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Heading To Goa In May? Here Are 5 Things You've Got To Check Out!

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Shirts off and swimsuits on! Summer is approaching soon and if you're still searching for a place to vacay with friends, then no look no further than the clear waters and sandy beaches of Goa! We’re sure you think that Goa is only for New Years. But stop rolling your eyes and consider this for a second - what if you could enjoy Goa's beaches, nightlife and casinos at less than half the cost? 

That’s the joy of Goa in May, and we've got 5 ways for you to truly maximise your stay in India's tropical paradise.

Rent A Luxury Villa

Beat the Goan heat by lounging in one of Goa's many luxurious villas that come fully equipped with facilities from housekeeping to dining. Groaning about the expense? No need to worry, you can get discounts anywhere from 20% to 50% during the off-season. It's especially great since you can bunk with friends and share the cost, making it way more affordable than hotels. Make sure to pick one with a private pool!

Visit Otter Island

Goa's nightlife may be wild, but it can't compare to its wildlife. When you think about how green and forested Goa is, it's no surprise that it's a treasure trove for animal lovers as well. Otters are a rare sight in most places but you can find a thriving colony of them on Chorao Island near the network of the Mapusa, Zuari and Mandovi rivers. The river bank is also home to mangroves and nests of crocodiles so it's definitely worth your time. 

Tourist Attractions

Chorao Island

Chorao, Goa

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    Play a Game of Poker at the National Poker Series

    The Mandovi River is home to more than just crocodiles! A trip to Goa is incomplete without a visit to one of the floating casinos and this time of the year is no different. As the name suggests, the National Poker Series will feature poker tournaments in which players battle it out for national pride, glory and of course, oodles of cash! Entry starts at INR 4,000 but you can win all-expense paid package trips by playing qualifying tournaments on PokerBaazi.com. Travel and stay is included! 

    Gorge on Great Food at the Goa Cashew and Coconut Fest

    Don't let the name fool you. When cashew was first introduced in Goa, it had a transformative effect on the state's economy. The state celebrates this with a grand festival that showcases the best of Goa's arts, culture and cuisine. This is a unique festival that truly brings out the flavour of the state. Make sure to try out the fenny cocktails!

    Visit The Beaches

    It's a cliché, but a visit to the beach will make your day! With no tourists to crowd you out, Goa's beaches are serene and tranquil places to spend time with friends, especially in the evening once the sun is down. 

    Popular beaches like Baga and Anjuna still have activities happening regularly but it's places like Agonda, Candolim and Palolem that you really want to see if you're looking for a bit of privacy. 

    If you've been bitten by the shopping bug, then make sure to check out the local markets in these areas during the day. You'll get way better deals during this time and are free to haggle to your heart's content! 

    New Years is still far away, but Goa is calling anyway! Make sure to put this paradise on your list this summer.