Wednesday, 27 July 2011 1:11 PM
Any holidaymaker keen to get away from it all and enjoy a relaxing break free from the hassles of everyday life might want to book cheap flights to Goa sooner rather than later and head to the southern part of the island.
Despite the many tourists that flock to the area year in, year out, South Goa has managed to remain relatively untouched by the multitudes of jet-setters keen to experience the delights of this Indian state – so it could be the perfect choice for anyone looking at cheap flights to Goa who is keen to have a bit of peace and quiet while away.
Of course, a huge part of south Goa's appeal is its fantastic beaches and, with more than 15 miles of sandy stretches to stroll down, you'll have a great time exploring different parts of the island – perhaps without having to share the turf with other travellers either.
You can either walk or go by bike – it takes about a day to cover the entire 15 miles – so while on south Goa holidays, make your way down from Velsao towards Mobor, getting to know the region as you go.
Don't forget your camera either, as the route is paved with paddy fields, sand dunes and coconut trees, presenting many opportunities for the enthusiastic photographers out there.
Booking Arrossim hotels could be the perfect choice for anyone who wants to keep themselves to themselves during their stay.
Located just south of Velsao, Arrossim Beach – and its counterpart Uttorda – is particularly quiet, so if you want to catch a few rays or go for a leisurely swim without having to wend your way through crowds of tourists this sandy stretch could well be the one for you.
Once you're suitably tanned and find you are in need of some refreshment, head to Zeebop – one of the most popular beach shacks in South Goa – and wait for the sun to go down with a cool beer in your hand. Perfect!
Beaches aside, there is a lot to get up to in south Goa and you're never likely to be bored while on holiday in the region.
You must make time to head to the wonderful waterfalls the region boasts and take a dip in the refreshing waters, before meeting and greeting the monkeys that live in the area.
And don't forget to pay Margao a visit, as well as having a look at some of the stately homes that can be found in the region.
You could even hire a traditional Keralan rice boat and get to know the countryside a different way, floating down the backwaters of Goa.
Heading to Palolem – at the southernmost point – could also be a fun day out, as it is home to the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary.
This mini zoo boasts botanical and formal gardens and a deer safari park, with animals like wild boar, scaly anteaters, leopard cats, panthers, porcupines, flying lizards and giant squirrels all in the area, waiting to be spotted by enthusiastic animal lovers. Just make sure you have your cameras at the ready!
However, there's flora as well as fauna, and green-fingered jet-setters will be able to spot giant lianas, rosewood, the terninalia crenulata – the state tree – along with canes and evergreens as they make their way through the park.