Everyone’s aware that Goa, unlike most of India, prides itself on being a global party destination. Full moon nights, raves, beach shacks and jungle trance bashes are pretty much staple in the state, which likes to bask to in the notion of being the country’s “least Indian” hangout.
However, this is all well and good during the “season” months of November – March, as after this it all pretty much dries up and goes into comatose mode, with the only noise heard being the slamming of the monsoon on rooftops.
Regardless, Goa has its fair-share of varied nightlife options. Take for example the silent disco in Palolem. Every Saturday, revellers head down to Neptune Point and (silently) dance the night away. After paying an entry fee, a set of headphones is handed over, which has three sound channels and corresponding red, green and blue lights depending on which DJ selection is chosen. From Ministry of Sound house, to trance and rap/hip-hop revellers can dance the night away making much less noise than the anxious neighbours could ever have thought possible.
There are also fire eaters (and spitters) and some really enthusiastic dancers who seemed completely taken in by the entire event (or possibly the alcohol) all on the beaches of goa.
Beach Shacks In Goa
Then there are the omnipresent beach club/shacks though some with a more notorious reputation than others. Curlies in Anjuna, Tito’s and Mambo’s in Baga, scattered among some of the more discerning restaurants and bars including La Plage in Ashvem and Horizon Grill in Candolim (arguably serving the best steaks in the state).
In a sense, the variety and price of food and alcohol in Goa is unparalleled. Value for money is a sure thing given the low tax rates on alcohol though do watch out for slightly inflated rates during the “in season”.
For a spot of celeb-spotting there are private VIP parties on luxury yachts (casinos included of course), river boat dances and luxury dos in way-out resorts – though the roads leading to paradise may be more holey than holy.
Of course, Goa wouldn’t be what it is without its festivals, the most popular of course, being the annual Sunburn music festival, where international DJs stop-over for a quick set and locals, nationals and internationals party together. In fact, Goa is one of those interesting destinations where Iranians and Israelis drop their animosities and bind together in the universal language of music…and fun.
All in all, Goa may be an ideal party destination though it lacks the infrastructure and organisation of Koh Samui or the luxury of Ibiza. If you like your nights cheap, messy and slightly dodgy but with possibilities of being memorable for a number of reasons, the state could well make it to your next holiday list.