Goa is a place that delights tourists and travellers by offering lots of different ways to spoil themselves. Whether it's visiting a casino, relaxing at one of the high-end private beach resorts or sipping the favourite cocktail on a restaurant terrace; Goa hosts some of the best leisure spots. And this year, during the International Film Festival in Goa, held between 20 November to 28 November, many film fraternities are expected to grace Goa; consequently lighting up this pint-sized wonder, unprecedently.
However, if you want to add a few non-cinematic activities to your itinerary, rest assured; this beach paradise is a delightful escape from the bustle of the annual film festival. And here is a guide to what you should do during the International Film Festival, both film-related and not.
1. Explore the old charm of Goa
The old town of Goa is a charming centre to visit the famous surrounding villages and countryside. You can take a walk around the neighbourhood, that overlooks the pristine beaches; admire the architecture, lining its paved streets; visit the Basilica of Bom Jesus, as well as Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church. Old Goa is a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the film festival and an ideal place to step back in time.
2. Visit art galleries
There are a plethora of art galleries in Goa. These art galleries in Goa represent a chest of history, knowledge and culture. It provides a unique experience, as it showcases the marvels of creative expression through the ages. Monsoon Heritage Studio, Kerker art, Gallery Attic are a few popular galleries that you can visit in Goa. Kala Academy is another popular art gallery, which is also a proud venue of IFFI 2019 in Goa. You could easily get lost in each of them for at least a day!
3. Try your luck at the casino
In Goa, casinos can be found on yachts anchored at various rivers or onshore in some upmarket hotels. And Goa is the only place in India where gambling is legal. While floating across the river, you will be able to play most of the games that typical casinos in Vegas offer. And it includes everything from slot machines, Roulette, Blackjack, and Baccarat, to name a few. And while rolling the dice on board, you'll be able to enjoy a drink without even heading to the bar every time you run out of alcohol.
4. Celebrity spotting in and around Old Goa
The film festival is just around the corner, and this year it is being spearheaded by prominent directors like Madhur Bhandarkar, Karan Johar, and Subhash Ghai and actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth and Wagner Moura of Narcos fame. You may spot celebrities outside the film festival, when they are in their casual avatar, soaking in the afternoon sun or enjoying their free time. If you are lucky, you can also interact with them in private; away from all the cheering and jeering fans. And a simple stroll around the hotel or resort may provide a chance to spot somebody worthwhile.
5. Pamper yourself at spas
You can relax and unwind at the best spas. Goa boasts many quiet and luxurious resorts with professional therapists and a variety of treatments that will surely release the tension in your muscles and elevate the state of being.