Deu boro dis dium,
Goa feels like an entirely different country inside India, due in part to being ruled by the Portuguese empire for almost half a millenium! The architecture, religion, food – everything is the result of a unique mashup of cultures. What I find most appealing about Goa though is the lifestyle. It’s the most relaxed place, and has the most relaxed people I’ve ever seen!
Recommendations from Jasjit
It’s hard to give a one-size fits-all recommendation here. Just stick to hotels near the main beaches (Calangute or Baga).
Shacks on any of the beaches are the best place to try local Goan food. I highly recommend trying a surmai (kingfish) fry or curry with Goan red rice.
I’m not much of a drinker but I’d recommend trying feni, a local alcohol made with either coconut or cashew. Fun fact: alcohol is cheaper in Goa than the rest of India due to lower excise duties.
There’s a lot to do in Goa (water sports, exploring the architecture, etc.), but I’d really just recommend embracing the slow lifestyle. Catch up on your reading, meet some locals, eat amazing food and relax!