Goa is probably the most family – friendly state in India.
Apart from the beach – which is enough to keep most kids happy for weeks – there are boating facilities,
a science park in panaji, and hotels that are used to accommodation children.
Children can enhance your encounters with local people, as they often possess little of the self – consciousness and sense of the cultural difference that can inhibit interaction between adults.
Goa is essentially a safe destination for travellers, but this is India and the tourist industry carries with it a few inherent dangers that you should be aware of Touts, pressure sales
While the majority of travellers in Goa will have no serious or life – threatening problems,
tourist have occasionally been the target of theft or assault.
There are some common – Sense step you can take to minimise the risk :
• In your hotel room, never open the deer to someone you don’t know. Don’t sleep with your windows or door unlocked.
• Any time you go out at night, do so in the company of a friend or a group of people, rather than alone.
• Avoid poorly lit or quiet streets or lanes. Always walk with confidence and purpose.
• Have something handy that can be used as a weapon in an emergency, and be determined to use it to defend yourself.
• Use noise to attract attention if you are threatened – yell as loudly as you can or carry a loud whistle. Local will usually come to your aid.
• If you are being sexually harassed or assaulted on public transport, embarrass the person by complaining in a loud voice and report them to the conductor or driver.
• Women should avoid returning male stares; Just ignore them. Dark or reflective glasses can help.
Tactics and minor scams are annoying, More worrying is theft, harassment of women and the occasional muggings that occur.
If You find yourself in a sticky legal predicament, Contact your embassy (see Embassies & Consulates in India earlier in his chapter). Carry your passport with you or keep it in a hotel safe.
Never leave valuable (eg, passport, tickets health certificate, money and travellers cheques) in your room; they should be with you or secured in a hotel safe. Use a money belt that goes under your clothing. Never Walk around with valuable casually slung over your shoulder, and take extra care on crowded public transport.
One scam involves groups of teenage pickpocket posing as students with sponsorship forms. One of them engages victims in conservation while the others pick their pockets .
The unfortunate part is that there are also a lot of genuine students who may stop you with a questionnaire or something similar. From time to time there are also drugging episodes. As tempting as it may be when you befriend someone, don’t accept drinks or food from strangers unless you can be solutely certain it’s safe.
Beware also of your fellow travellers. Some make their money go further by helping themselves to other people’s. Remember that backpacks are very easy to rifle through – don’t leave valuables in them. Remember also that something may be of little or no value to a thief, but to lose it would be a real heartbreak to you – like film or journal. Finally, a good travel insurance policy helps give you peace of mind as well as some compensation.
If you do have something stolen, you’ll need to report it to the police (see the boxed text “Reporting Thefts to the Police”). You’ll also need a statement proving you have done so if you want to Claim on Insurance.
In recent years there have been a number of robberies (some of them violent) on tourists in Goa. Much more disturbing have been recent attacks on women (see Women Travellers earlier in this chapter). Goans are understandably concerned by these incidents and blame them on criminals from neighbouring states. Some measures have been introduced, such as limited street lighting and security patrols on some beaches, but it’s probably still not a good idea for women to go to beach shacks alone at night.
It plays for everyone, not just women, to be wary. The busy resorts are safe enough when there are people around, but late at night anyone can be vulnerable. Quiet resorts with poor street lighting, such as Benaulim, have proven to be risky for travelers wandering alone at night. If you are staying in a reasonable hotel or similar facility, leave your passport and travellers cheques there rather than carrying them around. For more information see the boxed text ‘Tips for Safe Travel’.
People visiting in the low seasons should avoid staying in isolated accommodation near the beach