The idea of travelling alone is quite exciting, of exploring tourist
places on one’s own, mixing with locals, dining out in restaurants,
soaking in the sun and sea breeze, foot tapping to peppy music and
watching the bonfire; the experience will be cherished forever.
Goa, a petite state located on the western coast of India at the foothills of the Sahyadri Mountains overlooking the Arabian Sea with pristine white beaches, coastal shoreline, old Portuguese colonies and architectural edifices with a dash of spicy aroma filling the air is marvelous.
Foreign travelers; especially women from all across the globe visit Goa; as well as Indian women who prefer travelling solo make Goa a popular tourist spot in their itinerary. With a blend of Portuguese, Anglo- Indian, Goanese and Konkan cultural influence, the ambience of the town along with its open cosmopolitan finesse enables women to visit several tourist spots without a scare. Women can choose any attire of their choice as people over here are acclimatized to observe tourists (women to be precise) donning different kinds of apparel.
Women who opt to be a bit adventurous can rent a car or a bike to explore the uncharted territories and the popular tourist hotspots on their itinerary. Solo women travelers should carry a tourist guide book and a map of Goa to enable smooth navigation. English is the most spoken dialect apart from Konkani’s; hence women travelers won’t face any difficulties conversing with the locals. Goa can be accessed from Vasco Da Gama Railway station and Dabolim Airport
from all major cities across India and from Mumbai as well.
Things To Do
Solo women travelers can start with the beaches; Candolim Beach
located at a distance of 14 kilometers, Miramar Beach
located 1 kilometer from the city center at the confluence of Mandovi River and Arabian Sea surrounded by palm trees, Majorda Beach located 18 kilometers away in Bogmola (Lord Rama is said to have come here seeking his wife Sita), Mobor Beach famous for adventure sports like water skiing, surfing, jet ski, para sailing, banana and bumpy rides, Colva Beach located in Margao famous for its white sand, Baga Beach, Anjuna Beach; the biggest beach in Goa with the sea and mountain in the backdrop, Varca Beach, Palolem Beach, Morjim Beach ( Turtle Beach), Betalbatim Beach, Vagator Beach encircled by coconut and palm trees with rocky shores and Senquerim Beach.
Renting a cycle and strolling along the quite sandy beaches in the morning will be a great time pass in Goa. Sipping coconut water/ cocktails/mocktails or lying down idly by the poolside; Goa will never disappoint a woman solo traveler.
Women solo travelers visiting Goa should also tour the old Portuguese churches in Goa like Cathedral Church, St. Francis of Assisi Church, Basilica of Bom Jesus
, and St. Augustine to mention a few. Reis Magos Fort
, Pandava Caves or Arvalem Caves popular for their architectural wonder and will fascinate those inclined towards history and heritage. The charm of Goa lies in the fact that it is the perfect combination of everything a tourist desires, innumerable tourist clusters for visitors who love adventure, history, thrill and frolic. Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
will enthrall women travelers seeking adventure and admirers of nature.
Moreover, women with a religious bent of mind will find the Mangeshi Temple and Mahalaxmi Temple blissful. Besides road trips to Aguada Fort
, Chapoli Dam, and Arvalem Waterfalls is highly recommended for solo women travelers. Spice Plantations
, Flea Markets
, Old Goa, Sea-Food, shopping for exotic souvenirs are the activities to look forward on a solo trip to Goa for a woman.
There is no dearth of hotels, guest houses, resorts, rented houses in and around Goa, most of these located on its beaches and in prime locations. Goa sees a lot of foreign tourists; hence the cost of accommodation and food as well as conveyance is quite high. Yet women solo tourists should search online for endless travel deals on hotels and sightseeing. Women travel blogs will also help fellow women travelers about their upcoming journey to Goa, places to stay and visit. Don’t forget to buy inexpensive silver jewelry sold on the beaches as well as get henna painted on the feet and hands. Check the perfect time to visit Goa as well as the tropical climate might cause a frown.
Few Things To Take Care Of:
- Goa might be safe place for women yet it is best not to interact with shady and over friendly strangers, carry too much cash while traveling or get too much drunk and travel alone at night.
- Carry necessities on a rucksack as to not take unrequited help from unknown people if embarking on a long journey alone.
- Surf through travel blogs written by other women travelers so as to get a firsthand idea of the town and its surroundings.
- Carry sunscreen and sunglasses as the sun is bound to be a bother here slanting its rays brightly.