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Nightlife

Nightlife

Ruled by: Late night parties; Silent parties; Lively crowd
What?s the first thing that comes to your mind while talking about Goa? Yes, it?s the liveliest nightlife of the place that makes it the most highlighted. The smallest state of the country harbours some of the most exciting nightlife experiences. Goa comes alive after the sun sets, and the entire region livens up with dizzy neon lights, great music, delectable food and lots of positivity making it an ambience worth experiencing. It is not just partying and drinking that makes Goa?s nightlife the much talked about topic. It is, in fact, the perfect infusion of varieties, and has something or the other to offer each one visiting there. Party-lovers can have North Goa beachside for loud and lively parties, and may head off to the south for classier silent parties. Tito?s, Britto?s, Club Cubana, Club LPK, UV Bar, and Aqua at the Leela are some of the hottest party destinations. Not to miss the Laughing Buddha in Palolem for its exclusively silent parties. The shopaholics can literally lose their sleep over several knick-knacks sold at night markets at different venues in Goa. Those who want some different type of adventure may try their luck at the casinos. Moonlight cruises are exclusively for the romantic ones who want to spend some cozy time with their beloved.

Live Music and Entertainment

Live Music and Entertainment

Ruled by: EDM and Trance Music
Goa is the home for electronic music. The famous Goa trance has originated here as a genre that was born in the late 1960s when hippies from the United States, United Kingdom and elsewhere came down to Goa as their favorite tourist destination. A huge crowd stayed back to pursue a specific style of music, named the trance, which is still among the most happening entertainment style. Early pioneers included Mark Allen, Goa Gil and Fred Disko, who must be thanked for this lively genre of music. When you?ve had enough of the shack life and you?d like to enjoy a quality evening while still very much feeling the ?Goa? vibe, heading off to classy places is a must, where the good music and the good folk mingle. Some of these places include Cohiba, Cavala, Guru Bar, Antares, Soro, Firefly, and the Fisherman?s Wharf where the music is the USP. Apart from these, live music performances by local bands are pretty common sights in every eateries, restaurants and shacks. The signature style music is so popular in Goa that the famous Sunburn festival (venue relocated at Pune after 2015) used to be celebrated annually in December as a tribute to the positive and proactive livelihood of the fun-loving and music-addict people.

Cuisine

Cuisine

Ruled by: Coconut flavor; Tangy and spicy taste
Goa cuisine is yet another delight which tags as the signature style of the place. The culinary delicacies are mostly ruled by the aroma of coconut, and the flavors are mostly tangy and spicy with the adequate use of lemon, tamarind, and Kashmiri chilis. Goan food is mostly dominated by fish ? pomfret, kingfish, mackerel and other seafood like crabs, prawns and lobsters. These seafood are cooked in traditional ways with proper marinate and fermented pastes of ginger, garlic, poppy seeds, coconut and multiple other spices. Desserts like bebnica, kulkuls, cocada, perad and potaleo are among the most divine things on the platter, and traditionally these all are ruled by the taste of coconut. In a state where alcoholic consumption is high, the local liquor Goan Feni is yet another delicacy. Made with coconut and cashew both, the latter version is a more popular one made with crushed cashew fermented over time. The manufacturing process and the preservation both are totally natural and traditional, and hence these are not produced on a large scale commercially. Goan platter is a foodie?s paradise which offers a huge variety of taste, aroma, ingredient and recipes. While majority of them are traditionally made, you will find them all at every food joint, eateries, shacks and posh restaurants.

Festivals

Festivals

Ruled by: Carnivals
Goa is a place of celebration and festivities, where carefree and happy-go-lucky people rule the lifestyle. To synchronize with the mood of the place and its people, there are several festivals and carnivals celebrated in the state. The famous Goa Carnival is among the most prominent one. Carrying the legacy of the Portuguese rule, the Goa Carnival has grown from a quiet event to a popular, massive scale festival, attracting thousands of tourists from India and abroad. The whole state celebrates the Carnival held in March with amazing colorful ambience, the costume parades, and revelry and merrymaking. Food and drinks are major part of this festival, which is observed as a period that marks the end of the winter season. Apart from the Carnival, Shigmo Festival is yet another celebration that takes places during the spring as an auspicious festival of the Hindus to rejoice the vibrancy of colors. The festival is celebrated as Holi in other parts of the country, while Shigmo continues for 5-days stretch. The Fire Walk festival, or the Igitun Chalne celebrated in May is a religious festival in the northern district of Goa in the temple of Sirigao. Dedicated to the goddess Lairaya, the festival is celebrated with devotees walking on hot coals.

Sports

Sports

Ruled by: Football; Water activities
With such a lively and active environment ruling the state of Goa, it is impossible to keep away from sports. The smallest state of India surely does pack the largest range of pleasures for its visitors. The long coastline is one of highlights of your holiday, so are the water sports in Goa. Adventure seeker or not, you must not miss them out. It is truly a great way to experience ultimate adrenaline rush. Several water sports like parasailing, paragliding, windsurfing, bungee jumping, Jet skiing, Banana boat rides, Ringo ride mania, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, river rafting, speed boat rides, water zorbing and multiple others are the major attractions along the coastlines of the state. While water sports like scuba diving and snorkeling are aimed for a peaceful experience of a lifetime, more adventurous ones like windsurfing, Jet skiing, bungee jumping, river rafting, and speed boat rides are targeted to push your adrenalin rush high. Not only the water sports, but there is a huge population of the state that lives by football. As a matter of fact, football is the heartbeat of the state. The high-spirited people of Goa could match their vibes with those of football as a sport, and hence it remains as a passion for the people living here.

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