Goa is one of the top spots to visit in the month of December. The vibe of the state is something else during this time of the year. With both Christmas and New Year celebrations lined up, Goa becomes a hotspot for tourists looking to end the year on a high. The chilled out vibe of the state is an addition to why so many people visit it every year and to forget the amazing weather in December is another add-on. If you are planning a trip to Goa in December here are some must-visit places we recommend. ALSO SEE 5 best beaches in Goa for New Year’s Eve Also Read - Marathi Language Day 2020: Govt to Table Bill For Making Marathi Compulsory in Schools Today
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The fort that Dil Chahta Hai made famous is an iconic landmark in Goa where people come for a photograph and to admire the expanse of the sea. The beautiful fort maybe in ruins but its charm is still intact. A trip to Goa is incomplete without a visit to Chapora Fort. Since December is a good time weather-wise, ditch your car and hike up to the fort. Make sure you carry water along as you will find only one seller selling it at a higher price. Keep about two-three hours aside for this trek. You can park your car at a parking spot below the fort. Also Read - Sara Ali Khan Rides Modified Tuk-Tuk as Brother Ibrahim Ali Khan Sits Back During Goa Vacay, Pictures go Viral
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Even though Baga Beach has become very commercial, the places here are still good and offer customers amazing food with an even amazing view of the sea. Brittos and Anthonys are regular hotspots on this beach and you can even get a foot spa or simply relax on the recliners. Get your hair braided or get a temporary tattoo as you laze around. The lane leading up to the beach is also packed with clubs and casinos that you can visit late evening. Even if you dont spend much time here, pay it a visit once when in Goa.
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One of the biggest churches in India, Se Cathedral was built in the sixteenth century and is dedicated to Saint Catherine. There is a large bell inside the cathedral called the golden bell and several paintings too. There are also panels that have carvings of scenes from Saint Catherines life on them. These interesting features and the pure white structure of the church makes it a tourist spot that is a must-visit in Goa. It is located in Old Goa and you can get a cab or rent a car to visit it. The entry is free and you can visit it until 6 pm.
One of the most beautiful and happening beaches in Goa is Anjuna. It has the right mix of things that attract the party hoppers and those looking for a quiet time with a chilled beer. The vibe of this beach is more so for the hippies and you are likely to find several foreign tourists flocking here. Curlies which is a famous beach shack is also here and offers great food, music and drinks. Closer to New Years you will also find many parties taking place on the beach here. Make sure you have a carry your camera and catch the sunset here.
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If you are looking for some Portuguese architecture and backdrops for amazing photos,visit the Fontainhas area in Panjim. You will find winding streets, old villas and houses painted in colorful hues with colored tiles on the roof. The traditional Portuguese influence can be easily spotted in this locality. Roam around in the narrow streets and observe the Portuguese culture still reminiscent in the people living here. Taverns, vintage cars and women in flowery dresses can be spotted in this part of Goa.
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A small, quaint island in the Mandovi River, Divar Island is accessible by a ferry and gives you a peek into the countryside of this state. The village is known for its lush greenery, paddy fields and the slow-paced life the people follow here. When here, do taste Urak which is a local alcohol produced in this island all-year round. Divar Island is also known for a number festivals celebrated here and if you want a traditional Goan Christmas and New Year celebration, you should pay a visit here. The ferry operates on a regular basis so you can come in the morning and leave the same day or stay the night and leave next morning.
Tropical Spice Plantation
For those looking for something to do beyond the beaches of Goa, a visit to Tropical Spice Plantation can be an interesting one. This is located in a village called Keri which is accessible from Panjim. Here you will be shown different spices growing within the farm and then you can enjoy a healthy lunch on a banana leaf in its open-air restaurant. The flora and fauna of the plantation is also rich and you can explore it after lunch. Dont forget to spot butterflies when here. You can even buy spices from here that are grown in the plantation and are fresh and organic.
One of the most popular beaches in south Goa, Palolem is a long stretch of beach that has a number of things to do. From water sports like a banana boat ride and jet ski to shopping and eating, you can do lots here. The water is usually good for a swim unless marked otherwise and is relatively clean than other beaches in Goa. From Palolem, you can also take a boat and visit Butterfly Island which has beautiful rocks and can only be accessed by a boat. There are cheap beach shacks in Palolem where you can spend a few hours or days and is perfect for those on a shoestring budget.
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