport shoes along with plenty of water. Check their listing for special events like a bike ride under the stars or their children's day cycle rallies.
6. Learn about Goa's fascinating history and shop for one-of-a-kind handmade art treasures at the Big Foot Art Gallery & Handicraft Center in the nearby village of Loutolim. Founded to promote local artists and display ancient artifacts, this open air gallery welcomes the public on weekdays from 9am to 6pm and charges a modest fee for a guided tour of the exhibits.
Lela is an adventurous travel writer for HostelBookers. HostelBookers supply chic and??cheap hotels in Goa.
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post.
Dudhsagar Waterfall by wonker