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Nikhil Desai - resizeNikhil Desai on Goa, India

Managing director, Goa Tourism Development Corporation Ltd.

Must Visit: We have beautiful beaches such as Mandrem in the north and Agonda in the south. You also have to visit the beautiful heritage property of Fort Tiracol, trek the jungles to see the Dudhsagar Falls, visit the churches in Old Goa and the temples in Ponda, enjoy the discotheques in Candolim and Baga, or head to the Divar Island for the Ayurveda resorts and for birdwatching.


Must Eat: Goan cuisine is a perfect combination of the eastern and western cuisine as Goa was ruled by the Portuguese for 450 years. Goa is famous for coconut cream-based dishes and being a coastal state, we also have plenty of seafood options like the fish curry rice and prawn vindaloo. Other famous non-vegetarian dishes are the Goan pork sausages and my personal favorite, the chicken cafreal, which goes well with white wine.

Must Do: Kayak in the backwaters of Goa preferably on a moonlit night or take a hot air balloon in South Goa. We also have regular Sunday treks and picnics organized by the tourism board which are also open to the public. We bring guests to explore the jungles, rivers and hills of east Goa, and it’s a good stress-buster to rejuvenate and see the Goan wildlife and nature.


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