Delicious Dishes in Goa: What and Where to find ?
Goa has a genuine reputation for a bachelor party effect and a destination for hippies and freedom lovers. Do you know that such a freestyle Goa has its strong links with culture and religion? It is basically based on the region of Goa, you end up with. Geographically, Goa is divided as North Goa, Central Coast and South Goa.
North Goa, India
The region of Goa, which lies to the north of River Mandovi is considered as North Goa. North Goa is quite closer to Maharashtra. Northern Goa is famous for its tranquility beaches, shakes, vibrant nightlife, resorts, bustling beaches with exotic water activities, top markets for shopping and so on. Among the three regions, North Goa suits those who are looking for a luxurious vacation.
In addition, this is the right place for casino, pubs, music parties, late-night bonfire and other nighttime activities. North Goa is famous for shopping spices, authentic clothing, hammock, accessories and others. Are you looking for more beach destinations?
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Dishes of North Goa
North Goa is famous for main dishes and street foods. It is harder to find traditional Goa dishes in this region. Beef and Prawn are quite common ingredients in this region. You can experience the influence of Maharashtra style in the cuisine. Due to the incidence of larger foreign crowd, you can find many dishes to satisfy their taste too.
Top dishes to try in North Goa are:
- Grilled meat
- Prawn curry
- Carb xecxec
- Ginger battered calamari
- Blue cheese beef
- Sesame yellow fin tuna
In addition, if you are covering Goa from the northern part, you ought to try the Angriya cruise, which sails from Mumbai to Goa.
Tourist destinations in North Goa
- Aguada beach
- Baga beach
- Calangute beach
- State Museum of Goa
- Chapora Fort
- Dona Paula
- Backwaters of Chapora
- Anjuna beach and flea market
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Central Goa, India
Also called as the Old Goa, this is the heritage center of Goa. This is the unique part of Goa, which has its link to its culture. The region that lies around River Mandovi is rich with the colonial past and thus, it is called as Old Goa. Geographically speaking, it is the central part of Goa. This is the place to find archaeological sites, ancient churches, basilica, colonial houses, fort and other structures. The central Goa does not have many beaches but it does have its share of coastline and bay. The bays of this region are famous for quieter environment. If you were not looking for any tourist activities along the beach, this would be the best option. This is the right place to enjoy Portuguese styled living in Goa.
Dishes of Central Goa
This is the place for catholic dishes and Portuguese derivate cuisines, which give more importance to seafood than beef and other meats. If you want to try the traditional cuisine of Goa, this is the right place. The dishes of this region are also known for its spiciness.
Top dishes to try are:
- Kokum juice
- Dishes made with king fish, prawn, mackerel and others
- Dry fish dishes
You can also feel the influence of Hindu (Indian) cuisine here with rice, curry and others. Interestingly, each traditional dish has its own story of origin in Goa.
Tourist destinations of Central Goa
- Basilica of Bom Jesus
- Dudhsagar Falls
- Shri Mahadevaemple
- Church of St. Francis of Assisi
- Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
- Se Cathedral
- Sao Tome
- Harvalem waterfalls
- Spice plantations
- Butterfly conservatory of Goa
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South Goa, India
Imagine North Goa and think of a quieter version of it and you will understand South Goa. This region has its share of long coastline, exotic beaches and numerous sites to enjoy. However, the nightlife will not be as rave as the North Goa. You can find many water activities in the beaches but the shores will be quiet empty. Thus, it is considered as the romantic part of Goa. If you are looking for honeymoon vacation, this is the right place to visit in Goa. This is the undeveloped region of Goa and thus, you cannot find lavishing resorts here. However, the captivating raw beaches, great shacks and lush vegetation does the magic. Are you planning to cover Goa with Southern India?
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Dishes of South Goa
It is Goa and its link with seafood is ultimate. You can find all kinds of seafood starting from lobster to mussels. Due to its geographical location closer to Kerala, you can find a rich link of Kerala’s use of coconut in this cuisine. Most of the dishes are added with coconut milk. You can find traditional Goa cuisine, European cuisine and Italian – Portuguese blended cuisine in this region.
Signature dishes of South Goa are:
- Stuffed crab
- Spicy Goan sausage
- Chicken Xacuti
- Prawn balchao
- Fried Bombay duck
- Fish thali
- Chili sorbet
Tourist destinations of South Goa
- Palolem Beach
- Colva Beach
- Mormugao Fort
- Canacona Island
- Varca beach and churches
- Cavelossim village
- Patnem beach and market
- Majorda beach
- Colomb bay
Are you confused about which region to pick?
Read the comparison blog article to choose the right region: Which is Best Goa? – North vs South Goa Attraction
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