Filled with history, the village of Arpora is the ideal place to visit if you're looking to immerse yourself in the local culture on holidays to Goa. The north of Arpora is packed with plenty of terrific ways to spend your time, with historic landmarks and marketplaces ensuring your holiday schedule remains full. Plus, thrill seekers are well-catered for here with some fantastic activities to keep the excitement alive.
Every new place in the world you travel to is full of history and culture that's unfamiliar but deeply interesting – Arpora is no different. Along the Aguada-Siolim Road you'll find the striking Chauranginath Temple, dedicated to the immortal mahasiddha Shri Chauranginath.
With its beautiful terracotta roof tiles and structure of pillars and beams, the temple has an unconventional layout which makes for a noteworthy experience. If you love history or architecture then this sacred place is an excellent addition on your to-do list.
Add a little exhilaration to your Goa holidays with a stop at Track II Go Karting on the Anjuna to Calangute Road. Compete against your friends or family and prove who has the best skills on the track for just Rs.300 per person for 10 laps.
Go Karting is an awesome way to finish off an afternoon spent enjoying the sun on Baga Beach or discovering Arpora's cultural history at the Chauranginath Temple. It's a short activity and it'll give you a kick of adrenaline that'll keep you going for the rest of the day.
Saturday nights really come alive in Arpora at the bustling local market. You'll find yourself surrounded by an eclectic mix of kiosks selling traditional Indian food and wares into the early hours of Sunday morning.
When you've browsed the magnificent selection of clothing, accessories and homeware, The Boutique House Bar is there for you to take a load off and enjoy the incredible atmosphere of the marketplace. You can try one of Nirdosh's incredible concoctions at his Magic Tequila stall, or simply sit back with a refreshing pint of local beer and listen to the wonderful live entertainment that's on offer.
When the warm Indian weather gets to be a bit too much, there's no better way to cool off than a trip to Splashdown Waterpark. Found along the border between Arpora and Anjuna, Splashdown makes for an excellent family day out with a wide variety of slides for young and old.
If you're looking for an adrenaline rush, the aptly named Panic Attack will give you the thrill you're after, and leave you breathless for more. The little ones can splash around in the Tad Pool that features five different slides for them to enjoy, including the Family Flume. When you want a break from the super sliding fun, Aqua Dance is there for you to let loose and put your moves to the test in the simulated rain studio.
If you've ever wanted to cook authentic curries and other Indian cuisines, then Mukti Kitchen is the spot to visit during your stay in Goa. Nestled alongside Chauranginath Temple, Mukti offers basic or advanced packages starting at Rs.1500 with the opportunity to try your hand at many dishes that cater to both vegetarians and meat eaters.
The three-hour classes are carried out by the very passionate and hospitable Mukti whose teachings come widely recommended by her former students. She creates an incredible atmosphere with her friendly rapport and allows you the chance to take home more than just a souvenir from your travels – you learn new skills too.