Get out those picnic baskets, stock them up with eats and drinks and head out to enjoy the sunny days outdoors. In Goa, summer picnics were a favourite family activity. People usually took off to the beach or the springs to cool off from the warm weather.
From reconnecting with nature to discovering a new location, there are plenty of options to get the gang together.
Location: Usgao, Ponda
Get close to nature at Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, a favourite with schools and families. It’s located in Usgao, about 46 kms from Panaji via the Panaji-Farmagudi-Margao highway bypass road. The sanctuary has well-developed picnic lawns to accommodate groups of all sizes. Kids can enjoy the day out at the zoo in the sanctuary.
Location: Salaulim, Sanguem
Goa’s largest reservoir, the Salaulim dam is a haven for picnic lovers seeking out a relatively untouched destination. Sanguem also has several historical sites along the way that are worth a visit. You can relax at the recently developed garden space at the dam site. It’s got the view and the calm surroundings to make for a fun day out.
Location: Mayem, Bicholim
If you’re looking for a long drive, head to Mayem Lake. The distance is more fun with company and can be easily covered with a singalong along the way. Mayem Lake has ample space to host your gang. The gardens adjoining the lake accommodate large groups. The adventurous can try GTDC’s latest bungee jumping thrill at the venue.
Apart from the usual beaches of Calangute and Baga, Hollant beach in Vasco da Gama is a favourite with picnickers. The coconut groves emanate a rustic appeal, not to mention that they provide a shady canopy. The beach is cut off from the crowds and you can absorb and enjoy the quintessential sight of the fishing community along the beach.