Sample the local cuisine
Holidays are all about trying out different things, and Goan cuisine is a highlight of Sernabatim Beach holidays. For simple yet mouth-watering morsels, the simple beach shacks will impress with grilled lobster, prawns and red snapper featuring on menus. You’ll also find a selection of delicately-spiced dishes. Goan fish curry is a must-try and is usually served with plain rice.
Goan cuisine also has a lot of other cultural influences such as Poee, a fluffy Portuguese-inspired bread that’s perfect for finishing off the last succulent drops of your curry sauce. Pair your meal with an ice-cold Kingfisher beer and round it off with a sweet treat in the form of Doce Bhaji – a hearty pudding made from broken wheat and coconut milk.
Experience Benaulim culture
Not only does the nearby town of Benaulim offer a silvery sliver of inviting sands, but it also provides some culture for those who want more than just a sun-tan.
The city is packed with grand churches and old houses, with a selection of good restaurants and cafes to enjoy. The San Thome Museum presents an eclectic selection of technology in its unusual displays, such as old cameras, typewriters and gramophones. There’s also a lively party scene for those who want a night out, with clubs featuring light shows, international DJs and cocktail bars.
Day-trips to Margao
Excursions to Margao from Sernabatim Beach are popular. This lively city offers plenty of diversions and its Portuguese colonial past ensures you’ll find a fine selection of architectural highlights at every turn; many dwellings feature balcaos (porches) and oyster-shell windows.
The baroque grandeur of the Church of the Holy Spirit is not to be missed, with the ornately carved Rococo altar a highlight. For an immersive experience, spend an hour or two at Margao Market. Packed with local produce, exotic spices, local bamboo crafts and pottery, it’s frequented by both locals and tourists.
Historic and natural attractions
From Sernabatim Beach you can visit an array of natural attractions, including the intriguing Arvalem Caves, also known as Pandava Caves. These cave dwellings date back to the 6th century and legend has it that the Pandavas of the Mahabharata sought refuge here.
The Arvalem Waterfalls nearby provide a spectacular natural display surrounded by greenery. From the falls, the Mangeshi Temple is just over an hour away. It’s one of the largest in Goa, built in 1560, and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This elegant temple is worth adding to your itinerary, with its seven-storey lamp tower one of the highlights.
Relaxation is what holidays to Sernabatim Beach are all about, but there’s so much more to enjoy. With two alternative beach resorts close by and the lively Margao a easy day-trip, it offers a good balance of activities. Add to this the Goan cuisine and pleasing atmosphere, and this promises to be a destination that will tempt you back.