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1. Visit Spice Plantation.

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I highly recommend taking a trip to the Spice Plantation in Ponda to walk through tropical plantations and learn about the spices you are eating all over India. It is really very interesting and you get lunch with the same spices from the plantation. I would not recommend riding elephants as they only survive in Goa and they are not treated very well.

2. See the old church in "Old Goa".

"Old Goa" is one of the places where you will need proper attire. Cover your knees and shoulders, mainly directed at women, so it is worth bringing a sarong or a cardigan that you can put on when needed. This can be done on the way back from Masala Plantation. Take a look at the body of Goa's patron saint Francis Xavier and drive to the Chapel Hill of our Hill's Chapel of Our Mount for a beautiful view of Goa. If you want to join a tour then try this.

3. Get a picture of cows on the beach…

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… Make sure they are not eating food from your plate as you nap in your sunshine and maybe try to take a cow selfie if you are feeling adventurous. The cows in Goa are usually quite sociable and they like a little stroke or a neck scratch, but they look at the bulls and their horns!

4. Visit Mapusa Market

Mapusa Market is a big bustling market full of bright colors, strange, amazing, sometimes terrible smells and lots of shopping opportunities. Friday is the busiest day of the week for the Mapusa market, but you can go any day, beating the heat better than before. Make sure you visit the clothes shops, flower section, fruit and vegetable, fish market if you dare and the meat section if you can stomach it. Here you will see lots of Indian typical Indian scenes - women were sitting in beautiful saris behind a pile of their local products - a great day for any budding photographers!

5. In Arambol, look at the freshwater lake.

We were relaxing in our cabin in Canada and all the sudden I look up. I grab my phone just in time to snap this gorgeous sunset. The photo is special because of the location. Our family owned cabin is a very special place to me.
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It is near the beach and is great for taking a dip and taking some photos. It has now become a common place for tourists so you are likely to share the lake with a lot of people. Please remember to fuck with yourself when you leave. Here is a small guide from Arambol. Palolem Rock Palolem Rock, South Goa Adventure things to do in Goa

6. Try Super in Air (stand up paddle board).

Air on the road leading to Mandrem Beach. You can also rent surf boards from them or try kite surfing classes. Their café, Pran, serves delicious breakfast baritos, fish tacos and smoothies. It is a very cool place to hang out for the day.

7. You can do white water rafting.

Not many locals or residents of Goa know that you can go white water rafting in Valpoi. It occurs in the closed season when the rivers are full and furious. This would be a good way to meet a large group or new people and see a different part of Goa.

8. Surfla has a surf text.

Surfing down a wave
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Surfwala lies between Mandrem and Arambol. You can rent a surfboard or get yourself an instructor that will help you conquer such huge waves of Goa. You can spend a chilling day in Surfwala.

9. Try bungee jumping in Mayom Lake.

There is a new attraction in Bicholim, where you can jump from the platform 55 meters above Lake Maim. This is one for the adrenaline craze. You have not found me anywhere!

10. Go-karting in Arpora.

Arpora has a go-kart track next to The Saturday Night Market. Rachel was a go-kart lover; He and Ben used to test a track in most places that came together around the world. It is not really the most exciting in Arpora, but is a fun option to replace it with the usual Goa activities.

11. Kayaking on Patnim Beach.

Rent a kayak on Patnim Beach and get a little paddle. And by small I mean a slightly stronger paddle because the sea can get tired. If you go out on the south side of the beach, where the sea meets the river, it is lovely and still is. I was once surrounded by a mother and her baby dolphin. Kayaks can be rented on most beaches in South Goa.

12. Take a B: Live Electric Bike Tour.

Try an electric bike tour, where you can literally sit and power the bike with wrist flicks. They have various location options including Old Goa, Panjim, Choro and Diwara Island. If you are a bit nervous on the bike, I would suggest an island, because the traffic on them is very non-existent and you go across the river to a small pier. Tours can be booked here.

13. Climb the Chapora Fort.

Take a steep climb to Chapora Fort to see the view of Vagator Beach. It is not the most exciting fort, but it is a good activity to get you away from the sun bed. And fits perfectly with a worthy juice from the famous chapora juice shop that is spoken about below.